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…

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…

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…

Abacus All Day

Abacus All Day is such a family friendly cafe. Large in size and have all sorts of dining areas. I walked in with an open space, to the right are 2 people booths, and the left are 4 people booths suitable for families. The looking beyond the coffee machine island are communal tables with high…

Grounds of Alexandria Cafe

The grounds is a beautiful place to visit with so much to see for the whole morning for us. Go there early at around 9:30-10am and you’ll be seated at Grounds of Alexandria Cafe in 10 minutes on a Sunday morning. If you don’t want to wait the cafe offer take away so that you…

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…

Tahini Bar (invited)

My Israeli friend recommended me to try Tahina Bar in Northcote not long ago.  I realised later that they had opened a second outlet in the heart of Brunswick Street. Easy to get to by tram or car, we visited on a Sunday just after 2pm. Although the lunch hour had passed, there were still a few customers dining…

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…

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Fine Dining, a modern menu of dishes inspired by Australian and British history. Headed by former Fat Duck head chef Ashley Palmer-Watts. We walked through a dark corridor and at the end of it was a monitor elevated showing surreal preparation of cooking. It felt like Dinner wanted us to play with our senses already. Came…

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)….

Code Black – Brunswick

I finally get to write about my favourite coffee roasters & their food at their Head Office, Brunswick. Their coffee beans are spread around Melbourne CBD made by many other cafes. But for some reason Code Black’s own baristas just make the perfect latte, cappuccino and mocha for me. They have 4 outlets in Melbourne…

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…

Grain store

A hidden Grain store on Flinders Lane. It’s not obvious, but when u walk in the interior gives you another world of its own… Cosy yet classy at the same time. I’ve been here twice now and I think I can do a proper review of it. Expect a wait for 30-40 minutes for a…

Miznon

Simple ingredients made delicious. Miznon use seasonally inspired ingredients to showcase Israeli street food. How it works: Walk in, a waiter will serve you asking how many people, we were there early, so they offered a variety of tables asking us to pick the best spot from lower ground (where the kitchen is), to outside ground…