Sunday, August 7, 2016

Pepper Lunch, Hawthorn

Peppper Lunch is one of my favorite QSR chains for its convenience, deliciousness, and affordability. The menu is an amalgamation of Japanese, Korean, and Chinese flavours, which combined is somewhat reminiscent of a Hong Kong diner. 

Popular with students, office workers, and families, Pepper Lunch has something for everyone. Most of the dishes are served on a sizzling hot plate, and my favorite thing to do at Pepper Lunch is to add extra cheese to whatever I'm ordering.


Pepper Lunch Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Platform 270 at DoubleTree by Hilton, Melbourne CBD

This trendy eatery, located inside Double Tree by Hilton, features an open kitchen, unique dishes made with local produce, and comfortable surroundings. When they say local, they really mean local, with ingredients sourced from their very own rooftop herb garden and a bee hive producing their own honey.

The menu is always seasonal and does its best to showcase what Melbourne has to offer.  The current winter menu features dishes such as braised rabbit, BBQ ox tongue, and roasted spatchcock. Also, like all good hotel restaurants do, there is a whole section devoted to steaks, including a 300g grass fed scotch. 

Last but not to say the least, is my favorite section of the menu, desserts! Here, don't go past the warm honey poached pear, and definitely try the five spice chocolate panna cotta served with honeycomb.



Platform 270 - DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

On It Burgers, Abbotsford

I discovered this place by chance via Uber Eats and have been quite addicted ever since! The burgers buns are soft, but just slightly dense, and are dusted with sesame. 

For those with a curious streak, try a burger with a black bun. The Spicy Chick features crunchy fried chicken, sriracha mayo, coleslaw and lettuce. 



There is also the Black Beard, made up of soft shell crab, coleslaw and coriander, sriracha, and a dash of hero sauce, held within a black bun. It's the perfect combination of sweet, savory and spicy.


On It Burgers Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Burger Project, CBD

The Burger Project comes from the maestro Neil Perry of Rockpool Group, to house his infamous Rockpool burger.

With buns sourced from Breadtop, patties made in house daily with the finest beef in Australia sourced from Cape Grim Tasmania, and containing no hormones or no antibiotics, there was no doubt that these would taste fantastic! 

The chips are thrice fried to make them extra crunchy, and in my opinion, best dipped in the vanilla soft serve.



Beyond the food, desserts, and drinks, The Burger Project presents a fascinating business case study. 

Burger Project Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

St Cloud Eating House, Hawthorn

St Cloud delivers honest and fresh Vietnamese style food in a two story restaurant with an exceptionally white exterior. The colour of the walls, that is.

Inside, there are condiments which line the walls, and vibrantly colored feature pieces of furniture.

Dishes include pipis in a lemongrasss broth and mains such as braised pork belly and eggs in soya sauce. Other choices are less obviously Vietnamese but equally as delicious. These include barbequed scallops with Chinese sausage and caramel chicken wings with cubes of sticky rice, burnt onion, pickled ginger and herbs.





St Cloud Eating House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Foodrinkery, Burwood

The Foodrinkery is one of my favourite discoveries in recent times, and it is located in the fine surburb of Burwood (disclaimer: I may or may not be heavily invested in Burwood real estate). 

Sitting amongst a local strip of shops which is yet to be invaded by a Coles or a Safeway, the cafe has retained an authentic community vibe. It's the perfect setting for a weekday catch up or a casual family outing on the weekend.

For larger groups or customers with particularly active children, you can head outside to the courtyard at the back which opens out onto a park and playground equipment.

When it comes to the menu, The Foodrinkery punches weigh above its weight! There are many choices to choose from, and I'm a big fan of the FD Benny which consists of waffles served with 12hr slow cooked beef. For the vegetarian or the gluten intolerant, there are plenty of delicious choices such as the Chermoula eggs or the grilled zuchini and brown rice salad.


Because I had such a fantastic experience, I'm most definitely looking forward to revisiting this cafe again soon, with my parents in tow. 


The Foodrinkery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Cheshire, Preston

If I was a cat, I think I would most definitely be a Cheshire cat. Popularised by Lewis Carroll in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, known for its distinctive mischievous grin, and propensity to be rather rotund and well fed, it is really just me-incarnate.








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

Friday, August 5, 2016

Pokéd, Melbourne CBD




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

Il Melograno, Northcote

I love passion, and most especially passion for good food. The best part about doing this, is finding others who share my passion. Carl and Marco are the brains and hearts behind this genuine Italian establishment, focused on serving gourmet gelato, wood roasted coffee, and traditional Nonna-style fare.

The gelato here is kept in air tight containers rather than exposed for display, because Marco, a third generation gelato maker ensures that Il Melograno does not use artificial flavouring, colouring, commercial essences nor preservatives.




Il Melograno Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Il Melograno, Northcote

I love passion, and most especially passion for good food. The best part about doing this, is finding others who share my passion. Carl and Marco are the brains and hearts behind this genuine Italian establishment, focused on serving gourmet gelato, wood roasted coffee, and traditional Nonna-style fare.

The gelato here is kept in air tight containers rather than exposed for display, because Marco, a third generation gelato maker ensures that Il Melograno does not use artificial flavouring, colouring, commercial essences nor preservatives.




Il Melograno Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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