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...
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