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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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Spanish Goodness in Glen Waverley: Black Toro

The Black Toro.  My, oh my….  When I was first told that I was going to Glen Waverley to eat Spanish food, I was skeptical.   Very skeptical.  But it turned out to be pretty good!   The place was packed on a Monday night!   Service was good and prompt, and they went out of their way to cater for my pregnant friend (from ensuring she had a good seat to substitute ingredients).

Had to have the obligatory “grilled corn on the cob with chipotle mayonnaise & toasted masa“.  I find myself using this dish as the comparison dish to all other Mexican joints in Melbourne and it’s satisfactory.  The over supply of sauce meant that it was not as delicate as Mamasita.  The “potato and chorizo croquette with manchego foam” was good – fluffy and tasty.

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The “mushroom taco with corn truffle, ricotta and chive” was my favourite dish of the night, closely followed by the “Wagyu beef slider with toasted brioche, pickled cucumber, cheese and ancho ketchup“.  The tacos had the right balance of ingredients and texture.  The sliders were great with nice buns.

Sliders and Mushroom tacos

Finished the meal with a “deconstructed peanut butter cheesecake, chocolate ice cream & honeycomb“.   I liked that it was deconstructed, you could pick the perfect proportions of each component to suit your taste.

Chocolate honeycomb dessert

Glen Waverley, you have another awesome restaurant to add to your repertoire!  Good food, good service, lively atmosphere – all good!

For more info and reviews:
The Black Toro on Urbanspoon

Movida Next Door

After a few drinks on a weeknight we ventured to Movida Next Door for a late dinner.  You’d think that one would not have to wait for a table at 9pm but we were hanging at the bar for 20 mins before getting a seat to eat.   Aside from that, dinner was marvellous!  Food, service and drinks were all perfect for a quick late dinner after a couple of drinks.

First up, we had the “Croqueta – Fried Croqueta of Hamon and Leek“.  It was soft and creamy on the inside, and crispy on the outside.  You could really taste the leek through the croquette.  Yum!

We then had something from the specials board  – which was “crumbed soft pulled pork“.  It was meaty goodness and similar to the croquette contained wonderfully soft tasty pork encased in a crunchy crispy outside.  Delicious!

My old favourite is the “Bomba – Chorizo Filled Catalan Potato Bomb with a Spicy Sauce“.  You can’t go wrong putting a salty spicy sausage inside mashed potato and deep frying it!  And topping these mouthfuls of delight is a yummy sauce.

The “grilled fresh prawns” were absolutely stunning.  Fresh, cooked perfectly and simply and tasty!

I’ve been on a cured meat rampage of late and therefore could not resist the “Embudito  – Selection of Spanish Small Goods“.   Salty, smokey, meaty, spicy and with varying consistencies…. all very good.  Especially with beer!

This dish was good, but after all the other fantastic ones, this one was the one I could have done without.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s still good, the other dishes are just better.  “Pollo – Chicken Skewer Grilled on Charcoal” – tasted like barbecued chicken!  Apologies for the photo below, we were already digging into it by then!

The last dish we had was outstanding.  It was another chalkboard special of “Grilled octopus“.  It came pretty as a picture and was served with potatoes and various sauces.  The octopus was grilled and cut into bite sized pieces along with the potato.  Yum!

As always, the Movida experience means that you’ll get tasty fresh Spanish food.  I’ve not once been disappointed and can’t wait to go again for a late dinner!

For more info and reviews:
MoVida Next Door on Urbanspoon