Shanklin Cafe

Not in a very popular area, but the locals certainly knows where to go! Shanklin Cafe is just off Tooronga Road not too far from the Tooronga shopping centre by car. Walked in to the cafe and was immediately lightened from the music and the staff. Two words to describe Shanklin, “Fun & Funk”… Walk…

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…

Cataract on Paterson

Another good pick for dinner during our stay at Launceston. And again close to the Cataract Gorge Reserve – hence the name “Cataract on Paterson”. We walked in and saw a large dining area. An interior of early settler mixed with an outback Australian barn feel. Their website looks pretty sophisticated but it errs on…

Stillwater

Stillwater, a contemporary Tasmanian Cuisine – titled One Hat from the Good Food Guide 2018. During our stay in Launceston we had the opportunity to try lunch and dinner at Stillwater. Lunch was good (4/5) but Dinner topped it (5/5)! If it wasn’t because of our driver who recommended Still Water to us again for…

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…

Lanzhou Beef Noodle Bar – Glen Waverley

Quite a few stores for Lanzhou Beef Noodle Bar in Melbourne. But we tried the one that was recently opened at The Glen food court. There’s always a line… we lined up at 2:30pm… They stopped taking orders when we arrived because the chef cannot make that many hand made noodles. Staff couldn’t commit to…

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…

Attica

Set in Ripponlea, ranked 32 of World’s 50 Best restaurants in 2017. Having born and bred in Melbourne, we had to try Attica! $275 per person for 17 courses (note price increases from October) but expect a unique 4-5 hours dining experience. Arrived at 6.30pm on a saturday night. It was a cold and wet…

Jinda Thai

Another Thai restaurant visited on a busy Wednesday. Wasn’t able to book and upon arrival we were told that we only have 1hr 15mins seating. Super short compared with other restaurant where they have two hours… After a while – we did see it being fully packed! It’s a popular place in Abbotsford. I ordered…

Hardware Société

We went to the end of busy Hardware Lane on a Thursday morning. 7:30am was Hardware Societe’s opening time with no reservations allowed. When we arrived just before 7:30 they were still setting up. Three groups including ourselves were waiting to be seated. But we all got seated quite quickly, right on 7:30am! Their flat…

Hunter & Barrel

Went for their latest Dinner Set Menu Special Deal from Dimmi.com.au – it was delicious! A 4 course meal for $40 – essentially $10 per dish. Great interior. Dining area is spacious and have catered for all group sizes. The mocktail, Masquerade, $9 attracted both couples on our double date; Orange and Pineapple juices shaken with…

Dead Man Espresso

While it’s easy to find, it was difficult to find a parking on a Sunday afternoon. Been here once few years back and revisited just recently, I think it has maintained its quality of service and food. Full house by 2PM. Luckily we arrived just before 2PM and didn’t need to wait. I ordered a…

Hatter and the Hare

A place with a variety of sweets, a place of featured Alice in Wonderland experience. I don’t have such a sweet tooth, but the hype has attracted me to trying the cafe between my visits to the Eastern Suburbs… I’ve been here three times now: twice for drinks and once for lunch. I must say […]

Kisumé

A dining experience without the thumping music, waiters dressed sophisticatedly and every process orderly. But most importantly, you don’t have to wait for a table! They take reservations for a great night out in the heart of Melbourne – Flinders Lane. They have three levels, starting with semi-private nook on dining tables, then sushi counter…

Dodee Paidang

Started in Sydney, then moved to Melbourne, hidden in the basement of Little Collins Street and Equitable Lane… it’s Thai street food… cheap and with a big dining area for all group sizes. We arrived on a Sunday night asking for a table of 4. Told to wait for 10 minutes, but it only took…