Friday, October 9, 2015

Hash Coffee Speciality

Most weekends I like to look for K (my fav brunch buddy) especially when I find new and interesting cafes. My trip to Hash was no different. So K, R, D and I set out to the city to try this new place. Located on Hardware Lane, its one of the signature Melbourne styled "side lane" cafes. It's a quiet and raw atmosphere.

I actually came here for the hot chocolate. So once we sat down, we got straight to business and ordered our drinks. K and I both got the hot chocolate, R and  D got their usual latte. The latte was smooth and milk was just the right temperature.

The hot chocolate here comes with turkish fairy floss and  you pour the the liquid chocolate into the fairy floss. The chocolate is very rich and the fairy floss was more a novelty and didn't add much sweetness. I would suggest when pouring the hot mork chocolate into the cup, you aim for the centre, otherwise as the rairy floss melts, it might get a tad messy. If you are one who doesn't favour decantdent, rich chocolate then pace yourself through this one. The chocolate is intense and hits you with a punch.

R and D voth got scallops , chrizo egg combo. This was a simple spread of seared scallops, fried egg, chirizo and fried egg. I found it interesting to see scallopsmon a breakfast menu. I liked the taste combination, but it was  a little on the small side. The boys were still a bit peckish afterwards.

K and I got 2 sweet things to share as we had difficulty deciding (as usual).  First one was the rice pudding. This was done in  brulee style, with torched sugar on top to give it the hard, crystalized, sweet top. The rice pudding underneath came with poached pear and pistachio. I found the rice pudding to be quite aromatic from the cardamom and quite enjoyable. I found the burlee top to be too sweet for my liking but K happily inhaled all of it for me.

Our other dish was the banana pecan loaf. I am a big fan of banana bread/loaf combinations at breakfast (sorry waistline) so when l saw this on the menu there was no question that we were going to order it. The banana loaf here is served with macadamias, milk crumbs, blueberries and burnt honey mascarpone white chocolate custard. The loot war soft in the centre with a crispy top, just the way l like it. There was a lot of flowers on the plate, l would have preferred more berries over flowers, but l must say, the flowers do make the presentation a lot more prettier. 

Overall 15/20 I liked the creativity in the menu, the food and drinks were decent. I would visit again if I am nearby.
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Monday, October 5, 2015

Tall Timber

On the rare bright sunny weekend in Melbourne. D and I ventured out to Prahan. I had been long wanting to try Tall Timber, with the beautiful weather, it seemed like the perfect opportunity. Located on the corner of Commercial road and Perth street, it was a quint little cafe that was bursting with people. We got there around 1pm and waited 20 minutes to get a table. I didn't mind, as I got to enjoy some sun in the process.

D and got our drinks while we decided on what to eat. D got his usual latte while I went for a fresher option,  orange juice. D coffee was smooth and good balance in aromas.

For the main show, D got the beetroot  cured ocean trout . This came with a smashed peas, radish, beetroot, poached egg, black tahini and croutons. A bit different from the usual breakfast affair of 'bacon and eggs', in a good way. The ocean trout was a winner, the beetroot juices seeped into the fish well and all the other elements on the plate provided a wholesome feeling and satisfying breakfast.

I wasn't as heathy as D,  I opted for banana, pistachio loaf. This was served with espresso mascarpone, fresh figs, berries and maple syrup. The crispy top of the loaf and fluffy centre got me hooked. Love how it wasn't too sweet, the espresso mascarpone give it the creamy hit and the fruits provided a good balance. I really enjoyed this dish.

Overall 17.5/20 its one that I will definitely visit again. The food was great, ambience was on key and great selection on the menu.

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Serotonin Eatery

Recently I dragged K, R and D to Serotonin in Richmond. It is a health conscious cafe so D needed some convincing and what better way to do it, than with peer pressure.  It's located in an area you won't normally go to unless you live locally. However lucky to social media and fellow foodie friends, I found my way here.

It's offering is very healthy and focuses on well being, so you won't find greasy fried bacon and eggs here. K and I were very excited..... the boys not so much.

Once we sat down we ordered our drinks, K got the golden latte, R got a normal latte, D went with the matcha latte and a cacao latte for me. The golden and cacao latte came with a smiley face which I found very cute. K's golden latte was turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and black pepper with almond milk. This is not one for the faint hearted. Personally I am not a fan of those spices so I didn't like it. K didn't mind it and it started to grow on her the more she sipped. D's matcha latte was not your typical sweet variety but more a robust matcha flavour. I got the cacao latte and quite happy with my choice. It wasn't too sweet and the nuttiness from the almond milk complimented the cacao nicely.

K got the positive pancakes which was made from banana flour and came with house made banana ice cream, yoghurt balls laced with almonds and finished off with mixed berries. This was a very healthy option for our resident sweet tooth K. I was a big of a piggy and got 3 things to share with D as per usual and I got the kids version of it. The pancakes didn't still have the same fluffiness as usual pancakes but the banana ice cream made up for it. The ice cream was blended frozen banana sweetened with honey. So it was enjoyable like a ice cream with a lot less guilt attached.

R and D both got the beetroot risotto, this came with mushrooms, greens, crushed nuts and capsicum. This is not your typical Italian, homey robust risotto but more of a mild, fresh, risotto laced with beetroot flavours. I found this dish heavily relied on the mushroom for that bit of flavour punch, but that fine by me, as I love mushrooms. The boys were not as impressed, they were hoping for something with more of a flavour kick.

I got the twice baked beans. This came with house made tomato sauce, poached egg and sour dough toast. This was a relatively hearty dish compared to the others. The tomato base was rich and the beans are great for any hungry stomachs.

Overall 16/20 I think this is a great clean vegan eating brunch place for all people to come. It is a great reminder that clean eating can taste good too and brunch doesn't always mean bacon and eggs.

Serotonin Eatery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, September 14, 2015

Scarvelli Cafe

Recently Miss P and I ventured out to Balwyn to pay Scarvelli Cafe a visit for brunch. We initially had a larger group with Mario and K as well but after a 4.30am wake up to line up for Lune, Mario and K dropped out and waved a white flag, leaving just Miss P and me.

Located on Whitehouse Rd in Balwyn it was a perfect location for the locals. It had a few tables on the side walk so it's doggy friendly or for those of us (like me) who like to avoid hayfever I opted for indoors.

When we sat down we were greeted with a lovely smile and ready to take our coffee order. Miss P went for the soy cap and I went for a soy latte. Their beans were roasted by Industry beans so I was keen to get my caffeine hit.

Since it was 2.30pm already, we were really hungry and got straight into ordering. I got the Good Life bowl with added salmon, I would have picked the minute steak but they were out of it. This was a healthy combination of silverbeet, baby spinach leaves, broccolini, poached egg chickpeas and crispy kale. It was surprisingly filling. Along with the salmon it was the perfect healthy meal my body was craving.

Miss P was more hungry than me and she opted for the Braised Beef Cheeks. This came baked in  mushrooms (her favourite) with parsnip puree, herbed brioche crumbs and pickled onions. This was very filling and the beef was nice and soft, together with the mushrooms it was a very hearty brunch. I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't like the usual toast and eggs affairs for brunch.

Since I have been sick for a good 3 weeks, I thought I would up my vitamins with a freshly squeezed juice. I had watermelon, apple and grapefruit in mine. It hit the spot and gave me that bit of sweetness to finish my meal and I didn't reach for anything naughty afterwards.

Overall 15/20 it was a very pleasant surprise, it doesn't look like much from the outside but it makes the perfect weekend brunch hangout for locals or if you are in the area.

Disclosure: MissyNess and guest was invited to by Carlos and dine at the courtesy of Scarvelli cafe.

Scarvelli Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Town Mouse

I wanted to come here for ages so I was stoked when D finally got us a table for date night. It is located off Lygon and had a great atmosphere. We were seated by the bar so we got to see some of the bartender action.

We wasted no time and got ordering straight away.Once the order was in, we were given some fresh bread with house-made black sesame butter. I went gaga over it. 

First thing we got was the fresh oysters, this came with a chardonnay/vinegar sorbet served with a wedge of lemon. This was not the usual way I have my oysters but I loved it, the acidity and sweet balance in the sorbet was a great way to get taste buds going. I wish we ordered more.

Goat cheese profiterole and duck liver parfait were the first tapas entrees we got. The goat cheese profiterole had honey and thyme with it so it gave a nice balance to the creaminess. The duck liver parfait came with pickled cucumber and a super thin potato crisp. It was intense and luxury on the lips. I wish I had bread to make this go further.

Smoked eel brandade was a nice surprise, I have never had brandade before so it was a nice surprise. I quite enjoyed the saltiness paired with the thin sourdough toast. I would have preferred the toast to be not so thin as it kept breaking each time I tired to spread the brandade on it. Overall still very tasty with the intense punchy flavours

For the main to share we got the snapper which came with grilled broccoli and clams. The fish was fresh and retained good flavour as it was cooked just right. The grilled broccoli with clam and olive oil was a nice complement that wasn't overpowering and provided just enough bite

Creamed corn was our side of choice. This came with creme fraiche and tarragon. Once spooned through this was like a thick, thick corn soup with a punch. It was heartwarming like a soup but not quite a soup

Lime posset with green apple, white chocolate and matcha. That layer so sugar film was finely created and the thing that held everything together. This is a great dessert for anyone who prefers a more of a fresh taste and not the typical heaviness in decadent rich chocolate desserts. The line cut through the sweetness and there was just enough sweetness

Yoghurt semifreddo with hazelnuts and feijoa. I really just ordered this because I saw the word feijoa, it one of the fruits I love but sadly not everyone knows how to use or have even heard of it. The semifreddo was lighter than ice cream but still enough to be cut and served like cake

Overall 17/20 enjoyable experienced and food. Liked all the dishes we tried and would go back again to try other things on the menu.

The Town Mouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, August 28, 2015

Operator 25

I don't venture into the city for brunch all too often as I prefer the peruse the inner suburb. However we decided to watch Miss P's hockey and it presented the perfect oppotunity to try out Operator 25.

We went there on a wet, wet Saturday. Mario and I went to get a table first and Bear came shortly afterwards (he was being sweet and dropping Miss P for practice first).

While we waited for Bear, I got a hot chocolate and Mario got a latte. I found the milk/soy milk to be a little too cool. I understand that the milk shouldn't be too hot but this was just a but under for what I like and Mario agreed.

I always knew I wanted to try the sago here so I ordered 2 things (please don't judge me, I just really like to eat) and one had to be the Elderflower sago. This had chia seeds, strawberry compote, dried mango, rhubarb and topped with a white chocolate foam. It definitely hit the spot and I would order it again.

My other breakfast was Braised Eggs in Tomato Sauce. I was pretty intrigued when I saw it had ox tongue in it. It's not often you see ox tongue on a lunch menu. The braised eggs also had corn, beans, sour cream and jalapenos served with a side of corn bread. The flavours were good but it failed to draw that "amazing" factors. The taste has just the right level of tomato acidity to meat and egg but just not something I would feel I must come back here to eat.

Mario got the Wagyu Burger special. This had a wagyu patty with fried egg, relish, watercress. Great tasting patty that hit all the right notes. It was just missing chips or some sort of fried potato goodness. Mario was starring at Bear's burger with envy, as it came with sweet potato fries.

Bear got the Pulled Pork Burger. This was a soft pulled pork that was well marinated with flavour, it came with cabbage slaw, chilli mayo, fried egg and a side of sweet potato wedges. The flavours went well together, it was a bit messy to eat with sauce dripping everywhere but for how good the taste was, Bear didn't seem to mind and I happily stole parts of his burger and his sweet potato wedges.

Overall 16.5/20 Very happy with the offering, the food was really good. We all walked out feeling happy and full. Each one of us agreed that we would happily come back for another brunch.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Mr Mister

When I heard they served green tea latte at Mr Mister, I made sure I was there to try it that very weekend. So D and I made our way to Mr Mister that very Saturday. We got there after 2pm so we didn't have too long of a wait.

Needless to say the first thing I ordered was the green tea latte, D got a normal latte. This didn't take long to come (almost too quick, because I was having a case of "I don't know what to order").

D was quite to choose and went with the pea and corn fritter. It came with beetroot cured salmon, zucchini, mint, watercress, dollops of beetroot puree, poached egg and baby beetroot. This was a very fresh taste for what normally is a oily fritter breakfast. I liked the combination of salad to lighten the balance and the cured salmon was delightful with it. I enjoy the creativity and found it to work really well.

I got the baked eggs because I spotted truffled leeks in the description. Besides leeks, it also came with mushrooms, brie and hazelnut with a side of toast. Feeling a bit naughty, I also added in chrizos to the side. This was going all perfectly, until I turned my toast over and the other side was charred black. I like to eat my baked eggs on toast so this made me sad. The rest of the baked eggs was great, very robust and strong flavours and the egg was still runny.

Overall 14.5/20 I liked the offer on the menu, and they did provide a good mix, besides the burnt toast I enjoyed the rest of the meal.

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