Saturday, September 20, 2014

Weekend Eats - Pho Tam, Dolcetti, Queen Victoria Market

Saturday 30 August 2014








Sunday 31 August 2014













Oyster with sour cream and red wine shallots

Truffle petit delice

Homemade salami

Brookvale Union Ginger Beer to wash it all down



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Weekly Menu, 13 September - 19 September 2014

Saturday 13 September: 'Braeside Villa'
Sunday 14 SeptemberMe Wah
Monday 15 September: Smolt
Tuesday 16 SeptemberTBC
Wednesday 17 September: TBC
Thursday 18 September: Fried rice
Friday 19 September: BBQ pork omelette

Saturday, September 13, 2014

State of Grace - Melbourne, Victoria


Voided Suspicion - Applejack Brandy, Rosemary and Apple, Strawberry Balsamic Reduction 20

In the 16th Century, a banquet was done terribly different to the ones of today. The term banquet stemmed from the medieval term for ‘ceremony of the void’. It would be the time of an evening where the all guests would adjourn to a parlour as the table was cleared, or ‘voided’ as the year indicates. We present you with a drink befitting a banquet itself.

Grilled haloumi, fig relish 12

Broccoli , pine nut, crimson raisins, quinoa & salted ricotta 22

Warm bread & cultured butter 9

Cured meats, house pickles, smoked cheese 26 

Blood & Orange Monkeys - Monkey Shoulder, Aperol, Cheery Heering, Blood Orange, Spiced Syrup. 

The Blood and Sand is one of only a few mixed drinks to obtain Scotch. It was named after Rudolph Valentino’s 1922 bullfighter movie ‘Blood and Sand’. The colour of the drink represented the blood from the bulls. We like Planet of the Apes better, no animals were harmed. This is our creative take on the classic, using Blood Orange, Aperol, Monkey Shoulder Whiskey and a homemade Spiced Syrup… Don’t ask the ingredients, we will never tell.

Aylesbury duck breast, parsnip, kale, port steeped prunes 35

Aylesbury duck breast, parsnip, kale, port steeped prunes 35




Would we go back? Yes, I think I'd revisit if I found myself searching for a drink and a nibble on this side of town, or I'd happily try one of their cocktail degustations! The cocktails were absolutely delicious, the decor was fun, and the food was fairly tasty, if just a tad on the expensive side.
Time and date of visit: 6 pm Friday 29 August 2014 


477 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (03) 8644 7110
Restaurant open Monday to Friday 8 am - late, and Saturday 5 pm - late

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Burma Lane - Melbourne, Victoria


Bloody Kentucky - Makers Mark Bourbon, Pedro Ximenez, Blood Peach Puree & Rhubarb Bitters with a Honey and Sesame Seed Rim 19.5

Fried Shan Tofu w/ Smashed Tomato, Herbs And Peanuts 14

Wet Spice wok-fried Chopped Chicken w/ Noodles, Cucumber, Chilli, Crispy Shallot & Green Onion Garnish 24

Paratha filled w/ Eggplant, Chickpeas, Spinach & Omelette cooked in Tomato 25

Roasted Pork Belly w/ Spiced Caramel Sauce & Herbal Salad 29

Burmese Fried Rice 6

Chocolate, Chilli & Peppermint Parfait with Salted Caramel & Pineapple Sorbet 17

Rice Custard Crepe Cake, Pineapple Sticky Rice & Caramelised Banana Ice Cream 14


Would we go back? The flavours were nice, but they didn't knock my socks off. The decor was cosy and intimate, but as we were seated upstairs, the service was a bit scarce. Plus, it also felt a little 'same-same-but-different'. Maybe with time, Burma Lane will unveil its own charming personality... but for now, Red Spice Road is the clear winner when compared to its little sister. 
Time and date of visit: 6 pm Friday 22 August 2014 


118 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (03) 9615 8500
Open for lunch Monday to Friday 12 pm - 3 pm, and for dinner Monday to Saturday 5 pm - 10 pm

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