Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Melbourne in Pictures, 2017

Cafes, croissant, hipsters.
Almond croissant from Lune Croissanterie.

I don't think I'll ever be sick of Melbourne. There's just so much fun. We were there for a wedding, but of course I had to tick off some of my to-go list.


White Mojo

One of the cafes in the busy Hardware St, neighbouring Hash Specialty Coffee and Hardware Societe. I totally dig the clean, chic interior, and the owner is really friendly and spent his time explaining his recommendations to patrons.

My Double Cheese Chilli Scrambled Egg is easily one of their most popular menus, with soft, runny scrambled egg with nice heat kick, tasty bacon and sweet end notes from the corn. The Big Breakfast is not as big as we expected but it is quite filling and the eggs are cooked perfectly.

Coffee from White Mojo.

Double Cheese Chilli Scrambled Egg (parmesan & cheddar, smoked belly bacon, chilli mayo, toasted sweet corn and ink brioche) - $21

Big Breakfast (smoked belly bacon, grilled chorizo, house made has brown, lemon & ricotta green pea mash, tomato kasoundi, roasted mushroom & tomato, chorizo crumb, eggs, bread) - $21.5


225 Hardware St, Melbourne
VIC 3000
(03) 9087 8119

White Mojo Speciality Coffee & Roaster Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Hash Specialty Coffee and Roasters

Of course I tried the hot chocolate; 85% Mork dark chocolate served with a pillow of fairy floss. It is the most intense, thick, delicious hot chocolate I've ever had. Not too sweet at all, in fact, it is slightly on the bitter side. A side of hot milk is what make the cup perfect for me.

The Baked Eggs are hearty and warming, although I prefer the more flavour-complex Pork Benedict with the runny eggs, pulled pork, and grana padano (parmesan).

Hot chocolate (85% Mork chocolate served with a cloud of fairy floss) - $7

Baked eggs (smoked jalapeno sugo, chorizo, pickled jalapeno, chevre, sourdough) - $20

Pork benedict (poached eggs, pulled pork, grana padano, chick pea fries, apple cider hollandaise, toasted sourdough) - $20.5


113 Hardware St, Melbourne
VIC 3000
(03) 8899 6680

Hash Specialty Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Lune Croissanterie

There was no line that day, which means we got to go straight into the warehouse, with half of it occupied by a big open kitchen. Watching the pastry chefs rolling and making the croissant is mesmerizing, but choosing which croissant to have is more distracting. I was torn between the special chocolate and orange, but settled on the classic almond croissant.

Best. Croissant. Ever. Hands down.

100% flaky.
100% delicious.
100% generous with sweet paste filling and crunchy almond flakes.

Almond croissant - $6.5

Dem layers tho.

Croissant making on display.


119 Rose St, Fitroy
VIC 2065
(03) 9419 2320

Lune Croissanterie Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Queen Victoria Market

The marvelous market is just something I can't miss everytime I visit Melbourne. The vibrant fruits and veggies, bustling souvernirs and crafts shops, and the friendly deli and bread sections win me over each time.

Breakfast was a simple egg and bacon roll, and we bought some salami, baguettes, cheese, dips and crackers for lunch in the Tulips Festival. It was such a great day.

Big breakfast & bacon and egg roll from the market.




Queen St, Melbourne, Victoria
(03) 9320 1878

Shortstop Coffee & Donuts

I know we have it in Sydney, but having an AirBnB too close to the place is such a motivation. The New Orleans Iced Coffee Crueler is perfectly light and almost melts in my mouth. The icing is tasty but not sickly sweet.

New Orleans Iced Coffee crueler.


12 Sutherland St, Melbourne
VIC 3000

Shortstop Coffee & Donuts Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Naked for Satan

Been on my list for years, and I finally get to say that I've been there. It is suck a quirky space for drinks, but I was there for the pinxtos. $1 each for lunch Wednesday - Friday, they are bite-sized bar snacks, spiked with toothpick and mostly involved a slice of bread. They also have hot pinxtos and dessert pinxtos (e.g. cannoli).

They are addictive and such a great value when it is only $1 a pop.

Naked for Satan, Fitzroy.

$1 pinxtos. So good, surprisingly filling.


285 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
VIC 3065
(03) 9416 2238

Naked For Satan Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Shunjiko Ramen

24-hr ramen joint? Hell yeah. When it's cold and drizzling and you just want a warm feed, Shunjiko is such a welcomed sight.

It is a very popular spot for ramen, with decorations reminding me of those small shops in Japan. The attention of details here is spot-on.

The tonkotsu soup base is slightly too light to my liking but still has a decent flavour depth. The noodles are firm and the grilled chashu slices are heavenly. My Karakuchi Ramen is spicy, making it more interesting than the classic Shunjiko Ramen.

Shunjiko, Melbourne CBD.

Shunjiko Ramen (their signature ramen with tonkotsu broth, grilled pork belly, spring onion, beansprouts, seasoned egg) - $12.8

Karakuchi ramen (same base, lot spicier) - $13.8


225 Russell St, Melbourne
VIC 3000
(03) 9654 0989

Shujinko Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Spicy Korea

We were rushing to get to the bus that will take us to the airport, and this little Korean place sounds promising. While the fried chicken aren't as great as Sparrows Mill, they are crispy enough with sticky, sweet sauce. The kimchi fried rice is so satisfying with runny sunny side egg and generous bites of pork.

Soy fried chicken, sweet chilli fried chicken, kimchi fried rice, beef udon from Spicy Korea.


1/601 Little Collins St, Melbourne
VIC 3000
(03) 9629 9797

Spicy Korea Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Monday, 11 September 2017

BL Burger, Parramatta

Who doesn't know Blame Canada?
Au Revior Felicia from BL Burger

The famous burger has gained so much hype amongst burger fiends, and it is easy to see why. It appeared in my dreams and I always wanted to go to its original home in Bar Luca, Surry Hills, until I found out that BL Burger opened in Parramatta.


The place isn't fancy or anything, but eye-catching enough with colourful murals, burger pillows, and arcade games. Outdoor seatings are perfect for sunny days, but in these chilly nights I chose to stay inside and be warm.

BL Burger, Parramatta

So is Blame Canada worth the hype? Although it did get a little bit too heavy and greasy for me in the end, there is no question why this bad boy made its way to Sydneysiders hearts so easily.

The stack includes juicy beef pattie, maple glazed streaky bacon, American cheese, aioli and poutine.
It was full of carb-y goodness with all the shoestring fries in it, cheesy, and just plain beautiful.

Blame Canada (BL beef pattie, maple glazed bacon, American cheese, aioli, poutine) - $16

I also tried their BL chicken sandwich: a huge mountain of pillowy milk buns sandwiching two crunchy pickle brined fried chicken breast which has no trace of being dry, American cheese, bacon, lettuce, pickles, and Sriracha mayo. I added jalapeno for good measure.

BL chicken sandwich (pickle brined fried chicken breast, American cheese, lettuce, pickles, maple glazed bacon, Sriracha aioli) - $16

Their special burger menu changes weekly, and each one seems to be better than the previous ones. Au Revoir Felicia had beef pattie, red cheddar, slow roasted beef brisket, Soubise sauce, parsley & eschallot salsa, crispy fried onions with a serve of Espagnole dipping sauce on the side.

It was a big serve of meat, and was almost overwhelming. The fried onions brought nice crispy textures, and the brisket was so juicy. The Espagnole dipping sauce was very salty, and I reckon the burger would do just fine without it.

Au Revoir Felicia - $18

After a couple of visits I managed to try few of the sides, and can confirm that shoestring fries would be 100% better if upgraded to loaded fries. We had loaded fried with popcorn chicken, hoisin sauce, and mozarella, and it was deeee-licious.

Loaded fries with popcorn chicken, mozarella, hoisin sauce - $10

Shoestring fries - $5

The buffalo chicken wings were great accompaniment as well, served with ranch and celery. We were too focused on the burgers, TBH.

Buffalo chicken wings with ranch dressing and celery - $10

With Messina literally 5 mins walk away, BL Burger makes a perfect date night destination.


Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)
Great burgers with special burger each week, price is reasonable, service is quick although nil table service, nice ambiance.



3/188 Church St
Parramatta, NSW 2150

Phone: (02) 9635 8950

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Thursday, 31 August 2017

Chimichurri, Chatswood

The most important meal of the day?
Black Benedict (deep fried soft shell crab, poached egg, salmon roe, black hollandaise, black brioche bun) - $22.5

Brunch. Because we can eat breakfast, lunch, and dessert in one meal. Winning.

Chimichurri is a small, pretty Latin-American based cafe in Chatswood, which for me is about 50-mins drive away. So after stalking their gorgeous pics on their Instagram, it is only natural that I was expecting big things.

This place is made quirky and cute with the big mural and wooden tables and stools, topped by mini flower bouquets.


Each occupied table that day was also adorned with colourful lattes: red velvet, matcha, dirty chai, and taro. Turmeric latte was unfortunately unavailable that day. The lattes were generally sweet, but not too strong in the flavour department.

Red velvet latte ($4.5), dirty chai latte ($4.5), and mango smoothie ($6)

Taro latte ($4.5) and flat white ($3.5)

Of course we had to try their signature dish, the Black Benedict. Deep fried soft shell crab with poached egg and black hollandaise, and salmon roe on black brioche bun. It was different for sure, but the best part was the crunchy soft shell crab. The bun was slightly dry and something just the dish smell and tasted a little fishy.

The Chimichurri eggs was tangy and addictive with the labne and the bread was the perfect vessel to scoop the perfectly poached egg and dukkah sauce.

Chimichurri eggs (poached eggs, labne, chilli oil, chimichurri dukkah sauce) - $17

Like your sweet-savoury combo? Then you'll love Lick My Bacon.

It's red stripped croissant sandwiching succulent thick cut bacon, salty haloumi, and hash browns. Drizzle the honey for that sweet/salty sensation.

Lick My Bacon (red stripped croissant, thick cut bacon, haloumi, hash brown) - $

I had to have my carbs so Piggy Mac was my choice. Three types of cheese plus three types of meat is in offer in one bowl; pulled pork, chorizo, crispy bacon. It was very cheesy, full of meat and carb-y goodness. This was probably the best thing I ate that day. Oh, they also have the vegetarian option.

Piggy Mac (three cheese, pulled pork, crispy bacon, chorizo, macaroni) - $23

Oh, we also had some 'healthier' choices such as the Latin Avo with hash browns instead of poached eggs on the side and The Big Kahuna minus the meat parts.

Latin Avo (corn salsa, feta, poached egg, avocado, bread) - $18

Big Kahuna (in-house baked beans, corn, mushroom, hash brown, roast tomato - minus bacon, chorizo, and eggs here) - $21.5

The chips on the side were waaaay tastier than the hashbrowns we had, these bad boys were crispy outside and soft inside with sprinkles of moreish paprika salt.

Chips - $

There were some gasps of disbelief when I said I was ready for dessert. The French Toast was pretty as a picture and more, but was let down by very sweet lychee ganache inside the toast. To their credit, the French toast was fluffy and buttery, so all bad things were forgiven. Plus they gave us a full jar of Nutella.

French Toast (brioche, Nutella, lychee ganache, berry coulis, strawberry gel, marshmallow, Persian fairy floss, seasonal fruit) - $18

Was it a nice brunch? Yes. Would I drive 50-mins there again though? Hmm.


Rating: 3/5 (Worth the try)
Interesting menus, service is friendly, price can be a little bit pricey (we spent $180 for 6), nice quirky ambiance.



6 Help St.
Chatswood, Sydney
NSW 2067

Phone: (02)  8084 5272
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