Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Hiatus, Kew MELB

It has been sometime since my last brunch outing and being occupied with work does not make the situation any better. Fortunately for me, I was kindly invited to brunch at Hiatus which was gave me the much needed prompt to head out and feed myself appropriately.

The menu covers regular options such as eggs benedict, big brekkie and pancakes, as well as a few innovative dishes such as mushroom gnocchi, sashimi bowl and nourish bowls for those wanting a interesting twist.

Latte - quintessential for any brunch outlet to thrive and am not disappointed at all.

Freshly squeezed pineapple juice - a healthier option as compared to commercially available sugar loaded "juices". Thumbs up for putting this on the menu!

Big breakfast - consisting of mushrooms, avocado, tomatoes, bacon, eggs, rosti and sourdough. Well prepared using fresh ingredients. Potato rosti was the stand out for me, being not overly greasy but still crisp all round.

Braised beef cheek with mash, butter braised winter vegetables, spinach, sweet sherry jus and micro celery - beef cheek was extremely succulent and soft, paired well with the dollop of moreish mash underneath it. I am no vegetarian but those winter vegetables were braised well and I secretly want the recipe for it haha.

Hiatus Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, July 10, 2019


A little while ago, a close friend of mine visited Melbourne and also a fan edible sweets, it did not take much convincing to get her to try out a newly opened sweet shop in the emporium mall.

After much contemplating, we decided to share a tasting platter and had quite a lot of fun guessing what we tasted.  The bigger version of each cake is available and would probably be better for consumers who are certain with their decisions.

Overall, we noted that mousse was the theme in almost every petite cake we tasted and flavour wise, it was predominantly hazelnut or chocolate. Not overly sweet at all and we both agreed on the fruity flavoured pieces. Would appreciate a bit more variety going on tho.

A second visit may be necessary but this time round, I am keen on trying their matcha or lemon loaf cakes. Looked very appealing! :)

Glacé Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Saint Dreux, CBD MELB

Quickest stop before I meet up with a friend. Tempted to try out their perfectly symmetrical cakes and meat sandwiches but sadly, time did not permit me to do so.

Nevertheless, I look forward to another stop here perhaps when I am in the CBD region again. On the flip side, matcha latte was one of the better ones I have had thus far albeit costing slightly more compared to other outlets.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

White Mojo Speciality Coffee & Roaster CBD, MELB

Am a huge fan of White Mojo in Glen Waverley and naturally, was the place I wanted to bring a good friend to during her visit here. Being a weekday, it was easier to go to any brunch cafe without having to queue for long.

Menu wise, it is almost similar to the outlet in Glen Waverley which made it all the more easier to narrow down my meal option.

Chai latte - a good brew it was.

Basically smashed avocado mixed with peas atop bread and drizzled with pumpkin seeds and feta cheese. Not entirely convinced that this dish was worth $20 but ordered it anyway as said friend wanted to try it out. Overall, it was delicious but not some I would order again as I may possibly reproduce it at a fraction of the price.

Mushroom risotto - a favourite of mine and one that I thought went down well that day, albeit the unnecessary dollop of cream. Well seasoned and worth a second visit for.

White Mojo Speciality Coffee & Roaster Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, May 17, 2019

Charlotte's corner, Blackburn MELB

Having a gym buddy has the advantage of having additional motivation during workouts and post-workouts as well. Since the potato pal arrived in Melbourne, my sessions have been a whole lot funnier and I have discovered the pleasure of using the sauna/steamer room to unwind after my intensive sessions.

Equally excellent to have a food buddy for exploring random cafes/ restaurants when gym is over and it's time to tuck into something delicious. This week's adventure brought us to Blackburn, a suburb that I have been meaning to poke my head into but never got around to it.

Small cafe serving simple, unpretentious food manned by friendly and attentive staff members. Wouldn't mind bringing a good book here and plonking down to have a read on a wet Melbourne day.

Sweetcorn fritter stack with bacon, spicy tomato relish, avocado, green leaves and poached egg. The potato pal fondly recalled having this when he first visited Melbourne many many years ago. Am personally not a huge fan of corn but did sneak a few bites of it. Well prepared although I do suspect that the relish may be store bought.

Chilli scrambled eggs with feta cheese, bacon and fried shallot - I am on a mission to sample egg dishes whenever I visit a cafe and yes, this would be one dish that I would happily recommend. Eggs were creamy, smooth and well seasoned. Paired well with the feta bits and bacon stripes.

I do feel that the multigrain toast was factory made and may have complemented the eggs better had it been sourced from a bakery instead. Nevertheless, I am not complaining as the entire dish was $16, an uncommon fee amongst Melbourne's many brunch cafes.

  Charlotte's Corner Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, April 19, 2019

Indian Delights, Forest Hill MELB

Impromptu is the name of the game of late and one that my sister would happily oblige to. However, took a bit of compromising to mutually agree on a place, especially when both of us are feeling peckish post-gym class.

A colleague of mine recommended this restaurant to me and funnily enough, recommended their fried noodle dishes as opposed to curries or roti, which is what the restaurant is renown for.

Self-service is the concept for this restaurant and after ordering and paying, we patiently awaited our meal.

Kway teow goreng - albeit being different from the ones prepared at Chinese restaurants, I found this very appetising and prepared with a lot of "wok hei" aka heat from the wok, a term cleverly coined to describe a good plate of fried noodles.

Teh tarik - the warm weather is not going to stop me from drinking something warm.

Lamb murtabak - loaded with a generous amount of lamb pieces and served with a side of rich curry gravy, I happily consumed this dish with much gusto. Would have liked the roti to be a tad thicker to sponge up all the extra gravy but aside from that, this dish fed me well.

India Delights Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Servery and Spoon, Malvern East MELB

There's an interesting story behind this. After an intensive morning combat session, the potatoe and I used the gym's steamer to better cleanse our stinky bodies. An experience it was being a first timer as I recall fumbling into the steamy room and staring intently at the lad sitting in the corner in his bonds shorts before I shyly closed the door, determined to wait for potatoe to guide me through the steamer's etiquette.

Fast forward, we showered post-steaming and drove down the road to a quaint little cafe, peacefully located along Waverley road.

Moroccan slow cooked lamb salad - pulled lamb, quinoa, chickpeas, kale, pickled red onion, minted labneh, beetroot hummus and chilli dressing. Such a yummy salad and one that is generously packed with an assortment of ingredients.

Black bean shakshuka - absolutely delicious and as per the other dish, generously packed with ingredients. I love the flavour combination coming from the savoury beans cooked in tomato sauce, spicy chorizo and richness from the egg yolks. Slices of bread were toasted prior to getting a good dose of butter slapped on it. Damn, was that a good way to end the week.

Servery & Spoon Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato