An avid traveller, Adam Davies has spent many years working and travelling abroad in countries including Mexico, Japan, China and France. His two years living and breathing French hospitality in Lyon led him to open Fortify in Armadale. He brings all of his experience together here at Fortify, where he acts as Executive Chef, aiming to bring us French dishes that you wouldn't easily find in Melbourne: Alternative French, if you will....

It really takes something to stand out in the cafe scene these days. Lavender & Fare serves brunch, but also a lunch menu that sees some of its dinner dishes brought over to the daytime. The four-month old cafe and restaurant is set in a quaint building with homely decor. Out the back, there's an outdoors seating area where diners can enjoy their meals under the shade of the centuries-old peppercorn tree....

Dean Fouritz's family has been involved in wholesale business for a long time, but his interest in the service side of things resulted in him starting Street Talk Espresso seven years ago. Greek, Italian and Middle Eastern influences are seen in the food at here, and Dean and his staff put together the inventive seasonal menus, making the most of local produce where possible. We visit this Armadale cafe on an usually beautiful and sunny Autumn day, deciding to make full use of the spacious courtyard to enjoy the...