When I heard about an indoor lagoon and waterfall at a brewery, I knew I had to make a group outing to check it out. The venue was AMAZING! A brewery, a lagoon, a play centre all rolled into one venue. Various beers and cider and tap and even food for snackos!
Jardin Tan, South Yarra
If you live anywhere near South Yarra then you have definitely heard of the Tan or The Botanical Gardens. Yep, heaps of Melburnians usually run around The Tan and what happens after the usual run? Brunch and coffee time! Conveniently located in the garden sits Jardin Tan, a Vietnamese and inspired cafe.
Humble Rays, Carlton
The girlies decided to have a brunch date and took us to their fav brunch place – Humble Rays. Since we were visiting on a Sunday, there were plenty of free parking around (so don’t worry about parking yo!) and we managed to nab a table for 6 at 11:30AM. It does get busy so make sure you’ll be willing to wait! The interior was vibrant and calming and of course had little ‘rays’ of sunshine decorated throughout. The staff were super duper friendly and made us feel oh so comfortable from what we ordered to the quantity ordered.
Take 2: Entrecote, Melbourne
I haven’t seen the two stooges in quite a while and I needed to hand out their wedding invitations (oh my gosh so close now) and I’ve always wanted to come back to Entrecote to check out their menu after sampling their awesome sauce desserts. So we got our tooshies into the Entrecote in the CBD and started ordering everything in sight.
Junkyard, St Kilda
If you’ve been to Sardi Cafe in Hawthorn and love it as much as I do, you’ll be super duper excited to know that Sardi has a sister cafe, Junkyard cafe located on Inkerman street in St Kilda. With the same owner, Ash, you can be sure that the quality and service are top notch. It’s hidden away in near a building complex but you can see the sign from afar and thus get super excited while you walk towards it.
Lake House, Daylesford
It was Mr D’s birthday and I booked Lake house for his second lunch (wooohoooo lunchhhh) because I’ve been hanging to come here (2 chefs hat!). We arrived and entered through reception and was greeted warmly. We were shown to our table, I of course went and sat on the cushiony bench surrounded by cushions (Mr D was lucky I didn’t just cocoon myself with cushions). We (really it means I) decided to get the Autumn/Early Winter 2015 Tasting Menu for $145 (why pick two dishes when you can have EIGHT!!!) and waited for our food to arrive.
Nieuw Amsterdam, Melbourne
So it’s date night again (I’m always finding excuses to have date night) and Mr D took me to Nieuw Amsterdam (SURPRISE!!). We got lost getting there because he refused to tell me where we were going so I couldn’t help him. When we eventually got there, I was ecstatic. I was a bit confused since there were stairs going up and down and no signs to which one we should take. I went down and BAM hit the bar. This mean the eatery was upstairs (damn!).
Cobb Lane, Yarraville
We had a double date for lunch and I was responsible for finding a venue. Took a random stab and chose Cobb Lane in Yarraville since I love the smell of fresh bread in bakeries. They don’t take bookings so we decided to turn up at noon (should have thought this through more carefully) but luckily we got a table just as we arrived. The place is very small and cosy and as you step in you just smell the bread (mmmm bread).
D House Cafe, Melbourne
Went to D House Cafe for a Sunday lunch date on Swanston street and it was surprisingly pleasant. We were escorted to the upper level and seated right next to the window where we had good view of the busy passerby and enjoyed people watching.