Milk tea. The increasingly popular drink that everyone is very familiar with. I’m quite familiar with Cha Cha in Springvale as they catered for a friend’s wedding (yes! You can defs get milk tea at your wedding you milk tea lovers!). So when the cravings hit, Ms Chanel suggested Cha Cha and we couldn’t resist. I got the messy black sugar pearl and it definitely hit the spot. Not overly sweet with the right amount of sugar with those soft chewy pearls. Loving the service, loving the drink and basically loving everything.
Another day another milk tea place popping up in Melbourne. Milksha, a brand from Taiwan opened its first Australian doors in Melbourne and of course when there’s something new in town, there is always people queuing up to check it out. It’s quite small but don’t let the size of the venue deceive you. Cute murals painted on the inside and an extensive drinks menu by the counter, you’re in for a treat. I got the Japanese Matcha Milk with Red Bean and matcha fans, this is very matcha-y. Mr D got the Valrhona 100% Cocoa Milk with Pudding and holy smokes it was AMAZEBALLS!
Valrhona 100% Cocoa Milk – $7.60 Matcha Milk with Red Bean – $7.60
Milksha knows what they’re doing and they serve pretty good milk tea. I understand all the queuing and I’ll definitely be back.
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.
When people think of kebabs they think of a drunken night out and stumbling to the closest van or food truck to grab a big ol’ kebab to sober up. You all know about HSP packs and kebabs but have you had a HSP burger? No? Let me take you down to Rambo’s Kebabs in Clayton. Situated right next to the petrol station, you can either park at the servo or on the side street. The staff are friendly and efficient and will make sure you get your drunken (or in my case sober) feed.
Scoopy Milk Bar is the first Bingsu specialty dessert bar located in HWKR Food court. Its bright store with cute stickers and delicious mountainous shaved ice, you are definitely in for a treat. Various flavours AND happy staff, make sure you nab a table because you’re going to need to sit down to eat these bad boys.
Matcha lovers, the matcha bonsai is for you. Bitterness from the matcha, sweetness from the condensed milk and fluffiness from the whipped cream, it was fantabulous!
Matcha Bonsai – $13 (regular) Matcha green tea flavoured bingsu with sweet red bean mochi, lychee popping pearls, chocolate soil, topped with house-made whipped cream, toasted almond flakes served with condensed milk.
Another work day another lunch place to check out and this time it was XS roasting kitchen. It was a quick lunch so we browsed the cabinet for some goodies instead of having a sit down meal prepared for us. The staff were friendly and it wasn’t super busy which was a surprise. There were plenty of seats inside and out, so depending on the weather there’s plenty of seating options.
I got a zaatar with salami, feta and tomatoes and it was pretty good. It was a touch on the salty side and I think (I forgot to take note of the price) it was $10 which is a bit on the expensive side.
XS Roasting Kitchen is a cute place for a quick lunch and I would love to come back and check out the rest of the menu.
TSK is the the new sushi joint in town and I was luckily enough to be invited to their opening launch in South Melbourne. Music pumping, free flowing alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinkies, who couldn’t be more excited.
A night out in town means a night of snacking! We stumbled our way towards Biggie Smalls in Windsor at 11pm and there was hardly anyone there. We got in and was served real quick. With hip hop playing in the background, the food turned up oh so quick and we were famished!
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!
It’s lunchtime at work and we ventured out to Brandon Park Shopping Centre for a bit of Vietnamese food. Well, specifically pho for Ms Curly Fries and for me, Bun Bo Hue (BBH). We headed to Pho Village in the Brandon Park food court and yep, it’s crowded but the service was real quick. For only $11 you can get a steaming bowl of pho. Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of the pho but it was pretty good pho. It was light, had all the right flavours and it was enough to me safe and warm. Definitely a recommended dish.
I went for the BBH and boy was that a mistake. It didn’t have the right flavours and it tasted very diluted which was a shame.
Bun Bo Hue – $11
If you’re in the area and want a pretty decent pho from a food court, I’d definitely recommend Pho Village. However, just keep in mind to just get the pho and steer clear of the BBH.