There is something undoubtedly comforting about having a warm noodle soup in colder months and I’ve discovered there’s no better place to do this than Melbourne’s first dedicated Laotian noodle outpost, Noodle House by Lao-Luangprabang.
It takes a particular kind of bravery to re-visit a restaurant after walking out on them but I was up to the challenge.
Nocturnal creatures are spoilt for choice now. Fast food has taken a backseat to the likes of 24-hour ramen, midnight spaghetti and American comfort food. Enter Butchers Diner.
Lanzhou Beef Noodle Bar is chief among a new emerging raft of noodle bars in Melbourne, and has developed a cult following.
Manned by Matt Piccone of Pellegrini’s fame, after his 19 years as a barista there, and his partner Julia Piccone, Pentolina has some serious Pugliese chops underpinning it.
Portello Rosso is an ever-reliable source of tasty Spanish food and a more parent-friendly CBD dining option than the perennially cool Bar Lourinha and the slightly more upmarket MoVida outposts.
I assumed Hawker Boys was new, but reviews dating back to 2016 revealed how little I venture up to Hardware Lane.