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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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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2Latte, Thornbury

I’ve reviewed 2Latte cafe 2 years ago (to date) and it’s time for an update! As friends of 2Latte – this great modern cafe on High Street deserve another great mention. A reminder that there great local cafe in the north side!

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The key to 2Latte – Family own cafe, where you know you’ll get great customer service who are friendly, open and humble. And that’s why when we have a spare hour or two, we’ll swing by here to grab at least 1… (or 2 lattes) to start my day.

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I love their menu! Options! – not too little not too much. They like to change it up – after-all what you feel like eating in summer isn’t always what you like to eat in winter right? Simple foods make perfect. Ingredients are always fresh. Plenty of fillings in your meals. Servings are generous for the prices they charge.

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With the asian fusion menu hit that has hit Melbourne lately, 2Latte add a touch of just that – reminding us that the owners have a Vietnamese background – that’s right, who say you can’t have a latte with a crispy Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Pancake filled with meat, prawns and asian herbs) OR a classic Big Breakfast with a Ca Phe Sua Da (Vietnamese dripped coffee)???

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And the beautiful desserts are sourced locally.. and sometimes home-made too!! Remember to leave some room to try at least one of their delicious looking sweet goodies or maybe just grab one for takeaway… mMmmm…

“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?” ― Cassandra Clare

Later-Days! XxX

| 2Latte are friends of Suey Luey |

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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

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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

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Frank’s, Cheltenham

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I’ve been following Franks’ café on insta for a few weeks now and coincidentally I was in Moorabin over the weekend so we decided to pop in during the Easter break for brunch! Recently opened Cheltenham local is a great café for good coffee, pretty foods and wonderful faces! Such a light and open fixture, it was welcoming and such a treat.

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Service was fantastic! The girls were friendly and happy. Got a table within min.
We started off with a latte and a matcha latte. The coffee were good but slightly too milky. I could do with another tsp of matcha powder for the extra antioxidant boost. My matcha also looked quite pale so initially I thought they had the order wrong…

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Great simple menu options for breakfast, with lunch offered from 11am. Asian and European fusion I believe. Narrowing it down I went with the Vegan Scrambled Eggs which I substitute the tofu scramble with eggs as I’m actually not a vegan but the item sounded so fresh and tasty with the roast tomatoes, eggplant puree and spinach pancakes. First off I must say – it came out looking way too pretty to eat! The eggs was scrambled perfectly and the tomatoes was so juicy. The Spinach pancake was different. A lil bit denser then I would like it as it got a bit too heavy so I managed to finish one but I did polished off everything else on the plate!

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Hubby got the Benedict with the Crispy Pork Belly, Poached eggs and Hollandaise on Sourdough. I could see where the Asian influences came in. Everything on this plate was a delight to eat. Great portion size for breakfast and again very nicely presented.

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Overall a wonderful experience. Tuck away in a more industrial and residential setting but plenty of parking spaces. Will definitely return to try out the other menu items if I’m in the area again!

“I know that eggs do well to stay out of frying pans.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.

Till next time!!
XoX

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