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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Lazat, Sunshine

I’ve always drove past here so I finally decided to actually come in. Came in early on a Tuesday night for dinner and it was empty, the decor was cute with lanterns hanging from the roof and background music had old songs playing.

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Your Thai Rice and Noodle Bar, Melbourne

I have been here a couple of times and decided to come here for cheap eats and quick service.  My usual dish is the green curry (LOVE!!!!) but I thought I’ll be different and try something else on the menu, Tom Yum Noodle Soup with chicken.  Tom Yum soup doesn’t traditionally come with noodles of any sort but this dish came with vermicelli noodles.  The soup base was very average and I think the noodles were overkill.  I also got the durian smoothie (yes, some people find it stinky but I think it’s the best smell in the world!) and I quite enjoyed it.

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D House Cafe, Melbourne

Went to D House Cafe for a Sunday lunch date on Swanston street and it was surprisingly pleasant.  We were escorted to the upper level and seated right next to the window where we had good view of the busy passerby and enjoyed people watching.

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