I am not a real brunch person … I would prefer to wait another hour and have a proper lunch with wine.
I don’t usually do cafes either which is, of course, way off-trend.
The exception would be yum-cha. I love dumplings, particularly the xiao long bao (soupy dumplings) at Hutong in Commercial Road.
Hands down my favourite for years is Di Stasio.
I love the grilled oysters with horseradish, the maltagliati with radicchio and squid, and the white chocolate tart.
A QUIET DINNER
My go-to is Lau’s Family Kitchen in St Kilda. I love the mapo tofu and just about anything they suggest.
It’s cosy, quick and offers great style and delicious food.
TO SEE AND BE SEEN
As I spend half my life at the moment in Bali, I hope you don’t mind if I mention Da Maria, Maurice Terzini’s new ode to Amalfi on Petitenget.
This beautiful restaurant is super hot right now and the room has some of the best people-watching you can imagine.
A FANCY DINNER
One of my favourite dining rooms is Rosetta at Crown. I love the Pucci print and luxury of it all.
I really appreciate the high levels of service and amenity with faultless uncomplicated food.
A BIG GROUP
Whenever I have a larger group, family with kids, maybe to watch the football, we head to The Grosvenor Hotel in East St Kilda.
It’s great for everyone, has the best steaks, a great wine list and plenty of beers on tap. It’s not expensive and very relaxed.
Vietnamese vanguard, chef and owner of Dandelion, Elwood, and Saigon Street, Bali; popping up in Lorne at The Crab Club this summer.