I’m not a huge fan of hotpot so when the girlies from my old work place wanted to catch up over hotpot, I hesitated but of course agreed to our little outing. We were meeting up at Dragon Hotpot on Swanston street and luckily it wasn’t super busy on a Wednesday night. It’s quite a small venue so there isn’t a lot of seating so guys, first in first served and there’s usually a long line of customers trying to get a table.
The 24/7 ramen chain Shujinko has been rapidly expanding and is up to their third store when we were asked to visit, of course we couldn’t say no. Located on Flinders St and opposite Flinders Street station, it is in a very busy spot but that means there’s plenty of foot traffic hence a lot of business. Inside isn’t the biggest eatery but it was very cosy and the staff are superbly friendly.
Milk teas, who doesn’t love them? So off we went to check out Teaser Feng Cha on Russell Street in the city and holy moly it was super duper busy! They have the menu at behind the counter or on the counter near the register so take a looksie, pick your teas and quench your thirst.
I’ve been looking for different ramen places to check out and a friend had suggested Mr Ramen San in Little Bourke Street so I ventured in and it’s a very small and cosy place so be prepared to wait outside. Pro tip, you need everyone in your party present before you can even get a table and boys and girls, it does get buy around dinner time. Anywho, walking in, the staff were super duper friendly and we got right into ordering our meals.
Twenty Pho Seven, a pho place which opens 24/7 (say WHAT??) has landed in the city in Melbourne. Stepping inside you can smell pho broth and you’re greeted by friendly staff. Now, inside you’ll find a great mural in an urban environment. You will definitely feel relaxed here and no one rushes you out.
A date with the girlies meant time to check out a new eatery. Since we were slowly trying to go meat free, I suggested Vegie Hut in Boxhill. This place gets super busy so make sure you make a reservation and parking is quite difficult so perhaps park a bit further away and walk in. Now, back to business, walking inside we were greeted by friendly staff and was shown to our table. Settling in, we started to flick through the menu and decided on what we were getting.
Monkey’s corner has opened a pop up store in conjunction with Koi dessert bar at Hwkr food centre and yes, they are owned by the Poernomo brothers. First up, the pork belly bao. The pork belly was juicy and the bao was quite soft and fluffy. Approved from the triplets.
Pork Belly Bao – $12
If you’re a Masterchef fan then you will definitely know the winner Diana Chan in the Masterchef 2017. She has just opened a pop up restaurant called Chanteen at Hwkr food centre inspired by Malaysia and Singapore. The pop up store will be around for 6 months and the masterchef winner herself cooks the food and will come around to say hey!
Hawker Chan, the world’s cheapest Michelin Starred restaurant has landed in Melbourne and I was hoping that if I wait it out, the lines would eventually disappear. Unfortunately for me, I decided to go on the last day of Lunar New year and yes, there was a line and yes, we waited 40 minutes before we could get a table. When we finally got in, we I did the ordering the baby triplets went to get a table.
After exploring Ikea with Miss Chanel (soon to be Mrs), we stopped by Straits Cafe for her Malaysian fix. Located on Stud Road, there are ample parking and of course, it’s free parking too. We arrived there at on a Wednesday night and it was close to closing but there were still heaps of people around. We quickly ordered and our food came quick smart.