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…

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…

+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…

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…

Lûmé

Shaun Quade opened his multi sensory restaurant Lûmé South Melbourne in 2015, two hatted from the Good Food Guide. Named Australian Restaurant of the Year in 2016. Finally got to visit Lûmé for my birthday! A great experience and dined for almost 4 hours. The two of us had the Tasting Menu of 14 courses, $210pp with cocktail…

Rustica – Melbourne Central

A couple outlets, Rialto and Melbourne Central – we went to the Melbourne Central one. Had to try their plain croissants. Dense but crispy on outside and surprisingly doesn’t fall into bits and pieces. Their soy matcha latte was not bad. A bit milkier than what we preferred. Latte was good. J had baba ganoush,…

Misschu

A couple outlets of Misschu one in CBD, another in South Melbourne. We visited the one at Cecil St, South Melbourne. There’s a big contrast in rating for the two outlets… I enjoyed the food. We arrived at 2.30-3pm, so the restaurant was pretty quiet with mainly 2-3 staff working. Misschu is casual dining with…

Makan

I was so excited to try when Tasia and Gracia opened up their restaurant – Makan on Collins St. In the heart of the busy CBD, they are situated inside the building. I go to code black for coffee all the time, and there is Makan hidden in the corner. I can see why it’s…

Gaja by Sashi at HWKR

The Masterchef winner of 2018, Sashi from Adelaide opened a pop up restaurant in HWKR, Melbourne. Whilst I was super excited to try Gaja, I knew that the place will be packed and underwhelming during their first few weeks of launch. Just because not everything would run smoothly at a new kitchen etc. I experienced…

Humble Rays

Humble Rays opened in Carlton late 2016. Although not situated at any busy shops, it’s very close to Melbourne University and can imagine this place being a popular hang out spot for university students. We had to wait in line for 30-35 minutes on a Sunday afternoon (around 12.30pm). It wasn’t too bad as the…

Sashi Co (formerly Dotty Coco)

Are you a sweet tooth? Or throwing a party for many sweet tooth(es)? I was fortunate enough to taste Dotty Coco’s cookie cake. Freshly made and delivered to your door. The owner kept in touch with me via instagram on her estimated time of delivery. I had a tight schedule and wanted to be home…

Rice Paper Sister

After trying Rice Paper Scissors, I wanted to try their sister company – Rice Paper Sister. I can see they do two different styles and I prefer being seated on dining tables at Sister rather than bar tables and stools at Scissors. Service was fabulous – we enjoyed most of what was recommended from the…