I'm 34 years old & recently started a family so I've gone from enjoying the finer things in life to enjoying family type activities...with a few finer things still thrown in for good measure! I love dining out, having a bit of a drink (fine wines & tasty beers & cocktails) I love shopping & finding great bargains, mainly fashion, gadgets, anything I can get my hands on - I love shopping OK?
Joined 14 July 2008 Braybrook, VIC
Streat moved in to this oft changing location a little while ago & they have done a great job of updating the decor. The place is fresh, airy, friendly & cool, a lot like the service you get at Streat! Streat is also a cafe with a conscious & a purpose - helping marginalised young people make positive change in their lives. They do this by operating a number of successful hospitality businesses and using the profits to fund a range of training and life skills programs. The coffee here is great, made exactly how you want it. I was shocked to see a 30c charge for a take away cup (???) but hey, good cause!
A neighbourhood institution that keeps on delivering even after many years & many food trend changes. The food here is delicious, the decor is nice but is a little bit cramped, especially when uid at capacity. I haven't dined in the beer garden but that looks the goods, perfect for a ling summer night of curry & beer! The food is standard Indian fare but with a few non standard menu items & what they do, they do well! Have been here numerous times & the good is always of a good consistent standard. The one variable that can change night to night is the service, but get them on a good night & that's great too.
Went to the kealba hotel for the first time last night. First impressions, man this place is huge! It takes up a massive area, covered by some fairly large buildings. & heaps of car parks, which were almost full, go generally a good sign. When we got there the bistro was half full so I'm guessing the gaming areas must get the bulk of the patronage. Anyway, we were here to catch up with friends & let the kids play in what was a pretty good kids area, large, lots of equipment & a fairy princess painting faces, needless to say the kids had a great time! The menu was ok, standard pub fare. I went for a Parma special (wed & fri, additional parmas on offer, eg Hawaiian, Mexican, Italian etc for 15.90) Carly got the salmon & a cheese burger kids meal for Oscar. All in all the food was pretty good. I'd return , mainly because of the kids play area
I went to Hofbrauhaus years ago when the dark dungeon like downstairs location was it. Recently wanting to give it another try for Octoberfest I was surprised to be directed upstairs to a light filled beer hall that looked so fresh in comparison to the old digs. This was the first time we went as a family, my last visit was pre-child. Hofbrauhaus is now family friendly, the kids were running around having a great time & the waitresses, all in the traditional garb were more than accommodating. There is a vast menu of traditional German fare accompanied by a great beer & cider menu which comes in normal pot sizes, 500ml & litre sized steins. I opted for the Octoberfest special of a Bavarian breakfast - 500ml beer, bretzel (fresh BIG pretzel) & sausage...yum! The kids meals were generous & apparently tasty as were the meals from the main menu - yep, its all big at Hofbrauhaus, but now its big, tasty & fum in a great environment! I'll be back soon to tackle the schnitzel challenge - 1.5kg schnitz, a mound of chips & a litre of beer in 45 minutes...game on!
Had been here for coffee quite a few times & they do it well but had breakfast here today & by all accounts the consensus across our group of diners was that we can add breakfasts to the list of things Strozzi does well. I had baked eggs, which had olives, chorizo & goats cheese - a great combination. Washed down with not one but two of their good coffee's & I was a happy camper, ready to take on the day!
This is a late night dining Melbourne institution. Full of history, and looking every bit its age, Supper Inn could do with a makeover & some menu changes, but on the other hand, its that consistency that makes this place seem so familiar, so reliable & so easy regardless of how long it's been in between visits. Supper Inn serves what I'd class tradition Chinese cuisine. The beauty of Supper Inn is that it's open so late. Been out drinking & need a meal at midnight to get you through? Go to Supper Inn. The food is quick, tasty, albeit not that fresh, but as I said, this is traditional Chinese not some modern twist on Asian.
like a shining beacon of mexican soleil (thats sun) set amidst the industrial bleakness of this little patch in kensington, La Tortilleria shines brightly like the mexican star it is. You'd struggle to miss it with its cute exterior emblazoned in blue with mexican imagery. step inside & you almost fall on the counter to one side & the tortilla making space on the other, but its deceptively large with lots of tables out the back. the food is pretty much mexican hawker food, tasty, simple, authentic. you can order single selections of soft shell taco's, quesadillas etc or you can opt for the gringo sampler with chef's choice of fare. theres a good range of mexican drinks, not to worry, its byo! yep, this is the best mexican cuisine this side.
My expectations on returning to a restaurant are that somehow the staff will know you've been before..& try harder as a result! crazy i know but wouldn't that be great? Unfortunately, as is the norm with the majority of movie sequels I often find that turn number two often falls short of the original. This is true of this Lazy Moe's. Yes the portions are huge, yes its relatively well priced, but quality, care & customer service aren't strong points. If you are crazy hungry & on a budget & dont want an intimate meal...this is the PERFECT place for you...otherwise, look elsewhere!
A diversion from the norm from the tried & tested China Bar formula...well at least for this China Bar old timer, but if our express lunch on valentine's day was anything to go by, this formula has resulted in what many experimental wrongs produce genius! What can I say? Yum! At lunch we had everything on offer barring sashimi & oysters. This meant sushi, dumplings, roast Chinese meats, asian dishes cooked to order etc etc etc. in fact etc is a very apt description. Unlike many buffets where its a lot of food of very little variety, the china bar asian buffet delivers variety with a capital v, taste with a capital t & refinement with a pretty big r!
A well kept course of considerable length, with some tricky holes offset by some wide forgiving holes to keep an occasional hacker like me hopeful. I couldnt get over how well maintained each & every hole was...especially in the middle of a long & unforgiving melbourne summer! the staff were welcoming, irreverent & real. A breath of fresh air for a private course!
Greeted by friendly & courteous staff, we enter into a rustic yet fancy home. The Livingroom immediately set expectations high. Despite its chic appearance, staff assured us how kids are very welcome. Dining with our 4-year-old son, we were instantly made comfortable. This family run business was immediately apparent - the chef with 2 young children. Upstairs they had plenty of toys, books, and crayons, making them well equipped to entertain our often-irreverent child. Now, lets focus on what we came to samplethe food!
Described as modern Italian, the cuisine on offer seemed to expand its territories to modern Mediterranean, with influences from France, Spain, maybe even Greece adding to the predominantly Italian fare. But then again I was told that the menu changes daily, based on produce the staff are able to source. How rustic, how real. The knowledgeable & attentive staff proceeded to take me on a culinary journey even before my first bite, explaining the food in detail. After such a passionate & descriptive detailing of the menu I decided to have the 7 course degustation menu, leaving my night in the hands of the chef.
Home cooked bread with olive oil started the feast. Simple and tasty. The first dish then arrived. A mushroom soup with truffle oil delivers a perfectly balanced beginning. The truffle oil brought plenty of flavour without overpowering the subtle mushroom flavour. Next up we had beetroot cured salmon with horseradish cream accompanied by cucumber preserved in vanilla & lime and capers. Each individual component tasty in its own right but as a combinationstunning!
The third dish, duck terrine, jam & salad on toast, basic in its approach with a burst of flavour that I can only describe as smokey, sweet and complex. This was served the same time as the kids meal of fish & chips. It looked greatso I had to try it! The fish was battered in a light & crispy batter, crisp, delicious, not too oily. The chips were deemed a hitfor once my son decided sauce wasnt required!
Next upGurnard (fish) pancetta wrapped on sauted spinach and cannelloni beans with merlot vinaigrette. The subtle flavours of the fish were complemented perfectly by the saltiness of the pancetta, offset by the tanginess of the vinaigrette. A heavenly combination with every component bringing something to the flavour party in my mouth!
We were then presented with duo of lamb, a herb & mustard crumbed cutlet & slow cooked lamb shoulder with peas in brick pastry & parsnip pure. Speechless, literally as every mouthful sadly drawing me closer to the end.
We were then served the Cheese platter. I didnt think too much of a good thing was possible, but my occasional diet would attest otherwise! Hours of exercise to work off this mea but every mouthful was worth it! The cheese platter had a hard, crumbly, tasty cheese, balanced perfectly with a French blue, quince paste, apple slices & lavosh. A great (almost) end to a perfect mealbut then we had the dessert! Lemon posset with candied zest & almond biscuit, basil sorbet & an iced pedro ximenez parfait sandwich. I literally had a soundtrack of angels singing in my head with each & every bite! This truly was the perfect end to what was more than a superb mealtwas a heavenly experience!
the classic, the institution, with slight changes over the years but overall, Stalactites has kept true to its roots - to deliver good, hearty greek fare at any time at a reasonable price. simple, true - this was the local greek eatery, open all the time. maybe Stalactites is the real definition of true local!
great food served up in stylish surrounds but this is typical of how i used to view Japanese dining - tasty, expensive, left yearning for more...and often requiring a quick stop afterwards to fill my tummy without overloading the wallet. at some point in time, perhaps with the influx of good Japanese eateries over the years, this atypical experience had changed...but not with Hanabishi. The food is yum, but expect to pay, portions are small, but service is big albeit on the cooler side!
for fresh, tasty & conveniently located japanese fare look no further than edoya. a good if not typical japanese menu is delivered by swift but somewhat silent staff. maybe their tact is to let the food to the talking...and if thats the case, edoya is a motor mouth. good food, delivered quick & fresh at reasonable prices.
decentish chinese fare at decentish prices, with standard suburban type offerings available via a lengthy menu...but the name is apt. you are greeted with a smile & the staff are happy. come for the food, stay for the good vibes, leave with a full belly & change in your wallet
pub grub in the CBD. Good burgers, good range of beers on tops, live sports, a seedy come attempt at polished type atmosphere...all in all a good central place for a quick drink & eat whilst catching up on your sports!
For a quick, tasty & relatively healthy bite noodle kingdom is a winner! A CBD installment of a Preston institution. I'm not sure any royals would dine here so maybe it's a kingdom of the people, but if your hungry & your wallet isn't overflowing with cash you won't be disappointed with the noodle dishes (& more) on offer!
Old school! Sometimes you just want boring old school fish n chips! No salt n pepper squid or gourmet fish burgers, just a piece of fried flake, minimum chips & a burger, not with Gruyere cheese on a brioche bin but meat, lettuce, tomato, sauce on a standard old bakery bun. Well mermaids your place, as old school as they come, I'd hazard to guess the menu hasn't changed since opening! Look what they do they do well buy despite the fact that I may sound like I don't like the nouveau stuff I secretly do, so it's a lack of options that marks these guys down, but if you're hankering for traditional, they can hook you up! That's a fish pun btw!
borne out of Paolo's families bakery, Paolo's passion for the uber trendy cupcake has seen him branch out of his families successful shadow & go out alone as a cupcake gourmand. Well, not so much alone...ably supported by his family members, Paolo shines. Cupcakes so moist & tasty...all the colours of the rainbow, with flavours that range from normal to out there, but all drool worthy! Taking custom orders or sufficiently stocked so you can just pop in & pick & choose to your hearts content (well maybe your belly)...Cupcakes by Paolo is fast becoming an inner western institution!