Can you believe it? It’s already June? WOW… it feels like yesterday that I was still in HK shopping and eating lol but now I’m actually a working girl AND I’m in my FIFTH week! The first month has just flown by so so so quickly it’s crazy! But I’m still enjoying every minute of it ~ people at work are just lovely, I have never spent a day where I have had lunch alone ~ the culture here is quite good too, as long as we get out work done, we are given the freedom to come and leave at any time we want. YAY! I would also like to do a BIG shout out to my colleague Yue ~ because it’s his birthday tomorrow, HAPPY BIRTHDAY and thanks for looking after me all the time and making work a little more enjoyable!
Getting on with today’s post. Last month Mr Bao and I went on an Entertainment Book rampage LOL for my dear lovely Readers who are not living in Australia, you may not have heard of the Entertainment Book. To put it simply, the book costs $65 to purchase, where all proceedings go to a charity and it is full of discount coupons to restaurants, bars, cafes and other outlets. Generally you get 25% off the total bill or you buy a Main meal and get another one free. I buy it every year because it really help save money and hahaha just gives me another excuse to go out :D
Anyhow, the Melbourne 2011 Entertainment Book was expiring soon on the 1st of June, Mr Bao and I made it goal to use as many coupons as we could! But then I also wanted to make it blogworthy lol so I sat down and did some ‘serious’ research of the coupons in the book and strategically planned out where and when we’d go to these places ~
Then one sunny Saturday morning, Mr Bao and I found our ways to Madame Mangos, a local café in Camberwell. I was really stressed apart parking, because it’s usually pretty bad in this area, but that day we were really lucky and got a spot right in front of it. Once we walked in we were immediately greeted by the lovely waitress who led us to a nice day at the back of the café, with REALLY good lighting WOO HOO!
Mr Bao and I are always ravenous in the morning, so without wasting anytime, we promptly ordered and waited patiently. Service was very good and the meals were served within 10 to 15 minutes.
I was feeling healthy and decided to go for the Madame Muesli ~ which is an oven roasted muesli topped with poached pears, rhubarb and vanilla yoghurt. I love my muesli and can be quite picky about it, this was very nicely plated and it tasted quite nice too. However, it was more like bircher muesli mainly because it was cold, and I thought the vanilla yoghurt was a little tart, but it went well with the rhubarb and pears :) But still enjoyed it very much ~
By the time we got to Madame Mango it was close to 12pm, so Mr Bao was feeling like lunch items instead, so he ordered the Mediterranean Lamb Skewers which was served with risotto, red capsicum and a dollop of tzatziki. I don’t eat lamb so I didn’t taste the skewers, but Mr Bao was happy commenting that they were cooked just right and wasn’t ‘tough’. Only issue he had was it the serving, he thought it was a little small…hmmm I’m not sure I would call this ‘small’ lol he just eats a lot! I did try the risotto and thought it was a little hard and slightly under-seasoned but still quite nice.
Because we had a 25% discount, Mr Bao decided to order more food, savoury for him and desserts for me :D He then decided to get the BLT panini ~ it smelt so good! But I guess anything with bacon is good hehe a regular BLT but the panini was toasted and warm, combined with the bacon, lettuce and tomato just perfect. I think we both liked this more than the lamb skewers ~ I told him to order something else :P
I then ordered a gluten-free lemon poppy seed cake :) The owner had suggested it when I walked out to look at their dessert cabinet, he said it was moist, sweet and lovely. How could I say ‘no’ to that? It was indeed very sweet and I liked the poppy seeds, but I didn’t really like the icing on top…it was like a cross between cream cheese icing and butter creaming icing. I don’t know if it was slathered onto the cake when it was still warm, it was kinda soggy…
It was a relatively warm day, so I decided to order an ice coffee to go with everything, I really liked it :) especially the little coffee beans floating on top, really gave it a good crunch and the bitterness of the beans went well with the sweetness of the ice-cream ~ maybe I should make good use of my Nespresso at home and start making iced coffees lol
Mr Bao ordered is usual latte, he didn’t really comment much about it :) just said it was a nice cup of coffee ~ I don’t think he had his coffee tasting ‘hat’ on that day hehe
Overall, Madame Mango is a wonderful place to have brunch or lunch if you are in the area, and definitely a place you should visit if you have the Entertainment Book voucher ~ gonna go back soon with the new voucher :D Oh and before I left, I was talking to the owner and he was telling me why the cafe was named ‘Madame Mango’, it’s because the previous owner’s last name was ‘Mangos’ and it was named after Mrs Mangos who is still working in the kitchen :D I think it’s a Spanish name hehe anyhow just a little fact I wanted to share with you ~Hope you’ve all had a great week!