SOS Charcoal Seafood – Zomato Meetup

Ahhh seafood, long adored for its aphrodisiac properties and finger licking goodness. New seafood openings never fail to catch out eye. SOS is a charcoal grill concept churning out healthy seafood for those of us with a slightly guilty conscious. Us food bloggers, we dine out wayyyy too much, then find ourselves slaving at the gym to compensate for those creeping calories. Grilled is the way to go – it shows off the freshness of the seafood and is healthier than our much-loved fried friends. The prospect of practicing oyster shucking and learning to charcoal grill seafood was some of the fun shenanigans organised by the SOS Charcoal team for the Zomato meet-up. Continue reading SOS Charcoal Seafood – Zomato Meetup

Pavlov’s Duck – Sri Lankan Brunch

Sri Lankan food is a rich melting pot of cuisines – with influences from its colonial heritage to the aromatic spices and herbs that we’ve all come to love. An accidental discovery from a walk on Smith St, led us to the reinvigorated menu inspired by the flavours of Sri Lankan cuisine. At first glance, apart from a few menu items, it looked like any ol’ brunch cafe menu, but you’d be surprised to find some Sri Lankan influence in something as simple as a croissant. Vibrant murals of Victorian buildings, along with scatterings of wooden ducks, made us want to settle down with a Beatrix Potter book in hand. Can I just say this place smells,’hella good? An aromatic mixture of coconut, spices and all things brunch, would make anyone’s nostrils flare in enjoyment. We’re happy to inform you that the food tastes as good as it smells.

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Mr Miyagi – Sushi Taco

Chapel St has long surpassed its image of a place for ‘chap laps’ and doof-doof clubs. It’s become a booming dining precinct with Asian fusion eateries leading the movement. If one is currently writing this blog post on a Saturday night in my spotty pyjamas, anticipating a fun night of ‘Orange is the New Black’, it’s fair to say that scene has become irrelevant to our *cough ‘maturing’ lifestyle :D.

Mr Miyagi is one such leader. For lovers of classic movies, any mention of Mr Miyagi makes us think of the infamous ”Wax on, wax off’ moment.  In Prahran, the only punches here, are punches of flavour. Murals of beckoning Japanese belles, bubblegum pink ‘loser’ neon signage and all-around funky vibes, greet hungry diners. If you’re after traditional Japanese food, you best head off home. The menu is far from boring, with a seamless integration of East meets West.

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Woven – Yarraville

Away from Yarraville village, you will find a warehouse conversion brimming with new offices and cafes. Taking a small converted space, and transforming it into a cool industrial hangout, complete with dinosaur filled terrariums and suspended succulents, makes this cafe uber cool.

With seasonal rotating specials, the menu is exciting with global inspirations making brunch exciting. On a cold winter’s day, the desire for spicy heat, made the Bollywood Breakfast alluring beyond belief. The Sucuk sausage was beyond delicious, a subsequent google search indicating a high-fat content (no wonder..) and a Turkic origin. Paired with the spice of house labne rolled in dukkah and fried eggs on grilled roti bread, this dish was both creative and flavoursome. The S.O had the oyster mushroom escabeche, a simple dish of succulent oyster mushrooms laying on a bed of buttered poached leeks. The menu at Woven is definitely one of our favourites in Yarraville.

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Melbourne Nominees – Time Out Awards 2015 @ Gazi

Gastronomes clear out your calendar for 2015’s Time Out awards. Celebrating all things ‘to do, events and entertainment’, Time Out has long been our go-to destinations to discover hot new openings. We Melbournians are certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to a good feed. Eating in Melbourne has never been so exciting. It’s a competitive scene that takes a hell of a lot of persistence and hard work.

Time Out Australia CEO Michael Rodrigues says, “The Time Out team dine out relentlessly so that they constantly know what’s going on in Melbourne’s incredible eating scene. Melbourne’s cafes and restaurants are world leaders in quality and creativity. This is our way of recognising the people and venues that bring us hungry folk amazing dishes… and to nurture a bit of healthy competition along the way.”

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Blue Chillies – Malaysian in Fitzroy

This past decade, Brunswick St has been changing like a teenager going through puberty. Keeping up with the ever-changing dining scene in Melbourne is difficult, but this Malaysian veteran is here to stay. On a side note, perfect segway to wish Blue Chillies a happy sweet 16th! You’re a full-blooded teenager now ;)

Taking inspiration from the hawker centres of Kuala Lumpur & Penang, authentic Malaysian cuisine with a contemporary twist has been served to hungry diners for the past 16 years. With a design that takes its heritage from the colonial shophouses of Malaysia, the space is cosy with dark timber furnishings housing bottles of wine, ceramic teapots & jars of traditional Asian herbs and mushrooms. Sharing is caring at Blue Chillies, with a range of textural and fiery dishes to get the palates salivating.

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MJR TOM – Collingwood

Smith Street is Melbourne’s alternative to Brunswick St, with its grungy alternative vibe. With a bunch of new openings, MJR Tom has no trouble fitting in. We adored the fit-out, with a myriad of nooks and crannies to nestle and settle our brunch bums. Wood is the predominant feature, with wooden ‘boxes’ scattered from front to back, individually decorated with suspended greeneries and hanging light globes. Out the back are open benches with an impressive bar. Downstairs is a pool table for the night time festivities. Day or night, MJR is an impressive venue for both food and drinks.

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Pierre Roelofs Dessert Evenings

It’s no secret that we are dessert fanatics at Hungrycookie. It’s our drug of choice, sending bursts of serotonin throughout our sugar yearning brains. Dessert represents a sense of bliss – a moment of total relishing that makes us feel good, is visually stunning and is the most important part of the meal. It’s widely known, that restaurants that finish on a positive note, are more likely to receive a positive review. It’s psychology’s Serial Positioning Effect working at its finest, ie. the tendency to recall the first and last items in a series. Enter the whimsical land of Fancy Nance and you will have no trouble recalling any dishes. The acclaimed pastry chef has a CV worthy of a Michelin chef, with stints at The Fat Duck and world number one El Celler De Can Roca. Naturally, expectations were high and we’ve been aching for Pierre’s dessert evenings, ever since it’s early inception at Cafe Rosamond.

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Sister Cafes : Barry + Square & Compass

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Barry is to Northcote, as coffee is to brunch – completely inseparable. Waking up on the weekend in the Northern suburbs, means heading down to Barry. With all the feels of an inner city cafe, the big, bright, airy space is enough to excite us out of our morning slumber. Scatterings of morning light shine through the open windows, as a steady line of coffee orders build up against the counter. Little pot plants add touches of greenery. It’s Saturday, and that means brunch!

Onto the menu. You can expect all the on-trend ingredients to satisfy those detoxers, those paleo nerds. But for the ravenous eaters, there’s plenty to sooth our empty bellies. The crispy prawn sub, fried in a light batter, is completely superior to the tempura norm. Big, juicy prawns are balanced by the creaminess of a kewpie mayo and the acidity of pickled cucumber and carrots. Sprinklings of green tea salt (how interesting!) add the finishing touch.  Continue reading Sister Cafes : Barry + Square & Compass

Asian Tapas in Melbourne – Part 1

Sharing is caring and Asian cuisine is the current popular kid. Taking inspiration from the izakayas of Japan, the hawker centres of South East Asia, the hutong alleyways of China, eating in Melbourne has never been so exciting. With the downtrodden decline of the fine-dining institution, casual hands-on eating combined with top-notch cocktails is all the rage. This is Part 1 of our guide to Asian tapas dining in Melbourne.

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