Golden Lily (Box Hill)

Yum cha $$ Good quality yum cha. A little bit hidden in Whitehorse towers, took me a little while to find! Highlights included the pork ribs, cheung fun (thick rice noodles), chicken feet (not a fan personally, but others said was great!), and bbq pork buns. Sadly they’ve stopped the traditional yum cha method ofContinue reading “Golden Lily (Box Hill)”

Calia Grill (Chadstone)

Japanese $$ Upstairs from Calia in Chadstone is it’s sister store Calia Grill. It’s still Japanese but more focused on the bbq aspects of the cuisine. We had one of the wagyu sets, tasty and fun to do! But expensive. Decent place for special occasions. πŸ₯©πŸ₯©πŸ₯©πŸ₯©πŸ₯©πŸ₯©πŸ₯©πŸ₯© 8/10

Half Acre (South Melbourne)

Modern European $$ First time having a bottomless brunch! And this place delivered. Not a large selection but enough great dishes to make a hearty meal. Favourites included the bread and dips, smoked salmon and cauliflower. And you can make your own drinks as well. Beautiful venue as well, on a quiet street. Great valueContinue reading “Half Acre (South Melbourne)”

Bambu (South Melbourne)

Asian $$ Came across this place in the South Melbourne Market. Always so busy there, you really have to pick your timing! They have both a takeaway and dine-in option, if you buy at the outside stall, you won’t be allowed to sit at the designated tables (something I discovered after I bought food!) TriedContinue reading “Bambu (South Melbourne)”

Purple Yum Cafe (Chadstone)

Filipino/Cafe $ This quaint little Filipino joint has a fantastic ube cake that I just keep going back for. It’s not too sweet and incredibly moist, and the icing is the perfect finish. It’s very popular, and I can see why! They also sell a few traditional dishes for lunch, mostly rice based. Great simpleContinue reading “Purple Yum Cafe (Chadstone)”

Blackstar (Chadstone)

Dessert $ Of course their famous watermelon cake is delicious, but their black sesame cheesecake is really great too! Have to say the watermelon is still my favourite though, perfect balance of light and creamy but not too sweet. Also tried their limited edition hot cross buns; sweet and sticky on the outside but softContinue reading “Blackstar (Chadstone)”

Marble Yakiniku (Glen Waverley)

Japanese $$$ Wow. What a hidden gem! Can barely see anything from the outside, but inside is a modern Japanese delight. Got the plum banquet set menu, absolutely delicious, very decent amount for $130. Highlights were the BBQ meat and the foie gras rice, insanely rich and flavourful. The cheesecake was also amazing! Fantastic placeContinue reading “Marble Yakiniku (Glen Waverley)”

Grill’d (Chadstone)

Burgers $$ Got Simon Says and Summer Sunset; have to say they nailed the beef burger! Despite advertising I’m sure it’s not exactly healthy, but sure tastes good. Chicken burger was a bit dry, but still pretty tasty. The truffle wagyu is nothing special, a bit bland. The ‘healthy’ fried chicken is decent, hits theContinue reading “Grill’d (Chadstone)”

Ichi Ni (St Kilda)

Japanese $$ Just across the road from St Kilda beach, this is a perfect light lunch for a hot day. Huge variety in the menu, with fresh sushi, sashimi, rolls, baos, curry, bbq and more. We tried the Dragon and Kaisen Maki rolls, Teppan Kasu (miso eggplant), salmon tacos, Mint Ginger Smash mocktail. Eggplant wasContinue reading “Ichi Ni (St Kilda)”

Sushi Kona (Forest Hill)

Japanese $ Stumbled across this place in a rush at the Forest Hill shopping centre, looks like a typical sushi takeaway joint, but fairly decent quality! The box I bought had great variety too. The wasabi was a bit bland but the price wasn’t bad at $16.50, would definitely get again. 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣 9/10

Delight Kitchen (Mount Waverley)

Chinese $$ I haven’t had decent Chinese food in a while, this place hit the spot! Known for their Peking duck which you need to order at least 24 hrs in advance. Peking duck was delicious, skin was very crispy and more filling than it looked, and the wrappings were nice and thin. The duckContinue reading “Delight Kitchen (Mount Waverley)”

Guzman y Gomez (Chadstone)

Mexican $ This place is so popular! I think it’s because they pitch themselves as ‘healthy’ and they have a drive-through. I can’t argue against the tastiness. The burritos are very filling, nachos are nothing amazing but pretty decent, and the hard tacos are super salty but very flavoursome. Chicken is mediocre quality, fish andContinue reading “Guzman y Gomez (Chadstone)”

Dao Noodle (CBD)

Chinese $ Famous for it’s DMX noodles i.e. knife sliced noodles, this is a cute Chinese restaurant gem hidden away from the busy CBD streets that makes it’s own noodles. The Shanxi traditional pork noodles are beautifully fresh with a tomato sauce, almost like a perfectly balanced Asian spaghetti bolognese. The braised beef is notContinue reading “Dao Noodle (CBD)”

Society (CBD)

Modern Australian $$$ This fine dining restaurant was a little hard to find, within the small laneways between Collins and Little Collins in the CBD. Relatively new with an la carte menu, Society definitely has some delicious dishes, but overall did not feel worth the incredibly steep prices. The standout was the lobster ravioli, incrediblyContinue reading “Society (CBD)”

Cafe d’ Hong Kong (CBD)

Cantonese $ If you ever feel like eating Cantonese without going to Hong Kong, this place will curb your cravings. Displaying a variety of Hong Kong’s unique blend of Asian and Western food, the food isn’t fantastic quality but fairly decent with generous serving sizes. I’ll never get over how odd it is to seeContinue reading “Cafe d’ Hong Kong (CBD)”

Seoul Station (CBD)

Korean $ On the prominent corner of MC in the city, this Korean fast food place serves unique Korean hotdogs. Dipped in batter and coated with sugar, this hotdog is then topped with tomato sauce and mustard. Certainly not a combination I’d ever tried before! Other options included being coated with potato or ramen. AnContinue reading “Seoul Station (CBD)”

Hanaichi (CBD)

Japanese $ If you ever want cheap, fast, filling Asian food in the city, you should go to Hanaichi. A student’s dream lunch. Situated in QV, this place has a filling rice meal for around $10, great value for money. The Kay’s chicken has surprisingly decent quality fried chicken, highly recommend. πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ› 8/10

Sushi Hotaru (CBD)

Japanese $$ Love a good quality sushi train! You can either take right off the train or order through the touch screen. Dishes certainly add up, but worth it! Great quality fish. Often a line so get in early! Seared salmon and chicken karaage are my favourites. 🍣 🍣 🍣 🍣 🍣 🍣 🍣 🍣Continue reading “Sushi Hotaru (CBD)”

La Tortilleria (Kensington)

Mexican $ A little north of the city, this place is halfway down a very unassuming street of Kensington, but is definitely a hidden gem. The $32 feed me menu is great value, with a range of food. My favourites were the pork tacos, the beef quesadilla, and the chicken tostada. The pork was veryContinue reading “La Tortilleria (Kensington)”

Ichiro Izakaya Bar (Burwood)

Japanese $$ Just outside the Burwood Brickworks shopping centre, this Japanese restaurant has good quality sushi and a pretty good ramen! Katsu is fairly decent, and always fun ordering on a tablet. Would recommend when you’re having a Jap craving! 🍱🍱🍱🍱🍱🍱🍱🍱 8/10

Sideshow Burgers (Rosanna)

Burgers $ Cute concept of a store, this place has pretty good burgers, and fantastic mozzarella sticks! If you’re tossing up between chips and sticks, go with the cheese! The burger was pretty nice, but the meat patty was a bit dry. Still a decent burger place. πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”πŸ” 7/10

Hibiki Future (Camberwell)

Japanese $ This Asian grocery sells great take-away eats and snacks. A must-try are the Hibiki Bento’s, the tuna and chicken katsu are my favs! And you can get 3 for $12. It also has some baked goods and sweets. Next to the dine-in Hibiki restaurant, the Future store is a great take-away alternative whenContinue reading “Hibiki Future (Camberwell)”

Frankie’s Tortas and Tacos (Collingwood)

Mexican $$ Doesn’t look like much, but this little place has the best soft tacos I’ve ever had! Would order a whole batch of chicken tacos next time. Pork tacos were less impressive, a bit chewy. Tried the fried fish sandwich too; fish was beautifully crumbed and well cooked, and went very well with theContinue reading “Frankie’s Tortas and Tacos (Collingwood)”

Laksa King (Glen Waverley)

Malaysian $ As my first dinner out of lockdown, this blew my mind. Incredibly delicious. Our waiter was a lovely older asian man who was super friendly and chatty. The food exceeded our expectations, the five spice chicken ribs are an absolute favourite, followed by their chicken curry laksa. Probably a lot of MSG, weContinue reading “Laksa King (Glen Waverley)”

Red Rooster (Mount Waverley)

Fast Food $ πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ— 8/10 Already love their roast chicken, but was curious to try their fried! And wow did not disappoint. Super tender chicken, and the skin was so crispy. Flavours were great too! I think could use even more flavour, but still tastes great. Would compare to korean fried chicken; crunchy and notContinue reading “Red Rooster (Mount Waverley)”

Pinchy’s (CBD)

Seafood $$ When a pop-up appeared near home, decided to give this place a try! The lobster rolls were crunchy and flavoursome, the fries worked well with the truffle aioli. The other tacos were nice, but not particularly memorable. Everything was well-presented, but still felt hungry after; given the price, was hoping for more. 🦞Continue reading “Pinchy’s (CBD)”

Kurimu (Glen Waverley)

Bakery $ Fantastic Asian dessert place; famous for its cream filled crispy pastries called Choux, that are wonderfully light and sweet. My favourite is the lychee and raspberry. Not a large portion size so you don’t feel too guilty about eating it! The Glen Waverley store also sells Asian flavoured croissants such as pork floss,Continue reading “Kurimu (Glen Waverley)”

Bread Club (Albert Park)

Bakery $ When I heard Bread Club was expanding to Albert Park, I knew I had to try it! And it did not disappoint. The best pies I’ve ever had; the pastry is next level, unbelievably buttery. The mortadella sandwich is delicious as always, but with slightly different bread to the North Melbourne. The pepperoniContinue reading “Bread Club (Albert Park)”

Little Hof (South Melbourne)

German $ Passed this place at the South Melbourne market, and got drawn in by the wall of pretzels! The cheese kransky is delicious! Very cheesy, and incredibly tasty. Sadly the pretzels were a bit dry and pretty disappointing, the cheese dip also did not taste like cheese at all! Would suggest skipping that andContinue reading “Little Hof (South Melbourne)”

AgathΓ© PΓ’tisserie (South Melbourne)

Bakery $ There’s always a huge line outside this store in South Melbourne Market, now understand why! Beautifully delicate, and sweet but not overly so. My favourites are the custard heart and the pandan croissant. But you may be waiting for quite a while, so don’t go if you’re in a hurry! πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯ 10/10