My name is Libby and I’m an Australian based in Berlin, Germany (for now). I’m a writer/editor/journo/content marketer who loves books, puppies, writing in a belligerent style and telling people that I WILL go to the gym tomorrow (and then not fulfilling that promise).

I also like to cook food, eat food and write about it. Hence, the reason why this blog exists.

My blog consists of reviews of restaurants and cafes in Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast and Brisbane, the four Australian cities I’ve frequented the most in the last few years. Every now and then, I’ll chuck in a recipe in the mix to confuse you lot. I will also publish the odd review from overseas destinations such as Berlin (where I am now),  Jakarta (where a lot of my family live) and Singapore (I’m not there by choice but that’s another story for another time).

If you want to read more about my overseas adventures including write-ups of cities I’ve been to and reviews of hotels, airlines, lounges, then check out my travel blog, The Wandering Caterpillar. One of these days, I’ll get around to updating it.

Although this site aims to be as informative as possible, please bear in mind that this blog is primarily for entertainment purpose. I am not a paid professional reviewer so my honest opinions should be taken with a grain of Himalayan sea salt. I do not have affiliations with any of the restaurants in this site and I pay for my meals, unless explicitly stated at the beginning of each review. While I aim to combine past experiences and research when writing up my reviews, please note that I am bound to make some mistakes and say/do silly things (you should check out a lot of my old stuff – bloody hell, I was an embarrassing mess back then) so please send feedback to fivecaterpillars[at]gmail[dot]com or hit me up on over on the contact page.

Buon appetite!

xx Libby


  1. Poasa
    February 27, 2010

    Woohoo! It’s finally up! Gratz and best of luck with the project Libbz 🙂

  2. mspinkles
    March 4, 2010

    Hello Lib,
    Your site looks great! Congrats on finally getting it up =)
    I know that I’ll drop by often to check out your food blogs, because let’s face it, eating out is awesome!
    Good luck!
    – Loi x

  3. Mitchell Nunis
    March 23, 2010

    Hey Libby!

    I’m actually launching a new site as well, trying to get the underground, lowdown of entertainment, food, events etc across Australia.

    The site is still in it’s infancy and i’m hoping to get content providers, and was wondering if you might be interested in contributing a weekly or monthly article. Obviously, you’ll get full credit for it, and we’ll have a permanent link to your page… maybe even dedicate a section for you!

    Either way, if you’re interested, hit me up via email.


  4. Adski
    May 27, 2010

    Hey! just found your blog, since you made a comment on mine (self promotion works!).
    Really like your blog, your writing, the layout and especially your photos! They look really good! Curious to know your camera/lens setup… you’ve got some really nice low-light shots!
    haha… funnily enough, my food obsession/blogging pretty much started at ezard too! Check out my old blog if you haven’t already – http://www.theezardchallenge.blogspot.com Cheers!!

    1. libishski
      June 1, 2010

      Hey there, Adski!

      Thanks for the feedback 🙂 I’ve been through three or four different cameras which explains the variances in photo quality as you flick through my blog! I’m currently using a Canon 1000D which I use when I’m not using my much smaller and less conspicuous Canon Powershot SX100IS. With my 1000D, I switch between the EF 18-55mm and the 50mm f/1.4 lens, the latter of which I’ve yet to master but I’ll get there!

      I love, love, love your ezard blog. I have both his cookbooks at home but have only attempted one of his recipes and the end result was a complete fail (only because of my cooking abilities as opposed to how good the recipe was) which has made me reluctant to give his other recipes a go. It’s great that you have achieved success though, particularly with his much more difficult dishes, and I’ve been inspired to have a second crack. Very keen to give his fish and (taro) chip dish a go sometime 🙂

  5. Tony
    September 28, 2010

    OK, you REALLY need to check out the Moroccan Soup Bar in Brunswick. Decor is crap, but the prices are amazingly low and the food is sensational.

    1. libishski
      September 30, 2010

      Hi Tony, yes I’ve heard heaps of good things about Moroccan Soup Bar. Ridiculously low prices for very, very good food. Will check it out, thanks!

  6. Chris
    October 17, 2010

    Hi, I wanted to know if there is anyway to contact you via email?

  7. Will
    October 29, 2010

    Have you tried Mixed Business in clifton hill? perfect poached eggs, every time.

    1. libishski
      October 29, 2010

      Hi Will, I’m a sucker for perfect poached eggs. Thanks for the tip 🙂

  8. Notting Hill Girl
    November 28, 2010

    Hi there, great blog! Will definitely be trying out some new restaurants when I return home next Feb for a visit. Are you on Twitter at all? NHG x

    1. libishski
      February 1, 2011

      Hi NHG, I do have a twitter account but it never gets used 🙁

  9. Peter
    January 2, 2011

    Love the site. Sitting in noodle kingdom eating handmade stirfried noodles with chilli, pork and capsicum. Delicious. Best place in Preston.

  10. shelvia
    January 3, 2011

    Ha! 🙂 Didn’t realised you are from Indonesia too. =D
    Thanks for stopping by.

    Nice work with the blog and love your writing style.
    I’ve just put the “Le Traiteur” on top of my to try list – but it will have to wait a few more weeks as I’ve been put on a restricted diet with no wheat due to digestives issue. Thanks!

  11. April
    January 15, 2011

    Ah, I’m a law student and lover of food too 😀 Looking forward to following for more Melbourne food spots!

  12. shelley
    January 29, 2011

    Just found your site and love it!! ALways up for a new restaurant.. off to gingerboy and can’t wait your recommendations!!

  13. Trangles Doaners
    February 4, 2011

    i stalk your site every day and sit on my comp and drool .. ! keep up the great work libby !


  14. nad
    July 26, 2011

    Were you in B&P sweet studio on Chapel street today?

    1. libishski
      July 26, 2011

      Hi Nad,

      No, it wasn’t me today. Am planning a return visit very, very soon though!

  15. Ivor Bennet
    August 9, 2011

    I want to hang out with you, your cute, and you like interesting food

    Win x Win!

  16. Alex W
    August 10, 2011

    Hi There,

    Me and my partner are looking for a good Asian restaurant to go for here birthday on the weekend (particularly somewhere with great peking duck!). We are travelling and don’t really have the clothes for anywhere posh. Any recommendations for somewhere within easy travel of the CBD and inner suburbs?



  17. Leah
    November 9, 2011

    I love, love, love your ezard blog. I have both his cookbooks at home but have only attempted one of his recipes and the end result was a complete fail (only because of my cooking abilities as opposed to how good the recipe was) which has made me reluctant to give his other recipes a go. It’s great that you have achieved success though, particularly with his much more difficult dishes, and I’ve been inspired to have a second crack. Very keen to give his fish and (taro) chip dish a go sometime

  18. Kewyn Appadoo
    February 27, 2012

    Brilliant blog, photos are fantastic and reviews quite accurate. (Been reading your Gold Coast ones) There are a lot of nicer place to eat on the coast if you come back send me a message and I’ll give you a few suggestions. If you have instagram you can follow my food adventures @kewyn15 🙂

    Well done again and all the best.

  19. lac
    April 2, 2012

    Absolutely magnificent pictures and very well detailed reviews…

    Although it appears you are still you to review “Cookie” – 252 Swanston St (Lunch/Mainly Dinner)

    Beautiful mostly spicy food and apparently biggest and best collection of beer on offer in Melbourne/Australia

    They have several different levels and are generally booked out at least two weeks ahead unless you go on the ‘bar’ side.

    -just a suggestion anyway-


    1. libishski
      April 4, 2012

      I’ve been to Cookie for drinks many, many times but not for meals. The food DOES look delicious though so next time, I’ll be sure to order some food 🙂

  20. Victor Chee
    June 5, 2012

    Hello there,

    If you are travelling around Melbourne, why not try Indian Delight,
    The address
    59 Mahoneys Road
    Forest Hill
    Victoria 3131
    Good Roti and cheap. Taste of Malaysia.
    Also your blog is awesome

    1. libishski
      June 13, 2012

      Thanks for the feedback, Victor, and for the tip. I’ll definitely add that to my list!

  21. three hands78
    June 14, 2012

    Heading up to sydney intwo weeks fo Hillsongo/.Need to make booking fo Chat thai ” best authentic thai- smh” . u must reviewed paladarr thai issan ( alphington)very fine thaining. went fo anniversary while back but still my favourite to date.

    keeps the blogs going. Its like reading Bourdain!
    much expectation?

    1. libishski
      June 14, 2012

      Ooh, let me know what you think of Hillsong!

      I’ve been told to go to Chat Thai by quite a few people but never made it on my last trip to Sydney – I’ll make more of an effort next time 🙂

      And yes, I’ve heard great things about Paladarr Thai Issan. I need to go one day 🙂

      Haha I don’t know about Bourdain but thank you very much for the compliment! 😀

  22. Em
    June 20, 2012


    I hope you don’t mind but I’ve put a connection of your blog on my blog. Maybe we can support each other as I know you’ve seen my blog before. If you want me to take the connection off please let me know.

    Heres to great food!

  23. Choc Chip Uru
    July 7, 2012

    Happpy Awarding my friend 😀
    You have been given two awards – check this post out: http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/2012/07/07/a-classic/

    Congrats 🙂
    Choc Chip Uru

  24. thehungerpangs
    August 23, 2012

    Hey there! Love your blog. Your photos are great and your reviews are genuinely insightful. Looking forward to reading up on all of your upcoming posts 🙂

    1. libishski
      August 24, 2012

      Thanks for your kind words and for stopping by! 🙂 x

  25. cheftran
    November 2, 2012

    hey there,

    ive got a bussines out in richmond and would like to discuss a few things with you.

    1. libishski
      November 2, 2012

      Hi there,

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂 You can email me at fivecaterpillars@gmail.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!


  26. Claire Campbell
    November 15, 2016

    Hi Libby,

    I would love to invite you to an event at FantAsia The Pines. We will have $1 meals, every dollar will be donated to Act for Kids.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    1. libishski
      November 17, 2016

      Hi Claire, thanks heaps for the invite! Unfortunately I’m not on the ‘Coast then so will have to miss out. All the best for it and looking forward to visiting soon! 🙂


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