Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Omah's

Omah’s is a Malaysian restaurant near the Glenferrie and Burwood Road intersection in Hawthorn. They specialise in mud crab and on Monday they have mud crab night where you can enjoy a three course crab feast for $45.00. They also have a junior menu of five dishes ($8.90) so you can bring the kids along as well. The restaurant is stylish and modern with decorative screens creating individual dining spaces and stylized bird cage lighting.

 











 
 

WHAT’S ON THE MENU?

·        Yam Scallop x 2 – Pan seared fresh scallop served on yam cake with house mayo ($8.50)

·        Omah’s Duck – Half a deboned duck braised in soy and Chinese herbs and served with bok choy ($21.90)

·        Shiitake Mushrooms and Tofu – served with broccoli ($16.50)

·        Pandan Leaves Crab – Whole mud crab wok fried and coated with pandan leaves, lemongrass and tamarind in a light curry paste sauce ($ Market price)


WHAT WE ATE...

We ordered two entrees to share. The ‘Crab Omelette served with garlic chilli sauce ($7.50)’ was delicate in flavour and the sauce packed a punch.

Crab Omelette
 
The ‘Roti served with peanut sauce ($7.00)’ was flaky and ideal for mopping up the spicy peanut sauce. 

Roti
 
I decided to have the ‘Fried Kueh Teow ($11.90)’. The flat rice noodles fried in dark soy with prawns, egg, fish cake, bean shoots and a touch of spice were superb. I could taste the essence of the wok and the ingredients were just the right ratio.

Fried Kueh Teow

My dining companion chose the ‘Five-spice calamari ($21.90)’ which tasted lovely but had the odd slightly chewy piece of calamari.

Five-spice Calamari
 
WHAT WE DRANK...

Omah’s has a good selection of drinks to choose from. I was tempted by the Hix Pilsner ($9.90) but in the end we shared a jug of Tiger beer ($18.00).

Tiger Beer
 
SERVICE...

The service was very quick but as we dined on a Wednesday night, the place was quite uninhabited when we arrived.
 
 

  
Address: 338 - 342 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, VIC

Phone: 03 9818 7777

   


Trading Hours: Mon - Sun: 12.00pm – 2.30pm
                                                                                       5.30pm – 10.15pm
         

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Friday, 5 December 2014

The Kettle Black

A rose between two thorns... A Victorian terrace enveloped by towering modern buildings. The Kettle Black actually occupies both with flair. It is the latest venture from the team behind the popular cafés Top Paddock and Two Birds One Stone. It focuses strongly on one of this year’s buzzwords, provenance, where suppliers are proudly displayed on their menu. The interior designed by Studio You Me has a fresh green and white theme. As with Top Paddock, the floral displays are unique and visually stunning. Top Paddock is also now opening for dinner on Friday nights.

 

WHAT’S ON THE MENU?

·        Chilli scrambled eggs with air-dried Flinders wallaby, feta and leaves ($18.00)

·        Tataki ocean trout with a raw kale and pickled seaweed salad, nuts and poached eggs ($20.00)

·        Robbins Island wagyu skirt steak with house-made mustard, seasonal fruit relish and leaves on the Kettle Black bun ($23.00)

·        Fresh kingfish with potato crisps, tomato, avocado and leaves ($23.00)

 

WHAT WE ATE...

I chose the ‘King Island Crayfish in an ash roll with native coastal spinach, lime and yuzu mayonnaise ($21.00)’. The dish not only tasted wonderful but was beautifully presented with the edible flowers peeking out from within. I devoured the plentiful and succulent crayfish, stopping only to address the zesty juices running down my arms... I found this meal to be very good value as many cafés charge around $20 for just a big breakfast.

King Island Crayfish
 
My dining companion picked the ‘Burrata with raw heirloom tomato, burnt rainbow chard, vinegar and toast ($17.00)’. The tomatoes were lovely and sweet and full of flavour and the burrata was creamy and rich. However, the burnt chard didn’t add much to the dish.

Burrata
 
WHAT WE DRANK...

The Kettle Black uses Five Senses Coffee and Larsen & Thompson Tea. Our lattes ($4.00) were delightful.

Latte
 
SERVICE...

The service at Kettle Black was so much better than Top Paddock. The staff were efficient and genuinely friendly. There can be a bit of a wait for a table on weekends.

 
Address: 50 Albert Rd, South Melbourne, VIC

Phone: 03 9088 0721


 

Trading Hours: Mon – Fri: 7.00 am – 4.00 pm
                                                                     Sat – Sun: 8.00 am – 4.00 pm

The Kettle Black on Urbanspoon
 
 
 
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