Wednesday, 10 December 2014


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.




·        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)


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. 

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

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

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.



·        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)



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.


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


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

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Upcoming Event: State of Grace's NYE Cotton Club Party

It’s only four weeks until New Year’s Eve! Time does fly at this time of the year... Have you made plans for New Year’s Eve yet or are you still trying to decide what to do? Well, State of Grace is hosting an exciting event for New Year’s Eve and this year’s theme is Cotton Club which will transport you back to prohibition era New York. You may have already been to their gorgeous hidden cellar bar, Fall from Grace. Get ready to party like they did in the twenties and book your tickets now...!nye-2014/c71l

Monday, 1 December 2014

Miss Sage Sugar's Fashion Edit - December 2014

This month I am featuring the online clothing store Birdsnest. A friend of mine mentioned it in a recent conversation and told me to check it out. Birdsnest has a wonderful range of clothing and accessories to choose from for women of all ages. The website also has a very savvy 'Outfits' feature so you can browse matching items. If you are struggling to find the perfect present this Christmas, the gifts section may be just the answer. Here are some of my favourites from Birdsnest...

Friday, 7 November 2014

Kong BBQ

I open up this month’s Gourmet Traveller and what do I find on page 46? A recipe for Kong’s gorgeous peanut butter tofu buns with burnt chilli mayo! A couple of weeks ago I enjoyed this dish ($6.00) at Kong but there was one problem... I only ordered one! The intense flavour was like a smack around the face. A few moments later and this tangy beauty was gone without a trace. The memory still lingers on...

Peanut Butter Tofu Bun

If you love Chin Chin or Baby, then it’s time you tried The Lucas Group’s newest creation, Kong. The menu is Japanese and Korean inspired with lots of vegetarian options available. However, don’t feel left out if you love your meat! After all, this is a BBQ restaurant... There’s the ‘Spicy pork belly bun with pickled cucumber and Kong crazy horse chilli ($6.00)’ and for the extremely carnivorous, the ‘Kong Bossam BBQ Tray ($29.00)’.

I was feeling quite vegetarian that day so I ordered the ‘Fried rice with enoki mushroom and soy charred tofu ($14.00)’. The flavour was quite gentle so I added lots of chilli sauce as I love a bit of fire.

Vegetarian Fried Rice
My dining companion also chose a fried rice dish. The ‘Fried rice kimchi and beef brisket with egg ($16.00)’ was more flavoursome than the vegetarian fried rice and was rather spicy. Although, there was some gristle in the brisket...

Beef Brisket Fried Rice
Feel like something sweet to end your meal? For dessert there is the ‘Coconut sago with passionfruit and pineapple trifle ($12.00)’ or the ‘Apple and walnut tart with miso butterscotch and Japanese whiskey ice-cream ($13.00)’.

The service was extremely efficient. Perhaps, too efficient? We were in and out in a short period of time... I can’t wait to try some other dishes from Kong’s menu. In the meantime, I shall endeavour to vaguely recreate the tofu buns from the recipe...

Address: 599 Church Street, Richmond, VIC

Phone: 03 9427 1307


Trading Hours:
Daily: 7.00am - late

Kong BBQ on Urbanspoon

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Mr Foxx

I was revisiting the site where my lovely grandfather’s butcher shop once stood near Gardiner Station. It was demolished for the Monash Freeway long before my time but it is interesting to be able to visualise the place of so many of his amusing anecdotes. Anyway, as it was lunch time we thought we would try a cafe in nearby Malvern Road. We came upon Mr Foxx which looked very inviting with its comfy green chairs. The service was excellent and they were eager to help.

We started with some coffee. My latte ($3.60) using Padre Coffee and Saint David Dairy milk was wonderful. I’ve had a number of coffees using Saint David Dairy milk at other cafes and I am definitely seeing a trend with amazing coffee and the use of this milk. It really makes the coffee more luscious.   

The lunch menu at Mr Foxx is concise but interesting and great value. How about ‘Pan roasted mild chilli pork sausages with crushed potatoes and braised cabbage ($17.00)’ or for vegetarians the ‘Falafel and labneh yoghurt salad with parsley, mint, pickled beetroot, red onion, cauliflower, pomegranate and shanklish ($16.50)’? I ordered the ‘Atlantic Salmon Fish Cakes with tartare sauce, fresh herb salad and green peas ($17.00)’. Two enormous, golden fish cakes made mostly of mashed potato were very filling but delicious. The perfect amount of creamy tartare sauce complimented the fish cakes. The succulent peas and the herb salad added freshness and I must say that despite the size of the dish, barely a trace remained on my plate.
Fish Cakes

My dining companion went for the ‘Mr Foxx Beef Burger with shoestring fries – lettuce, tomato, caramelised onion, cheese, dill pickles, dijonnaise and tomato sauce on brioche roll ($17.00)’. This was also a brilliant meal and I think I will try this next time. Didn’t stop me stealing some fries though...

Being the custard lover that I am, their vanilla slice ($6.00) was enticing me from the glass cabinet next to me but alas I could not eat anymore! Mr Foxx is a magnificent cafe that you should absolutely try...

Address: 1491 Malvern Road, Glen Iris, VIC

Phone: 03 9821 0001

Trading Hours:
Mon – Sat: 7.00am – 4.30pm
            Sun: 8.00am – 4.30pm

Mr Foxx on Urbanspoon

Monday, 3 November 2014

Miss Sage Sugar's Fashion Edit - November 2014 - Shoe Special

The festive season is nearly upon us so now is the time to start working out what you are going to wear to all those parties and events! But let’s not forget about what you will be wearing on your feet... Yes, I know heels can be uncomfortable but they do make your legs look fantastic. Here are some heels to tempt you...
Nadia Lace Bootie
Tilly Heel

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.

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

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, 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...


Address: 101 Bowen Street, Camberwell, VIC

Phone: 0427 800 018


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

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