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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:
Lona Pintxos Bar on Urbanspoon

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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San Sebastian…. Greatest Hits!

Was in San Sebastian, Spain in September and had the greatest culinary adventures whilst walking the streets of the old town (Parte Vieja).  Every corner unveiled another narrow street with more pintxos (tapas) bars to visit.   This is my homage to the best little street out there (Calle 31 De Agosto), with the three places that we had to go back for over and over again.     Warning: google maps may fail you.  Another warning:  these places keep ridiculous hours.

First up is the cool and modern Fuegro Negro.  It’s pintxos with a twist here.  Modernised version of small food.  Twas so good!  The top thing to try here is definitely the “Mackobe with Txips” – a miniburger served in a tomato bun along with banana chips.  Insanely good.

Other dishes of note: “Pickled Pork with Frozen Mole” and the “Foie Snack“.  The surprise element of the frozen mole melting in your mouth with a piece of porky goodness is a winner.  The foie snack is for those that love foie gras – big serve of foie gras which has been caramalised on top, with lots of bread.

Next up, Bar Martinez.  A more traditional kind of place with no seats, a huge bar with lots of pintxos up on display, and grumpy old men behind the counter.   There are two things that you must have here.  First are the chicken skewers.  It’s not up on show, so you have to ask for it.   Marinated tasty chicken on a stick grilled to golden perfection.

The croquettes here may have been the yummies in the whole of Spain.   There are a few different varieties – cheese, chorizo, jamon, salted cod – and they are all excellent.  There is a fair amount of variety here for other pintxos, so go nuts!


This place has the greatest seared steak ever: Gandarias.  Again, it’s not on the menu, and the dudes in the shop don’t speak English… but you’ll get there.  It’s so good.  We had it 3x in 2 days.  It’s topped with grilled capsicum and sea salt.  Yum!  The tapas here are a bit more uppity then Bar Martinez (as can be seen from the pics below).

So that’s it.  All in one street, with plenty of other places around the corner.  There’s a nice little beach around the corner, so between the food and sunshine, it’s fantastic in San Sebastian!

David Burke at Bloomingdales

During the endless hours of shopping in NYC,  I had to stop at some point to replenish myself for lunch to be able to continue shopping!  Whilst at Bloomingdales, we lunched at David Burke at Bloomingdales.  As we’re from Australia, we have no idea about who David Burke is, but if the food was anything to go by, he must be pretty good.

We had the Shrimp & Lobster Bisque, which was topped with green apple and oyster crackers.  It had a smooth texture, which tasted as it should (like lobster).  The green apple was an interesting addition to cut through the rich creaminess of the soup.   Oyster crackers are essentially mini crackers, which till now I have no idea why they are called oyster crackers (my guess is the size of the cracker).

Next up was the Mac and Cheese which uses cheddar cheese (hence the radioactive yellow colour).  Pretty standard, and tasted good enough (please note, at this point of the holiday I’d had lobster mac and cheese therefore elevating my expectations to unbelievable highs).

The Ultimate Cheeseburger was pretty darn good.  Meat was moist, burger was well constructed and it came with a large serve of fries on the side, served in a cute chef hat box.

For lunch on the go, this was really good.   Items on the menu include soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers.  Conveniently located at Bloomingdales, therefore not taking too much away from the shopping expedition.

For more info and reviews:
David Burke at Bloomingdale's on Urbanspoon

Land of celebrity chefs… Las Vegas!

Ahh Vegas…  scorchingly hot days, endless electronic sounds of the pokies machines, cocktails in ridiculous glasses and land of the celebrity chefs!  The selection of restaurants on the strip was endless, and here are ones that I tried out!

Table 10 is Emeril Lagasse’s restaurant located inside the swanky Palazzo.  I’d never heard of Emeril prior to this wow the food was good!  I had a New Orleans Fried Shrimp Po-Boy with Natural Cut Fries whilst my boyfriend had the Angus Ground Beef Burger (grilled to order – sesame seed brioche bun – natural cut fries – choice of bleu or cheddar cheese) along with a side of Truffle Mac-n-Cheese (excessive for lunch, I couldn’t help myself!).  Lunch time prices were very reasonable, and I still have dreams about that Shrimp Po-Boy… it was so good!

Nobhill Tavern is Michael Mina’s restaurant located at the MGM Grand.   The restaurant decor was minimalist and elegant.  I had the Maine Lobster Pot Pie with baby vegetables and truffle cream – which I think may have been the greatest dish I ate during my whole trip to the US.  It had a whole lobster sitting atop crispy fluffy puff pastry in a rich truffle cream – what more could I ask for?   My boyfriend had the special of the day, which was a beef short rib served with mashed potato (which he substituted for fries).  His comments on the short rib:  “promised to be a simple piece off meat of the grill but turned out to be so much more”.   Would so go back again,  as I saw a couple serves of burger sliders go past and I’m desperate to try them!

Would a post about celebrity chefs be complete without Wolfgang Puck?  I think not.  We gave in and went to his restaurant Spago in Ceasar’s Palace.  We were there for lunch and had the Chicken Meatball Sandwich, soup du jour (Clam Chowder) and Tuna Sashimi on crispy rice cakes.  The food was good, and the restaurant was bustling as we sat “outdoors” under the blue sky (ceiling).

All up, Vegas had some of the most spectacular food I’d had.  In the land of excessiveness, it seems natural to eat excessively also!

For more info and reviews on Table 10:
Table 10 (Palazzo) on Urbanspoon

For more info and reviews on Nobhill Tavern:
Nobhill (MGM Grand) on Urbanspoon

For more info and reviews on Spago:
Spago (Caesars Palace) on Urbanspoon

Love affair with Hubert Keller…

There was only one place I wanted to go to in San Fran, and that was Fleur de Lys.  And I wanted to go because I love Hubert Keller.  Hubert is another Top Chef Masters contestant that I fell in love with during the first season.

The restaurant was beautiful and the service was imppecable.   It was like a well oiled machine, even down to the coordinated direction in which the waiters/waitresses would walk.  We had the 5 course degustation, and it was spectacular.  Given the dim lighting, my pictures didn’t turn out too well.  Needless to say, most dishes came with foie gras and truffle!  The top dish of the evening was the “seared fillet mignon with a lobstered truffled mac and cheese en brioche“.  As you can see from the pic below, the dish was pretty as a picture.  That’s the perfectly cooked piece of beef on the left, with a lobster tail on top of it, and the truffle infused mac and cheese (with lobster chunks mixed through) on the right.  Excessive, yes.  Delicious, yes.

Mr.Keller also has another restaurant in the city of San Fran – Burger Bar.  I decided to have the most epic burger available, which was “Hubert Keller Burger” consisting of buffalo, caramelised onions, baby spinach, blue cheese on a ciabata bun with a red wine shallot reduction.  It was divine!  Blue cheese and buffalo?  Love it!   Perfectly rounded off with a side of fries, onion rings and beer!

Oh Hubert, my love for you only increased during my dining experiences!  Till next time mon cheri!

More info and reviews on Fleur de Lys:
Fleur de Lys on Urbanspoon
 
 
More info and reviews on Burger Bar: 

Burger Bar on Urbanspoon