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New Friend Leaving – Lucy Liu

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Mr Bao laughed and rolled his eyes, when I told him, “I’m going to start my blog post with the following statement – I am a social butterfly”. I’m not sure what’s so funny about this statement, because it’s very true! I love socialising, meeting new people, making new friends:) Fellow Wong (that’s our nickname for each other since we have the same surname haha)  is one of these new friends I have made, we met through another friend last year and have kept in touch since then. If it wasn’t because of a busy work/life schedule and distance of where we live, I’m sure we would met up more. 

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Anyhow, the sad news is Fellow Wong is relocating again, he is originally from Sydney, this time he is moving to Singapore. It’s a great move for his career and he’s definitely someone who likes a new challenge so we’re very happy for him, however, at the same time it’s sad to see a new friend leave. There’s a few more weeks before he moves, but we wanted to catch up a few more times. That’s how we ended up having lunch at Lucy Liu Kitchen and Bar, which is the new venture from Michael Lambie (The Smith, Circa), Smith Borg and Zac Cibbes. 

Kirin Apple Cider

I had a look at the menu before booking, and it gave me the impression of so modern Asian with Thai and Korean fusion. It seems to be on the rise with the number of modern Asian restaurants in Melbourne. The boys both shared a Kirin Apple cider, I didn’t know that Kirin produced ciders because I’ve always associated them with beer hehe I had a sip and found it to be quite crisp, but not too dry. 

Koh Tao Cooler - Apple, honey, apple juice, crushed ice top with soda $8

Koh Tao Cooler – Apple, honey, apple juice, crushed ice top with soda $8

I got a mocktail the Koh Tao Cooler with Apple, honey, apple juice, crushed ice and topped with soda. Really enjoyed this refreshing drink and paired quite well with our dishes with such rich flavours.

Freshly shucked oysters with red nam jim sauce $4 each

Oysters with red nam jim sauce $4 each

As a little starter we tried a freshly shucked oyster with red nam jim sauce. Haven’t had it with nam jim sauce before, found the slightly sourness helped bring out some of the sweetness from the oyster.

Barramundi & Scampi Dumplings with chilli, ginger and spring onions $14

Barramundi & Scampi Dumplings with chilli, ginger and spring onions $14

We then shared these Barramundi and scampi dumpling with chilli, ginger and spring onions. I’m usually sceptical of fish dumplings as they’re often quite fishy, but I was very impressed with these dumpling. They had a decent amount of filling and was actually quite tasty! Especially with the chilli sauce!

Crispy Pork Bun $8

Crispy Pork Bun $8

We then ordered a couple of buns to share, this is the Crispy Pork Bun with spicy kimchi and kewpie mayo. It’s so nice to see that Kewpie mayo is used more widely now and not only available in Japanese groceries. I’m addicted to it haha :) The bun itself was soft and fluffy, however, I found the crackly wasn’t as crispy as we would have liked and found the pork to be slightly bland.

BBQ Lap Cheong Hot Dog $8

BBQ Lap Cheong Hot Dog $8

This was my favourite! BBQ Lap Cheong ‘Hot Dog’ in a toasted milk bun with wombok coleslaw. A yum cha you can find Lap Cheong buns but they’re definitely not as indulgent as this one with that wombok coleslaw which I’m pretty sure has egg and more kewpie mayo! I really enjoyed this and would recommend you trying it!

Rare Breed Sticky Pork Belly $20

Rare Breed Sticky Pork Belly $20

This reminds me very much like that signature pork dish they have at Taxi Kitchen . I did find $20 for only 2 pieces of pork belly to be on the dearer side. It was also served a young coconut salad and red chilli. Unfortunately, we were a little underwhelmed as the pork was a little tough and once again under seasoned and not very sticky.

Koren Fried Chicken Ribs $14

Korean Fried Chicken Ribs $14

But then I was blown away again by the Korean Fried Chicken Ribs with kewpie mayo :) The ribs were not greasy with the flesh still tender, it was slightly spicy probably because of the marinate, and dipped into Kewpie mayo perfect!

Korean Style Crispy Pork Hock $38

Korean Style Crispy Pork Hock $38

Just in case I forgot to mention, the menu here is designed for sharing as most places are now! We’ve had a fair amount of food, so we decided to only get one dish from the ‘Larger’ section of the menu. We decided on the Korean Style Crispy Pork Hock with apple kimchi salad, pancakes and hoisin sauce.

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I would describe this dish like it a peking duck, but instead you replace the duck with pork! It’s quite simple, you hack into the pork hock, rip pieces off it, wrap it into the pancakes add a bit of the salad. Here comes some action shots for you!

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Oh yeah last step is to wrap it and put into your mouth!!! We all really enjoyed this, the pork hock was tender with great smokey flavour, with a drizzle of hoisin sauce to give it some sweetness and the green apple for crunch! It’s also a very generous serving that could easily feed 3 to 4 people! I also liked the super thin paper like pancakes which means it’s less filling and you can eat more of it :)

Chocolate Dulce De Leche with blood orange foam $15

Chocolate Dulce De Leche with blood orange foam $15

If I had it my way, I would’ve forced the boys to have 3 desserts! But they were too stuffed, so I settled for only 2! Starting with the Chocolate Dulce De Leche with blood orange foam. I’m a little perplexed because I really liked the bottom layer with the dulce de leche, how sweet and rich it was. But then I’m really not a fan of blood orange, while it was the opposite for the boys they liked the foam more because it wasn’t as sweet :P

Crispy Banana Fritters $15

Crispy Banana Fritters $15

To make it easier for sharing, we got the Crispy Banana Fritters with coconut ice-cream and syrup. The batter in which the banana was coated in was thicker than I expected and not as crispy. Felt like a modern take and wasn’t as oily as the traditional one. Coconut ice-cream was creamy and nice with a sprinkle of toasted shredded coconut.

It was such a great catch up with Fellow Wong and as a side story, I’ve already introduced him to my good friend Ms S who will take care of him when he lands in Singapore. See I’m such a good friend haha I go to great lengths to take care of them. Back to Lucy Liu, I think it had some hits, but also some misses. I think some dishes they executed so well, however, lacked some flavour in some others. However, if you’re looking for a new place to have lunch or dinner with friends who take bookings, I think Lucy Liu is a good option. Plus the name is quirky :P

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Iranian Pistachio Gelato – Il Melograno

I’m not sure if any Dear Readers have noticed, but I’m starting to blog a little more again :) The last couple of months have been tough with work being so busy, personal commitments and everything else in between! I finally hit a wall and broke down… and even got a little teary at work… but my manager and team has been nothing but supportive! And of course Mr Bao has been doing thing he can to help. After the break down, I cancelled a lot of events and catch up with friends and gave myself more time. And realised that really helped clear my mind and help focus on the things that needed my attention!

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Anyhow, I’ve bored you enough with my break down, but don’t worry everyone :) I’m feeling so much better now! As a matter of fact, I’m doing so well I managed to get this blog post up, even though I only visited Il Melograno two days ago! Two nights ago a restaurant had their launch party (will be blogging about that soon) and quite a few food bloggers were invited. It was a great event to see and catch up with everyone. Once the meal was finished, it was still quite early not even 9pm, I had my partner in crime Ashely (Im So Hungree) with me, and she actually suggested we should pay Il Melograno a visit. We then lured Allan (Almost Always Ravenous) to come with us!

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I have read of Il Melograno opening a while ago and have been on my ‘must-try’ list. We are so spoilt here in Melbourne with so many authentic gelato places to choose from. My impression of Il Melograno is that they focus on making small batches of traditional gelato, flavours were not as modern or creative as say Gelato Messina. However, I could taste the quality and effort placed into producing these gelato.

Thanks Allan!

So apparently Allan said that he owed me money from so long ago that I honestly don’t even remember, but he said gelato was on him :D Wasn’t going to argue with him! Thanks Allan hehe

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The gelato here is also very reasonable priced $5.8 for a small cup with two flavours and take note! The cups are also edible which I find intriguing and rare to find here! I swear we didn’t plan this…but all our gelato have the same colour scheme hehe

Chocolate & Rosemary and Salted Macadamia $5.8

Chocolate & Rosemary and Salted Macadamia $5.8

Ash chose a flavour on their specials board, which is quite interesting Chocolate and Rosemary which surprisingly paired quite well with each other. Neither was overpowering each other. Not something I would choose but the salted macadamia! Such intense flavour!

Coffee and Banana & Walnut $5.8

Coffee and Banana & Walnut $5.8

Not as adventurous :P Allan chose the Ricci Method Coffee and also Banana and Walnut. Just like before both flavours were intense and for those who can’t handle caffeine too well, I wouldn’t suggest ordering the coffee as you might have trouble sleeping at night! The Banana and walnut resembled a smoothie with that strong kick of banana through it.

Bacio and Iranian Pistachio

Bacio and Iranian Pistachio

I got two of my favourite flavours, Bacio think the Baci chocolate (hazelnut chocolate) intense with small pieces of hazelnut through it. But what really impressed me was the Iranian pistachio, the wonderfully friendly girl behind the counter explained to us, that proper pistachio gelato should have a very pale if any colour. And the ones that are mint or even fluorescent green has certainly been tinted with food dye. That really intrigued me, as I always thought pistachio equaled green. The flavour was probably not as intense as the other flavours, but still very good and great creamy texture.

I definitely enjoyed Il Melograno, flavours are intense and you get all you asked for :) Pleased that we now have a good gelato store in the suburbs which hopefully will make parking easier and queues shorter. At least for now until more people find about them and then I won’t have a secret gelato spot to visit anymore hehe Maybe I should’ve kept this to myself and not blog about it!

Il Melograno on Urbanspoon

That Beef Brisket – Meatmaiden

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My Dear Readers, do you remember the short lived restaurant Little Hunter? It had some great success but after only what felt like 6 months, it closed its doors due to financial issues. This great space was then forgotten for a while but it has been brought to life again! It has been taken over by the same owners as Meatmother in Richmond and now transformed into Meatmaiden.

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Meatmaiden is on the basement of a commercial building, and since it’s Little Hunter days, it has changed a little with more seats at the bar, not as dark and I love those dark grungy photos of girls holding a knife haha that’s the evil side of me when I don’t get what I want :P

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To celebrate the opening of the restaurant, Meatmaiden decided to organise a bloggers/media night, which I thought was very generous as all guests were also asked to bring a plus one. Even though it was a large event, we were all placed our own tables and I had Shellie (Iron Chef Shellie), Michelle (The Bakeanista), Katey (TinkPR) and Mr Bao on our table, so it was still intimate.

Negroni

Negroni

So what if it was a Tuesday night, it was going to be an awesome night filled with food and catching up with my fellow blogger friends so I was determined to drink! Plus Mr Bao was driving haha so lets start with a Negroni! Definitely not for the light drinkers it was quite strong indeed!

Beef Jerky, Pickled Heirloom vegetables and Kipfler chips

Beef Jerky, Pickled Heirloom vegetables and Kipfler chips

Ok now we’ve got drinks covered let’s move onto the starters, here we have beef jerky, pickled heirloom vegetables with chilli and goats cheese and Kipfler chips. The beef jerky with their homemade BBQ sauce was delicious! Then we also had the insider joke that Shellie pickled her stomach that night with all the pickled veggies she ate haha they were a great to prepare us for all the food that was coming!

Oysters with Smoked Fennel Dressing

Oysters with Smoked Fennel Dressing

Next was the freshly shucked oysters with smoked fennel dressing, I’m pretty sure these Oysters were from Tasmania and had a creamier texture. I haven’t had smoked fennel dressing with oysters before and found it very refreshing.

Southern fried chicken with tequila mayo

Southern fried chicken ribs with tequila mayo

I think I forgot to mention that Meatmaiden focuses on American BBQ so it also makes sense that they would have Southern fried chicken and to make things more interesting it was served with tequila mayonnaise. I couldn’t really taste the alcohol but it had all the rich and creaminess expected from mayo and the chicken ribs had such great flavours! I think more places should do Chicken ribs instead of wings, it’s easier to eat and more meat!

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Some of the bloggers have visited on another event before, and they haven’t topped telling me about the Lobster Mac and Cheese, so I was very excited to see it on the menu. We all agreed that we could all have one serve each, it was very rich but was actually quite light on the cheese. The lobster just made it even more indulgent.

20-hour Rangers Valley Wagyu Brisket with Native Tassie Pepper Berry Rub

20-hour Rangers Valley Wagyu Brisket with Native Tassie Pepper Berry Rub

Now this is the BEEF BRISKET I am going nuts about, it’s Wagyu brisket from Rangers Valley and takes 20 hours to make paired with that aromatic Native Tassie Pepper Berry Rub. It is the most tender piece of beef brisket I’ve ever had! I’m going to be pushy and recommend you go and try for yourself :)

O’Connor Pasture-fed Flat Iron Steak

O’Connor Pasture-fed Flat Iron Steak

This flat iron steak from O-Connor was another winning dish that night, it had such intense buttery beef flavour. It had such good flavours no condiments or sauces were really required.

Lamb ribs

Lamb ribs

Last savoury dish we tried was the Lamb ribs, I don’t eat lamb so I skipped and gave my piece to Mr Bao. He commented that it was so succulent with great smokey flavours, we also got a variety of nods from the other people on our tables ~

Sundae with Peanut Brittle

Sundae with Peanut Brittle

All good meals must end with dessert! This was the Ice-cream sundae with chocolate and vanilla ice-cream, chocolate sauce and peanut brittle. A simple American classic dessert, just needed more chocolate sauce hehe

Chocolate Bar with Raspberry Sorbet

Chocolate Bar with Raspberry Sorbet

Something a little fancier was the chocolate bar with raspberry sorbet, its like a chocolate fondant with a soft gooey centre. I found the raspberry sorbet a little too tart for my liking and would’ve proffered something like butterscotch ice-cream but I’m sure you all know the way I like my desserts ~

I enjoyed the meal here at Meatmaiden and found it more refined than Meatmother but still retaining that casual bar type atmosphere. Their prices are also reasonable with a $49 meal with so much food my friend had doggy bags to take home with her last time she went with her hubby. Definitely recommend Meatmaiden if you’d like a place to visit with friends and trust me you must order the beef brisket and lobster mac and cheese!

Meatmaiden on Urbanspoon

Mr Bao and Daisy@Nevertoosweet dined here as guests of Meatmaiden and TinkPr

Doggy Date – Mr Hendricks

I never need an excuse to go out for brunch because I simply adore going out on the weekends and enjoying a hearty breakfast and good cup of coffee. But now that I’ve got Cupcake it’s another reason to catch up with other canine loving friends :D One of these friends is Joanna (The Hangry Bitch)   we haven’t been very well in catching up this year, the last time I saw her was in March or even February! We both have busy schedules, we finally set a date and decided to catch up for brunch at Mr Hendricks with her dachshund Danny, boyfriend The Angmoh and Mr Bao.

Mr Hendricks

I have been so excited about visiting Mr Hendricks, as there are not that many cafes in my area so when Winnie (Eat Play Shop) recommended it and visited twice in a short period of time, it was immediately on the top of my list! I started off with a Soy chai latte and they use Prana chai meaning its the real deal made out of tea leaves and not powder ;)

Soy Chai $4

Soy Chai $4

They use Padre coffee here and Mr Bao ordered his usual Magic (double Ristretto), he commented that the coffee might have been a tad warm and not as fruity as he preferred but still a very good cup of coffee.

Magic $3

Magic $3

Moving onto the food, Jo’s boyfriend The Angmoh ordered the House toasted granola with strawberry and rhubarb compote and vanilla yoghurt. Unfortunately, he said that there was too much compote and yoghurt which drenched the toasted granola making it a little soggy.

House Toasted Granola with Vanilla Yoghurt $12.5

House Toasted Granola with Vanilla Yoghurt $12.5

Jo ordered the tempera Soft Shell Crab burger with fennel, radish, cabbage, avocado and kewpie mayonnaise. It smelt so wonderfully good and I’m pretty sure the bun is a brioche bun which makes it all the better :D However, it does look a little lonely without any sides, so it might have been good to have a little salad or chips on the side.

Soft Shell Crab $16.50

Soft Shell Crab $16.50

I was tossing and turning between the Crispy eggs or the Croque Madame, I decided to go with the eggs because I love anything with sweet potato. You can’t really see the ham hock in this photo as it’s covered up by the fennel and radish salad, but it was tasty and tender.

Crispy Eggs with ham hock and sweet potato puree $18

Crispy Eggs with ham hock and sweet potato puree $18

I’ve always wondered how they cooked these eggs, to make it crispy on the outside but still runny inside. I mean look at how perfect these eggs were! I can’t even make boiled eggs without my egg cooker hehe

Perfect eggs!

Perfect eggs!

Mr Bao was hungry (please note he’s always hungry haha) he got the Breakfast Cassolet with confit duck, toulouse sausage, persillade, ham hock and fried eggs. It’s not common to find a duck dish on a brunch menu so I found that quite interesting and this was definitely more a lunch dish as its big in size and rather rich.

Breakfast Cassolet with confit duck $21

Breakfast Cassolet with confit duck $21

I’m glad Jo has a sweet tooth too, because who else would share the Brioche french toast with me. This was a thick piece of brioche with vanilla poached pears, caramel sauce and double cream. It was a little too sweet and rich for Jo, while I thought it was just right. Having said that…I would have wanted a little more caramel sauce yes more :P and replaced double cream with ice-cream hmmm I can just imagine and how everything will go with each other!

Brioche French Toast with vanilla poached pears, caramel sauce $14.50

Brioche French Toast with vanilla poached pears, caramel sauce $14.50

Had such a wonderful catch up with Jo, The Angmoh and how could we forget Danny! He was so well behaved and more settled compared to Cupcake who was jumping all over him and everyone who walked past haha

Danny

Danny!!!

I really enjoyed Mr Hendricks and so happy that they have opened up in close to my area :) We don’t have any options so it’s lovely to find another local gem! Will definitely be coming back again very soon and might become a regular as they are very dog friendly and staff are attentive. Next time I WANT the waffles!!!

Mr Hendricks Cafe on Urbanspoon

Suburban Thai – Som Tam

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Good afternoon my Dearest Reader’s hope you’re all enjoying your weekend :) I’m not sure if you remember my friend Garfield, we’ve been friends since high school and he LOVES Thai food. We have gone to countless Thai restaurants and without fail he will order the same items from the menu! That’s why when I got an offer to review Som Tam a new Thai restaurant in Thornbury, I knew it was the perfect excuse to catch up!

Garfield (nickname of course) hates photos but I managed to snap this one and he allowed me to post it as long as it was black and white :P This guy has not changed at all! Just wondering my Dear Readers do you still keep in contact with your high school friends?

Chang Beer $8

Chang Beer $8

Mr Bao came with us as well and the boys decided it was a good night to have a beer or two or actually make that three. And they also stick with a Chang beer when we’re dining at a Thai restaurant.

Complimentary Som Tam

Complimentary Som Tam

The restaurant itself is called Som Tam, and for those who don’t know it mean Green Papaya salad in Thai. We were all given a small dish of complimentary Som Tam which I thought was a nice gesture and palate cleanser.

Son in Law Eggs $7.9

Son in Law Eggs $7.9

I’m a huge fan of Son in Law eggs which are soft boiled eggs fried to give it a crispy skin, topped with caramelised red onion, chilli and herbs. The eggs were cooked well and still remained runny inside, I did find it to be a little under seasoned and would’ve liked some more chilli or onion flavours.

Roti Bread and Peanut sauce $4.5

Roti Bread and Peanut sauce $4.5

Garfield and I are huge fans of roti bread and he’s introduced me to peanut sauce and now I can’t seem to get enough of it. The roti bread was fresh and warm, while the peanut sauce had more pronounce curry flavours than peanut, they paired each other quite well.

Roti bread peanut butter

Thanks Mr Bao for being my trusty hand model. But perhaps next time I can paint your nails too? Hahaha just kidding!

Som Tam  with Soft shell crab $12.90

Som Tam with Soft shell crab $12.90

I am a huge fan of Som Tam so since its their signature I had to try. We chose the soft shell crab salad as I find that more interesting. The Som Tam was made well fresh and crunchy, however, I found it too sour and not as spicy as I’ve had it in Bangkok. The soft shell crab was deep fried, it could have probably stayed in the deep fryer for a tad longer to make it extra crispy especially the thicker parts.

Tom Yum Soup with prawn $9.5

Tom Yum Soup with prawn $9.50

Mr Bao and I also shared the Tom Yum soup with prawns mushroom, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. Once again I found it to be amore sour than spicy, but the prawns were very fresh and had good texture.

Pad Se Ew $15.90

Pad Se Ew $15.90

Garfield was the first to introduced me to Pad Se Ew which is a stir fly noodle with beef slices, Chinese broccoli, pepper with a sweet soy sauce. This is his ultimate favourite dish out of all the dishes in Thai cuisine, he can eat this literally every day! He gave a big smile and nod to this Pad Se Ew as it was done right in his books made with beef and we could tell that it was freshly made and still piping hot. His only comment it that there was a little too much pepper for his liking.

Kana Moo Krob $15.90

Kana Moo Krob $15.90

I’m so glad I was dining with the boys, so I can try more dishes, we then shared a stir fry and curry dish. This is the Kana Moo Krob which is a stir fry of Chinese broccoli, crispy pork belly and garlic chilli oyster sauce. I could really taste the “breath of the wok” meaning the wok was heated to a high heat to cook this dish.

Red Curry Roast Duck $18.90

Red Curry Roast Duck $18.90

Mr Bao finally ordered the Red duck curry, he’s been talking about it for a while, but the last couple of Thai restaurants we visited either didn’t have duck or red curry. I was quite impressed that the duck is roasted in house with berries and longan added to the curry sauce to give it some overall sweetness.

Black Sticky Rice $4

Black Sticky Rice $4

The red duck curry sauce went very well with the Black Sticky rice. I’m not sure if I’ve told you this before, but I’m not really a fan of rice, never liked it or enjoyed it. However, I do like glutinous rice and when it’s black it’s even better as it’s got that nutty oat flavour to it. I also found that not many Thai restaurants serve black sticky rice so I was happy that they do here :)

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After all that food I needed a break…so here is a picture of the interior, I believe Som Tam is newly renovated and has a modern casual dining atmosphere.

Sang Ka Ya $6.90

Sang Ka Ya $6.90

The boys downed another couple beers while I was busy choosing what desserts I wanted to try. I couldn’t decide between two or three…so what the heck…I’ll just get all that I wanted! Starting with this Sang Ka Ya which is a egg custard pudding with pumpkin, taro and shredded coconut on top and served with Mango ice-cream. I wasn’t sure how Garfield would take this dessert, as it is a very Asian style and flavoured pudding to my surprise it was his favourite! I really enjoyed the smooth texture of the custard and also the little pieces of taro through it.

Black Sticky Rice with coconut ice-cream $6.90

Black Sticky Rice with coconut ice-cream $6.90

Yay! More black sticky rice for me! This is a very traditional Thai dessert and I remember eating numerous plates of this in Bangkok, however, it was often served with slices of mango, which is what I found missing from this dessert. And perhaps some coconut milk to poured over the black sticky rice would have added some more flavour.

Banana Roti $6.90

Banana Roti $6.90

Then the final dish for the night was this Banana roti with the same fresh buttery flaky roti bread sandwiched with slices of banana, whipped cream and a drizzle of maple syrup. This become my favourite!

I will be honest before visiting Som Tam I was a little wary as I have read mixed reviews about the restaurant. It appeared to be either really good or not so great at all. Even though I do find some dishes lacked chilli and spice. I understand that the chefs are trying to accommodate to the tastes and preferences of locals. I am very glad I came and tried, as we all enjoyed ourselves. I actually found the price of the dishes to be very reasonable, with nothing even mains over $25 while service was quick and pleasant. I would happily return to Som Tam more often if it was closer to where I lived, but I’m sure if I wanted to Garfield would drive again!

Som Tam on Urbanspoon

Daisy@Nevertoosweet and guests dined at Som Tam as their guest all opinions are my own. 

Lady of Leisure – High Tea Sofitel Melbourne

I think it was last year or year before was when I first heard of this term ‘LOL’ but not the average ‘Laugh Out Loud’, it has another meaning and it is ‘Lady of Leisure’. How cool is that! I’d love to be a lady of leisure, not have to work and just spend my husbands money (no no I’m not getting married anytime soon) hahaha but I would still like to be this type of ‘LOL’.

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So even though I’m not quite a full time ‘Lady of Leisure’ yet, I sure know how to be one on the weekend, I ditched Mr Bao and Cupcake for day. First I had brunch with a girlfriend then I organised to have High Tea with another girlfriend Kaylee. We are both High tea fanatics, when we were both in Hong Kong we use to go all the time, I’ve lost count the number of times we’ve gone to high tea.

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I’m pretty sure this is the first time we’ve had High Tea in Melbourne together, so I decided to choose something nicer and came across Sofi’s Lounge at the Sofitel Hotel. I’ve heard mixed reviews about their high tea so wanted to try for myself. They have 4 options during the week the Devonshire and Afternoon Tea option which is the standard 3 tier tower. On the weekends they have the Morning Tea which is the standard in this photo and also the High Tea full buffet which is the one we did. It is $69 per person with a class of complimentary champagne and unlimited tea and I think she said coffee.

Sandwich station

Sandwich station

Kaylee and I actually weren’t expecting a full buffet, so I think we were quite impressed with the two large sandwich stations and also the mini quiches and pies. Thanks for being such a great hand model hehe your pink jacket gives the photo some colour :)

Scones - Vanilla whipped cream, strawberry jam and honey lemon curd

Scones – Vanilla whipped cream, strawberry jam and honey lemon curd

There are of course scones, plain and fruit ones served with vanilla whipped cream, strawberry jam but what caught our eye was the honey lemon curd. It wasn’t tart and loved that honey flavour through it. Also how cute is the presentation with the scones in a ceramic bowl, it’s like having high tea in a garden outside.

Dessert buffet!

Dessert buffet!

And of course there was the Dessert buffet section with a good selection of mini cakes and tarts, I would say there were a total of at least 12. Which is a really good variety and I could tell that they were freshly made and not pre-made and have been left outside for a long period of time.

More cake!

More cake!

The sticky date pudding cake on second from the right was definitely my favourite!!! It was moist, sweet and sticky, but I know many will probably say it’s too sweet and rich for them :P

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So this is how we did it, first we got some sandwiches and mini quiche, then we moved onto the scones, pistachio pana cotta and also that lovely strawberry cheesecake with a strawberry jam filling. But we very quickly moved onto the desserts, and there you can see that delicious sticky date cake on the right again!

Crepe and pancake station

Crepe and pancake station

In between the two sandwich stands, there is also a crepe and pancake station where a chef is there to reheat some pre-made crepes in caramel source and also some freshly made mini pancakes. The salted caramel sauce was delicious, however, I would’ve preferred freshly made crepes and pouring some sauce on top with some ice-cream. Nom Nom!

Crepe and Mini Pancakes

Crepe and Mini Pancakes

We didn’t have ice-cream so served it with some whipped cream and more salted caramel sauce ~

Chocolate fountain

Chocolate fountain

Any high tea, buffet or restaurant that has a chocolate fountain with gain brownie points in my books! Now ready for the action shots?!?

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First its putting the strawberries on the skewers, I’m glad Kaylee did this and not me, as I’m rather clumsy and would’ve made a mess and not have been too elegant.

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Then it’s the KODAK moment! This is actually my favourite shot!

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Question time, what do you like dipping into chocolate? I’m actually a huge fan of dipping bananas into chocolate but I guess that would make the chocolate unclean as bananas are quite sticky and turn brown very quickly.

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I really enjoyed the High Tea here at Sofi’s Lounge and it definitely exceeded my expectations. Something I really liked was that the whole experience didn’t feel rushed and that we had to be out by a certain time. Even though the High Tea is only served from 2:30pm to 5pm, no tables were asked to leave or that they must finish in the next half hour. I’ve experienced some other high teas in Melbourne and they have very strict timings, which sort of takes the fun of out sitting around hours on end chatting with friends. We did find the tables to be a little small and it was difficult to fit all our plates, tea pots and cutlery. Thankfully, there was space next to the tables and put our bags there. At $69 per person, it may seem pricey, but I actually used the discount from the Entertainment Book which bought it done to $50 per person which I thought was more reasonable.

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Fried Chicken & Waffles – Mr Big Stuff

Mr Big Stuff

My sister Win Win and I are very close, but given that we live 9 hours away from each other by plane it’s not easy for us to catch up and have a girl’s night out. I have been quite lucky and saw her a couple more times this year, and even though she was 5 months pregnant she still came back to visit me and meet Cupcake for the first time :) Now that’s what I call #sisterlove hehe Anyhow, I got an invite to visit Mr Big Stuff a new American Soul inspired restaurant on Meyers Place. I ditched Mr Bao and decided to bring Win Wing with me.

Mr Big Stuff

I’m a granny eater meaning I like to eat early to give myself enough time to digest and eat two rounds of dessert. We arrived at just past 6pm and it was good, because there was ample street parking and also a large parking station right across the restaurant. As soon as I walked in, I really like the atmosphere with a live DJ playing music in the background playing music that wasn’t too noisy you had to scream on top of each other’s voices to hear.

Wicked Watermelon (Non Alcoholic) $8.5

Wicked Watermelon (Non Alcoholic) $8.5

The menu is designed for sharing with drinks on the first two pages, then entrees, medium dishes and larger and finishing with desserts. We were recommended the cold pressed juices, which can be mode with non-alcoholic or alcoholic. We both ordered the non-alcoholic drink so we can share and try. I chose the ‘Wicked Watermelon’ with cold pressed watermelon, fresh lemon juice and soda water. Usually I steer away from watermelon juices, because they’re always grainy and have a lot of added sugary which makes it taste artificial. However, this one was different, it was fresh and refreshing and tartness from the lemon.

Soarin Strawberry Lemonade $8.5

Soarin Strawberry Lemonade $8.5

Win Win got the Soarin Strawberry Lemonade which is the same with me, however, replaced cold press watermelon with strawberry. It was just as thirst quenching and we both enjoyed it. I think I prefer the watermelon but for strawberry lovers you must try this~

Cheers to girls night out!

Cheers to girls night out!

Cheers to a girl’s night out!!! We should definitely try and do this more often :D

Jumbo Prawns $6

Jumbo Prawns $6

We then shared a couple of small stuff from the menu, this is the Jumbo Prawn dusted with corn meal, cajun spiced and prawn head mayonnaise. The prawn was cooked until tender and I completely understand why people say the flavour is all in the prawns head now! The mayonnaise was so delicious, Win Win asked the to leave it even after we’ve finished so she can use it for other things lol

Grilled Corn $5

Grilled Corn $5

I only recently realised I like corn so much hahaha I probably eat it every day or at least every second day, we tried the Grilled Corn here with garlic and black pepper butter. Let’s just say I regret sharing and wanted one whole cob to myself.

Pork Slider $9

Pork Slider $9.5

*palm face* I had to explain to Win Win what sliders were she couldn’t get the concept of mini burgers haha we shared the Pork Slider with braised pork shoulder and pickles. I felt the pulled was a little under seasoned and would have been better with some more salt and perhaps pepper.

Hot sauce!

Hot sauce!

I added some of the Hot Stuff hot sauce on the table and that really helped bring out the flavour of the pork.

Fried Chicken and Waffle $19

Fried Chicken and Waffle $19

It was then time to move onto the more substantial dishes and I knew I absolutely HAD to order the Fried Chicken and Waffles dish. I have heard and seen this dish in so many American TV shows, it’s always intrigued me, how does it work waffles which I associate as breakfast or dessert with fried chicken.

Mr Big Stuff fried chicken and waffle These waffles were also served with spiced maple syrup so it was definitely a combination of sweet and savoury. So how did my virgin fried chicken and waffle experience go? It was awesome! The fried chicken was crispy and juicy, but what really impressed me was the waffles! It had the perfect texture which I look for in waffles, where it feels light as a feather on the outside, but still retaining its slightly doughiness inside. Highly recommend anyone who would like to pop their fried chicken and waffle cherry to come here!

Tongue & Cheek $34

Tongue & Cheek $34

From the Big Stuff section of the menu, we tried the Tongue & Cheek – veal grilled tongue, braised cheek, sweet potato puree. This was a dish Win Win and I both enjoyed, the braised cheek was melt in your mouth type tender and I really liked the sweet potato puree which added some sweetness to the overall dish.

Corn Bread $6

Corn Bread $6

I know this is a little strange to rave on about the corn bread, and trust me I am no expert but this corn bread served in a little skillet really impressed me.

Mr Big Stuff corn bread

It was so moist that it felt like a freshly baked oven muffin and because I love the flavour and smell so much, I could honestly eat a whole one by myself. Win Win didn’t really understand why I made such a fuss about the cornbread but it’s good! Please try and let me know what you think!

Buttermilk Caesar $12

Buttermilk Caesar $12

My sister will never pass on the chance of ordering a Caesar salad, I’m pretty sure it is the only salad she eat…the rest she calls bird food. Yes we’re very similar yet different haha! The Buttermilk Caesar salad had crispy bacon, white anchovy and buttermilk dressing topped with what I assume to be parmesan cheese. Worked as a good palate cleanser for the other richer foods were consumed, and I liked the lighter how the white anchovy wasn’t as pungent.

Quince & Rhubarb Cobbler $10

Quince & Rhubarb Cobbler $10

They don’t have a large dessert selection here at Mr Big Stuff, which is a shame because I would’ve loved to see a sundae or a cheesecake on the menu. They only have two desserts, first was the Quince and Rhubarb cobbler topped with Vanilla ice-cream. I haven’t had many cobblers but this one felt more like a pudding with not much of a cobbler topping.

Apple pie $10

Apple pie $10

Can’t get any more American than Apple pie in my opinion and these had spiced rum and also cinnamon sugar dusted all over it.These were shaped like little dumpling which I found that they’re called hand pies.

*Warning* Super HOT!

*Warning* Super HOT!

Warning everyone!!! These were super piping hot inside so because when eating them, I couldn’t really taste the spiced rum in the filling but it was warm and comforting none the less. They were also a good sized not too big or small, a good bite size.

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It was a fun night catching up with my sister, chatting about bags, clothes and random things :) We enjoyed most of the dishes we tried. I think if you’re looking for a place for casual dinner with friends or your partner, Mr Big Stuff is a great place. It’s relaxed and chilled where you can let your hair down, have a drink, enjoy the music and most importantly the fried chicken and waffles!

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Daisy@Nevertoosweet and Win Win dined at Mr Big Stuff as their guest. 

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