Chris Terlikar's Recommendations

Restaurants:
Best kept secret at The Black Pearl
Upstairs at The Black Pearl is my most regular secret drinking haunt, but a longtime favourite is also Prudence Bar in North Melbourne. They don't have a kitchen themselves but get really good neighbourhood restaurants like Little Africa to deliver food to the bar.
Best cafe at Hammer & Tong
My favourite cafe/breakfast spot is Hammer and Tong for their Breakfast Ramen and Spanner Crab Egg Crepe, neither will leave you disappointed.
Special occasion at Epocha
Epocha for beautifully made classic Mediterranean food.
Favourite international restaurant at Izakaya Den
Izakaya Den on Russell Street. The space downstairs is unexpected and welcoming. Don't miss those corn fritters.
Late night dining at Neighbourhood Wine
The tucked away Neighbourhood Wine in Fitzroy North is definitely up there. French style cuisine in a rustic but relaxed setting with the added bonus of a billiard table for after dinner.
Best winery at Mountain Goat Brewery
To be entirely honest I would rather go to a brewery. At Bluebonnet we have a large focus on craft beers so I like to see what is out there. If you don't want to have to venture out of town then Mountain Goat brewery in Richmond is a good option.
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