Calia has been opened for quite some time and have been meaning to drop by. When the girlies decided to catch up, I suggested Calia in Emporium for easy access and of course for Japanese brunch. Luckily for us we got there early so we were able to get a table.
Milk tea. The increasingly popular drink that everyone is very familiar with. I’m quite familiar with Cha Cha in Springvale as they catered for a friend’s wedding (yes! You can defs get milk tea at your wedding you milk tea lovers!). So when the cravings hit, Ms Chanel suggested Cha Cha and we couldn’t resist. I got the messy black sugar pearl and it definitely hit the spot. Not overly sweet with the right amount of sugar with those soft chewy pearls. Loving the service, loving the drink and basically loving everything.
When I heard about an indoor lagoon and waterfall at a brewery, I knew I had to make a group outing to check it out. The venue was AMAZING! A brewery, a lagoon, a play centre all rolled into one venue. Various beers and cider and tap and even food for snackos!
We’ve walked past Pepper Lunch multiple times while venturing in the city and figured “why not?” and finally checked it out. First thing we noticed, it was self service. The downside, there wasn’t any menus available and the only ones were on the screen which a lot of people took up time just searching through what they wanted before they were set on what to order. Place your order, scan your table number and pay at the self service via card. You can order at the counter if you’re paying by cash or have a voucher and that’s another option.
Toro Cafe. An unassuming cafe in Mount Waverly. Frequent by local residence and those that work in the area (just like us!). We stumbled on this cafe when the restaurant we wanted to wasn’t open. We walked into Toro Cafe and boy oh boy it was such a quaint cafe. It was cosy AND the staff were super duper friendly.
Another day another milk tea place popping up in Melbourne. Milksha, a brand from Taiwan opened its first Australian doors in Melbourne and of course when there’s something new in town, there is always people queuing up to check it out. It’s quite small but don’t let the size of the venue deceive you. Cute murals painted on the inside and an extensive drinks menu by the counter, you’re in for a treat. I got the Japanese Matcha Milk with Red Bean and matcha fans, this is very matcha-y. Mr D got the Valrhona 100% Cocoa Milk with Pudding and holy smokes it was AMAZEBALLS!
Valrhona 100% Cocoa Milk – $7.60 Matcha Milk with Red Bean – $7.60
Milksha knows what they’re doing and they serve pretty good milk tea. I understand all the queuing and I’ll definitely be back.
Disclaimer: I was invited to dine by Milksha and True Tribe and all opinions expressed are my own.
Glen Waverly is reknown for their food and when a new restaurant pops up, everyone knows about it. K-Town Restaurant and Bar is located in the Montclair Avenue Building. Don’t be fooled though, when you step out of the elevator, it has a very modern decor, pumping music and friendly and attentive staff. We got there smack bang at lunch time and we were the first ones in which meant we got to pick our table. Once seated, we flicked through the menu and started our little feast.
Melbourne has gone hotpot crazy and we have found the hottest of the hotpot! Located in the previous Dracula building stands Panda Hot Pot. You will not miss this venue. Two stories high, a massive dragon facing the entrance with a centre stage, you can expect great things from here. It gets real busy so make sure you make a booking to nab a spot.
On Parkstone Ave sits an aptly named cafe, Parkstone. It does get super busy with locals but despite that, there’s plenty of parking. Once you step inside the bustling cafe, you instantly feel welcomed as if you’re part of their family. Despite how busy it was, the staff are very attentive and will help you through the menu to making sure you’re having a great morning.
Keilor East. Not a suburb that you would think of when you think of great food but let me tell you about Piggy Smalls. Piggy Smalls is a humble venue that only has outdoor seating but don’t let that deter you. Hot dogs, milkshakes, onion rings and fried chicken ribs, definitely for when you’re feeling a little bit naughty.