Good Food - Nina Rousseau

Nina Rousseau

Epicure editor and restaurant reviewer

It's a bunfight! Melbourne's best hot cross buns

The winner: Tivoli Road Bakery's hot cross bun.

Who has the best buns? An expert panel checked out some of Melbourne's finest.

Top 10 Eat Out | Roslyn Grundy and Nina Rousseau | Tue Apr 08 03:00:00 EST 2014

The Fish Market

The Fish Market's classy fish and chips.

This Richmond fish and chippery is a nice little local for a casual drop-in, without going into uncharted waters.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Jan 14 00:00:00 EST 2014

Postino

It's very good pizza at Postino - a light, thin base with zero sog-factor, a fluffy crust, charred just right.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Nov 05 00:00:00 EST 2013

Miss Katie's Crab Shack

Buttermilk fried chicken and waffles.

Bib up - it's crab cracking time at this shrine to old-style southern cooking.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Oct 22 00:00:00 EST 2013

Dainty Sichuan

Abalone and super spicy hotpot combo.

Leading Melbourne's individualistic hotpot charge, Dainty Sichuan's Box Hill restaurant is a hoot and perfect for a group.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Oct 15 00:00:00 EST 2013

It's bowling day in Clayton, so be sure to don a hat or three

Former Vue de Monde chef Clinton McIver and girlfriend Ali Rolin Correa have taken over the kitchen at Clayton Bowls Club.

Clayton Bowls Club looks like any typical suburban bowlo.

Food News | Nina Rousseau | Tue Oct 08 03:00:00 EST 2013

Champion's Grill

Parsnip ice-cream, strawberries and silky buttermilk curd.

Been to Clayton Bowls Club lately? You should and you should get in quick.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Oct 08 00:00:00 EST 2013

The National Hotel

Braised lamb shoulder.

Pull up a cocktail, settle in for cider, the National's magnificent eco-friendly beer garden is prime turf.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Oct 01 00:00:00 EST 2013

Shokuiku

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Translated from Japanese, Shokuiku means 'food education', and it's the core of this chilled, raw food cafe.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Sep 24 00:00:00 EST 2013

Tuck Shop Take Away

Tuck Shop's 'The Major' burger, triple-cooked chips and Nutella milkshake.

Tuck Shop is a schoolyard delight, a retro bonanza of old-school but with Gonski reforms.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Sep 17 00:00:00 EST 2013

Saigon Sally

Banh bo nut from Saigon Sally.

Hanoi Hannah's sister restaurant is an exuberant, glam, buzzing modern Vietnamese diner.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Sep 10 00:00:00 EST 2013

Huxtaburger

Huxtaburger city review.

It's a slick, low-lit, loud and pumping place.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Sep 03 00:00:00 EST 2013

DOC Albert Park

San Daniele pizza at restaurant DOC in Albert Park.  THE AGE . epicure . 13 AUGUST 2013 . photo by Simon O'Dwyer

It opened quietly, without too much fuss, and then - boom! - baysiders flocked to DOC Albert Park like seagulls after a chip.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Aug 27 11:50:19 EST 2013

The Stables of Como

Meringue at The Stables.

At only three weeks old, the Stables is already off at a gallop. Welcome back, Como.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Aug 20 01:00:00 EST 2013

Jimmy Grants

The Bonnegilla Souvlaki at Jimmy Grants.

Bust open the ouzo – we have a new title-holder for "Melbourne's best souvlaki bar".

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Aug 13 01:00:00 EST 2013

Food for thought as restaurant noise levels reach new heights

Unsafe noise levels are a growing concern in Australia's top restaurants. In tests for Fairfax Media, sound engineers recorded levels higher than WorkCover's safe limit of 85 decibels.

Food News | Nina Rousseau | Tue Aug 06 03:00:00 EST 2013

Lona Pintxos Bar

Arancini-smoked aioli.

Dedicated pintxos bars are few in Melbourne. Pronunciation? ''Pint-ex-os'' is incorrect. ''Pin-choss'' is good, with a soft ''ch'' sound.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Aug 06 00:00:00 EST 2013

Little Joe

Little Joe cafe in Warburton.

Little Joe's bases have good flavour and chew, with fat crusts and ultra-thin bottoms.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Jul 30 01:00:00 EST 2013

Mr Nice Guy

Mr Nice Guy Thai cafe in the city.

This fresh-faced effort from the team behind Middle Fish takes southern Thai cuisine on a brave new Melbourne adventure.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Jul 23 11:38:11 EST 2013

Adeney Milk Bar

Bhaji pav is a superb gingery vegie 'soup'.

This reclaimed Kew milk bar is enjoying a next-generation revival.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Jul 16 05:00:00 EST 2013