Thursday, 26 September 2013

Fordham's Milk Bar

I was on my way to Leo’s Fine Food & Wine when I noticed a cute cafe just over from the Hartwell Station. Blue umbrellas and rows of pot plants adorn the outside of Fordham’s Milk Bar.

 
All the tables were taken outside today so we decided to sit inside at one of their beautiful mosaic tables. It would be the perfect place to visit with your little ones as there is a playground over the road. I can’t complain about the service here... We had lots of eager waiters wanting to take our order. We were a bit slow to decide because there were many lovely dishes to choose from. The all day breakfast menu had tempting choices such as the Sweet Potato Fritters, bacon, poached egg, pomegranate chilli dressing and leaves ($16.00) and the Smashed avocado and preserved lemon, mushrooms, Persian fetta, poached eggs and leaves ($16.00). From the lunch menu, the House-made Sausage Roll with salad and relish ($9.00) was really enticing me but I decided to have Mrs Fordham’s Meatball Sub with baby spinach, cheese, and napoli ($10.00). This was very flavoursome and filling! Only problem was that the roll was so hard that I found it very time consuming to deconstruct into bite size portions. A combination of sawing with a knife and ripping with my teeth managed to get the job done... eventually. I might go with the sausage roll next time...

Meatball Sub
My friend went with The Famous Bacon and Egg Roll ($12.00) with caramelised onion, tomato, herb mayo, and rocket leaves. This tasted great and apparently was much easier on the teeth than my meal...

Bacon and Egg Roll
Time for some coffees... My latte ($3.50) was very creamy but did have a slight burnt taste unfortunately. Such a shame as the food was delicious.

My Latte
 
Anyway, Fordham’s Milk Bar is a hidden away but extremely great value place to grab a tasty breakfast or lunch.
 
Address: 116-118 Fordham Avenue, Camberwell, VIC
 
Phone: 03 9041 0822

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Friday, 20 September 2013

Ora

On the last day of winter, we thought we would go to Ora in Kew before their winter menu was no more. This small cafe is very popular which can make it difficult to get a seat. Today, two lone seats had our name on them so we snapped them up. Everyone is very friendly here and the service is faultless. It has a lovely community feel to it. I was tapping my toe to the background music thinking this is great stuff. Then it twigged that it was my favourite CD playing, The Boat that Rocked soundtrack. Obviously they have great taste in music as well... Ora’s winter menu included the Parsley Veloute ($18.00) with smoked ham hock and crispy poached egg, the Korean BBQ Beef Roll ($18.00) with wombok, chilli and coriander, and the Beetroot Terrine ($17.00) with horseradish, goats curd and rye toast. I decided to have the LFC Roll ($17.00) with collard greens and creamed corn mayo. The Louisiana Fried Chicken was so delicious and juicy. Everything on the plate was delicious really... The roll was packed full of goodies like asparagus and bacon. I really hope they keep this on the menu.
 
LFC Roll
My friend chose the Cauliflower Croquette ($16.00) with fontina cheese and sweet onion ketchup. This consisted of three croquettes with lots of fresh herbs on top that really made the dish zing. Another very yummy meal...
 
Cauliflower Croquette
Our lattes ($3.50) tasted amazing and it didn’t hurt that the barista was gorgeous... The cakes also looked gorgeous and will have to try one next time. I’m very much looking forward to sampling their new spring menu...  


Address: 156 Pakington St, Kew, VIC.
 
Phone: 03 9855 2002

 
 
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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Vegie Bar

I’m an ex-vegetarian but I still really love vegetarian food so I was excited to try the Vegie Bar in Fitzroy. Vegie Bar is a vegetarian eatery that also has many vegan and raw options to choose from. We arrived just before noon to beat the crowds and easily found a table. By the time we had finished, it was buzzing with people. It has a great vibe with some cool music playing. You would think this place would be full of hipsters but it looks like everyone is loving what the Vegie Bar has to offer.


Table service is provided and everyone was very friendly. We ordered some coffee’s ($3.50) to start with and they tasted great. Now for the food... The starters included Samosa ($2.90) and Gyoza Dumplings ($6.50). The Vegie Bar has a reputation for huge portions so we skipped the starters this time. I was tempted by the Mee Goreng ($15.00) and the Tofu burger on a chia bun ($9.00). I finally decided to go with a vegan option: a regular size Moroccan Pizza ($12.50). An infusion of fresh tomato and hommus base, topped with mushrooms, roasted pumpkin, eggplant, red capsicum, olives, and finished with toasted sesame seeds. It had a beautifully thin base and was extremely delicious. I’m glad I went for a vegan option for a change.

Moroccan Pizza
 
My friend chose the Mexican Burrito ($15.00): tortilla bread with refried kidney beans, spinach, onion, and mushrooms, served with rice and topped with melted cheese, chilli, sour cream and guacamole. Corn chips also appeared on the plate. My friend loved it but it was massive and couldn’t eat it all. I had to help a little bit...  
 
Mexican Burrito
 
The raw cakes were intriguing but we didn’t have any room left for a sweet. This place is seriously great value and I can’t wait to come back.
 
 
Address: 380 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, VIC.

Phone: 03 9417 6935
 
 

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Thursday, 5 September 2013

Percy’s Aeroplane


I think the name Percy’s Aeroplane has a lovely ring to it so I thought I would try out this cafe in Kew. It was somewhat quiet today but that might be due to the roadworks out the front. A very welcoming waitress showed us to a table in the back room. On the weekend, the menu really only offers breakfast items. The lunch menu had just three items: soup ($9.50), bruschetta ($13.50), and a steak sandwich ($18.50). I would have loved some other lunch options to choose from. I would have chosen the Smoked Buxton trout on herb potato rosti, baby spinach, poached egg and dill dressing ($18.90) but it was unavailable today. Instead, I picked the Thyme infused mushrooms on toast, smashed avocado, lime dressing, dukkah, creamy goat’s cheese and a poached egg ($16.50). A very flavoursome dish, I gobbled it up.

Mushrooms on toast

My friend went with the B.L.A.T. ($15.90). Sliced bacon, mixed lettuce, avocado, and tomato with Percy’s chipotle mayo. This was massive with lots and lots of bacon. The chipotle mayo made a tasty addition to the sandwich. My friend loved it.

B. L. A. T.
  
Our coffees ($3.50) tasted beautiful and the staff were very friendly. So... next time you are seeking a hearty breakfast and a decent coffee, fly down to Percy’s Aeroplane.
  
Address: 96 Denmark St, Kew, VIC

Phone: 03 9939 7642

   
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Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Middle Park Hotel

A night of Duck and Shiraz... what else could you want? Maybe a handsome barman... well, they even had that too. I was fortunate to win two tickets to the Middle Park Hotel’s Duck and Shiraz dinner. It was a magical night and I enjoyed every minute of it. Built in 1889, the magnificent, refurbished pub has a welcoming, community atmosphere. Wish it was my local...  
 

Here is a summary of the dinner:

Aperitif and Entree:

Crab Scotch egg with apples, celeriac and sauce gribiche. 2010 Mount Langi Ghiran Blanc de Blancs (A great way to start the night. The Blanc de Blancs was my favourite wine of the night. I absolutely need to buy some bottles of this...)


First Course:

Duck crepes parmentier with foie gras de canard and sauce Perigourdine. Mount Langi Ghiran Sparkling Shiraz.


Second Course:

Spit roast Muscovy duck lacquered with honey and spices, chestnut faro and root vegetable puree. 2010 Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz and the 1999 Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz (This was probably my favourite dish of the night. The flavours in the duck were amazing and that chestnut faro was so luscious!).


Dessert:

Passion fruit pavlova with citrus fruits and sorbet. 2010 Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Cane Cut Riesling.


It was a shame the night eventually had to end. The food was delicious, the wines matched perfectly, and the staff were lovely. I will definitely be going to the next special dinner at the Middle Park Hotel...

Address: 102 Canterbury Rd, Middle Park, VIC. 

Phone: 03 9690 1958

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