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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 …

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 …

Phase One Coffee / Brunswick

Hidden away in Brunswick is a new little gem, Phase One Coffee. They’ve taken something the locals love (coffee and bagels) and combine it together with a spacious garden to make a unique cafe. The current arrangement is temporary, a part of the new urban hub being built with Neometro and Jewell Station apartments. It will grow as a community space, to include independent retailers, art projects and a bike workshop. Phase One do some fantastic brews. We’ve tried dine in and takeaway here and are always impressed. Todays was rich, creamy and a little fruity. Of course we had to choose a bagel to go with our coffee. I choose the local honey, peanut butter and banana on a plain bagel. The toppings were perfect, sweet, nutty and textural on a chewy bagel. There were also other delicious options, sweet or savoury to suit all tastes. We’d recommend you pop in say hi at Phase One and grab a brew and bagel in the garden or to go. Be sure to hit the follow button to …

Tivoli Road Bakery / South Yarra

In the pretty, tree lined streets of South Yarra you’ll find the cute little bakery and coffee shop, Tivoli Road Bakery. The space is relatively small but we’ll configured with polished marble floors, a mesh of wood and white. The offerings are what you would expect, mostly just bakery items with some small meals available. Tivoli do a delicious coffee, creamy and strong with a nice mouthfeel. Our first choice of baked good was a rhubarb Danish. It had that nice golden colour you want to see and with light and crispy pastry. Filled with a creamy creme patisserie, we loved the combination of the soft rhubarb and the crunch of the pistachio. We were hoping for donuts, but the closest item they had when we visited was a morning bun. A crispy, croissant pastry delight filled with creme patisserie, plenty of sugar and raisins. It was our first foray into the morning bun and we would definitely choose them again. Tivoli Road is lovely spot and a must visit for South Yarra locals. Be …

Le Bakehouse / Brunswick East 

Le Bakehouse is the newest opening in hipster Brunswick East. It’s in our hood AND there’s coffee and baked goods? We’re in! We loved the contemporary and edgy fit out. The space is bold, modern and very spacious. The branding is on point, a twisted croissant smile, a little French inspiration and bright pinks to catch the eye. There’s an impressive array of sweet delights made in store. They’re pricey, with a chocolate brioche costing over $7, but fresh, delicious and oh so instagrammable. It was a difficult decision but we decided to try the brioche and a donut. When dining with @thedoughnutter (check out Instagram) one always has a donut. Both were utterly delicious. The Creme patisserie and the crispy, light donut were perfect, but it was the rich extravagance of the brioche that really stole the show. I mean there’s even gold leaf. But that chocolate was truly heavenly! Le Bakehouse is a wonderful addition to the East Brunswick scene and sits well amongst local favourites 400 Gradi and Woodstock. Be sure to …

Kitty Burns / Abbotsford

Hidden away near the river and behind some flashy new apartments is the new cafe Kitty Burns. We dropped in for breakfast before heading to IKEA for furniture buying and 500 Days of Summer re-enacting. Designed by Biasol: Design Studio, the fit out is truly stunning. It’s fully formed and realised, an Odyssey of aqua, copper, white and wood. It’s not surprising that since our visit they’ve won the International Restaurant & Bar Design Award for Best International Cafe Design. Like the cafe itself the menu arrived fully formed, despite being a recent opening. Our first choice was the theatrical smoked salmon. The smoke billowing out as you opened the lid created a real stir. Along with the salmon was a slow cooked egg, and bacon crumb on top of a pea panna cotta. While initially set the panna cotta warmed and became liquid fast. The smoke flavour was the definite highlight of this dish. Unsurprisingly we also chose something sweet. A French toast with a coffee ganache. Compressed peach and whipped maple as well …

Industry Beans / Fitzroy 

Fresh from the deconstructed coffee controversy (FYI nothing to do with them – thanks Daily Mail) and hidden away in the heart of Fitzroy is Industry Beans. They’re a combined cafe and roastery, serving up excellent coffee in an uber cool space. As the name would suggest, the space is industrial sheek. There’s raw floors and marble counter tops, but my favourite feature has to be the black tiles and white grout. We started our meal with coffee roasted in house. It’s a very strong brew with a knockout hit on the first mouthful. Our first meal was an omelette with crispy kale, bacon and pine nuts. It was well seasoned and nicely cooked. While being green and healthy it was also meaty and satisfying, a great compromise dish. We also went for the coconut crusted brioche with lime curd, coffee caviar, peanut crumb and pineapple. It was a fantastic Asian inspired combination. We loved the tartness of the curd and the nuttiness of the peanut with a light brioche. While this wasn’t a French …