Category Archives: Melbourne
Under the persimmon tree at the hotel
Really strange and random food back at Springvale
Mum’s amused with the token white-guy ;)
Dudes paying Chinese chess
Making fresh Vietnamese rolls
We had a lovely one with roast chicken
Checking out all the authentic Vietnamese fare like rice noodles, sweets, etc….
At Prahan Markets…
How gorgeous are these cupcakes?!
They were like $8 each or something though…
At Soda Rock Diner – a USA retro-themed cafe!!!!!!! WE LOVED IT!!
Decked out with pin ball machines and booth seats
The all-American menu
1940s style (working) jukeboxes that played awesome oldies
Strawberry thick shake ($5.95)
Root beer float ($5.95) – my favourite drink in the whole world, I was thrilled to find it here!
Hound Dog – old-fashioned hot dog with tasty cheese, grilled onion, sweet
pickle relish, American mustard and ketchup ($8.95) – was FABULOUS
Hubcap – Our most popular burger, with a beef patty, lettuce, tomato, pickles,
sweet pickle relish, mustard and mayonnaise ($7.45) – juicy and delish!
American Pancakes – Just like Mom used to make! Two light, fluffy
pancakes with maple syrup and extra creamy vanilla ice cream ($7.95) –
they look pretty normal but OMG they were so nice and fluffy!!!
Very happy :) I love Melbourne!
Still at Dandenong.. getting out of the car and fussing around
Okay! All ready to head off
At Olinda Village, how charming!
What am I taking a photo of??
This cuuuute bumble bee!!
With Chris :)
This little shop was tucked away, and in an actual house.
They gave free marshmallows outside to roast over cedar wood!
Cooling them off quickly before eating. They were goooooood.
The cosy shop, selling all sorts of random home stuff
So I FELL INTO A DITCH trying to get into the car.. and Dad decided to take a photo of it!!! o_0
Dinner at Springvale, at First Taste
Inside the menu
Ginseng Stewed Black Chicken Soup ($5.80) – most people are freaked out by black chicken
(it’s actually a small chicken with silky pure-white feathers, but black meat/skin!) but I LOVE it.
Intently food-photographing ;)
Chicken and mushroom hot pot, and Black pepper beef hot pot
Wonton Noodles. OMG this was great!
Okay, food photography done. Time to EAT…
A bit of a random food post ahead, of us going about Melbourne and such!
Lounging around in the apartment for breakfast of double Brie cheese and crackers, mmmm!
Walking around Springwood, you wouldn’t think we were in Australia!
Soaking in the sun
It’s Wonder Woman mum! hehehe
There were Asian shops, shop-signs, and people everywhere! Chris stuck out like sore thumb :P
Yum cha lunch at Fu Long Seafood Restaurant, chosen because it was packed with people.
Strangely, there was a very small selection to choose from and it wasn’t that good.
Crazy packed! Typical super-rude Asian restaurant service.
Awww a nice pic :)
Prawn dumpings. Nice but not ‘refined’ in texture or taste
Assorted dumplings. I really liked them “ham shui gok” on the top-left
The veggies in oyster sauce were actually really really good!
And of course, Xiao Long Bao – these were nice but nothing amazing
Even more food.. and a dirty table
Lovely sweet bean curd dessert. Yum.
We then drove up to the Dandenong area up in the mountains,
and ate at Pie in the Sky, famous for their pies (well, duh) and Devonshire tea
The interior was cozy and busy with people greedy for pies
3 tiers in this cottage-style cafe
Beef Burgundy – chunky beef cooked in red wine and mushrooms. So hearty :)~
Beef Curry – pie base prepared in the traditional Indian method. First the spices are
cooked to release the flavour and then added to the diced meat and cooked til tender.
Rice and diced tomatoes are then added. Mmmmm this was my favourite!!!
Scones!! Incredibly fluffy and perfectly made
Served with fresh cream and homemade raspberry jam – both of which blew us away
Ahhhh…….. this is the life…..
THIS PLACE IS AMAZING.
A blink-and-you’ll-miss-it entrance, the restaurant looks pretty nondescript from the outside. We actually walked straight past it and didn’t even notice the (very subtle) signboard. But step through the tiny wooden-framed door and you’ll step into a different country. It’s like a little slice of Sardinia right in Australia, all quaint, rustic, cosy, sensational. The restaurant is divided into 2 levels and is shaped in a narrow rectangle, so expect a hum of conversation going around you as you dine. It’s fine-dining, but features irregularly placed tables tucked into little nooks and corners of the old building. It almost feels like you’ve just entered someone’s home in Europe.
The service is polite and the staff were very well-informed, but I didn’t find them particularly warm. I like an inviting, smiley waitress.. and ours unfortunately fell quite short of that. The guy that brought us up to our table was far warmer and friendlier, so it was a bit regrettable he wasn’t our waiter.
The menu was impressive. It changes daily, based on the freshest in-season ingredients the chef has. The ala carte menu is fairly limited, and our explained each of the dishes to us, but the words were in Italian it was incredibly difficult to remember what each of the dishes were without having to consult her again. I’d recommend a short English blurb under each dish for the non-Italians customers ;)
The degustation menu was the most interesting. It featured “a little antipasti to start, maybe some soup or an appetizer, a main to suit you, perhaps some dessert”.. yes, it was really this vague ;) The novel part? You inform the chef of what you do/don’t like to eat and he caters each course for you. If you choose to stop because you’re full, or an extra course is needed to fill your (fat) belly, it is accommodated easily and priced accordingly.
The food itself is exquisite. I’d never tasted any of the dishes we selected before. The food’s quite hearty and reminiscent of a warm home-cooked European meal more than the fancy fine-dining you’ll find at the likes of Tetsuya. It’s a totally different concept and atmosphere, and Da Noi does it so SO well.
We inhaled the aromas.
We smacked our lips.
We tasted our food.
We polished off our plates.
We rubbed our bellies.
We sighed with satisfaction.
One of the most unique dining experiences I’ve had, and a total must-visit restaurant.
Da Noi’s nondescript entrance
Okay, let’s step through Da Noi’s tiny door..
Cosy interior with irregularly placed tables – very charming
We had a little corner table upstairs, tucked away and intimate
I forgot the names, but there was white wine, and special fruity champagne
Just a blurry pic as we were sitting around
Appetiser.. forgot the name! Risotto that was flash-fried.
It looked simple but had a great, mild, smooth flavour.
Lovely, moist sourdough bread with olive oil. Wished there was a splash of Balsamic in there too!
Seafood broth. It had a really fancy name and description, but also forgot!
This was packed with assorted mussels, (large chunks of) fish, etc.. total comfort food
Crab and seafood linguini. The mild taste of the linguini really set off the flavour of the sweet crab
Rabbit and pasta broth. So hearty and incredibly tasty.
Venison ragout and parpadelle pasta. Lovely tender meat in perfectly-cooked home made pasta
Warm chocolate pudding with coffee & hazelnut ice cream. Totally decadent!
Panacotta with toffee sprinkles and rhubarb – a perfect, light dessert
Outside Flinders train station, in Melbourne
At Federation Square
Lunch was at Movida, an awesome Spanish tapas restaurant with excellent reviews.
Ridiculously overpriced (boo!) but Sydney really has nothing like this
How cute is their business card?!
Delicious bread and olive oil
Queso manchego $3.00
Imported aged Manchego sheep’s milk cheese with quince paste
Fried silky croquette flavoured with mushrooms
Vieira, jamon y espuma $18.00
Half shell scallop oven baked with jamon and potato foam
Costilla con sobrasada $23.20
Roasted lamb cutlet encased in a Catalan pork & paprika pate
Graffiti wall outside, where they were filming something to do
with people dressed in massive kangaroo outfits (?!)
ARGHHH a shark got me!!
These trams are everywhere, which makes driving really hard..
Blew a small fortune at the Alannah Hill outlet store… pics coming later
Another bum shot. Thanks Dad!