Monday, March 31, 2008
Date visited: 16/2/2008 (day 8) for lunch
We arrived tired and hungry at about 12.50pm.
There are cafe and restaurant. We wanted to sit down have a nice meal. Who knows.....
Took the waiter 25 minutes to set an EMPTY table. WHATDAEFF??? Dowan our business issit??
The waiter and waitress stood behind the counter all the time, busy at nothing and sometimes stared into space. Bloody difficult to attempt eye contact.
I had seafood linguini.
Big King had duck risotto.
The food came extra salty till it left a bitter after taste. The duck so dry we could have sworn we were eating duck jerky.
Also had sourdough with olive oil and balsamic dip. The bread came cold and stale?? WHADADAEFF!??
Opera and Nutella Cheesecake
Cheesecake average, Opera is dry and felt it had been in the fridge for 3 days.
Italian cheesecake (ripoff at A$8.XX)
I once read, Italian cheesecake is the KING of all cheesecakes. Eating one is like a revelation. Jokingkah?? Blah. This version is hard and stodgy. *head hit wall* by now.
Total damage A$70 including tips. BIG damage and should have saved the tips.......ORZ.......
Super overrated place.
I simply no mood to snap the very flashy entrance by the time we left.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Date visited: 15/2/2008 (Day 7) for dessert
Situated on ground floor of Melbourne Central near the Swanston St exit/entrance.
The wall is adorned with plastic models.
Big King had one with ice-cream, I had one with nutella, banana, strawberry drowned in custard, YUM!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Cocoro Japanese Pottery & Lounge
Queen Victoria Market
Date visited: 15/2/2008 (day 7) after lunch at Piadina Slowfood
Nestled unassumingly among a row of brick shops.
Marriage of cafe plus potteries showroom
Green tea parfait A$9.XX
Green tea ice-cream, vanilla ice-cream, green tea pound cake and honeyed adzuki beans topped with cream and garnished with black sesame.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Rear 57 Lonsdale St
Date visited: 15/2/2008 (day7) for lunch
Still full (gali, more like) from previous night's dinner. I sat in the sun in a little garden on Spring St waiting for tummy to grumble. Princess chased birds and plucked flowers. Finally, it got too hot so we made our way slowly towards then along Lonsdale St.
Madame Brussells Lane, 50 Lonsdale St
Cross the road and continue along Lonsdale St and we arrived at number 57. Climb a flight of stairs and Piadina Slowfood with Chinese/Japanese lantern greeted us at its entrance. Super strange, lantern in an Italian cafe which served its food in a Chinese claypot. Fusion all the way....er to Mars, very strange indeed.
Inside, the cafe is tiny. Daily changing menu hung from the ceiling and on chalk board.
I wasn't hungry, so I opt for piadina (Italian flat bread) with ham (I am sure it has some nice name) and rocket. It came with lots of garlic (FRESHLY minced). I like but sure ain't come cheap, total A$13.00.
Princess drank half the latte, orz ><
Thursday, March 20, 2008
25 Tattersalls Lane
(off Lt Bourke St nearer to Swanston St)
Date visited: 14/2/2008 (day 6) for dinner
A restaurant hidden in an dingy alleyway but enjoy wide coverage by Melbourne bloggers and media.
High oil, high sodium and 'strong smell' food is simply not our cup of tea.
Since on subject of alleyway dining, Hardware Lane (between Queen St and Elizabeth St) is a very happening dining street with live band performing in the evening.
We've never dine there, no mood sitting elbow to elbow with other tourists.
Hardware lane at daytime, comes alive in the evening.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Lonsdale St (somewhere between Russell St and Exhibition St)
Date visited: 14/2/2008 (day 6) for lunch after visiting Queen Vic Market
Pork chop rice
Ordered by Big 'Pork Chop' King, surprise, surprise *snigger*
Char siew & soy sauce chicken lo meen
Soy sauce chicken is good, me like. Princess liked the noodles.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sam Edelman Carlyn ballet flats (A$95 on sale)
The after effect of jalan-jalan(wandering) around Flinders Lane after tea at Nila.
Black patent leather upper
Buckle detail at toe
Leopard print lining
Where to buy:
ZOMP shoes at Flinders Lane, just round the corner from Degraves St.
13 Degraves St
Date visited: 13/2/2008 (day 5) for afternoon tea
The place is dark and dingy. Photo taken at 1500.
Much awaited/anticipated roti telur A$3.50. Melburnians think this is dirt cheap, if only they know how much we pay at home.......
Mee goreng mamak A$6.50. Ok lah, canlah.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Saw this love shapes diamond bracelet. Went in to try on and asked the price. It was AUD6,500!!! At 30% off, it was still daylight robbery price!! I said thank you and will think about it (NOT). You should have seen the lady's face, though less 'black' and 'smelly' like Empress Dowager's.
Walked to the basement and saw Krispy Kreme! Woo woo, die die must eat! Bought the coffee deal for AUD5.95 and you get a doughnut and a coffee (duh). The coffee was surprisingly good. Princess drank half the cup, orz, I know I shouldn't let her.....bad mama.
I like Melbourne Central, because there is less crowds here so I can shop leisurely. There are art-deco seats scattered all over the building to rest your tired feet.
You can find Famous Amos(!), allegedly world's smallest tie shop, Cash Box Karaoke (from Taiwan), bowling centre, cinema, creperie (another post!), gelato bar and the usual clothing stores.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
105 Lt Bourke St
(between Exhibition and Russell St, opp Chinese Museum)
Date visited: 13/2/2008 (day 5) for lunch
Prawn, Chicken and five veg pot rice
Spatula and a small bowl provided
Cnr Elizabeth St and Bourke St Mall
GPO gets a special mention because it houses some of my favourite labels; Camper shoes, Karen Millen (from England) and Gorman. You can find Fat (fashion store) here which carry labels like Tsubi, Birds of a feather, Rittenhouse, Lomo (wow!) and etc.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Max Brenner's Chocolate Bar has quite a few locations around Melbourne. We visited the QV branch.
Business is always this good, day and night.
Chocolate fondue for 2 A$16.50
Shop corner selling ready-made chocolates and chocolate related *shudder* 'goodies'.
The devil eats chocolate.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
This is our second visit, because we are crossing the street for dessert later. Yay, oh, so full of anticipation.
Pork chop with dunno what sauce
The sauce ruined the nice pork chop!
Rice noodle with eggy sauce (seafood)
The sauce is 'unnaturally' sweet -_-'''
Can't even remember the price.
Monday, March 10, 2008
306 Little Collins Street
(and several other locations in Melbourne and Sydney)
Open seven days a week
Date visited: 12/2/2008 (day 4) after luch at Kimurakan Cafe
Main entrance on Lt Collins St (between Swanston St and Elizabeth St), a stone's throw away from the back entrance of David Jones Men department.
The ingredients used is I must say, very good quality and they don't skimp on the filling which is how I like it. But sadly, the shell is sticky and too wet. Aiya, no match to my beloved Chouquette's.
There is also another French style patisserie, Le Petite Gateau on 458 Lt Collins St (between Queen St and William St). I visited on Saturday morning, unfortunately, I was met with a 'CLOSED' sign on the door. I tried to find out more info from the internet but all I could find were several Japanese blog entries on the place. How they found fame among Japanese but not local Melbournians is way beyond my comprehension.