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…

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…

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…

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…

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…