Friday, 31 October 2014

White Rabbit Restaurant

When I think of the White Rabbit, I am automatically thrown back into the world of Alice in Wonderland... I must have been quite fond of the story as I named my childhood cat Dinah after one of the Liddell’s cats (Caroll based the main character on Alice Liddell) and more recently named my cat Villikens after their other cat. Anyway, I’ve been to the White Rabbit in Brighton a number of times for family get-togethers and have found the food to be delightful.

Are you ‘curiouser and curiouser’ about the menu? Well, there is the ‘Brioche French Toast with banana and peanut butter ice-cream, pancetta crisps, salted caramel peanuts and Canadian maple ($18.90)’ or the ‘Pork and Pistachio Lyonnaise sausage, spicy beans, fresh herbs, poached eggs and pear relish ($18.90)’ for you to try.




The White Rabbit also has pizzas so we decided to split a pizza between us. We went with the ‘Mixed mushrooms, ricotta, roast garlic, rocket, and truffle oil ($19.50)’. I’ve had this before and really loved it but this time it was nowhere near as pleasing. The pizza still had a lovely thin base that I have enjoyed in the past but the astringent tomato sauce was very overbearing. A bianca base would be a better carrier for these delicate ingredients.

Pizza
 
My dining companion ordered a latte ($3.50) and found it to be alright, but not great.

Latte
 
The service was much better than I have experienced in the past but I would probably try a different cafe along Church Street next time I am in Brighton...

Address: 118 Church St, Brighton, VIC

Phone: 03 9553 8344

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Monday, 27 October 2014

The Stables of Como

Quite some time ago I visited The Stables of Como which is situated on the grounds of the elegant Como House. The place was crawling with people and as it was a weekend we were unable to make a reservation. We put out names down at the door and waited a rather long time to be seated. A long counter covered in tempting sweet treats dominated the room whilst the interior had a gorgeous, rustic charm. The service was pretty dreadful though... The end of the communal table must be a blind spot for service as we spent most of the time waiting... Although, the waiter in charge of a nearby section was doing a marvellous job. He even told customers what the specials were!




We ordered our lattes (probably $4.00) and after a long wait they finally arrived. Unfortunately, the coffees were not very pleasant at all. They had that strong burnt taste.
 
Latte
 
Thankfully, our food appeared shortly after. We both decided to have the ‘HCT Croissant with hand carved Bill’s ham, béchamel, emmental cheese and truss tomato ($7.90)’. The béchamel made a simple meal quite luxurious. It was the perfect size lunch, allowing us room to sample a cake as well.  

H.C.T. Croissant
 
We thought we would share the Mango and Passionfruit Teacake with cream cheese icing ($5.90) and I eventually managed to catch the eye of our distracted waitress to place the order. The cake was attractive with a splattering of rose petals but the cake was a little bit dry.

Mango and Passionfruit Teacake
 
I think I will bring a picnic instead next time I visit Como House...


Address: Corner Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave, South Yarra, VIC

 Phone: 03 9827 6886



Trading Hours: Mon – Sat: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
                Sun: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
 
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Monday, 20 October 2014

The Hidden Cafe

We decided to have afternoon tea in Camberwell and thought we would try out The Hidden Cafe. This is not to be confused with the Hidden Cafe in Chadstone that I reviewed some time ago, which I think has now ceased to exist... However, this cafe is also delightfully hush-hush. The Hidden Cafe resides behind St Mary's Anglican Church in Toorak Road in what used to be the church hall. It has been transformed into a gloriously light and inviting cafe that is also very child friendly with a children’s play area and kids menu. If the kids need to burn off some energy from a sugar hit at the cafe, there is a playground in the park next door...

 
I studied the menu for future reference and it displayed some appealing options. The savoury muffin of the day was also quite tempting indeed. We had just enjoyed a rather big lunch so we only ordered beverages this time. I decided to have an iced chocolate ($5.00). The iced chocolate had the ideal ratio of chocolate, milk, and ice-cream. Some cream on top and it would have been perfect. The quality, orange striped straw was also a nice touch.

Iced Chocolate
 
My dining companion ordered a latte ($3.60) made with Gridlock Coffee. This was excellent and I am keen to try one myself next time I visit...

Latte







 
 
Address: 101 Bowen Street, Camberwell, VIC

Phone: 0427 800 018


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Trading Hours:
Mon - Sun: 7.30 am – 4.30 pm

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