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Stockholm Hotspot Find: Coffice

Stockholm Hotspot Find: Coffice | meltingbutter.com

Coffice is the place to go in Stockholm for excellent quality barista coffee made by award winning baristas. This café has some serious coffee cred since its run by the owners of Drop Coffee who are arguably the best roasters in Sweden. But Coffice has a much fresher concept than your average café. Inside you’ll … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Mozzarella e Vino

NYC Hotspot Find: Mozzarella e Vino | meltingbutter.com

Midtown has got to be one of my least favourite dining destinations in NYC. I’m pretty sure local New Yorkers and tourists alike have gone for an inspiring trip to MoMa, left feeling famished with zero decent restaurant options (that don’t equal the price of a limb). Enter Mozzarella e Vino a casual yet elegant enoteca specialising in … Continue reading

London Hotspot Find: Fernandez & Wells

London Hotspot Find: Fernandez & Wells | meltingbutter.com

FERNANDEZ & WELLS, LONDON SOHO You know those days where you didn’t eat lunch till 3pm and you’re not really in the mood for a full-blown dinner? But you still fancy sharing a bottle of red? It’s on these kinds of nights that Fernandez & Wells delivers. Grab a seat, a bottle of red, along … Continue reading

London Hotspot Find: Rochelle Canteen

London Hotspot Find: Rochelle Canteen | meltingbutter.com

ROCHELLE CANTEEN, SHOREDITCH Eating lunch at Rochelle Canteen is strictly for those in the know or those with in the know friends. Entry into the restaurant is granted by buzzing an unmarked door nestled in the walls of an old Victorian school situated on Arnold Circus in Shoreditch. Stepping through the door, you’ll likely experience … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Flinders Lane

NYC Hotspot Find: Flinders Lane | meltingbutter.com

FLINDERS LANE, EAST VILLAGE It took dinner at Flinders Lane to realise how much I’ve missed the food back home in Australia. If you’re lucky enough to have travelled there, you’ll know modern Australian cuisine as a beautiful multicultural collision that takes the best from South East Asia, Greece, Italy and even India with British … Continue reading

London Hotspot Find: Shoreditch Grind

London Hotspot Find: Shoreditch Grind | meltingbutter.com

SHOREDITCH GRIND, OLD STREET Conveniently located directly on the Old Street station roundabout is Shoreditch Grind a third wave, artisanal café by day and a cocktail bar by night. Is it just me? Or is that a genius idea? A trip to Shoreditch Grind will have you sipping on a flat white (these guys are … Continue reading

London Hotspot Find: Duck Soup

London Hotspot Find: Duck Soup | meltingbutter.com

DUCK SOUP, SOHO Duck Soup is a buzzing London restaurant where the chefs turn out simple food made with restraint. In fact, everything about this hotspot is pared-back, even the surrounds are minimal, probably deliberately so to showcase their honest food. The restaurant is inspired by the neighbourhood eateries of provincial France but with an … Continue reading

London Hotspot Find: L’Entrepot

London Hotspot Find: L’Entrepot | meltingbutter.com

L’ENTREPOT, HACKNEY What goes together better than food and wine? Nothing right? So to me, it makes complete sense for an independent wine merchant like Borough Wines, known in London for their excellently edited wine selection, to open an adjoining rustic French eatery. It also leaves me questioning why more boutique wine sellers aren’t doing … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Joseph Leonard

NYC Hotspot Find: Joseph Leonard | meltingbutter.com

JOSEPH LEONARD, WEST VILLAGE Brunch at Joseph Leonard can be likened to attending your cool stylist friend’s brunch party. You feel slightly jealous as you enter into her tiny but bright West Village apartment filled with all the curious antiques she’s discovered on her travels. You can’t help but notice how she seems to have … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Hi-Collar

NYC Hotspot Find: Hi-Collar | meltingbutter.com

HI-COLLAR, EAST VILLAGE I keep saying “this is my new favourite restaurant” but this time it really is, promise. Hi-Collar is one of those no-details-spared Japanese hotspots. It’s a Parisian-inspired cafe by day and restaurant/sake bar by night. The place literally transforms as soon as the barman stealthily slides the wall-to-wall cabinet door to reveal … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Saxon + Parole

NYC Hotspot Find: Saxon + Parole | meltingbutter.com

SAXON + PAROLE, NOHO Saxon + Parole is a solid NoHo restaurant where you can expect an excellent meal with a memorable bottle of wine. You’ll even enjoy all of it in the restaurant’s lively atmosphere with its sophisticated NoHo crowd. Meat-lovers’ ears will prick up when they hear the specials because there’s bound to … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Hide-Chan Ramen

NYC Hotspot Find: Hide-Chan Ramen | meltingbutter.com

HIDE-CHAN RAMEN, MIDTOWN Midtown is pretty much the most uninspiring place in Manhattan to work if you’re looking for an exciting lunch. But there is a hidden secret that office workers in the eastern mid-50’s have been guarding closely for a while now. Hide-Chan Ramen, a franchise hailing all the way from Tokyo (and sister … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Bohemian

NYC Hotspot Find: Bohemian | meltingbutter.com

BOHEMIAN NYC | NOHO Hidden behind Japan Premium Beef on Great Jones Street, lays a Japanese restaurant shrouded in secrecy – an almost impossible feat in a city run by publicity and where speakeasies and members clubs are a dime-a-dozen. Somehow though, Bohemian pulls off the member’s only restaurant concept in a way that weeds out … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Charlie Bird

NYC Hotspot Find: Charlie Bird | meltingbutter.com

CHARLIE BIRD, SOHO Lingering lunches at Charlie Bird are my new favourite weekend pursuit. Modern Italian food isn’t always done with as much flair in this town, there’s always that fine line that’s crossed where the food is more American-Italian than it is Italian-Italian, but Charlie Bird gets it right. I’m even poised to say … Continue reading

London Hotspot Find: Ottolenghi

London Hotspot Find: Ottolenghi | meltingbutter.com

OTTOLENGHI, ISLINGTON Yotam Ottolenghi, best known the world over for his imaginative and beautifully photographed cookbooks (Plenty being my fave), is also known by lucky Londoners for his delightful little restaurants (Islington being my fave). You see, I used to live right on Upper Street where Ottolenghi’s Islington outpost is located and each day walking … Continue reading

Amsterdam Hotspot Find: Hotel Droog

Amsterdam Hotspot Find: Hotel Droog | meltingbutter.com

HOTEL DROOG, AMSTERDAM CENTRUM Droog Design, the iconic Dutch design force best known for its unique brand of dry, ironic design has created an almost unimaginable design and hospitality emporium. Hotel Droog as they call it is in fact a hotel offering one hotel room, but what makes its so interesting is its reverse design … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Uncle Boons

NYC Hotspot Find: Uncle Boons | meltingbutter.com

UNCLE BOONS, NOLITA Let’s say you’re reminiscing about your last trip to Thailand, when you were nursing that ice-cold beer and grazing on Thai food with that unmistakable fresh, dynamic flavor. You want to recreate that, but you’re stuck in Lower Manhattan, that concrete jungle we all know lacks quality Thai, considering every other cuisine … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Mast Brothers Chocolate

NYC Hotspot Find: Mast Brothers Chocolate | meltingbutter.com

MAST BROTHERS CHOCOLATE, WILLIAMSBURG A must visit spot as you wander the streets of Williamsburg is Mast Brothers Chocolate, an artisanal chocolate factory and store best known for its chocolates that surely inspired Brooklyn’s now ubiquitous craft movement. We can thank founders Michael and Rick Mast for their devoted chocolate making process where only the … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Taïm Falafel & Smoothie Bar

NYC Hotspot Find: Taïm Falafel & Smoothie Bar | meltingbutter.com

TAÏM FALAFEL & SMOOTHIE BAR, WEST VILLAGE In the beautiful tree-lined West Village lies Taïm (pronounced ta-eem) a quaint little falafel and smoothie bar serving up unadulterated Israeli falafel in the form of sandwiches and platters. Taïm, meaning “tasty” in Hebrew, has no difficulty living up its own name by offering crunchy on the outside, … Continue reading

Sydney Hotspot Find: Vietnamese Food at the Kirribilli Markets

Sydney Hotspot Find: Vietnamese Food at the Kirribilli Markets | meltingbutter.com

VIETNAMESE STAND AT KIRRIBILLI MARKETS, KIRRIBILLI This little piggy went to the Kirribilli Markets A favorite weekend past time of mine is hitting the markets. The fresh air, fresh food and knick-knacks seems to slow down the pace. One of my favorite markets is the Kirribilli Art and Design market, because of the art, design, … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Extra Fancy

NYC Hotspot Find: Extra Fancy | meltingbutter.com

EXTRA FANCY, WILLIAMSBURG If I really think about the establishments popping up around Williamsburg one theme comes to mind – not so fancy and extra fancy. It’s a veritable hodgepodge of highbrow, lowbrow, cheap, expensive, dive-y and upscale and Extra Fancy is a bar/restaurant nodding its head to this wonderful characteristic of Williamsburg. Don’t let … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Dimes

NYC Hotspot Find: Brunch at Dimes | meltingbutter.com

DIMES NYC, LOWER EAST SIDE Newcomers to the downtown restaurant scene like Dimes (and Skal around the corner) make the once desolate intersection of Chinatown and the Lower East Side the area for cool new restaurant watching. The arrival of Dimes makes me a happy bruncher, luncher, and all day breakfaster. I’m happy because of … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken

NYC Hotspot Find: Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken | meltingbutter.com

BROMBERG BROS. BLUE RIBBON FRIED CHICKEN, EAST VILLAGE NYC’s cult fried chicken favourite now has its own outpost where hungry Manhattanites can indulge in deliciously crispy birds in the bright, low-key, cafeteria-style space. If you’ve not tried Blue Ribbon’s fried chicken before, expect umami galore when you feast on the Chicken Dinner with chips and … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Pearl & Ash

NYC Hotspot Find: Pearl & Ash | meltingbutter.com

PEARL & ASH, NOLITA When you dine in a restaurant with an inch-thick wine list you’d expect to be dropping some serious cash. You could go either way at Pearl & Ash, a progressive downtown wine bar serving up globally inspired small plates with a plenty of wow factor. For 10-15 bucks a plate and … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: The 303 at Louie and Chan

NYC Hotspot Find: The 303 at Louie and Chan | meltingbutter.com

THE 303 AT LOUIE AND CHAN, LOWER EAST SIDE This brand-new restaurant and basement bar/music room concept is exactly what discerning New Yorkers have been looking for. I for one am celebrating its arrival to the downtown Manhattan scene. Here’s how your night at Louie and Chan is going to play out – a pre-dinner … Continue reading