Dooboo

If you like Tofu, you’ll enjoy Dooboo… I’d say this is a new joint in the CBD as we only saw it this year on the busy street of Swanston. They also recently opened another Dooboo in Box Hill, after our experience in the CBD Dooboo, I was so excited to recommend our eastern suburb…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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)….

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…