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    Pure South

    I must admit I was a mite tremulous dining at Pure South. Mainly because it was in the middle of a shitfight with the Premier of Tasmania and the Tasmanian media.
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    La Grillade

    Years ago, when I was hosting the Midday show on the Nine Network, we did it live every day for 90 minutes from noon until 1.30 p.m. from the Channel Nine Sydney headquarters in Willoughby on Sydney’s North Shore.
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    The Rocks - Glenelg

    I love palindromes. I married one. Her name was Eve. The most famous palindrome in Australia – where words spell the same in reverse -- is the South Australian resort called Glenelg
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    Manta

    I dined at Otto’s on the “Loo’s” famous finger wharf recently. Ordered three oysters for starters. Sure they had some lumpfish roe eggs on them but they cost four dollars each. That makes them 48 dollars a dozen. I thought I was back in London!
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    Bryce's - Gold Coast

    Amidst all the glitz and so-called glamour of the Gold Coast (you could translate that as “tacky”) I found a truly classy place. Who would have thunk it. There, amongst all the face lifts and boob jobs and melanomas and skin cancer clinics, I found a very romantic restaurant.
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    Canary Wharf

    The Poms are eternal optimists. They hadn’t won The Ashes in yonks but each campaign the Fleet Street writers talked them up as a real chance. Especially in 2005 when the omnipotent Aussies got done in a one-dayer by the world’s lowest-ranking team, Bangladesh.
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    Nammos

    I knew it was a good luck sign. An omen. I went to Nammos for lunch at the glorious Psarou Beach in Mykonos and there on the paper table cloth the name of the restaurant was spelled out in Scrabble tiles. N 1 A 1 M 3 M 3 O 1 S 1.
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  • The Chiminea

    This has to be one of the best heat and food cooking inventions ever made. They started in Mexico. There, they were made from clay. They look like a giant clay pumpkin with a wide mouth and a three foot chimney.
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    Kolonaki Tops

    I learned something culinary on my first visit to Athens. I have loved Greek food for years. Taramasalata, saganaki, the way they do lamb cutlets, and Greek salads. (See my Hungry Hinch review of Remvi on Toorak Road in South Yarra which sadly closed mid- 2005. Although their new restaurant in Williamstown is still going gangbusters.)
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    Entree

    Confession time. And it IS a confession for a food critic and diet book author. I have become a nibbler. I sit in restaurants and order a few entrees. I rarely get to the main course. Not interested in a main course that is the size of a horse.
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    Enoteca Sileno

    There is a breed of people in Melbourne who rarely (never) cross the Yarra River. I’ll confess that I am one of them. MY nosebag goes on in South Yarra and Toorak and Prahran. It works both ways. There are people in Carlton and Fitzroy and Brunswick who would never visit my side of town.
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    The Dog's Bar

    THE DOG’S BAR St. Kilda Melbourne People are creatures of habit. In the Hinch travel section recently I talked about Double Bay in Sydney. But, when it comes to restaurants, in Melbourne, there are people who only dine in Carlton and there are people in Toorak who would not cross the Yarra. There are the South Yarra aficionados and the St Kilda brigade.
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    Belgian Beer Cafe

    My memory must be failing me. Old age. A senior moment. I thought I reviewed the Belgian Beer Cafe several years ago when my father and sister came to Australia from New Zealand for my appearance on This is Your Life.
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    Tasmania

    It is time to go across the water, across cold and turbulent water, to a place that on the surface seems familiar but is disturbingly different.
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    Bended Elbow - Albury

    I love pub food. That may sound strange from a nosebag aficionado who was recently the guest of a generous host who spent $1500 on a dinner for four at a Melbourne Japanese restaurant. It is true, a few bottles of wine cost $500 but that still left $1000 for food – and I don’t eat much at night.
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    Fenix

    This is an extraordinary place. And an extraordinary bunch of people. It sits at the best end of Richmond (virtually in Hawthorn) with lots of glass and terraces right on the banks of the Yarra. Not hard to see why it is one of my friend’s favourite nosheries.
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    Rice

    Some time ago I amused a few people by describing how I took a saucepan to a local oriental restaurant to pick up some noodle soup for lunch. Shades, as I said, of the days as a kid when Dad would take us to the local “chows” on a Sunday night to fill our saucepans with chop suey, sweet and sour pork and chicken chow mien.
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    Jamon III

    This is a first for the Hungry Hinch column. This is the third time I have reviewed the idiosyncratic Melbourne Japanese restaurant called Jamon. But it has been a peripatetic journey. Jamon One was a shoebox in Prahran. Jamon Two was a cavernous and overly ambitious adventure in Richmond.
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    Adobe Catalina

    It was in Acapulco, Mexico. We were sitting on the balcony of the Las Brisas Hotel watching a blood red sunset. I was a callow youth in my twenties and I was there on my honeymoon with my first wife, Lana Wells, on the way from Sydney and Tahiti and, ultimately back to New York where I lived.
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    The Reef

    I The internecine warfare between New York and Los Angeles makes the jibes and rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne look like a lovefest.
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    Times Square Brewery

    I had a strange, nostalgic, moment when I went back to my old stomping ground of New York recently. Went to the Journos’ pub on West 43rd Street, opposite the famous New York Times building in which I used to work.
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    Stage Door Deli

    A story against myself. Yet another one. About twenty years ago I was offered shares in a new, adventurous Aussie movie called Crocodile Dundee. I scoffed at it and turned it down.
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    Taru Mikoshi

    Before the banks shut me down and I owned things like the Macedon Ridge vineyard on Mt. Macedon, Victoria, and several places in Hawaii I used to holiday in Kaua’i for several months every year.
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    Waterfront

    The word “Eureka” has been in the news lately for obvious reasons. This year is the 150th anniversary of the rebellion at the Eureka Stockade and there has been a dubious musical called Eureka.
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    Hinch's Xmas Ham

    I rashly (‘scuse the pun) bought a slab of what they called “Virginian Leg Ham” at the supermarket recently. A “ selected portion trimmed of fat and smoked for extra flavour”.
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