Good Food - Nina Rousseau

Nina Rousseau

Epicure editor and restaurant reviewer

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

Ginger Club Indian Restaurant

Ginger Club Indian restaurant.

Quick! If you love Indian food, head to this humble shopfront for some of the best in town.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Apr 16 08:00:00 EST 2013

Cosy & Tasty Dumpling Chinese Restaurant

Pork and prawn dumplings.

This unassuming little place is exactly what it claims on the box - 'cosy' and 'tasty'.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Apr 09 08:00:00 EST 2013


Raw yellowfin tuna kibbeh.

The one-year-old Bayte is a little nugget of Lebanese gold.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Apr 02 07:00:00 EST 2013

Happy Palace

Kung Pow! chicken.

For many, Happy Palace will be their new happy place.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Mar 26 00:00:00 EST 2013

Whisky for sale: $200,000 a bottle

Master Blender Colin Scott assess the 45-year-old whiskey.

Would you pay $200,000 for a bottle of whisky? Royal Salute's 45-year-old "Tribute of Honour" whisky is on sale.

Drink,Food News | Nina Rousseau | Thu Mar 21 00:00:00 EST 2013

Acland St Cantina

'Mexican cheese fondue' with organic chorizo.

Does this cool, buzzy basement bunker live up to its hype? Yes, and no.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Mar 19 08:00:00 EST 2013

Hottest cheap eats trends for 2013

Leek, egg york and seeds from Silo.

Some of the hottest and best-value eating from The Age Good Food Under $30 guide, out on Saturday.

Eat Out | Simone Egger and Nina Rousseau | Tue Mar 12 03:00:00 EST 2013

The Last Jar

The Last Jar's Dublin Coddle.

The Last Jar is a proper Irish pub that's giving unsung Irish cuisine some love.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Mar 12 00:00:00 EST 2013

Hey Jude

Hey Jude cafe in Essendon. Dishes: Breakfast salad and the Wagyu burger. 25 February 2013.
The Age Epicure. Photo:EDDIE JIM.

If you're after classic cafe staples without too much spin, Hey Jude could be your new haunt.

Eat Out | Nina Rousseau | Tue Mar 05 01:00:00 EST 2013