Shujinko – Flinders Street, Melbourne

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.

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Izakaya Kuuraku, Melbourne

Mr D and I absolutely adore Japanese cuisine, we can’t get enough of it. We’ve been eyeing Izakaya Kuuraku but never had the chance to try it, until now…BOOM! Walking in, it felt more like a bar with seats – music pumping and heaps of people having after work drinkies. We were lucky enough to check out the omakase menu which means you leave it up to the chef to decide what you’re going to get. We tucked in and let our tummies enjoy the food.

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Nong Tang Noodle House, Melbourne

Nong Tang Noodle House had their First Birthday and boy oh boy did they do an amazing launch. We were in for a feast, a 10 course feast that is. Located in the mid-city arcade, it’s a very cosy eatery so if you do come here, make sure you make a reservation. Back to the food, first up, the west-lake veggie soup. This soup was quite thick and a touch on the bland side.

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Tipico, Windsor

There’s a new Italian joint in Windsor that’s just opened up and inside it’s so chic with very friendly staff. There’s plenty of parking around and if there’s one door but everyone seems to walk past and miss it. Anywho, back to Tipico, we were seated and then our little eyes scanned the menu began our comfort eating. 

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Hofbräuhaus, Melbourne

Oktoberfest is in full swing in Munich right now and Melbourne isn’t too far behind with various German eateries and German beers available. One of the places you could go to is Hofbrauhaus located in Market Lane and yes, it’s in an alleyway and yes, you’re super safe. So I’ve been to the bar area quite a few times and did not realise that there was a restaurant located right next door! There’s a hostess out in front and make sure you have a reservation because it does get super duper busy. All the staff were dressed in theme and at 7PM on a Saturday night, the live band comes out to play. 

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Rock Sugar, South Yarra

On Malvern Road in South Yarra sits a new Thai restaurant that pumps 90s R&B and pop music with neon lights on the inside and outside of the restaurant. Inside is a casual setting which reminds me of Thailand (it’s the neon lights I say!) and the staff are so welcoming. Plenty of seats, plenty of drinkies and of course plenty of food!

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Holla Coffee Roasters, Richmond

Holla! Got your attention now haven’t I? Well Holla Coffee Roasters also got my attention and located on the quiet end of the Victoria Street in Richmond. There’s parking in the back streets so don’t worry if you drive in. Walking inside, you can feel the buzz of the cafe and you’ll notice that heaps of customers come in and get take away coffees. The staff were super friendly and the space was sleek with plenty of greenery. 

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Pinkie Cafe, Ivanhoe

Pinkie is located just off the main road, Upper Heidelberg Rd and there’s ample parking and they’re all free on the weekends (SCORE!). It gets quite busy so make sure you have your patience pants on because it can range from a 5 -30 mins wait. But while you wait, you can check out all their delish desserts and sandwiches in the cabinet!

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Vapiano, Melbourne

Vapiano, an Italian chain that’s all over Australia that serves up pasta and pizza has released a new winter menu which includes PUMPKIN SOUP! Who doesn’t love pumpkin soup! I digress, Vapiano is located in Flinders Lane and there are parking on the street but it’s not a lot and it is quite exy so be prepared to park a touch further and walk there. But don’t let that deter you because the staff and service here are top notch!

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Ribs & Burgers, Hawthorn

Ribs and Burgers is known for well, ribs and burgers (duh!) and there’s a new wagyu burger range that has just been released on the menu. Wagyu beef is highly marbled and literally melts in your mouth so how could we not be excited after hearing the new burger range. We visited the Hawthorn venue and there’s quite a bit of street parking on the main road but it’s first in first serve and does fill up quite quickly.

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