Tucked away on the second floor of the Southgate complex, Miyako Japanese Cuisine & Teppanyaki offers authentic Japanese cuisine from new head chef Yosuke Furukawa, recently of Izakaya Den. The restaurant features two teppanyaki grills, and a sushi and sashimi bar serving up market fresh fish. A range of seating options is available, from the regular tables, to the small balcony area (which can even be heated) with wonderful views of the CBD along the Yarra, and private tatami room complete with sunken tables. We opened with a small appetiser...

Waterslide Bar is the newest addition to Southgate, taking its place right next to La Camera. Fred Siggins (of Black Pearl) and Former Australian Bar Manager of the Year, Tim Wastell (Rockpool Perth, The Blue Diamond, The Saint St Kilda), have teamed up to create the cocktail menu and extensive drinks list, featuring wines and spirits, including nine pages of whiskeys. Techne Architecture and Design were in charge of the fit out, utilising dark timbers, gold and purple shades to create an ambience of retro elegance. There are plenty...

As part of the opening weekend of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Southgate held the Southgate Fiesta, involving live music performances, free movie screenings and $15 tasting platters from participating restaurants. I chose to try out the tasting platter offered by Bluetrain. Recently revamped with a modern colour scheme, it has high ceilings and an airy feel that create a relaxed and casual environment. Bluetrain has been a resident at Southgate for more than 20 years and has a menu covering pizzas, pastas, burgers, char-grilled dishes and...