Friday, 24 April 2015


Supernormal is Andrew McConnell’s latest offering which is based on his time working in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Korean and Japanese cuisines also influence the menu. Some old favourites from his previous eatery in St Kilda, Golden Fields, make a return at Supernormal as well. The menu is designed to share and sampling dishes from each category is recommended to gain the full Supernormal experience. If you struggle to decide, a banquet ($65.00) option is also available. The most ideal place to dine is seated somewhere on the long bar which gives you a fantastic view of the chefs hard at work. Regrettably, we were seated on the other side of the restaurant this time...

·        John Dory, mussels, wakame, celery, ponzu ($36.00)
·        Spiced ginger beer pudding, vanilla cream ($15.00)
·        Ox tongue, pickled chilli and pig’s ear ($14.00)
·        School prawns, Korean chilli, celery and chrysanthemum salad ($16.00)

Some complementary soy roasted pepitas were offered which we snacked on whilst conversing and sipping our drinks.

Soy roasted pepitas

We started with a couple of ‘New England Lobster Roll ($16.00 each)’. Perhaps you may have tried one of these legendary lobster rolls before at Golden Fields when it was operating... They were a little on the small side with only two disks of lobster on each roll but they were definitely moreish.

New England Lobster Rolls

We ordered some ‘Vegetable dumplings x 6 ($14.00)’ too. I found these dumplings to be ‘super-below-normal’. Melbourne is spoilt for choice when it comes to great dumplings which are indeed much cheaper! These dumplings were both bland in flavour and texture.

Vegetable Dumplings

The drinks list contains pages and pages of potions and brews for you to pick from. I find it improbable that you would have difficulty finding something that entices you... I tried a glass of ‘Umberto Luigi Domenico Cosmo Prosecco from Veneto Italy ($9.00)’ which was delightful.


My dining companion chose something from the Non-alcoholic list. The amusingly named ‘#Sorrynotsorry ($8.00)’ is a combination of elderflower, English breakfast tea and cucumber. I had a taste of this and it was fabulous!  


We were aiming to beat the queues by arriving at 12.00 but became preoccupied in a music shop thus didn’t arrive until 12.30. Fortunately, we were seated straight away. We found our waitress to be very efficient and knowledgeable of the menu. It is probably not a restaurant that you feel you could linger for a chat. Their quick service and prompt food delivery made the lunch feel a little rushed...

Address: 180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC

Phone: 03 9650 8688

Trading Hours:
Sun – Thur: 11.00am – 11.00pm
Fri – Sat: 11.00am - Midnight

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P.S. Another eatery nearby is Chin Chin... 

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Round Bird Can't Fly

A trip to the Yarra Valley for a glass of vino or two is every savvy Melburnian’s dream weekend. Why not drop by Round Bird Can’t Fly for a bite to eat or some coffee on the way... The first solo venture of Laura Webb-James and Evan James who most recently were a team to be reckoned with at Yering Station as the head chef and restaurant/cellar door manager. Their menu is shaped around seasonal produce and they source their produce form local suppliers. The interior features polished concrete floors, white tiled walls, and artwork by Mike Emmett and Bec Jones when I visited.

·        Fried upma, poached eggs, eggplant lime pickle, sour cream ($17.00)
·        Chia pudding, mango puree, blueberry, toasted pepitas, coconut sorbet ($14.00)
·        Pork belly, chipotle and sweet corn dauphine, beans, fried egg, sourdough ($18.00)
·        Chocolate croquettes, raspberry sorbet, Chantilly cream ($14.00)

I chose the ‘Ricotta gnocchi with pumpkin puree, kale and pine nuts ($17.00)’. This meal also gave you the option to add prosciutto or chorizo for an extra $4.50, which I decided against. The seared pillows of gnocchi were beautifully complimented by the pumpkin puree. A plentiful amount of pine nuts and the crispy kale added texture to the dish. It was incredibly delectable and very filling!

My dining companion picked the ‘Scotch egg, cornichons, toasted brioche, BBQ sauce ($18.00)’. The plating for this meal was very artistic and the runny yolk looked very inviting. Although this meal was yummy, it did lack a bit of seasoning in the meat component.

Scotch Egg

A ‘Real’ Chai ($4.00) or a small milkshake ($6.50) are available but I ordered a Latte ($3.80). Made with Chum Creek Coffee roasted by Greg Liney and milk from Jonesy’s Dairy, the coffee was delicious with a hint of blistered foam. 


Five-star service in the outer eastern suburbs... Love it! Water is topped up frequently, plates cleared as soon as they are finished... Fantastic.

Address: 170 Main Street, Lilydale, VIC

Phone: 03 9735 9724

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

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P.S. Another eatery nearby is the Lilydale General...

Monday, 20 April 2015

Montano’s Patisserie

I dropped by my local Continental pâtisserie in Carlton... No, wait! I’m in Bayswater at Montano’s Pâtisserie. Sorry for my confusion but the range of delicious Italian, Greek, Cypriot, Lebanese, German and French baked goodies reminded me of being in Lygon Street. All of the delicious pastries at Montano’s Pâtisserie are made by pâtissier, Nick Montano. There are a few tables inside as well as some tables out on the street. Otherwise, grab some sweet treats and take them home with you...

·        Ham roll – gourmet lettuce, ham tomato, brie, tomato relish ($8.00)
·        Spanakopita ($7.50)
·        Sausage Roll ($4.00)
·        Italian custard donut ($4.50)

I ordered the ‘Beef Bourguignon pie ($5.00)’ which was fantastic! The pastry was flaky and the filling had so much flavour that tomato sauce was not needed. You could taste the wine and the seasoning was spot on. This pie makes most suburban bakery’s pies pale in comparison.

Beef Bourguignon Pie

Of course I had to try one of their cakes... I selected a Yo-yo ($4.50) as that has always been my favourite cake from my childhood (or anything with custard...). My spoon cut through the delicate sponge that was so fresh. The custard was silky smooth. I am definitely going to order this again...


My dining companion picked the ‘Ham and Swiss cheese croissant ($5.50)’. The croissant was delightful as was the filling. The Swiss cheese made an interesting change from your usual ham and cheese croissant.

Ham and Swiss Cheese Croissant

She also chose the ‘Small fruit tart ($2.50)’ for a sweet finish to her lunch. The tart shell was easy to devour and the filling was scrumptious. I did manage a wee taste...

Small Fruit Tart

A Greek Frappé ($5.50) might tickle your fancy... However, I ordered a Latte ($3.30) using Montano’s Signature Blend coffee which was very nice.


The service was adequate.  

Address: 719 Mountain Hwy, Bayswater, VIC 

Phone: 03 9720 7770

Trading Hours:
Mon – Fri: 7.00am – 5.00pm
Sat: 7.00am – 4.00pm
Sun: 8.00am – 4.00pm

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P.S. Another eatery nearby is Thai Tables...

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

The Old Butcher Shop Café

I must take my grandfather to this café as he is an ex-butcher and this is an ex-butcher shop... Three generations of the Stewart Family have occupied this store which has now been converted to a café, The Old Butcher Shop Café. The Seville Butchers relocated to the Seville Shopping Centre last year. All their produce is sourced from the Yarra Valley and the meat is provided from Seville Butchers. The Old Butcher Shop Café also provides catering and take-home meals. The cafe is a great place to take the whole family with an extensive kid’s menu available.

·        Organic spelt pancakes with candied bacon and maple syrup ($16.00)
·        The Butcher’s Breakfast – eggs, bacon, relish, spinach, slow roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans, chipolata and toast ($19.80)
·        Pulled Roast of the Day with Asian slaw, chilli mayo on Turkish bread ($15.00)
·        Sweet Corn and Leek Fritters with avocado and feta mash, roast cherry tomatoes with coriander salad ($14.50)

I chose the ‘Pasta with macadamia nut pesto, grilled zucchini, roasted pumpkin, rocket salad ($16.00)’. I rarely order pasta at cafés as I find it can be a bit bland compared to what can be made at home, but this pasta was fantastic! The pumpkin was sweet and luscious and the pesto was amazing. It was a massive amount but I ate the lot as it was so scrummy.


My dining companion opted for the ‘Breaky Burger with fried eggs, bacon, avocado, rocket, tomato relish, mayo on a Turkish roll ($14.50)’. This was another gorgeous meal using quality ingredients. The two fried egg yolks were just waiting to burst and expose themselves.

Breaky Burger

There are Mini Spiders ($4.50) for the kids and alcoholic beverages for the adults. A Dominique Portet Sav Blanc ($8.00 per glass) from the Yarra Valley perhaps... My Latte ($3.70) was very nice indeed.


Friendly table service is provided and they actually spray and wipe their tables after each customer which is something that all cafés should take note of! 

Address: 559 Warburton Hwy, Seville, VIC

Phone: 03 5961 9080

Trading Hours:
Mon – Fri: 6.30am – 4.00pm
Sat: 7.00am – 4.00pm
Sun: 8.00am – 3.00pm

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P.S. Another eatery nearby is the Carriage Café...

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Red Door Corner Store

Nestled in a quiet, quaint neighbourhood in Northcote is the Red Door Corner Store. Back in February, I thought I would make a trip north to check it out. We sat in the window and found it a very pleasant place to watch the world go by. The menu focuses on local, traceable and sustainable produce. Also, many items on the menu can be modified to be gluten or dairy free, which is great if you have allergies. Vegans and vegetarians are also catered for. The Red Door Corner Store bakes all their cakes and pastries themselves which is why they look so good.

·        Breakfast Roll, fried egg, bacon, avocado, rocket, aioli, tomato kasundi ($13.00)
·        Seared Sashimi-grade Tuna, avocado & wasabi mash, buckwheat soba noodles, crispy poached egg, mirin dressing ($19.50) *gluten-free
·        Mooloolaba Spanner Crab Omelette, confit shallots, cherry tomato, house-made chilli crab sauce, spring onion, coriander (17.50)
·        Grilled Semolina, baby king oyster mushrooms, asparagus, cherry tomato, Meredith Goat Cheese, truffle oil, shaved pecorino, poached egg ($15.50)

I was drawn to the ‘Brioche French Toast, slow-roasted peach, strawberries, orange custard, cinnamon, pistachio, vanilla crème fraîche ($16.00)’. The beautiful French toast covered in petals not only looked wonderful, but was seriously yummy. What I loved most about the dish was their restraint on sweetness. It was not sickly sweet at all. The orange custard sandwiched between the slices of brioche was fantastic just on its own, but the fruit, nuts, and crème fraîche made this a truly magnificent dish.

French Toast

My dining companion picked the ‘Tart of the day which is served with a side salad ($13.00)’. The tart flavour of the day was zucchini, artichoke and fennel. The filling was very flavoursome and well seasoned. The green salad also matched the high-quality of the tart.


If you feel like a cool drink, there is the Mango, coconut nectar and lime smoothie ($5.50). Something hot? There is the Mörk Original Dark Hot Chocolate ($4.80) for you to try. I ordered a Latte ($3.60) made with Proud Mary Coffee and Saint David Dairy Milk. It tasted delightful and the coffee art was pretty cute too.


The service was very good and the waitresses did well manoeuvring orders between the tables in the tight space.  

Address: 70 Mitchell St, Northcote, VIC

Phone: 03 9489 8040

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

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Monday, 6 April 2015

Hawthorn Common

There is nothing common about Hawthorn Common... The eatery uses only seasonal produce and makes everything from scratch. They also have an onsite stone mill bakery, coffee roaster and heat microbe based composter to handle all their organic waste. The space is bright and roomy with an open kitchen so you can watch the chefs at work. Dining on the outdoor deck amongst the greenery is also an enjoyable way to spend your afternoon.

·        Barley Salad – char-grilled capsicum, goats feta, cranberries, basil, hazelnut ($16.00)
·        Pancakes – Tamarillo strawberry jam, honeyed cream cheese, salted caramel, musk meringue ($14.00)
·        BBQ Salad – char-grilled chicken breast, charred baby cos, smoked almond, pickled daikon, paprika emulsion ($26.00)
·        40 Degree Poached Trout – kohlrabi, mustard milk, apple, brioche ($18.00) 

I picked the ‘Flan – ricotta, cured trout, dill, beetroot relish, sour cream and brioche ($18.00)'. What an enchanting dish! It looked almost too pretty to eat... but of course I did anyway. The slivers of flan were indulgent and the extremely generous serving of cured trout added more lavishness. Thankfully, the tartness of the vibrant beetroot balanced the dish.

My dining companion chose one of their daily specials. The ‘Smoked scamorza, ricotta and sweet corn fritters – avocado cream, heirloom tomatoes, bush tomato chutney, poached egg ($18.00)’. If you are wondering what scamorza is, it’s a mozzarella-like cheese made form cow’s milk. This was also a beautifully plated meal. The fritters were golden and crunchy on the outside and soft, salty lusciousness on the inside. The tangy bush tomato chutney offset the richness of the cheese.

Corn Fritters

If you are on a health kick after all those Easter eggs, then maybe the ‘Green Smoothie – kale, avocado, banana, dates, filtered water ($7.00)’ may captivate you. Coffee was not listed on the menu so I am unsure of the price. My latte was fabulous.


The service was very efficient and we were given a choice of tables. 

Address: 302 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, VIC 

Phone: 03 9819 2200


Trading Hours:
Mon – Thu: 7.00am – 4.00pm
Fri: 7.00am – 11.00pm
Sat – Sun: 7.00am – 5.00pm

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P.S. Other eateries nearby are Crabapple Kitchen, Axil Coffee Roasters, Brother FoxOmah’s and Liar Liar... 

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Miss Sage Sugar's Fashion Edit - April 2015

This month is all about dressing with the tides...nautical! No matter what the latest trends in fashion are, stripes usually make an appearance. Investing in some quality pieces should see you through a few seasons. You could invest in an eye patch and a stuffed parrot for your shoulder but I think that is taking the trend a bit too far... But hey, whatever floats your boat... 

Stripe T-Shirt

ForeverNew Jojo Shorts Main Image

P.S. Did you miss last month's fashion edit? Check it out here...  

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