All posts filed under: Foodie Goodness

Humble Rays / Carlton

Fantastic Carlton breakfast spot, featuring amazing food and great coffee.

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Trunk Diner / Melbourne CBD

The American inspired Trunk Diner is a charming all day diner up the Exhibition street end of the CBD. Fresh from our New York odessy, an American breakfast sounded like just the thing. There is both indoor and outdoor dining space, the indoor is small but comfortable. The wrap round windows give it a feeling of space and connection with the outside world. It’s almost hard to believe you’re in the heart of the city. We started our meal with coffee, it had a lovely creaminess with sweet honey notes to finish. Our first dish was the El Gringo. A Mexican inspired breakfast with chorizo and sweet corn chimichanga’s, refried beans, queso and fried eggs. The chimichanga was an absolute winner and perfectly fried, we would have liked more bulk to the dish though, more refried beans to act as a carrier. If you’re going to go for a Mexican breakfast, instead of all the heuvos rancheros going round, why not try this? We’re always in the mood for a eggs benedict, so our next …

Sushi Nakazawa / Greenwich Village

It’s not often we’ll go out to eat without snapping photos of our meal, but this night out was different. We headed on a cold and rainy night to Sushi Nakazawa, a sushi bar with a unique story. Some of you might be familiar with the documentary by David Gelb, Jiro Dreams of Sushi. You may have noticed a kindly faced apprentice mastering the art of the tamago (egg custard), meet Daisuke Nakazawa who has since been tempted away to open his very own New York restaurant. What makes Jiro’s restaurant special, and the documentary such a hit was his unwavering devotion to his craft, it earnt him three Michelin stars and the undisputed title of the worlds best sushi. Like Jiro, Nakazawa is shonkunin; that is, defined by the mastery of his craft and the use of it for the betterment of society. Nakazawa serves only the finest sushi in a twenty course selection, there’s no additional seasoning, no soy sauce or wasabi and the sushi is to be eaten in a single bite. …

The Dojo Ramen Bar / Northcote

When you’re craving ramen, there is nothing for it but to drop everything and overload on Japanese food. We visited The Dojo Ramen Bar in Northcote for our fill of this delicious Japanese comfort food. The Dojo has a great feel about it. The space is casual and welcoming, cool but accessible. It aims to emulate the feel of Tokyo ramen bars while fitting the Melbourne scene. The menu has plenty of delicious foods to choose from and we ordered as much as possible to get a taste of everything. Our starters included old favourite edamame, crispy, salty Japanese fried chicken and Okonmyaki on a stick. This was a particular surprise as this dish is usually served almost like a cabbage pizza. The stick was easy to eat and had all the flavour of the original but did lose a bit of the crispness. We also tried the Pork Gyoza, served hot and crispy with a whack of flavour, and a refreshing sauce of vinegar, sesame and soy. Finally what we came for, the ramen! Our first choice …

Win a YEAR’S SUPPLY of West Winds Gin!

Are as gin crazy as I am? Want to win some amazing gin from this amazing Margaret River distillery? All you need to do is enter here or by clicking the image above. The Sabre is one of my favourite London Dry gins and I’m not just saying that because it’s from my home state. Little bit of Sabre, tonic and anything citrus and I’m in heaven! Now when it comes to the Cutlass, the most awarded Australian gin (seriously) you’re going to have to trust me and try it with a savoury feel, a G&T with a capsicum garnish. So what are you waiting for? Enter now! Be sure to hit the follow button to keep up to date with the latest foodie goodness! You can now find me on instagram and Facebook!

Hobba / Prahan

Hobba is a warehouse cafe in the ever chic Prahan. It’s semi industrial with wonderful high ceilings and exposed wooden rafters. Think wolf den meets comfy cafe, at once both polished and raw. The den is comfortable and easy, and we loved the Some Young Punks appropriately wolf themed artwork. Our brew of choice was the Maverick blend from five senses. It had a rich and full flavour and creamy mouthfeel we adored. Our first choice from the menu was the ‘Hey Amigo’ Omelette, promising jalapeño, red onion, mint, parsley and corn. We frequently choose Mexican inspired breakfast dishes and this one was flavoursome with a nice kick while still being a relatively safe option. The serving size was generous and we were glad we didn’t add the optional extra, jamon serrano. Our next choice was something different for us, a savoury french toast. It was an incredibly cheesy toast and very crisp. It lost the softness in the centre but had all the richness of a sweet brioche french toast. It was served with bacon, …

Hawker Hall / Windsor

Hawker Hall is the newest venture from the team behind Chin Chin, our CBD favourite. As you’d expect, it boasts hawker style dining inspired by Malaysian and Singaporean food – think buns, noodles, curry and spice! The venue is large and comfortable and we didn’t have any issue getting a table after visiting for a late lunch on a Sunday afternoon. It’s walk-ins for most groups but bookings are available for 10-12 having the banquet or feast menu options. We hadn’t visited before and found the staff welcoming and happy to to explain the menu. But first, a drink! My choice was a cocktail with gin and cucumber, a perfect summer beverage. The name escapes me, but for those who share my love of gin, it’s a must try. The menu at Hawker Hall is designed to share, and we ordered lots of dishes to ensure we got a taste of everything. It’s the smaller dishes that really wowed us. There was the hot and crisp popcorn chicken with creamy, spicy sauce as well as the dumplings …

White Mojo / Melbourne CBD

Located in one of Melbourne’s favourite food hang outs, you’ll find White Mojo in good company down Hardware Street. It’s a super stylish cafe, white and bright with soft light and alternative staff. We particularly loved the scattered tiling on the walls and how beautifully it toned with the table tops. We started with a latte, a fruity and balanced brew with a lovely aroma. We selected a summer treat off the menu, the Waffles! The presentation was over the top, with amazing lemon curd ice cream topped with a cone. The waffles itself were small but fluffy and well cooked though we were missing the nutella frosting advertised on the menu. The dried fruit was beautifully presentable and the strawberry and citrus sauces added extra punchiness. This was a perfect light, summery dish, a great treat and oh so instagrammable! Can’t get into White Mojo? Why not check out Hash, Bowery to Williamsburg or the Hardware Societie down the same laneway. Be sure to hit the follow button to keep up to date with the latest …