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…

White Mojo Plus – Glen Waverley

A cafe infused with Asian flavours – great place to be located. Different menu for brunch and dinner. So one visit is not enough! I’ve always hung around at Glen Waverley before I moved, it was the hang out place amongst friends catch up. White mojo plus opened not long ago and we’ve now tried…

Chat Thai

Been there 5 years ago and I remember we had to wait to be seated for dinner. Now returning, there’s still a line to wait for lunch? I would expect the hype to have died down. So people are definitely going / revisiting for the food! We only waited for less than 10 minutes and…

Hakata-Maru Ramen

Visited Sydney for a short break, and my friend who lives in Chatswood, recommended me to try Hakata-Maru. It was gooooood! A casual japanese restaurant, on ground floor of a corporate building close to Chatswood train station and opposite the RSL. I always love a restaurant where they provide you with a basket underneath your…

KOI Dessert Bar

From the appearance in Masterchef to setting up a pop-up restaurant at HWKR in Melbourne, eludes me to try KOI Dessert Bar in Chippendale Sydney… Never been to Kensington Street before, but KOI is right at the asian hub where spice alley is and many other restaurants hang out. KOI sets up their take away…

Rice Paper Scissors – City

Hawker style asian fusion in a rustic setting. Doesn’t look fancy off Liverpool street, but the fancy food :). We booked for the 12PM session and were asked to conclude our lunch by 1.30PM. Unfortunately we were late, so the waiter had reminded us that they were fully booked for the day and would still…

Akachochin

A Japanese izakaya restaurant – the only one in South Wharf. Which probably has its distinct reason why it is rated high amongst the other restaurants by the pier. This place gets busy from 7pm. I noticed many reserved seating are for late dine-in, lots of sake and alcohol were ordered with karage (fried chicken)….

Kuu Cafe + Japanese Kitchen

Who would have thought Kuu Cafe is a hidden gem at the corner of Park St, South Melbourne. Not located where the hustle and bustle South Melbourne Market is, you’ll have to wonder out to find this cosy Japanese kitchen nestled in a house. Went on a Sunday afternoon, and had to wait for 10…

Ippudo Melbourne

Newly opened Ippudo is hidden in Artemis Lane of QV. It was a little bit tough to find the restaurant – I had full confidence that I’d find it in the common food restaurant area. NOPE! – it’s opposite Meat Fish Wine Restaurant. Shame on me who didn’t google the address! The line was long on…

Hawker Chan MEL vs SIN

Chan Hong Meng worked under a Hong Kong chef in his early years, learned and re-inspired the Cantonese Chicken Recipe. The recipe is now found at Hawker Chan… We knew the cheapest Michelin star meal opened in Melbourne Hawker Chan so we had to try both to compare! Went to Hawker Chan in Singapore- Chinatown…

2AM Dessert Bar – Janice Wong’s Restaurant

It was a must try when in Singapore, and we managed to try it in our first visit to Singapore. I booked in advance as I had no idea how popular it would be. It turned out that I didn’t need to during the time i visited (a weekday after Christmas). [At least for the…

HWKR Food Centre

Four pop up restaurants at Eq Tower until April. Interchanging vendors, app-powered ordering. HWKR is a hawker food centre inspired by the food culture in Singapore and Malaysia with a bit of a modern twist. Grab a table, order from from the counter (card only), grab your tissue and cutlery and be served by the waiters and…

Cafe Blush

A Calia project is just downstairs below Calia at Emporium. I thought their menu would also be japanese inspired. But it’s something different. What we enjoy, is the beetroot latte. It doesn’t sound appealing but they’ve done it to my liking! light beetroot aftertaste, but not losing the milkiness of lattes. I’m not a big…

New Shanghai

Opened in emporium, then at chadstone shopping centre. Every time I go to chadstone, there’s always a line. Since the emporium location opened first, there was less of a queue. New Shanghai emporium has become me and J’s favourite spot for weekly Friday night dinners. It’s reasonably priced and absolutely delicious. The quality and taste is…