NGV Triennial

Not too long ago I went to visit the NGV Triennial and it was great! There were plenty of exhibits to see and engaging works too. I couldn’t believe it was free to see and I loved that it was. The exhibition runs until 15 April so there’s still plenty of time to check it out.

Here are some photos I took to remember the day:

It was a really fun day and I loved being involved in Yayoi Kusama’s flower room.

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Humble Rays // Carlton

The menu at Humble Rays is filled with a huge variety of flavour packed dishes. It was so difficult to decide what to order and if I’m back in the area I’ll definitely come back to try more. We were greeted with a friendly smile and nice service throughout our meal. We also did not have to wait long for our orders despite us arriving around 10AM on a Saturday (prime time).

Three lattes // approx $4 each. Soy +.50, Skinny & Regular
I was very content with the size of their standard coffee (probably equates to a medium sized coffee) but the presentation of my soy latte was really disappointing… I don’t even have to point it out – you can see for yourself in the picture above. Not sure what happened there (even the waitress looked sheepish when she gave it to me) but the taste did make up for it. It was a deeeelicious tasting soy latte!


Egg Benny // $18.50 Ginger Braised Pork Belly, Miso & Potato Korokke, Almond & Cashews Dukkah, Yuzu Hollondaise, Chilli Bacon Jam, Parsley Crumbs.
My friend ordered this dish after reading the raving reviews online. I was seriously tempted too but thought I’d try something else on the menu. Her verdict? It did have tasty flavours but one of the larger slices of pork belly was tough and overcooked.  If it had been soft like her other pieces, it would have made a great meal. 
Crab Meat Scramble // $18.50 Crab Meat Scramble Eggs, Asian Herbs, Fried Shallot, Sriracha Mayo, Red Chilli, Chilli Oil
This was amazing. I loved this dish – the flavours were terrific. I was worried it would be plain but it only took one tiny bite to change my mind. I’m not sure how they achieve it but these eggs tasted like they were brewed in some type of stock or Continue reading

Son In Law // Collingwood

SIL-TT (1)Last month my friends and I headed over to Son In Law with great excitement – particularly after we saw this restaurant appear on suggested food eats, blogs and watched this cute video on their fairy floss milk tea. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to our expectations.SIL-TT (2)Upon first glance, everything looked quite good. It’s a small restaurant so if you’re going in a group of more than four I would definitely book. It was not too busy when we arrived but it did pick up by the time we left. We were not greeted with friendliness and while I believe the staff were not trying to be rude, their curtness and ‘efficiency’ to get us a table came across as unfriendly. I had booked a table so it should have been organised already and it should not have been a surprise that we were there. In fact, it was kind of annoying because they called me twice to confirm I was still coming. I thought once was enough…SIL-TT (6)
Matcha Cocktail // Approx. $10
Overall their drink menu was very extensive and they also have happy hour which is a big plus! Their rainbow milk tea is SO overpriced but we thought since it seemed to be their specialty we had to give it a go. The rainbow fairy floss milk tea is an unbelievable $12. However, after we started ordering, we were told the machine had broke and we would not be able to order it. Since we had still fitted the time frame for happy hour, we got some other drinks. The matcha cocktail looked so pretty, but it tasted unpleasant. I love matcha but it had a slight medicine taste which was off putting. The regular Thai milk tea was super sweet but I think that’s what Thai milk tea is anyway.SIL-TT (5)Deep Fried Chicken Ribs (6 pieces) // $14
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The Cellar Door // Eastland

TCD-TT(1).JPGThe Cellar Door is a modern Australian restaurant with a beautiful rustic atmosphere.TCD-TT (2)On this night there was a live musician preforming – unfortunately he was on the other side but he sounded lovely.TCD MENUWe came by for dinner and was impressed by the descriptions of the mains. They use such descriptive and promising words which definitely raised our expectations and anticipation for ‘amazing’ and ‘impossibly fresh’ food. TCD-TT (7)Polenta Chips with Truffle Aioli // $9
The polenta ‘chips’ was something nice to nibble on and share with everyone. It was quite salty so the truffle aioli helped cut through it a bit. While they were good the saltiness was the let down.TCD-TT
Braised Lamb with Nutmeg and Pine Nut Pastry with Asian Greens, Parsnip Puree, Sumac and Onion Pickle // $36
Loved the presentation but it was a failure. The pulled lamb flavour wasn’t right because it was overpowered by saltiness. I really enjoyed the parsnip puree but it couldn’t compete with the saltiness of the lamb. The parsnip puree was long gone before the lamb. Continue reading

Pintoh // Bourke Street

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Pintoh had a fairly modern and clean design for a casual dining restaurant. It’s one of those restaurants I’d pop by with a friend for a catch up (when you don’t want to go to a dingy Asian restaurant but also don’t want to spend a crazy amount either). The menu is extensive, sells well and is designed nicely. It does not give dull vibes; it’s stylish but unfortunately, it sells better in paper than in person. Pintoh - TT (2)Seared Scallop Tataki // $4.00 p.p. with spicy lime and chilli dressing
This was a massive let down. It’s overpriced and the quality was poor. It was disappointing that the natural sweetness of a fresh scallop was not there. For the size, $4.00 for one scallop was a big rip off. Pintoh - TT (4)
Small Pork Ribs // $14.00 with apple, pink radish, walnut and herb salad
This is a small sharing plate and it was tasty. Again, overpriced… On to taste though – the ribs were indeed marinated with soy and it was very tender. I also really enjoyed the salad. It was a good pair and with the citrus dressing, which helped make this dish more refreshing and light.

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Henry and the Fox // Little Collins St

Henry and the Fox was packed on a Friday night (mostly filled with those having after work drinks) so the atmosphere was booming! I came by for dinner so if you’re considering a meal I’d recommend a booking. HF-TT (1)Arancini Ball // approx. $9
Everything an arancini ball should be. It had a great golden crunch and presentation was on point. Overpriced for what it is IMO but worth a try if you feel like splurging. It’d be nice if you could get two for $9… #ifonly
HF-TT (2)Arancini Ball // approx. $9
See how good it looks right?
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Cassarecci Pasta with Seafood // approx. $30
A really disappointing dish. The description was impressive, and the flavour was there but it was very stingy. Even from the picture it looks pretty small for a $30 dish. There was barely any seafood (one prawn and a few mussels) so it felt unsatisfying.HF-TT (5)Scotch Fillet with Frisee and Potatoes // approx. $40
This is what I ordered. Prior reviews recommended steak so I thought I might as well go for it. I requested medium rare and it was spot on. The steak was deeeeliiicious! Continue reading

Izakaya Den // Russell Street

Often, special occasions are heightened by the anticipation of a delicious meal. This time I was really looking forward to trying out the set menu at Izakaya Den. It’s been a while since I’ve had really nice Japanese food and Izakaya Den has made an excellent name for itself. We chose the $55 Kuikku set menu (however we ended up adding extra a la carte options spontaneously, so it probably worked out to be similar to the $65-$75 mark with drinks). There were eleven ‘dishes’ inclusive of the set menu but they came out in groups. E.g. three dishes would come out at the same time, then there would be a slight break and then the next four dishes came out etc. We added on the scallop, prawn and dessert dishes separately.Can I just say how crazy their drink menu is? It’s not featured on the Zomato page, but trust me it is extensive. They have creative scroll menus (which if I’m to be critical, can be a bit annoying to look through) which is packed with Japanese alcoholic beverages. If you’re after something sweet and less ambitious I’d highly recommend the Kirin Fuji Apple Cider (absolutely delicious and refreshing.) Admittedly it is very sweet but tastes just like Fuji apple.
1. Sweet Corn ‘kaki-age’ with matcha salt
This was a good start to the meal. Simple but tasty – you can’t go wrong with corn right? The matcha salt (loving the colour) was a unique addition but I found the corn to have enough flavour on its own anyway.
2. Spicy Tuna Tataki
It might be difficult to tell but basically there was six of us and each person is allocated a fair share. E.g. with the tuna tataki there were 2 platters of 6 pieces, meaning 2 pieces of tuna each. There were 2 sauces; one sauce has a strong horseradish type of flavour (quite overpowering – a similar kick to wasabi but I really liked it), and the other a more subtle seafood mayo type of flavour. The tuna tataki is raved about on Zomato and it was decent. 3. Grilled Sweet Potato & Shittake Mushroom
Honestly there’s not a whole lot to say about this one. It’s simple and tasty but also not something I’d order at a premium restaurant (just because it’s not value for money). Normally $9 for the pair.4. Fantastic Prawns with Yuzu Mayonnaise (ordered separately, 3 for $12)
I believe seafood is definitely a strength of Izakaya Den. The ‘fantastic’ prawns did live up to its name being juicy and flavoursome. The yuzu wasn’t obvious to me but I’d recommend trying the prawns. They’re not stingy sized either. 5. Hervey Bay Scallops with Lemon Soy and Panko (ordered separately, 3 for $12)
This was also a highlight. The scallops were cooked perfectly. I would have preferred it without the panko (the scallops were cooked so nicely that I just wanted to enjoy the purity of it). I felt the panko took the scallop flavour away so I scraped most of mine off. Continue reading

Jonker Street Malaysian Restaurant

Happy New Year!! Today I thought I’d share with you my recent experience at Jonker Street in Doncaster East. I heard a lot of different things about this place and while I was keen to try my own noodle dish (e.g. Laksa) we ended up getting sharing plates with an unlimited rice bucket instead. We did make a booking just incase and  good thing we did because for a weekday it seemed quite busy. We were greeted with a friendly waiter and he looked after us for most of our stay.js-tt-3
Sweet and Sour Prawn // 22.80
The prawns were fresh and succulent! They had the typical sweet and sour sauce (you shouldn’t go wrong with this option) but it would have been nicer if the onions had been fried for a little longer (they still had a pretty raw taste – you can still see how white they are). Usually if I ever order a sweet and sour option we go for the pork, but this time prawn did prove to be a good choice. I liked mixing it up.
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Choy Heong Bean Curd (Tofu) // 16.80
Oh my goodness – words cannot actually do this dish justice. It was amazing. The bean curd was extremely soft (the softest tofu I’ve had in my life). The flavour was smashing and this was definitely my favourite dish by far. The bean curd melted in your mouth and I really didn’t want to share this with anyone else!
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Fishhead Curry Soup
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Cafe Carpenter // Malvern East

 cc-tt-5After I saw the menu online, visiting Cafe Carpenter bumped to the top of my ‘to try’ list.  I was sucked in because there were so many delicious options and the photos of the food looked great! When we arrived I found that the cafe was a lot smaller than I had expected but it’s very cute  with stylish decorations. I wouldn’t come here with a big crowd but a small group of 2-4 would be perfect. We were pretty lucky it wasn’t busy when we arrived because I can imagine the wait for a seat would have taken awhile.cc-tt-2
Sweet Potato Noodles (Beef & Veg) // 16
The noodles had a very homely feel. It was clear that they used fresh ingredients but it was simple. I liked that the noodles weren’t soaked in oil (compared to the usual chap chae I’ve tried).
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