Piggy Smalls, Keilor East

Keilor East. Not a suburb that you would think of when you think of great food but let me tell you about Piggy Smalls. Piggy Smalls is a humble venue that only has outdoor seating but don’t let that deter you. Hot dogs, milkshakes, onion rings and fried chicken ribs, definitely for when you’re feeling a little bit naughty.

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Ramen Bankara, Melbourne

Whilst wandering around in the city we were getting a bit peckish and sifted through our Entertainment book to see what deals we had and BAM we landed at Ramen Bankara. Since anytime is ramen time, Mr D did not hesitate. We were greeted by the staff and was shown to our table (luckily we like to eat early and there were plenty of tables free). We couldn’t NOT get kaarage (fried chicken) and was super excited when it came out. Unfortunately, it was quite dry on the inside.

Tori Kaarage – $7.80

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Dumpling Empire, Glen Waverly

Moving along all the restaurants on Kingsway in Glen Waverly, we were up to The Dumpling Empire. As you would be aware, The Glen and the surrounding restaurants are always packed so we always park in the multicomplex carpark around the corner (it’s also FREE!). We got in just before lunch time and it was quite empty but 10 minutes later, it was packed! We flicked through the menu and started our dumpling feast. The food came out quick smart.

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Shujinko – The Glen, Glen Waverley

The Glen has just opened up their new dining precinct and that means more restaurants are popping up. One of those restaurants is Shujinko. Yes, there are plenty of those around Melbourne and finally, the south east finally has theirs. It’s very cosy and there’s not a lot of seatings available so it’s first in best dressed.

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Arbor Cafe, Mulgrave

Lunch time again AND it’s time to check out the rest of Nexus court. Arbor cafe was also packed with people checking in on their lunch break and they have a sit down menu OR have a quick feed with scrumptious sandwiches or wraps. We stumbled in, order at the front and sat our booties down in anticipation of our food.

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Ma Long Kitchen and Dumplings, Mulgrave

Another little spot for work lunch and this time there’s DUMPLINGS! Ma Long Kitchen Dumplings is located in Nexus court surrounded by other cafes and business blocks, it definitely gets busy. There’s not a lot of seating so you either gotta get there early or you just have it takeaway. So line up, tuck in and get ready for those dumplings!

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MKS Spices’n Things, Dandenong

Working around the South East suburbs, a colleague suggested we hit up MKS Spices’n Things for some quick and delicious Sri Lankan food for our quick lunch. There’s plenty of parking around but unfortunately it’s all paid parking which was a shame. MKS is a grocery store out front and a quick eats round the back. Now, don’t come here expecting awesome sauce service because it’s a quick feed and it does get busy.

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Benny Burger, Melbourne

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.

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Urban Provodore, Tullamarine – Melbourne Airport Terminal 2

Airports, a place where people say goodbye or greet their loved ones. Airports are also a place where people grab some food before their flights or if their flights are delayed. For us, it was before a flight (woohoo!!) and we decided to drop by Urban Provodore for some breakfast. It wasn’t too busy early in the morning and we were starving so we knew exactly what we wanted.

I got the omelette and unfortunately I found it to need more seasoning. The omelette wasn’t fluffy and was quite oily as well.

Omelette – $21

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YOMG – Yo My Goodness, Glen Waverly

YOOOOO my gosh, YOMG has been around and I have yet dipped my toes (ewww lets change that to fingers) into their burgers. Since Mr Italian was due for a catch up, he suggested YOMG in Glen Waverly so we can get our burger hit. It was a Tuesday night and at 7:30PM, it was packed like sardines in there. We weren’t able to bag a seat inside so we had to sit in the winter cold rugged up next to the outdoor heaters.

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