lunch at Picanteria at Harley House

lunch at Picanteria at Harley House

I first tried Peruvian food at Panca in New York City and I enjoyed it very much. It has become one of the new food trends in Melbourne, following on from the Mexican trend. By chance I noticed the menu for a new place called Picanteria on a laneway wall off Exhibition St just south of the corner of Collins St in the Melbourne CBD recently and was intrigued, so I returned a couple of days later for lunch.…

breakfast at El Chino, St George’s Rd North Fitzroy

breakfast at El Chino, St George’s Rd North Fitzroy

I’ve neglected North Fitzroy of late, and it’s time to make amends. There are several newish places to try, and El Chino was top of the list. Located in what was formerly an unfashionable bakery, El Chino retains the bakery function though the breads and pastries being produced now look like a match for nearby competitors like Dench and Loafer.…

lunch at La Condesa on Chapel St Fitzroy

lunch at La Condesa on Chapel St Fitzroy

No, not the more famous Chapel St southside, but the little one off Johnston St that is home to Juddy Roller cafe. The former Mughal Indian restaurant on the corner of Chapel and Johnston streets is being refitted as the dining room for the new¬†La Condesa taqueria but, in the meantime, the kitchen is already operating and serving out of a shack at the rear of the property.…

empanadas for lunch at La Dulcita on Brunswick St

empanadas for lunch at La Dulcita on Brunswick St

After the closure of Juanita’s two years ago I was bereft, as I was deprived of south American treats. Sonido is great but doesn’t have the cakes that Juanita’s had. Now it seems there is a successor. La Dulcita opened a couple of weeks ago in the front bit of what was Retro cafe, as part of the same development that has Brother Burger along the Westgarth St side and The Playroom upstairs (which is currently hosting an amazing popup wine bar called the Barrel Room by the Vinsurgents).…