I came here for lunch on a Friday arvo around 2.15pm (soooo late but we were busy…sigh) with some workmates. We walked in and found the place to be busy but still having some free tables.
Our last stop on my work trip and we were in Coffs Harbour. We stopped at Cocoa Cafe for breakkie since I can’t function without any food (like anyone else could, seriously). It was a really cute cafe and the staff were really friendly. It was quite busy but had a great atmosphere. We were seated and I ordered a glass of orange juice (LOVE OJ!!) and it was freshly juiced.
I decided to catch up with a friend for coffee (it was hot chocolate but I wanted to sound sophisticated) at Guylian Darling Harbour since I was up in Sydney for work. We met at the cafe (totally a miscommunication where we were suppose to walk there together….oopsie daisies) and it was still busy even though it was almost 10pm on a Wednesday night (Party animals woot woot!). As I waited patiently, trying not to look like a loner being stood up, I checked out the menu before my friend turned up.
I came here for lunch while one a worktrip and when I got there I thought it was the absolutely adorable. The decor, the atmosphere, the staff, LOOOOOVE IT!! we got a table for two and it wasn’t super busy since it was 1pm on Wednesday.
So its dinner time and it was ladies choice of where to go (ladies choice meant ME hohoho). I decided to try meat and wine co since I’ve been hanging to try it in melbourne but never gotten the chance. We walked in and there was a table for two (didn’t have reservations AND it was super full for a Tuesday night). We looked at the menu and I decided to get the Monte Black Fillet with mash and merrindo valley mushroom sauce. I got the steak medium rare and when it came it out it was pretty decent. I found it a bit tough to slice through though which was a bit disappointing. The sauce was okay and so was the mash.
Work trip again and for lunch I got to go to Briars. When I got there, it was amazing location and setting, I felt like I was in a little country town (my workmate turned to me and said we were kinda were…).
So I came here after my unsuccessful attempt at looking for a cafe which I couldn’t find. I dropped in here and the staff were friendly but no one was there (it was 7:30am though).
The owners of Aubergine who has 2 chefs hat in the Age Good Food Guide 2015 has another restaurant, Temporada who has 1 chef hat in 2015 (wooohooo). As I was in Canberra and conveniently placed in the Novotel which was 3 mins walk away I decided to book a 7:30pm session for my lonesome. I braved the winter cold and arrived earlier than expected and told I can pick wherever I wanted to sit. I chose the little corner side where it seats two people on high chairs (made me feel a tad taller yay!!). The decor was real cute, plants everywhere low ceilings near the bar and dark light setting for romance (or drinks…). The place was half full for a Monday night I began checking out the menu.
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.
After having dinner and desserts already, we decided to go for a walk down Lygon Street for coffee and maybe desserts again (maybe? it was most definitely). We stopped at Copperwood and was seated outside and got served immediately. However, it was 9pm in winter and when we saw an opportunity open up indoors, we rushed inside ninja style (not so ninja when everyone can see us though…). We got the dessert menus and took a look at the cake/dessert cabinet an our eyes lit up like little kids in a candy store. SO MANY DESSERTS and they all look soooooooo good! We all got coffees and it wasn’t too bad either (yay lygon street) and then the dessert came out (Woohoo!).