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Food highlights in May…

Thought I would try something different for this weeks post.  Instead of the restaurant review, thought I’d do a summary of eating in May.  May was an interesting month.  First time in a long time that I didn’t go out for an overly excessive meal.  But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t eat well!  Here are the highlights of the month…

Tried a local spot in Brighton,  Track Three Expresso who have only recently started serving tapas in the evenings.  I must say, it’s really random and obscure but I had a great time!  Wine is excellent and small bites to accompany are delicious.   I will be back!

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My life seems incomplete without a visit to Lune Croissanterie at least once a month.  Yes, I am one of those tragic people who queue up at 7am for pastries!

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I finally popped my Huxtaburger cherry.  I was a bit anticlimactic (haha!) and it would take a lot for me to prefer anything over Tuckshop Take Away (see below).

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Another local tapas joint we checked out was Lona in Armadale.   The food was good, there was a lovely local cozy feel to it and the people working there were great.    Lots of local regulars hang out there (the guy behind the bar knew everyone!).  Best dish of the night for me were the meatballs.

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Hit up my favourite burger joint Tuck Shop Takeaway… love love love it!

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Came across Alison’s in Prahran, a bakery that happens to make amazing crispy roast pork rolls.  It’s fregging amazing!

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Went to San Telmo for dinner with my girlfriends and had the hanger steak.  It’s so so good!   Everything we had that night was outstanding.

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Was lucky enough to score an invite to the opening night of Hophaus Bier Bar in Southbank.   The place looks amazing, the drinks selection was overwhelming and the food was great!  Will be visiting again.IMG_2309

And lucky last place for the month which totally blew my mind was Meatmother.    Was at a party that they did the catering for and it was the best BBQ and sides I’ve had ever.  And this is from catering!  I imagine the visit to the restaurant will totally rock my world.

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Well, that was my first ever post summarising a whole month of eating.   Hope you enjoyed it! xo

For more info on Track Three Expresso:
Track Three Espresso on Urbanspoon

For more info on Lune:
Lune Croissanterie on Urbanspoon

For more info on Huxtaburger:
Huxtaburger on Urbanspoon

For more info on Lona:
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For more info on Tuck Shop:
Tuck Shop Take Away on Urbanspoon

For more info on San Telmo:
San Telmo on Urbanspoon

For more info on Hophaus:
Hophaus on Urbanspoon

For more info on Meatmother:
Meatmother on Urbanspoon

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Gorgeous dishes at Saint Crispin

Saint Crispin was one of those places on Smith St that I’ve been dying to try for ages and I finally got taken there for my birthday this year.   I’m going to have to apologise in advance, as I have very little recollection of what the dishes actually were (drinks much?).   But what I do remember is that they were stunning!  And I loved every single thing I ate and drank and I can’t wait to go back.

We had the chefs 7 course tasting menu.   There were a few dishes, but that’s because we substituted a rabbit or quail dish (my partner doesn’t eat either!).   I’m not going to attempt to describe them, just know that everything was perfectly cooked and enjoy the gorgeous pictures!

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For more info and reviews:

Saint Crispin on Urbanspoon

Little Hunter – RIP

So this was a dinner that we had last year late Sept, right before Little Hunter closed it’s doors forever in October.  I must say, this was my second time there and I enjoyed it more than the first.  This time round I got to eat really rich food and lots of it!

Started with the customary cheesy bread with chicken skin butter.   First time I had this, it was a revelation.  This time round, it was a bit too rich.  Not sure if the dish changed, or I changed. IMG_1075 Made the mistake of ordering a fish dish in a meat restaurant.   The dill cured ocean trout, horseradish, creme fraiche, capers was really the token non-meat-lover appeasing dish.  It was a good entree, but nothing outstanding. IMG_1076 The roast duck in puy lentils entree was amazing.  The duck was smoky, and had a good crispy skin.   The lentils were exploding with flavour. IMG_1077 I ordered the “Poon Boon Lamb, gnoccho alla Roma,  braised chard, crushed olives” dish as I was quite intrigued by the description that I would be getting different pieces of lamb in different types of prep.  Geez was I shocked when the dish arrived and it was huge!  There was a sausage, a roast, a braise,  a loin with little pieces of gnocchi!  Amazing in taste, but an overwhelmingly large dish. IMG_1078 We had battered broccoli, salted ricotta for a side.  Yeah, went a bit overboard with the ordering there… IMG_1079 My boyfriend ordered the Wagyu flank, lyonnaise onions, confit kiplers, which by comparison to my Poon Boon lamb looked like a dainty supermodel.IMG_1080

I’m disappointed that Little Hunter has disappeared.  There were glimpses of brilliance in the menu.  Oh well…

For more info:
Little Hunter on Urbanspoon

Cumulus Up… up and away!

Stopped by Cumulus Up earlier this year for a few drinks with girlfriends and ended up having one of the best meals ever!  Cumulus Up is the baby sibling to Cumulus Inc. and it does a great job of living up to the high standards set by Cumulus Inc.

Started with a dish from the specials menu, beef carpaccio which was topped with crispy fried shallots, creamy sauce and pickled onions.

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I’ve since been back to Cumulus Up twice and have ordered the duck waffle, foie gras & prune each time!   It sounds a bit weird, but it’s absolutely delicious.

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The ricotta dumplings, oregano butter was a great dish.  Fluffy dumplings with a rich citrus infused butter sauce.  Very good!

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The kale fritters were the most surprising thing to me.  They were fried with a batter of some sort, so they were super crispy and salty.  Was so addictive!

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Lastly the spiced lamb ribs, smoked tomato dish totally rocked my world.  The lamb ribs were super tender (with a nice layer of fat) and fell off the bone.   I’m drooling just thinking about it.IMG_1209

The lamb ribs are in contention to be one of my all time favourite dishes.    Love the food, love the venue – cool, casual, good drinks, great service. Can’t wait to go back!

For more info:
Cumulus Up on Urbanspoon

Rosetta Ristorante

Every time I walk past Rosetta Ristorante I am in awe of how gorgeous the restaurant looks. Naturally, I expect matching food. And the food does match, in that it’s sophisticated and refined. However, this is pasta! And I want hearty wholesome rich dishes of Italian goodness – which means I wanted bigger serves!

As I was there with my friends Mariella and Kristine, we shared 2 pasta dishes and a dessert.

Started with the “Agnolotti alla Plin” which was described as small ravioli of roast rabbit, veal and pork. It was amazingly tasty morsels of pasta with a nice mix of textures (buttery sauce, silky pasta, meaty filling).

Agnolotti alla Plin

Next up we had the “Pappardelle Ragú Bolognese“. A simple dish with good sauce, perfectly cooked pasta.

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Dessert was an exceedingly cold “Torrone al Cioccolato” which was a frozen chocolate, peanut and coconut semi freddo. I was not a big fan of this one. It was a bit hard and difficult to eat, and the taste lacked a certain panache.

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So, overall, good pasta but serves could be bigger. Dessert left much to be desired. Would I go again? Yes, as I think Rosetta deserves a second chance. Watch this space.

For more info and reviews:
Rosetta on Urbanspoon

Spice Temple Yum Cha

I was totally pumped to be trying yum cha at Spice Temple.  And because of this high expectation, it didn’t quite hit the mark.  The food was great, but it’s like something is missing from the normal yum cha experience.  Maybe it’s the trolleys of food, maybe the packed bustling restaurant or maybe just plain old rude waiters that were missing.  Anyway, let’s look at the food.

Started with “crispy Guangxi pork sliders” which were very good.  Not very yum cha like, but hey, it was delicious.

Crispy Guangxi pork slider

The next dish was really disappointing for me: “steamed rice noodle roll with char sui pork“.  I was expecting a fine delicate silky noodle but this was a thick blanket engulfing the pork.

steamed rice noodle roll with char sui porkYou can never fail with a serve of “crispy prawn wontons with hot and numbing sauce“.  As described, it was crispy and the sauce was tongue numbing.  Delicious.

Crispy prawn wontons with hot and numbing sauce

The old favourites get a high class makeover.  “pork and prawn siu mai” and “steamed scallop dumplings” are good.

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The “King Prawn wontons with aged black vinegar dressing” wontons were beautiful: silky with a nice bite to the prawns.  The sauce was a bit overwhelming, so try to avoid taking a mouthful of it.

King Prawn wontons with aged black vinegar dressing

Last up was the old favourite: “chicken and crab xiao long bao“.  They were excellent.

Chicken and crab Xiao long bao

So, a few hits and misses.   I think it’s a once in a lifetime thing and you just have to try it out.

For more info and reviews:

Spice Temple on Urbanspoon

Quick and easy dinner at Cumulus Inc.

Ahh Cumulus Inc., you never dissappoint.  Popped in for late dinner on a Friday night, exhausted from a long day at work and interstate travel and there you are, a warm welcoming hug of good yummy food.

Started with the “kitchen charcuterie selection“,  a gorgeous selection of cured meats beautifully garnished with pickled veggies and sauces.

Kitchen charcuterie selection

And finished with “slow roast chicken, almond cream, pancetta & heirloom carrots” with a serve of “new season potatoes, red wine shallots & sage” on the side.  The wonderfully salty smoky pancetta with perfectly cooked moist chicken is a total winner.

Slow roast chicken, almond cream, pancetta & heirloom carrots

Can’t wait to revisit soon!

For more info:
Cumulus Inc. on Urbanspoon