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 you also don’t want to spend a crazy amount either). The menu is extensive, sells well and is designed nicely. It does not give dingy vibes as it’s stylish but unfortunately it also 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 not great. 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 – it was indeed marinated with soy and it was very tender. I really enjoyed the salad. It was a good pair and with the citrus dressing, it helped make this dish more refreshing and light.  Continue reading

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3 Monkeys Place // Doncaster East

I had heard so much about 3 Monkeys Place before seeing it for myself so I was pretty excited to have brunch here. I didn’t know what to expect so I was pleasantly surprised to find myself at a pretty cute and relaxed cafe. I really liked the simple decor and the bright flowers on each of the tables.3mktt
It started raining after we arrived so it really was perfect timing. I had a hard time deciding what to order but in the end we agreed that there can always be future visits and I can always order something else next time. 3mp TT (3)
 ‘Charlie’s Burger’ with Chips and Siracha Mayo // 17
Charlie’s burger is made out of a spicy beef and pork patty along with the usual toppings of lettuce and tomato. I tried some of the siracha mayo and it was delicious – was a great tangy combination. Apparently the burger itself was quite filling but the patty could be more succulent and tender. These chips are the same chips you would get if you ordered the ‘Beer Battered Chips’ as a side.
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Porky Pig // 16
I ordered the ‘Porky Pig’ which has since then been updated. This picture however is the older version of the porky pig (main difference is that it is presented differently and now comes with CRISPY CRACKING #JELLY).  Porky Pig is basically pork belly with a radish salad and roti underneath. My favourite component of the dish was hands down the salad. I absolutely loved it – I wish I had the recipe. It was fresh, simple and I’d be pretty satisfied just eating a huge bowl of this salad.3mk tt2
Under the fried egg was my pork belly! Okay so I know pork belly is really fatty but I felt sooo unhealthy eating this. It was tasty but the fat content was quite heavy and didn’t feel that balanced with the salad. I liked the sweetest of the tamarind glaze.  The roti was a little disappointing but overall I was happy with the dish (mostly because of the salad).
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3 Monkeys is quite convenient in regards to parking so I’m sure I’ll be back. It has a nice environment and it’s appealing to the eye. It isn’t a cheap place to have brunch but the menu is fusion and offers

a change from a typical brunch menu

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Rice Workshop // Emporium

Today I want to share about my latest Japanese cheap eats experience at Rice Workshop. Most people would recognize rice workshop by their famous green tea and now black sesame $2.00 ice cream cones while I recognize it by their rice bowls.RW TT (3)
The way it works at Rice Workshop is that you order over the counter and prepay for your meal.You are then given a buzzer and when your food is ready you go back to the counter to collect it. At the counter there is Japanese spice/chilli powder and plastic cutlery. My uni friends and I decided to opt for a quick easy meal before having dessert. Below are some of the things we ordered :)RW TT (4)
Teriyaki Rice BowlRW TT (5)
Cooked Salmon Fillet Bowl + Salad+ PickleRW TT (1)
Eel Bowl (Unagi) + Salad + Pickle
I ordered this rice bowl! I love the taste of unagi and I hadn’t had it for quite some time. It was pretty tasty I think I devoured it quite quickly, Japanese pickles taste really crunchy and it matches the dish quite well. RW TT (2)Sashimi Rice Bowl + Salad + Egg
This looks so good and fresh! That salmon just looks really juicy and tender like it would melt in your mouth. I think this will be my next pick when I get to go back.

Rice workshop is a quick service type of restaurant. Overall nothing too fancy but the prices are quite reasonable. It’s a suitable meal for uni students or those having a quick work break.

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Scarvelli Cafe // Balwyn

First time visiting Scarvelli Cafe and it was a delight!Scarvelli TT (1)
 I liked the overall presentation of the cafe, the simple decoration of flowers on the table and how spacious it is! There is also an outside seating area which fits heaps more people (larger groups).Scarvelli TT (4)
Apart from their regular menu they also have salads, muffins and baguette type of foods at the counter area.
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The menu! I was tossing up between the Good life bowl, Dukkah Eggs, Wood Fired Salmon, Open Omelette and the Chilli Eggs & Ham – hahaha, too many choices meaning I’ll be back!
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#yayfortealeaves #noteabagsatcafesplease (unless it’s teadrops/tea2 in my opinon…)Scarvelli TT (5)
Chilli Eggs & Ham // $16.50
Boyfriend said it was delicious :) He really liked the presentation – the eggs reminded him of ying/yang.Scarvelli TT (6)
 Wood fired Salmon // $17
This was my dish! It was so delicious. One of my favourite breakfast dishes I’ve had no joke. I thought everything complimented each other really well – I liked the citrus flavours (I think from the mustard salsa and avo) against the crispy polenta. #justyum. I wouldn’t say I was full afterwards though, but it was a comfortable stomach.
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The waiters were friendly and the atmosphere was nice. I came on a rainy day too. The only downside was that it did take awhile for the food to come out after our orders were placed. The food was worth it though! I’ll be back :)

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Tokyo Pop // Melbourne Emporium

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Tokyo Pop is a nice and simple Japanese inspired restaurant in the Emporium. It’s quite cheap and there is plenty of variety on their menu. I have been pleasantly surprised by my visit here and wished I had found out about this place earlier while I was still visiting the city quite often. Oh well! I’m sorry I can’t exactly recall the food prices but below is my rough estimation (from memory it wasn’t very expensive compared to other places in the Emporium!).

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Ramen (Approx $8-9) (Friend’s dish)
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Seaweed and Tofu Salad (Approx $6.50)
This was actually really delicious. I was so happy eating this and actually it was surprisingly big! The seaweed portion is really generous and the sesame salad dressing is great for tying everything together. The tofu was really soft and I didn’t expect it but I felt full afterwards! It’s a great snack. Tokyo Pop TangerT (5)
Okonomiyaki (Japanese Vegetable Pancake) Approx ($5)
As I thought I would still be hungry, I ordered this to accompany my salad (with regrets because I was actually not that hungry to begin with!). This was nice, but one or the other would have been fine for my tummy! I like how generous they are with the sauce because it really lifts the pancake. I generally like Okonomiyaki’s anyway so I thought Tokyo pop’s rendition of it was good. 
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This is the seating area of Tokyo Pop. It’s located downstairs in the Emporium – it’s one of those restaurants where you order and pay for your food at the front first. I would definitely come back and try other things on their menu, but honestly I think I’ll just be too tempted to get that salad again :)


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Manchester Press (Revisit 2013 vs 2014)

The first time I went to Manchester Press I didn’t blog  about so I thought I’d resurface the pictures since the menu is different now! Both times I’ve enjoyed my experience, however I liked what was on the menu better last year mostly because they still had baked eggs :P

Manchester Press tends to have ‘colder’ foods out such as bagels and salads which provides the benefits of fresher tasting food. This also means that the cooking/serving time is much faster which is good because Manchester Press has a great influx of customers coming in and out. They don’t take bookings either so you’ll probably find yourself waiting outside for approx 10 minutes. When you arrive you need to tell a waiter so they can write your name in chalk as part of the waiting list. Price ranges from approx $13-$16

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Salmon Bagel (Salad, Crème Cheese, Capers-optional, Lemon) $14?
This was delicious – they are super generous with the amount of salmon they give out  which is definitely more than expected/necessary- but totally wonderful if you’re a salmon lover.I love salad as well so this was great for me.  Manchester (1)Beautifully presented coffee that tasted good too.

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Keep in mind that the menu has changed so these items are not available anymore.
Manchester (2) Smoked Salmon Salad Approx $15-16
I remember I was really pleased when this dish came out. Salads aren’t generally that big, but this was a generous serving size – it came out in this massive bowl! The salmon was a fillet and it tasted really nice with the salad together. Great simple combo.
They still do salads at Manchester Press now, but the flavours and combinations are slightly different  (more adventurous in my opinion).Manchester (3)
Baked Eggs
My friend’s dish so not entirely sure how it tasted, but it LOOKS GOOD and hearty! You get bagels too.Manchester (5)

Manchester Press is definitely one of the cheaper brunch/breakfast options in the Melbourne CBD.

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Aura Cafe // Doncaster

aura (2)I caught up with my high school friends at Aura Cafe over some really nice food and conversations! The price range for brekky/brunch  is about $14-$17 not including drinks (however they do also have a great looking lunch menu).It’s been awhile since we last saw each other because we all have pretty different timetables and commitments so it was really nice to get together again! Despite our clashes in timetables, I love how we still make the effort to see each other and I know this friendship is truly a special one.aura (1)  Poached Special (Smoked Salmon, 3 Poached Eggs and Julienne Tomato salad)
I ordered this delicious looking dish and was really happy with it.  I was initially worried it wouldn’t be filling but there was a generous portion of smoked salmon. I’ve never had 3 poached eggs for brunch before, but I  really enjoyed everything together. The lemon helped the dish with it’s acidity making it taste fresher/lighter, and the tomato was a good way to combine everything. I also loved the presentation.aura (3) French Toast (Berries, Syrup and Cream)aura (4)Corn Fritters with Avoaura (5)Eggs Benedict

I’ve now been to Aura Cafe on multiple occasions and each time I’ve managed to try something different. I’ve enjoyed every meal I’ve had here and the service has always been great. The staff are friendly and like to check up on you to see how you’re finding the meal as well. The price is really good for the area and there is quite a large selection of dishes to choose from in the menu.

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Taiwan photostory

I’m in the amazing city of Taiwan – Taipei! :) It’s been a crazy week but definitely an enjoyable one. I’ve been out and about exploring different areas of Taiwan (mostly Taipei) and spending time with my lovely relatives.

Here are some quick snaps of Taiwan I’d like to share with you. All in really random order by the way, but let’s say its the highlights of the week! #tooeagertoshare.

IMG_7316 Cute mobile accessories selling for about $50NT each ($2) They’re probably made out of polymer clay but it’s quite special and fun to gift because a lot of them are moulded after popular cartoons! E.g. Hello Kitty & Angry Birds. Can you spot any others you recognize? You can find these at many night markets around Taiwan.IMG_7491 Beautiful Taipei 101 BuildingIMG_7501i I know.. not exactly necessary or cheap (you can get bottled water at 7/11 anywhere in TW!) but this is so cute. It’s been made into the shape of the 101 tower!IMG_7606 Delicious Sashimi Salad at the ‘Best 85 Panorama’. I loved it. IMG_7680 Amazing view of Taipei City.IMG_6067 The best fruit ever!!! Water Apples. It’s so unique – on the inside it’s almost fluffy.IMG_7116 Delicious Pipi’s @ Shi Ye Restaurant. IMG_7210Last but not least, I ha to share these adorable creatures with you! At first I thought it was a statue but they are real live moving turtles!! This was at Aletheia University.