Category Archives: Six Star rating

Fifteen Pounds – 21-23 Railway Place Fairfield

‘Fifteen pounds’  is a new comer in Fairfield – and raises the bar to  new heights. Coffee is exemplary quality from ‘Campos’ and is well made – rich and thick texture. The Baristas are truly on the ball here. Always lots of customers in the take-away coffee queue. The bread comes from ‘Crumbs Organic Bakehouse’ in Ascot Vale.

The menu is really interesting – all ingredients are of top quality – the flavours are complex and sophisticated.  We had the ‘baked  eggs with the cassareccio salami, roast peppers, truffle oil, gruyere cheese and vine ripened tomatoes’ and the ‘two poached eggs with gluten free toast, smoked salmon,braised fennel  infused with chilli, topped with dill hollandaise and crispy radish’.  What a delight – fresh complex flavours.

Atmosphere is a retro-grunge – with old timber pallets being recycled into furniture. There is a court yard out the back.

Finally an oasis in Fairfield has arrived !! Go!!
Fifteen Pounds gets its name from the ‘recommended tamper’ pressure when dosing a coffee basket.

two:bob – Cafe Clifton Hill

two:bob is at 270 Queens Parade Clifton Hill Melbourne, in the old bank building. The fit out is clean and spacious. Coffee is by ‘Coffee Supreme’ in Abbotsford – and is quite excellent. Service was great and the menu looked really interesting. We had the Bircher Muesli, Corn and Zucchini fritters, Coconut, oat and raspberry loaf, and Poached eggs with smoked salmon. Worth a try and five star rating easy! Notice the name is all lower case and don’t forget the colon!

Upon a recent visit we can safely confirm that all is going well. French Toast was excellent and coffee was superb. Upgrade to Six star rating – website coming soon at .

Provenance 2010 Golden Plains Pinot Noir

What a delightful Pinot! Color is cherry red with medium intensity. Nose reveals lovely red fruits,  sour cherries, hints of forest, slightly gamey – not over extracted or heavy. Palate is in nice balance, with a soft lingering finish  revealing all that the nose promised- hint of strawberry and spice. It is a joy to taste a wine which is not over-ripe, not over-worked and not over-extracted. Is this wine worth cellaring? Why bother – drink it and enjoy the length and richness. This is a non ‘P’ wine, No plums and No prunes. Inspirational stuff! 13.3% alcohol. Vineyards are 70km west of Melbourne.

Le Benaton – Beaune

Le Benaton restaurant in Beaune is always a regular visit for us. Food is innovative, creative and the winelist is finally up to the mark.  The pigeon and tete de veaux are always standout dishes. Maybe the best restaurant in Beaune.

Lavinia – Paris


Lavinia is one of the great wine shops in Paris. A great range and all stored in perfect conditions. The BIG plus is that you can drink any wine in the shop in their Cafe for lunch at bottleshop price.  What a bargain. Food and service in the cafe is excellent and it is always full – so you need to book.