Penne 4 Your Thoughts

Penne Cole's thoughts on food, travel and more

Restaurant review: Pascale at QT Melbourne

  Pascale, if you believe Qantas’ inflight magazine, is the one of the hottest new restaurants in Melbourne. Part of the newly-opened QT hotel on Russell Street, Pascale is helmed by Executive … Continue reading

October 27, 2016 · 5 Comments

Mind blown @ Tonka

When I think of Indian food, heavily spiced curries, naan and lassi come to mind. But I got none of that at Tonka. Tonka is Chef Adam D’Sylva’s (of Coda fame) … Continue reading

October 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Crispy-licious eggplant at Lee Ho Fook, Melbourne

Dining alone kinda sucks. More so if you have to do it week after week. Such is the not-so glamorous side of a travelling consultant’s lifestyle. So it was a … Continue reading

October 5, 2016 · 6 Comments

Mouthwatering Thai fusion at Lucy Liu, Melbourne

Judging by the number of softshell crab jianbing flying out of the kitchen, this must be one of Lucy Liu’s most popular dishes and no wonder. The crab is deliciously … Continue reading

September 21, 2016 · 2 Comments

City breaks: Brisbane, Australia

It’s been a while since we took a break from the daily grind. Weekly travel, early morning starts, and constant walks with the dog were wearing us down. So when we … Continue reading

September 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ramen at Rising Sun Workshop

Nestled in a quiet laneway off Newtown’s busy King Street is Sydney’s first communal motorcycle workshop cum cafe, the Rising Sun Workshop. It’s dedicated to all the biking enthusiasts in crowded … Continue reading

September 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

Solo dinner at Honcho Noodle, Melbourne

Honcho Noodle is a ghost town when I arrive. To be fair, this is the pop-up version before the real restaurant opens on Melbourne’s popular Punch Lane, and I am … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · 2 Comments

Cheap Eats and amazing smoked chicken at Taipei Chef

I’ve been on a quest to eat at every one of the SMH Good Food Guide’s top 50 Cheap Eats in Sydney. So far, I’ve been to just under half … Continue reading

September 3, 2016 · 3 Comments

Restaurant review: Añada

What do you do for dinner when you’re only feeling mildly peckish? I found myself in this situation the other day, mostly because I’d had two Krispy Kreme doughnuts for breakfast, … Continue reading

August 20, 2016 · 5 Comments

Best breakfast in Melbourne: Magic Mountain Saloon

After months of weekly travel to Melbourne, I’ve become heartily sick of the usual cafe fare for breakfast. It got to the point where I was just craving a simple bowl … Continue reading

August 17, 2016 · 2 Comments

Best cheap eats ever: Yang Guo Fu Ma La Tang

Yes it has a somewhat unpronounceable name (unless, of course, you know Chinese). But with a bowl of noodles this delicious, everything is forgiven. Yang Guo Fu Ma La Tang … Continue reading

August 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

From Austria to Australia with love

My partner had never been to the snow before, so we decided to spend a 3-day weekend up in the Snowy Mountains last week. On our way home, three ski sessions … Continue reading

July 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

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