Thursday, 28 November 2013

Third Wave Café

Some of you may already have visited the Third Wave Café in Port Melbourne but now they have opened a second establishment in Prahran.

 
Located parallel to Chapel Street in Cato Street, Third Wave Café has a massive menu that includes Russian, American and even a Paleo menu. Their chef is Ryo Kitahara, a protégé of Iron Chef Sakai. Third Wave has a super cool interior and I love the vertical garden on the back wall.

  

They use Five Senses coffee and my latte ($3.80) was good, but I would have preferred less foam and more coffee. A cute meringue accompanied our coffees.

 
The dishes we chose today were the Mushroom Blintzes and the Reuben Sandwich. The ‘Mushroom Blintzes - fried mushrooms, cheese and spices ($18.90)’ were so gorgeous... Full of flavour and sprinkled with dill, the blintzes also had a pot of sour cream to go with them but I think they were rich enough on their own.


 
The ‘Reuben Sandwich - slow smoked beef brisket in a toasted rye with layers of pickles, swiss cheese, coleslaw, and house made zesty BBQ sauce ($16.90)’ was also fantastic. This came with a big pickle and some super crunchy chips.
 
 
The service was very friendly but their food really was the standout. So, head down to Third Wave and try their menu if you are craving some food that has lots of flavour...
 
 
Disclaimer: Miss Sage Sugar was invited by Third Wave Café. Although our dining experience was complementary, this review is an honest account of our time at Third Wave Café.
 
Address: 30 Cato St, Prahran, VIC.


 

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie

Adriano Zumbo, the king of the macarons (or Zumbarons in this case...), has finally opened an outlet in Melbourne! It was definitely time to see what the fuss was all about...


Of course I had to try some macarons. The flavours of the Zumbarons change regularly but today we chose the ‘Passionfruit and basil’ and the ‘Salted butter caramel on toast’ ($2.50 each). Both Zumbarons exploded with flavour and were absolutely delicious. The salted butter caramel Zumbaron was rich and luxurious but I preferred the passionfruit one. The basil and passionfruit made a lovely combination and was lovely and zingy. 


 
 
I was also keen to try a Zonut ($5.00). A Zonut is Zumbo’s version of a cronut. If you don’t know already, a cronut is a croissant-donut hybrid originally created by Dominique Ansel in New York. It became quite the world-wide sensation with many people creating their own knock-offs. Today’s Zonut flavour was Cherry Ripe.
 

Imagine some really greasy fish and chips. Now times that by five... That is how greasy my Zonut was. The first bite was delightful but so much oil squeezed out of the thing, running between my fingers and dripping off onto the cardboard tray. Really it was quite unpleasant but maybe they were just having a bad day in the kitchen... Neither of us were big fans of this creation, with the uneaten half ending up in the bin.
 

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie has lots of other cakes and pastries for you to sample as well. I thought they were very good value and will be back to taste some of the other lovely Zumbaron flavours. Maybe not the ‘Pie and Sauce’ Zumbaron though...

 

Address: 12 -14 Claremont St, South Yarra, VIC


 
 
Adriano Zumbo Patisserie on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Onshore

This cute restaurant is located all by itself on the corner of Point Nepean Road and Morris Street in Tootgarook. We decided to have dinner here but they are also open for breakfast and lunch. It was a Saturday night and the place was booked out apart from a couple of tables of two which were soon filled. Candles created ambience and everyone looked like they were enjoying themselves. The service was also warm and friendly.


As we were dining in Tootgarook, we both chose wines from the Mornington Peninsula. I selected a glass of T’Gallant Pink ‘Premium’ Moscato ($7.00). It was absolutely lovely and I hope to sample some more soon... My friend chose the Box Stallion Sauvignon Blanc ($7.50) which was also excellent. Now, for the menu... This consisted of six mains that were very well priced. The dishes on the menu were simple but appealing. I picked the vegetarian option: Gnocchi ($18.00) housemade gnocchi tossed with roasted pumpkin, cherry tomatoes, baby spinach and a white wine cream sauce. A small but plentiful bowl of shaved parmesan accompanied the dish. It did have some uncooked pieces of pumpkin but apart from that it was scrumptious.

Gnocchi
My friend opted for the Chicken Breast ($24.00). Herb and garlic marinated, pan roasted chicken breast with chat potatoes, steamed bok choy and romesco sauce. The chicken was perfectly cooked and the dish was very flavoursome.

Chicken Breast
We were very tempted by the Blood Orange Tart ($10.00) with Chantilly cream and raspberry coulis for dessert. We were both very full and after a lot of consideration eventually decided to pass this time to avoid total gluttony... So, next time you and your loved ones are down on the Mornington Peninsula, Onshore is a superb restaurant that you should absolutely try...

Address: 1917 Pt Nepean Rd, Tootgarook, VIC
 
 Phone: 03 5985 4005
  

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Thursday, 14 November 2013

D. O. C. Mornington

Mornington is a great place to stretch your legs on your trip down to the beach. It’s even better if it happens to be around lunchtime as you can try one of Mornington’s many eateries. This time we thought we would try D.O.C. as we had cravings for some pizza.

  
Although the place was very busy, we were seated immediately at a table. Our table was crammed in the middle of a row of abutting tables. The menu was printed on a large piece of paper that later became our placemats. I lifted my cutlery to find lipstick on my serviette which was slightly off-putting. It wasn’t my shade of lipstick after all... I quickly swapped it with the recently vacated table next to me. We decided to share a pizza. A long list of pizzas are available but we chose the ‘Pizza Capricciosa Nuova– San Marzano tomato, mozzarella, leg ham, mushroom, artichoke and olive’ ($20.90). This was so bland it was very difficult to get down. It was soggy in the middle too. The best part was the crust... Sweaty, tasteless button mushrooms and an insipid tomato base did not help the cause. The pizza at Innocent Bystander is 100 per cent better.

Pizza Capricciosa Nuova

Our lattes ($3.80) were really, really cold. Coffee should not be boiling hot but this was very chilly. The best element of this place was the service. The team of Italian guys worked the floor like pros. However, this was not one of my favourite dining experiences...
 
Address: 22 Main St, Mornington, VIC
 
Phone: 03 5977 0988
 
  
  
 
D.O.C Mornington on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Follow the Leader

The Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition is on at the moment at the historic Rippon Lea estate in Elsternwick, so I thought I would take my Mum to see it as she is a huge fan of twenties fashion. Prior to visiting the exhibition, we thought we would have lunch somewhere at the Ripponlea shops. We came upon Follow the Leader and studied the menu in the window. It looked tempting so we decided to give it a go.
 

We sat inside but you can also sit in the courtyard. We started with some coffees. The coffee at Follow the Leader is St. Ali so I had high expectations. My latte ($3.50) was creamy but had that yucky burnt taste which makes it quite unpleasant to drink. I felt like having a burger today and considered having the ‘Flathead Burger: rocket, house made thousand island sauce and Challah bun’ ($12.00). However, I opted for the ‘F.T.L. Burger: pure Angus beef patty, tomato, lettuce, cheese, tomato chutney, sesame aioli, pickle with chips’ ($15.00). This was a delightful burger! The patty was nice and thin (I hate it when burgers are like a fat, dry rissole...) and sandwiched between two slices of cheese. It had a lovely bun and was one of the best burgers I have had for some time. The chips and sesame aioli were also great.

F.T.L. Burger
Mum decided to have the ‘B’fast Burger: fried egg, bacon, cheese, avocado, chutney, aioli, spinach’ ($14.00). This was another well executed dish. She thought it was brilliant and would definitely order it again.
 
B'fast Burger
Whilst the service at Follow the leader was extremely efficient, it did lack warmth. They did refill our glasses of water a lot which is great, but a smile would be even better... So, if you are looking for some wonderful food and don’t drink coffee, try Follow the Leader in Ripponlea...

Address: 65 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea, VIC

Phone: 03 9530 0415



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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Innocent Bystander

It was a warm and sunny day so we decided to take a leisurely drive to the Yarra Valley. We ended up in Healesville and thought we would have lunch at the Innocent Bystander. We didn’t make a booking but you probably should if you want to sit out on the balcony. Booking can easily be made online via their website. Although the place was bustling, we had no problems getting a table inside without a booking. Of course I had to order my favourite tipple, a glass of the famous Innocent Bystander Moscato ($7.00).  

 
The lovely pink blush of the moscato comes from the skins of black muscat grapes. My friend also chose the moscato whilst the guys sampled a selection of beers including some White Rabbit ale as their brewery is located next door. We decided to share two pizzas between the four of us. We went with the ‘Roast mushroom, provolone, black truffle oil, garlic, and parsley ($25.00)’ pizza and the ‘Australian prawn cutlet, san marzano tomato, lemon, chilli garlic, barrel aged feta & sorrel ($25.00)’ pizza.
 
Mushroom Pizza
 
Prawn Pizza
 
Both of the wood-fired pizzas had a slightly charred, thin base and were utterly delicious! My favourite out of the two would have to be the mushroom pizza but it packs a serious punch of garlic so perhaps no kissing in the near future... The prawn pizza was also great with the lovely addition of sorrel. The food took quite awhile to arrive but the service was friendly and efficient. We didn’t have any coffees today but a latte at the Innocent Bystander is $4.00. I absolutely loved our time at the Innocent Bystander and it is a fantastic way to spend your weekend.

Address: 336 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville, VIC

Phone: 03 5962 6111




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Sunday, 3 November 2013

Miss Sage Sugar’s Fashion Edit – November 2013

Welcome to the new fashion section of the blog. Each month I will share with you some of my favourite dresses.

I’m a big fan of vintage style dresses which I like to wear with my great-grandmother Elsie’s huge vintage bead collection she left me (well, they weren’t vintage at the time...). I’ve added to this bead collection by shopping at op shops where you can pick up a necklace for as little as 50 cents.

The theme for this month is ‘Spring Flowers’ so here are some gorgeous floral dresses to tempt you:


  
Vintage Bloom Shift

 
 
 
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