Tag: melbourne

Sarawak Kitchen, Melbourne CBD

Sarawak Kitchen, Melbourne CBD

The speciality dish of long-standing Elizabeth Street Sarawak Kitchen is the kampua. It’s a Sarawak (Malaysia) noodle dish which translates to dry noodles on a plate. And according to the first Googled search result, it’s an authentic one here in the busy streets of Melbourne.

Shompen, Carlton, Melbourne

Shompen, Carlton, Melbourne

My partner Jamie (@JamieMagikalEatz) was invited to come try out Shompen. It’s a new Indian Fusion restaurant situated in one of the backstreets of the ever popular Carlton. I (Matt!) was of course lucky enough to accompany him.

Local Folk, Kensington, Melbourne

Local Folk, Kensington, Melbourne

Having lived in Kensington for about 6 months now one of the first things we did was try out all the brunch places to find the best and that go to place we can go whenever we are craving great brunch food within walking distance.
Local Folk ticked all the boxes and we’ve now been back about 5-6 times and it’s the first brunch place we take any of our guests. There are three dishes on the menu that I’m absolutely in love with, being the Big Folk, Hangover Folk & Beno. All have some of your pretty standard brunch options but they all have something I adore that the others don’t have.
The Beno
The Beno

(more…)

Alluvial Restaurant, Melbourne

Alluvial Restaurant, Melbourne

There’s a scene in Series 2 of Australian Princess where contestant Kylie surmises that High Tea involves getting high and having tea. I wasn’t quite that bad, but was welcomed to my very first one at a launch event for the InterContinental Melbourne’s new offering at […]

A Hereford Beefstouw, Melbourne

A Hereford Beefstouw, Melbourne

Along with a group of food people I experienced an authentic and unique Danish steakhouse dining experience in A Hereford Beefstouw. With top notch food across every course, plenty of charm and a history that you can taste in every bite.

Sakura Kaiten II, Melbourne

Sakura Kaiten II, Melbourne

Things are a bit expensy dining at Sakura Kaiten II, but the restaurant is a bit of a novelty so it’s worth checking out at least the one time. From the front there’s walls lined with Dragonball Z and anime merchandise and the playfulness continues into the dining experience with food delivered on motorised trains. Such fun. Also, there’s a ridiculous roulette game you play after ordering five dishes, with the prize seemingly being more food. We didn’t win as I chose the chicken instead of cat. Life regrets.

sakurakaiten2.jpg

A friend and I checked out Studio Ghibli’s The Red Turtle earlier in the evening with the Japanese theming evidently being continued into dinnertime. I’m not so sure about the items on the conveyer belt themselves, they rotated a few times and some of the options (e.g. tempura sushi) should be served fresh from the fryer and warm. The menu is much more extensive than the other similar executions around town, but the prices are that smidgen enlarged as well.

sakurakaiten

I accidentally ordered a seafood miso dish I didn’t quite dig, but I was quite pleased with the base teriyaki chicken sushi as well as the chicken karage. Duncan thought there was an overabundance of mayo and sauces on the dishes, especially the seafood ones he was going for. The food is pretty good across the train, and the made to order ones were all spot on.

sakurakatien1

Half the entertainment here is ordering the dishes to see them coming on the police or fire truck which automatically stops at your table, and you push a button for it to return to the kitchen. It’s a heap of fun and brings a smile each time. I never know when to stop with sushi trains, so had one final thing in the pumpkin croquette. This was tasty with straight and toasty fresh and a clean end to the palate. In the end an expensive but okay meal, definitely here for the fun factor as well.

7/10

Sakura Kaiten Sushi II Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Rustica Canteen, Melbourne

Rustica Canteen, Melbourne

The sourdough really lives up its expectation as the star of the show at Rustica Canteen. Service on this busy Saturday morning was a little hectic but the food was worth coming in for, and made for a great start for our day. In sharing our meal […]

Runya’s Room, Melbourne

Runya’s Room, Melbourne

There’s something ever so artificial about the experience at Runya’s Room, but the pastries are good enough to encourage a repeat visit. Ryan and I had been keen to check out this shiny new store in St Collins Lane for a while now and my […]

Mappen Ramen, Melbourne

Mappen Ramen, Melbourne

A very new addition to the East-ish side of Bourke Street is Mappen Ramen, which is tactically around the corner from good ol’ Hakata Gensuke. I would imagine they would hope for some queue overflow, I’m always up for a faster option. It seems like there’s one in Sydney and that one differs in having good reviews, perhaps we’re just a bit more critical over here in the south.

Service is quick as it’s one of those queue-order-pickup processes so you get your meal before you get your table. Which isn’t any trouble, this place seems quiet. It’s also pretty cheap but like all the others they push for top-ups and add-ons. Part of me prefers for my eating to be kept simple and I demonstrate my protest through deciding to do so as such.

mappen.png

I had the tori-kara mayo bowl as pictured and for the price is was fair. I’d probably prefer paying a bit more and getting a bit more sizable of a meal and perhaps some vegetables in the mix. I guess that’s the top up part of things.  Chicken and rice alone didn’t make for a balanced meal and there wasn’t really any flavouring to go with the rice so had to lean on the soy sauce bottle like old times. Spring roll was pedestrian. Cheap, inoffensive Japanese option.

7.5/10

Mappen Ramen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato