Staying in the Wood Green meant making the most of the many, amazing Turkish delicacies nearby. The areas is rich with this community group and that shows in the local cuisine on offer. I was lured in by the sweet wafts of the bain-maries of […]
I needed a fast dinner in time for my short film festival screening and popped along to Leon. Leon’s a bit of an institution here in the United Kingdom. I liken it to an upmarket, fancy version of the usual McDs. There’s just under 50 […]
On this evening we were in the area for a late night film, and decided to hit up a nearby spot for a spot of dinner. Troia popped up in the search with a winning combination of positive reviews and low pricing. And so it was. Located in South Bank and offering casual Mediterranean, Troia is a step up from the usual chain/ touristy eating. We ordered the London Set Meze (£13 p/p) which gave us a cornucopia of many of their treats. We were wowed by the sheer quantity of food, and almost didn’t expect two rounds of food. Eleven different dishes made for a crowded table: hummus, casseroles, kofte, dips, falafels; we sure didn’t leave hungry either. Service was on the slow(er) side compared to other Med places we’ve been to, but the quality was reasonable and the sheer variety was entertaining. I may not have had any individual favourites from the menu but an all round happy meal.
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 […]
Try saying that name fast five times over. Funky interior stylings and hip staff make Ichi Ni Nana Izakaya a super cool spot for some not-so-traditional Japanese food stylings. Catalina and I popped in for a quick dinner before a film and we loved half […]
If ever there’s an ideal spot for afternoon drinks in the sun and people watching it’s at Chapel Street, South Yarra. And a great spot to enable that is Peppan’s Bar & Cafe. Hear the roar of the Toorak tractors as you sip your drinks to food that comes in big serves with big flavours. Peppan’s comes to the scene with full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. We sampled a mix of the calamari, fries, zucchini flowers, lamb shoulder and pork belly. Portions across the board are generous, and we didn’t even make it to dessert! The hand cut fries are worth coming back for alone, and the drinks and great service keep the good times rolling.
My friend Ryan and I headed to Peppans on a Saturday evening, to catch up and check out the cuisine here. Lots of nostalgia for me, as South Yarra was my first suburb in Melbourne and where I spent most of my first year. A huge new Soda Rock, lots of more apartment blocks (sigh) and Peppan’s taking over from the former La Camera spot here. After a spot of cocktails (good!) we ordered some fried delights for appetisers. Ryan’s was the Crispy calamari ($15) served with chilli and lime salt, cumin and pepeta aioli. There was some trepidation towards the spices, but he reported it was a good mix with the right amount of kick. There’s a lot of calamari here as well.
I had the Zucchini flowers ($14) which are tempura fried with goats curd and harissa. I enjoyed the crunch of the batter and the creaminess of the curd with a lick of the harissa. I could have done without the leaf garnish but it was a more than satisfactory start to things.
We overestimated our appetites like we normally do and as such, ordered fries as well ($8). Staff were fine for us to substitute the usual spicy ketchup with normal ketchup and aioli. These are some fabulous fries, I probably haven’t had as big a serve anyway else. And to boot, they are the thick, hand cut style with a tasty, herby seasoning. A perfect side order for soaking up some drinks any good afternoon. So, we were feeling quite full at this point for sure.
First up for the mains was the Lamb shoulder ($25). This is 12 hour braised, with roast harissa potato and salsa verde. It was good, but wasn’t quite as standout for me – the lamb was a touch on the dry side. The salsa verde is nice and does help things. Again, the serve is huge and generous, so make sure you do bring your appetites.
I was quite a fan of the Crisp Roast Pork belly ($25). Parsnip puree, roast parsnip, cabbage and speck braise. Both of us were fans of the braise, which is interesting, and the sweetness of the puree was a tasty contrast to the saltiness of the pork. I would have preferred the roast parsnip a bit softer. The crackling was spot on and with two triangles of the pork, it makes for another substantial serving. We ended up having to pass on dessert (rare!). Service was with a smile, and we had a great time at Peppan’s. The drinks were solid and the food delivers a lot (figuratively and literally!). Check it out.
Note: author dined at invitation of the restaurant
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. […]
Greek Sam at work raves about this place, so I had to to try Hellenic Republic and see how it compares to Calombaris’s other venues which I have rated well in the past. I walk out with a very positive experience with picture perfect service, […]
I rather enjoyed my little handful of Greece in a recent gyro from Ela-Re, located a skip along from the South Melbourne Market. Fast and friendly service meant my Pappou Kosta (lamb, tzatziki, onion, tomato and chips) was in my hands in no time. It didn’t Kosta lot either, at only $8.90 and all the other souvlaki options bubbling around the ten dollar mark. The menu’s quite diverse for a place of this size, with skewers, salad options and desserts as well. No doubt there’s a bit of a market for food in this area (excuse the pun) but the offering holds up well at Ela-Re.
Pita bread? Tick. Salad? Tick. Meat? Double tick. I really enjoyed the lamb in the giro with a pleasant saltiness and a surprising depth of flavour. The meat had a crisp char that went well with the paprika seasoning also on the fries and tomato. Whilst I’ll probably never be able to pronounce Tzatziki properly, I can always enjoy it and here it was fresh and a cool complement with the meat. Might need an additional item to finish off a donutsam-sized appetite, but some Greek goodness for sure at Ela-Re.