Posts Tagged ‘Melbourne’
We were just a few steps short of stepping into Ying Thai on Victoria Street when we noticed the old Bodhi Café a few doors down had become Tom Toon Thai Noodle Café. A cheesy name indeed but it didn’t stop us from peering inside while checking out the laminated menu pasted on the glass window. After that, the decision was easy. Tom Toon it was after seeing all the Thai patrons chomping happily on their food. Read More
It is fascinating how a small circle of batter can carry with it such confusion from the way it is pronounced to its origin. I will be the first to admit that apart from enjoying these fancy little treats, I didn’t give its history much thought until I discovered La Belle Miette. It was here that I first heard the word MacarOn (Mah-Ka-Rhon) used instead of MacarOOn ( Mak-Kah-Roon) to describe these fragile cookies. This had me intrigued as I have always pronounced it like the latter and there was no way the Master Chef judges could get it wrong too or could they? Read More
Buried deep within the confines of China Town in the CBD, Shoya is a restaurant recommended by many for its modern spin on traditional Japanese Omakase cuisine. Would Japanese master-chef Shigeo Nonaka live up to his reputation for unique and exquisite flavours? Read More
A frivolous decision landed us at Mexico’s doorstep after Mr. Photographer finished his hair appointment in the city one fine Saturday. At 5pm, it was too early for dinner and too late for afternoon tea leaving us with hardly any safe options. The one easy choice would have been my current haunt Chin Chin but after dining there seven times in a span of a month was becoming quite a cause for concern. So with brief deliberations and opening hours in check, I flippantly suggested the other super hyped eatery Mamasita. Read More
Attica was on our list waiting patiently to be ticked off for some time but it never seemed to materialise until San Pellegrino announced its Top 100 World’s Best Restaurants List for 2011. Not only did Attica make it to the 53rd place, they were also the only Victorian restaurant on the list. Further to that, The Good Food Guide 2012 awarded Attica Restaurant of the Year with a score of 18/20; 3 Chef’s Hats. Read More
This is exactly the kind of eatery I have been waiting for; outrageously unrestrained flavours served all day in a snazzy setting. Chin Chin needs no lengthy introduction here because the last time I looked on Urbanspoon, it had 50 blog posts and 140 reviews after being open for a mere five months. Entrepreneur and Pearl restaurant owner Chris Lucas must be one fine master in persuasion for luring two of Australia’s top Mod-Asian chef gurus to head his latest venture in Melbourne’s CBD; Executive Chef Andrew Gimber (ex Jimmy Liks, Nahm) and Head Chef Ben Cooper (ex St Ali, Nobu, Ezard, Nahm, Longrain). So with CVs that impressive, does the food match up to the frenzied media hype? Without a doubt, it is an absolute yes! Read More
It’s not often that we venture out to the city for an evening meal given the traffic, car parking difficulties and the inconvenience of distance. This was punctuated by the fact that an AFL final was on that evening and spectators streaming out of the Melbourne Cricket Ground would be on the prowl for dinner. Alas, this outing was for a special occasion and we always make exceptions for special occasions. For some, this meant paying top dollar for a car park even when they didn’t really need to. Read More
French food has to rank up there as one of my all time favourite cuisines. After my brief holiday in France in 2008, I was hopelessly hooked to the French way of dining. So whenever an opportunity presents itself to try out a new French restaurant that I’ve never been, I jump at the chance. Did Frenchy’s Bistro’s dinner meal delight and enthral me like our previous French restaurant did? Read More
Red Cliff silently sneaked itself into my Top Five favourite places to eat after merely a few visits. My first dining experience there was well over a year ago after the coaxing of an enthusiastic friend who happens to be a friend of the owner/chef. I dread trying new places as I am disappointed most of the time and I thought this time it would be no different. My doubts increased after hearing that Steven is a self taught young chef who spent some years prying over his mum’s shoulders. However, my curiousity of Wuhanese cuisine got the better of me so I relented despite the inconvenient location in Carnegie. Read More
Fine dining and Asian cuisine has never really been a great mix for me. I’ve always seemed to feel that Asian cooking requires almost that rustic, off the side of the street hawker style experience to really enjoy the food.
Having never been to Tao’s restaurant before, I wasn’t sure I was ready to embrace Asian food in the fine dining category for this late dinner meal.
Looking for a decent, traditional and (most importantly) light dinner after a heavy family lunch can be a tough endeavour.
Does the recently opened Japanese sushi train restaurant Edomae, in box hill satisfy the crucial requirements of being light, affordable and delicious? Read on to find out!