I finally got to come here for lunch and of course was expecting a huge queue (as you do in Melbourne these days…sigh) and of course there was. We put our name down and 20 minutes later we got a table (had to share the huge table but who cares, we’re in!).
I got the baked eggs Duex which comes with chorizo, potato, piquillo peppers, queso mahon, toasted almonds, creamy aioli and EGGS!!! This was amazing! Such a winter warmer and careful, because the pot is HOT(don’t burn yourself like I did). Must get dish! Sure it’s filling but isn’t that why you came here? To get full!!
It’s Sunday noon and guess where we’re heading, to have some cheese and wine for LUNCH (how fancy is that yo??)! There is two locations – St Kilda and Carlton and we were booked in for the Carlton one for the 12PM session which goes for two hours. So out of the dreary Melbourne weather (windy and rainy all day…) and into the licensed Fromagerie we go.
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…).
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.