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Samurai Showdown in Chinatown: Yamato vs. Meiji Japanese Café
November 16, 2009 – 12:08 pm | 15 Comments
Samurai Showdown in Chinatown: Yamato vs. Meiji Japanese Café

MY name’s Adrian and I’m a Foodaholic. That goes without saying.  But perhaps I should also be in rehab over my other addiction- comics. As a teenage  kid who got bored with basketball cards back …

The Cupcake Battles: The Cupcake Bakery VS Little Cupcakes
August 7, 2009 – 8:34 am | 14 Comments
The Cupcake Battles: The Cupcake Bakery VS Little Cupcakes

What’s the big deal?
The mad about muffins saga had begun when I was 8. I started making snacks for school from branded cake mixes of course. Growing up being obsessed with cartoons and comics (Disney, …

Fleischer Continental Cakes
July 23, 2009 – 7:08 am | 11 Comments
Fleischer Continental Cakes

Intro: Traditional European delicacies – plum butter cake took hostage over tastebuds
Fleischer has been around for many years and is a local staple in Malvern. I still recall the amount of times I used …

The Laksa Battles: Monk and Me VS Laksa Me
July 18, 2009 – 7:11 am | 6 Comments
The Laksa Battles: Monk and Me VS Laksa Me

The beloved Curry Laksa is an essential staple during the cold Winter months. I succumb to a bowl of this stuff at least once a week which also means, half a box of tissues as …

Gingerboy
July 11, 2009 – 7:30 am | No Comment
Gingerboy

Intro: One thing’s for sure, no dish lacked the heat. Like a crazed fan, chilli stalked the tatstebuds
Details: 27-29 Crossley Street, Melbourne (03) 9662 4200

Surroundings: Dark black bamboo panels covers from wall to ceiling …

Horoki
June 20, 2009 – 4:26 am | 2 Comments
Horoki

Intro: The Japanese equivalent to Movida minus the hefty crowds- Tapas is king
Details: Horoki. 19 Liverpool St (laneway off upper Bourke Street), Melbourne (03) 9663 2227
Surroundings: L shaped bar gives full view of the kitchen …

The Quirky Peko Peko, South Melbourne
May 28, 2009 – 2:04 am | 6 Comments
The Quirky Peko Peko, South Melbourne

Intro: Totally quirky Japanese & Taiwanese influenced eatery, catering for the small and large appetites.
Details: 190 Wells Street South Melbourne Phone (03) 9686 1109
Surroundings: Little picture frames with black and white animated characters …

Ajisen Ramen
May 15, 2009 – 2:52 pm | No Comment
Ajisen Ramen

Intro: Funky Jap joint delivers a stonegroove with their green tea ice cream.
Details: 130 Bourke Street Melbourne 9662 1100
Surroundings: Funky, chocolate wooden benches and backless chairs.
UPDATE: Check out my latest review on their Ramen …

Garamerica
May 13, 2009 – 9:10 pm | No Comment
Garamerica

Intro: Hidden local Indonesian gem produces a hit with their Ayam Bakar

Details: 230 Dorcas St Melbourne, 3205 (03) 9696 2192

Surroundings: Simple, wooden theme- polished floorboards and furniture, red walls with traditional artworks, casual …

Rococo
May 2, 2009 – 7:55 am | 3 Comments
Rococo

Intro: Rococo, answering my gnocchi coos

Details: 87 Acland St, St Kilda – (03) 9525 3232 and Rococo 797A Glenferrie Road Hawthorn 9818 8212

Surroundings: Ambient, dimply lit feature walls, candle lit tables, polish floorboards, …

Grilld
April 25, 2009 – 5:55 am | 3 Comments
Grilld

Intro: Healthy burgers fresh off the grill putting the rest to shame. See! – Mum was right after all- healthy food can taste good.
Details: Various locations. Reviewed: 278 Clarendon St, South Melbourne 3205 TEL (03) …

Liar Liar
April 16, 2009 – 11:31 am | 2 Comments
Liar Liar

Intro: Could these ricotta hotcakes be a contender for Replete Providore’s version?
Details: Shop 6/769 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn, 3122 03 9818 8864
Surroundings: Pretty cool place to hang out with communal tables, dim lighting amongst dark wooden …

Replete Providore
April 13, 2009 – 8:43 am | 2 Comments
Replete Providore

Intro: Replete, replete! Anyone for a pancake addiction?
Details: 302 Barkers Road Hawthorn VIC 3122 03 9818 4448

Surroundings: As soon as you walk in, shelves line the entrance with gourmet delights like cookies, pasta, sauces …

Roule Galette French Crêperie
April 13, 2009 – 8:41 am | 4 Comments
Roule Galette French Crêperie

Intro: If only I had room for dessert

Details: Scott Alley, 241 Flinders Lane, Melbourne (03) 9639 0307

Surroundings: A hard to find gem nestled amongst Melbourne’s famous laneways. Is quite small with a few …

Sahara
April 13, 2009 – 7:54 am | No Comment
Sahara

Intro: Hidden gem found above above bustling Swanston St

Details: 301 Swanston Street Melbourne VIC 3000 9663 8477

Surroundings: Warm, rustic, exposed brick walls create a cosy and inviting atmosphere with views across from the …

Heavenly Scones Brother Jon’s Cafe
April 12, 2009 – 11:22 am | 5 Comments
Heavenly Scones Brother Jon’s Cafe

Intro: Please do not cut them open. Simply break them apart with your hands and smell the aroma

Details: 349 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd Sassafras, VIC 3787 (03) 9755 2081

Surroundings: Brother Jons is …

Renzo’s Bar – Cafe Italiano
April 4, 2009 – 10:13 am | No Comment
Renzo’s Bar – Cafe Italiano

Intro: Pizza with four kinds if cheeses you say?! Somebody better quickly bring in the straight jacket- I’m headed for Food Rehab!

Details: 46 New Quay Promenade, Docklands, Victoria 3008 03 9640 0550

Surroundings: Outdoor …

Eden Espresso
March 29, 2009 – 8:48 am | One Comment
Eden Espresso

Intro: French Toast.. who would’ve known it would cause such commotion! I had to calm the tastebuds
Details: 121 Glenferrie Rd Malvern 9509 9119

Surroundings: Bright and cosy with a little nook in the rear presenting …

Chez Olivier – Le Bistro
March 25, 2009 – 1:48 pm | No Comment
Chez Olivier – Le Bistro

Intro: Onion Soup feeding the soul followed by perfectly cooked rib eye steak, melting inside the mouth, seafood extravaganza presented itself to its beady eyed admirers

Details: Le Bistro – 121 Greville Street – Prahran 9525 …

St Ali – Coffee House
March 24, 2009 – 9:56 am | 2 Comments
St Ali – Coffee House

Intro: Made me question “What the hell have I been drinking?”

Details: 12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne VIC 3205. Near Coles.
(St Ali Laneway Festival 6 Februray)

Surroundings: Roasting machines and a hidden graffitied laneway entrance …

Breakfast at Mixed Business
March 24, 2009 – 9:10 am | One Comment
Breakfast at Mixed Business

Intro: Saturday morning weariness healed by Mixed Business
 
Details: 486 Queens Pde, Clifton Hill, 03 9486 1606
 
Surroundings: A quirky cafe fitted out with nostalgic signs like Hot dimsims, no fuss wooden chairs and tables, white walls …

Finger Lickin’ Good Ribs at Barbarinos & Wong
March 24, 2009 – 8:32 am | No Comment
Finger Lickin’ Good Ribs at Barbarinos & Wong

Intro: Meat craving resolved with a bib

Details: 474 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne 3004 Telephone 9866 1681

Surroundings: Formal but can dine in casual clothes. Great for a date or dinner with friends. Definitely …