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    Lan Kwai Fong

    Lan Kwai Fong is not a restaurant. It’s a tiny cobblestone hillside lane filled with bars, nightclubs and restaurants that truly is the centre of nightlife in Hong Kong.
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    Café La

    This is going to sound harsh and uncouth but you never eat in your hotel restaurant unless it is pissing with rain or you can’t be stuffed going anywhere else.
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    Aria

    It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was commenting on a milestone in Australian restaurant dining: the $50 main dish. Of course it was in Sydney.
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    O'Connell's Hotel & Restaurant

    Some years ago on the Hungry Hinch I wrote about a welcome culinary phenomenon: the excellent restaurant burgeoning at the back of a run-down pub. Suddenly, chicken in a basket (with a slice of pineapple), fries, and roast beef sandwich counter lunches were out. The spartan bistros serving overcooked vegetables and chicken parmigiana were also passé.
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    Isthmus of Kra

    It is really encouraging when you go back to a restaurant that you haven’t dined at in five years and the food is not only as good as you remembered it. It’s better.
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    Geelong

    It was a bit of an exaggeration from Mrs. Nosebag. But I knew what she meant. She was wondering why they weren’t more seafood restaurants in Australia. Especially along the East Coast.
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    Edenvale Wines

    Okay, Okay. Don’t remind me. I know I wrote the book The Derryn Hinch Diet. Many people (who hadn’t read it) claimed the only two ingredients were soup and white wine. Having heard of the Fit for Life diet they dubbed mine the ‘pissed for life’ die.
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    Pillare of Salt

    I know it is a religious fable but in this modern, fast-food, preservative-laden world we live in millions of people in the western world have become – or are in dire danger of becoming – pillars of salt.
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    Diamonji

    Back in the days of the eponymous HINCH current affairs programme my producer, Dermot O’Brien, and I would duck out for a Friday lunch with the end-of-week programme almost locked away.
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    Bizzari 2

    When you’ve been reviewing restaurants for thirty years as The Hungry Hinch and you get invited to yet another restaurant opening with the rent-a-crowd, some canapés, and usually a pink or green or purple drink concoction proffered at the door you are entitled to think: Am I getting jaded?
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    Circa

    This place is so good you tend to use it, lazily, as a yardstick. Things are ‘Circa-like’ or ‘reminds me of Circa’. Or ‘tries to be like Circa’. It is an understandable example to hold up. Because it is so good and so consistent.
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    Taxi at Transport

    The gauntlet we had to run to get to the Taxi dining room the first time was pretty off-putting. I almost felt like calling myself a taxi and getting out of there.
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    The Strand

    It is a combination that can be fraught with disaster when the Hungry Hinch virtually stops drinking – except for a weekly glass of a good red for a weekend lunch or dinner – and therefore can drive anywhere again without risk of being .05.
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    Donovans

    We used to eat there a lot eons ago when it was the much-vaunted Jean-Jacques by the Sea. It was a sequel to the famous Jean-Jacques and the menu and food impressive, if a trifle expensive for its time.
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    Dining at the 'Y'

    The Yarra Valley has a reputation for good wines (especially whites and ‘champagne’) and food and has had since Moet & Chandon set up in this upstart vineyard region in the 1980s. See the archived travel feature on how it got started.
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    Oyster

    There’s one thing wrong with Oyster – a new upmarket eatery in mid-town Melbourne. It’s not the food, not the ambience, not the stylish look of the place, not the service, not the location. It’s the name. When I see a place called Oyster I am expecting a mollusc and seafood bonanza. A culinary trip to Davy Jones’ Locker.
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    Zigolini's

    There has been a revolution in Australians’ drinking habits in recent times – and I’m not talking about the dramatic decrease in the wine imbibing of the Hungry Hinch.
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    Sel de la Terre

    I remember my first visit to the MCG for a Grand Final. It was 1978. I had just arrived in Melbourne to doing the morning shift on “foive ta noine, foine and moild” 3XY. I should remember it. I got thrown out.
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    Riva

    They say that the two best days in your life are when you buy a boat – and when you sell it. I think about that a lot when I visit Riva on the Marina and boat storage stack at the top end of St. Kilda.
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    Lake House

    Recently, I had one of the best meals I have eaten in any restaurant, anywhere, for about five years. And it wasn’t in one of those raved about, swanky places in Sydney or Melbourne.
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    Shizuka Ryokan

    I guess I shouldn’t be confessing this –seeing that this section of Hinch.net is known as The Hungry Hinch and I regularly review restaurants around Australia and around the world.
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    The Brasserie

    It is always a bit hard writing about the plethora of restaurants in the Crown complex and along the banks of the Yarra. Some are owned by Crown and the space is leased out. Some are not.
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    Radii

    I am not always impressed (some would say conned) by opulent restaurants, promising everything, in classy five-star hotels.
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    Il Bacaro

    One thing that is great about dining in Sydney or Melbourne is the fact that there are some great eateries hidden away in small streets and cobbled laneways.
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    Number 8

    The number eight is a lucky one for Chinese people. I had a friend who paid a fortune for a number plate with that number in the licence plate she stuck on her Rolls Royce.
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