86 down Smith St

It’s almost been one year since this Trade Secrets adventure begun, from the beaches of St Kilda to the high streets of Carlton and Brunswick, we have loved getting to know the people who run some of our cities favourite establishments. Instead of bringing you four new venues for the month of June we thought why not jazz it up with a little look back on our journey thus far,  so here is where you will be eating over the next week. Top up your Myki, you’re about to become a regular on the 86 down Smith St.

Easy Tiger

Head north just passed Gertrude St and you will find Easy Tiger, a hatted restaurant that has been serving up Asian fusion delights for over seven years. Easy Tiger delivers on service, atmosphere, likeability and oh boy, the food… They tie in simple, flavoursome Thai dishes with weird fun and that is meant in the best possible way. We caught up with owner Simon Hall earlier in the piece to discuss mystical tigers, fine wine and the perks of being a wallflower. Read more about Easy Tiger.

St. Crispin

Live on the wild side, cross the road enter Saint Crispin where it’s warm, the tunes are smooth and Chef Joe Grbac has prepared a fresh seasonal dish to melt your heart. Their menu evolves with the year, much like the gardens their produce is sourced from, or the vino in the cellar. If you haven’t guessed it we have a soft spot for this Collingwood Saint and we are not afraid to share it. READ the interview with Joe the Chef, you know?

Phamily Kitchen

Now you’re deep in the north side. Johnston St is behind you, all you can see is bright fluoros, pastel pinks and blues. Man, is it blue. Blue like the sea, blue like the sky, Blue ‘da ba dee da ba daa.’  It’s as synonymous with Phamily Kitchen as the Vietnamese food.  It has north siders buzzing (or slurping should we say). Skip the Phomo, read the interview, and get on down, it’s a gas.


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