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)….

The Meat & Wine Co – Southbank

The Meat & Wine Co has been at Southbank for many years. My first time was at a 21st birthday seated upstairs. And on the recent visit, I sat on the ground floor for a girls night table for four. I felt that the ground floor was very cosy – the tables were close to…

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…

Higher Ground

Not quite a cafe and not quite a restaurant. Higher Ground has been operating for more than 2 years. And there’s still a long line to have brunch? Stunning monochromatic interior with mezzanine floor with splashes of greenery at every level. Interior gets a 5/5, what about the food and drinks? The wait was 45…

KooKoo

Easy to find and newly opened on Clarendon street in South Melbourne… We went on ANZAC day for our dinner. It was pretty quiet because everyone was home that night. But it was good for us to see their service and quality of food! I had the Messy bun is a hot dog twist on…

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…

Wide Open Road

Set in a warehouse like other roasters but in Brunswick. Convenient by tram and close to Barkly Square shopping centre. It was very easy to find a parking on a Sunday morning… Went in at around 10am, it was already busy with sunday – brunchers… We had to wait for about 15 minutes, so we…

The Crux & Co

The Crux & Co just lies opposite The Kettle Black. They present balanced dishes inspired by Korean savoury flavours. Mocha was towards above average. I like my mocha not overly sweet but still able to taste the coffee aroma. They met it. J again is on a health street, so he ordered the green cold…

Tipo 00

A pasta bar in a little lane of Melbourne CBD… we were lucky enough to get a table for 3 on a Thursday night. I’ve tried several times from walk-in or phone bookings, but they seem to be always booked out – or i’m such a last minute booker. Highly rated (been on good food…

St. ALi

St. ALi is a specialty coffee since 2005. It lives in South Melbourne in an alleyway of industrial setting. So don’t feel lost if you haven’t found St Ali, you’ve got the right place. After many years of St Ali, this brunch place is still packed with a waitlist upon arrival. For a table for…

Meat Maiden

A basement restaurant and bar located in the heart of Melbourne CBD. They catered for us with a group of 10! We ordered the maiden mood which is $65 per person, where the whole table must do the same. Accommodates for dietary requirements like many other feed me options. The deal is they give us…

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…

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…