Sunday, October 4, 2015

Weekly Menu, 3 October - 9 October 2015

Saturday 3 October: Lamb pasta
Sunday 4 October: Chicken sandwiches
Monday 5 October: Pasta salad
Tuesday 6 October: TBC
Wednesday 7 October: Chile con carne
Thursday 8 October: Krishna Pait Pooja
Friday 9 October: DYI pizza

Saturday, October 3, 2015

New Shanghai - Melbourne, Victoria

Garlic cucumber 5.5

New Shanghai Xiao Long Bao - Steamed pork dumplings (8pcs) 8.6

Dumplings (10pcs) 10.8

Cold noodles with braised beef 11.5

Prawn wontons with chilli oil, peanut & sesame sauce 16.3

New Shanghai fried pork buns (8pcs) 11.8

Sautéed snow pea shoots 14.9

Revisit verdict? We enjoyed a selection of old favourites, and new dishes - the panfried pork buns were a nice novelty, while the garlic cucumber, pea shoots and cold noodles were refreshing alongside the dumplings. The xiao long bao were tasty, but the dumpling wrapper wasn't quite as thin or silky as Hutong's. For me, the standout dish was definitely the prawn wontons in their spicy peanut sauce!
Time and date of visit: 6 pm Wednesday 17 June 2015 

New Shanghai

Emporium Melbourne, Level 3, Shop 323, 287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (03) 9994 9386
Open Saturday to Wednesday 10 am - 7 pm, and Thursday to Friday 10 am - 9 pm

New Shanghai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Crossways - Melbourne, Victoria

Tuesday (dinner) menu - $7.50 all you can eat:
Sweet & Sour Vegetables (we were lucky enough to have the lunch leftovers of Red Kidney Beans Vegetables and Brown Rice as well), Basmati Rice & Banana Sultana Halava, Papadam and Drinks

Verdict? Cheap and cheerful atmosphere with generous and delicious vegetarian fare - Crossways is exactly as I remember it from my student days and is still a wonderful bargain in the CBD.
Time and date of visit: 5.30 pm Tuesday 16 June 2015

Level 1, 123 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (03) 9650 2939
Open Monday to Saturday, 11:30 am - 8 pm

Crossways Food For Life Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, September 28, 2015

Weekly Menu, 26 September - 2 October 2015

Saturday 26 September: Minamishima
Sunday 27 September: Dumplings and greens
Monday 28 September: Eggplant parmigiana
Tuesday 29 September: Mr Ramen San
Wednesday 30 September: Braised pumpkin and lamb neck
Thursday 1 October: Spiced drumsticks with potato and pickle salad
Friday 2 October: 8Bit

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

An Afternoon Of High Coffee at Market Lane Bar, InterContinental, Melbourne

An Afternoon Of High Coffee at Market Lane Bar,
InterContinental Melbourne, The Rialto

$55 per person, including an espresso martini. 

A modern twist on the classic afternoon tea, High Coffee is served daily in Market Lane Bar. Enjoy the exotic aromas of roasted premium Arabica coffee complimented by a luxurious selection of sweet and savoury morsels to match. 

With an espresso martini on arrival followed by your coffee of choice, relax and unwind under the glass atrium in one of Melbourne’s most iconic heritage buildings and partake in the city’s most popular past time in the coffee capital of Australia

Available Wednesday to Sunday, visitors and locals alike are welcome to enjoy this gourmet experience in Australia's coffee capital including espresso martini upon arrival, and your choice of coffee. Served in Market Lane Bar from 2pm - 5pm.

Espresso martini


Smoked salmon bagel

Millawa ashed goats cheese with rooftop honey

Honey glazed ham and seeded mustard baguette

Savoury muffin

Prosciutto and asparagus quiche, and Wagyu pies

Pistachio macaroon, and Blackberry crumble

Berry cheesecake

Black forest cake

Seasonal sorbet

Honey and chocolate scones served with double cream and home made strawberry jam

Verdict? Espresso martinis are a dangerous drink, but super fun. Delicious and sweet, they hype you up while sneakily getting you tipsy. Paired with a mountain of yummy food - each sweet and savoury morsel small enough to pick up and eat with one hand, so you never have to let go of the martini glass? Yes, please! Hidden away in the Market Lane Bar, the adults only affair was a welcome twist to the traditional afternoon tea, and we enjoyed a decadent and slightly cheeky afternoon with friends.
Time and date of visit: 2 pm Sunday 14 June 2015

An Afternoon Of High Coffee at Market Lane Bar
Intercontinental Melbourne - The Rialto, 495 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (03) 8627 1400
An Afternoon of High Coffee is available Wednesday to Sunday, 2 pm - 5 pm

Market Lane Bar - Intercontinental Melbourne - The Rialto Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Weekly Menu, 19 September - 25 September 2015

Saturday 19 September: Burma Lane
Sunday 20 September: Dong Po Pork and smashed cucumber salad
Monday 21 September: Black sesame and ginger noodle salad
Tuesday 22 September: Marmara
Wednesday 23 September: Coconut lentil dahl
Thursday 24 September: Chicken, bean and kale soup
Friday 25 September: Nashed-up hot chicken cutlet sandwich Leftovers

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Dainty Sichuan - Toorak, Victoria

Dry Stirfried Beans - With Pork Mince $19.80

Ma Po Tofu - Sichuan Home Style, With Beef Mince $19.80

Fish Flavour Eggplant - Pickled Chilli, Sweet & Sour $19.80

Tasty Cold Noodle - with Chilli Oil and Sichuan Pepper $7.80 (not visible in the menu on this visit)

Sichuan Home Style Baby Cabbages - Pickled Chilli, Sweet & Sour $19.80

Cumin Lamb Ribs - Chilli, Sichuan Pepper & Cumin $26.80

Revisit verdict? We can't help noticing the changes at Dainty - new decor, new menus, more attentive service... but where has the spice gone? The dishes we received were fine, but at the end of the night, we left disappointed - missing that lovely lip-numbing, mouth-watering depth of flavour that we've come to associate with Sichuan cuisine. We truly hope the old Dainty spark (the one we know and love and crave) comes home soon.
Time and date of visit: 7 pm Saturday 30 May 2015 (see our previous visits)

176 Toorak Road, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia (03) 9078 1686
Open for lunch Mon & Wed-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-2:30pm and for dinner Sun-Mon & Wed-Thu 4:30pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 4:30pm-10pm

Dainty Sichuan Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato