Block 7 Dumplings, Ringwood – Eastland Shopping Centre

Whenever I have Xiao Long Bao cravings I always head to Forest Hill. However, I found out that there’s a new dumpling place in Eastland that also serves XLB AND it’s closer to home. So I convinced (by convinced I kinda made him) Mr D to take me on a dumpling date. It’s located near the cinemas and right opposite to Gami and there were plenty of seats (I guess it’s because we went in midday in the middle of the week). The ordering process is so easy, there’s a clipboard on your table, you fill in what you want and BAM hand it over to the staff and they’ll bring the food out to you. So no required interaction at all. 

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Bob’s Your Uncle Cafe, Doncaster East

I’ve been hearing rave reviews for Bob’s Your Uncle Cafe located in a Jackson Court in Doncaster East so when the Travelling couple suggested a catch up, I suggested the cafe. There’s plenty of parking in the carparks so aim for those instead of trying to park in front of the cafe. Oh, the cafe does get busy so there might be a wait and I only realised that they also do bookings as well so try that if you don’t want to wait. Anywho, I digress. Back to the cafe, the staff were super friendly and very inviting and we managed to snag a table by the back. 

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Persian Flavours, Forrest Hill

When Miss Chanel wanted to come back to Persian Flavours, who am I to deny her for an outing. So we booked the place at 6:30PM on a Tuesday night and boy, when we got there, the whole place was empty. Throughout the night people trickled in and a lot of customers came for the takeaway. Anywho, we were seated by the friendly staff and had a looksie through the menu.

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Bekendales, Croydon

When the girlies came over for a sleepover, I decided to find a local brunch spot and after a while, I saw Bekendales has been around for 9 or so years with raving reviews. So I bundled them all into the car and dashed to the cafe to for our little brunch date. It was quite cute inside, not the usual Melbourne cafes but cute nonetheless. There were outdoor seatings for those who enjoy a little fresh air and it’s not too loud either. We walked in, got a table and started to flick through the menu.

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Goldeluck’s Bakeshop, Croydon

Goldeluck’s Bakery has been popping up on social media like wildfire and since the girlies were down in Croydon, I decided to take them by the bakery to check it out. Walking in, we weren’t sure if we were in the right place since we were expecting a place filled with doughnuts from the bottom up. It was an ordinary bakery and saw the little sign on top so we definitely knew we were in the right place. 

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Suishaya Inn, Ringwood

It was date night and Mr D was in the mood for some Japanese and I was in charge of finding a place. After searching through zomato, I saw that a lot of people reviewed Suishaya Inn with a high rating. So in we went at 8:15PM on a Saturday night and I knew I had picked the wrong place. The decor was quite tacky and the staff were not Japanese (which was fine) but the thing that yelled out NO to me was the disposable chopsticks placed on the table. For a place where it’s estimated to spend approx $80 per couple, there should be actual chopsticks and not those given at takeaway stores.

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Fonda Mexican, Knox O-Zone, Wantirna

After our movie date, I was a little distressed with all the action in the movie and was utterly depressed. So Mr D knew one way to cheer me up, find a place for me to try and hope for the best that the food was awesome sauce. We walked past Fonda Mexican and I’ve heard about this but haven’t had a chance to try it and it seems that they’ve opened quite a few chains by now. So in we went and got ourselves a table. The decor was so bright and retro and it just makes you smile, bursting with energy. So the menus are on the table and once you’ve figured out what you wanted to eat, go up to the counter to put through and pay for your order and they’ll bring it out to your table.

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Daniel’s Donuts, Springvale

Ms Curly Fries kept going on and on about Daniel’s Donuts which were opened 24 hours and always have a massive queue no matter what time of the day or night you go. So when an opportunity to eat at Springvale came around, she quickly took us to Daniel’s Donuts. It’s located right next to Coles so you can even do your grocery shopping prior (I have no idea how that was relevant…anywho…). We got there at 9PM on a Monday night and damn, there was a massive line. The good thing is that the line goes really quick so you better know what you’re ordering.

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Double D, Springvale

Mr Italian Stallion was leaving for Singapore for two years which meant obligatory burgers were to be eaten before he leaves. On a Monday night we were meant to be at Cultural Commons in Springvale, unfortunately, they were closed so Ms Curly Fries suggested Double D which was 500 m away and across Springvale Station (YAY for convenience to public transport!). We stumbled in and it wasn’t as busy as we thought and checked out the menu which wasn’t as long as I thought it would be. 

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Rocco’s Burger Cafe, Croydon

Since we’re finally moving in, we decided to check out the local eats and I’ve been eyeing Rocco’s Burger Cafe every time we drove past and FINALLY we had the opportunity to casually drop by to stuff our faces. It was quite busy when we went at lunch time but when we stepped into the cafe, we were greeted by smiling staff (even though they were super duper busy). You can definitely tell that it’s a family-owned cafe because they pay extra attention to you and they had a different kind of friendliness to them.

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