This was my second experience of Belles Hot Chicken. Even though my first one was meh, I thought it might be worth giving it another go. This was the newer store in Richmond, and it was a more sleek experience. Although I ended up still […]
With life now well situated in the Northern hemisphere, I have a few good friends back home to keep me updated on the food scene. My new contributor EJ had such a treat and is still recovering, after a mesmerising line up of food from […]
It can be sometimes overwhelming deciding which of Victoria Street’s Vietnamese are deserving of your dining. What I’ve learnt so far is that is pretty good all around! My usual barometer of quality is the level of crowd, and in the new year buzz Co Do looked like a bustling venue. There’s definitely a lacuna of difference in how busy some of these stores and for better or worse, I go off that. Today for only $11 I had the crispy chicken with vermicelli noodles dry style. Chicken was tender with spice and the dry noodles was a nice alternative with light flavours and contrast of textures including fried onion and cashews. Good enough to come back and cheap enough to come back often.
[Edit: permanently closed] Barrio 3121 is a new-ish addition to the Richmond brunch scene, away from the usual crowds of Swan Street. Jenny and I headed in to check out their coffee and menu, and we were more than happy with both. The menu offers […]
On It Burgers add a taste of necessary postmodernism to the somewhat overcrowded food scene of Victoria Street, Abbotsford and Richmond. I decided to go an extra few tram stops to check out this offering at On It Burgers and I’m glad I did. It’s worthy […]
Our second evening with Christina was filled with a lot more meat, as we opted for a repeat of last year’s adventure with IKEA and pho again. Unsurprisingly, we also ended up with more bag clips. They’re great. Choice of restaurant for this night was Pho Chu The, one of the more bustling options on Victoria Street and one of the higher rated places here. Menu simply here is pho and when you are seated they already give you the side of bean sprouts, lemon slice and vietnamese herbs.
We both went for the medium sized for $11, mine was beef and brisket and hers was beef and tendon and these were fantastic. A warm, fragrant broth that was pleasant to eat with a flavourful combo that is what pho is all about. The meat was good for the most part and a medium was a pretty good size for us. Not too bustling on this evening and service was efficient.
What beats having the best gelato in town? Having the best gelato in town in bed. To accompany a lazy night in we popped out for a takeaway tub of 0.5L from a nearby Gelato Messina. The packaging (in a foam box, followed by a […]
It took me about four trips to realise IKEA even had a foodcourt. New Zealand sadly has no IKEA stores so the concept of a flatpack DIY furniture and homeware store is already overwhelming. And now you can eat there too? The meatballs are apparently the […]
When there’s seemingly dozens of restaurants serving the same dish in the same street, in one of the most Vietnamese-populated communities in Melbourne, you really gotta have something going for it to be consistently busy. I Love Pho brings one of the best pho games around with great pricing, consistent quality and the freshest of ingredients that keeps these crowds lingering. Victoria Street is no doubt dense in eating options and I do rate I Love Pho amongst the best in the area.
Assuming you’ve scored a table (success right there), you’ll receive a generous portion of broth with rice noodle, meat option (weirdness to your choosing) and the usual vege and lemon suspects. Nothing pretentious, nothing fancy, just the simple flavours of a classic dish done really well, for cheap and efficiency. I’ve had my fair share of pho around town pho sure, but none come to the same quality as this one. They have the volume and skills to keep it great. Just mind the elbows of the table you’re crammed next to (adds to the authenticity I guess), and the “toilets” and you’ll be loving I Love Pho too.