Located in the heart of Chapel Street in South Yarra stands a cafe called Amba. They’re the new kids on the block and have only been around for a few months.Another cafe you say, but if you need to get away from all the hustle and bustle, just take a step inside Amba.
Okra or a.k.a ladies’ fingers is an edible flowering plant with edible green seed pods and found in West Africa, Ethiopia and South East Asia. Okra in Melbourne is an exotic south eastern asian restaurant located in Hawthorn East and has been opened for 15 years and loved by many locals. So, on a dreary Melbourne night, I attended a Food Bloggers Event at Okra.
When you step inside, you’re greeted by Freddie, the floor manager of Okra and he is hilarious, upbeat, attentive and just lovely to be around. When everyone arrived, the food started to roll out. First up was an Indonesian cracker (I forgot what it was called) with sambal. The cracker was AMAZEBALL and the sambal had a real kick to it so check your spice before you throw the whole thing in your mouth. Absolutely LOVED this!!
Chapel street, the street known for partying, shopping, no where to park and good food. So it’s no surprise when a new Asian Fusion eatery, Sister Of Society popped up on Chapel Street 6 weeks ago. When I stepped inside, I was greeted warmly by the staff and was shown to my table. While checking out the interior, you can not miss the GINORMOUS S.O.S neon signage – perfect spot for all them instagrammable photos yo!
It was ANZAC day which meant the dawn service will get people out of their beds and stay for the ANZAC parade. While Miss Train and I couldn’t get our butts out early enough, we did make it in time for the parade and shuffled on over to the Meatball and Wine Bar for some brekkie. The Meatball and Wine bar is the hot spot for catching up with friends over wine or good hearty food. However, due to the ever growing of popularity of breakfast, they have recently opened their doors for breakfast on the weekdays. So this was where I spent my morning with Miss Train.
Stop 17 is the newest addition to the Fitzroy cafe scene (you also get off at tram stop 17 as well!). Big deal, I hear you say. Sure we have heaps of cafes everywhere but what makes this one special is that upstairs there’s a writer’s room. What’s a writer’s room? It’s a room where you can study / write / contemplate about life and you won’t get rushed out or disturbed unless you want to be. Also, they have BREAKFAST ALL FREAKING DAY!! Let the brunch adventure begin at Stop 17!
Pabu Grill and Sake is a Japanese eatery that has been opened for 4 years and located in the heart of busy Fitzroy. The owner also influences the menu and regularly travels back to Japan for inspiration (dedication right there!). Pabu has released a new menu and I decided to take Miss Stooge 1 along since Miss Stooge 2 is away in Japan and this was the closest thing we’ll get to Japan.
Pablo Honey is the new South American inspired bad boys in town located in the heart of St Kilda, conveniently located in front of the tram stop, opposite lunar park and 5 minutes walk from the beach (I told you it was in the heart!). They’ve only been open for 4 months and already, the place is buzzing with excitement.
Palinka is a 7 month old eastern european tapas inspired eatery located in the hustle and bustle on Brunswick street in Fitzroy. Palinka is a traditional fruit brandy invented in the middle ages where they are distilled and bottled in Hungary and four provinces in Austria. Named after a fruit brandy, you gotta expect big things from them.
The newest bad boys in town – Little Oscar and they’re doing korean influenced american burgers (what??!!) and have been opened for 2 months (still babies!) in Brunswick. We were greeted very warmly by the staff and was shown to our table. They had a lot going on with ropes being part of the decor which I thought was pretty cool. They also have a live DJ and music so you know this place will be pumping!
The Food Truck Park has landed permanently at Preston re-lauching on Friday 12th February from 5PM – 10PM and then opening weekly from 12PM-10PM Friday, Saturday and Sundays. Basically, it’s a permanent spot where various food trucks from burgers to desserts are there to serve for your eating pleasure. I was invited by AMFVG to attend the opening and all opinions expressed are my own.