Shujinko, Elizabeth St

RAMEN! Who doesn’t love ramen hey? Honestly my first bowl of ramen was when I was in Japan about 4 years ago – so my ramen standards has always been quite high – and Shujinko certainly did not disappoint!!

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Located on Elizabeth street between MC and Vic Market, this authentic looking joint although looks small from the outside do have a lot of settings inside however very tight. The collection of anime figurines  and the Sakes bottles on the shelves definitely reminded me of the restaurants we saw in Japan.

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Hubby decided to try the Tsukemen after watching an episode of Naruto trying this dish… Ramen but where the broth and noodles are served separately. The noodle was thick and tasty and the broth was good. A bit too much noodles.. but guess I shouldn’t complain haha…

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We did a swapsie half through as Hubby realised he prefer the noodle in the broth so he can slurp it whilst it was hot haha.. so he ended up with the Shujinko Ramen. The Tonkotsu soup base was very light however it wasn’t as flavoursome as the Tsekume’s broth. Unfortunately the soup was not piping hot and got a bit cold by the time it got to the table. Something that can be easily fixed. I did enjoy the grilled pork. Slightly different with the bok choy. Perhaps another piece would have been nice but I think I could have ordered it as extra.. i forget.

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The menu also offered many small izakaya dishes. We decided to try the Takoyaki which was the best dish of the night! The octopus balls was light and filled with the right amount of filling and had the right amount of sauces and tuna flakes on top – Yup! Very close to those Takoyaki balls we had at a local street stall in Osaka MmmMMMM!

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The other side dish we tried was the Ebi Fry. The dish was presented beautifully, the prawn was crumbed and fried really well. Came with a much needed mayo salad and teriyaki sauce that complemented the crumbed prawn really well.

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So overall a very lovely dinner. We were both so full by the end of the service. Prices are reasonable. Service was great.. little English but so friendly. Our server always had a big smile. The restaurant started off really quiet but by 7pm, there were constantly people coming through the door…and what i loved and missed most about Japan (beside the awesome foods) – every-time you walk through or exit their hospitality – they would greet you very loudly! such great manners!!!

Sayonara!! XOX

“I love you like a fat kid loves cake!” ― Scott Adams

| Courtesy invite by Shujinko. Opinions are my own. |

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MissChu, Exhibition Street

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So I’ve heard about MissChu Tuckshop story a while ago and finally got to try it when I realised the exhbition store was located a few min walk away from my new workplace.. hooray!! As their website mention ‘the original Asian street-food ‘tuckshop’’ -this joint’s menu offer a variety option of healthy hawker food items inspired by all the beautiful cuisines of Vietnam. Small but sufficient – write your orders down and pay at the front. Great for small groups.

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Came here with a friend and I was rather surprised with how tasty everything was. Yes slightly more expensive then the usual.. but we are paying for the more inventive, modern fusion style cusine that offers a difference. The highest praised to the Atlantic salmon in XO sauce with rice & quinoa. The salmon was perfectly seared and complement well with the the rice and quinoa. Slightly too much sauce but would rather more then no sauce hehe!!

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The roast duck rice paper roll was good. Slightly more expensive then usual and the steamed crepes with the prawn and bamboo shoot was different. Different in a good way though. I loved the crunchiness off the bamboo and the mince prawn. Overall a delight! Looking forward to trying out the other dishes soon!

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Later days! XOX

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience” – James Beard

 

 

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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. |

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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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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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Lucy Liu Kitchen & Bar

First timer at Lucy Liu Kitchen and Bar, I must admit I haven’t heard of it before – Yes I’m like a hermit, where have I been blah blah…

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Entry to the space is now via cobbled Oliver Lane at the rear which is weird, I understand it’s a quirky idea but why can’t there be 2 doors, one via the lane and one via Russell Street? Cobbled stone aren’t the best for women’s in heels (insert giggles).

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First impression, it is a very charming restaurant. The interior is a mix of communal and booth seating. Very loud with the music and the customers, we had to kind of shout at each other at one stage to hear the person across from us. Highly recommend reservations. We managed to get one day before for a 5.30PM seating which then we were promptly excused at 7PM on the dot for next reservation.

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Service was good however that was from the main server. The other two that we got was sort of random, asked me for either tap or sparkling water and never came back to me. And the other one felt like they were rushing us to eat so they could clear the next table. Yes we know you told us we needed to be out. We were aware… just be genuine to us and you will get the respect back. A diners experience starts from the service to the foods!

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Food wise, menu offered were very similar to other Fusion restaurants. Frankly I must say there are way too many Asian Fusion restaurants in the CBD now. Choices of Asian share plates, it offers the usual betel leaf entrée which came with tuna, soy and ginger. This was a disappointment to me, the leaf was fresh but I did not taste the soy and ginger flavour at all. Then we ordered the Kingfish Sashimi, with toast coconut and foam? The foam was a delight with the Kingfish however I was missing the chilli kick! The final dish we got was the Korean style Pork Belly, with apple kimchi salad and pancake and hoi sin. Boy this was huge! Fit for a party of 4, we had plenty left over between the 3 of us. The Pork was dropping off the bone but I’m not highly convinced I like this dish to be served with the pancake. The pancake was dry and was cracking half the time I attempted to wrap it. Where’s the light floury pancake like what you get when you have Peking duck? Tsk Tsk. The Kim chi on the other hand was the star to me! It added a special kick to the combined dish. However would I return for this dish? Probably not.

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Overall a pleasant experience. But Lucy Liu is just another I have to add to the mixed of Ok places. I might stick to my absolute favourite Longrain or Supernormal though…

“The things that people cannot do without everyday are firewood, rice, oil, salt, soy sauce, vinegar, and tea.” –Phrase coined in the late Southern Song dynasty.

Till next time
XOX

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