DIY hotpot is picking up speed in Melbourne and every corner you turn, there seem to be more DIY hotpot popping up. David’s have their sichuann hotpot restaurant and have opened up DIY hotpots. What do I mean by DIY hotpots? Pull up a seat, sit down and let me show you a whole new world. David’s Spicy Pot does get busy so if you plan on dropping by in peak hour, be prepared to wait. We decided to have an early dinner and there were plenty of seats available.
There’s a new guy in town and they’re serving up brunch, lunch and coffees – so I’m basically trying to say a cafe! Located 8 minutes from Chaddy, Stocksville sits just off the main road tucked away. Not so tucked away that no one knows about it because it definitely gets busy. Stylish, friendly and welcoming, Stocksville sure knows how to make you feel comfy and wanting to stay.
Have you ever heard of cookie cakes? Well, let me introduce you to Sassi Co who specialises in boxed goodies which includes donuts, cookie cakes and heaps of sweets for all occasions from birthdays to anniversaries. How do we even receive it – you ask? Good thing they deliver and it’s free if the order is above $90. Now, back to the cookie cake. It comes in a pizza-like box and you can smell the baked goodies wafting out of the box…mmmm cookies…
When I heard that Shannon Bennett opened up an ethical burger place, Benny Burger, I made sure I had to stop by for a visit. We dropped by the Collins Street eatery and it was small but the staff were super duper friendly. They took time in explaining the menu, what we would like and where everything came from. First impressions – loving it! We went to order at the counter and waited for our number to be called.
When I heard that there was a cheese high tea at Westin Hotel in collaboration with Maker & Monger, I had to make a reservation at once! When we arrived, we were made our way to the bar to let the staff know that we had a reservation. We sat down and checked out the menu. So for $70 per person, you get a range of cheese savouries to sweets with unlimited tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
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!
I had a date with Ms Curly Fries and unfortunately the restaurant we were planning on going to had a power outage *insert crying face* so of course, being the spontaneous people we were, we made our way Toorak road in search for a new date place. Reaching towards the end of the street, we eyed a quiet Italian restaurant, Fiorini’s Pizza & Italian and in we went. The staff were super duper friendly and were so patient as we looked over the menu to decide what we wanted to have.
Ever since Mr D heard there’s a viking inspired restaurant in Melbourne, he made sure I made a reservation for his birthday at Mjolner. Located in Hardware Street, there’s no huge neon signs to tell people where it is except for a huge door with a light shining on the logo. I missed it the first time walking past but this concealed door made it more exciting for us.
A catch up to organise our next holiday means brunching in the city on a Saturday morning! We initially wanted to go to Bricklane but due to it’s long queue, we opted for Krimper since Mr Burberry has already been and it wasn’t going to take 30 mins to get in and it was literally 2 secs further down the alleyway. It was oh so roomy inside and the staff were very polite when showing us our table.
After being turned away at a restaurant which we booked for because they lost our reservation (insert sad face here), we wandered around and decided to check out Tokyo Japanese Restaurant for some Japanese Buffet for just $29.80. That was a BARGAIN! We rushed upstairs and entered a big open area with a bar on one side and the kitchen on the other. Now, basically there’s a buffet menu and you can just pick whatever you like and they bring it out to you quick flash.