Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Eat. @ Miss Korea

845 Burke Rd, Camberwell 3124 ph (03) 9882 4999

I spotted Miss Korea one day when I was in Camberwell and was compelled to return as we are all still keen on the "Korean Food Wave".

I'm glad I made a booking on that Friday night as I saw quite a few groups get turned away.  We started off with a trio of organic fizzies ($4) and Charlie's honest squeezed juices ($5).

The Korean seafood spring onion pancake ($16) was choc full of greens and was very pretty.  A bit too much spring onion for me but the seafood was visible and delicious.

Mini Me loves Jap Chae ($15) so it's a must order for us.   This one was topped with lots of greens and a good helping of chicken (you can also choose beef or pork).  I would've loved more noodles with it but as a stand alone dish this would make a good dinner.

I loved their spicy pork bulgogi ($16) which came with a good serve of rice and the comforting sweet spiciness that I have come to love about bulbulgi.

The Stone bowl Bimbimbap ($16) is also pretty good, with a good dose of crispy rice on the bottom and plenty of beef.

And last but not least the Soy Garlic Korean Fried Chicken Tenderloins ($15).  These ones are crispy battered with a delicious soy garlic coating.  We loved this, with soft tender meat covered in the crispy batter and the more-ish sauce.  A must-order dish each time we visit!

Overall it was a great Friday night out.  The meal was delicious, the staff were accommodating for the children.  There were quite a few Korean diners there which is always a good sign.  We will definitely be back.

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Toilets - yes
Highchairs - yes

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Eat. @ Sakura Kaiten Sushi (Lonsdale Street)

282 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD ph (03) 9077 1167

My kids (and Hubby and I) loooooooove sushi train and are constantly disappointed that we don't have cheap, fast and delicious sushi available like our Northern friends in NSW and QLD.  One of the things that the kids really wanted to try last school holidays was the sushi train that had opened just outside of Melbourne Central, which we had walked past on multiple occasions.

This is an outpost of the Sakura Kaiten Sushi that is popular on Little Collins Street.  I was actually very grateful that this sushi train was configured that there are tables for 4 coming off the side of the train rather than just counter seats.  This makes eating with children so much easier!  The staff were friendly and very accommodating  to our kids.

The plates are colour coded like many sushi trains and are priced at :

  • Orange $2.8
  • Pink $3.8
  • Black $4.8
  • White $5.8
  • Red $6.8

There was a good mix of fresh seafood sushi as well as cooked items.  I enjoyed the variety of nigiri and rolls available.  I love aburi salmon nigiri and the ones here are very tasty.

We had a couple of fried items like chicken karaage and takoyaki balls for Bubs.  The potato croquettes in particular was a massive hit as he loves potato hashes.

We also bulked up the meal with some cold soba with chicken and also half serves of tempura udon which are available to order from the menu.

Mini Me loves chawanmushi at the moment and quite enjoyed this Japanese egg custard with lots of seafood goodness inside for her to discover.

I treated myself to a soft shell crab handroll in soy, which was super crunchy and delicious!

Being a fan of Japanese Anime I could not resist taking a photo of the wall of Dragon Memorabilia.  Before the various incarnations of eateries that have occupied this space I remember it as the only place in Melbourne you could buy buildable models of cars and every else under the sun from the likes of Tomiya, and this seems a fitting homage to that memory.  The sushi train was good fun and the food delicious.  The budget is easily forgotten with the food coming past and a horde of hungry kidlets so this is a great place for a treat!

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Eat. @ Sezar

6 Melbourne Place, Melbourne CBD 3000 ph (03) 9663 9882

Sezar is a restaurant in the CBD that serves up Armenian food.  I'd never had Armenian food before so I didn't know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised by how interesting and tasty the dishes were.

Starting off we had some very fresh Hervey Bay Scallops ($11) with cauliflower, cumin caramel and zaatar.

Next were the Spanner Crab Manti ($15), Armenian dumplings with sumac yoghurt and chilli oil.  

The lulu kebabs ($18) are spiced lamb kebabs served with sour cherry sauce and baby cos.  To my untrained palate the dish tastes Middle Eastern and very delicious.

The Glazed Pork ($29) with pomegranate and radish salad was again really interesting with the spices used in the glaze.  I loved that the unfamiliar flavours were so new yet tasty and comforting at the same time.  The pork was beautifully tender.

We also tried the BBQ wagyu tenderloin ($19) with garlic yoghurt and lavash.  Quite different from the lamb kebabs and the garlic yoghurt was perfectly matched to the spicy beef.

My favourite dish of the night was the twice cooked chicken wings ($17), with a pomegranate glaze and pistachio.  The glaze was amazing.

In fact I used the glaze on the Zucchini and Dill fritters ($9), which were already delicious but became amazing with the glaze!  

We were really full but couldn't leave without an Anoush (that's a sweet)!  So we shared their new style baklava ($14), made with crispy filo, walnut toffee ice-cream and salted caramel.  

We had a lovely date night out at Sezar, and was both impressed with the interesting flavours, the well executed dishes and the very reasonable price point.  The service was faultless and the staff was more than helpful to our many questions to help with ordering as we were not familiar with the cuisine.  Definitely something unexpected but we would highly recommend you give them a try!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Eat. @ Yokozuna

Chadstone Shopping Centre, 1341  Dandenong Rd, Chadstone 0425 115 581

We were sad to see Miam Miam go, but a new ramen place has popped up in its place.  Yokozuna says they are ramen experts, and we are keen to give any ramen place a go!   I love a good shopping trip to Chaddy and I love that there are now so many different cuisines and options for dining there.  We wandered in on a Saturday and were lucky to be served immediately as a party of five since a queue started up straight after we were seated.

We started with a couple of serves of karaage (Japanese fried chicken) ($6.9 for 4 pieces)  These were really, really more-ish when they're served hot, nice and crispy and perfect with the dipping mayo.

The Gyoza ($6.9 for 5 pieces ) were not as exciting.  The kids gobbled them down nonetheless so they did the job.

Hubby had the Ramen Red with pork ($11.9), which uses a pork and soy based soup with home made spicy mince pork on top.  Hubby says it's pleasant enough but not super spicy.

The Kids shared 2 bowls of noodles between the 3 of them, starting off with a Tonkotsu Ramen White ($11.9) with extra charsu ($4.9), which again was pleasant enough without being too salty or mild.

They also had the Torigara Ramen with teriyaki chicken ($11.9) which has a lighter, clearer soup.  I think they preferred the Tonkotsu but did not hesitate to finish this off either!

I actually wanted to have something different on the day and ordered a Salmon sashimi chirashi donburi with wasabi and ginger ($13.9), which I felt was a lighter option and was actually surprisingly filling.  

We were really happy to see that the Ice Matcha Latte with green tea softee ($6.8) from the Miam Miam days stayed on the menu as that was one of our favourite items to order from their menu. 

On another visit I tried out their Salmon Lovers Set ($15.9) which you can add a small udon for an extra $3.  The salmon was reasonably fresh and definitely better than Sushi Sushi next door but wasn't anything too special.

We're happy to see Yokozuna in Chadstone and hope it stays, as it gives shoppers a good choice to have relatively decent ramen fare in a shopping centre setting, albeit at a price higher than what I would usually pay at a shopping centre.  The staff cater well for children and they have high chairs and plastic serving ware for children as needed.   We've been back a few times when the queues have not been ridiculous and have enjoyed each of the meals. 

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Eat. @ Cumulus Inc

45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD ph (03) 9650 1445

Hubby and I rarely go out on the day of Valentine's Day, but this year we serendipitously got baby sitting last minute, and decided to try out one of the restaurants with a no reservations policy, as it was already too late to book anywhere decent that close to the date.  So Cummulus here we come!

We started with the Fried Cauliflower with spiced salt ($7).  So delicious and more-ish - I think if I served cauliflower this way at home my kids would eat a lot more vegetables, don't you think?

Next up some Pig's head croquettes, with tartare sauce ($12).   The croquettes are full of flavour and the sauce gave the dish a tangy punch.  

From the Charcuterie we ordered the confit duck rillette, with  pickled plum and house made soda bread ($16).  The presentation was simple but you can taste the amount of thought and work that's been put into each element.   A fancy ploughman's lunch.  I loved it!

Next was the grilled quail, with white peach, walnut and bitter leaves ($22).  A lovely comforting dish with perfectly cooked quail. 

Rangers Valley flank steak, leek and miso with braised lettuce ($36) was tender mouthfuls of full flavoured meat cooked to perfection.

We also had the Grilled Flounder on the specials menu.  While it didn't wow me it was delicious and nicely paired with beans and topped with crunchy croutons.

Lastly we ordered 2 lemon curd filled madeleines, which I had been greatly looking forward to as I love madeleines and this is quite a famed item here.  Unfortunately I was a little disappointed as 2 of them were a little under cooked and not crispy on the outside, whilst the other 2 were quite lovely with a slight crispy bite and a spongey soft inside flooded with a lemony curd.

All in all a lovely Valentine's Day dinner.  Looking forward to our next visit!

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