I’ve spent many a lunch or dinner time wandering around Melbourne CBD aimlessly, looking for a food option that’s light, light on the wallet and at least student-quality good. As such I’ve found myself at Hanaichi on many of those occasions. Even after another few […]
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 […]
I don’t often have leaving-the-country dinners, but when I do, I pick the biggest and most central spot I know of. And Cookie is perfect for both of those. The huge space in the centre of Swanston Street accommodates many. As well as the handy spot, there’s no booking required, we could easily find a space for ourselves in the beer hall on the night. At a cursory glance it looks like a mere bar venue, but take a bite and you’ll know there’s a solid Asian-fusion kitchen. The food ordering of the beer hall component is trample-over-people and madly-queue-order at the counter.
Food came out at a lightning pace, with dishes magically arriving upon mere moments of reclaiming one’s seat. That, or the drinks were getting to me. Probably both. The prices are as enormous as the menu, but the quality is good and I was happy with my green curry with chicken and corn dumplings, yard beans and basil ($28.50). I had swiped some of Jo’s deep fried five-spice chicken ($23.50) and that was also tasty. I enjoyed the service at Cookie for our big group and it did the trick for one of my last gasps of the eating scene.
I can’t say I was too captivated by my quick pop in at Mamma’s Boy during a work lunch with friends. I had a few bites earlier in the day, and opted for something smaller in the poached egg, bacon and cheese jaffle ($6). I […]
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 […]
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 hot matcha latte. We were a little later in the afternoon so food items were minimal, without anything really catching my interest. The location, interior and service make for a pleasant, relaxed vibe – perfect for the inner city. Nice, rich matcha with a smooth, milky top. Great stuff.
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. […]
Yes, White Mojo is one of those cafes that prioritise visual impact. No, it’s not completely at the expense of the food. We dined in for a morning brunch before the tennis, grabbing and sharing three photo-worthy mains along the token whack drinks. Everything from […]
I had a great time with my $10 lunch set at G2 Korean BBQ. My choice was the beef bulgogi and this came with sides of rice, salad, dumpling and melon. It’s a balanced little mix and I quite enjoyed dishes, and the beef was good quality. The rice did come with the ever popular sprinkle which isn’t my thing but was fine mixed in with everything else. Service was fine but if you’re ordering the BBQ set like my neighbours, they’ll be right with you in cooking the meat tableside. No doubt my experience is very different to that one, but the smells suggested it was an equally good one.