Monday, April 28, 2014

Co Thu Quan - Footscray, Victoria

Cafe - Vietnamese drip-brewed coffee with condensed milk (cold) 3.5

Xoi Xa Xiu - Sticky rice featuring BBQ pork and Chinese sausage 5

Banh Trang Tron - Rice paper salad with rice paper mixed with green sour mango, beef jerky, dried shrimp, crushed peanuts and Vietnamese mint herb 6

Banh Trang Cuon - Mini rice paper wrappers featuring fried shallots, beef jerky, sour mango, dried shrimp and Japanese mayonnaise 5

Bap Xao - Sauteed juicy sweet corn with dried shrimp, fresh spring onions and butter (with Sriracha chilli sauce) 5

Sinh To - Avocado smoothie 5

Would we go back? Definitely! Everything we had was delicious. Can't wait to try all of the other dishes on the menu. Plus the Bap Xao corn dish is a great inspiration for a easy and yummy side dish! 
Time and date of visit: 11:30 am Friday 11 April 2014

Cô Thư Quán

Shop 22, 63 Nicholson Street, Footscray, Victoria, Australia (03) 9913 9692
Open 7 days, 10:30 am - 8 pm

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Weekly Menu, Thursday 10 April: Mushroom omelette

Robot Bar and Mensousai Mugen - Melbourne, Victoria

Robot Bar

Asian Alchemist - Bombay Sapphire, Lychee Liquor, Suishin Sake, Apple Juice, Ginger Beer, Lime, Cucumber & Coriander $17

The good? Cute little bar with nice cocktails, and attentive service.
The bad? A little on the expensive side (especially for beer).
Time and date of visit: 5 pm Wednesday 9 April 2014

Robot Bar

12 Bligh Place, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (03) 9620 3646
Open Monday to Thursday 5 pm till late, Friday 4 pm till very late and Saturday 8 pm till very late

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Mensousai Mugen

Coedo (microbrewery from Saitama, Japan) Kyara (Vinenna Lager) $14

Potato Salad - Japanese potato salad with cherry wood smoke, served with toast and prosciutto $15

Tsukune - Japanese grilled chicken skewers made from tenderloin thigh and soft bone with teriyaki sauce and egg yolk side to dip $15 (4 pcs)

Wafu Tsukemen Ramen - Dashi and soy sauce broth, house made thick noodles served with slow cooked pork (chashu), bamboo shoots and seaweed $17 (420g)

Wafu Tsukemen Ramen - Dashi and soy sauce broth, house made thick noodles served with slow cooked pork (chashu), bamboo shoots and seaweed $17 (420g)

Wafu Ramen - Soy sauce and dashi broth - cooked over 48 hours, house made thin noodle served with slow cooked pork (chashu), bamboo shoots and seaweed $15 (regular)

Egg $2

The good? The fit-out, the service, the fact that they stock Coedo beer (my personal favourite), the gooey egg, along with the delicious 'japas' (Japanese tapas)!
The bad? It was a bit expensive overall, and we were a little underwhelmed by the ramen. To be honest, we don't really see much point in cooking the soy sauce and dashi broth for 48 hours.
Would we go back? Maybe. I'd like to try their other 'japas', and possibly the curry ramen... 
Time and date of visit: 6 pm Wednesday 9 April 2014

Mensousai Mugen
11 Bligh Place, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (03) 9620 3647
Open Monday to Saturday for lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm and for dinner 6 pm - 11 pm

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Weekend Eats - Sunday 6 April 2014

Breakfast rolls

Fika time at Dolcetti

Pages, Plants and Plots presents
'The true history of bread'
with Boris Portnoy (Auction Rooms)
at North Melbourne Library (free event)

Come and explore the relationship between the bread and the bread maker with Boris Portnoy of Auction Rooms, who will guide participants as they explore the sensory experience of dough.

Learn about techniques for baking bread including clay, stone and direct, and share stories and folk knowledge about grains, bread and food.

Participants are encouraged to bring a sense of curiosity and wonder, and a keenness to start learning about this ancient food. They will leave with the confidence, and the starter kit, to forge their own dough path and start creating their own bread history.

Khachapuri (Georgian cheese bread) 

Fukuryu Ramen - Melbourne, Victoria

Nori tofu $4.90

Chicken karaage $5.90

Tam tam ramen - "Spicy ramen! With minced pork topping" $9.90

Signature tonkotsu ramen - "Thick and creamy" $9.90

Free green tea soft serve

The good? The broth in the 'tam tam' was flavoursome, the egg was actually gooey inside, and the free green tea soft serve was a nice touch.
The bad? For a 'signature' dish, I was left a little disappointed with my tonkotsu ramen as I found it lacked flavour. Meanwhile, the 'tam tam' was flavoursome but was described as a spicy ramen and unfortunately we couldn't taste the spice. Luckily, you can add your own at the table.
Would we go back? Yes, we'd give it another go ... especially if we couldn't get into Sichuan House next door. 
Time and date of visit: 8 pm Saturday 5 April 2014

Fukuryu Ramen

Level 1, 22-26 Corrs Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (03) 9090 7149
Open Monday to Saturday for lunch 11.30am-2.30pm, dinner 5.30pm-9.30pm and Sunday for lunch 11.30am-2.30pm and dinner 5.30pm-9.00pm

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Weekly Menu, 19 April - 25 April 2014

Saturday 19 April: Fried rice leftovers
Sunday 20 AprilGami Chicken and Beer
Monday 21 April: 'Casa de Beauville'
Tuesday 22 AprilTanswells Commerical Hotel
Wednesday 23 April: Provenance
Thursday 24 April: Pine mushroom pasta 
Friday 25 April: Cauliflower soup

Monday, April 21, 2014

Chuan Wang - Footscray, Victoria

Cucumber with sweet and sour sauce (cold) $8.00

Dandan noodles $8.00

Zhong dumplings (10 pieces) $8.00

Spicy salt and pepper sliced fish $28.00

Time and date of visit: 6.15 pm Friday 4 April 2014 (see previous visit and thanks for the shout-out Footscray Food Blog!)

Chuan Wang
190-193 Hopkins St, Footscray, Victoria, Australia (03) 9687 2288
Open Monday to Sunday, 11 am - 10 pm 

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