Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Gelato Messina

Ying Thai 2, Carlton

A popular little place in Carlton serving really authentic Thai cuisine. The flavours are strong and the ingredients are fresh. 

Portion sizes are very generous and when we couldn't finish everything, we had the option to take away the leftovers. 

Popular with locals and students, the prices are affordable and the service is fuss-free. The interior is a bit tired and the furniture is a bit rickety, but there are elephant teapots and baby elephant teacups! Need I convince you more? 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Menulog Manual

This blog has featured its fair share of take away food pics as I’m often in the habit of ordering delivery to the office and eating dinner at my desk. Thus when Menulog contacted me recently with an offer to do a write-up for them, I willingly obliged. Menulog is an online takeaway and food delivery website offering their services Australia wide.
I accessed the Melbourne Menulog via  http://www.menulog.com.au/browse/melbourne-vic and found takeaway restaurants nearby by entering the postcode 3000 and hitting the go button! This brought up a list of restaurants which can be filtered in a variety of ways, i.e. Cuisine, Speed, Ratings, Minimum Order and Promotions.
The minimum order amounts are all pretty reasonable and range anywhere between ~$20-30. In my case, I wanted to have my food delivered and delivery charges vary by restaurant and max out at around $5.
The promotions are also very decent with most of the restaurants offering first time user discounts and loyalty programs – definitely some good incentives to take up and keep using Menulog.
For this write-up, Menulog had kindly given me a $30 voucher to use and I ended up choosing Green Tea Vietnamese Restaurant. I chose a green chicken curry and a Mongolian beef stir fry. All of this food + delivery came to just a little under $30. The checkout process was pretty straightforward with sufficient prompts to guide me along. After completing the order, I received a SMS confirming my order and the expected delivery time which was pretty useful. I also really liked that fact that they emailed me my order, as it will make it easier to comply with the expense policy at work.
After about 40 minutes, I got an actual call from the delivery guy saying that he was outside my office building with the order. Sure enough, when I bounded out the automatic doors, there he was with my food.  Menulog had delivered and delivered in fine form. Almost 3 years of ordering dinner deliveries has exposed me to all kinds of unfortunate mistakes, sheer incompetence and utter illogic. So to be able to order and receive my food so easily via Menulog restored my faith in humanity. 
As for the food, it was alright. The flavours were fine although the ingredients were rather average. The meats didn’t taste like quality cuts and the vegetables seemed a bit weary. This is more a reflection of the restaurant rather than Menulog so I would definitely recommend checking the restaurant ratings on Menulog itself or using another service.


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