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
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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Don’t Tell Mama // Doncaster

Recently I came by Don’t Tell Mama again and thought I’d do a blog post! The main thing I like about Don’t Tell Mama is that it’s one the larger sized Korean restaurants in the suburbs. I’d usually book just in case but because it can cater a lot of people it’s not usually fully booked. I’ve tried a number of things from the menu and I’d recommend sticking to their ‘Stir-Fried Meal’ section because they’re pretty tasty and it comes with a bowl of rice. I’ve tried items from the menu from each section (except lunch) and I’ve just found the other things to be more disappointing.dtm-tt-1
Lovers -Sharing Dolsot Bibimbab For 2 // $26
You can choose your choice of meat from pork, prawn, beef, chicken, tofu etc. We chose the prawn and I was pretty disappointed by the bibimbab. It’s quite average and the taste is extremely plain. There’s not much flavour unless you DIY and eat it with other dishes. It’s okay as a ‘side’ but if you did order this as your own main I think you’d feel quite disappointed by the lack of flavour and seasoning. The plus side is that if you are someone who cares a lot about health then I’d recommend getting this dish. Most of the menu items at Don’t Tell Mama are pretty oily except for this one.dtm-tt-2
Beef Bulgogi // $16dtm-tt-3
Mild Pork Bulgogi // $16
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G2 Korean BBQ // Melbourne

IMG_5860Today my bf & I went to G2 Korean BBQ. We had a bit of a fail experience finding the place so when we finally found it we were relieved to see it was quite post modern – very clean and overall looked quite nice in presentation. I like the chalk decor on the walls and their wine rack adds sophistication.

The service was OK. They weren’t particularly friendly, just quite passive and quiet towards us.

g2 (4)  I really enjoyed my Beef Bulgogi Bibimbab – there was a lot of rice which made it quite filling. They had garlic and chilli sauce on the side which you self add to the dish. The rice they used was black rice as well. I also had this spicy Korean stew with lots of wombok in it (I love wombok!) Most of the Korean soups I’ve tried have been extremely spicy which I think is normal, but this one was only a little spicy so if you’re after something traditional this may not be the place to go. g2 (1)

Overall based on my bibimbab experience, I’d like to go back and try some of the other items on their lunch menu such as their soba noodles and their sizzling hot plates. The price is quite good ranging from about $11-$15.

Despite pretty average customer service, I had some great quality time and we both enjoyed the food together ^^ They were also playing the soundtrack from the recent drama ‘The Heirs’ which has been stuck in my head!!
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