Saturday, 12 July 2014

Tommyfield Fish & Chip, Mornington

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A few weeks ago we went down to Mornington to show a friend from overseas the Mornington peninsula coastal region. For our lunch, we went to this fish & chip shop in Mornington.

My wife and I enjoyed the fish and chip here that we actually came back a couple of weeks later. It is after all one of the best fish and chip we never have so far.

The flathead and barramandi are highly recommended. The chips portion is very large, so order a smaller portion if you are watching your weight. The only downside is there is limited salad selection - which is a common problem with most fish & chip shops.

The staff is very friendly; the fish is very fresh and food is cooked to order. It is worth a visit if you are down this way and wants a fresh casual meal.

Flake/flathead, calamari, scallops & chips with garden salad

Sugar Bun in Melbourne

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For those people whom have travelled to Sarawak, a state of Malaysia on the Borneo island may have seen Sugar Bun stores in most cities there. Sugar Bun is a restaurant that serves a mixed of western and local cuisines in Sarawak. It now has a store in Melbourne!

I took my wife there to try the Bak Kut Teh (肉骨茶) as she hasn't had it before. This is a Malaysian/Singapore chinese dish which is in Hokkien (a chinese dialect) that means pork ribs in chinese tea. The Sugar Bun version is served with what looks like wild rice and chinese donut. There are many variation of this dish in different parts of Malaysia and Singapore. The Sugar Bun version is one of the best I've tasted! My wife really enjoyed it too. I was pleasantly surprised that we could find such an authentic dish here in Melbourne.

For myself, I ordered one of the old favourite menu of Sugar Bun, the Fish burger with fries. YUM! This tasted exactly the same as the one I had in Sarawak. What makes it so good is the sauce. If one likes the McDonald's fish-o-fillet, this is a must try as I think it is way better!

In addition, the staff are friendly overall and the ambient is good. We'll visit again.

Sugar Bun's Bak Kut Teh
The interior - ground floor

Sugar Bun's Fish Burger with fries

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Dinner at IONIO, Doncaster

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Few weeks ago, we've decided to try IONIO after getting a $10 voucher after attending the cooking show presented by the friendly chef at IONIO at Knox shopping centre. We tried the recipe for open lamb souvlaki at home and really enjoyed it.

Surprisingly the chef remembered us and served us a complementary dip and bread. We were really grateful. I guess he remembered us as we were really keen learners and stayed for most part of the cooking show, especially the really delicious seafood Paella!

I ordered the lamb rack and my wife who is a seafood lover already had her mind set on having the seafood Paella after tasting the sample during the cooking show!

The food was great but the service is a bit chaotic. We kept getting different waiter or waitresses which most are friendly except for one. Unfortunately that did bring down our experience somewhat.

Overall, we did have a good time.

One of the best Lamb rack I've tasted

My wife's favourite Seafood Paella

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Sunday Brunch at Chocolate Sensation in Belgrave

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One weekend, I decided to take my wife to try the brunch at Chocolate Sensation at Belgrave. What a right decision to make!

It is a cosy small bakery where one need to order everything and pay at the bakery side of the shop and the food will be served in the dining area next door. We shared the big breakfast and a Cronut.

The breakfast was good but the Cronut was really something. It has a crunchy sensation on the outside, soft on the inside with cream in the middle. My wife really loves the different layers of its texture.

We'll love to come back and try the other pastries. 

A cup of latte for a cold winter

A Big Breakfast to share

A Cronut to share as dessert

Monday, 27 January 2014

Waya Japanese Restaurant in Glen Waverley

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We tried Waya for the first time and really like the decor. It reminds us of a restaurant we went in Osaka. The food presentation was pretty good and portions are generous.

However, the beef in the teriyaki bento was a bit salty and the cold soba was okay. My brother who tried the ramen thought it was a bit bland. If one is after a reasonably priced Japanese food with large portions, Waya would be worth a try.

Cold Soba

Beef Teriyaki Bento

Sliced Pork Ramen

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Parker Pies for dinner

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Since it's been a long day, we bought some Parker Pies "ready to bake range" for dinner. My wife made a quick salad as side.

We tried four different pies - Parker pie, Venison, Chicken & asparagus and Rutherglen white. These pies are very tasty indeed! Our favourite is the Parker pie. If you want to grab a quick lunch or even take home pies (either cold or frozen ready to bake), we highly recommend Parker Pies at Rutherglen.

Chicken & asparagus pie

Weekend lunch at Pickled Sisters Cafe

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We drove to Rutherglen for a day trip today and visited some wineries. At Cofield Wines, there's a nice cafe for brunch or lunch called Pickled Sisters Cafe.

Luckily we went early as guests that got there later could not get a seat because many people booked their tables in advanced.

Hint: Definitely worth booking in advanced so that one doesn't miss out!

We tried their wines - I had a glass of Marsanne Viognier and my wife had a glass of Sweet Ava. I had the Honey & Muscat Glazed Confit Duck with spiced oranges, braised red cabbage & Parisienne potatoes while my wife had the Beetroot Risotto with Milawa Chevre, toasted hazelnuts & mint.

Best Confit Duck I've had! The beetroot risotto was also excellent!

We shared a Poppyseed Ricotta Cake with Lemon Curd for dessert. Yum, definitely would come back again!

Interior of the cafe

Beetroot Risotto with Milawa Cherve,
toasted hazelnut & mint
Honey & muscat glazed confit duck with spiced oranges,
braised red cabbage & Parisienne potatoes

Poppyseed ricotta cake with lemon curd

Marsanne Viognier and Sweet Ava