Sunday, October 26, 2014


Address: 231 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, VIC

Phone: 03 9682 8403

Opening Hours:    MON (9:30 AM - 3:00PM),
        TUE – FRI (9:30 AM - 3:00 PM; 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM),
         SAT – SUN (8:00 AM – 4:00 PM; 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM)

Staff: Very Welcoming

Price: $8-18

Crushing on: Banana Flambé

Crush Level: 8/10

My eldest sister and her husband told me about this newly opened café that serve impressive coffees and pancakes. On a Friday night, they took my mom, my elder sister, and I to Stokers. I have to say I was a bit surprised when I entered the café because there were two guys singing and playing guitar. I thought they were having a party but they weren’t. One of the guys turned out to be the owner and he was very friendly and helpful.

As we had already finished our dinner, I just opted for the dessert, which was the Banana Flambé that my eldest sister recommended. The caramel matched well with the banana and the pancake was fluffy. I love it.

Banana Flambé
After my first visit, I decided to tell Lidia, my housemate, about it as she is a huge fan of desserts and we agreed to go there on the next weekend.
We actually went there about two weeks after my first visit and it was on a Saturday morning. 

On my second visit, I chose to eat the Beef Bolognese Pancake ($16) while Lidia opted for the Banana Flambé. The beef bolognese pancake did not disappoint me. The sauce was remarkable. I didn’t eat the salad because I’m not a fan of greens. When the owner noticed that I didn’t eat the salad, he told me that I could change it to pancake fries. He was very kind.

Beef Bolognese Pancake
Lidia was also satisfied with her choice of meal.

Stokers is completely at a different level. From the service to the food, they are amazing.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Om Nom

Address: 187 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC

Phone: 03 8080 8827


Opening Hours: MON - THURS (7:00 AM – 11:00 PM),
       FRI – SAT (7:00 AM – 12:00 AM), SUN (7:00 AM – 4:00 PM)

Staff: Attentive

Price: AUS$18 - 55

Crushing on: Mont Blanc and Mango Alfonso

Crush Level: 7.5/10

Since I saw Chef Christy Tania’s Mango Alfonso on Master Chef Australia, I’ve always wanted to visit this beautiful dessert bar but no one seems to be interested. So, I ‘force’ my family and Lidia (my housemate) to accompany me.

The interior of the restaurant was luxurious yet cozy with dim lighting. It is definitely not the usual dessert bar. It is more like fine dining.

My mom decided on the Smoked Banoffie (Banana, smoked caramel, gianduja, rum, chocolate, almond, vanilla, passionfruit, hazelnut, caramelized white chocolate and popcorn). Personally, I think it was enjoyable but certainly not the best. It was too bitter for me.

Smoked Banoffie ($27)
My elder sister went for the Basil Garden (Dark chocolate, vanilla, olive oil, honey, basil, lime, white chocolate and meringue). The dessert itself was not too sweet and the olive flavor was quite strong.

Basil Garden ($25)
Lidia, my housemate, opted for the Triple Chocolate (Dark chocolate, coconut, caramelized white chocolate, lime, milk chocolate, white rum). It was perfectly suitable for chocolate lovers out there.

Triple Chocolate ($27)
My dad, my eldest sister and her husband did not have anything in mind. Hence, I decided to choose several desserts to be shared by 4 of us. One was the Raspberry Field (Raspberry, lychee, meringue, rosewater). I really adored the design of the desserts. It was undeniably cute. The dessert itself was refreshing. I think the dessert would be suitable for those who like to eat sweet yet sour food.

Raspberry Field ($27)
Another dessert that we shared was the Mont Blanc (Meringue, dark chocolate, chestnut, vanilla, blackberry, feuilletine). This one was my favorite. I really love the crunchy texture of the dish also the fact that it was not extremely sweet.

Mont Blanc ($28)
A person can NOT possibly visit Om Nom Kitchen without trying the Mango Alfonso (Choux pastry, shiso, coconut, kalamansi, lemongrass ginger and caramelised white chocolate), a masterpiece of Chef Christy Tania that was shown on MasterChef Australia. The dessert was stunning. It was not overly sweet or sour. Also, the choux pastry was pleasantly soft.

Mango Alfonso ($27)
The desserts here are magnificent not only in design but also in flavour. Each of them is an edible art.

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