Chicken on Clarendon is a classic charcoal chicken takeaway that is run by the world’s nicest people. They offer a range of random Asian dishes and all the fast food staples. Look, the food isn’t going to blow you away, but I’ve always enjoyed the […]
When I first worked in South Melbourne I was obsessed with Wat Da Pho. As a result I ended up missing sampling more family, low key joints like Pho A Go Go. I’m glad I ventured over this time, because the pho is so much […]
It’s great to be back in Melbourne and funnily enough, also back in my old (work hood) of South Melbourne again too. Over the course of just under two years, not too much has changed in the city. But KooKoo is one of the new burger options in the area (along with whatever a Ziggy’s is) taking over the space from the (super inconsistent) Vietnamese eatery Mr Cyclo.
I first came across KooKoo as it was offering a deal via Groupon. Not exactly the Michelin star of excellence. Overall I was content with my $10 burger combo which also came with fries and a drink. Without the deal, the prices ($12-$13) are typical of what you would find in any burger eatery.
Service is all nice, and it comes out pretty quick for what it is. There’s about 2/3 other tables with diners and I’ve always enjoyed the multi-level seating options.
Wacky Burger Combo Time
Their menu is a tinge of Asian-fusion burger combinations, which I’m not sure really works. I pushed the limit myself ordering my first ever fusion of beef and fried chicken in a single burger. The name of the beast was the “No Joke”. It includes such components as a beef patty, fried chicken, bacon, sweet chilli mayo and pickled jalapeno. Not a vegetable in sight. But one more sauce, but peanut.
I found the burger way too extra and too heavy. It is a proper chicken piece, not a patty. All the components separately were fine, and the peanut sauce is enjoyable. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more had it come with chicken satay rather than a beef-chicken burger. Standard-ish thick cut fries and standard packaged drinks. I don’t think any of the burger options would have me running back in a hurry, when there are so many other very excellent burger options around the area. Stokers I’m looking at you.
I’ve had a mix of experiences with Etto across Melbourne, with the South Melbourne one being my usual go to due to proximity to my now former office. The menu is mostly pasta, wholly customisable, as well as other Italian treats and sides.
Good fitout, good service but the food needs a little tweaking over at Meatworks Co. It has the right meat qualities of a BBQ joint but not the aspect where you get full. We had a extra large group in for lunch and the staff […]
We were treated to a fine lunch with work partners over at O’Connell’s Hotel. The South Melbourne restaurant provides a surprisingly cosy setting with top notch serve and well prepared cuisine. From the outside it looks like your typical gastropub affair but inside the menu and decor confirm it’s a decadent and high quality experience. We all enjoyed our cuisine on this afternoon and O’Connell’s Hotel makes for a great choice for an extended lunch venue.
Only a short stroll from the office, the restaurant portion of O’Connell’s is extensive and busy. On this Friday afternoon most of the tables had diners and staff and kitchen were all in order over the course of our service. We shared a number of the appetisers across the table, including the Coffin Bay Oysters ($20), Arancini ($10) and Cauliflower fritters ($10). As we were a large group, the duration of the meal hinged on the long-side but these snacks had us content for a while. All items were well presented and most importantly, tasty.
We went our seperate ways for the main course, with one of the most popular (and arguable more successful) of the dishes being the confit Pork belly ($36). It’s served with an apple slaw, fragrant rice and a pork scratching. I didn’t try this one myself, but the guys rated it.
My dish was for the braised saltbush lamb ($36) with soft polenta, broccoli and braising juices. The meat was wonderfully tender but couldn’t help feeling there wasn’t quite the richness of flavour I was hoping for in the dish. All items were well presented and I still was happy with the dish by all means. We didn’t quite get to spend as long as we would have liked at O’Connell’s (i.e. the whole afternoon) but overall it was a well managed, high quality dining experience.
In spite of protest, I was summoned back to South Melbourne for a first-of-the-year lunch with the old ex-colleagues. Almost all of the team in the office, minus the social team, who weren’t that social. Paco Y Lola was our choice and we all had a […]
Got our group together for a lunch date over at Wok This Way. Cheap pricing and various asian cuisines are featured in the menus of this venue in South Melbourne. We ordered online for the ease and free bonus prawn crackers but ended up eating […]
We noticed a new store taking over the former About Yoghurt premises and just like that, Ilya Health bar came into our office lives. We popped in a few times before the end of the year, as I was hooked enough from the first visit. The range of flavours and toppings is a bit more limited than other froyo options, with one of the machines out both times we visited. I had a taste of everything in the end (staff are as friendly with their samples here) and I quite liked the chocolately one. With one Elsternwick store under their belt, I do hope they keep expanding as bit more desserts in life always makes for some healthy competition.