I’ve had a mix of experiences with Etto across Melbourne, with the South Melbourne one being my usual go to due to proximity to my now former office. The menu is mostly pasta, wholly customisable, as well as other Italian treats and sides.
The store with the enviable name, Glory Hole Doughnuts bring a hole lot of cheer to those who give it a try. I couldn’t miss out on a sunny Canadian morning, so I did a early stroll with a pickup stop at Glory Hole Doughnuts. […]
And that’s probably not enough for lunch. One of my Mealfix for this week was the burnt brown butter and sage gnocchi from &Pasta served with a slice of focaccia and a drink of your choice. I went for some mystery carrot-orange concoction. It was fair, but was largely made up of water akin to other “fruit-inspired drinks”.
The gnocchi was yum. Cooked al dente, with a satisfying firmness and a heavy helping of the butter. But there wasn’t enough. the focaccia didn’t have a crust so was kinda soggy and didn’t really serve another purpose other than some dietary fibre. I would do a return visit, but would go with the choose your own option and hope I can get a larger size serve than this one.
The favourite stop of our food tour was a mid-morning supper at an English restaurant called, well, The English Restaurant. Our guide give us a fantastic overview of the rich history that’s seeped in this building, and you become part of it as you enter […]
Best croissants in Melbourne! I was a bit weary of reports of queues and items selling out, so I had avoided Lune Croissanterie for a little while. I had a morning in Fitzroy planned for my friend’s very last day in Ozzieland and Lune was […]
Bavarian isn’t a cuisine that features terribly often back home, so I dragged my friends out to return to Hofbrauhas with me for some meat and carb offerings from the Northern hemisphere. My first few visits of Hofbrauhaus had such vivid memories of ending absolutely stuffed, so I had misguided my crew on this occasion around over-ordering. The quality of the food here is good enough but portions sizes are oddly variable and it’s not a cheap meal out either as well.
The scene here is rather fun and on some nights they do have live music as well. I don’t quite get the layout but it’s a rather big venue, much like how Munich Brauhaus is but more wacky as it’s in an old building in the city. When we were here the Oktoberfest was on, so there was a good crowd all around (other than the guys doing “pineapples” in the bathroom, that was weird). We ordered a bretzel to start and this is a good bet, warm from the kitchen and served with chunky salt atop and whipped butter, yum.
Main dish one was the lemon schnitzel ($27.50), described as a Vienna-styled chicken breast schnitzel served with side salad, chips and garlic and herb mayo. For the price point, the chips and salad were particularly scarce, the schnitzel was better but not quite outstanding in any aspect of taste. I should mention my previous visit at Hofbrauhaus where I ordered oven roasted pork belly was amazing and outstanding and easily two servings worth. Highly highly recommend that dish, to share.
The other main was the bratwurst ($19.50) that was served with german mustard and Bavarian spiced sauerkraut. I’m not a huge fan of the ol’ fermented cabbage so I don’t feel qualified to comment on the output of that. The pork sausages were tasty. Good quality, great spices. Meaty, no weird bits. I needed a bit more on the plate and twenty bucks for two sausages and mild sides is a bit too steep for my liking. Good drinks menu but food-wise you really need to hit the pricier menu items to get the proper serving sizes and the full Hofbrauhaus experience.
For our publisher lunch this week (so rare!) I was keen to check out Hercules Morse, a modern tapas-type affair on Clarendon Street. Menu looked good and the reviews were positive. The food was universally amazing but the cocky service and agonising wait times between […]
Our evening in the Grampians National Park ended up turning into a rainy one, so it made the choice of a warm, comforting curry so much more appealing that it was already. Spirit of Punjab is the default ethnic eating option here in the Halls […]
If you time it right, you can enjoy an absolutely fantastic best in market croissant that’s fresh from the oven. It’s rich and buttery with a delightful aroma and the perfect level of crunch as you go through layers and layers of pure delight. When the pastries from Agathé Pâtisserie are passed straight from the oven tray you know you’re in for a real treat. Nothing like blowing on the pastry.
I have a tendency to swing by when I’m short some calories for the day and have tried most of the stuff at Agathe from the desserts to the pain au chocolat, croissant, and tarts. The one pictured above is the chocolate custard danish, a new product with a chocolately filling that hit the spot for my afternoon. The simple stuff is the best here though. Whilst the other items are inventive, interesting and overall good, they never quite ascend to the same level as the croissant. Simplicity is best.
8.5/10 (10/10 if straight from the oven)