A cafe with a difference, Scarvelli holds a paddock to plate philosophy. Though many cafes use local produce, not many can claim to source it from their own farm. Down at Swan Bay on the Bellarine Peninsula, is a sustainable farm run by Scarvelli Cafe's owner, Clare Voitin, used to provide for the cafe's seasonal produce-driven menu. This philosophy extends to the cafe itself, where pots are being readied for planting herbs. Scarvelli also has quite the reputation for quality coffee, using beans roasted by Industry Beans. The friendly and...

Masak Ku opened just last year, close to Camberwell station. Simon and Mary Lee have presented to us a more upmarket restaurant experience for Malaysian cuisine, rather than sticking to the more common casual, hawker style of eatery. Taking over from a Chinese restaurant that previously occupied the site, shades were removed from the chandeliers, brightening up the room and providing a warm and inviting dining space. The restaurant is available also for functions of up to nearly 60 people. Masak Ku is Malay for 'my cooking', and the...

Maker of the famous South Melbourne Market gozleme, and parent of Göz City in the CBD, Koy has a prime location from which to serve its Turkish fare. The setting was warm and inviting, with dimmed lights and homely decor. It was actually smaller inside than I had expected; the bar taking up much of the floorspace and smaller tables arranged around it. There were quite a number of covered tables outside, but it was too cold and dreary today for them to be enticing. We took a seat...

University Cafe is the oldest cafe and restaurant on Lygon St, established in 1952 by Eros and Gianni Milani. A popular spot for coffee, it's also open from breakfast through to dinner. Although I knew it was a popular local, I was still surprised by how busy it was on a weeknight, with a number of regulars coming in. After ordering we were offered a basket of sliced sourdough with little tubs of Western Star, but didn't have long to eat it before the dishes arrived. [caption id="attachment_8778" align="aligncenter"...

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