Saturday, December 9, 2017

Sushi Hub

This new Sushi Hub opened up in Hawthorn a few months ago. Unlike the city one this one does not have wine and is a small store.
Tamago sushi


Salmon nigiri

Ikura nigiri

Miso soup

Tempura vegetables

Here there are many varieties on offer and you can even order main meals. I had the entertainment book voucher so I went with a friend.

The bathrooms are small and are out the back.

The tamago sushi fell apart. It had that rubbery feel to it. But we enjoyed all the seafood sushi and edamame.

The gyoza was cold. It had been sitting on the train for a while.

And the ready made udon was yum. Unlike the city store this came in a huge bowl.

I have never tried the ice cream in the city store. However I really liked this one here. I loved the crunch of the cornflakes down the bottom.

Do come by for the ready made meals and seafood.

Saturday, December 2, 2017


Pinocchio is an Italian place in South Yarra. Here they do good quality food but the service can be slow. They are right near the train station.

They have been featured a few times in the Italian Good Food week. And since it is good food week I decided to visit.

The entree of aranchini ball was lovely and addictive. It was crunchy on the outside and piping hot on the inside.

They have their $25 special nights which includes pizza and pasta on selected weeknights. Here I had the Aglio E olio which was a bit bland. It could have done with more olive oil. But still the pasta was al dente.

But the white wine went well with the food.

Do visit if you have the time and they are featured in the Entertainment book which you can buy off us and support the Salvos through their mission.

Lord of the Fries

There is a new Lord of the Fries open in Hawthorn right where Swinburne Uni and the Glenferrie station is.

We bought the $8 Scoopon for a meal which includes drink (water or soft drink), hotdog or burger and your choice of chips. It comes with the sauce but I am trying not to eat too many sugary things hence no sauce.

At the beginning, Lord of the Fries was just that: fries. Now they have their vegan burgers and hotdogs which people love. What would be nice is some lovely organic wines and beers on the menu. But I suppose a liquor license would be hard to get and expensive.

The vegan hot dog was the first time I've ever tried one so I cannot comment much to say that it tastes a lot better than the meat ones any day. They use vegan sausages which is just awesome. I have tried vegan sausages at the Cruelty-free shop when they do their BBQ.

But the sweet potato chips are to die for. They are crispy on the outside and not too oily which is great.

Do come by the Lord of fries in Hawthorn and Windsor as they are not too busy and they are welcoming. You're welcome.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Cafe Roc in short

The Roc Cafe and bar is in South Yarra and its in the Gold Class area. Movie patrons can enjoy a meal or a drink before their movie starts.

They also do functions and serve the Gold Class patrons. The bar is just exquisite.

Here I had a Chardonnay and fish and beef tacos. They have happy hour where all the wines are $6 and tacos are $2 each.

The fried fish taco was really good but the beef one was a bit soggy. The fried fish one was really crispy.

Do come by for a quick drink before the movie starts. We promise that you'll enjoy coming here

Carlton Italian Fiesta and wine

The Carlton Italian Fiesta was on and it was all about good food and wine. Here the Italians enjoy their food and wine. They mainly enjoy pizza.

During the daytime, it was quite busy but at twilight, it was quite fun to dance, eat, drink and be merry. I have never been to one of these before but I do enjoy a good festival at night where there are no kids. Kids ruin my enjoyment- they run around with balloons and things and I do not enjoy.

But here at the Salumisti bar, it is peace and quiet and free canapes. But you have to purchase a drink. I purchased their on the TAP white wine which was good with my pizza and the anchovy canape. Other canapes featured pork which is Salumnisti's specialty.

There was a cheese one with a capsicum piece on top. That would work well with the Shiraz.

My pizza from 400 Gradi was good. It was doughy and cheesy just the way that I liked it.

Do come to next years festivities in Carlton as this year was great.

The Colonial Tramcar restaurant

RNIS received free gift vouchers as an XMAS present and did not have to pay. But they only received two vouchers for the late night dinner service which would have been approximately $145 and lasted three hours.

The tramcar restaurant is small and so they have two tramcars. On each tramcar, there is about 2-4 staff working there and two of them mingle with the people. We were there by 8:15pm for the late night dinner service.

Oh, it was fun exploring the city at night with unlimited drinks. And there were a few birthdays on board which was celebrated at the end of the meal.

There is a toilet for each service and it is small.

To start off with I had champagne and he had juice. The champagne is from Rothbury and is an NV Curvee. This wine was fruity and went well with everything that I had. Dining at its finest.

There were dips and crackers and one of them was a roasted eggplant dip which I liked.

Salmon mousse

The dinner roll was soft and warm which I enjoyed.

The charcuterie that he had was terrible. He didn't like it one bit. I tried the bread and I got to admit it was very chewy. My salmon avocado mousse was fine but they put too much avocado in there for an entree. And that orange sauce was weird with it.

Then my chicken with bok choy and mushrooms came. I was not a fan of that chicken, it was overcooked and there was way too much sauce overpowering the mushrooms and bok choy. He didn't like the steak- it was too chewy and there was too much butter on top.

Cheese platter
Then the cheeses came. It was brie and cheddar and they were store bought, probably from Coles. The crackers too were store bought. But I enjoyed the cherry jam. It had that nice tartness and sweetness.

For dessert, we had the tasting platter. It was a very sweet and rich chocolate tart and a light and creamy pannacotta.

To end there were tea and coffee.

Many thanks to the Colonial Tramcar restaurant for having us and they are in the Entertainment book for $30 off the entry for two adults to their late night dinner service so do check them out and if you haven't already do purchase the book from us.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Hot Poppy Cafe

This morning I went to Hot Poppy cafe for a coffee and breakfast. I was sick of the guy playing music on my tram and annoying everyone.

Hot Poppy has been around for a while but I never got to visit it. Here they are a homely cafe which offers breakfast.

I had my usual of soy latte and instead of my usual eggs on toast for breakfast, I decided to have corn fritters. I did this as part of my challenge for November which is to be a healthier, happier me. I am not doing this for the money but I would love to learn stuff.

The corn fritters with the jalapenos were fantastic. Here they were cooked well and they had a tiny bit of goats cheese goodness in each of the balls. Here the balls worked really well with the jalapeno sauce.

The soy latte was full of cream just the way I like it. Except there was not much of a soy taste.

Do come by the Hot Poppy cafe if you are waiting for a tram and need a coffee in a hurry.
Hot Poppy Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


RNIS was invited by Healthyintstudents site to participate and as such, they would appreciate the promotion of the Entertainment book.

Here they are located in Camberwell where the Rivoli cinema is. They are a hole in the wall place which is hard to find. And me being a westie found it hard to find.

On Sundays, they have their Hawkers market. Here all their dishes are $11.9-$18 and are not priced at the $30 mark.

The service from Laurence the owner was very friendly.

The bathrooms are upstairs and before you go there you'll see lots of pictures of Malaysia.

To start off with I enjoyed a Riseling. It worked with the Hainan chicken in that it balanced the flavors of the dish really well.

I loved their complimentary chips as they had that spicy tang. Lawrence the owner told me that everything is made from scratch. Even they make their own sauces.

Here the roti is really flaky and was not too sweet.

The Hainan chicken was ok but they forgot the soup and the rice was very overcooked. The chicken was a little bit salty from the sauce.

Many thanks to Healthyinternational students for the invite and do check out their site. Do buy the book from them as Okra has a 25% discount offer and other offers. If you buy now then you'll also receive a gift card as well as assist the Salvos over the Christmas period.
Okra Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Runya's room

Runya's room was recommended to me by an Instagram friend.

I have been a few times now and love the place. They do have a good selection of great teas and I love their green tea.

So I went and got cozy in their little booth outside the place. The atmosphere is relaxed and the shop is tiny. But you can see all the cakes out the front as well as the desserts. They also do high teas and is a champagne bar.

I loved the scrambled eggs and the chilli hint that was there.

But their finger sandwiches were just divine. Here I shared them with someone and got 50% off the total bill thanks to Dimmi. The chicken one was really good. My friend seemed to like them.

We both loved the pastrami ones. And the fruit gave it that nice sweetness in between sandwiches. I think it was there to cleanse the palate.

The tortilla one was just delish.

He also likes the coffees at Runya's room as they are strong and lovely. He loves the lovely artwork on the coffees.

The high tea on one table looked really good, but pity that the Dimmi offer does not include these or drinks.

Do come by Runya's room and I will be sure to book their High tea sometime.
Runya's Room Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Lien Lien Cafe

I'm finally back after the Melbourne Marathon run. This run has kept me so busy that I hadn't had time to write much!

Or explore much!

Here Lien Lien cafe is near the Queen Victoria markets and they have great value food and drink. All of which are priced under $15 and is the perfect student eatery.

The place is clean and bright. Several times that I have walked past they were closed and I wanted to try them for some time.

The bowl of spring rolls and vermicelli was $10 and it was massive. I couldn't finish it all. But I welcomed all the vegetables underneath the noodles. The spring rolls have meat in them. It is a good thing that the waitress asked if I was allergic to nuts and I wasn't. So many Vietnamese places forget to ask about the nut allergy.

But she forgot to ask whether or not I wanted my spring rolls to be vegetarian. Luckily I'm a meat eater.

As for the long black it was a big cup for $3.50 and it was just right. The coffee was a little bit burnt.

Next time though I would love to try their $6 rolls. I wonder why this place is always quiet!
Lien Lien Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Coffee and blogging

RNIS was invited by General Assembly and Allpress to this session. But it took us a while to write this due to Melbourne Marathon and other commitments that took us away from this blog!

This session took place in Allpress's coffee studio where participants tried their lovely coffees. Participants were also given a tour of their roasting warehouse where we saw the temperatures of their quality roasters go to 200C.

Allpress pride themselves on the quality of their coffee and they live and breathe it each day. Their guys are mostly from New Zealand. Here most of their coffee beans are from Brazil and are green before they are roasted. When they are roasted they smell chocolatey. Roasted the wrong way and they will smell bitter and burnt.

A good barista knows what they are doing and many of them take the time and knowledge to learn how to roast their own beans and make their own brews. Some of them like Axil goes on to do the world coffee championships. Axil came in second place.

A good site takes time to open and the cost and time to do the research. Most of the good sites in Melbourne are in the inner city area. In this area most people love a good brew in the morning. The barista gets up around 4am to make it to work and open by 7am. Most of the places shut by 3 or 4 in the afternoon.

Many thanks to General Assembly and Allpress for the invite and be sure to think about what the barista is going through before ranting online as online rants do hurt the business. The business and barista have worked very hard to please you and their aim is to please the people so that people will come again.

West Beach Bathers Pavillion

West Beach Bathers Pavillion is in St Kilda and it is primarily a bar, but they do serve cafe food. They are 150 mts away from the tram stop on Beaconsfield Parade and they have weekly dinner and drinks specials.

Here the service can sometimes be friendly and other times they are a bit slow. I have been there before for my tea after a long run. I love to pat the dogs that are in the courtyard on a sunny Sunday as they help relax me.


Sofi Spritz

Grange Roads beer

AIX wines

La land wines

And they do have a function room.

Patrons can sit outdoors and enjoy the beach or they can go inside. The service here is relaxed but sometimes they can forget your order. Here they have a bar which operates during the summer. And they have a huge wine list.

I loved their spring rolls and their arancini as it was cooked well and very addictive. This would be the perfect summer mix with a Sofi Spritz. With a Sofi Spritz patrons can enjoy good tunes in the courtyard during the summer.

I would imagine that the bellinis work really well with the Mango Daiquiri that I had the other day. Or they would work well with a pink rose or an Aperol Spritz.

The Gage Road beers would work well with a burger or their $10 dinner specials. But if you are not in the mood for food then it would work just fine with a packet of nuts which are on their counter.

The gin would be quite fine on its own as they are strong in taste and alcohol levels. Or it would work well with the chicken skewers on offer.

Pity though that there was no wine Icecream but oh well.
West Beach Bathers Pavilion Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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