Nina Rousseau

Nina Rousseau

Epicure editor

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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

Lunch deliveries from door to desk

David's pork belly bao.

Nina Rousseau tracks down six ways to beat the lunchtime blues.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Fri Jun 14 10:00:40 EST 2013

Goodbye Virginia, hello Mercy

Head chef at Virginia Plain, Andy Harmer, and his seagrapes dish. 15 May 2013.
The Age Epicure. Photo:EDDIE JIM.

After nine months, Virginia Plain is no more, but will be rebranded Mercy Bar + Eatery.

Food News | Nina Rousseau | Thu Jun 13 13:00:00 EST 2013

Zone 2 dining guide

The souvlaki from Oakleigh's Kalimera Souvlaki Art.

Nina Rousseau tracks down 25 of Melbourne's outer suburban legends.

Top 10 Eat Out,Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Mon Jun 10 19:47:34 EST 2013

A Boy Named Sue

Go to dish: 'Suck eggs' wins the brunch Pulitzer.

This boy is a thoroughly delightful, cool, mudbrick cafe and pizzeria in hilly St Andrews.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Jun 04 09:00:00 EST 2013's fondue-esque Friuli pizza.

Sex sells; so does pizza. Put them together and hello, a slick'n'low-lit pizzeria run by Remo Nicolini.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue May 28 10:26:54 EST 2013

La Tortilleria

An Amigos Platter at La Tortilleria.

This sunny, two-month-old tortilleria is producing Melbourne's most bona fide tortilla.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Mon May 20 00:00:00 EST 2013

Croissanterie ahead of the curve

Kate Reid's croissants.

Could Kate Reid be making Melbourne's best croissants? Nina Rousseau talks to the aerodynamicist turned baker.

Food News | Nina Rousseau | Fri May 17 10:00:00 EST 2013

The Grain Store

Vegan Cauliflower, Quinoa and Goji Berry Salad at The Grain Store.

This soothing haven goes back to basics, putting sophistication into sustainability.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue May 14 07:28:41 EST 2013

The Spotted Mallard

The Grose beef cheek Rueben (with the hand cut chips and slaw.

Is it a hipster bar? A classic pub? An after-hours dining hall? Yes to all three.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue May 07 07:00:00 EST 2013


The brisket meat tray with mac and cheese.

Melbourne's newest barbecue restaurant is hardcore but it's no Americana 'BBQ shak'.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Apr 30 08:00:00 EST 2013

ShanDong MaMa

ShanDong MaMa  noodles.

This no-frills Chinese diner dishes up home-style Shandong cuisine cooked by 'mama'.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Mon Apr 22 16:00:00 EST 2013