Thursday, April 28, 2016

Church Street Enoteca, Richmond MELB

A few weeks prior to my trip, I wanted to tick off a few restaurants on my "to eat" list and one of them would be Church Street Enoteca. Listed in the Age Good Food Guide and known for serving good Italian fare, what more could I ask for?

Usually packed around dinner time, we were fortunate to secure a table despite a last minute reservation. I was impressed by our waiter's wine knowledge and recommendation - A+ for finding a wine that suits me well.

Gippsland aged grass fed eye fillet served with parsley, caper and shallot salad and confit garlic. Meat was prepared medium rare which, in my opinion, showcased the meat's tenderness and flavour pretty well. With a good cut of steak, not much else was needed to jazz up the plate.

Rabbit ~ unfortunately, I cannot recall the name of this dish of mine but would describe it as rabbit done thee ways :p Rabbit tortellini meets a rack of rabbit ribs and agnoletti? Meat was very succulent and was perfectly complimented by the assorted of ingredients used.

Kipfler potatoes, garlic and thyme ~ I love a good bowl of potatoes that has the right amount of crunch on the outside but still fluffy and fragrant on the inside. This one ticked all the right boxes for me:)

CSE tiramisu ~ torn between a tiramisu and panna cotta, I opted for the tiramisu, just because I like my desserts with a bit of alcohol infused into them. Not exactly your typical tiramisu, this one was a lot more subtle and probably a good one to opt for if you're after a light end to the meal.

One thing to note is that whilst food and service is excellent in this restaurant, it does come with a slightly hefty price tag attached. Good place to impress if that's the motive for the night:)

Church Street Enoteca Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Airstream Cafe, Glen Waverley MELB

My three week long vacation is coming to an end and surprisingly enough, I am looking forward to heading home (although, still not in the mood for work!). Will update this blog on what I have been up to over the next few weeks along with more updates from last year's Europe trip.

This is one of the few places that I have yet to visit in Glen Waverley and was convinced to give this place a go by H. Fair enough, I was not disappointed at all:)
Chicken caesar salad ~ one of those dishes that I tend to order when I am not on my cheat days. Very generous portion to which, I struggled to finish but gladly managed to:)

Big kahuna ~ basically a Hawaiian pizza but with a thinner crust as opposed to the thicker, bread-like version. On the following week, I went ahead and ordered the Spartan and Hangover pizzas. Spartan was amazing and topped with succulent pieces of marinated lamb, peppers, onions, mozarella, feta and tzatziki. Highly recommended.

Fish and chips ~ beer battered fish fillets with a side of green salad. Always a sucker for fish and chips and this one gets two thumbs up for its drool-worthy, well seasoned crispy exterior.

Airstream Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, April 1, 2016

Budapest - New York Cafe

Very rarely do I follow recommendations from strangers, not because I do not trust them, but rather due to the fact that each and every one of us have different preferences. When our tour guide told us about this cafe that we must visit as it's just around the corner from our hotel, I hesitated. Quoted by her to be "one of the most beautiful cafes you would have been to".

Despite our hectic schedule, the sister and I managed to squeeze in a visit here. And boy, was I blown away by the architecture and cafe interior. It's akin seating in an opera box - chandeliers, music, all at different levels.

In terms of affordability, it was quite similar to how much we would have paid in Australia but goodness me, the coffees comes in a vivid array of flavours. I had a creme brulee version and it was possibly one of the best coffees I have had in my life. Highly recommended and worth the effort to get yourself here.

A whirlwind day it was, hence the exhausted expression - would I repeat this experience? Yes, bring on round 2.

On a random note, here's the only picture I managed to snap at one of Budapest's ruin bars - a bar built from old/ worn out buildings...similar to Melbourne's alley bars except a lot more crowded and no dancing haha.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Laksa Bar, MELB CBD

I've always had a soft spot for laksa as this was something that the family and I have whilst we do our weekend errands. Considering the cooler weather that currently defines Melbourne, I think this favourite of mine would soon be your favourite, especially if you are craving for comfort food.

Seafood curry laksa ~ this creamy and mildly spicy coconut broth did satisfy me on that cold afternoon. I was hesitant to up the spiciness of this dish but kinda regretted it towards the end of the meal - a little more spiciness would have brought this bowl of laksa pretty close to a familiar favourite of mine.

Nasi goreng pattaya ~ whilst Laksa Bar rides on the popularity of it's laksa dishes but for me, the highlight was this plate of fried rice. Generous amounts of fried chicken were shredded and tossed into the wok alongside with the other ingredients.  Topped with fried egg and drizzled generously with sweet chilli sauce, I think I have found myself a new favourite;) A big shout out to the friendly waiter who recommended this to me

Laksa Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, March 28, 2016

Trei Cafe, Glen Waverley MELB

Just a short walk away from my apartment lies a little cafe that serves food tailored for the calorie conscious among us. Whilst it is difficult to avoid eating out, we can always make better choices on what we choose to put into our tummies.

Trei's menu has a good blend of healthy and unhealthy options to select from and service is fairly efficient. Only downside is the cafe is not designed to accommodate numerous customers so be warned, patience has to be a virtue.

Matcha green tea latte ~ was a little disappointed that this turned out to be verging on the powdery spectrum as opposed to a smooth, well whisked drink. Matcha flavour is present but perhaps only just.

Iced chocolate ~ a little more chocolate mixed into it would have made a big difference.

Sweet potato fries with avocado salsa and lime ~ I am secretly a big fan of anything to do with potatoes although it's probably not one of the healthiest types of carbohydrates out there. Replacing a bowl of potato fries with a sweet potato version is a brilliant idea and to top it off with a good dose of healthy avocado fats, surely this counts as a healthy snack. Fries were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside - I could easily finish this off myself if my friend was not looking;)

Trei big brekky ~ poached eggs with bacon, mushrooms, spinach, haloumi and avocado.

Banoffie french toast with dulce de leche, banana, creme patisserie and cookie crumbs. This is why I have to stick to a moderately intense exercise routine or else I won't be able to have my cake and eat it too. I liked how fresh each individual ingredient is on the plate and how well they complimented each other.

Trei Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Rich Mahal, Burwood Highway MELB

Just like any other human being, I too face stressful moments and during these times, I turn to food as a pick me up. Whilst I am capable of handling difficult situations fairly well, my tummy manipulates my mind into thinking that I need some form of therapy;) Which brought us here after a much needed  time away from my study/ work desk.

Teh tarik ~ caffeine after work can be a good thing sometimes, especially when its not too sweet like this one;)

At Rich Mahal, you can choose a few different types of curries to have with your rice, be it something extremely or mildly spicy and in terms of protein, you have the choice of chicken, mutton, fish and beef. Vegetarian is an option too and all up, it was a much needed quick dinner fix. Pleasantly aromatic and satisfying.

For those unfamiliar, curry puff is a traditional type of savoury snack in Malaysia. It is available here and I daresay it is almost as good as the ones I can get back home. Crispy pastry layer and loaded with a mildly spicy curry mix.

Roti telur ~ roti was fluffy and comes accompanied by a few different types of gravy to suit your palate.

Murtabak ~ basically a roti stuffed with meat filling and accompanied by a little bowl of curry gravy. At $8.50, it was a steal compared to how much other restaurants are charging for it.

Roti tissue ~ paper thin and crispy roti, drizzled with condensed milk aka roti dosed with sugar.

Overall, good value for money and probably a good place to hang out with friends if you are looking for a spot that's crowd-free:)

Rich Mahal Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Axil Coffee Roasters, Hawthorn MELB

Melbourne is truly a brunch lover's playground as there's so many variations to choose from be it your typical big brekkies loaded with bacon and poached eggs; to something a little Asian inspired such as ramen or congee to a dessert party with hotcakes or the prettiest muesli bowls you would have laid your eyes on.

I rarely get the opportunity to brunch out each in the morning and am really thankfully for H who made the effort to bring a rather overly enthusiastic and annoying me here. The cafe was already packed full of hungry brunch-ers at 11.30am but we still managed to get seats after waiting for about 10 minutes.

Coffee ~ aromatic best describes my cup of caffeine that day. Have also found out that Axil does barista classes so for those keen on picking up a few handy lessons, you know where to go;)

Scrambled eggs with bacon and cured trout ~ this picture probably doesn't do this plate of food any justice. $10 for a plate of golden, scrambled eggs with toast - you're definitely getting your money's worth on eggs, that's for sure;)

Ferrero rocher chocolate waffles with hazelnut parfait, toasted hazelnuts, crushed wafer biscuits and gianduja chocolate curls. I was torn between ordering this or the equally notorious pancakes but I have stuck to my gut feelings and went ahead with the waffles. Didd not disappoint at all. Good dose of chocolate that's drenched in a savoury and nutty parfait to combat against excessive sweetness from the waffles. Highly recommended and only set back is I was looking forward to two pieces of waffle haha;P

Overall, a very enjoyable brunch session made possible by H and good food + coffee :) Life is indeed good.

Axil Coffee Roasters Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato