Saturday, May 23, 2015

Pondok Bamboe Kuning


For a quick, easy and inexpensive meal, Jan and I just love going to Pondok Bamboe Kuning for one simple reason, Bakmi! We have been here a couple of times and every single time we told ourselves to try other things on the menu but it has always been bakmi that we ordered. Sides that complements the bakmi that are a must to order are the fried wantons and beef balls! This place is one of those we always have to return to for an Indonesian food fix.


Pangsit Goreng, 4.50AUD

These fried wantons were super crispy yet fluffy at the same time. They provide sweet chili to dip it with and it was just terrific. The centre had just enough minced meat, letting the wanton skins stand out in glory. It comes in five pretty huge pieces in one plate.


Bakso Sapi Kuah, 5AUD

The next side we shared are beef balls soup. These minced beef balls were extremely soft and chewy. My favourite Indonesian meatballs have always been these types of beef balls. The best ones I have tried was in Jakarta served from a mobile food cart. I would say that these ones at Pondok Bamboe Kuning is definitely a worthy competitor.


Mie Kombinasi, 8.50AUD

There are several types of noodle toppings to pick from the menu. The main ones are chicken and pork. We opted for the 'Noodle Combination' which consist of both toppings with extra mushrooms. If you don't understand the menu, here's some help, 'Mie Ayam' refers to Chicken Noodles, and 'Mi Babi' would be the Pork Noodles. After all this noodle talk I can't wait to eat Bakmi Gajah Mada (Bakmi GM) as I will definitely be flying in to Jakarta at the third quarter of the year. Wait for me Bakmi GM, I miss you.

Pondok Bamboe Kuning
354 Clayton Road, Clayton
Melbourne, Victoria 3168

Tel: +(61) 03 9544 2466

Mon to Tue: 11.30am-2.30pm
Wed: Closed
Thu to Fri: 11.30am-2.30pm

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Collective Espresso


Pumpkin & Quinoa Burger, 16AUD

It was my first time at Camberwell region believe it or not. We chose Collective Espresso to visit as it seemed like a good place to go to and it was close by from where we were. I hate giving bad reviews but we did not enjoy our meals here at all. We got our seats right away on a communal table as it was past lunchtime and the lunch crowd was already gone. There aren't any washrooms in the cafe, but they would pass you a key and you have to travel out to the neighbouring shop to visit the loo. Okay, a little confusing but we did not mind the hassle. We were excited when our food came because we were all starving. You would think that everything tastes good when you are hungry right? Well you are wrong. I ordered a pumpkin patty sandwiched on two multigrain breads. The pumpkin was mashed and covered with seeds. It was served with tomato chili jam, cheese and balsamic reduction. I thought the pumpkin would be better off served on its own or with other sides. The whole ensemblage was just unsuited as a 'burger'. The dish was also too drying to the mouth and it was sadly quite disappointing.


Avocado & Feta Mash, 15.90AUD

The mashed avocado had an interesting take from the usual avocado and feta, as fine herbs were included in the mix. It also had a citrusy lemon tang which made it quite refreshing. However, my friends and I thought that a classic smashed avo should stick as a classic smashed avo. Not too bad but not a fan.


Collective 'Sigh Of Relief', 22AUD

Collective Espresso calls its big breakfast the Collective 'Sigh Of Relief'. Umm, I would sigh but won't feel relieved. The fried rosti, kaiser bacon and mushrooms weren't too bad, but the overall dish was too dry. I mean, some type of sauce would help right?! We formally requested (twice) for hollandaise or tomato sauce and they did not have that. I mean, aren't those two sauces a cafe's staples? Instead, we were given some hot sauce which we all wouldn't consider the brunch material type, a type that was similar to sriracha hot sauce, totally unsuited for the big breakfast.


Steak Sarnie W/ Porterhouse, 19AUD

The Steak Sarnie was the most decent dish out of what we ordered. But can you imagine paying 19 bucks and only getting half a burger and few strands of wedges? The burger was served with a Turkish bread and not brioche. The steak was great and succulent, paired with caramelised onions, relish, Swiss cheese and rockets.


Blueberry, Apple & Mint Slushy, 7AUD

It was a warm day outside and this drink was very much demanded. The slushy was antioxidant packed and was rejuvenating to the mind. 


Latte, 3.90AUD

I did not try the coffee but it looks promising and no doubt it was done beautifully.


Collective Espresso is a tiny café and its food did not impress at all. But this is just the opinions talking in my non-clear head, you on the other hand might think otherwise.

Collective Espresso
3 Cookson Street, Camberwell
Melbourne, Victoria 3124

Tel: +(61) 03 9882 8995

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

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fomo Thai


Sawadika my friends! Here presenting to you my favourite Thai restaurant in the Melbourne CBD. Fomo Thai is often compared to Jinda Thai Restaurant and the real question is, which is better? My answer would be that they are both amazing, and by that I mean they are great in different ways. Fomo Thai has better beef and pork dishes, Jinda Thai Restaurant owns in seafood dishes like fishes and soft shell crabs. Jinda Thai is also exceptional with noodles and rice dishes. Its difficult to pick and point, but I love both and for different reasons.


Thai Iced Milk Tea, 3.50AUD

This milk tea is absolutely sweet. In this case, being overly sweet is somehow its charming and captivating factor, so thumbs up.


Som Tum Tod, 16AUD

This shaved green papaya salad was apparently deep fried. The outcome was still fresh because Thai tangy dressing was added onto it. The overall dish was pretty spicy, crisp and refreshing to the senses. It is also definitely a great starter dish to get your taste buds rolling.


Khao Pad Subparod, (S:12AUD/L:16AUD)

Different meats can be chosen to pair your pineapple fried rice with. We had the chicken instead of pork, beef or a vegan version. We had the small bowl, and 
regrettably, yes.. it was pretty small.


Crying Tiger, 15AUD

The Crying Tiger was char grilled beef tenderloin cut into pieces. I thought I would be icky about its texture as its done in medium rare, and I would usually order medium. Turns out it tasted perfect especially with the tangy dipping sauce. We could all truly taste the smoked flavour and it was just flipping amazing.


Tom Yum Goong Ma Praw Aon, (S:16AUD/L:25AUD)

The Tom Yum Goong on top is one of the best I ever had. The tom yum broth was extremely rich. It was more on the milky and 
murkier side similar to the density of a laksa broth. It was sour but balanced with a certain sweetness, and definitely not spicy, just very slightly. There were fish slices, several king prawns, mussels, and a few types of mushrooms in the pot.

Fomo Thai is the perfect go to for authentic Thai comfort food in the city. Really, its pretty hard to beat.

Fomo Thai
171 Bourke Street, CBD
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Tel: +(61) 03 9650 7987

Mon to Thu: 10.30am-10.30pm
Fri to Sat: 10.30am-1am
Sun: 11am-10pm

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Sunday, May 17, 2015



Biermischgetränk (Mango Weizen 300ml), 9AUD

Hofbrauhaus is a traditional German beer house. This brewery was first opened in 1589 by the Duke of Bavaria, in Munich. Today, Hofbrauhaus has been replicated in many countries serving good old traditional Bavarian food, and beers of course. The waitress recommended the Mango Weizen as it was her favourite. This flavoured wheat beer was supposedly refreshing and it definitely makes one happier than happy.


Arcobräu Urfass 500ml, 8.50AUD

This lager is almost alcohol-free with only 0.02% of Urfass per standard drink. and it has hints of light caramel. We thought it was bitter and none of us actually liked it.


The ambience is not as folksy as the original Hofbrauhaus, but its definitely more homey. Music is loud but not rowdy. I absolutely love the whole dramaturgy of being greeted by men in lederhosen and women in dirndl. These German costumes took us virtually back to medieval times of what it was like centuries ago, indeed the age of discovery.


Brezel, 4.50AUD

I wanted a pretzel, because how could I not since I'm here. It was served in a traditional basket with butter on the side. It was incredibly tasty with warm and chewy interior, while its crust was perfectly crispy.


Bratkartoffeln, 7.50AUD

Well yes they put a little too much oil and hence these pan fried potatoes were very much soaked in it. With that much oil and none of us complained, the aroma and taste forgave its sinful and high caloric self. Fatty, oily carbs, come at me.


HB Wurstplatte, 28.50AUD

We wanted to try a selection of wursts, and this sample sausage platter comes with Bratwurst, Käsekrainer and Nürnberger. The Käsekrainer has been my favourite type of sausages all along because it usually contains 10%-20% cheese. Once the cheese cubes within were grilled or baked, melting cheese would squirt in your mouth that's to die for. Be serious guys, don't think dirty! I can't say that this is the best sausage of all time because there are so many wurst that I have yet to try. The Nürnberger sausage originated from Nuremberg (Duh!) and its made from ground lean pork seasoned with various spices and herbs. Its texture was more sturdy than the other two and far more compressed. The HB Wurstplatte was served with mashed potatoes, sauerkraut and pickles.


HB Platte, 91AUD

Saving the best for the last, we ordered a massive plate to share! It was listed that this plate serves just two people but really, there were five of us killing it. See what's up there? a good size of giant pork knuckle, pork belly, schnitzels, sauerkraut, beetroots, mashed potatoes, potato dumplings, pickles, salads, apple strudel and bier jus. We have mixed feelings with the apple strudels and it tasted odd, but everything else was on point but I have to say that the pork knuckle and pork belly were absolutely magnifique.


We were true barbarics tonight and we all absolutely enjoyed our meal at Hofbrauhaus. For some reason I felt like a viking, just missing a helmet, braids, and my pet dragon. I wish to relive this special moment and I can't wait to visit Munich one day to visit the real Hofbrauhaus.

24 Market Lane, CBD
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Tel: +(61) 03 9663 3361

Mon to Sun: 12pm-12am

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Addict Food & Coffee


Potato Hash & Mushroom Duxelle W Roasted Field Mushroom, A Poached Egg & Caramelised Onion, 18AUD

Brunching time with a couple of friends at Addict Food & Coffee. The premises instills a homey and casual feel. The cafe has private, communal and outdoor seats for whichever you may. The first item on order was quite the tiny bit, suited especially for ladies who want indulge but not wish to overeat. 
The dish had a nice balance of soft and crispy. Duxelles are finely chopped mushrooms sauteed with butter and herbs. The creamy moisture of the duxelle was marvelous and this dish is certainly one of Addict Food & Coffee's signature dishes.


Brioche Breakfast Bun W Bacon , Fried Egg, Field Mushroom, Smoked Scamorza And Brown Sauce, 16AUD + Avocado, 4.50AUD

I opted for the burger with brioche. The bacon was of a generous portion and the melted scamorza that made contact with the mushrooms mixed well together and it was indeed very tasteful.


Corn Fritters W Kasundi, Haloumi, Poached Eggs & A Coriander & Mizuna Salad, 18AUD

Corn Fritters taste bland on its own but it can be a great dish if you mix it up with dips, salads or other sides. The yolks of poached eggs always add great flavour to the fritters. The haloumi also punched the pack, it salts the fritters and in turn enhanced the whole fritter experience.


Ssamjang Glazed Roast Pork Belly W Nashi, Herb Salad And Kimchi Emulsion, 20AUD

Not a fan of the mixed herb salad but the roast pork belly was succulent and the ssamjang glaze really brought out its true flavour. It had a smoky aroma and slight barbecue taste which was really lovely.


Southern Pulled Pork Burger W Slaw & Chipotle Mayo Served W Parmesan French Fries, 18AUD

The Pulled Pork Burger was rather nice at its first few bites, but overtime we started to feel the dryness that left the mouth thirsty for quite a while. The thin parmesan French fries on the side was delectable with every bite and dangerously addictive.


Mork Hot Chocolate, 4AUD

Quality Mork Hot Chocolate was used and it had intense flavour, bittersweet I would say.


Flat White, 4AUD

Latte art was on point for this Flat White. Seriously if we all could, lets all wake up to coffee all day everyday.


Addict Food & Coffee
240-242 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
Melbourne, Victoria 3065

Tel: +(61) 03 9415 6420

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

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Just Another Dreamer


As the saying goes, autumn is the season where every leaf is a flower. How true is this statement as I glimpsed first hand the many foliages of reds and marigolds spread among trees and grounds. Jan and I drove up to Daylesford on hump day for a quick escape, to sit and watch as the trees turned. I think fall is the most beautiful season of the year and Victoria is exceptionally dazzling judging by the vast array of natural terrain we still try to preserve. I wore my high waisted Joni jeans from Topshop and kept it simple with a matching flannel tied over the waist. This outfit is extremely comfortable to explore around with and I think I might just pass off as a botanist. I mean, I kinda wore the part right?

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Royale Brothers


Chips, 3.50AUD + Famous Royale Spicy Tomato Sauce, 1AUD + Bacon Royale, 14AUD

The Royale Brothers was in my opinion the next best Melbourne burger joint after Andrew's Hamburgers and JD's Burgers. We came over here after a day out at Brighton beach and we could not get any hungrier. Jan and I got the same Bacon Royale Burger and shared a side of chips. They said the tomato sauce was an iconic staple to eat it with your fries. My best explanation of it would be mixing tomato sauce with salsa together, tasted like tomato sauce, but fresher and the consistency was not as thick as a normal tomato sauce.


I fell in love with the milk bun burger the minute my burger was unwrapped. The bread was sweet and soft, and the beef did melt in my mouth. On the menu it mentioned that the burger patties were hand pressed on a daily basis. It is a 100% wagyu grass fed and were imported all the way from Robbins Island in Tasmania. The Bacon Royale had double cheese and a special royale sauce, which kept the burger moist and ultra delicious.


It just won't get any better than this. So guys, excuse me while I finish this.


The Royale Brothers
Rear 1 Church Street, Brighton
Melbourne, Victoria 3186

Tel: +(61) 03 9005 4242

Mon to Sun: 11am-9pm

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