Southside Central, Windsor

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We were fortunate to be invited by Southside Central to dine at their Windsor location which recently opened up in April. To be honest I didn’t need much convincing to take up the offer as they simply sold me at “we have perfected the art of spiked milkshakes and mouth watering burgers”…

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LOCATION:
It’s located on Chapel street directly opposite Windsor station. Note there’s always heaps of traffic on Chapel so do give yourself extra traveling time!! (we were about 20min late for our booking…) ~

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FIRST IMPRESSION:
What a great two-storey burger joint with beautiful graffiti artwork along all the walls. The venue is much bigger than it looks from outside. The fit out is simple and attractive especially with the 90’s retro style; the black vinyl seating and the pink neon signs. Not a big fan of these small seating, especially those 2 seater attached to the wall – there’s simply not enough space for the amount of foods you would want to order!! – And the pink neon lights did not do much justice for the photos of the foods I took.. sorry in advance.

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Food wise – DELICIOUS!!! We were happy to have Audrey bring us a selection of their top menu items so it was a  great surprise when a variety of great looking goodies came out.

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BITES:
*Mac’n’cheese nuggets – these were lovely. They were crunchy on the outside and cheesy on the inside. The mayo itself was creamy but I couldn’t really taste the with spicy tomato ~ lucky the nugget itself was good to taste on its own!

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*Jalapeno poppers – not a big fan of jalapeno but my partner absolutely loved this side. And they were huge!! I thought it would be majorly spicy but lucky it wasn’t. The sour cream was def the best dip to go with the poppers.

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BURGERS:
*Harlem Burger – This chicken and waffle reminded me of NYC especially since we were there only 6 months ago! The whole dish definitely provided the great southern vibe. The fried chicken was moist and serving was generous. I loved how the cheese melted along the side, and the white bbq sauce & maple mayonaise served in between the deliciously soft and crunchy buttery milk waffle mMmmM…. sweet, and salty all in the one dish! I’m a messy eater so the parchment paper with the small busket was presented nicely with the theme of the restaurant however wasnt too practical for me who likes to eat my burgers et. all with a fork and knife.

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*The Southside Meat Market – Hubby thoroughly enjoyed this burger. The Beef pattie was juicy, southern fried chicken added another level of texture to the burger and the bacon relish was like an additional sauce for the rest of the burger.

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SPIKED SHAKES:
*Snickers spiked – OMG one of the best shake I’ve ever had! The shake itself is full of flavour, not too sweet and the hint of Frangelico liqueur is just perfect to complement the rest of the choc goodness. Not a big fan of the milk bottle that it came with, and it wasnt too practical with the whipped cream and bit of snicker on top.. give me the old traditional milkshake cup please!!

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So overall a fantastic meal! Service was efficient and friendly. Great pumping hip hop tunes to go along with my meal.  I’m sure this joint will def be the next new destination for the burgers + spiked drinks+ beats!!

Till next time

XOX

| Courtesy invite by Southside Central, Windsor. Opinions are my own. |

Southside Central Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Tea Salon, Emporium

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What a delightful high-tea place in Emporium! – Very whimsical, English-inspired; all in pink decor great for any princesses!!

Although we booked for the My Fair Lady edition however I think we got the Classic high tea instead which consisted of a three-tier cake stand with ribbon sandwiches, sweet desserts and choice of scone. This comes with hot tea of your choice for $45pp or the beautifully presented iced-tea for $47pp.

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As you can see we went with the iced-tea!!! I chose the Turkish Apple flavour which was so refreshing with a hint of rose, fresh mint leaves & freshly pressed lime juice mmmm… the rose petals and mint made it very instagram-worthy!

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So we all started off with the Scones which was massive! and we all got to choose a flavour each – I chose the Rose one which was very light but a bit too crumbly. The cream and jam complemented the flavour very well. Tried a bit of my friend’s original one and it is very similar.

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The ribbon sandwiches was light and fluffy. Each filling was different and I enjoyed them all from the cucumber + dill butter one to the mayo chicken to the basil pesto spread.. ohh and the salmon!!. Wasn’t a big fan of the smoked meat one but lucky I was too full anyway.. lucky I left some room to enjoy the sugar treats!!!

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The dessert was a bit of a hit and miss for me but they did all looked so pretty!! The chocolate torte was a bit too rich for me or maybe because I’m not a big fan of dark chocolate… I thoroughly enjoyed the Mango mousse cake which was so light with a pretty orangy glazed. The lychee crumb was my least favourite, it was too sweet and crumble had a wierd texture and the jelly was too hard to get to so I just gave up. A small berry tart was also part of the hightea tier but I’m not a big fan of tart so I gave that a missed.

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So overall a very pleasant experience. Book was easy enough online. The girls took a while to come take our order though? – I actually saw one empty table being wiped twice before they approached us….? But lucky enough it only took about 10min or so before we got our drinks then the food not too long after!

“My hour for tea is half-past five, and my buttered toast waits for nobody.”
― Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White

Till Next Time!! xox

The Tea Salon Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Out of Sundaland, Thornbury

Out for a little celebration, managed to tomato-ed this great new Pan-Asian kitchen in Thornbury! A local restaurant woohoo! Initially we wanted to do Longrain but Melbourne’s cold weather did not what so ever encouraged me to drive into the city again. Thank god this restaurant’s menu provided all i had asked for with items fuses with influences from all across Asia mixed with Australian ingredients.

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The limited menu contains a selection of share plates from a few small ones to large ones. Sometimes it great not too have too many options however i would be slightly happier to have at least another meat option on each menu category.
Duck ribs with a chilli, tamarind and orange sauce – My least fav dish of the night which i could have done without, would have been great unfortunately the duck meat was too tough which then made it really chewy. Had to use my hands which was fine but wasn’t pleasant when it was stuck in my teeth. Flavour wise it was tangy and sweet as suggested but not chilli.

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Garlic pepper mussels – hot and sour steamed mussels – what a bargain this was! $9 was perfect to share between two. The broth was delicious, definitely soaked in all the seafood goodness which in turn produced an amazing dish. We were suggested to add fries to soak up the broth, but we chose to soak up the juicy broth instead with some rice. Definitely on the spicier side but too delicious to complain!

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Massaman beef curry- slow braised beef cheeks with roti – the dish looked small but it was definitely enough for two. The curry was rich and creamy. Add some of the extra spices for a kick. The beef was soft and tender. Roti went well with the curry to soak up all those goodness but definitely need a bowl of rice to complete the dish.

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Crispy pork hock – twice cooked pork hock with soy caramel – mmm can’t go wrong with a pork hock. The pork was so tender and literally ripped apart when you put a fork into it. It had with a side of rice which was perfect with the pickled cucumber salad and sweet soy sauce.

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So overall a very satisfied night! 2 small and 2 large dishes was plenty for two. Service was lovely from front to back. Venue was cheerful with a rustic Asian/Australian feel. Not too busy yet but I’m sure they will be when words get out. And please have a dessert menu!!! Can’t finish a meal without some sweets

“The name “Out of Sundaland” refers to theory that the now submerged area known as Sundaland or the Sundaic region, is the possible cradle from which the world’s Asian population originated from” – OOS Website

Till next time!!

XOX

Out of Sundaland Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Out of Sundaland, Thornbury

Out for a little celebration, managed to tomato-ed this great new Pan-Asian kitchen in Thornbury! A local restaurant woohoo! Initially we wanted to do Longrain but Melbourne’s cold weather did not what so ever encouraged me to drive into the city again. Thank god this restaurant’s menu provided all i had asked for with items fuses with influences from all across Asia mixed with Australian ingredients.

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The limited menu contains a selection of share plates from a few small ones to large ones. Sometimes it great not too have too many options however i would be slightly happier to have at least another meat option on each menu category.

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Duck ribs with a chilli, tamarind and orange sauce – My least fav dish of the night which i could have done without, would have been great unfortunately the duck meat was too tough which then made it really chewy. Had to use my hands which was fine but wasn’t pleasant when it was stuck in my teeth. Flavour wise it was tangy and sweet as suggested but not chilli.

DUCK RIBS

Garlic pepper mussels – hot and sour steamed mussels – what a bargain this was! $9 was perfect to share between two. The broth was delicious, definitely soaked in all the seafood goodness which in turn produced an amazing dish. We were suggested to add fries to soak up the broth, but we chose to soak up the juicy broth instead with some rice. Definitely on the spicier side but too delicious to complain!

GARLIC PEPPER MUSSELS 2

Massaman beef curry- slow braised beef cheeks with roti – the dish looked small but it was definitely enough for two. The curry was rich and creamy. Add some of the extra spices for a kick. The beef was soft and tender. Roti went well with the curry to soak up all those goodness but definitely need a bowl of rice to complete the dish.

MASSAMAN BEEF CURRY

Crispy pork hock – twice cooked pork hock with soy caramel – mmm can’t go wrong with a pork hock. The pork was so tender and literally ripped apart when you put a fork into it. It had with a side of rice which was perfect with the pickled cucumber salad and sweet soy sauce.

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So overall a very satisfied night! 2 small and 2 large dishes was plenty for two. Service was lovely from front to back. Venue was cheerful with a rustic Asian/Australian feel. Not too busy yet but I’m sure they will be when words get out. And please have a dessert menu!!! Can’t finish a meal without some sweets….

“The name “Out of Sundaland” refers to the theory, that the now submerged, area known as Sundaland or the Sundaic region, is the possible cradle from which the world’s Asian population originated from” – OOS Restaurant Website

Till Next Time
xox

Out of Sundaland Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Slater St. Bench, St Kilda Rd

First off – I love this beautiful place! The interior is open and aesthetically simple but classy. I love the high timber benches with the low benches against the tall glass windows.

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The café itself is pretty much coffee and there’s a small selection of pastries and baguettes for those keen workers needing a quick bite. Turnover is fast, service is friendly.

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I’ve had the coffee before and it’s good. This time I decided the pastry. Was tossing up between the Simpson lookalike donuts or one of those delicious looking pastry and ended up getting the chocolate croissant… It was good. But I’m not sure whether it was a whole $5 worth of goodness. Pastry was really flaky and oily. Good amount of chocolate. Perhaps I’ll try one of those cheesy baguettes next time…

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“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” ― Linda Grayson

Till Next Time!

XOX

Slater St. Bench Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Farm Vigano, South Morang

Second time round at Farm Vigano – still amazes me of the wonderful venue in the middle of a residential neighborhood. A lovely private estate with extensive gardens and beautiful views of the northern suburbs.

The menu mostly include Gourmet pizza and antipasti. Menu is quite confusing to be honest. Prices are on the high side – About $15-25 for a medium size pizza.

Great service from booking to on the day.

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Foods were simple and presented beautifully. I wanted something light so got the Buttermilk fried chicken tenderloins & mustard mayonnaise. I didn’t get much for $16 but it was good nether-less. Definitely wouldn’t call it a share plate.. I ate it all myself! The chicken was moist and the mayo was delicious.

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Had a slice of a friends Melanzane pizza which had a perfect base with delicious roasted eggplant and roasted zucchini. I would be happier with perhaps more fillings though.

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Another friend got the Margherita which looked delicious. Great red pasta sauce and lots of ouzzy cheese.

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So overall a lovely brunch date. If you want a nice view in the northern suburbs and feel like some fancy pizzas then this is the place for you!

“I think of dieting, then I eat pizza” – Lara Stone

Till next Time!

xoxo

Farm Vigano Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

LaManna Direct Café/Supermarket

Have to say, one of my favorite places to go on a weekend! I’ve written a positive review prior about my café experience however Ill write a blog this time round.

The café is always busy. Always a line however you can always get a table and always get your meal within 10-15min.

This time round I got the pork belly baguette I’ve been meaning to try for ages now. And boy was it delicious! It was beautiful to look at and it was delicious to eat. Messy though as there were so much fillings for the baguette but who need to be lady like when you’re eating the most crispiest and testiest5 pork belly on a lovely soft baguette with the right amount of sweet and tangy mayo coleslaw.

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Partner got the Philli Cheesesteak sandwich which was huge! I had a few bites and the cheese was melting in my mouth. Came with a size of chippies also! All for $15.50? Bargain!

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Overall a delicious lunch date. Glad the supermarket is literally 2 meters away so we were able to work off the foods! Haha! – my food adventure didn’t end there though because we came out of the supermarket $200 less with more goodies like the salty pretzel, lychee cordial, wagyu beef mince and some yummy dark chocolates mmmm…. And the flower/plant section! OMG! so pretty!!!!!

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Till next time

XOX