Oshokuji Dokoro Fujitei, St Kilda

I love Japanese food… I love it even better when it is beautifully cooked and/or served via traditional methods. Yup.. Oshokuji Dokoro Fujitei, under new management and chef – has gone back to basic. Although each dishes have a modern, fusion look – they all taste pretty damn authentic Mmm…

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Hokkaido pan seared in Japanese sake –  this was an absolutely great starter! The Japanese scallop was cooked perfectly with the mushroom layered in sweet cheesy goodness.

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Beef Tataki – Hubby enjoy this beautifully prepared seared beef scotch slices which was deliciously covered in the special ponzu sauce.

Tempura Moriawase – this assortment of tiger prawn, white fish and vegetables tempura was delicious! The batter is extremely light but keeping it nice and crispy.

We were so fortunate to be able to enjoy this pre-launched assorted Sushi and Shashimi Banquet combo for two which looked absolutely gorgeous as a whole. The shashimi was fresh – especially the kingfish and salmon, but the Tuna was on the fattier side for me.  There were two types of sushi rolls and they were very tasty, similar filling but different finished. The scampi sushi was juicy and sweet and was a piece of art in itself. I couldn’t bring myself to eat the whole Unagi sushi though – personal fear, but hubby did say it tasted good.

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Black Sesame Panna Cotta – this is a very interesting dessert as it is a fusion mixed between the Italian dessert with Japanese flavours.  Perhaps a bit too much roasted flour and green tea powder over the top, leaving your mouth with a bit of a powdery taste. Would enjoy it alot better if it came creamy cold with a side of creamy Matcha ice-cream scoop rather then the fruit also.

Overall a great dining experience. Looking at the menu, prices are a bit on the dearer side. The massive tree in the dining room is worth a mention also as I’m pretty sure with a bit of a touch-up – we suggested to the friendly owner – Ryoichi, that a fresh coat of black paint to cover the rust and getting rid of those tired looking dated lanterns, then transforming it into a cherry blossom like-tree.. would bring this center-piece alive and perhaps be a topic of conversation for diners. Additionally with the changes that Ryo has already achieved and will endeavor to change, this restaurant is definitely heading in the right direction of being a crowd fav!

“In the cherry blossom’s shade there’s no such thing as a stranger” – Kobayashi Issa

Thanks for reading… Christmas counts down begins!!!

SueyLuey xx

| Courtesy invite by Oshokuji Dokoro Fujitei. Opinions are my own. |

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Doot Doot Doot, Merricks North

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When the sis-in-law suggested Doot Doot Doot, we didn’t hesitate to say yes. After all we all deserve a bit of fancy Nanci-ness in our lives! A beautiful fit-out sets the tone for the day with a grand 10,000 lamp chandelier that creates the perfect first impression for the five course tasting menu. The menu draws on the seasonal produce from Mornington’s local producers and Jackalope hotel’s kitchen garden.

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Service was good. Little hiccups in our bookings as they initially said it our table was not ready yet at around 12.20pm – our booking was for 12.30pm. So we got a drink at the bar near the reception which was over the top with marble, gold and glasses. However 15min later we were still waiting for them to call for us unfortunately they seemed to have forgotten about us so back to the front we go to get some foods in our belly…

Mayo Asparagus – a perfect snack to start the courses, light and tasty with a great crunchy texture.

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Avacado Umeboshi – A well balanced starter. The crumbed avocado though very simple holds a great amount of flavours. The light ice-cream was a bit of a good surprise but slightly too sweet.

Beetroot, Leek & Pil Pil – Pretty to look at but the soaked beetroot leek was too chewy and stringy for me. Sorry to say, I personally didn’t enjoy this dish.

Wallaby, Yoghurt and Cabbage – a delicious dish. The wallaby was perfectly slow-cooked that melted in the mouth. So fresh and light. Again the cabbage was beautifully presented on the plate, but I’m not sure why it was so chewy?

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Palette cleanser – frozen rock-melon with rock salt or sugar? wasn’t too sure which one it was but the melon was overly sweet.

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The main we had a choice between the Snapper with carrots & Lado or the Beef with Clams in XO sauce. Lucky for me I was able to eat both! I definitely preferred the beef dish which was cooked to med-rare. The sauce complemented both the sweet beef and salted clams really well.

Unfortunately the snapper dish was a bit of a let-down for me. The snapper itself was perfectly cooked! But that skin… I’m sure it was meant to be crispy skin but all I got was chewy and salty skin which I unfortunately I had to leave to the side.

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Lemon Praline – Loved how the waiters presented us with the lemon cake freshly cooked out of the pan! Mmm and it smelt soo good. Great to see that such a simple home dish can be presented in such a nice way on a plate.The cake was delicious, sweet, sour and moist. The salty hazelnut cream was perfect to cut off the sourness and complemented very well with the cake. Could have gone without the sorbet as it had a few too many lemons in them, so I only had a small spoonful.

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Overall a pleasant experience with great company. Yes a bit underwhelming for the $$$$. It did get really busy and loud which can be hard to converse with your table partners. Expect 3.5hrs for lunch also.. No consistent service from one waiter so was a bit hard to know who to flag down for questions and service.

But I did spot a few lovely spaces to return to like the winery outside that can cater for a bit more of a casual outing =)

“There is a difference between dining and eating. Dining is an art. When you eat to get most out of your meal, to please the palate, just as well as to satiate the appetite, that,my friend, is dining.” ― Yuan Mei

SueyLuey xx

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Pho Hung Vuong Saigon, Footscray

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It’s been a while since I’ve been to Footscray! Boy has it changed… Ghosting the most popular restaurant on the block we found Pho Hung Vuong with a line outside the door. Lucky we only had to wait for about 15min for a table for 6. With a menu that has been downgraded to about 23 dishes – this is a new change that I definitely welcome – because it definitely doesn’t make it easier when there’s like 99 dishes on the menu! Less is more I’d say!

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Between us we ordered the combination Beef Pho, Chicken Pho and Broken rice with grilled pork, egg and shredded pork. Great to be able to choose different bowl size from Small to Large. And the Large was pretty big….. hehe..

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The Pho were all good. Good clear broth with plenty of meats. The soup could do with perhaps another hour or two of simmering as we did had to add the extra hoi sin and sriracha sauce to complete the noodle soup but still good.

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The broken rice dish was good also. The grilled pork could have been a bit more tenderised and the chicken soup was a bit plain. And it was also a  little bit more expensive then the usual viet restaurant at $13. Normally this dish would set you back at about $11?

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Overall a nice lunch experience. Modern, clean with efficient services.

“Pho is a great way to start the day..” – Tom Douglas

SueyLuey xx

 

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Coca Chu, Hamilton Island

Okay.. call us crazy but we dined at Coca Chu not once, not twice.. but three times!~ and we were only there for a week! Great for couples (which was what we did on the Mon and Wed) and with friends (met up with friends and ended up being the last table to leave the restaurant!).

Loving the Modern, Fresh and Creative Asian Cuisine – Coca Chu is definitely one of the most inviting and exciting places to eat on Hamilton Island.

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Beef and Potato Curry – the aromatic curry was delicious with beef cheeks that were so tender. Loved the sweetness from the pineapple however they need to increase the spiciness of the curry to make it a perfect dish.

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Crispy pigs ears w pickled chilli – Delicious. My family loves to make a good pig ear salad for any occasion but the crispiness surprised me – in a good way! The saltiness of the pig ear went well with the sour pickles and spicy fish sauce. Gotta tell my mum about this..

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Twice cooked pork ribs w blood plum tamarind sauce – A very sweet dish. Lucky the pork were falling off those bone….

Other dishes without images (either I forgot or they were really bad photos… sorry!):

  • Caramelized lamb shoulder – 500g of deliciousness. The fish sauce is slightly too sweet but nothing a few more slices of fresh chili didn’t fixed. Anything caramelized is a definitely a winner in my eyes.
  • Sichuan half duck w chili coriander ginger  – another sweet dish. Again all they had to do was add a few more fresh chilies then this is another almost perfect dish, after-all isn’t Sihuan cuisine all about bold and spicy flavors?
  • Whitsunday bugs w cashew nuts – not a big fan of seafood so I gave this dish a missed but the boys were very satisfied.
  • Twice cooked beef shin w sticky rice – a very interesting dish. Portion was larger then expected for a starter.
  • Silkin tofu – Can’t go wrong with a healthy selection. Would have liked the tofu to be a little bit crunchier however the soy ginger dressing was deliciously sweet and tasty.

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Services were friendly, genuine and full of food knowledge. I was lucky enough to receive a complimentary champa and had the lovely waiters serenaded for my 30th birthday. Definitely a lovely culinary experience/s!

“Talk doesn’t cook cook rice.” (Chinese Proverb)

Thanks for reading

XOX

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Seared Steak & Seafood, Maribyrnong

My review for Seared needed a bit of an update so here it is!!!

Seared is a lovely family cafe/restaurant outside the Level 1 urban dining area of Highpoint Shopping Centre. A great large space for couples to come for coffee or drinks and/or family to share in a good meal. The relaxed alfresco area outside is great in summer (with a kid play area outside too!) or you can choose to sit inside where the fixtures are contemporary with great modern furniture.

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Service is always friendly and efficient whether you’re regulars or new customers. They truly take pride in serving some of the most modern and affordable cuisine like their selection of rice dishes to the usual char grilled steaks or just choose from their range of fresh seafood dishes.

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GARLIC PRAWNS ON RICE TIGER PRAWNS $23 – This dish was very big. So big I had a lil helper dining with me haha… I loved how the rich creamy garlic sauce sauce covered the sweet prawns and enough to just cover the jasmine rice.

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BEEF ‘N’ REEF $37.5 – Hubby had the steak which was perfectly cooked to Medium Rare. He upgraded his steak to include king prawns sautéed in tomato and onion. The Serving is rather generous but he polished the whole plate. I tried a bit of his prawns and they were nicely charred with great flavors. Leave it to the simple meals to taste the best!

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STICKY DATE PUDDING $9.0 – I love a good old traditional date pudding. Very easy to make but it always taste better when someone else cooks it! The butterscotch I always find is a bit too sweet for me but a large scoop or two of Vanilla ice-cream is a must especially when you gotta quick dig in before it melts around the moist warm pudding!

It’s very unfortunate about the strictly no smoking in food area law however least now anyone can sit outside and not be affected by the smokes! YAY!

P.S please excuse the shaky photos – I was too busy conversing haha!!!!

“Life is too short not to have pasta, steak, and butter”. Iman

Later-Days!

XxX

|Seared are friends of SueyLuey|

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Shadowfax Winery, Werribee

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What a beautiful modern wine bar with a rustic feel that showcase the finest regional produce I’ve ever tasted. Was staying at the Mansion Hotel so decided to swing passed this newly renovated winery (after a fire few months ago). Small green area out front if you would like to have a picnic on a nice sunny day. Unfortunately the day we went it was slightly gloomy so we sat inside instead.

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Service was lovely. Booked online. Very efficient. Menu items had a good selection.

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CHARCUTERIE board served with cornichons, pickled shallots, chutney, horseradish & brioche crisps and we got the grilled chorizo and duck pate as extra. Everything tasted DELICIOUS! Hands down one of the best charcuterie we had. The duck liver pate was smooth and flavorsome and the chorizo was nicely grilled. The serving was pretty big so we decided to share a main and a side.

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ROAST PORK with roasted artichoke and apple sauce – this was the special, free range pork. Unfortunately a bit too bland for me. I felt that the roast was slightly overcooked so it was slightly too dry and perhaps require anothee glazed as the apple sauce was not enough to eat with the pork.

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POLENTA CHIPS with smoke tomato jam… MmmmM a great side. Jam was nice and sweet. I was expecting the chips to be crunchier but I didn’t mind the light and fluffiness of it though!

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P.S Free wine tasting for Mansion Hotel guests I think… we didn’t have time to do it though =)

“In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat you need it.” ― Napoleon Bonaparte

CYAAA! xox

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Au79, Abbotsford

I finally made it to this massive, modern and beautiful greenery joint. Long gone the day where a cafe is a cafe… Au79 is not just a cafe but a bakery/pattiserie and a boutique roastery shop. True to it’s saying… it is definitely ‘Good as Au79’.

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First impression.. love all these fiddle leaf trees!! yes I’m a sucker for this designer plants. But there’s just something about plants that makes me happy. Service was efficient and friendly. Of-course this was during lunchtime on a weekday so I’m sure it’s not as busy as it would be on the weekends.

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Menu wise.. slightly confusing. The menu is filled with classic dishes like the Big Breakfast and the smashed avacado etc. however each dishes has a touch of Asian-influenced- e.g. Miso Scrambled Eggs or the korean benedicts or the Okonomiyaki pancake. Prices slightly higher then usual from $5-$8 for a croissant or small cake, to $18-$25 main dish.

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We decided to stick with the basic and hubby got the Big Breakfast which had the usual suspect –  sausage, bacon,mushrooms, poached eggs etc. Tasty but slightly awkward on the small plate. The tomatoes could do with a few more min of grilling and add a touch more of salt and pepper. And the bacon could do with a bit more of a crispiness.

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I ordered the Truffled Croque Madame – the toast was nicely grilled with plenty of gruyere cheese, a touch of mushroom, a fried egg on top and purple pickled cabbage on the side.  I would hope for more mushroom compared to the amount of cheese on the toast and a slightly bigger egg on top. I managed to get through 2/3 of the toasty but overall still good and very instaworthy!

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Coffees – Hubby said his latte was just OK, he would have preferred a stronger shot of espresso but I thoroughly enjoyed my matcha latte which had a good amount of bitterness and sweetness.. Mm…

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“I’m so spoiled, I must have a Starbucks vanilla latte everyday” – Katie Holmes

Seeya!!! XOX

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