Saturday, January 16, 2016

Modernized Pavlova at Chokolait

Address: Emporium Melbourne, Level Three, 287 Lonsdale Street, CBD, Melbourne VIC, Australia

Phone: 03 9662 4235

Opening Hours: Sat-Wed (10 AM - 7 PM), Thu-Fri (10 AM - 9 PM)

Staff: Helpful

Price: AUS$4-25

Crushing On: Chokolait Pavlova

Crush Level: 4/5

My sister recommended me to try the mouthwatering pavlova at Chokolait and here I am trying to describe how delectable it was.

Chokolait Pavlova ($12.95)

The slice was incredibly fluffy. There was a glorious proportion of cream and sweetness, and also some interesting crisp. There were a few pieces of strawberries that neutralized the rich flavor of the pavlova. It was a modern twist on an angelic pavlova. 

This pavlova has made me craze about it. Going forward, the desserts that I taste must be equally fluttering or even more tantalizing. No more average and lackluster treats.

*Nona Tukang Makan was not invited or paid to write the review

Chokolait Emporium Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Gekkazan @ GPO

Address: 350 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia

Phone: 03 9663 7767

Opening Hours: Sat-Wed (11:30 AM - 5 PM), Thu-Fri (11:30 AM - 9 PM)

Staff: Friendly

Price: AUS$3-30

Crushing On: Ten Zaru Soba

Crush Level: 4/5

I happened to choose Gekkazan as my lunch spot during my shopping spree at H&M, as I was craving for some enjoyable soba. TBH, I looked at zomato and I found that it got quite a high rate from the foodies, hence I was convinced to visit this Japanese restaurant. As it was lunchtime, the restaurant was packed and I almost couldn’t grab a table. Luckily, there were some empty seats outdoor. Thank God it didn’t rain.

I chose the cold and energizing Ten Zaru Soba ($16) as my lunch and it didn’t disappoint. It had a slightly nutty flavor and grainy texture. The dipping sauce (tsuyu) was appropriately cold, paired well with the spicy wasabi and crunchy green onions. On the other hand, the tempura (vegetables and prawns) was crunchy and not overly coated with flour. Overall, the dish was simultaneously light and savory.

Despite the busy hour, the staff did not forget to smile and politely serve customers. Their attitude was respectable. Also, the food was undeniably good. In fact, the soba was more appetizing than few other soba that I’ve ever tried. Although, I wouldn’t say it was the most delicious soba out there. Still, Gekkazan was worthy to be visited.

Gekkazan @ GPO Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Meatball Wine & Bar, CBD

Address: 135 Flinders Lane, CBD, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Phone: 03 9654 7545

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri (8AM - 1AM), Sat-Sun (11AM - 1AM)

Staff: Friendly & Helpful

Price: AUS$9.50-$52

Crushing On: Chicken Sliders w/ White Creamy sauce

Crush Level: 4/5

Date of Visit: 24/10/2015

Before I came to this restaurant, I always thought how good this meatball restaurant can be, I mean it is just meatball. But, after my visit to this restaurant, my opinion about it changed drastically.

The moment I stepped into the restaurant, I fell for the cozy, rustic interior. It creates a warm ambience. I think it can be a perfect place for first date or if you just want to chat with your friends.


Burrata ($19.30)
Doughy, stringy, milky cheese paired with crispy and fluffy bread and also bread crumps. It was a light and satisfying dish. 

Chicken Sliders w/ White Creamy sauce ($18)
Fluffy crisp buns with tender flavorful chicken meatballs, accented by joyful glazed of ‘not so overpowering’ creamy sauce. Each bite was more alluring than the last. Surprisingly, it wasn’t as cheesy as what I thought it would be, which is excellent. 

Drink: Mixed Berry Bellini
Light, fruity, frizzy! It left a smooth aftertaste, which was a perfect companion for the table. 

No doubt, my dining experience was a positive one. Since the moment I stepped into the restaurant to the moment I stepped out of it, the staff was very friendly and considerate. Moreover, the sliders were droolworthy enough to make me think and dream about it. I guessed, I was wrong to say that Meatball Wine & Bar is not a special dining spot. 

Meatball & Wine Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Chin Chin @ CBD

Address: 125 Flinders lane, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Phone: 03 8663 2000

Opening Hours: Sun-Thu (11 AM - 11 PM), Fri-Sat (11 AM - 11:30 PM)

Staff: Professional

Price: AUS$4.50-69

Crushing On: Pad Thai; Ora King Salmon in Banana Leaf

Crush Level: 4.5/5

Date Of Visit: 23/10/2015

I’ve always wanted to visit Chin Chin since I first came to Melbourne, as lots of people have nothing but compliments for it. There are 2 restaurants with the same name but the one I’m writing about is Chin Chin restaurant at CBD that is owned by The Lucas Group (TLG). FYI! TLG also own the Gogo Bar, located just below Chin Chin restaurant, Baby, Kong BBQ, and Hawker Hall.

TLG established Chin Chin to serve fusion cuisine inspired by Southeast Asian delicacies. From the time it was opened until now, the restaurant never seems to be out of customers. My friends and I were lucky enough to nab a table in less than 30 minutes during lunchtime.


Kingfish Sashimi, Lime, Chilli, Coconut, & Thai Basil ($22)
A common dish elevated with a little kick. Sour, spicy, and fresh! At the end the flavors came together beautifully.

Pad Thai Noodles w/ Chopped Prawn, Peanuts, Dried Shrimp & Beansprouts ($24)
The fresh, tangy, and peppery flavors clung to each strand of the sleek noodles. The dish had a proportionate mix of texture from the chewy shrimp, crunchy peanuts, to the smooth noodles. It also finely demonstrated the exotic hint of Southeast Asia.

Pad Seuw of Braised Wagyu, Gai Laan Rolled Rice Noodles & Crispy Shallots ($24)
Even though I’m not obsessed with sweets, this sweet savory dish is not something to be missed. The smooth chewy rolled rice noodles, the delicate wagyu, and the sweet seasoning would make your sweet tooth grows bigger.

Ora King Salmon in Banana Leaf & Coconut Red Curry, Lime & Thai Basil ($27.50)
First of all, the salmon was charmingly cooked. How can it be extremely soft and moist? The fluttering taste made me gasped in awe. The moment it touched my lips, “Hallelujah” started playing in my mind. I felt like lying on a hammock in a beautiful exotic island.

Hot & Sour Steamed White Fish w/ Scud Chili, Baby Corn & Fresh Lime ($29.50)
Although the salmon took my breath away, this steamed white fish did not fail to gratify my taste buds. Flavorful thick sauce with distinct Asian fragrance paired with chunks of ultra soft white fish. It was indeed a very pleasing dish.

Palm Sugar Ice Cream Sundae w/ Salted Honeycomb & Lime Syrup ($16.50)
Layers of tempting decadent sweets with flaky honeycomb and tangy lime syrup. It will undoubtedly spoil a dessert addict!

Bonus: Tateyama Umeshu on the Rock 
My treasured alcohol beverage served in a tipsy glass. Umeshu is a Japanese plum wine with a bright fruity yet subtle tangy flavor.

Like lots of people, I have nothing but praises for this restaurant. All of the food was sensational and the service was top - notch. Currently, it sits at the number one spot of restaurants that I love in Melbourne. Please, don’t change and keep serving phenomenal dishes.

*Nona Tukang Makan was not invited or paid to write the review

Chin Chin Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Gold Leaf

Address: Harbour Town Shopping Centre, Level 1 Star Circus, Waterfront City, Docklands, Melbourne, VIC

Phone: 03 9670 1128 (Reservation is recommended)

Opening Hours: MON-FRI(12 PM - 3 PM, 6 PM - 10 PM), SAT-SUN(11:30 AM - 4 PM, 6 PM - 10 PM)

Staff: Helpful

Price: AUS$8-88++

Crushing On: Century Egg Porridge; Ha Kau; Scallop w/ Shrimp & Japanese Tofu

Crush Level: 3.5/5

Date Of Visit: 21/10/2015

Being an Asian, it is difficult for me to forego dim sum for more than 5 months. So, one day I decided to ask my friends to join me to find a delish place for dim sum and my friend, J, suggested us to try Gold Leaf, a quite popular dim sum place in Docklands.

Well, the restaurant perfectly portrays the stereotype of what a dim sum restaurant looks like with oriental ornaments and dim sum trolleys.


Century Egg Porridge
Century Egg Porriddge
The thick and savory porridge paired well with the slightly creamy century egg. The crispy fried dumpling skins brought more excitement to the dish.

Ha Kau 
Ha Kau
Soft, chewy, thin (but not crumbly) skin with firm and well-seasoned shrimp. What more can I ask?

Scallop w/ Shrimp & Japanese Tofu
Scallop w/ Shrimp & Japanese Tofu 
Tender scallop with slightly crunchy shrimp and extra delicate tofu. It was a perfect blend of texture and flavor.

Shrimp Cheong Fun
Shrimp Cheong Fun
There was nothing wrong with the salty flavor, but the texture was a tad boring. Silky rice noodle roll and soft shrimp were too monotonous in texture. I prefer to eat the cheong fun with something crunchier like you tiao.

Taro Puff
Taro Puff
Not a fan of taro so I didn’t try it but my friend seemed to enjoy it.

Fried Prawn Dumplings
Fried Prawn Dumplings
Very flavorful and crunchy. However, the mayonnaise tasted a tad sour and the texture was off.

Egg Tart
Egg Tart
In terms of flavor, it was brilliant. But, in terms of texture, it was a bit soggy. It needed more crisp.

Ginger Tofu
Ginger Tofu 
Silky tofu drowned in sweets. It tasted sweet and warm at the same time because of the strong ginger flavor.

Overall, our dim sum experience at Gold Leaf was favorable. The staff was friendly, and the food was flavorful, except for a few dishes. I might visit it again in the future if I am craving for some authentic dim sum.

*Nona Tukang Makan was not invited or paid to write the review

Gold Leaf Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato