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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Foxtrot

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Went to service the car this beautiful morning, and in the mean time we got a loan car to wonder the neighbourhood. We stumbled upon this cafe called Foxtrot, which looked ravishing from the outside. It was  enchanting because the sun shone brightly this winter morning and I especially loved the fresh flowers hung up on the wall.


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Inside was a cozy little space and I got lucky to capture this part of the cafe right after some guys left their table. I adored the polka dot walls and how it is only dotted on one side of the wall.


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Housemade Cornbread, 14.50AUD

We got the Housemade Cornbread which bursted out so much Mexican flavours in one single plate. Typically you assume sourdoughs or brioches would pop up on breakfast plates for carbs, but this cornbread was an exciting change. The bread stacks ample amount of mashed avocados, tomato salsa and grilled bacon streets. Its not really a Mexican affair without sour cream and it was of course the perfect side sauce to balance the dish.

Foxtrot is a gem. It is not widely spoken about because of its location and we never expected that such a place would exist in this area. This cafe is perfect if you are in need to pull out a laptop for work, but only if you live close by. Its just a pity they don't open on the weekends!






Foxtrot
1/204 Gladstone Street, South Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria 3205
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9686 6331

Mon to Fri: 7am-4pm
Sat to Sun: Closed





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Friday, August 28, 2015

The Petty Officer

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The Petty Officer simply is one of my favourite types of cafes because it allows for bright natural lights to come in, has a non cluttered space, good ventilation of noise pollution. We were taken aback with the simplicity of the surroundings, just a mere eagle that stands out aside everything else. This cafe is not often visited or known about because of its location. Not many of us come to Albert park for no reason, but we appreciate the quietness on a weekend and would travel for that. We had a session of golf at the Albert Park driving range after this, hence why. Another plus point, this cafe has free wifi!


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Not A Benedict, 17.90AUD

Jan ordered the Benedict, but not really. It consist of smoked pulled ham hock on wilted spinach and potato rosti with hollandaise sauce, and a slow poached egg. The balance of the protein, carbs and veggies was on point, ain't no mountain of benedict higher than this.


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Rosti Royale, 17.90AUD

I ordered The Rosti Royale because it made me feel like royalty, and no I am kidding. Instead of the usual Eggs Royale on sourdough, English muffins or bagels, we received a block of rosti that goes so well with everything on top. The smoked ocean trout here was delicate, yet at the same time distinctive in that smoked flavour. I was such a fan.


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Wagyu Beef Burger, 17.50AUD

I think to create one of the world's tastiest burgers, it almost always require caramelised onions on top of a beef burger. It sure adds a lot of difference giving a certain sweetness and an addictive umami flavour. The rest was pretty detectable and customary in a good classic burger, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes sandwiched in between buns.


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Corn & Polenta Fritter, 17.50AUD + Middle Cut Bacon, 4.50AUD

A take on something a little Mexican we have here a mountain of Tuscan kale on a huge fritter. We absolutely adored the sauce, as it used a blend of both capsicum and yoghurt. The end result had a fresh acidity as well as a balanced creamy mix.


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Flat White, 3.80AUD

Another reason why The Petty officer gets additional points on my scorecard is because they use Axil Coffee Roaster's coffee beans, also known to be my favourite, and you would already know this if you have been following my coffee journey and reading my blog for awhile.


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Yas! And we were all stuffed and satisfied


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This place has become one of my favourite brunch places because they tick every criterias in my list. I managed to capture a good shot of the empty place before closing time, and it sure looked beautiful on a sunny day like this. The Petty Officer is definitely one to visit.





The Petty Officer
113 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park
Melbourne, Victoria 3206
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9686 3000

Mon to Fri: 7am-3.30pm
Sat to Sun: 8am-4pm





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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Adios Melbourne

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Saying goodbye to a city that is that beautiful, full of life and full of dynamic qualities wasn't easy. I have to announce goodbye to my Melbourne readers as I am leaving this city. I am moving to another, more populated, less developed nation which still has its charm, Jakarta it is. I have finally finished my degree of Commerce in Melbourne University and now its time to head back to where I was born.

I have so much to learn in this unfamiliar city and god knows whether I would fit in here but I am willing to try. I have not lived in Indonesia for the past 16 years of my life and I am practically a tourist in my own country. I am finding every reason to stay in Jakarta because its difficult to adapt and find myself here, let alone speak the language. I never understood the word 'home' after moving from places to places until I lived in Melbourne, a multicultural city that plays along with my hobbies and eccentric, slightly random personality. Now as I write a new chapter in my book of life I wish to make it as interesting as it permits. Jakarta, here we go.

(P.s, I'll still be blogging about food posts in Melbourne for quite some time because I have too many posts to upload and they have all been backlogged #bloggerwoes)





Monday, August 24, 2015

Cecconi's

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In celebration of our graduation day of no longer being a student and being officially unemployed, we went out to Cecconi's to commemorate our achievements. We can finally call ourselves graduates of Melbourne University with a bachelor's degree in hand. Cecconi's is a white table cloth restaurant serving classic Italian food and how fitting was it to celebrate in a restaurant that specializes in my favourite cuisine? (Just no pizza tonight but its fine!)


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We were served with complimentary bread to start with a side of olive oil to dip


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San Daniele, Prosciutto, Buffalo Mozzarella, 18AUD + Mushroom Arancini, 12AUD

We enjoyed both starters especially the prosciutto as it was cured to perfection and I loved the smoky flavour it contains. The Mozzarella wasn't as salty as expected, which was perfect for us. The Italian waitress told us that in some regions of Italy, it is a shame to waste a good prosciutto on a pizza and its better off eaten on its own, or with just cheese and a drizzle of olive oil. No you don't have to feel ashamed, I like it both ways. The Mushroom Arancini was delightful, erupting a strong umami blow in every bite and the sauce was excellent.


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Iceberg, Avocado, Parmesan Salad, Caesar Dressing, 14AUD

The salad was refreshing with generous coatings of the Caesar. It tasted so good but deep down I know the amount of calories it had in the sauce was definitely mountainous.


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Rotolo, Baby Pumpkin And Ricotta, Amaretti, Sage Butter Sauce, 28AUD

We had a Rotolo that had nice bits of crumb at several sections of the dish. The overall flavour was sweet coming from the pumpkin, and salty at the same time with savoury cheeses piled on.


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Today's Special - Porchetta

Jan had the special of the day, the Porchetta. The pork had jus concentrated in flavour, accompanied with creamy mashed potato, blended greens and pork crackling. We enjoyed the dish a lot and pairing the red meat with a classic Cabernet Sauvignon was what Jan thought to be, sinful flavour beyond belief.


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Pappardelle, Beef, Pork Ragu, Red Wine, Tomato, 34AUD

We did not mention the sizes for the pasta and were assumed the large. That's the thing about restaurants like these, always be careful on which size you want to order because if its not mentioned, they would always charge you the highest number on the price list. The Pappardelle was great, and the amount of meats given was plenty, but we had a little too much of it and we got a little cloyed up with all the savouries by the end of the night.


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It is undeniable that we were a little too greedy and ordered perhaps a little too much. Cecconi's is my type of go to place for a simple date night in the city as we love a good classic Italian.





Cecconi's
61 Flinders Lane, CBD
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 8663 0500

Mon to Fri: 12pm-12am
Sat: 5.30pm-12am
Sun: Closed





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Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Final Step

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The Final Step is one of South Yarra's best coffee joints. They do simple breakfast items, mainly bagels and birchers, but coffee is their main glory so we came in just for that. We could do the occasional pairings with simple cookie or muffins to have our coffee with, but this time we just got a take away cup to go. We enjoyed the current single origin coffee beans they were using. 


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The coffee was great, they did it simply and they did it well. Amazing job The Final Step, you do my suburb proud!






The Final Step
1C Murphy Street, South Yarra
Melbourne, Victoria 3141
Australia

Tel: +(61) 414 503 248

Mon to Fri: 7am-4pm
Sat: 8am-3pm
Sun:9am-3pm





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Friday, August 21, 2015

Little Rogue

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Hazelnut-Ella Banana Chocolate Crepe Cake + Matcha Latte

Have you heard about Mille & B's famous crepe cakes that have been circulating around the blogosphere and Instagram cosmography? I had tried it once before this time, the Pandan Crepe Cake which my friend ordered online for her Birthday event. It was fabulous! Layering the cake takes up huge efforts and we cannot deny the deliciousness of the combination of towered crepes with cream slathered on each stack. Mille & B offers a variety of flavours, and my loving favourites are the Pandan Coconut and Tiramisu. I have not tried the rest but here are what's tempting, "Matcha & Adzuki", "Sweet Salted Caramel", "Oreo Oreo", and "Vanilla Dream".

We came to Little Rogue after hearing around that they get their supply of cakes from Mille & B. Little Rogue is a small hole in the wall type of cafe serving great coffees and snack on cakes and biscuits. We had our cake today with Matcha Latte, which has strong Matcha flavour, not the type of just-green-looking but mostly milk kind of drink. This Matcha Latte was pretty legit and robust in flavour. Aside of that we have tried Little Rogue's coffees too and we love it! Ever since I moved to the city these two weeks, I have been back several times here to catch up with friends or just to simply take away a good cuppa.






Little Rogue
12 Drewery Lane, CBD
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

Mon to Fri: 7.30m-6.30pm
Sat to Sun: 9.30am-5.30pm




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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Old Town White Coffee

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Old Town White Coffee
finally opens a branch in Melbourne and I know I have to check this one out.
 The franchised outlet originated from Malaysia and the design of the place was made similar to its overseas branches.


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Old Town Nasi Lemak, 14.50AUD


The Old Town Nasi Lemak did justice as there were many sides to eat the rice with. The rice gave off a really nice fragrant smell because it was cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaves. We adored the tumeric fried chicken and it was deep fried on the bone. There were also grilled chicken satays and fish fritters that were both delicious. We enjoyed everything with huge good bowl of sambal because we asked for a ton of it. The sambal was spicy for my Singaporean friend but it wasn't for me.


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Roti Canai With Sardine, 8.90AUD


This was my first time eating Roti Canai with sardines in it. Inside was jam packed full of sardines and green chillies. I loved pairing it with the curry that was served along with it. Having the curry and sambal together tasted excellent and I basically wiped out my friend's sambal bowl that was supposedly used for the Nasi Lemak.


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Peanut Butter Toast, 3.50AUD


The Peanut Butter Toast had a nice crispy texture to it but there was not enough peanut butter and it made it dry. I don't love it.



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We terribly missed foods of this kind and it was a nice visit to Old Town White Coffee to eat what we grew up eating. A few of you have asked if I am from Malaysia or Singapore, and the answer to that is no. I am not :)







Old Town White Coffee
303 Elizabeth Street, CBD
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia




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