Hi everyone, I’m back from my weekend trip and had so much fun!
I came back to some exciting news. I want to say a big thank you to Meg for nominating me for the versatile blogger award. I also enjoy reading your blog too and look forward to reading more about your journey.
Brunch at Birdman Eating
Everything about this place is so artistic and well thought out, from the way that they serve their chai lattes to the music notes that they place under their baked eggs dish.
This meal was as delicious as it looks here!
Lamb on Spit, Malvern Rd, Melbourne
Location: 245 Malvern Rd, South Yarra, Melbourne
I love a good kebab, any time during the day! I could eat it for breakfast if they opened that early in Sydney. For lunch, my friend took us to Lambs on Spit and I was pleasantly surprised! It wasn’t a fancy kebab place, but the meat was tender from being cooked over hot coals, the salad was crunchy and the bread was warm and soft and tasted home-made! We sat in silence and enjoyed the delicious meal until we could eat no more.
Maze, by Gordon Ramsey
Location: Level 1, Crown Metropol, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank, (03) 9292 8300
We chose a fine dining place for dinner on Saturday night to celebrate Rick’s first night in Melbourne. I had been to Melbourne a few times already so I wanted to take him to a restaurant that was owned by his favourite TV chef Gordon Ramsey! Maze exudes elegance and class in every way but what I found most appealing was the food. I have been to a few degustation dinners in my time but never one so varied. Here is the degustation menu:
Here are the cocktails that the girls and I ordered. They tasted sweet and refreshing and looked so pretty too!
Although the portions were small, the food was tasty and we enjoyed every bit of it. My favourite meals were the marinated beetroot with goats curd and the otway pork belly. Each bite was a pleasure and I’m glad that we went to this restaurant but it’s definitely somewhere I’d only need to visit once, just for the dining experience.
This is the marinated beetroot with goats curd, Cabernet Sauvignon vinaigrette, and toasted pine nuts. It was one of my favourite parts of the meal because the goats cheese was a tangy combination when mixed with the other ingredients. The pine nuts add that extra depth of flavour and makes the dish special.
For the main, we had a choice of the following:
1. Yarra Valley duck breast, roasted squash, beluga lentils
2. Otway pork belly, white asparagus, soybeans, dashi
I enjoyed the pork belly dish because I delight in eating crunchy crackling. The duck breast was okay for me, only because it was served rare. When I got over the pink colour of the meat, I was able to enjoy my meal. Which of the above mains would you choose?
Now for dessert… we were given the pleasure of two desserts and one complimentary dessert.
This is the Goat’s milk ice cream and freeze-dried berries. The tangy taste of the goats cheese ice cream was a pleasant surprise especially when combined with the sweet berries.
However, my favourite was the coffee ganache, salted caramel and hazelnut icecream. If you’re not a big chocolate/coffee eater, this may be slightly overpowering for you, but if you love chocolate/coffee, then I guarantee that you’ll enjoy this dessert! I surely did!
We finished the meal with chocolate balls and caramel centre, a complimentary part of our meal. We washed it down with freshly brewed peppermint tea. It was the perfect end to a perfect night!
Yum Cha at Crystal Jade for Brunch on Sunday
Location: 154 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
We woke up at 10.30am to check out of our hotel and make our way to Yum Cha at Crystal Jade on Little Bourke Street. Yum Cha is one of my favourite past times for weekend brunch so in order to impress me, the yum cha had to be good! It definitely met my expectations. We enjoyed having a chat over dumplings and Chinese tea and even managed to find dishes that I didn’t usually eat in Sydney.
For those who are not familiar with yum cha, it is also referred to as dim sum. Small, bite sized dishes such as dumplings are prepared and pushed around on steam carts by servers who then offer it to each table. We usually select a number of our favourite dishes; dim sims (a meat dumpling) and prawn dumplings (prawns in white dumpling wrappers).
After consuming a large number of dumplings, my friend pointed to a dish that did not look bite sized at all! She was pointing to the oyster mornay. The oyster mornay consists of a giant rock oyster, with a melted cheese and mushroom mornay sauce. I had to share mine with Rick because it was so rich in flavour, but I did thoroughly enjoy the dish.
After eating all the savoury dishes, we decided to order mango pudding for dessert. This is a mango based pudding with a jelly like consistency and sweetened, condensed milk poured on top. We had consumed enough sugar to fuel our day of shopping!
Little Creatures Dining Hall
Location: 222 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne
After a full day of shopping, we decided to have a low-key dinner at Little Creatures Dining Hall. If you like delicious, fresh food in a funky, casual environment, then Little Creatures Dining Hall is for you. There is a section for sitting by the window and having a casual chat with your friends or a larger, warehouse-like area for a pub-like scene. Everything about this place is unique from the chandeliers made out of beer bottles to the water that is served to you in a watering can.
We ordered home-made ginger beers and home-made lemonades to wash down our pizza and lamb salad. It was the perfect end to a perfect weekend in Melbourne!
Thanks for joining me on the food journey. Now, I’d like to know what you think.
- Out of the above dining experiences, which experience would you choose first and why?
- Which foods would you like to try, and why?
- If you’ve been to Melbourne, do you have any restaurant suggestions? I’m always keen to try new foods and places.
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