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

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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

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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
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