Hochi Mama is a hip Vietnamese fusion restaurant nestled in the backstreets of Melbourne’s CBD. We were invited to try out their menu and had a great time in doing so. It ticked all the boxes with food largely being really good with the cocktails, service and […]
My favourite dish in Melbourne (tough call!) is the pork belly, chili caramel, apple slaw and black vinegar dish from Red Spice Road. I first discovered it at their QV store and I made my way to the original for their express lunch banquet menu. […]
What better way to start a new week than new people at new food places. Rice Paper Scissors has been on my list for a little while now and has two locations in Fitzroy and the CBD. I’ve heard good things from my New Zealand friends who have been and the place has a serious crowd, even on this nippy Monday evening.
It’s a non-bookable venue (for dinner service at least) and we ended up having to kill a decent hour before we got a text that the table was ready. The restaurant is very small and the wait could be a concern on a busier evening. There’s a place called Hochi Mama next door which seemingly takes the overflow but otherwise seemed dead. I Googled them and “pho fusion dumpling” came up which is a sure sign to avoid in itself.
It’s a sharing menu with a $59 for five dishes offer at Rice Paper Scissors. Things started off well with a warm crispy duck salad with good meat ratio, pleasant spice and sweetness and mostly balanced. The Pork Belly was really good, though slightly on the fatty side but very melt-in-your mouth tastiness. Awesome value though. The BBQ Pork buns were good enough but probably not the best of the bunch when you consider all things are priced the same.
Roti was ultimately unnecessary and was a bit dry in places. We went for the special, which was a Malaysian style satay chicken (below) with a very tasty sauce that was thoughtfully repurposed for roti-eating. Rounding off the night was the barbecue lamb ribs marinated in Mekong whiskey and special sticky sauce which were moreish although slightly fatty as well. All the items came with a salad garnish and we were totally stuffed by the end of it. The dessert options seemed a worthwhile try for another time as well.
Pro tip: pop earlier to reserve a table and have some share worthy company.
Just off from the Newmarket Train Station is a buzzy hive of Malaysian eating and Laksa King generally has the most bustling crowd of them all. The first few times I’ve tried to dine, there’s been insurmountable queues and the second time we weren’t quite in the […]
China Bar Fitzroy is much like China Bar CBD and the other China Bar CBD store. It’s all the same really, though I do like the Fitzroy fit out a little more. Food is cheap, comes out quick and there’s plenty of options to go […]
Occasionally I like to feel bad about myself, so I when I saw the fried items-lined asian smorgasbord at Aki Sushi, I was keen to check it out. Everything in the cabinet looked decent enough and was cheap enough, but not terribly great as food unfortunately. Despite all of that, the place was reasonably busy on this working lunch hour so there’s a crowd coming in from somewhere.
$10 for the Medium size and I had fried rice with honey chicken and tofu and vegetables. Actually, the tofu and vegetables was quite alright, a bit too much on the sauce though. I like my rice like I like my humour, mostly dry. Honey chicken didn’t have any sense of crispiness so that was all a bit of a loss. Maybe fresh from the fryer could have been a different story. Might be better off trying the cook-to-order options or trying something else. When seated, the stools in the cafe sunk uncomfortably low. Also, way too many birds inside.
I reckon Dessert Story is a pretty big deal around these parts, with a Taiwanese/ Asian styled dessert and snack menu that offers plenty of options as well as lateish hours. Sad to see the Swanston St one close, that one had a nicer toilet. […]