Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sofia's Pizza House

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Fritto Misto, 24AUD

If you intend to go for quantity at a bargain instead of pure quality grubs, then Sofia's Pizza House is the place to be. But I doubt you would forgo the satisfaction of eating good food to eat mere junk. Certainly its not worth the calories. My friends and I got dragged into Sofia's Pizza House because, we were tempted with pictures online, thinking that the food looked good anyway despite the low ratings Sofia's Pizza House received.

Us six decided to share a seafood platter that had excessive amount of seafood calamari, fried fish fingers, shrimps and very little scallops. Nothing on the plate was particularly good, the calamari was especially rubbery.



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Risotto (Chicken & Mushroom), S:13AUD/L:15.50AUD

The Risotto was the most decent pick we made. It wasn't the actual risotto-esque texture, more like rice drenched in soup consistency. It tasted pretty good, but they destroyed my perception of the perfect Risotto. This was humongous and could probably feed four. Oh, and yes, we did order the smaller portion. Imagine the large?



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Meatlover Pizza, S:9.90AUD/L16.90AUD

The shredded minced beef used was overcooked. The meat was so thick that the cheese couldn't swim with it, just like water and oil, they are immiscible.



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Gelati, 7.50AUD

This whole thing costed us 7.50AUD, I am not kidding. It was a mix of milky ice creams and sorbets. I am a huge fan of ice cream and surprise surprise, the only flavour that I liked here was the dark chocolate. All the other flavours were pretentious Gelatis, probably the standard you'll get if I were to be the one making it. Its just that bad.



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The six of us had a fair share of food and paid only ten bucks each for all that we ordered. Still in disbelief but I guess ten bucks for that quality with that amount of quantity... wasn't all that bad, we got what we paid for. Sofia's Pizza House is huge. They attend to events as well, still a good place to organize a party if you're on a budget. But me, I would stay away.






Sofia's Pizza House
857 Burke Road, Camberwell
Melbourne, Victoria 3124
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9882 1142





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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Mocha And Lime

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Mocha

Hello from Yarra Valley, we made a quick stop at 
Mocha And Lime before exploring a few wineries today. But first, a cup of Mocha!



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Trout Bruschetta, 17.50AUD

Jan ordered the button Smoked Trout Bruschetta. Taste a little like baked salmon, but different. There was also hidden cream cheese, some Spanish onions and avocado cut outs to pair with. And of course, two poached eggs on top of two slices of sourdough.



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Roast Pumpkin Toasted Roti, 16AUD

The Pumpkin Roti was such a delight as they blend soft roasted pumpkin with Persian fetta, red pesto, Spanish onions and spinach. There was also hints of toasted pine nuts inside. I enjoyed this one very much.



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The downside was us smelling like food when we left. Perhaps they could improve with the ventilation of the place. Nonetheless it was still a great start to our morning.





Mocha And Lime
11 Green Street, Healesville
Melbourne, Victoria 3777
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 5962 2288





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Friday, August 29, 2014

Sweetwater Inn

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The interior at Sweetwater Inn was absolutely charming taking scraps of used materials and formulating it into an architectural pieces. In all manner of crafts, discarded metal fragments were be moulded into a clock, and Scandinavian inspired beer barrels could look so chic. The dim lights also bears some semblance to romanticism, we were snugged tight!



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Salt, pepper, tabasco in a whiskey bottle. Talk about helping with the sustainability of mother nature, ecosystem, biosphere and what not.



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Smoked Pulled Lamb, S:15AUD/D:20AUD


We all ordered from the BBQ section which entitled us to choose two sides. I ordered the double Smoked Pulled Lamb burger with mashed potato and a chunk of bitter coleslaw. The buns were soft with chalky flour dusted on top of it. The Smoked Pulled Lamb was part of a Lamb shoulder that was smoked over lemon myrtle, which explains its tenderness. One burger sure wasn't enough!


Other side options include Beer Battered Steak Fries, Potato Salad, and Garden Salad. Weird we just all happened to order the same sides. I was hoping someone would order the Beer Battered Chips so I could still a piece or two.



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BBQ Pork Chop, 17AUD


Jan was craving for a good Grilled Pork Chop and he got one with glazed whisky caramelised onions. There's another topping option which sounds a little odd that he dare not try, the Banana Ketchup.



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1/2 Smoked BBQ Chicken, 17AUD


Pick from a thigh or breast, the chicken part would be smoked and basted over lemon myrtle, garlic, and some thyme. Thyme forbids me to ever be sick of chicken.



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My friend first chose the Fisherman's Basket. It took me 30-45mins before I checked on our not-yet-served order. At this time the waitress told us that the deep fryer was broken. Seriously guys, why not have the decency to let us know from the start so we could at least pick another from the menu. That got us waiting for another half an hour or so. I thought the service was horrible, and they didn't even try to make us feel better by perhaps compensating us with an appetizer or deeply apologise for that matter. We could have walked out the door but it was late and finding a parking lot to another restaurant at Chapel Street on a weekend night was not easy. Finally our food came and we ate, the service experience didn't make it as enjoyable for us as it should have. We really liked Sweetwater Inn, but a pity, with such unfortunate occurrence, I foresee myself to not ever be back here again.






Sweetwater Inn
1/60 Bray Street, South Yarra
Melbourne, Victoria 3141
Australia

Tel: +(61) 487 916 082


Mon: Closed
Tue to Fri: 4pm-11pm
Sat to Sun: 12pm-11pm





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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Krimper

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This cafe couldn't get any more rustic than it already is. The word rust, and even if the wooden shacks literally rust, it would still be treated as an art form, still full of charm. The most quirky side of this cafe was the wooden box placed in the center which was suppose to resonate with an old wooden elevator. Its like a gigantic treasure chest. There were tables and chairs inside, and we were thrilled to sit in it like hyperactive kids. I came by several times to Krimper for coffee before, but this was the only time where I get to try their brunch menu.



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Skinny Flat White, 3.80AUD + Mocha, 4.50AUD


Proudly supplied by Proud Mary coffee house blend, Marcus and I ordered their coffees to start. Winter has been so cold lately and this was a legitimate excuse for me to drink a warm cuppa every single day. Sorry I am not sorry.



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Crumbed Eggs, 17AUD


I ordered the Crumbed Eggs which was too salty to eat. This is by far one of the worst dishes I have ever eaten in a brunch place because it was simply too salty. I suspect they might have accidentally put on too much salt on my plate because I don't believe they would dare serve this out on purpose. I forced through those over-toasted bread, crazy salty Jerusalem artichokes, and bland watercress salad. The only good thing I get out of this bowl was the crumbed egg, boiled outside with yolk still in its runny form.  Thinking back I didn't know why I didn't make a complain, I should've asked for another.



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Big Brekkie, 22AUD


Krimper's version of the Big Brekkie includes pork belly, poached eggs, mushrooms, confit cherry tomatoes, potato hash, chipolatas, olive toast and baked beans on a separate pot. The boys enjoyed this one!



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Caramelised Pulled Pork, 16AUD


Great pulled pork and bread, but the apple celeriac slaw was too sour for everyone of us. Have the chefs here lost their taste buds?!



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Sadly, with a sigh, only one out of the three dishes was tasteful.



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On the brighter side, here's Jan and I in the olden wooden 'elevator'.




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Krimper still is my one of the places that I'll go to with a friend or two when I have breaks in between classes. I guess I'll continue to stick with just coffee here, or maybe try out their other brunch menu when I am ballsy enough.



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Marcus posing for me at the tiny alleyway you have to go through before you spot Krimper. If it weren't for Google maps, we would not have made it here. Thank god for fast paced technology!



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Krimper is situated in a hidden lane along Guilford. Spot this graffiti, a woman in pink mask and push through the doors to enter a world of all things hippie. I felt like one protagonist visiting Bilbo Baggins kitchen, the humongous version. I guess the most fun part of our trip to Krimper was discovering a grunge, comfortable and spacious find.






Krimper
20-24 Guildford Lane, CBD
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 043 8844

Mon to Fri: 7am-5pm
Sat to Sun: 8am-4pm





Krimper on Urbanspoon



Monday, August 25, 2014

Blackout

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Its one of those days where I got up late and end up rushing for time. On these kind of mornings when I simply didn't have the time to dress up, an oversized tee and skinnies always does it for me. Plus an old beanie to look like I put in an extra effort to dress up.






Outfit: Boyfriend Tee, Pull & Bear // Skinnies, Guess // Shoes, Sportsgirl // Beanie, H&M // Earrings, Topshop // Sunglasses, Quay Australia



Saturday, August 23, 2014

Jinda Thai Restaurant

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It was an impromptu decision to have dinner at Jinda and we didn't make any reservations. The downside was having to only eat for 40 minutes and we have to leave by then. That's because all tables were fully packed and reserved. But its alright, we are fast eaters, so we didn't mind the challenge. Jinda Thai Restaurant is my new favourite Thai food destination in Melbourne. Not only was the food amazing, the interior had a rustic charm that we all really liked. The food was served very quickly but just don't expect excellent service let me tell you. Most of the waiters were fairly busy and its difficult to get their attention. We were ignored for quite some time for several times, before getting attended to.



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Cha Yen, 3AUD


The famous Thai iced milk tea which we all ordered was a sweet addiction. I was pretty much sure that I got a sore throat the next day because of this drink. My three other boys thought it was a little too sweet, but they drank it till there was nothing left to slurp anyway.



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Pad Thai Noodle (Chicken), S:12.90AUD/ L:14.90AUD


The spices used for this Pad Thai Noodle hit all the right spots. It had that rightful tang!



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Fish (Tamarind Sauce)


The fish we got was deep fried in a generous river bed of tamarind sauce. You will not be able to see it but there was palm sugar added which totally enhanced the concoction of the sweet and sour.



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Son In Law's, 11.90AUD


Crispy Son In Law's drenched in tamarind sauce, dried shallots, 
chilli and coriander. With Thai food, eggs would usually have to be boiled thoroughly, though I would have wished in secret that the yolk stays runny.



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Tom Yum, 15.90AUD

What's Thai food without a good Tom Yum soup? The seafood Tom Yum include fresh seafoods inside. Everything from the mussels to the prawns and squids were all juicy! Oh and that broth... my, my, my!



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Pineapple Fried Rice (Seafood), 
S:12.90AUD/ L:14.90AUD

My favourite Thai carb dish is none other than the old fashioned Pineapple Fried Rice. It was the best Pineapple Fried Rice I had in Melbourne.



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Cake & Ice Cream (Taro), 8.50AUD


And for desserts, Jinda Thai 
Restaurant is famous for its mile layered cake. They have several unique options from taro, green tea, Thai milk tea, and the coconut. What we found out was that this cake was purchased from a Thai convenient store beside the building of this restaurant. So if you are looking to purchase for take-away, you know where to go (with the exception of the ice cream of course). However, we were all a little disappointed with the cake as it had a hardened gel-ish texture. We were expecting a light and airy cake to begin with. The coconut ice cream that came along with it was probably its saving grace.



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Audy and Marcus who became best boy buds after their first meet today. With them, its always nonsense we talk about. H
umorous nonsense I must say.



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And an obligatory picture of Jan and I as usual.



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Several other foodie bloggers on my Instagram page also agreed that Jinda Thai Restaurant is the place to go if you are looking to feast on a good old authentic Thai dishes. Just don't forget to make reservations!






Jinda Thai Restaurant
1-7 Ferguson Street, Abbotsford Richmond
Melbourne, Victoria 3067
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9419 5899

Mon to Sun: 11am-11pm





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