I’ve been meaning to check out the local scene and I’m getting there slowly one cafe at a time and the next one on the list is The Rusty Owl. Conveniently located right opposite to Mooroolbark Station and in front of the cafe has plenty of parking too so getting there wouldn’t be difficult at all. Walking in we were greeted by lovely staff and you can instantly tell that the customers that come in are regulars and definitely locals.
Mama Bear, Flemington
Since I haven’t had a date with mumsy bear in a while, I decided that a brunch date was in order. I didn’t want her to travel too far so we decided to head to Mama Bear in Flemington for some mummy daughter time. There’s a few parking spots in the back streets and there is a tram that goes near Mama Bear so transportation isn’t an issue. Mama Bear is located in a warehouse looking venue and the staff are super friendly and efficient. We made a reservation online and immediately got a table.
Dumbo, West Footscray
Mr Burberry and I were due for a gossip sesh and I have heard good things about a local (well, almost local) cafe – Dumbo in West Footscray. It was off the main street which meant there were ample of parking. However, this is a teeny tiny joint = limited seating = high chance of a long wait time. Luckily for me, I snagged a table indoors and waited for my date to turn up.
Mr & Mrs Anderson, Hawthorn East
Mr & Mrs Anderson a new cafe which opened in December 2016 which makes it quite fresh on the blockin Hawthorn East. With a focus on sustainability and the majority of produce that is used are from their farm in Moe and straight onto the plate in the cafe. What’s even more impressive? The chef comes from Michelin starred restaurants and have worked in amazing Australian eateries including Attica, 3 bags full and circa just to name a few. The chef is bringing fine dining to cafes and it definitely shows in Mr & Mrs Anderson.
Eureka 89, Southbank
Thanks to the trusty stooges, Mr D and I got to have a lovely date day at Eureka 89 which is located in the Eureka tower. We both dressed up and made our way there. There was a red carpet and everything (unfortunately I took the photo when we left so they packed it away). So inside we skipped in.
Ramen Ya, Melbourne (Bourke Street)
It was that time of the day again, dinner time and after walking around which felt like FOREVER, we decided to enter Ramen Ya on Bourke Street. We were basically the only customers since it was 6PM (senior citizen time). It was very spacious and located right next to the food court which they tried to cover with the huge banner.
Minh Ky, Springvale
Jimmy Grants, Melbourne (Emporium)
Mr D was a touch peckish and needed something to eat. I suggested the souva at Jimmy Grants and he said it was GINORMOUS and decided to go for the kiddies one instead (KIDS??? WHAT??!!).
Thr1ve, Melbourne (Emporium)
Whilst shopping at Emporium, I got a bit peckish and walked around the food court and decided to try out Thr1ve. The menu caught my eye with all the healthy and tasty food so I lined up.
ITALY: Il Salimbecco, Firenze (Florence)
While wondering around Florence, it was dinner time and it was pouring down cats and dogs. We ducked into the first restaurant we saw and it was Il Salibecco and opted for indoors.