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Pabu Grill and Sake

With recent additions Shop Ramen, Hinoki Japanese Pantry and BistroK, plus long-stayers Peko Peko, Easy Tiger, Wabi Sabi Salon, Wood Spoon Kitchen and more, Smith Street, Collingwood is slowly turning into an Asian food haven, with a strong focus on Japanese cuisine. Woohoo!



One night after some ramen, friends and I decided we needed dessert, and sake. (Essential.) We walked past the freshly minted Pabu Grill & Sake (190 Smith Street, Collingwood) and decided to give it a shot. We sat at the front communal table and were given very attentive service by the host. I was particularly keen to sample the sake flight and one of my favourite all-time desserts, mochi. (See my previous rave about them here.) The green tea ones were okay, but the plain and melon flavoured ones were delicious.



Pabu (Japanese for 'pub') pitches itself as a modern Izakaya, or Japanese tapas bar - that is, a casual establishment where the food is designed for sharing. It also has a decent array of sake,…

Lemon, Middle and Orange

(As seen in GRAM magazine)
Now officially THE CLOSEST cafe to my house, I am delighted to announce that new Collingwood addition, Lemon, Middle and Orange (25-31 Rokeby Street, Collingwood) does a decent dose of caffeine. 
Secondarily, it is a few doors from my local watering hole, the Prince Patrick Hotel (135 Victoria Parade, Collingwood) -- so now I can trot directly from brunch to the pub. Score! 
Kidding. (Sort of.) Of course LM&O (or "the citrus place", as my housemate and I have taken to calling it) has benefits other than its proximity to the pub. 


For instance: the decor. Originally an old paint factory, LM&O's premises were dolled up by upstairs neighbours John Wardle Architects, next-door neighbours Spacecraft Studio, and branding-crew-to-the-hip-and-delicious, Projects of Imagination. It's all pared-back blank surfaces of concrete, stainless steel, brick and loads of timber joinery -- with touches of yellow and bright orange, naturally. (Incidenta…