Kenangan – Ready to Cook

With Melbourne in lockdown, I’m sure everyone is mastering their cooking/baking skills at home. But there’s just some days where you want to order in or have something prepared nice and quick. Kenangan recently launched last week bringing authentic ready to cook Indonesian food to your door! Ordered the Beef Rendang, Grilled Beef Ribs with…

Tulum

One Hatted restaurant established in recent years, 2016 – focussed on turkish cuisine. I was so lucky that my dear friend C took me here for my birthday! I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to do a post on Tulum. Off the busy street in Balaclava. Tulum is quite dim when you walk…

Bakemono

Bakemono is a new Japanese inspired bakery just across their sister venue of Little Rogue on Drewery Lane. The bakery was revamped from a garage designed with wooden panelling at the shopfront to mock the feel of Japan. It sure reminds me of Kyoto. When I read about Bakemono, I was first attracted to their…

Raya Melbourne

RAYA Melbourne hasn’t been opened for too long. With a background in cake decorating, they opened up their physical store during the global pandemic in June. What they have is not the usual cake flavours… instead it comes with a Malaysian and Singaporean twist… I visited last week just before stage 4 lockdown, and was…

Las Tapas

A cosy place with simple spanish delicacies, easy to find with the yellow exterior walls on Chapel St of St Kilda… I’m so glad I was introduced to Las Tapas for a Hen’s night amongst 17 girls. I heard from the girls who organised, that it was quite hard to book. I can see why…

Bowl Bowl Dumpling

Bowl Bowl isn’t your traditional dumplings restaurant, it’s got a bit of flare in the heart of Smith Street, Collingwood. We were a group of 6, where 5 of us were happy to share the dishes we ordered: 1 serve of Spring rolls (3 pieces cut in half), 1x steamed dumpling, 2x panfried dumpling and…

Nine Yards

Nine Yards is one of a new brunch place in South Melbourne, Dorcas St. It occupies a large space for group diners. Clean with neutral colour palette makes it a great atmosphere to chill and unwind on the weekend. I find they are healthier than the general brunch cafes that I’ve been to. So perfect…

Cutler & Co

Opened for 10 years, a year after Cumulus Inc now. A mission to offer top end dining, yet you feel relaxed without feeling out of place if you’ve dressed up or down. As you approach Gertrude St of Fitzroy, you see casual dining table and chairs outside, that day was filled with many people unwinding…

Dooboo

If you like Tofu, you’ll enjoy Dooboo… I’d say this is a new joint in the CBD as we only saw it this year on the busy street of Swanston. They also recently opened another Dooboo in Box Hill, after our experience in the CBD Dooboo, I was so excited to recommend our eastern suburb…

Park Street Pasta and Wine

That feeling of having found a great pasta restaurant around your neighbourhood is so exciting! Without the long wait to get a seat, without the need to reserve a table… I’m shocked to have only found this gem recently. Such a cosy setting at the corner of Park St and Perrins St. We were the…

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…

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…

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…

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…