Rod Shokuhi – eat & drink Insider Knowledge

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Rod Shokuhi is one of our Australian young chef 2014 state finalists and head chef at Beasley’s Tea House in Melbourne. Get a little insider knowledge as Rod shares his favourite places for coffee, food, markets and bars in and around Melbourne.

favourite coffee spots

Melissa’s, Templestowe
The coffee here is my favourite. It’s local, outdoor smoking and heated also helps give this place my thumbs up

Le Petit Gateaux, CBD
Coffee is amazing along with Pierrick Boyers petit gateaux range. Also great value and professionalism

Mozzarella Bar, Seddon
New pizzeria, this amazing venue boasts great traditional Italian food. From there house made pastas, to their future award winning pizza’s. Coffee is as consistently great as their level of service

favourite casual eateries

Rainbow Hotel, Brunswick
Top food with great selection of local beers on tap, service and premises is great and knowledgeable

Baci, Crown Casino Melbourne
Their food is consistent and delicious, with a great variety. Service is always attentive but not intrusive

Cafe Rosamond, Collingwood
Pierre Roeloffs dessert evenings on Thursday nights are incredible and great value for money. Coffee and service is great, and the small space makes for an intimate evening with friends or loved ones

favourite restaurants

Spice Temple, Crown Casino Melbourne
Incredible food and plates to share means that dinner is always interactive, and inviting. Great menu and service

Spicy Fish, China Town
Always busy, always great Szechuan style cuisine, and consistently great for the past ten years I have been going there. Best steamed dim sims in Melbourne

Attica, Ripponlea
Amazing on all levels, my favourite is that it ticks all of the boxes for ‘sensations’. You simply get what you pay for here, and the team makes sure of it

favourite bars

The Night Cat, Brunswick
Spanish bar and club, this venue is always pumping with a great Mediterranean vibe. Live Spanish music makes for a great night out

The Black Pearl, Brunswick
Dim lit and great drinks knowledge, it’s the perfect venue for a small staff get together or deep discussions with your mates

Naked For Satan, Brunswick
Multi levelled and very rustic, it’s my favourite venue to go out with friends for drinks and cheap tapas! Great music too

favourite markets

Prahran Market, South Yarra
This market highlights organic produce and specialty items. Attached to the market is the Essential Ingredient, where you can obtain the best products the industry can offer

Warrandyte Market, Warrandyte
This monthly stall market brings all of the community together with local growers of fruit, vegetables and specialty produce to provide the best the area has to offer with a family oriented demographic

Strawberry Farm, Warrandyte
This local grower of berries has a quality second to none. A family tradition that has been operating for decades, it offers a special product to the community that is well known in the Yarra Valley

favourite interstate restaurants

Quay, Sydney
The epitome in fine dining, this restaurant makes any occasion a special event in your life

Vapiano Restaurant, Surfers Paradise
The best pizza and salad bar, the have a great interactive restaurant with excellent value for money, and good service.
The ruchetta salad is especially good

French Bistro, Broadbeach Queensland
A really pleasant restaurant that offers traditional french bistro cuisine. It’s simple, elegant and exactly what you would expect from a tourist location

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