All posts filed under: Snacks

Cobb Lane / Yarraville

We have recently discovered how wonderful the Yarraville Village is. There’s so much to explore and do, while there we decided to visit Cobb Lane. It was a great spot, small but homely and with friendly and accomodating staff. We got there early to ensure we got a table, starring with coffees while waiting for the rest of our party to get there. It was definitely good we got there early, Cobb Lane got busy fast and their small amount of tables were soon full. Cobb Lane serve a Dukes espresso blend, so it’s really not surprising that it was delicious. Rich and fill flavoured with a lovely mouthfeel and a light acidity, it was exactly how we wanted to start the day. We’re really fond of fish for breakfast and we’re delighted to find a Grilled Mackeral on the menu at Cobb Lane. It came with rhubarb, ginger, horseradish creme fraiche and a slow cooked egg. It was a fresh dish, with plenty of flavour and creamy, without becoming overpowering. As you’d expect from …

Sam Sam / Melbourne CBD

  Fried chicken is an obsession of mine: Korean fried chicken definitely fits the bill. Sam Sam is recently opened, in the heart of the CBD on Bourke street. I visited with an equally fried chicken obsessed friend for a feed! The venue is narrow but modern, making most of the space with close tables and stools. You’ll need to wait to be seated but there is table service. The space can be a bit chaotic and the staff can find themselves distracted or overrun. We ordered the kimchi fries and chicken, not given an indication of how it would be served, we were expecting it to come out as ready.  We chose to share the Loaded Kimchi Fries, served with cheese sauce, sour cream, chilli, crispy pork belly and of course – kimchi! The flavours were delicious, a great combination, but we really wanted more of the fillings throughout. While we were expecting crispy pork belly in big chunks, it was actually smaller pieces, more like bacon bits, hidden inside. We ended up ordering another side …

Mile End Bagel / Fitzroy

 Mile End Bagel is one of those cool places you hear about and instantly want to visit. While the inside is very new, the outside is edgy and run down, disguising the true bagel-y goodness that hides within this Johnson St cafe!    There’s a lot of white, a clean and raw fit out, accented by soft pines and offering a look into the bagel making process. Mile End even have a great couple of guys behind the counter. Those familiar with Standing Room Only in the CBD will be gleeful when they realize that not only is there bagels, there’s specialty coffee too! We had a look at the menu and opted to dine in, first placing our order at the counter. There were ten options to choose from – not just a simple cream cheese on a sesame bagel (though they have that too!). As expected, the coffee at Mile End Bagel was delicious. The lattes were smooth, creamy, light and a touch sweet. Everything you could want in a morning brew. The only downside is …

Doughnut Time / Melbourne CBD

Doughnut Time. Yes it’s another doughnut venue, and no, there can never be too many; Melbourne has room for all the doughnuts. In fact, the more the better! Doughnut Time is an unusual franchise because unlike the standalone stores of Shortstop Coffee and Donuts and newly reopened Doughboys Doughnuts this is just a hole in the wall that does doughnuts.  Your very own Doughnut ATM! After opening pop ups in the Top Shop at Emporium and the Glue Store in Highpoint, they’ve now got their very own store on Degraves Street. We sent a special envoy on their very first day to “do the rounds”. Or simply put, we went and got a couple o’ doughnuts, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, for research purposes of course.  The original glaze (OG, as it has ALWAYS stood for) is the most efficient test of a doughnut shop’s capabilities.  We found Doughnut Time’s original glaze to have a firmer density than other doughnuts we’ve tried, lacking the soft airiness that comes with such examples as those from All Day Donuts …

Doughboys Doughnuts / Melbourne CBD

Melbourne is a city that’s obsessed with doughnuts, but even so there’s only a few who turn this humble sweet treat into an art form. Doughboys is one of these artisanal doughnut makers you can find in the CBD. We’ve been in love with their treats since visiting their Queen Victoria Market location and devastation is an understatement of our feelings when they closed up shop! We were thrilled when they opened up the new city store, their donuts finally having pride of place in a space they deserved. We grabbed our sweet rings of joy to go, there is a small dining area but the line to order tends to fill up the entire space.  We chose a couple of doughnuts from the days selection, an Almond Butter and a Strawberry Creme. What struck us about both was the freshness, the intensity of the flavour and the lightness of the dough. The light crunch of the almond and the creamy icing, as well as the bright, and vibrant fresh strawberry glaze and light cream filling. …

Burnside / Fitzroy

  When wandering through Fitzroy and craving a coffee we stumbled upon Burnside on the corner of Smith and Gertrude Streets. It’s quite a relaxed cafe and the staff are friendly but casual. Most people seemed to be getting takeaways like us but there’s also some food options available. There’s a mix of smaller meals, toasts and toppings, savoury and sweet dishes. The simple meals match the chill vibe of the venue.  The coffee at Burnside was flavoursome without being knockout. It was smooth and soft with a wonderful mouthfeel. We’ll be sure to pop by again when we next find ourselves in Fitzroy! 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!

Juanita Peaches / Brunswick

  Brunswick’s favourite little donut shop transforms overnight on Thursdays to Sunday’s into Juanita Peaches, an equally awesome dinner retreat. Not only can you get donuts and tacos (in food truck form) from the same locale, but fried chicken too? Well we were sold and visited the unassuming shop on Edward at as soon as we could. Nothing changes besides the menu, you’ll still find yourself inside raw brick walls with simple furnishings and touches of pink. You can see through the counter to the small kitchen and out the back to where the taco trucks are housed.  There’s a certain romance about a good fried chicken, it’s everything wonderful, crispy, salty, indulgent, but it’s not the only thing you can get from Jaunita Peaches. There are also refreshing beverages and burritos on offer, let’s face it though – I was there for the chicken. Also maybe the donuts, but mostly the chicken. Juanita Peaches fried chicken is everything we could hope for. It’s light, crispy and tender without being overly greasy and is served with well …

San Jose / South Melbourne

 There’s plenty of options for a hungry 9-5’er come lunchtime in South Melbourne. The most joy is to be found on Clarendon Street where a newly opened cafe has been causing quite a buzz! We were hooked as soon as we read the words ‘cheese fries’ and made it our mission to visit in their first week open! The cafe is cute and quiet inside. It’s small and simply furnished but comfortable.  The stunning view of the street through the wide front window is perfect for people watching, one of our favourite pastimes. As with most newly opened venues San Jose had teething problems. For us it’s more about how they handle those issues that will inevitably arise. The staff were panicked when they couldn’t take cash payments, but friendly, warm and apologetic as it got sorted. Our food orders went through regardless and we got our food super quickly despite the hiccup. I went with the Down Under burger and a serve of cheese fries. If there’s anything more Aussie than beetroot in a burger I …

Burch and Purchese Sweet Studio / South Yarra

 After visiting Top Paddock we were in the mood for further foodie adventures and what better than the sweet delights of Burch and Purchese. This South Yarra hotspot houses some of the best sweet treats to be found in Melbourne and in indeed all of Australia. You may have seen their creations on Masterchef or all over social media. Pastry chefs have a reputation as the chefs even other chefs are scared of and it’s certainly not hard to see why when you take a look at the immaculate display at Burch and Purchese.  This particular sweet studio is the vision of Darren Purchese come to life. It’s both a retail store and and purveyor of delicious custom cakes and treats. Darren Purchese spent his time working in pastry with brilliant chefs like Shannon Bennet and all over the world before finally settling down with his wife in Melbourne. He has made his name both as a fine pastry chef but also as a television personality, and it’s well worth visiting Burch and Purchese just …