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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Adios Melbourne

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Saying goodbye to a city that is that beautiful, full of life and full of dynamic qualities wasn't easy. I have to announce goodbye to my Melbourne readers as I am leaving this city. I am moving to another, more populated, less developed nation which still has its charm, Jakarta it is. I have finally finished my degree of Commerce in Melbourne University and now its time to head back to where I was born.

I have so much to learn in this unfamiliar city and god knows whether I would fit in here but I am willing to try. I have not lived in Indonesia for the past 16 years of my life and I am practically a tourist in my own country. I am finding every reason to stay in Jakarta because its difficult to adapt and find myself here, let alone speak the language. I never understood the word 'home' after moving from places to places until I lived in Melbourne, a multicultural city that plays along with my hobbies and eccentric, slightly random personality. Now as I write a new chapter in my book of life I wish to make it as interesting as it permits. Jakarta, here we go.

(P.s, I'll still be blogging about food posts in Melbourne for quite some time because I have too many posts to upload and they have all been backlogged #bloggerwoes)





Monday, August 24, 2015

Cecconi's

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In celebration of our graduation day of no longer being a student and being officially unemployed, we went out to Cecconi's to commemorate our achievements. We can finally call ourselves graduates of Melbourne University with a bachelor's degree in hand. Cecconi's is a white table cloth restaurant serving classic Italian food and how fitting was it to celebrate in a restaurant that specializes in my favourite cuisine? (Just no pizza tonight but its fine!)


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We were served with complimentary bread to start with a side of olive oil to dip


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San Daniele, Prosciutto, Buffalo Mozzarella, 18AUD + Mushroom Arancini, 12AUD

We enjoyed both starters especially the prosciutto as it was cured to perfection and I loved the smoky flavour it contains. The Mozzarella wasn't as salty as expected, which was perfect for us. The Italian waitress told us that in some regions of Italy, it is a shame to waste a good prosciutto on a pizza and its better off eaten on its own, or with just cheese and a drizzle of olive oil. No you don't have to feel ashamed, I like it both ways. The Mushroom Arancini was delightful, erupting a strong umami blow in every bite and the sauce was excellent.


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Iceberg, Avocado, Parmesan Salad, Caesar Dressing, 14AUD

The salad was refreshing with generous coatings of the Caesar. It tasted so good but deep down I know the amount of calories it had in the sauce was definitely mountainous.


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Rotolo, Baby Pumpkin And Ricotta, Amaretti, Sage Butter Sauce, 28AUD

We had a Rotolo that had nice bits of crumb at several sections of the dish. The overall flavour was sweet coming from the pumpkin, and salty at the same time with savoury cheeses piled on.


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Today's Special - Porchetta

Jan had the special of the day, the Porchetta. The pork had jus concentrated in flavour, accompanied with creamy mashed potato, blended greens and pork crackling. We enjoyed the dish a lot and pairing the red meat with a classic Cabernet Sauvignon was what Jan thought to be, sinful flavour beyond belief.


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Pappardelle, Beef, Pork Ragu, Red Wine, Tomato, 34AUD

We did not mention the sizes for the pasta and were assumed the large. That's the thing about restaurants like these, always be careful on which size you want to order because if its not mentioned, they would always charge you the highest number on the price list. The Pappardelle was great, and the amount of meats given was plenty, but we had a little too much of it and we got a little cloyed up with all the savouries by the end of the night.


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It is undeniable that we were a little too greedy and ordered perhaps a little too much. Cecconi's is my type of go to place for a simple date night in the city as we love a good classic Italian.





Cecconi's
61 Flinders Lane, CBD
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 8663 0500

Mon to Fri: 12pm-12am
Sat: 5.30pm-12am
Sun: Closed





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Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Final Step

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The Final Step is one of South Yarra's best coffee joints. They do simple breakfast items, mainly bagels and birchers, but coffee is their main glory so we came in just for that. We could do the occasional pairings with simple cookie or muffins to have our coffee with, but this time we just got a take away cup to go. We enjoyed the current single origin coffee beans they were using. 


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The coffee was great, they did it simply and they did it well. Amazing job The Final Step, you do my suburb proud!






The Final Step
1C Murphy Street, South Yarra
Melbourne, Victoria 3141
Australia

Tel: +(61) 414 503 248

Mon to Fri: 7am-4pm
Sat: 8am-3pm
Sun:9am-3pm





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Friday, August 21, 2015

Little Rogue

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Hazelnut-Ella Banana Chocolate Crepe Cake + Matcha Latte

Have you heard about Mille & B's famous crepe cakes that have been circulating around the blogosphere and Instagram cosmography? I had tried it once before this time, the Pandan Crepe Cake which my friend ordered online for her Birthday event. It was fabulous! Layering the cake takes up huge efforts and we cannot deny the deliciousness of the combination of towered crepes with cream slathered on each stack. Mille & B offers a variety of flavours, and my loving favourites are the Pandan Coconut and Tiramisu. I have not tried the rest but here are what's tempting, "Matcha & Adzuki", "Sweet Salted Caramel", "Oreo Oreo", and "Vanilla Dream".

We came to Little Rogue after hearing around that they get their supply of cakes from Mille & B. Little Rogue is a small hole in the wall type of cafe serving great coffees and snack on cakes and biscuits. We had our cake today with Matcha Latte, which has strong Matcha flavour, not the type of just-green-looking but mostly milk kind of drink. This Matcha Latte was pretty legit and robust in flavour. Aside of that we have tried Little Rogue's coffees too and we love it! Ever since I moved to the city these two weeks, I have been back several times here to catch up with friends or just to simply take away a good cuppa.






Little Rogue
12 Drewery Lane, CBD
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

Mon to Fri: 7.30m-6.30pm
Sat to Sun: 9.30am-5.30pm




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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Old Town White Coffee

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Old Town White Coffee
finally opens a branch in Melbourne and I know I have to check this one out.
 The franchised outlet originated from Malaysia and the design of the place was made similar to its overseas branches.


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Old Town Nasi Lemak, 14.50AUD


The Old Town Nasi Lemak did justice as there were many sides to eat the rice with. The rice gave off a really nice fragrant smell because it was cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaves. We adored the tumeric fried chicken and it was deep fried on the bone. There were also grilled chicken satays and fish fritters that were both delicious. We enjoyed everything with huge good bowl of sambal because we asked for a ton of it. The sambal was spicy for my Singaporean friend but it wasn't for me.


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Roti Canai With Sardine, 8.90AUD


This was my first time eating Roti Canai with sardines in it. Inside was jam packed full of sardines and green chillies. I loved pairing it with the curry that was served along with it. Having the curry and sambal together tasted excellent and I basically wiped out my friend's sambal bowl that was supposedly used for the Nasi Lemak.


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Peanut Butter Toast, 3.50AUD


The Peanut Butter Toast had a nice crispy texture to it but there was not enough peanut butter and it made it dry. I don't love it.



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We terribly missed foods of this kind and it was a nice visit to Old Town White Coffee to eat what we grew up eating. A few of you have asked if I am from Malaysia or Singapore, and the answer to that is no. I am not :)







Old Town White Coffee
303 Elizabeth Street, CBD
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia




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Monday, August 17, 2015

The Winery Kitchen

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If you have seen my pictures on Instagram, you would have known that recently I went out on a road trip with my friends to Mount Hotham. On the way out from the city to our destination, we stopped by an area called Seymour and we had lunch at The Winery Kitchen. The seven of us sat under a circular dome, certainly the centre of attraction. We checked out the menu before coming by and figured ordering pizzas would be an appropriate manner of all means.


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Dal Bosco Pizza, 18AUD

This pizza full of mushrooms were quite the favourite amongst all of us. The mushrooms was previously sauteed before putting them in the oven. The umami and truffle flavour was easily detectable and definitely delectable.


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Avenel, 20AUD

The lamb was roasted for 6 hours and we gladly enjoyed it with a mixtures of goat's cheese and minted yoghurt. The pizza had a hint of lemon flavour and we loved how it gave the whole dish a degree of freshness.


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San Daniele, 20AUD

Since some of us couldn't eat pork, we had the prosciutto added only on half of it. The mixture of rockets, tomato, and buffalo mozzarella was a good combination and they were all baked perfectly with nothing overcooked and certainly not under as well.


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Nutella Pizza, 15AUD

We were extremely pleased with a simple dessert made great. Carbs and sweet, just two of my favourite things. Well you Nutella.. always be true.


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It was an absolutely gorgeous day and this photo was taken outside of The Winery Kitchen. That's all folks, now we are ready to take on the snow and continue our ride to Mount Hotham.





The Winery Kitchen
Lot 1 Emily Street, Seymour
Melbourne, Victoria 3660
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 5792 2330

Mon to Tue: Closed
Wed to Thu: 5.30pm-10pm
Fri: 11.30am-10pm
Sat to Sun: 8am-10pm





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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Beatrix

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Melbourne is prolific for high-skilled and inventive pastry chefs that makes you unquestion that there exist a greater nation that can satisfy your sugar cravings as she does. With that in mind, I could tell you more elevated cake shops than those small cake joints selling classic, more traditional type of cakes. Beatrix is one of the latter, serving mainly sandwiches and cakes. The types of cakes are ones you would find at your aunt Betty or grandma Sally's humble abodes. Cakes are served in classic Chinas and we just loved the homey vibe.


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The outlet is pretty small with just a few tables inside the cafe, and more seats are located outside. The decor is fairly simple, with hanging whisks that act as the focal point. Menu is not given but written on boards which are hung up on the wall.



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The cake display is small but extremely filled up. Some of the cakes aren't even there for show but are at the back of the kitchen. You may visit their Facebook page to see what they are serving because the cake list changes weekly.



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Beestinger


Beestinger is traditionally a German dessert, a cake or bun-like dessert infused with vanilla custard. As the name would suggest, of course there would be honey in it! Honey was drizzled on top together with some roasted almonds. This dessert got its name based on a legend of German bakers from many centuries back, that a bee was attracted to the dessert and in which later it gave the baker a stung.



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The Tiger Ciabatta


Inside the ciabatta was pulled pork shoulders mixed with smoky barbecue sauce. There were also blackened potato cubes that adds zing to the dish. Some red slaws to freshen with pork cracklings to add some crunch. We absolutely love the pork done two ways.


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Red Velvet Layer Cake


Such a popular cake such as the classic Red Velvet Cake is surprisingly not as easy to find in Melbourne. The texture was pretty dense and the flavour was quite sweet. It is best to eat this with preferably black coffee to wash off all that sugar sweetness.


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Triple Layer Carrot Cake

The Triple Layer Carrot Cake we find it more enjoyable even though the Red Velvet Layer Cake was a more popular option. The texture was quite crumbly, but in a good way as there are huge carrot and nut chunks in it. The Carrot Cake was also not cloyingly sweet. The only drawback would be that we needed more cream cheese. I mean, if I am having carrot cake, I want it as dirty and sinful as possible. Not eat to live but live to eat my friends.


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I highly suggest that you should come to Beatrix, first for sandwiches, and end off with a cake or two with a warm cup of coffee afterwards. Share it by all means and steal bites from as many different cakes as possible.





Beatrix
688 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria 3051
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9090 7301

Mon: Closed
Tue to Sat: 9am-4pm
Sun: Closed





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