Melbourne

Kokoro Ramen (CBD)

April 27, 2014

So we’ve been on a bit of a hiatus of late…but we’ve been still out and about gorging ourselves around Melbourne quite decadently. The good news is that I’ve got a huge backlog of food blogging to catch up on – the bad news is that my laziness (and new job – yay) will probably mean the posts will take a while. Another bad news of note is that I managed to drown my blogging camera in water so I’ve had to shamefully rely on my phone to take food porn.

We’ve recently become a little obsessed with Japanese cuisine and Joe suggested we spent Easter slurping ramen. Who am I to argue with good advice? With some luck we found a urbanspoon adored ramen institution open on Easter Sunday and began our Kokoro Ramen slurpfest.

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Melbourne

Prix Fixe [CBD]

February 22, 2014

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Prix Fixe is Philippa Sibley’s joint venture with restaurateur Jason M Jones. The concept is simple; ticketed dining where you book a table for a night and devour what the kitchen brings out. It is available as a 4 course dinner experience ($79) or a 3-course lunch ($49). Prix Fixe had blown a lot of air recently through social media channels with claims that they “created a magical dining room” and a  “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” inspired menu, and naturally the hint of a Shakespearean dining adventure ensured we had booked tickets to the opening night well in advance.

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Melbourne

The B.East (East Brunswick)

February 8, 2014

I’d been whinging about getting a burger fix for about 2 weeks before finally revisiting the B.East. The first visit wasn’t blogged because we were too hungover/too ill to remember to take decent photos (pro-tip – The B.Easts burgers are a bonafide hangover slayer!).  Noticing that they had a few spare tables out front on an early Thursday eve, we quickly nabbed one and began studying the menu.

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The B.East is easy to fall in love with – they have an eclectic drink selection which includes ginger beer and alcoholic iced tea, they offer live music and the vibe is just right.

 

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Melbourne

Old Kingdom (Collingwood)

January 19, 2014
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Do you like devouring the succulent flesh of Peking Duck? How about crispy skin, roasted to deep orange perfection? Have you ever said to yourself, “You know what, Marjorie? I’m fuckin’ going to just eat, like, five ducks tonight and I don’t care who knows it.”

Read on, dear friend.

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Melbourne

Red Spice Road QV (CBD)

January 12, 2014

Red Spice Road was one of those places we were really looking forward to dining in. Our expectations were incredibly high by the time we arrived at the doors of the McKillop st’s younger sibling located in QV as our stomachs groaned in hunger and anticipation.

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After scanning the menu quickly, the realisation that I wanted to gorge myself on every single one of the menu items struck me. Luckily, RSR offers banquets so we selected the incredibly well priced $69 banquet.

Betel Leaf with Smoked Chicken

Betel Leaf with Smoked Chicken

First to grace our palates was the wonderful Betel Leaf with Smoked Chicken Betel Leaf served with  Avocado, Shallot and Lemongrass.

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Melbourne

Syracuse (CBD)

January 9, 2014

As we entered through the large doors of Syracuse via a small hidden Melbourne laneway, we could hear the gentle strumming of a guitar.  Inside, the interior is a beautiful rendition of a 19th century fine dining room, with ornate archways and chandeliers hanging from their high soaring ceilings. Despite visiting on a Saturday evening, only a handful of tables were occupied by 8pm. We were opting for a lighter meal (to be fair on both my waistline and hip pocket) so we decided upon a few intriguing sharing plates and a couple of wines to converse over.

In my natural habitat, eating and drinking wine.

In my natural habitat, eating and drinking wine.

The first plate we ordered was the Hervey Bay scallop sashimi with yuzu, urchin cream, chicken skin. These delicious little morsels tantalised the tongue with creamy notes and crispy bundles of chicken skin. Unfortunately they were devoured before a decent photo could be snapped.

Flinders Island wallaby sausage

Flinders Island wallaby sausage

Next arrived the Wallaby sausage, ordered mainly because wallaby is rarely offered in restaurants.  Surrounding the morsels of wallaby was watermelon pickled beetroot and lardo. The beetroots sweetness complemented the dense, peppery sausage quite well.  

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BIKM, Recipes

Delicious Hummus (in 5 minutes)

January 7, 2014

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For christmas my parents graciously gifted me The Bellini Kitchen Master, which is very similar to the kitchen cult icon the Thermomix. It has been getting a serious work out and so far I’ve conjured up;

  • Dulce De Leche
  • Peanut Butter Cups/Slice
  • Beetroot and Feta Dip
  • Ham and Cheese Rolls
  • Smoothies (this has become a daily ritual)
  • Various lemongrass/chilli rubs

and hummus!

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Melbourne

Curious Goose (Brunswick)

December 17, 2013

Brunswick’s Sydney Road is on the fast track to becoming the new Fitzroy. A hive of cafes, bars and boutique eateries blossoming in the fair weather of hipster chic while Brunswick Street slowly slides into the douchebaggery of neo-Chapel Street. Ok, that’s the most Melbourne I’ve ever crammed into an opening paragraph – let’s talk about Curious Goose.

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Melbourne

Alice (Essendon)

December 15, 2013
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“Curiouser and curiouser!”

Alice, when peering through the looking glass, is an intimate cafe in Essendon that exudes cuteness. It is a relative newcomer on the cafe scene but has been heralded as a coffee mecca among the burnt, uninspired coffee being pumped out of nearing cafes (I’m glaring at you, Puckle st…)

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Hammer and Tong (Fitzroy)

November 28, 2013

Hammer and Tong may well be Melbourne’s hottest brunch spot at present – with queues of eager patrons always spilling out the door into the narrow Fitzroy street. So it was, the morning of my birthday, I pleaded to be taken to Hammer and Tong – mostly because their soft shell crab burger causes incredible salivation whenever someone mentions it to me but also , as you know, I’m a sucker for brunch.

Hammer and Tong

Hammer and Tong

The inside of Hammer and Tong is modern, sleek but not without charm due to the pastry laden counter and the smells and hisses of coffees being brewed . However, as there were no tables available we were asked if we wanted to dine outside instead – which suited me perfectly.

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