Menya Sandaime, Melbourne

So I’ve heard that there is a ramen place which is opened 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. This sounded amazing! This means if I get hungry at 2AM, I can just head down and have ramen instead of the ol’ kebab or maccas. I dragged my friend here at 3PM on a Sunday arvo since I figured who’ll be eating at this time. The sign of the restaurant is in japanese and there’s no english at all except for the menus in the window.

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Bundoora Kebab, Bundoora

We were in the Bundoora area and it was 1:30pm and I was getting a little hangry which meant Mr D had to feed me immediately or else all hell breaks loose (yep, typical girls…). We decided to have kebabs and we walked in and the owners were gorgeous. They were so polite, lovely and so adorable. I decided to get the lamb kebab without any onions and with extra cheese for $9 and Mr D also got the lamb kebab in a combo which came with chips and a can of coke for $14. We got the coke from the fridge ourselves and sat down and they brought the food over – very quick service. 

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Quang Vinh, St Albans

This is one of the Vietnamese restaurant which I turn to when I want to catch up with the gang since it’s cheap, in the area and the quality of the food is pretty good. I decided to come here for lunch with my workmates and didn’t bother make a booking since I never really had to before. We arrived and got a table for 4 immediately. Menus were handed to us along with oolong tea (yep tea to wash away the oil AND to make my belly feel warm and fuzzy). We ordered and our food arrived. HOWEVER, our table didn’t have cutlery and upon telling the waiter, he just grabbed it from another table (how rude….wowzer…).

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Maney’s Dumplings, Bundoora

I’ve been here a couple of times courtesy of my cousin. She’d thought I’ll love this place because 1. I love christmas lights (they are on every single day throughout the year), 2. I love dumplings and 3. IT’S CHEAP! Yes she was right! I LOVE IT ALL. Also forgot to mention that the interior is PINK (woooo!).

So we went in at 7pm on a Wednesday night (we tried to come here on Tuesdays on two different occasions and forget that they don’t open on Tuesdays….yep, happened twice) and were immediately seated. We always get the usual two dishes, xiao long bao and thai fried rice and then we go rogue for the third dish.

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O’Town, Glen Waverly

We decided to duck into here for a quick dinner since we were all starving and cold on a Saturday night. Luckily we arrived when we did at 7pm because as soon as we were seated a huge rush of customers came in (like they all just teleported here all at once!). There was no service at all. We didn’t receive any menus and had to keep asking for it and finally they brought it around AND they gave us one less (I was the sacrifice and had to wait patiently).

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New Shanghai, Melbourne (Emporium)

I was craving for xiao long bao and my friend suggested New Shanghai at the Emporium. Since I haven’t been yet we decided to give it a go. Emporium, Melbourne’s new shopping centre with a gazillion shops and confusing escalators and layouts to lose your orientation, we finally found our dumpling spot (with the help of the electronic information stand thingy of course). At the front it had people making the dumplings so you could watch them (looks at them creepily hohoho).

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Oppa Kitchen, Melbourne

Walking around aimlessly in the city trying to find a last minute place that we could walk in and have dinner with a friend, we decided on Korean. It was 8pm and we walked in and  had to wait for 10 minutes till a table for 3 opened up. So we waited and looked at the neon lights and they gave us the cutest queue number stick ever, it had a ladybird and everything – we argued over if it was a ladybird or ladybug and realised it was both…

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Song Huong, St Albans

St Albans is surrounded by numerous vietnamese eateries and we decided to have dinner at Song Huong.  It’s always busy and there’s two sections.  As we entered, we were seated very quickly and were given menus.  I, of course got my stir crispy combination noodle and I couldn’t be happier.  It was such a huge portion and boy was it crispy.  The sauce was amazing and there was so many things on it ranging from seafood to chicken!! This is the third place in St Albans where I get my combination noodles and this is the best one yet.

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