Thursday, 28 August 2014

BetweenUs

I’ll admit it. I do spend a lot of time in Maling Road, Canterbury. This is apparent to everyone who knows me as I usually organise our catch-ups there... Anyway, whilst I have visited nearly all the cafés in Maling Road, I have not blogged them all. So today I am writing a blog about BetweenUs which I have been to a couple of times before. Last time I visited, I had the ‘Salmon Provencal: potato roestis, sautéed spinach, smoked salmon with poached eggs and hollandaise ($19.00)’, which was lovely but it is only available at breakfast time.


This time I am here for lunch so I was obliged to order something from the lunch menu. I saw a lot of the ‘Zucchini Feta Fritters with house yoghurt sauce and roasted tomato ($18.00)’ being sent out to eager patrons. However, I decided to have the ‘Beef sliders: premium eye fillet, spicy capsicum, rocket, mozzarella with mini buns ($18.00)’. The beef was cooked to perfection and melted in the mouth. Although, the overall flavour of the sliders was a little dreary. They needed the addition of something creamy like an aioli. The spicy capsicum and the mozzarella didn’t provide much impact either. The seeded bun was a little dense so perhaps a brioche bun would have made the dish more enjoyable.
 
Beef Sliders

 
My dining companion chose the ‘Prawns, avocado purée, fresh shaved zucchini, sliced lemon with dill ($18.00)’. Unfortunately, the prawns were overcooked and very rubbery. There was not a lot going on with this dish so you really need to make sure everything is perfect. The browning avocado purée was somewhat uninviting. The dish definitely needed a little bit of zing. The lemons slices appeared to be absent.

Prawns

 
Our lattes ($3.50) tasted great and were very large indeed. A BetweenUs coffee and one of their gorgeous looking homemade cakes would make a brilliant afternoon tea...

Latte
 
The café is usually bustling with people and can be quite noisy. In the past, the service has been rather slow to take your order but they were very attentive today. I might skip the lunch menu in the future, but I would still drop by for a luscious coffee or some brunch...


Address: 141 Maling Road, Canterbury, VIC

Phone: 03 9830 7915
 
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Chin Chin

Chin Chin is an extremely popular restaurant in the CBD that focuses on south-east Asian cuisine. The executive chef is Benjamin Cooper whom you may have seen on MasterChef. You know... That guy with the big mohawk.

Chin Chin is known for its long wait times but we were surprised to be seated straight away. I definitely had the luck of the Irish with me that day... We were seated at the bar which was wonderful as it gives you front row access to the kitchen. The service was great considering how packed the place was.


The menu is quite extensive so it took me quite awhile to decide what to order. I was tempted by the ‘Pad Seuw of six hour braised wagyu, gai laan, rolled rice noodles and crispy shallots ($24.00)’ but instead chose the ‘Aromatic yellow curry of roast pumpkin, char-grilled tofu and green beans ($19.00)’. I also ordered a side of ‘Steamed jasmine rice ($3.00)’. Wow, what a curry! Such an exciting experience for my tastebuds... You can really notice the flavour explosion of using freshly made curry paste. The curry also had just the right amount of heat.
 
Yellow Curry

 
My dining companion picked the ‘Chin Chin egg fried rice with chilli soy, cucumber and lettuce cups ($18.00)’. It was another divine dish. The fluffy rice tasted scrumptious and the whole feast really sparkled with freshness.

Chin Chin Egg Fried Rice
 
The desserts were very enticing, especially the ‘Palm sugar ice-cream sundae with salted honeycomb and lime syrup ($15.00)’. So if you are seeking some vibrant Asian food, try Chin Chin but don’t forget to pick up the Chin Chin cookbook on the way out...


Address: 125 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC

Phone: 03 8663 2000




Trading Hours:
Daily: 11.00am - late

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Friday, 22 August 2014

Shizuku Ramen

Miss Sage Sugar was invited by Shizuku Ramen

A bowl of steaming ramen is just the thing to warm you up on a cold winter’s day... What better place to go than a restaurant that claims that they have the best ramen in Melbourne! Shizuku Ramen offers delicious Japanese cuisine with a modern spin. You may have heard of their Ramen Burger ($15.00) which is a ‘bun’ made of ramen noodles with either a candied pork belly or miso glazed eggplant filling. Shizuku Ramen also has an extensive craft beer list and they are more than happy to help you match your beer with your selected ramen.  

We arrived for lunch and went for a non-alcoholic beverage. It was a bit cold that day for a beer... We ordered some Japanese Tea ($4.50). The tea was yummy and refreshing and tasted a bit like Weetbix!

We started off with some ‘Gyoza Classic ($10.00): six pieces of pan fried pork mince and cabbage dumplings, spring onions and a homemade, tangy sesame vinaigrette’. Three dumplings each was not enough for us as they were just so good! Next time I definitely need to order double...
 
Gyoza Classic

I decided to have the ‘Vegetarian Ramen ($15.00) with mixed vegetables’. I chose the miso option. A massive bowl of gorgeous ramen arrived that was packed full of vegetables and noodles. The heavenly broth was creamy and not too salty. I loved it so much I ate my way through most of the bowl until I could not physically eat any more!
 
Vegetarian Ramen

 
My dining companion picked the ‘Ebi Shio Ramen ($17.00): a hakata sea salt flavoured soup, scallop infused oil, fresh prawns, and vegetables’. The broth was fragrant and divine. The bowl contained a plentiful amount of succulent prawns.
  
Ebi Shio Ramen

The restaurant also has a nifty, easy to use online booking system that allows you to confirm via SMS. I can’t wait to return and enjoy another bowl of their delightful ramen and work my way through their craft beer list...


Address: 309 Victoria Street, Abbotsford, VIC

Phone: 03 9995 8180



Website

Trading Hours:
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm
         5.30pm – 10.00pm
 
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