Lûmé

Shaun Quade opened his multi sensory restaurant Lûmé South Melbourne in 2015, two hatted from the Good Food Guide. Named Australian Restaurant of the Year in 2016. Finally got to visit Lûmé for my birthday! A great experience and dined for almost 4 hours. The two of us had the Tasting Menu of 14 courses, $210pp with cocktail…

Rustica – Melbourne Central

A couple outlets, Rialto and Melbourne Central – we went to the Melbourne Central one. Had to try their plain croissants. Dense but crispy on outside and surprisingly doesn’t fall into bits and pieces. Their soy matcha latte was not bad. A bit milkier than what we preferred. Latte was good. J had baba ganoush,…

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…

Stillwater

Stillwater, a contemporary Tasmanian Cuisine – titled One Hat from the Good Food Guide 2018. During our stay in Launceston we had the opportunity to try lunch and dinner at Stillwater. Lunch was good (4/5) but Dinner topped it (5/5)! If it wasn’t because of our driver who recommended Still Water to us again for…

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…

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…