Penne 4 Your Thoughts

Penne Cole's thoughts on food, travel and more

Dining at Cecconi’s

The first time I went to Cecconi’s Flinders Lane in Melbourne was for breakfast. That early in the morning, there were just two other tables occupied, so I had unparalleled … Continue reading

February 26, 2017 · 15 Comments

Brunch with a feel good factor @ Kinfolk

Like every second cafe in town, Kinfolk has great food and a focus on superfoods, local producers, and seasonal ingredients. What makes it special, though, is the feel good factor – the cafe donates … Continue reading

November 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

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

Five of Melbourne’s best doughnuts

Krispy Kreme Melbourne – and by extension, Sydney – is going through a doughnut craze at the moment. Everywhere I turn, fluffy, round piles of cream-filled doughnuts beg me to come … Continue reading

August 24, 2016 · 10 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

Lune: Melbourne’s best croissants

I admit it. Spending a year in France has completely spoilt me when it comes to baked goods. There’s no better treat than a jewel-like tart from a patisserie, or … Continue reading

June 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cheap eats: Bagels at Melbourne’s 5 and Dime

I don’t think I’ve had a decent bagel since I left New York City nine years ago. I miss living in the Big Apple, if only because it meant that … Continue reading

June 27, 2015 · 5 Comments

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