Sam Sam Chicken

A very popular korean fried chicken bar, I see a line outside every time I walk along Swanston Street. Another LIVEN app deal review to add to my cheap eats collection. Visited on a Friday night, we were advised the wait was about 20 minutes, we got given a token rather than a name drop…

Bababoi

Another restaurant on the Liven app for 10% discount (must use the Liven app to pay). Click here for details. At a not-so-obvious location, but easy to find on google maps… I’d describe it being near south wharf DFO as opposed to Docklands. Walk in immediately drawn to their washed out white brick walls chalked…

Mr. Ramen San

Keep Calm… Eat Ramen… Mr Ramen-san is now my favourite ramen place in Melbourne CBD! Affordable, quick and great during Melbourne’s winter coming up. With authentic Japanese managing the restaurant, making their noodles daily in a cosy spot near Chinatown definitely gives you the feel as though you are in Japan! They do thick broths…

Block 7 Dumplings

Pretty much the only Chinese restaurant in Eastland Shopping Centre. Priced just above average for a casual dining restaurant but the quality of food is good. We only tried two of their dishes: Peking dry noodle, $15.60 and Deep Fried Homemade Bean Curd with Spicy salt, $14.80. The size of the Peking dry noodle was…

Aunty Franklee – Russell St

In Melbourne… I don’t think you can go wrong with having Bak Kut Teh for the cold weather ahead! Been here twice now using the Liven app and it’s always busy whether it’s the early hours of Thursday night dinner or a Sunday lunch. Known for their Bak Kut Teh but their beef ribs are…

Cote Terra – Oakleigh

Situated within walking distance from Oakleigh Train station. At the corner of Station St lies a small entrance to Cote Terra. It gives a very cosy vibe and still very busy around 1.30pm-2pm on a Sunday – almost full house! My friend recommended me to try Cote Terra, but because I don’t always visit around…

Omi – Chadstone

Omi at Chadstone was good when I first tried it. Their chips were crispy and filling. Omi then closed temporary as Chadstone Shopping Centre was getting their lower ground floor foodcourt redone. I have since visited and they now have a dining area with table service rather than using the old foodcourt set up. Interior…

Hurricanes Grill – Darling Harbour

When in Sydney, you have to visit Hurricanes and have their ribs. I took my family here whilst we were visiting Sydney. They are very close to their cantonese tastebuds and wouldn’t be content with any other food because it’s their comfort food as they grew up in Asia. But the ribs sauce of Hurricanes…

Spice Temple – Southbank

Awarded One Hat from the Good Food Guide 2019. We dared to try Spice Temple for both of us who can’t take any spice. It was one of the last few restaurants at Crown Casino that we were yet to visit. And guess what… we survived! When we walked in, it was pitched black, but…

Schmucks Bagel

Hidden within many office buildings – if you don’t work or live around the area, you won’t come across Schmucks Bagel. I’ve had their bagels at least 4 times and say I’d recommend Schmucks Bagel when you want to feel a little healthy and full! Their Bagels are always toasted just right – crispy outside…

Lune Croissanterie – Collins St

Did you know Croissants are made in a diamond pastry shape? I didn’t know until now… Lune Croissante is based in Fitzroy, but they opened up a Collins St x Russell St shopfront. It’s really at Russell St, but the building is on Collins St – a little bit confusing for first timers. When I…

Enter Neighbour – Invited

Just off Camberwell and Toorak Road sits Enter Neighbour. It’s a quiet area attracting many locals for coffee and a light brunch. Accessible by 75 tram where the Hartwell shops are. Enter Neighbour has just passed their 1 year birthday on 23rd Feb where they celebrated by offering chocolate and free coffees to their visitors!…

Innocent Bystander

Innocent Bystander is a contemporary and relaxed local winery with cafe & wine tasting bar. Some free tasting wines for the wine drinkers. I was doing a hike that day on a 37 degree heat, so I didn’t dare to drink anything that would dehydrate my body. The good food prepped me for the hike…

Madam Woo – Queenstown

Madam Woo wasn’t at Queenstown when I last visited the town in 2014, so that got me to try something new! And no regrets. The interior is so unique that it has light touches of Malaysian history yet not overboard and still carries the fusion within. Madam Woo is spread around New Zealand in cities…

Au79

As good as gold they say… Au79 has been an instagrammable place for all our brunch lovers. It’s has a very pretty setting of indoor plants and with modern sleek grey and gold tones. The dining area is huge and had I known earlier, it would have been the perfect hens brunch! I’ve now been…

Le Clec

Was recommended by a friend who had a great time here. They mentioned their matcha latte was one of the best, so it got me considering a visit! I picked a girls brunch day to try Le Clec, walked in from a small entrance, was then led to middle dining area at the back then…

+39 Pizzeria – Lil Bourke St

A good place for a casual night out. Suitable for small and large groups. I’ve been here a couple of times to say that their quality of pizza is superb. Pasta can be hit and miss depending on what you order. On my most recent visit we had a group of 10, we had to…

Koko – Crown Melbourne

Ambience designed by Tony Chi with tranquil Japanese water garden in the middle of the restaurant. Surrounded by dining tables and teppanyaki tables. Koko offers teppanyaki and à la carte menus for guests to choose from and is known for their sushi and sashimi. We walked in and were advised of 2hr dining and had to…

Mr. Wong

I am cantonese and so happen to have the surname: Wong. I’m not being bias but as I was researching on my next food adventure in Sydney, Mr. Wong popped up quite a bit. It so happened we were ready to have lunch by 12 that we didn’t need to book and walk-in with a…

Nong Tang Noodle House

Hidden in Mid City Arcade on ground floor off Bourke St, Melbourne. You would definitely need to know the area to find this gem. Opened a year ago, focussed on noodles, and it ticks all our boxes. Hand made yangchun noodles are both our favourites. We weren’t just lucky on our first visit, we enjoyed…