Saturday, June 4, 2016

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Address: 130/8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia

Phone: +61392925777

Website: (Reservation is required)

Opening Hours: Lunch (Fri- Sun) (12 PM - 2 PM),
Dinner (Sun - Thu: 5: 15 PM - 11 PM; Fri - Sat: 5: 30 PM - 11 PM)

Price: AUS$36 - 375

Crushing On: Meat Fruit; Rice & Flesh; Chicken Cooked with Lettuces; Tipsy Cake

Crush Level: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Interior (3.5/5)

Date of Visit: 13/05/2016

Heston Blumenthal is publicly known for his magic hands. He’s the Father of molecular gastronomy, who can make everything becomes edible. He’s like the real-life Dumbledore in the food industry, only without the long white beard and the magic wand (or maybe he secretly does? We'll never know).

I had a passionate wish to visit “The Fat Duck”, a Three-Star Michelin Restaurant owned by the talented Chef, but my wish has to be put aside for a while, considering that “The Fat Duck” has swum back to its London home. 

Worry not, Heston has decided to replace it with “Dinner”, still located at Crown Melbourne, furnished with a dark, confusing entrance. The restaurant aims to present exquisite meals based on ancient recipes. Apart from the fancy meal, customers can also learn about the historical background of the recipes written on the menu.
From Friday to Sunday, the restaurant offers a 5-course lunch set ($160, plus $120 with wine), which is of good value for money and include:

Hay Smoked Ocean Trout
I don’t usually finish my vegetables outside the house, but if the plate looks this pretty, I wouldn’t be able to refuse. Boasting a competitive taste of lemon and a chewy and salted ocean trout, it was the ultimate appetiser.

Meat Fruit
It is one of the greatest recipes that the world has ever had. Inside the orange was a creamy chicken liver parfait. The light tangy flavour and the creaminess spread soothingly on the crunchy grilled bread. Although, I was unable to finish it due to the parfait’s intensity.

Rice & Flesh
I felt like I was turning into a cruel human when I ate one of Australia’s most treasured animals. Thankfully, the tender kangaroo’s meat was less than a handful. On the other hand, the rice had an impressive texture, neither too soft nor too hard, soaked well in the exotic pungent broth. The dish was one that would even satisfy the royalties.

Chicken Cooked with Lettuces
Don’t be fooled by the presentation! Even though it got the simplest plating out of all the dishes, it was one of the most divine. The plump white chicken meat was moist and spectacularly soft. It melted in my mouth without the need of much mastication, well harmonised with the crisps, the crunchy vegetable leaf and the decent sauce.

Tipsy Cake
Truly smooth custard finished with some fresh and tangy pineapple slices that will satisfy dessert enthusiasts. The sweet treat was more than a masterpiece. It was a magical creation.

Post Meal Compliment: Earl Grey Dark Chocolate Mousse w/ Biscuits
The earl grey boldly lent itself to the creamy mousse. When the crumbly biscuits were dipped into the sinfully sweet and bitter mousse, you’d be impressed.

“Dinner” may not be on par with “The Fat Duck”, but it is more than enough to show how gifted are Chef Heston and his team. From the professional staffs and the sublime food, “Dinner” is at a different level.  Silently wondering how God like "The Fat Duck" must be.  

*Nona Tukang Makan was not invited or paid by any individual or business to write this review.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Spicy Tongue

Address: 214A Little Bourke Street, CBD, Melbourne, Australia

Phone: 03 9663 9866

Opening Hours: SUN - WED (11:30 AM - 3 PM; 4:30 PM - 10: 30 PM)
                THU - FRI (11: 30 AM - 3 PM; 4: 30 PM - 11 PM)

Staff: Friendly & Helpful

Crushing On: Pork Xiao Long Bao, Bei Jing Duck

Crush Level: Food (3.5/5), Service (4/5), Ambiance (3.5/5)

Date of Visit: 04/05/2016

Stumbled upon Spicy Tongue when I was suffering from chronic hunger. As I saw quite a lot of people were enjoying their food inside, I decided to enter the restaurant.

Thankfully, they do not employ grumpy staffs like most authentic Chinese restaurants do. In fact, the staffs were friendly and helpful.


Bei Jing Duck ($28.80)
Fluffy and crisp duck meat paired with adorable fluffy steamed buns, and a sweet, savoury sauce. Love it!

Sheng Jian Bao ($9.80)
It had a spot on seasoning, but not so much soup and crisp.

Pan Fried Pork Dumpling ($10.80)
Soft crispy skin combined with tender and well-flavoured meat. Sadly, it was super greasy.

Pork Xiao Long Bao ($10.50)
It was one of the highlights of the meal. The soup was rich and savoury, and the meat and the skin were spot on.

Although Spicy Tongue does not offer one of the best Chinese food out there , it still offers enjoyable dumplings. Moreover, the staffs were nice and professional.

*Nona Tukang Makan is not invited or paid by any individual or business to write this review. 

Spicy Tongue Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Rice Paper Scissors, CBD

Address: 19 Liverpool Street, Melbourne, 3000, Australia

Phone: 03 9663 9890

Opening Hours: Lunch (12 PM-3 PM), Dinner (5:30 PM, Bar - 6 PM till late)

Staff: Attentive

Food Price: AUS$12-14

Crushing On: BBQ Lamb Ribs

Crush Level: Food (4/5), Service (4/5), Ambiance (3.5/5)

Date of Visit: 29/04/2016

I’ve made a plan to visit this fusion tapas restaurant since last year but did not have a chance to do it. Luckily, I stumbled upon the busy restaurant just when the sky expected me to hide under the umbrella.

Although the restaurant was super packed both inside and outside, the staff managed to find a quiet spot for me at the back of the restaurant, where I could relax and took a sneak on the kitchen activities.

To make things better, the food and drink did not take forever to come out.

Pear Bellini ($13)
A refreshment that would clear up your mind.

BBQ Lamb Ribs ($14)
It was fall off the bone tender, succulent, and juicy. Every bite of it revealed a savoury sweetness, combined with some crisp and excellence! Once your mouth meets the sensation, it will end up wanting more.

Prawn Dumplings ($12)
Prawn Dumplings

Prawn Dumplings

Prawn Dumplings 2

Prawn Dumplings 2

The dumplings got some heat kick on them. As my tongue could not tolerate the heat, I did not finish it. Nevertheless, it was toothsome.

Just when I felt that my stomach was starting to bulge out, one of the lovely staffs asked me if I wanted to get a dessert. Being a foodie I am, I could not reject her offer, despite hesitating for a few seconds.

Mum, I Dropped My Ice Cream ($12)
I Dropped My Ice Cream

I Dropped My Ice Cream

If I dropped my ice cream and ended up inventing such delish treat, I would call myself a genius. Talk about the creamy sweetness, crunch, and the shy tanginess.

I’m super glad that I finally got to try this awesome restaurant. Rice Paper Scissors offers quality food, quality service, and comfy interior. It doesn’t matter whether you just want a quick lunch or a bonding session with your relatives, you should check this place out.

*Nona Tukang Makan was not invited or paid by any individual or business to write this review.

Rice Paper Scissors Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato