Looks can be deceiving when it comes to Grand Lafayette. The pictures and (some) reviews spoke such grand things, but it wasn’t quite delivered in our brunch experience. The cafe aims for some Instagram-type hype which works for getting some types of clientele in, but […]
Let’s cut to the chase: Scoopy Milk Bar is so good! I haven’t found a Patbingsu that I liked so much, I’ll be definitely coming back. This Korean dessert features shaved ice served with toppings that can include fruit, condensed milk, syrups, beans and anything […]
Hey, its Tsujiri in London. I have had it one time before when it first opened in Melbourne. As a recap Tsujiri is a Japanese dessert chain with a 155 year history, now found all over the world including here in Soho, London. Matcha heavy in all the options, but they’re very good and with a price tag to match.
Kova Patisserie in Soho is the place to go if you want a bite of the millie crepe trend. I was keen to try, but it’s not really my thing. It’s super expensive at £5.50 per slice, and another pound more if you want the […]
Transport yourself to Japan with a night in at Kinka Izakaya. It’s available in two locations of Downtown and Annex. It turned out to be my most memorable dining experience during my time in Toronto. It’s a bustling Japanese experience, full of authenticity and good eating. From […]
The Dessert Kitchen is an interesting place. The dishes originate from Hong Kong, where they have over thirty stores, as well as in Manila, New York and Sydney. The menu is miles pages long, and feature quirky twists on already quirky flavour combinations. The space is also nice, split over levels and with long hours for the target crowd. I went for the signature Purple in Love and sampled some of the Green Tea with red bean mochi sago. I can’t say I was head over heels here. Most of the dish is the ice and the grape syrup is exceedingly sweet. I enjoyed everything else around the ice, and the sago was good too. A tad on the pricey side compared to the no-frills affair of Dessert Story(s), it’s a nice enough spot at The Dessert Kitchen and I’d still be keen to try out the other items.
The Purple in Love comes with an award of some description. And it sounds interesting enough with grape seaweed ball, mini rice ball, grapes and mochi ice-cream. The grape flavour is potent (somewhat artificial) and whilst initially pleasant, the sheer sweetness overwhelms as you work your way down the bowl. The garnishes of the jelly, mochi and balls helps keep it tasty but I would have rather had more of that than the ice. I didn’t finish it.
Ryan went with the green tea sago with red bean mochi and fed back his enjoyment of this bowl. A little more expensive than the other Asian-styled dessert options but a hell of a lot cleaner and calmer in the ambience. So that’s a positive. The crowd does vary over the day, it was quite chill in the afternoon, but from memory that space (and noise levels) perks up towards the end of the evening. Including queues. Sweet times.
Little is the word here. Tucked away between Lonsdale and baby Lonsdale St is Little Rogue, a charming cafe with a small amount of seating but a lot of matcha! And it’s good. We had one of the iced matcha latte and one of the […]
Hawthorn. Home to Swinburne, the Hawks, Anderson Park and now some top notch brunch at Mr and Mrs Anderson. The cafe is located on the corner of Anderson Road and Tooronga Road, and it makes for a perfect weekend city retreat. Food is vibrant and flavourful, that […]
The pun-laden menu is the best part of the Matcha Mylkbar experience, one that unfortunately caters more for an audience of cameras rather than humans. I had been rather excited to try the fare here, inspired by glorious sights of green-bunned burgers, blue lattes and colourful bowls. Those things exist, but sadly is where the positive impression ends. Everything at Matcha Mylkbar is a cringe as if this is some sarcastic metaphorical commentary on the vegan food movement, of which I am more than a fan. Blue drinks! Milk spelt mylk! Vegan eggs! Just, no.
Service was frankly bizarre. We were fine with the thirty minute wait time, but then had to sit outside and explain to three seperate staff members we were meant to have a table inside. Staff were obsessed with servicing a table of friends who were doing birthday shit rather than anyone else here, and the food order took a ridiculous amount of time to arrive, we had pondered if it was still being plucked from the earth.
We ordered the twenty dollar black burger combo which was a black bean, quinoa and fermented garlic patty, caramelised onion, charcoal bun served with purple potatoes. Visually it looks stunning for sure, but then the only stunning thing about the taste is how much it costs. The bun we had wasn’t fresh or soft, the potatoes were dry. Patty/ filling just had nothing happening, it was the equivalent of a Tuesday night rave. Also mystery mushroom substance.
Wanted to like this place, just couldn’t. Gimmicks, smoke, charcoal. Drinks were fine but nothing of merit beyond looks. Also, arrived at different times. For me, vegetarianism is not a fashion or hashtag, it’s meant to be a humble, conscious means of eating. Maybe the pancakes were better.