Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sushi Hon, Lonsdale St MELB

I have always shun away from eating in shopping mall food courts because most of them tend to be exorbitantly priced and very rarely taste good. Don't really mind if the food tastes meh if I am paying more than necessary, this won't be a happy foodie that's for sure.

However, upon noting that a foodie friend dined here and left a happy diner, curiousity struck me and I had to pop by. It is akin to sushi train in Adelaide but everything is priced at $4.50 per plate except for the gold plates, to which, costs about $7 (correct me if I am wrong here).

Surprise surprise, food was actually good and ingredient wise, everything was fresh. I'll let the pictures do the talking, shall I?;)

Conclusion? Very impressed with Sushi Hon (located in the Emporium mall. A win for shopaholics needing food) and I would recommend popping by for a quick bite. I believe the menu varies on a daily basis, based on the type of ingredients that the kitchen is able to obtain for the day. Will head over for a second visit next time and shall update this post then!

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Mamak, Lonsdale St MELB

Did someone say Malaysian food? Yes sireee, I can easily be spotted in a Malaysian restaurant whenever I am in the cbd area, mostly because I know that I will get satisfying food at affordable prices:) Having been to the mamak in Sydney, I was curious to know whether the Melbourne version could live up to expectations and true enough, they did not disappoint. Keep reading to find out more!:)

Roti telur ~ always good to have a friend working in a restaurant/ cafe as they would know what's best to recommend to you. To dear friend of mine, if you are reading this, this is a shout out to you and your awesome tastebuds haha. Fluffy soft roti with spicy curry sauce to drench every spoonful of roti with!

Mee goreng ~ this is one of the few things that I usually order whilst mamak-ing. Very good replica of the one back home:)

Sambal belacan kangkung ~ we all need a bit of veggies in our diet, ya know;)

Roti canai with kaya ~ favourite dessert from the menu. Not too much kaya and not overly sweet for a dessert, especially after a heavy meal.

Ais kacang aka shaved ice drizzled with rose syrup, coconut milk and served with an assortment of jellies and sweet corn puree ~ this is the malaysian version of ice cream, perfect for a hot summer day or after a spicy meal:)

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Monday, September 15, 2014

LuxBite, South Yarra MELB

I cannot believe how fast time flew since I last visited Luxbite (as seen here aka blog post dated back in 2011!). Luxbite has obviously expanded itself heaps since then and I can see a lot of new additions to the cake display and on their Instagram account:)

Bread pudding with pandan anglaise ~ yummm..The warmth from the pandan flavoured cream turned this non-Asian treat into something that I am familiar with. If I am stick thin, drinking this may be an option. However, I did drown every piece of bread pudding with it:p

Lollipop bag cake ~ as seen on Masterchef, this was something I had to try out. True enough, each and every layer is prepared separately and somehow harmonizes well. I can taste the mint, popping candy, banana essence and redskin layers. A very fun piece of cake but definitely not a piece of cake to make!

Green tea cheesecake ~ I have been meaning to make green tea cheesecake for some time but never knew what how to incorporate it with the cheesy ingredient. And having this, I might have an idea although I am not sure how I'm going to pull it off haha. Not overly bitter nor too sweet for my liking. If only it was a bit bigger (more for me!)

Macarons ~ I have had these before in the past and was wowed by it. Am still blown away by them but this time round, I have the luxury of dropping by every weekend to grab a few pieces as opposed to doing takeaways! These little things are packed full of flavour!:)

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

NL House, Carlton MELB

A very small post dedicated to a cafe that serves a really good nasi lemak. For those unfamiliar with nasi lemak, it is actually rice that had been prepared with coconut milk (and some use pandan leaves as well) for that added rich aroma and this rice is best served with a fried/ boiled egg, sambal, fried anchovies, roasted peanuts and slices of cucumber.

Having said that, do bear in mind that different establishments serve their own interpretation of the dish so its always good to know what's on the plate before ordering it (be a foodie like me!). NL house's nasi lemak is simplicity done well and I am uber happy to know that there's so many finger licking good Malaysian restaurants in Melbourne *claps hands*

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Norsiah's Kitchen, Carlton MELB

It's hard to capture a picture perfect image of curries but doing my best is all I could do:/ The pictures included in this blog post obviously does not do the food justice but mind you, for less than $10 for a satisfying meal, this place is a must go regardless of whether you;re a student or working Melbournian:) Tiny eatery but friendly staff and quick meals!

Had the sambal egg with vegetables and beef curry and it was yummy. Tender meat and good use of spices in the different individual types of curries.

Norsiah's Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Petaling Street, Little Bourke Street MELB

Melbourne is truly a hub for Malaysian food and wherever you go, you will surely bump into a Malaysian inspired restaurant. Fortunately, food prices does not cost an arm and a leg although it is a lot more dearer if compared to prices back home. Nevertheless, knowing that comfort food lies at your fingertips is always a positive aspect to take in.

After mindlessly stumbling around Little Bourke Street aka Chinatown, we decided to dine here as it was probably the least crowded of the lot and we could quickly have dinner prior to departing the CBD region. Service is quick and you do get a good selection of food. Us not being too hungry decided to fill ourselves with a couple of seafood dishes.

Sambal clams ~ not too bad in terms of taste but for the price we paid, we did expect that the clams were probably not fresh off the boat this morning.

Deep fried fish with spicy sambal sauce ~ a lot of gravy goes a long way. Again, not something to rave about but for the price, its justifiable. We had a few pieces of petai scattered around the dish so I shall give it some points for authencity:)

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Osteria De Mesa, Glen Osmond Road ADL

My previous experience here had steered me from stepping in, especially if I am after a peaceful dinner where conversations can actually be heard. Food and service were top notch back then so these facts outweighed the negative perception of the place. Last meal in Adelaide and probably the final chapter of my Adelaide food hunt.

Arrived a few minutes later but were still welcomed in with a friendly smile and shown our table which had a bird's eye view of the kitchen and surrounding tables. Noticed the pasta chef diligently rolling out and shaping pasta pieces as we flip through the menu.

House made bread with balsamic vinegar and olive oil dipping is a must and bonus points for using good quality ingredients too!:)

Penne pollo o funghi ~ yummo. Not drowning in sauce but rather, sufficient spoons of sauce to bath the penne in.

Gnocchi di Osteria ~ This gnocchi addict ordered this and was not disappointed. The gnocchi were bite sizes for us ladies and so unbelievable soft and silky smooth. Got some pancetta tossed in for an added savoury and salty touch.

Proscuitto pizza ~ proscuitto with rockets and shaved parmesan. I am beginning to like thinner types of pizza crusts and this was not too filing for me. 

Tiramisu and Dolci di Nutella ~ Dolci di Nutella was a bit too small for sharing although it was still a very moreish piece of chocolate cake. Tiramisu was well made and definitely have that boozy factor to it. Overall, not too bad for desserts but pasta wins hands down:)