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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…