Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mamak, Melbourne CBD

The prices are so cheap, the food is so delicious and it is just totally awesome LAH! There will be a queue, but I found the wait worthwhile. Once seated, the service is pretty efficient and once orders are placed, the food arrives pretty speedily. They certainly do their best to ensure a fast turnover and it's a smart business model.
We ordered way too much food was we were hungry and greedy and wanted to try absolutely everything. Some of my favourites are the satay skewers (chicken was better than beef), the roti chanai (easily pulled apart and deliciously greasy) and the ice kachang (very canon).

The standout AND must-try however was definitely the tissue roti served with ice cream which was both visually impressive and tasted incredible.

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Top Paddock, Richmond

This provided the perfect break away from work on a Sunday. I’d just been lamenting to T about how it’d be nice to have long brunches and lazy weekends like normal people and it had been exactly the opposite, our sneaky Top Paddock session still made me grateful that I managed to squeeze in a quick brunch session on a very very busy weekend.
Parking is a bit tricky around here but T found a nook on a side street that the BBC barely (in fact, did not) fit into and made an executive call to risk it. We arrived and was lucky to be seated automatically. The venue is large enough that I imagine the wait would not long anyway. I had been dreaming of dining here for so long that I recognised many of the items on the menu already.
I really wanted to order the pancakes and the porridge as they were the prettiest items on the menu, but I was (am?) on a health kick and T had just come from an indulgent Yum Cha session with his family.  So we decided to go lean and green and share the poached eggs on toast with broccolini, sugar snaps, and avocado. Again, we opted for gluten free bread for T.

The eggs were perfectly done, the vegies were crisp and fresh and the bread was thick. It was a very much a feel-good dish and I felt healthier for eating it than I would have otherwise. The only thing that was a slight turn-off for T was the pungent cheese which assaulted his delicate senses but which I didn’t mind.
We also ordered coffee and I chose a long black because I was feeling slightly drowsy from working intensely since ~9am that morning. This was a wise decision because unbeknownst to me at that stage (although highly suspected) I was in for a big night back at the office. My long black arrived with a little pot of sparkling water, which is meant to cleanse the palate so that the drinker can fully appreciate the flavours of the coffee. What a brilliantly odd idea!
I thoroughly enjoyed the meal and enjoyed pretending that I was a normal person, even if for a little while, until the blackberry started to flash ominously.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hammer & Tong, Melbourne CBD

Hammer & Tong currently holds #1 position on Urbanspoon and there is certainly much merit to this.

We had the infamous soft-shell crab burger with gluten free bread so that T could also indulge in this. T's willingness to eat soft shell crab is still a precariously new thing but I managed to persuade him to try a bite. Then he took another voluntary bite, and another. Yep, it was good alright! The soft shell crab was suitably crunchy yet sufficiently juicy as a result of the oil that it was fried in and the natural juice from the crab meat. The cabbage slaw added extra freshness and texture which was balanced by a generous lashing of creamy sauce.

We also had the lamb ribs which were full of flavor and finger lickin' good. This contrasted well with the elegant salad that accompanied it which provided a nice reprieve to the smokiness of the meat. One minor change I would suggest is to soften the meat a bit more and / or use a fattier cut.


T tells me that he can sense my mood by the words that I use and the tone that I adopt in my blogposts. I hope that it doesn't require too much deciphering on his part to sense the sheer happiness that I felt after visiting Hammer & Tong. 
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