Saturday, August 12, 2017

Il Nostro Posto

RNIS dined as guests.

We have been here once before. And its in some little cozy laneway called Hardware Lane. Here they have been around for 11 years and have not been found.

We loved sitting in their cozy dens whether it is upstairs or down. This time I liked downstairs very much. Here we got to see the good wines on offer. Some of their wines are imported from Italy.



Their wines are really great and they have a long wine list. I loved their red wine and it worked with the entree and the main. The red wine works well for winter and mushroomy dishes.

Here we had the aranchini to start with. It was good and very cheesey and the salad worked well. But I would have liked a little more.

The penne pasta was the best highlight of the night. It was al dente and the sauce is just like what my mum makes at home. It worked well with the red wine. Pity though that my friend had coke as Italian food always works better with wine or a campari or two. A campari is an Italian cocktail which can be sweet or sour- whichever way you make it.
Mushroom pizza

The mushroom pizza was equally just as good with the red wine but I could not understand the tomato sauce. I would have thought that like Ladro's they had a white base. But my friend and I enjoyed it with the chilli sauce.

For dessert I had cannoli with a moscato. I was a little bit tipsy but I wanted to try a dessert wine since the Italians love their desserts with dessert wine and the wine never failed me. It was sweet and crisp in taste. It tasted like apple.

The cannoli is made in house. Here I loved the freshness and the sweetness of it all. I didn't like a lot of the chocolate sauce by my friend did.

Rating: 15/20- good food, good service. Do book as they are bound to get busy on Friday nights.

Fatto

Fatto is a great Italian place and they have been up and going for a few years now. But they have always been too expensive for us students. That is until their $10 pizza deal came up and their $5 Birra Moretti. Birra Moretti is an Italian beer which is pale in taste, but its also very wheatey in smell and taste.

The bar is always busy and the bathrooms are in the restaurant area.

Here it worked well with the mushroom pizza. Normally pizza is $20 but here it is only $10 for a plate of 400 Gradi. The mushroom pizza does not come with tomato sauce- hence it is blonde.

But the other food in the restaurant is much better. Here you can get 2 courses for $45 which is not bad. I was always a fan of the spaghettini as I saw many good pictures online of it. Here I was not wrong. The pasta was al dente and the crab was fresh. But they put too much lemon flavour in it which overpowered the dish a lot.







I loved the ricotta ball. It was a nice start to the meal. It was very light on the palate and that paste worked a treat!

Then for dessert it was cheese again. This time it was French brie and lavosh. I enjoyed the quince paste with the brie.

Rating: 15/20- enjoyed a good meal and was full at the end. The service was friendly but a little bit pushy at times. Towards the end of the night they let us sit and chatter away but not at the start where things got busy. Luckily I booked ahead.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

D House cafe

D House Cafe has been around for a while but I never got a chance to try it until now. As a student these prices are reasonable.

They are the sister restaurant of the Pancake Dessert House eatery so I expected to see crepes on the menu for dessert. Instead I saw shaved ice which is a HK dessert.




At 3pm when I came they were steady. Here they specialise in the Hong Kong street noodle in which you choose three items out of 27 and your choice of noodle. Then they fullfil your order with soup. The soup of course has MSG.

Because it was no meat May everything I picked was seafood or vegetarian with rice noodles. The rice noodles was broken and slippery.

But the drinks and the chilli looked so good.

Do come by when you need a break from study and exams.

Sea Salt in Carlton

This branch has been there for a while now and already they have had quite a few customers. They have been open for many years and I have been meaning to go there but I have not had the chance yet. Until tonight that is.

On Friday nights they are really busy. They were flat out until after 7:30pm.


My flathead fish of the day was really good. It came with a garden salad and for the health freak I had mine grilled with lemon sauce which was quite nice. All under $15.

Do come by to Sea salt and for Zomato's record Sea salt in Degraves is now closed.
Sea Salt Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

American Honey at Campari House in short

Campari house have released some new cocktails and not that many new eats. This week's theme is American honey. This honey is quite sweet and the gin is quite sweet and smokey. It is also a little bit spicey adding in that kick.

It was in their lounge that they had this event and many people turned up and got their free snack and drink. Pity that there were not any ribs as promised on their Facebook page.

But people were able to purchase drinks and food at the bar. Most of them were relatively expensive. 

Campari house is featured in the Entertainment book which you can buy off Healthy International students site and help them to support the homeless. The Salvation Army is a charity that supports the homeless and 20% off the sale of the book goes towards helping them.

Campari house has a discount of 25% off the total bill.



The popcorn on offer worked well with the gin. It was smokey in some areas and sweet in others.

Do come by Campari house for a drink and a pizza or two.

Red Spice's bar pop up Thursday

This is a free event where Red Spice showcases their alcoholic side with a snack. It happens on a few Thurdays of the year.
Pale Ale



A small sample of their latest ale






Red Spice is a South East Asian bar and restaurant in McKillop st just off Bourke st. Here the place is huge and they are featured in the Entertainment book which you can buy off Healthy International students site. 20% off all profits from the book sold goes towards helping the Salvation Army.

Red Spice have an offer in the book for 25% off the total bill.

There was a lot of action behind the bar. Pity that the place isn't bustling with people at this time. But later on at 6pm it became quite busy with people. All of the punters were looking for a drink or two. They do have a long wine and cocktail list and a lot of champagne.

They also have a lot of Thai inspired food and snacks.

Here I had a pale ale with a pork belly bao. The pale ale worked well with this bao as it brought out all the spiciness. The pork belly in there was juicy.

Do come by to their bar for a lovely cocktail or beer
Red Spice Road Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cookie

Cookie is on every foodie in Melbourne's list and I wonder why. I hadn't got around to visiting it until now as I'm always busy or its just too expensive.

Since July is normally food and restaurant month, we figured to visit Cookie. Cookie is a great bar which features a huge cocktail and wine list.

Cookie is just on level one of Curtin house and the Toff is just a floor above it.






I loved sitting near the bar and watching the staff make the drinks for their customers. The staff loved talking to their customers and its not something you see every single day.

The bathrooms are out the back and behind a bookcase. They are clean and luxurious.

The staff were friendly and attentive. You can order at the bar or you can order at your table. This place has a lot of food on their list and like Chalawan their Pad Thai is $19.50. But this one is much better in terms of flavour than Chalawan's. The flavours here seem to pop right out of your month. And the noodles were al dente. They also had beansprouts with it and Chalawan did not. I loved the hard boiled egg on the side. It had a nice touch to the dish.

There was a huge chilli kick to this dish which I liked. Normally if I was to order it with chicken or prawns it would have been a tad more expensive.

Also I loved my roti- it was light and fluffy. If only Chalawan offered this it would be great.

Rating: 15/20- do come by for the drinks and the food. Oh and the other table's dumplings looked great but I didn't see them on the menu. If I did I must have skipped at option.
Cookie Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Healthy fusion sushi

This place was recommended to me by Curious Charlie who has a penchence for cheap things. Here they were quiet at 3pm when I went.

They have a variety of hot meals on offer as well as cold. They are in the QV shopping mall. Here a box of two sushi rolls is $4 where as at Sushi Hub they are $5.60 for two rolls. I had the vegetarian rolls with tofu. It was ok but after a while it fell apart.

The service was just ok, but the second time around they were friendlier.

But then the second time around it was much better but they gave me a really huge bowl of fish curry don for $7.50 eat in. I was really full afterwards. The fish had a little bit too much batter but the curry sauce was really nice.

Chalawan

RNIS did not have to pay for the curry and the drink but paid for the Pad Thai.

Chalawan turned one and they are still going strong. This is a place in Collingwood known for good Thai food and cocktails. It is the Cookie of Collingwood as in everything here is expensive. All the drinks are around the $19 mark but they do have half priced drinks for Friday between 7pm-10pm.

The place is on Smith st via tram and its easy to get to.

The staff behind the bar are great. They were friendly and attentive. The bathrooms are behind a door and they smell. But the smell isn't too bad though.

Thai the Knot is a Thai cocktail with a lime flavour to it. I felt that there was not a lot of alcohol in this and I would have liked a bit more. For $19 it was a bit on the pricey side.

The Pad Thai was great and I loved the king prawns. Here they used rice noodles. There wasn't a lot of egg in this and I would have liked a bit more.

The beef curry was also great and for $19 it should have included rice. Here there was not much meat and a lot of sauce. But the beef was tender and the sauce was a little bit on the sweet side. This curry is not too spicy for those that don't like spice.

Rating: 12/20- its just ok. A bit pricey though but do come here for your Friday night drinks.
Chalawan Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, June 29, 2017

M Yong Tofu revisited

M Yong tofu has been around for some time now. I have heard from a friend that they changed management and that the food is much better.

One Saturday night I went with Friends A, B and C. There it was really busy but then after 6:30pm it really quieten down. Most of the tables had vacated by then.






You order and they bring your food out for you within a few minutes. They also give you free tea which they never used to in the first time that I went. That free tea was really good.

There is a bathroom but its out the back and behind a door. Its only just one single unisex one so if the restaurant is busy and there is someone in there then you have to wait behind the closed door for that person to come out.

I really liked the spare ribs. They were nice and sticky and very garlicky. The ribs were tender. If alcohol was to be served here, I think it would work well with something like a sauv blanc or a pinot noir.

The chicken in salt and brine also was very addictive. But it was also very tough. Friend B seemed to like the sauce.

The gailan or was it mixed vegetables? Was ok. There wasn't a lot of that and if there was some oyster sauce even better.

The yam and taro basket with the chicken inside was quite nice. But the chicken was a little bit gristly.

The rice was the normal Australian type and not the Asian one

Rating: 13/20- me likes the cheap Malaysian fare.


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