22.2.15

Feast of Merit

22.2.15
It's been a month since our return to Melbourne. Hibernation and recuperation has been a big factor and it was only a few Fridays ago where we enjoyed our favourite meal since we've been back. Feast of Merit is an initiative from ygap that takes inspiration from seasonal and locally sourced produce with a Middle Eastern twist. The former cafe interiors have been stripped off and the raw bones and exposed bricks left us all feeling like after a detox, bright and happy.




15.2.15

New Shanghai

15.2.15
Every year as Chinese New Year approaches, I declare that this is the year that I will finally make my own pineapple tarts. It looks like I have dismally failed again and once again, the laborious process has escaped me yet again. One thing that we never fail to attend is the multiple family Chinese New Year dinners with family. To usher in the new year, Erin from iD Collective was kind enough to invite Mr A and I along for a dinner at New Shanghai and we enjoyed our dinner so much that we returned again with family only a week later.

28.12.14

The Lui Bar

28.12.14
The Lui Bar at Melbourne's prime real estate in the skies is luxe, elegant and provides superior views of Melbourne's skyline. Since opening in 2011, it has been at the top of my "to-go" list, although I find the location right smack bang in the middle of the city a bit awkward seeing as I drive to the city these days, and popping in for a quick drink isn't really possible with the pain in the ass parking. You will need to consult the concierge at the ground floor just before the elevators and our arrival mid-afternoon proved that we had arrived just in time, snagging the last window view seat.

The Lui Martini ($21) and Negroni ($22)


30.11.14

An omakase experience at Minamishima, Melbourne.

30.11.14
For anyone that has travelled to Japan before, you will understand the fervour that you acquire for the food and culture, and the unwavering appetite and despair that you feel after your return home. While there are a few places in Melbourne to satiate to a certain extent, the fresh sashimi and sushi cravings you begin to have, there's no where quite like Japan. With just the mere mention of the words "just like in Japan", I know many people who will be scrambling and demanding for the name and address.

With no media press release and little public knowledge of its opening, this is the epitome of a Melbourne hidden gem. Granting, I don't believe this will last long. Chef Koichi Minamishima had previously worked at Kenzan since the 1980's and wanted to create a unique sensory experience. The location is just off Bridge Road in Richmond and upon walking into the restaurant, the hushed setting, soothing ambience music and quiet, unobtrusive wait staff will seemingly transport you to a sushi-ya in Japan. A striking long wooden sushi bar, seating twelve diners, extending down through the restaurant and a few tables segregated at the back, for groups of diners, make up the restaurant.