Gyoza Gyoza, Doncaster

Gyoza Gyoza – a Japanese food restaurant with many chain all over Melbourne. They offer an Izakaya style eating with many popular bar dishes from Japan that are all at one set price $6.80!!

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Rice balls – OMG these were delicious! Lucky I didn’t go with the steamed rice as these char grilled balls were so tasty – the miso added a very subtle flavour. And it was slightly crunchy on the outside so it added a good texture to the overall dish.

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Softshell Crab Sliders – Have had this in the city before but this time round it wasn’t as good. These still looked great however I had more bun then crab which was a shame.

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Takoyaki – So this dish is always a must to order for the hubby.. They were okay. Not as fresh like those stalls in Osaka.The octopus was slightly too chewy but still tasty nonetheless.

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Oysters with Yuzu sauce – I didn’t eat any of these but hubby did say the Yuzu dressing was very refreshing. He does prefer Tabasco sauce..!

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Crab Cream croquette – I do love a good crab croquette but these were just ok. Crispy crumb, but easily broken and the filling itself was too creamy for me, lacking the crabby flavour.

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Twice cooked Lamb Ribs with honey sauce – The ribs though was slightly too fatty, was very tender and totally fell of the bone. I though the honey sauce would have made it really sweet but they added very little so it brought out the flavor of the ribs itself .

Yakitori – These chicken skewers was lovely char grilled! The sauce was delicious. Right amount of sweetness also. I did also appreciate the cabbage garnish at the bottom which soaked up all the yakitori sauce Mmm…

Overall a good meal. The service itself was a major shame. They were so under staff! 1 girl serving 5 tables at the front (where we got a table), she had to get people to the table, bring all the foods to the table, cleaned all the table, set the tables, get payments… need I need to go on? well it took forever to get a seat and then forever to order the foods. Lucky the foods didn’t take too long to come out.

“In Japanese, sushi does not mean raw fish. It means seasoned rice” – Guy Fieri

NB: I have to apologise as when I went to write a review for Gyoza Gyoza Doncaster, it seemed like I had written in the wrong location post! my first visit was for the CBD one and it wasn’t until yesterday that I experienced the Doncaster location. Again, same concept $6.80 tapas!

Suey Luey

xox

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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

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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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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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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

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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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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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