Monday, September 15, 2014

LuxBite, South Yarra MELB

I cannot believe how fast time flew since I last visited Luxbite (as seen here aka blog post dated back in 2011!). Luxbite has obviously expanded itself heaps since then and I can see a lot of new additions to the cake display and on their Instagram account:)

Bread pudding with pandan anglaise ~ yummm..The warmth from the pandan flavoured cream turned this non-Asian treat into something that I am familiar with. If I am stick thin, drinking this may be an option. However, I did drown every piece of bread pudding with it:p

Lollipop bag cake ~ as seen on Masterchef, this was something I had to try out. True enough, each and every layer is prepared separately and somehow harmonizes well. I can taste the mint, popping candy, banana essence and redskin layers. A very fun piece of cake but definitely not a piece of cake to make!

Green tea cheesecake ~ I have been meaning to make green tea cheesecake for some time but never knew what how to incorporate it with the cheesy ingredient. And having this, I might have an idea although I am not sure how I'm going to pull it off haha. Not overly bitter nor too sweet for my liking. If only it was a bit bigger (more for me!)

Macarons ~ I have had these before in the past and was wowed by it. Am still blown away by them but this time round, I have the luxury of dropping by every weekend to grab a few pieces as opposed to doing takeaways! These little things are packed full of flavour!:)

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

NL House, Carlton MELB

A very small post dedicated to a cafe that serves a really good nasi lemak. For those unfamiliar with nasi lemak, it is actually rice that had been prepared with coconut milk (and some use pandan leaves as well) for that added rich aroma and this rice is best served with a fried/ boiled egg, sambal, fried anchovies, roasted peanuts and slices of cucumber.

Having said that, do bear in mind that different establishments serve their own interpretation of the dish so its always good to know what's on the plate before ordering it (be a foodie like me!). NL house's nasi lemak is simplicity done well and I am uber happy to know that there's so many finger licking good Malaysian restaurants in Melbourne *claps hands*

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Norsiah's Kitchen, Carlton MELB

It's hard to capture a picture perfect image of curries but doing my best is all I could do:/ The pictures included in this blog post obviously does not do the food justice but mind you, for less than $10 for a satisfying meal, this place is a must go regardless of whether you;re a student or working Melbournian:) Tiny eatery but friendly staff and quick meals!

Had the sambal egg with vegetables and beef curry and it was yummy. Tender meat and good use of spices in the different individual types of curries.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Petaling Street, Little Bourke Street MELB

Melbourne is truly a hub for Malaysian food and wherever you go, you will surely bump into a Malaysian inspired restaurant. Fortunately, food prices does not cost an arm and a leg although it is a lot more dearer if compared to prices back home. Nevertheless, knowing that comfort food lies at your fingertips is always a positive aspect to take in.

After mindlessly stumbling around Little Bourke Street aka Chinatown, we decided to dine here as it was probably the least crowded of the lot and we could quickly have dinner prior to departing the CBD region. Service is quick and you do get a good selection of food. Us not being too hungry decided to fill ourselves with a couple of seafood dishes.

Sambal clams ~ not too bad in terms of taste but for the price we paid, we did expect that the clams were probably not fresh off the boat this morning.

Deep fried fish with spicy sambal sauce ~ a lot of gravy goes a long way. Again, not something to rave about but for the price, its justifiable. We had a few pieces of petai scattered around the dish so I shall give it some points for authencity:)

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Osteria De Mesa, Glen Osmond Road ADL

My previous experience here had steered me from stepping in, especially if I am after a peaceful dinner where conversations can actually be heard. Food and service were top notch back then so these facts outweighed the negative perception of the place. Last meal in Adelaide and probably the final chapter of my Adelaide food hunt.

Arrived a few minutes later but were still welcomed in with a friendly smile and shown our table which had a bird's eye view of the kitchen and surrounding tables. Noticed the pasta chef diligently rolling out and shaping pasta pieces as we flip through the menu.

House made bread with balsamic vinegar and olive oil dipping is a must and bonus points for using good quality ingredients too!:)

Penne pollo o funghi ~ yummo. Not drowning in sauce but rather, sufficient spoons of sauce to bath the penne in.

Gnocchi di Osteria ~ This gnocchi addict ordered this and was not disappointed. The gnocchi were bite sizes for us ladies and so unbelievable soft and silky smooth. Got some pancetta tossed in for an added savoury and salty touch.

Proscuitto pizza ~ proscuitto with rockets and shaved parmesan. I am beginning to like thinner types of pizza crusts and this was not too filing for me. 

Tiramisu and Dolci di Nutella ~ Dolci di Nutella was a bit too small for sharing although it was still a very moreish piece of chocolate cake. Tiramisu was well made and definitely have that boozy factor to it. Overall, not too bad for desserts but pasta wins hands down:)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Hahndorf Inn Hotel, Hahndorf ADL

Hahndorf is yet another place that every single incoming tourist to Adelaide should visit. According to history, the Germans did settle down in Adelaide and Hahndorf is one of the few remaining places that still houses the descents of the German settlers. And what better way to showcase the best of the culture than via a good restaurant/ pub with a few German favourites?

If anyone wants to experience a bit of German influence at home, why not give this Herman the German cake recipe which is pretty easy to prepare and can be shared among your friends:)

As the sister and I are both small eaters, we opted to share a plate of three different types of sausages that is accompanied by saukraust (pickled cabbage), a side of cold potato salad and a must have pretzel. We were also served with three different types of mustards to choose from, depending on the level of spiciness.

Do note that for more people, it may be wiser to share the bigger plates of food as you do get value for money and you can definitely try out a whole lot more!

Apple strudel with vanilla ice cream ~ this is your daily intake of apples. Yep, this little piece of strudel was stuffed to the brim with apples that were cooked with cinnamon and raisins until it reaches a semi-soft stage. Paired the warm pastry with ice cream and it was too good to resist.

Black forest cake ~ I was informed that black forest is a treat that originated from Germany and so, what better way than to have it in Hahndorf. Not overly rich or moreish but rather, light and had subtle hints of alcohol from the soaked cherries. Yummo!

Royal Copenhagen Ice Creamery and Dessert Bar, Henley Beach ADL

Adelaide never fails to surprise me with new places to see or new activities to do regardless of how long I have stayed here. Not sure when exactly or how did this place escaped my radar but living in the 20 minute city does have it's perks:)

Managed to get here just before dinner at around 5pm-ish and the otherwise busy establishment was absolutely serene for the three of us to rest ourselves after a massive week with assignments and work. For anyone wanting to slow down time, Adelaide is the place to be:)

A hot cup of chocolate is a must have so no questions there. Creamy and rich milk chocolate that had been prepared well by the friendly ladies behind the counter.

The main reason that pulled me towards this place was the availability of waffles. Yes, you heard me right. Waffles and lots more of it. This may not have been the best waffles I have had thus far but it does come with a reasonable price tag. a scoop of their indulgent chocolate ice cream and a cup melted milk chocolate compensated for the waffle. Again, our food were prepared with lots of love from the group behind the counter. If only we could see more of this at every restaurant or cafe:)

Winter or summer, this place is a must go to if you're in Henley beach. Imagine having this whilst listening to the gentle sea breeze and whiffing up the scent of the sea.

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