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White Mojo Speciality Coffee & Roaster //Balwyn

TTWMOJO (1) Hi guys! Brunch season seems to have caught up with me  very recently and to kick it off I thought I’d share with you my latest experience at ‘White Mojo Speciality Coffee & Roaster’ in Balwyn. This is their second store – the original being in the city. You can catch their menu here. TTWMOJO (2)
Hot Matcha Latte // $6.00 &  Regular Latte // $4.00
To start we ordered drinks. I tried their matcha latte and was recommended by our waiter to get the hot version. He even offered to make it extra hot! I love matcha lattes but I’m usually quite hesitant to order it because I’m not sure if it’ll really be ‘matcha’ and if it’s just going to be sweet flavouring. I was pleasantly surprised at how rich the matcha flavour was and how there was a bitter edge to it. $6.00 is quite expensive but it was a special occasion and I’m relieved that it was a matcha latte to my liking. I know the picture doesn’t do it much justice but it was actually a very dark green colour,
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Mr Hendricks Cafe // Balwyn

I went and had my first visit to Mr Hendricks Cafe a little while ago and it was a great first time experience!  It’s not a cheap eat but this place has nice service and a nice atmosphere. I like the visual appearance of the cafe and despite how there is both an indoor + outdoor seating area the service is quite quick and efficient.
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Simple yet trendy decor!
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On the day we arrived a little earlier than 11:30 and because I had heard so much about their soft shell crab burger dish I really wanted to try it. The menu says it’s only available after 11:30 because it’s a lunch dish, but the waiter kindly told me the chef would make an exception and I was able to order it! (YAY)

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Hammer and Tong +N2 Extreme Gelato

I had the pleasure of celebrating my two close friends birthdays at ‘Hammer and Tong‘ and then ‘N2 Extreme Gelato‘! Both visits for the first time and on a gorgeous sunny day too :))

Here are  my thoughts on the FOOD!

First stop – Hammer and Tong!
As soon as we arrived, I could already tell how popular it was just by the queue! We waited for almost half an hour for a table and there was probably about 5 others waiting behind us! The staff were friendly and overall quite quirky actually!bdaylunch (1)Corn & zucchini fritters, avocado, manchego, spinach, chili tomato relish, poached/fried egg /$17 (Friend’s dishes)

bdaylunch (2)Soft shell crab burger /$16
This was my dish and it was so tasty. I love the texture of Brioche buns done well and this one was light and tender. It had good flavours and the crab wasn’t too crunchy either. Definitely seasoned well, but not the most succulent tasting soft shell crab.Of course, a tad messy to eat but it was so worth it!

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Second stop- N2 Extreme Gelato!bdaylunch (4)It seems as though everyone has been RAVING on about N2 so we thought we’d give it a try. We were so happy  for the lovely weather as well. When we arrived here, it was ALSO packed but lucky for us it gave us time to decide what we wanted. Their menu board is really fun and awesome with small cartoon drawings and handwritten food titles on a chalkboard like wall. I really wanted to try the crème brulee one that everyone had been recommending but unfortunately it wasn’t on the menu ( not for ‘this season’) so I really hope they’ll bring it back sometime and I can come back and try it!   bdaylunch (5) Black Lava Salted Caramel Dulche de Luche, Lavender + Almond Fed White Chocolate Fudge &  Deconstructed Apple Strudel \$6 each
I can see why many people are so into this place, but I do find it slightly overrated. Sure it’s a very cool place to check out for the first time – being their unique way of serving and making the gelato for you, however I do think that ‘awe’ does and will phase off after awhile. Therefore what will be left would be flavour and quality of their gelato. I had the Salted Caramel one which would have been nicer if it had been in a smaller quantity as it does just become too sweet.  For the price and the one size only, it’s not something I’d regularly get, though for a special treat  or an occasion I would not mind. After all they do have exciting innovative ideas for flavours which I’d be interested in checking out.  I suppose in the end it’s more about the experience of going to N2 and being curious about how their flavours differ to other typical gelato places.

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And to my dear friends (Bec + Miriam) I really hope you guys had a lot of fun (I sure did!) celebrating your birthdays!  I feel sososo blessed to have you girls in my life. You’re both so easy to talk to and always giving me great tips and encouragements in my life xx