Lux Bite

It was completely by chance that we found Lux bite the first time but this time it was no coincidence as we bee lined straight to the door at South Yarra.

They had a small precise menu show casing a range of foods with Asian influences but choosing something for brunch was more critical than ever as I was not to ruin my appetite for sweets that I had longed for.

Pandan Chicken burger with sambal mayo, apple & kiwi relish, Asian slaw ($15.00) – you can still feel the texture of chicken despite being blended in with other ingredients to give it an Asian taste. I couldn’t really taste the apple and kiwi in the relish but I was satisfied none the less.

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Eggs on toast 60/60 (soft poached egg in 60C for 60 minutes) on toasted white sourdough ($7.50) avocado & feta cheese ($2.50 extra) – these were beautifully cooked and if everyone had a spare hour in the morning it would be the perfect way to start every day.

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‘LuxBite Pork bun’ 2 ways with bamboo charcoal brioche bun, pulled pork, kimchi, housemade pork jerky and Kewpie ($15.00)– one bun was definitely better than the other. I found the housemade pork jerky to be too sweet and candy like. The pulled pork however was much more savoury and enjoyable.

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I found the multicoloured bun very visually interesting.

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Iced coffee with a macaron of the day ($6.50).

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Time for dessert!

Caramel Cravings~ All time favourite caramel lovingly placed between winning chocolate and coconut base ($7.50) – I dread thick looking caramel slices in fear of instantly becoming a diabetic but this one was perfectly balanced. My tongue wandered through the slice looking for a strong caramel taste and it wasn’t til the very end that the flavour was apparent. A wonderfully subtle sweet slice that wasn’t overwhelming. I love the clean cut edges!

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Endless love~ inspired by Pierre Herme’s Ispahan lychee ganache, rose cream, lychee and fresh raspberries ($9.00) – from someone that has actually hunted down Pierre Herme in Japan, I am most impressed that I didn’t have to go overseas to relive the experience. Fabulous flavours of fresh raspberry, lychee and hints of rosé all beautifully complimenting each other. A ‘must buy’ during every visit!

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Epic Chocolate Cravings~ awarded in the Best Chocolate Cake category, The Foodies’ Guide to Melbourne 2013 rich Belgian dark chocolate with hazelnut crust and salted caramel sphere ($7.50) – a really rich chocolate dessert and not for the faint hearted.

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Finito~

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Of course I didn’t leave without taking some macarons with me. My favourite flavours were the Heilala Vanilla Creme Brulee and Peanut butter and jelly.

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Oh why oh why are you so far away Lux Bite? image If this was in Canberra I would be there every week. Good luck with choosing just one dessert when you get there ladies and gents, I wanted one of everything.

Venue: Lux Bite

Address: 38 Toorak Road, South Yarra, VIC 3141

Phone: (03) 9867 5888

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Hardware societe

Out of all the cafes and alley ways in Melbourne, my work friends somehow find their way to the only place I wanted to brunch in the CBD – Hardware Societe. It didn’t appear to be a problem for them to brunch on Friday but apparently Saturday was a whole new ball game.

As we approached the cafe we could see the hoards of people waiting in line to grab a table at what appeared to be the only place that mattered in Melbourne that morning. Being discouraged by the line, Tim and I just ordered drinks to go and headed to the next location on our schedule.

It looked uber cute though! I will have to come back (probably during the week) and see what the wait and fuss is all about.

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Venue: The Hardware Societe

Address: 118-120 Hardware St, Melbourne

Phone(03) 9078 5992

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For market goers

New Permanent Opening Hours

Following a trial and review of revised Market opening hours, it has been decided that the new and permanent opening hours now in effect at the Capital Region Farmers Market are 7:30am -11:30am every Saturday*.

*Some exceptions do occur.

Reminder: Easter Closures

Easter in the Nation’s Capital means it’s theNational Folk Festival time. It’s an iconic Canberra event, bringing with it song, dance, performers and art. And it’s all happening atExhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) from 28 March to 1 April 2013.

Consequently, there will be NO Capital Region Farmers Market on that weekend. However, the Market will continue as usual the following weekend (Saturday 6 April 2013), so make sure you stock up on your fresh Farmers Market produce!

Soju girl

Oooops, how did I miss out on blogging about my Valentines dinner with a good friend of mine!? Just because both our partners were busy doesn’t mean we had to let a reservation to Soju girl go to waste.

If you’ve eaten with me, you would know about my struggle that I have with a menu with too many interesting options, so when we had a plan of getting one ‘Small plate’ and two ‘Large plates’ we were ready to order! The waiter then explains that we were better off getting more small plates and maybe one large plate as the large was designed to be shared between two people. *sigh* back to the drawing board, to be honest I thought the large plates were more exciting.

Small plates~

Seared scallops, sweet corn and tomato salsa, chilli soy paste ($22.00). Delicious and juicy scallops paired with the salsa made this dish light and refreshing.

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Chargrilled tiger prawns, crispy wonton salad, lime caramel ($4.50 each minimum of 3). A visually stunning dish. I liked how you could taste the char grill as well as the sweetness of the prawn itself.

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Specials: Pork belly skewers with bulgogi sauce ($18.00). My least favourite of the small plates, there wasn’t anything wrong with it per se but there wasn’t anything interesting on the palette about it at all (and I found the meat a bit tough).

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Large plate~


Coconut braised duck, yellow curry ($37.00)A much improved curry to my previous visit, where this time the duck was moist, tender and took in the flavours of the rich and flavourful curry which had bursts of sweetness from unexpected lychees.

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Dessert~

Deconstructed raspberry shortcake, lychee, parfait, meringue ($14.00). I always thought that a ‘deconstructed’ anything was really wanky and somewhat lazy but I really like raspberries which is why I chose this dessert (plus I knew my friend would be ordering the very popular chocolate fondant). The four textures of raspberries was very interesting, most textures brought out the sweetness of the berry but the foam was rather tart which I didn’t really enjoy but could be balanced out by the lychee jelly or meringue.

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Chocolate fondant, salted caramel, peanut butter ice cream ($18.00). I could tell my friend was super eager to try the chocolate fondant as she chose her dessert before she even chose her dinner! Everything was perfect on the plate- a molten rich chocolate fondant with a perfect amount of salted caramel all balanced by the peanut butter ice cream.

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Attentive wait staff and fantastic company but I’m still undecided where I stand about this restaurant. There are special memorable dishes and some mediocre dishes but all are charged a ridiculous price. I did leave feeling full but that might have had something to do with the fact that I had my share of rice and then some.

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Brisvegas – Wagaya

Guided only by Google maps and Urbanspoon, we finally find Wagaya nestled upstairs in the Fortitude Valley district. With already a long wall of waiting patrons, I optimistically asked if there was a table for two available with no booking, the wait was going to be 45 minutes (this was at 8pm), but with ratings so high and not knowing where else to eat I was willing to wait. Timmy and I headed down stairs to Venice to kill time and indulged in what was the most heavenly gelato I’ve had in a long time.

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I smile like I’ve just won a raffle as they call me to say that my table was ready, we are lead to a booth and the waitress walks away like we know what we are doing. I was super impressed with their computerised ordering system but there are no room for errors, once you confirm there is no heading back and they have started making it. It is fun and novelty to watch the status of your food go from being made, to being delivered and then at your table.

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I went a bit crazy with the ordering because it was so much fun to browse through their menu and I wanted to try a bit of everything.

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Vegetable tempura ($8.90). To be served hot, crispy and not overly oily is an art form that they have got down pat.

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Spicy chicken wing ($6.50). Readers may know that I have thing for chicken wings but these were truly delicious.

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Scallop and garlic fried rice ($11.50). At first I wasn’t too excited about this but when I found the crispy rice stuck to the bottom my eyes lit up. The heavy weight bowl allows the rice to retain its heat.

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Homemade gyoza ($7.90). Nothing too special but it was served hot and crispy.

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Wagaya Shio ramen ($9.50). Scrumptous ramen with a thick heavy soup base and yummy pork. I would say it needed more pork if I was to nit pick.

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Rainbow roll ($10.90). Fresh sushi with a drizzle of mayo, I didn’t think I could finish it but I did. image

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Creme brulee and ice-cream ($7.50). I thought since everything was so amazing and tasty, I pushed my luck by ordering dessert. It was the most disgusting creme brulee I’ve had at a restaurant. The cream was weird, the ice cream had a terrible ‘hairy’ texture, there was no hard toffee top and the custard lacked any egg or custard flavour.

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Despite the dessert, everything was amazing and it was the best fun meal I’ve had in a long time. Wagaya is very popular and busy, it is best to book ahead and avoid disappointment/wait.

Venue: Wagaya

Address315 Brunswick St Level1 Tcb Centre, Fortitude Valley, QLD 

Phone: (07) 3252 8888

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Canberra Day Monday 11 March 2013, One Very Big Day


GOURMET FOOD STALLS

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The Gourmet Food and Wine Marketplace will showcase the very best in local food, wine and produce. The growers and producers in the Marketplace have been hand-selected from the finest in the region, and will feature gourmet meals, cheeses, wine, oils and vinegars, coffee, ice cream, breads and patisserie items and boutique growers.

Visitors can purchase supplies direct from the producers and picnic by the lake, or buy delicious meals from one of the pop-up restaurant stalls to enjoy in the open-air dining area.

The Gourmet Good and Wine Marketplace is managed by AGB Events.

New Location, new fittings and new furniture but the same great taste. When Linda told me that Jimmy’s was going to be shut for a quick 2 weeks to move down the street to their new location, I didn’t think I would miss it but towards the end I was counting down the days. 

While we were there for a late 9pm dinner, people were continually coming in every few minutes for dinner (I think the footy just finished), even as we were leaving at 10:30pm people were still streaming in. I love their convenient late opening hours while everything else around was shut. 

Good luck to Jimmy’s in their new location. Mud crabs are at $46.00 per kg FYI. image