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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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 |

2latte Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Lona, St Kilda

I was ecstatic when Charles, Lona’s owner/executive chef invited me to come down and dine at their newly renovated dinning room. I love how Charles a butcher by trade and source the different meats and small goods from mainly Australia and also around the world.

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Service was fantastic. Dave our server was efficient and definitely knows the menu. I love how he was able to introduce us each menu items we ordered and was able to give us a bit more of a background on where the produce came from or the idea or chef’s inspiration. Each items have a bit of a South American/Spanish twist and that is the gem of this restaurant and garden bar.

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First off we built our own charcuterie board with chicken liver parfait which was smooth and rich that went perfectly with the light truffle toast and relish. Don’t forget to grab the wagyu beef chorizo also because the platter would not be complete without some cold meat! This two option only costed $18!

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Croquetas – mmMm,.. these vegetarian bites was so smooth with the perfect amount of leek and cheese.

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Calamari – I love the light batter and how fresh these calamari tasted. The aoli that came with the calamari was a perfect combo.

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Lamb ribs – omg.. have you ever tasted ribs that literally falls off the bones? well you are missing out if you haven’t! All you need to do to these twice cooked lamb ribs were to dip it into the fresh yogurt then lightly brush it with the cumin salt and hands down its one of the best ribs I’ve ever eaten.

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Pork sliders – the braised pork was definitely tender however after tasting all the above dishes, the slider was a little bit of a letdown for us. There were a little bit of crackling to give the dish some textures however the whole combination was a bit too bland for me.

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Lucky we ended with the nutella empanadas which had a lovely layer of pastry baked – prob slightly too doughy but it is filled with a good amount of delicious nutella goodness. I love the fresh strawberries but I wish it had a bit more cream, or even better whipped cream!

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BTW try the white chocolate passion fruit cocktail which tasted divine!  the white chocolate shavings was a good addition to the vanilla infused vodka.

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Overall a lovely dining experience! the live bar was a great addition to the ambience – it was slightly a bit too loud so it was heard to hear each other but i love bar area, the dining area with the fireplace and the the garden in the back (you can rent out this place for min spend of 5k!!! how awesome would that be for my 30th???… hint hint hubby). Great spot for the summer! Can’t wait to return!

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“I get way too much happiness from good food” – Elizabeth Olsen

Till next time.

XOX

| Courtesy invite by Lona St Kilda. Opinions are of my own. |

Lona Restaurant & Garden Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wabi Sabi Salon

I recently attended a friend’s wedding that was catered by Wabi Sabi Restaurant. So here is my review for the catering component as I have yet to dine at the restaurant itself in Collingwood.

I understand Wabi Sabi create more of an authentic home style and fusion Japanese style of cuisine – just as you would find in Japan! Boy do I miss Japan. The menu of the evening was extensive.  I can see the banquet on offered would be great for sharing however we got them as individual plates per courses.

Appetisers: Sashimi Carpaccio and Sushi – Cooked Tuna, Ocean Trout Nigiri.

Shashimi Capachio and Sushi - Cooked Tuna, Ocean Trout Nigiri

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The Appetisers were fresh and light to start off with, I’m not often one for raw fishes etc. but when they’re sourced daily from the markets (or I would assume) they do taste rather delicious combined with all the different sauces. For appetisers I must say, there are a generous amount of sushi and sashimi on the plate.

Entrée: Pork Belly Bao w Jap pickled, Soft Shell Crab Tempura w Ponzu Chilli Sauce, Chicken Karaage w Soy mint sauce.

Pork Belly Bao w Jap pickled, Soft Shell Crab Tempura w Ponzu Chilli Sauce, Chicken Karaage w Soy mint sauce.

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My favourite course/s of the banquet!  Who can say no to a deliciously cooked Pork Belly Bao with a nice glazed that complemented well with the pickled cabbage. The bao unfortunately was a bit cold by the time it got to our table though so that was a bit of a shame. The chicken Karaage was tender in the inside and lovely crispy on the outside. I am however missing the mayo though. Although the soy mint was tasty, it sort of just got sucked into the crispy skin making it a bit soggy after I finished my bao. The softshell grab was good but there were a bit too much tempura coating on the crab itself.

Main: Crumbed Sword Fish with rice, thinly sliced Pork Loin Shabu Shabu style, Cold Soba Noodles with Tiger King Prawns with sesame.

Crumbed Sword Fish with rice, thinly sliced Pork Loin Shabu Shabu style, Cold Soba Noodles with Tiger King prawns with seasame.

By this stage I was getting really full. However “I don’t say no to foods!”  The main course/s was a bit of a let-down. It was presented nicely on the plate though, so totally Instagram worthy! I found that the pork was overcooked so it was too dry to eat, the cold soba noodles was rather wet and plain and the crumbed fish was just a crumbed fish… nothing special? Perhaps, more seasoning for the course overall?

Dessert: Tasting Platter consisting of mini cheesecake, Pannacotta and Black Sesame Icecream.

Dessert Tasting Platter - Cheesecake, Pannacotta and Black Sesame Icecream

I love a good tasting platter! Desserts were defiantly delicious. Ok the cheesecake and pannacotta was a bit too creamy for my liking – I like when it is a bit more set like wobbly gelatine, but that Icecream was definitely a highlight. It was sweet and creamy which melted in my mouth. What a great way to end the meal!

“The more you eat, the less flavor; the less you eat, the more flavor.” ~ Chinese Proverb

Till next time

xox

Wabi Sabi Salon Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Crux & Co

The Crux & Co  I have to say is one of must absolute favourite patisserie to go to for a tasty coffee and a side of tasty sweet… anything from delicious buttery croissants to cakes. Okay they’re not so cheap but hey, I girl who work hard got to treat herself?!

This time I decided to try out their lunch menu with a girlfriend. At 1pm on a week-day I must say it definitely isn’t the easiest place to get a table. At 33 degrees, sitting outside in one of their cute chic table surely wasn’t the most ideal location however as soon as I got a sneak peek of the other diner’s orders I simply refused to walk away.

Service was great. The girls were professional, efficient and always with a smile. Foods came out within 10-15min.

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I ordered myself the Pork belly burger served with pickled slaw and hand cut wedges. At $19.50 for the menu it’s definitely a lil bit more expensive than my usual lunch cost however it came out presented rather beautifully. The slaw was perfectly pickled with the right amount of pork belly between the sweet brioche buns. Sometime I just wish the pork belly to have a little bit less fat on them and more meat?

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My friend ordered the Scotch quail eggs, aranchini & falafel services on mixed beans and chilli concasses. The dish came out on a large plate, with such vibrant colours that is way too pretty to eat. My friend said that the dish was well balance and was very tasty. However again at $20.50, it is a bit pricey and a rather large dish for lunch.

Overall a lovely lunch experience and I would definitely come back again on another sunny day!

“Sugar is a type of bodily fuel, yes, but your body runs about as well on it as a car would.” ~ V.L. Allineare

Till next time
xox

The Crux & Co Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato