Monday, 3 August 2015

Melbourne Trip 2015 - Manchester Press, Huxtaburger, Nitrolab, and Brother Baba Budan

I finally stepped on Melbourne land.

The land of amazing food, unbeatable cafes and coffee, and the land where being a hipster is almost compulsory.

Three days trip to Melbourne is simply is not enough, I barely scraped the surface of the promise culinary gems, let alone went to every single places listed on my itinerary. Like seriously, my itinerary is 2/3 food. I almost did not dare to show it to the guy.

But I left with frozen hands, great satisfaction and solid promise to myself to come back again soon.

Alright. Here goes day 1. And before you read, a huge disclaimer: I am not a coffee drinker, and I don't know much about that particular field. I leave it to the experts and connoisseurs.


Manchester Press

Listed on the list on 65 Melbourne cafes to have breakfast at, and being recommended by basically everyone I talked to, I dared not to miss this one out. Manchester Press is the definition of hipster cafe, with eye-catching signs and wall arts, luring locals and tourists alike by their bagels and great selection of coffee.

It was not a petite cafe, but it was full house on a Friday morning.

Bagels were ordered, and we both took preference to my Chorizo (open bagel with grilled Spanish chorizo, spinach, sliced tomato and cheese topped with tomato relish). It was filling, and every bite was laced with the tamed heat and bursting flavour of the chorizo.

The guy's Reuben Rachel (closed bagel with thick cut smoked pastrami with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, thousand island dressing and pickle) was also enjoyable, although I was expecting it to be less shy in the flavour department. Dat melted cheese though.

Coffee was great, and my hot chocolate was legit.



Chorizo - $14

Reuben Rachel - $13


Cappuccino - $4

Hot chocolate - $4

Saturday brunch crowd


8 Rankins Lane
CBD, Melbourne VIC

Phone: (03) 9600 4054

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The reason of me not queuing for Huxtaburger's pop up in Sydney is because I have hold those babies in my own hands in Melbourne. We visited their smaller outlet in CBD, and put the Clair and Huxtaburger burgers on the order.

The Clair is the fried chicken burger, with juicy bird coated with crispy batter, sandwiched in soft bun. It was good, but Mary's still reigns supreme.

I leaned more towards my classic cheese burger 'Huxtaburger', which was jammed with juicy beef patty that still had pink blush in the middle, cheese, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, and their special sauce. Every mouthful creates such joy in my heart.

The addition of cider made my heart sing too.

Huxtaburger's signage

The Clair Junior (mini chicken burger) - $7 (+$6.5 for large meal)

Huxtaburger - $9.5


Fullham Place
Rear of 357 Collins St
CBD, Melbourne VIC

Phone: (03) 9417 6328

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Nitro Lab

It is not at all surprising for me to see that there are nitrogen gelato places popping up in Melbourne just like in Sydney. Nitro Lab has two of my dream flavour: Tim Tam x Milo (mee-lo or mai-lo?) and Golden Gaytime. After consulting to the counter staff, I nodded to the latter.

It was magic.

Not as rich as the original Gaytime, but still very awesome with cookie crumbs and a pool of salted caramel in the middle. Every drop counted and licked clean.


Gaytime gelato


Shop T2 A
39 Kingsway, Glen Waverley
Melbourne, VIC

Phone: (03) 9590 6039

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Brother Baba Budan

In case you're wondering, the 'Brother Baba Budan' name comes from the 17th-century Kefi who took seven seeds of coffee from Middle East and introduced them to the world. He's basically a coffee lover's hero. The simple cafe, which is obviously all about the coffee, is unassuming with comfortable ambiance and invigorating aroma from the Seven Seeds blend they use.

I repeat the disclaimer: I am nowhere an expert or an experienced coffee drinker. Some of my Melbournians friends raved about this place, so we thought we'd give it a try.

All I can say is, I have never tasted coffee tasted so much like..... coffee. One sip and you know this is legit and those baristas behind the counter know their beans and coffee very well.

I did put some sugar into my takeaway cup and I'd swear some people around the communal table scoffed and gave me strange look.

Baba Brother Budan's mocha


359 Little Bourke St
CBD, Melbourne VIC

 Phone: (03) 9606 0449

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So far so good, Melbourne. Here are some non-food shots in case you're questioning if I came to Melbourne just to eat.

Flinders Street Station

Degraves Street

Shoes on string

Making art

Street art on Hosier Lane

Let's continue to day 2.

(Currency: $1 = IDR 9,800)

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  1. Ha my Melb itinerary is usually 95% food. There's just so much to eat! Am a big fan of the Huxtaburger too.

    1. SO much to eat I was so overwhelmed! I regret not finishing my list :(

  2. I love Huxtaburger soooo much!! Although the huxtaburger is more of a classic burger rather than a classic cheeseburger (no salads in cheeseburger ;) ) Awesome review Irene and your photos are beautiful as usual!! haha Try Baba Budan coffee without sugar next time as it is already sweet :).

    1. Thanks a lot, Raff! I need to hang out with you so that I can learn more about burgers & coffee :)

  3. meeeee-lo :) Have to try Nitro-lab next time

  4. Yum, I can't wait to go back!

  5. was the mee-lo queue mee-lo too?


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