Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Merlo Coffee, Melbourne CBD

Merlo is one of the oldest established roasters in Australia. Its  philosophy comes from combining the best ingredients to make the best blends - starting with exceptional beans.

'Torrefazione' is Italian for coffee roasting house. At Merlo Coffee's seven Merlo Torrefaziones there is everything tat is needed to make the perfect coffee at home, from the beans to machines! 

Originally a QLD focused brand, Merlo has begun a considered expansion down the east cost, opening up its Melbourne coffee roasting house at the fringe of the Queen Victoria Markets.

We were lucky enough to be a part of the launch night which was filled with beautiful Italian food and unlimited espresso martini's. Oh how very Melbournian, dear Merlo!

Merlo Coffee Roasters Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Girasole, Fitzroy

Girasole is run by a passionate husband and wife team who are committed to providing honest and traditional Italian food, including house made pizza bases and pasta. The best thing for T is that the dishes can also be made GF.

We went early on a Saturday night, and the place was just starting to fill up. There were a mixture of walk-in’s as well as  with locals, both of whom were warmly greeted by the owners. This generous hospitality, combined with the many vintage prints and photographs hanging on the walls, immediately made us feel like part of the family. The menu is also family oriented and if I had an Italian Nonna, I imagine that these would be the dishes that she would enjoy making.

We were tempted by the pizzas but we were even more curious about the house made pastas, especially T who is always after good GF pasta. T ordered a pesto sauce based GF fettuccine, and I decided to try the seafood squid ink linguine. T had some good feedback, which was that his fettucine had achieved a rather conventional texture, and didn’t taste GF at all. My linguine was cut quite thinly such that each strip curled a little, and I enjoyed the incorporation of squid ink provided a subtle hint of the sea, as the sauce was more mildly flavoured. We also shared a tomato and mozzarella salad, and some homemade peach ice cream, with berry coulis for dessert.

Girasole Pizzeria Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

ThreeOneTwoOne, Richmond

ThreeOneTwoOne, as the name suggests, is located in Richmond. Bridge Road, Richmond to be more precise. It’s a reasonably spacious venue, by inner city standards anyway, and there is both inside and outside seating available.

What’s really incredible is the menu. There are huge towering burgers, loaded fries and a whole section on freakshakes. I was extremely excited to try their new menu, including the astonishing Triple C – Chew Crew Cheeseburger, featuring 3x beef patties, cheese, bacon, pickles, with spicy beer mustard, special mayo, and Sriracha aioli. Just in case, we might still be feeling hungry, I added a soft shell crab in there for good measure as well. DIY Surf and Turf burger!  

3 must have been number of the day, as I just couldn’t resist the temptations of a Triple O – made up of Nutella, peanut butter, OREO’s, strawberries, bananas, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, topped with a waffle cone, smarties and chocolate sauce. The shake was rich but well balanced. Both J and I enjoyed being able to taste subtle traces of peanut butter and banana. without being overwhelmed by too much sweetness or creaminess.

Oh, and we also ordered a side of loaded fries, which were deliciously golden and crunchy, topped with crispy bacon bits and a generous dollop of chili cheese sauce.

Three One 2 One Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sir Charles, Fitzroy

I came by to meet L here one weekday morning during my funemployment. The first thing that struck me was how big the space is! With plenty of natural light filtering in, and high ceilings, the ambiance is positively uplifiting. 

The menu offers many reinvented classics, and I had a pretty hard time trying to pick and choose what I wanted. I'm a total sucker for new flavour combinations and Sir Charles offered many a tempting options. Finally I settled on the Salmon Benedict, which is a fascinating dish of smoked salmon rillette, panko crumbed eggs, burnt chilli, and sriracha hollandaise on roti bread. It came out with a gorgeously grilled lemon, which I gave it a generous squeeze. The strong combination of flavours was just gobsmackingly incredible. In fact, I think I've just found my favourite new dish.

Sir Charles Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Empress Hotel, Fitzroy

The Empress is a well known institution around these parts, and although it is most commonly known for live music and beers on tap, but the Empress also does a decent feed. The finger food is fantastic for a larger gathering, and features delicious bites such as tiger prawns, risotto balls, sliders and pizza.

For a more close knit group, there is a large dining area away from the rowdier courtyard for a proper sitdown, and even babies are welcome (prams included)!

The Empress Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Son In Law, Collingwood

Serving up delicious Thai cuisine in Collingwood, Son in Law is creatively traditional. There are classic stir fries and curries on the menu, although it is one which also features taco's and bao's. 

I came here with M to sample the dishes after seeing a stream of Instagram pictures, because that's what we do nowadays, right? Or Snapchat for those even more technologically savvy.

As luck would have it, it was a horrendously rainy day and we got a table of our choosing relatively easily. Service was attentive and speedy given that custom was on the quieter side. 

Although with so many delicious choices, we had to take out time choosing what we wanted to sample. 

The name has an amusing back story which I often recant to T. 

Son In Law Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Grub Food Van, Fitzroy

Grub Food Van is almost like someone's backyard, a hipster cafe, a glamping bar, and food van all rolled into one venue. From Moor St, it's actually hard to see that the venue extends over several lots with plenty of nooks and corners to tuck into. 

In fact, there is another side entrance which leads into an alleyway with a spectacular wall covered with street art. This alleyway would have been every Instagrammer's dream, only if it weren't so cold and rainy on the day that I decided to meet up with my fellow foodie, M.

Instead, we settled ourselves into the deep comfort of the vintage furniture and got cosy with some fruit loaf and crumpets. These were served with a ricotta and macadamia spread, drizzled with honey, as well as a delightful jam.

Grub Food Van Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, April 8, 2016

Ladro, Fitzroy

Ladro is best know for its delicious wood fired pizzas, and Italian tapas dishes. However we recently discovered that it can do a smashing fantastic breakfast. Much of the menu utilises existing expertise with choices such as a wood oven baked eggs, pork belly and even a breakfast pizza.

There were three of us at the table and although we each only ordered one drink and one dish, everything seemed to take extra long to arrive. It's not even as though the place was packed to the brim. The delay in service was surprising and slightly annoying. However the delicious and tasty food more than made up for all that. I loved the fact that my green eggs were piled high with crispy oily pancetta...mnn..mnn

Ladro Gertrude Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Mediterrenean Greek Tavern, Elsternwick

Serving up traditional Greek food, made from only the freshest ingredients, the Mediterranean Greek Tavern is a respected institution around these parts. Perry was a long time chef here, before he took over the restaurant, and his philosophy of only serving the freshest ingredients can be tasted in every element of the dishes.

Mediterranean Greek Tavern Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato