Tazio Birraria Pizzeria Cucina | Barney Allens | Society | SHU | Pok Pok Junior | Rex tremendae | Mr Tulk

Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of Tazio, Barney Allens and SHU.

Tazio Birraria Pizzeria Cucina
Tazio is a lovely eatery located on bustling Flinders Lane. Offering traditional Italian pizzas in a warm and inviting environment, Tazio is ideal for groups or intimate dining experiences.
We enjoyed the pizzas on offer. Of particular note is the Della Mare pizza. This prawn pizza was picture perfect in appearance and outstanding in taste. Layers of mozzarella were teamed with tomatoes, fresh spinach, generous amounts of garlic and the perfect hint of chilli. With a beautifully thin and crisp crust, this pizza was a joy.

Location: 66 Flinders Lane  Melbourne,
Phone: 03 9654 9119
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Cocktails

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Barney Allens

A popular pub in St Kilda, Barney Allens serves reasonably priced and unpretentious pub fare. The thing you notice straight away is the friendly staff which create a welcoming atmosphere.

Each item we ordered offered plenty of bang for your buck and was of a good standard. Our favourite dish from the night were the Southern Fried Buttermilk chicken ribs with srircha hot sauce. These ribs exceeded our expectations.  Each piece was nicely caramelised and crispy and were flavoured well.  

Overall, Barney Allens offers a tempting proposition with hearty home-style food executed well at very reasonable prices.

Location: 14 Fitzroy St  St Kilda
Phone: 03 9525 5477
Cuisine: Modern, Burgers, Wine Bar

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Society Restaurant
We were recently enjoyed Society Restaurant's express business lunch menu. For a mere $20 or $25 you get to pick from a delicious selection and enjoy one course and a glass of wine, soft drink or a Dimattina coffee in the restaurant's lush surrounds. The meal also starts with freshly baked Ciabatta bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
As far as express lunches go, the one offered by Society Restaurant is an absolute bargain. We loved every dish and were pleased with the friendly and professional service and cannot wait to return! 

Location: 23 Bourke St  Melbourne
Phone: 03 9639 2544
Link: http://www.societyrestaurant.com/
Cuisine: Italian

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SHU is a contemporary Chinese restaurant in Collingwood.  
The food at Shu is based on Sichuan flavours (displaying the signature spiciness) with owner, Shu Liu's modern twist.  Having cooked in Sichuan since he was young, Liu's home-cooking was an inspiration to him and finally brought him to Melbourne to promote his Sichuan heritage to Melbournians in a contemporary style.
Whilst the restaurant decor leaves much to be desired (it is not for the faint hearted), the food is great and there is clear talent and great potential here.
Liu's ability to make vegan dishes absolutely moreish is commendable. Overall SHU is a welcomed addition to Melbourne's vegan restaurant scene. We look forward to seeing SHU restaurant go from strength to strength.

Location: 147 Johnston Street  Collingwood
Phone: 03 9090 7878
Cuisine: Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian

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Pok Pok Junior
After the success of the original Pok Pok in Docklands, the restaurant now has a CBD version..
We can confirm the offerings are just as good. There is also a neat little Thai breakfast offering for those that are open to trying something a little different for brunch/breakfast in the CBD.

Location: Shop 9/555 Bourke St  Melbourne
Phone: 03 9629 5881
Cuisine: Coffee, Thai

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Rex tremendae 
2 words. AMAZING COFFEE. Definitely worth a visit. They also serve a selection of delicious sweet treats and bagels.

Location: 547-555 Flinders Lane  Melbourne
Cuisine: Coffee, Dessert

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Mr Tulk
Appropriately named after the first librarian of the public library, Mr Tulk sits within the state library of Victoria.
 Serving excellent coffee in a wonderfully relaxed environment, Mr Tulk is a Melbourne gem.
Perfect for coffee catch ups and light lunches.

Location: 328 Swanston St  Melbourne
Phone: 03 8660 5700
Link: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/about/visiting/spaces/cafe.html
Cuisine: Coffee, Modern, Breakfast

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