The Rose Hotel 52-54 Cleveland St Chippendale 2008 (02) 9318 1133 or The Rose occupies the high-traffic terrain of Cleveland Street at the point where Broadway becomes Newtown. It’s tough country, yet this rose flowers in every department and the human traffic from the nearby Seymour Centre and Sydney University ensure it’s always buzzing. … Read more


Crown Melbourne

Southbank, Melbourne 3006
(03) 9292 8888 or


Crown Melbourne has relaunched its premium buffet restaurant, Conservatory. Located on level one of Crown Towers, the luxurious restaurant features expansive views of Melbourne’s Yarra River.

Lead by Conservatory’s Chef de Cuisine, Joanne Bainbridge, the restaurant’s chefs work from an open kitchen that enables interaction between chefs and guests.  Guests can watch chefs cook, see their choice of piping hot naan made right before their eyes or order a roast just the way they like it.

The dessert station is arguably Melbourne’s best. Conservatory’s dedicated pastry chefs are on hand to prepare servings of frozen teppan ice cream, slice cakes and thread fruit skewers to order.

Why open kitchen-style dining? For buffet devotees, diners cite many reasons for opting to dine this way. Explanations vary from seeing what there is to eat, knowing how much a meal costs in advance, setting  the pace of either a leisurely or quick meal, being able to try dozens of dishes over the course of a meal and even being able to have second servings of favourite dishes.

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Hail Fitzrovia


155 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda VIC
(03) 9537 0001 or

Paul Jewson and Marco Pugnaloni have resurfaced with a brand new all-day eatery, after having wowed the crowds cramming into the all-too-small Outpost. For South Yarra locals, the tiny triangle tenancy (co-owned with Salvatore from St Ali) was the perfect introduction to Jewson’s cuisine, developed in the UK at hotspots like Terrence Conran’s Bluebird and SoHo House, and celebrated in the spate of events Paul designed for the Royal Family. Outpost was also Jewson and Pagnaloni’s introduction to the Melbourne market, its size affording them the prefect trial run before eventually and inevitably moving to a bigger venue. Fitzrovia has come to life in the shell of the Waldorf on St Kilda’s Fitzroy Street. Lately the strip, right across from Albert Park, has been experiencing a resurgence. Baker D Chirico has been a beacon for around a decade, but with Fitzrovia opening and Andrew McConnell’s Golden Fields a few doors down, the whole area is looking in prime health.

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