Saturday, May 31, 2014


Address: 122-128 Berkeley St, North Melbourne, VIC

Phone: 03 9348 1704

Opening Hours: Everyday (8am-4pm)

Price: AUS$ 10-15++

Staff: Super Friendly

Crushing on: Thai Milk Tea

Crush Level: 7/10

Lidia and I were bored with our usual choice of lunch so we made up our mind to try a restaurant near campus called Middlefish.

To quench our thirst, which was caused by Mr. -shining so brightly- sun, we opted for the Cold Thai Milk Tea ($3.50). It was very pleasing. The only thing I dislike about it was the ‘too small’ glass.

Thai Milk Tea
For lunch, we went for the special of the day, which revealed to be pork belly with rice and fried egg ($14.50). The pork belly was juicy but not so tender. Some dices of carrot were a bit uncooked. But overall it was a nice dish.

Special dish of the day
I ordered the Mussel Omelette ($15.50) for take away since it was one of the popular dish in Middlefish. The result was not that satisfying and I needed to wait for more than an hour for it to be served. The omelette looked like it was being soaked in a bowl full of oil. The seasoning was all right though.

I have to give it a 7 out of 10 considering the thirst quenching Thai Milk Tea and the extremely friendly staffs.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Address: 1st floor 1 Flinders Lane (Same building with Nama Nama),         
                      Melbourne, VIC

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat (5pm-1am)

Food Price: AUS$4-33++

Staff: Welcoming

Crushing on: Tateyama Umeshu (Plum Wine), Buckwheat crepes – duck breast, pickled mushroom and Leek.

Crush Level: 8/10

I decided to spend my birthday with my friends at Hihou. Hihou is a Japanese bar located in Flinders lane. And to tell you the truth, it was difficult for me to find this place as it was dark and there is no sign at the door. The staff in Nama Nama told me that I needed to ring the bell and wait outside. Luckily, it took only about 5 minutes until someone opened the door for me.  As there were 7 of us, we were seated at the back dashiki room and we had to take off our shoes. But it was very comfortable.

Despite the very busy night (booking is recommended), the staffs here are very welcoming and they never forget to smile. One of the female staffs recommended me to try the tateyama umeshu. I must thank her because this plum wine is excellent. It is a bit sweet but freshening.

Tateyama Umeshu
For the food, I opted for the Hihou dog ($12), Kingfish Ceviche ($16), Salmon sashimi ($16), Buckwheat crepes ($21), and Crisp Pork Belly ($33).  (Sorry, I didn’t manage to take a picture of everything except the crepes and tateyama umeshu).

The hihou dog was complimented with 3 sauces (i.e. wasabi mayo, teriyaki, and chili sauce). I only ate a small portion of it as I’m not a huge fan of hot dog but my friends seemed to enjoy it very much.

The salmon sashimi, kingfish sashimi, and crisp pork belly were delectable but what really stole my heart was the Buckwheat crepe. The duck meat was succulent and the crepe was not crispy but soft. It was astonishing.

Buckwheat Crepes
I was glad of the fact that Hihou doesn’t disappoint me. I will surely go back and spend my Friday night with friends there.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Mr Huang Jin

Mr Huang Jin
Address: GF Rialto Building 525 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC

Phone: 03 9077 7937

Price: $10-20++

Crushing on: Pan Fried Pork Dumplings, Steamed Pork Xiao Long Bao

Staff: Nice

Crush Level: 8/10

It’s been a month since my friends and I ate in this restaurant and I never had a chance to post about it until recently. We were seated on the second floor. It was quiet as only three tables were filled.


We opted for the ultimate Steamed Pork Xiao Long Bao (8pc: $17). The filling was juicy and succulent. Also the skin was faultless.
Xiao Long Bao 
Moving on, we had a pan-fried pork dumpling (8pc: $17). The skin was thin and crispy and the filling was juicy. It stole my heart as I kept ordering this food for three times.
Pan Fried Pork Dumpling

The waiter said that the Taiwanese fried chicken ($13) was one of the favourite in Mr Huang Jin so we decided to order it. The chicken was crispy and the mayo sauce was fantastic. I really like the sauce.

For dessert, we went for the red bean pancake ($9). The sweetness of the red bean paired well with the crispy pastry. It was impeccable.
Red Bean Pancake

Overall, the food here was awesome and I'm looking forward to my second visit. 

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Chez Dré

Chez Dré
Address: Rear of 285-287 Coventry Street, South Melbourne, VIC

Phone: 03 9690 2688


Opening Hours: 7.30am-4.30pm

Price: AUS$6.50- 23.50++

Crushing on: Hazelnut Praline Crunch; Green Tea, Kalamanzi & Muscovado               
                          Sugar; Caramel éclair

Staff: Attentive

Crush Level: 8/10

After eating at Etto, we went to Chez Dré to cleanse our mouths. We were kinda lost when we tried to find this place. At first, we arrived at the previous café and we were told that it has moved to the alley close by.

When we arrived, we saw many people enjoying their brunch and desserts. We opted for the Hazelnut Praline Crunch ($9.5) and Green Tea cake ($9.5).

The hazelnut praline crunch was wonderful in taste. It was not too sweet and it had a lovely textural crunch.
Hazelnut Praline Crunch

The Green Tea Cake was tantalizing. The first bite was sweet and bitter but after several bites, it became a bit sour. This cake had a perfect combination of flavours.
Green Tea
Not long ago, Lidia brought a caramel éclair ($9.5) for me, and a lemon meringue tart ($9.5) for herself.  

The éclair was a bit bitter and also salty. But it was pleasurable.

Caramel Eclair 
On the other hand, the lemon meringue tart was too sour for me.

Lemon Tart
When it comes to cakes, Chez Dré is the place for it. This café has become my favorite ever since.


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