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Roule Galette

A circumstance would have it, when the craving for a lazy Sunday brunch set in, I was lucky enough to be in the city. I wasn’t about the pass up on an opportunity to indulge myself silly, so a decision was made (by me) to head to Roule Galette and feast on galettes and crepes.

I’d walked past this establishment many times, yet never ventured in, even though the dulcet tones of the french singers over the sound system in this small little cafe called to me. I couldn’t help but notice the interesting artwork, obviously produced by someone affiliated with the cafe, and whoever designed their logo certainly had a sense of humour.

Roule Galette

Roule Galette

Who could resist a seductively posed cartoon crepe/galette after all. Indeed, the same could be asked of the extensive range of galettes (thin buckwheat savoury pancakes) and crepes they make to order. After drinking our surprisingly good coffees (they didn’t advertise who their suppliers were), we hungrily dug into our galettes.

I’d ordered the Forestière, filled with béchamel (French white sauce) with bacon, mushroom and cheese.

Forestière Galette

You can’t see much here, but after carefully opening the envelope-like parcel…

Forestière

…the galette was gloriously revealed in its entirety. Amazing! So creamy and rich, without being too salty, the bacon added a nice texture while the galette held the whole dish together. Satisfying, I was definitely happy with this dish.

M chose the somewhat more ‘breakfast-like’ Complète with an egg, ham, shredded cheese and butter.

Complète Galette

I found it less interesting than mine, but it was good nevertheless. I’d mentioned before that I fully intended to indulge myself silly, so we each ordered a sweet crepe in addition to the galettes.

One glance at the picture of the Anne-So, with chocolate, ice cream and flaked almonds, on the menu and my decision was made.

Anne-So Crepe

Rich and decadent, I’m not sure you could ever go wrong with this combination. The crepe was thin, yet perfectly suited to soaking up the dripping ice-cream. M decided to one-up me, and ordered the Gourmande with ice cream, fresh banana, chocolate, strawberry and flaked almonds.

Gourmande Crepe

This massive dessert was definitely something to behold. Somehow he finished his crepe before I did, but maybe that’s testament to how good it was.

Both of us left Roule Galette feeling very satisfied and cheery, with bellies filled with good food that cost surprisingly little. Fast service and good food at a reasonable price definitely make this a great cafe to indulge in a delicious crepes, galettes and coffee, and for imagining that you’re in a tiny, cosy cafe in Bretagne, France perhaps.

Roule Galette
Scott Alley, 241 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Mon-Thu 730am-8pm, Fri 730am-930pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm

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Sparrow’s Nest

After a tip-off from a fellow blogger, Catty, I decided to head to Sparrow’s Nest for a lunch catch-up. It was a miserable, rainy Melbourne day that felt decidedly like Winter (even though it’s still only Autumn) so I wasn’t tempted to straw far from work. As we’d gotten there quite early (1210), we managed to snare one of the brightly lit window tables in this cosy little cafe.

Sparrow’s Nest

It didn’t take us long to select our meals from the array of focaccias, salads, pies and soup. Cold days leave me with carbohydrate cravings (must be a store-energy-for-the-winter-months thing), so I decided to go with the Roasted Vegetable and Goat’s Cheese Focaccia. Honestly though, it was the Goat’s Cheese that got me – I can’t go past the stuff and indeed, was very disappointed that Merideth Dairy was closed last time I was down on the Mornington Peninsula.

Roasted Vegetable and Goat’s Cheese Focaccia

I’m drifting though. The focaccia itself was brilliantly satisfying in terms of both quality and quantity. With soft white bread was generously smeared with the slightly salty goat’s cheese, then filled to the brim with perfectly roasted eggplant, capsicum and pumpkin. The accompanying salad was uninspiring, but frankly I didn’t care. The focaccia itself would have been enough.

My friend on the other hand went for the vegetable soup, and a pie.

Vegetable Soup

The soup was delicious and nourishing, and the accompanying sourdough by Dench Bakers was very good (and he’d just gotten back from a year in Japan, so it must have been mind-blowing for him), but unfortunately it took a good 30 minutes for the pie to arrive. It hadn’t been heated properly so they had to return it to the oven. The staff were apologetic and surprisingly, didn’t charge us for it (although my friend did leave an $8 tip because it wasn’t all that much of an inconvenience). Alas, I didn’t manage to take a photo of it when it did arrive as he ravenously ate all of it. Must have been good in that case!

Sparrow’s Nest is a nice little cafe that has a steady stream of customers for both coffee and food. It serves good, simple, food and has great service, and is definitely somewhere I’d return to, especially for my next focaccia fix.

Sparrow’s Nest
95 Queen Street, Melbourne
Mon-Fri 7am-4pm

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Coin Laundry

It’s been a while since I’ve caught up with any of my university friends, so I organised to have brunch one delightfully sunny Sunday at Coin Laundry (nothing like the cold, rainy weather we’ve had this week). We’d heard good things about the cafe, so were keen to try it out.

The nature of the cafe did mean that we were waiting well over 20 minutes for a table after we arrived, but it was nice enough to stand outside. In any case, I was itching to have my first cup of coffee by the time we finally headed inside.

It was, well, normal. I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad sense, it was just rather underwhelming considering I’d heard great things about the coffee here and so my expectation were likely to have been too high. Perhaps they were talking about great lattes, but at least the long black was drinkable. It just didn’t stir up any great emotion in me.

We’d actually been seated late enough (after 12 pm) that the lunch menu was available to us in addition to the breakfast menu (the magic of brunch). After carefully considering the options, I chose the light Thai beef salad with roast peanuts, pickled vegetables & Asian herbs.

Thai Beef Salad

Or at least I thought it was light. There was too much beef for my liking, and it was rather tough. The dressing was well-balanced however, so it wasn’t hard to keep eating it. Something easier to eat might have made me happier though, so perhaps I should have just stuck with the breakfast menu.

My friend ordered the Wagyu beef burger with beetroot relish, aioli, tomato, cheddar, lettuce and French fries.

Wagyu Beef Burger

It was a large burger. My friend got about halfway through the burger before giving up on the meat pattie altogether, and just eating the salad and the bun. I don’t blame her in all honestly, that much mince meat can’t be good for you. The fries weren’t anything special, but we weren’t really expecting them to be.

So was it all worth the drive and the wait? No. It’s location is simply too out of my way for me to bother again, and if I want to wait for brunch, there are certainly places with better food to wait for. Sorry Coin Laundry, you just didn’t live up to my expectations.

Coin Laundry
61 Armadale St, Armadale

Mon-Sun 7am-4pm

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San Paolo Solarino – Pasta and Wine Bar

It’s been quite a while since my last update, and indeed, since I’ve been out. My mother was down in Melbourne for the night, so it was a good an excuse as any to try a new spot for dinner. At a loss for where to eat (she didn’t make it any easier when I asked her what she felt like by saying ‘anything’), we ended up at San Paolo Solarino, a pasta and wine bar just off Little Collins St.

It was relatively quiet when we got there around 630, but quickly started filling up after we had ordered our meals. The trickle of customers resulted in a very mixed crowd; there were those who’d obviously just finished work, a few cosy couples, and even some single diners perfectly content with their books, iPads, smart-phones etc.

While the antipasto platter looking appetizing, neither of us were particularly hungry so ordered two mains to share between us. Trust me to go to a pasta and wine bar and not order either, being a fan of wine, but certainly not of pasta. We were perfectly happy with the menu despite this limitation.

It was amusing listening to mother attempting to pronounce “Risotto”, but I spared her the pain and ended up ordering the Risotto with pancetta, quince, rosemary butter and quince vincotto.
for us.

Risotto

Does the vincotto count as trying the wine then? Probably not, but in any case, the risotto was quite good, but more than a touch on the salty side. The rice was well cooked and the dish was creamy, strong and filling. I was glad we’d ordered a salad to offset the richness however.

The must try according to The Very Very Hungry Caterpillar was the Chicken salad with ricotta, currants, almonds and spinach and boy was it a good recommendation.

Chicken Salad

The chicken was tender and well-flavoured and I always love nuts in my salads as they add that bit of crunch and substance to a dish that is inherently light and I’ll never say no to cheese, although I would have liked fetta instead of ricotta (personal preference). The currants were a great sweet counterpoint, and somewhat required after the saltiness of the risotto.

Wine from the predominately Australian wine list would have matched well to the dinner, but for us, it was more of a hindsight rather than a requirement. I probably won’t return (well, maybe for the salad) due to pasta usually lying low on my cravings meter, but it’s still a nice cozy place for a weeknight dinner.

San Paolo Solarino – Pasta and Wine Bar
7 Howey Place, Melbourne
Mon-Sun 630am-1030pm

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MoVida Bar de Tapas

Having finally found a reason to visit this much-lauded Melbourne restaurant, little did I anticipate that it would be a month and a half before I finally got around to writing this review. Better late than never though right? We headed in early on a Tuesday night and were a little surprised at how busy it already was. Catering to a relatively mature crowd, the restaurant was noisy but not overtly so. We were promptly seated at a table that looked a little too small for a tapas style menu (or perhaps that added to the vibe, but in any case lots of plate-juggling would occur for the rest of the night) and settled in for a night of good food and wine starting with a a glass of celebratory champagne. Pictures and remembering dishes was somewhat secondary to celebrating the occasion, so you’ll have to excuse me.

MoVida offers a mix of Tapa (small individual pieces at $3.50-$5.50 each) and Racion (plates to share at $7 for olives to $50 for aged ham). We were enthusiastic about trying every dish and felt somewhat like kids in a candy store when presented with the menu, but our stomachs probably couldn’t have stretched quite that far, and so restraint was required. Nonetheless, we still ordered a respectable number of dishes between us. Ordering in English seemed like the safest bet though because A. the waiters were obviously Australia and B. even if they were Spanish, my toddler-level Spanish would probably have offended them.

Overall, the food was very good. The flavours were unique and interesting, with little cross-over between the dishes (always good when you want to try many things). The tapa were mostly too small to share efficiently, but we gave it our best shot regardless. Now, if you’re ready, here comes the parade:

First up, the ubiquitous dish of croqueta(s). The squid ink croqueta was contained within a cuttlefish skin that was reminiscent of a sushi roll.

Croquetas de Choco en su Tinta

Slightly chewy, the bite-sized morsel was packed full of flavour and texture. Definitely one of the better renditions of the dish I’ve had.

I have a weakness for goat cheese, so the Queso Manchego was a must order.

Queso Manchego

The cheese was delicate, and the quince paste was a nice counterpoint. I just wish there was more of the quince paste. The tiny sliver was barely enough for a bite of cheese, and without the accompaniment, the cheese got boring quite quickly.

Luckily, up next, we had the lovely Cordornice – pressed quail and morcilla with apple and pickled garlic.

Codornice

Beautifully presented, it didn’t look much like quail, but it certainly tasted like it. Quail is the more interesting version of chicken, but I always find it doesn’t have the same ‘comfort’ factor. Not that comfort is a requirement of a dish such as this, but my thoughts follow an odd path sometimes. Also interesting was the morcilla, otherwise known Spanish Blood Sausage, so while this dish didn’t blow me away, at least it kept my interest levels up.

One of the must order items on the menu was the Lengua – char-grilled veal tongue with green pepper sofrito.

Lengua

I must say I found the presentation of this dish lacking, but it was certainly delicious. The veal tongue was tender and the sofrito was packed full of flavour without being too oily. Why couldn’t there have been more of it! I wouldn’t have minded eating an entire dish (well, maybe entree sized) of just this.

The last two tapas dishes were greatly contrasted, we ordered the Cordero al Chilindron (Pyrenees wet roast lamb breast with fino and paprika sauce) and the Caballa Ahumado (house cold smoked Spanish mackerel with pine nut gazpacho sorbet).

Cordero al Chilindron

Caballa Ahumado

I have no idea what a ‘wet roast’ means, but it worked for this dish. Lamb has a tendency to dry out when you roast it, but this was moist and easily cut with a fork. The fino (a variety of dry sherry) sauce added an extra hit of flavour.

We were wondering what the smoke smell that wafted by every few minutes in the restaurant was, but it wasn’t until the smoked mackerel dish arrived at our table did we realise that this was the source of the intriguing aroma. Lightly smoked, the purity of the fish really shone through. Well presented, the pine nuts lent a nice ‘crunch’ factor to this dish.

After finishing the tapas dishes, with a lot of the aforementioned plate juggling, we moved on to the larger racions. I can get a little obsessive with my greens, so of course we ordered a salad. The Valencian salad with endive, orange, palm hearts and manzanillo olives was interesting enough to be counted as a dish on its own, rather than a side dish.

Ensalada Valenciana

The special of clams with a pea sauce captured our attention, and we couldn’t go past ordering this dish.

Clams with Pea Sauce

While I’m sure there was a fancier name for this, I can’t for the life of me remember what it was (the trouble with ordering specials!). While the clams were succulent and juicy, they weren’t didn’t quite match my expectations. Perhaps that bar was set too high for seafood? Indeed, the Salpicon dish (a seafood salad of octopus, prawn, scallop and mussels) didn’t impress me either.

Salpicon

Our last main was very impressive though. The Carriellera de Buey consisted of slowly braised beef cheek in Pedro Ximenez on Cauliflower Puree.

Carrillera de Buey

I have to figure out how they made this cauliflower puree (probably with lots of butter) because it was some of the most addictive I’ve ever had. Oh, and the beef wasn’t bad either (though this line suggest that I’ve missed the point of this dish). I’d previously thought only red wines worked well in beef dishes, but I was happy to be proven wrong on this occasion.

We couldn’t wait for dessert though seeing as my companion had never had churros before. Ever. Unbelievable.

Churros

So these weren’t the best churros you can get as somewhat surprisingly, San Churros is better than a top-class Spanish restaurant, but they were a good introduction. The other dessert was much more impressive.

Poached Figs with Vanilla Ice-Cream

Alas the curse of the specials hits again. I’m fairly sure this was a poached fig cake/pudding with vanilla ice-cream. Almost nudging the side of ‘too-sweet’, it was warm and decadent and the perfect way to end the evening. You can’t lose with the combination of pudding and ice-cream. Don’t even try to argue that with me.

Somehow during the course of the night, we also finished a glorious bottle of red. At the recommendation of the sommelier, we went with the 2008 Palacios Remondo ‘Propiedad’, a mix of Garnacha, Tempranillo and Graciano. I loved it for the rich berry and vanilla flavours, but M didn’t quite like how hard-hitting it was. Surprisingly, it matched most of the food quite well.

Overall, MoVida serves delicious but simple fare (for a top-class restaurant), good service, and a lively atmosphere in wonderful company made it a great night. While I can’t pick a particular highlight, neither can I pick a particular disappointment. Do yourself a favour and book here when you’re in the mood for great dining, minus pretentiousness.

MoVida Bar de Tapas
1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne
Daily: Noon-Late

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Beatbox Kitchen

Food trucks. I can understand the appeal of them from an ‘it’s an adventure’ level, but subjecting myself to the tortures of tracking one of these down, then shelling out quite a considerable amount of money on food without much service doesn’t hold all that much appeal for me.

Luckily though, at least one of those issues was mitigated courtesy of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Bringing all the Melbourne food trucks together over the opening weekend, the Sunday line-up consisted of Taco Truck, Cornutopia, Dhaba Truck, Massive Weiners and of course Beatbox Kitchen.

Beatbox Kitchen

Simplicity is key for these trucks, with each only offering a very limited menu as a concession to the limited space and time available to them. Seeing as the boy had previously expressed interest in Beatbox Kitchen, the decision of which truck to visit on the day was easily made. We ordered every food item available (all three of them that is) and so had a Raph Burger, a Shroom Burger and a serve of fries to share.

After waiting 10 minutes in the blistering sun, we finally obtained our burgers and ravenously dug into them. The Shroom Burger ($10) was the best vegetarian burger I’ve ever had. The bun was amazingly light and fluffy, with a juicy Portobello mushroom and a generous serve of lettuce, cheese, tomato and onion.

Shroom Burger

You know what made the burger extra special though? The stereo sauce. Don’t ask me what the stereo sauce is exactly (trade secret I imagine), but my-oh-my was it tasty. Sweet and slightly tangy, with just the right amount of creaminess, it makes the Big Mac sauce look (more) pitiful than ever.

Could the Raph Burger ($11) live up to the precedent the Shroom Burger had set?

Raph Burger

Sadly not. There was just too much meat, and though it was well cooked, it lacked flavour compared to the mushroom. In its defence though, every time I see/say/hear the word Raph, my mind automatically completes it to Raphael and I get an image of the TMNT in my head. It could definitely be a lot worse. Worth $11? Probably not, but get it at least once for the novelty value.

Beatbox Kitchen
Food Truck (Location Varies)
Lunch & Dinner

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Threefold

It was for a long-overdue catch-up with two friends that I made the trip from work down to Threefold for lunch. Other than being aptly named (because there were three of us, get-it?), it was relatively close to all of us and had fairly good reviews over the web. I did forget my camera though, so you’ll have to put up with my terrible phone camera pictures. This is probably happening more often than I would like, so I need to step up my game!

Moving on to the actual food though, Threefold have numerous toasted sandwiches, mains, salads and baked goods all on display. With such a tempting array to choose from, and the option to choose your own combinations, it was difficult to decide what to order.

Ultimately, I ended up going for the healthy option of grilled spatchcock and roasted capsicum with a side of broccoli, spinach, chilli and emmantale cheese salad.

Grilled Spatchcock with Roasted Capsicum & Broccoli, Spinach, Chilli and Emmantale Cheese Salad

The chicken was too salty for my tastes, but was tender nevertheless. I’m a sucker for grilled capsicum and wish that they’d actually added extra to the salad itself, if only to make it a bit more colourful.

One of my companions had the same salad as I did, and quite enjoyed it, along with a tomato and cheese toastie which she absolutely loved.

Threefold Tomato & Cheese Toastie & Broccoli, Spinach, Chilli and Emmantale Cheese Salad

Toasties are such a comfort food, and most places offer these tasty dishes for a reason. I still think the ones at Journal were better, being more adventurous, better presented, and perhaps tastier.

My other companion ordered two salads. My first reaction was, “What?” but any thoughts I had about insufficiency were dismissed when the meal arrived.

Roast Pumpkin Wedges with Crisp Parmesan Crust & Rustic Freekah Tabouli served on Smoked Eggplant Segments

When they say ‘Pumpkin Wedges’ I was imagining smaller pieces, but a wedge is a wedge, even if it’s a gigantic piece. I’m not sure it quite constitutes a salad, but we live in a world where these things can be freely interpreted. It did look quite tasty and the thought of ordering a take-away salad crossed my mind.

The food was decent here, though the serving sizes were small for the price paid. The coffee and service are both good though, so if you’re after a quick, relatively healthy lunch, it’s worth giving this place a shot. Other places do these dishes better, but there’s certainly something for everyone here (though maybe not enough space).

Threefold
381 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Mon-Fri 7am-4pm

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Creperie le Triskel

Arrogantly French. That’s their tagline, but they’ve only got half of that right.

Of course, a truly arrogant cafe would not survive in Melbourne, so by elimination, they must therefore be quite french. Indeed, their decor, and their staff, would never suggest otherwise. Spread upon every available surface are posters, and maps, and signs proclaiming their ‘Frenchness’.

Creperie le Triskel

Creperie le Triskel

See? Mind you, I’m not game enough to order in French. A trip to Paris years ago was proof enough that my English would be better understood than my French over there. Thankfully, the menus are 99% in English. With a selection of both sweet crepes, and savoury crepes (made with buckwheat flour and called ‘Galettes’) it was a decision based on mood. Seeing as I couldn’t actually decide what was suitable breakfast fare, I ended up ordering a galette, with a sweet crepe to share.

With egg, Swiss Gruyere cheese, mushrooms and spinach, I’m fairly sure this dish can be safely classified as breakfast.

Egg, Swiss Gruyere Cheese, Mushroom and Spinach Galette

A neat little parcel that looked even more tempting when it was opened up.

Tasty! Light yet filling, I’m likely to choose a galette base over your standard toast any day. Pity the ones I make at home are nowhere near as well done, with more stuck to the pan than on my plate. Someday I’ll learn how to make the perfect crepe, but in the meantime, there’s this little cafe.

My friend ordered a more substantial meal; a ham and cheese galette complete with toast, a poached egg, spinach, and tomato relish.

I might have forgotten what this dish was called (bad blogger!) but it sure did smell and look good. I’m betting it would have tasted good too.

After fulfilling out breakfast obligations, it was of course, straight on to breakfast-dessert. An amazingly thin, simple crepe with fresh strawberries, bananas and lemon juice was all that was required.

Strawberry, Banana and Lemon Crepe

They have an extensive selection of dessert crepes to satisfy the times when something sweeter is required, with ingredients such as chocolate, marmalade and jams, ice-cream and whipped cream. Nothing overly fancy, but all decisively tempting.

Their display at the counter was also maddeningly tempting…

Croissant aux Chocolat

Must. Resist.

Not that you should of course, in fact, you should get down to this creperie quick-smart.

Creperie le Triskel
32 Hardware Lane, Melbourne
Tue-Sat Breakfast & Lunch

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Mamasita

No-one can deny that there is a huge amount of fuss about Mamasita. Does it live up to the hype? Not exactly. Not wishing to spend 20 minutes waiting for a table, I’d organised a group visit (8-10 people) for a Wednesday night almost a month in advance, ordering the $55 pax banquet menu. I felt rather gleeful walking past the very long line up the stairs to the first-floor restaurant.

We were immediately hit by a wave of noise. I’ll warn you now, this place is loud and busy (perhaps expected) and not the place for intimate conversation. Shouting across the table seemed to get the conversation going though. It wasn’t too long before we were stuffing our faces with food though. First up, perhaps the best corn you’ve ever tasted.

“Street Style” Chargrilled Corn with Queso, Chipotle Mayonnaise & Lime

Amazing. Soft and juicy with a kick of heat from the chillies, I wanted to devour the entire plate myself. Unfortunately, the rest of the dishes just didn’t quite live up the standard this brilliant starter set.

Next to arrive were the Tostadita boards, consisted of tiny round corn tortillas, fried in the oil with a variety of toppings.

Tostadita Boards

With a fuzzy memory to accompany fuzzy photos, I recall vegetarian black-bean, chicken and beef renditions of the dish. I quite liked the vegetarian version, but the other two didn’t strike me as being particularly interesting.

Next up, more street-style food, the easily recognisable tacos and quesadillas.

Tacos

Quesadillas

While the banquet menu stated that the course would have two types of tacos plus one type of quesadilla as per chef selection, the presence of vegetarians meant that we had two of each. There were vegetarian black bean tacos, and chicken tacos, and vegetarian and chicken quesadillas. While the food was good, I was getting a little bored by the similar tastes on offer, and had a hankering for something completely different. Pity that the next course didn’t exactly deliver.

Mains: Chicken

See. More chicken. To make things worse, the dish was rather bland and suggested that the chicken had been marinated for nowhere near long enough. In all honesty, I prefer the Nando’s Peri-Peri chicken (extra hot of course) over this. The vegetarian main was much nicer though.

Mains: Chickpea patties with Mushrooms and Sweet Potato

The chickpea patties (not chicken!) were soft yet held together well. The standout wasn’t the patties though, but instead, the juicy mushrooms and the sweet potatoes. I tried my best to hide the fact I was actively searching for these under the patties, but I think someone might have noticed. No matter though, they were much happier in my belly than on the plate.

So, after a rather disappointing main course, we were served the dessert of ice-cream and flourless chocolate cake.

Ice-cream with Caramelised Popcorn

The ice-cream was smooth and creamy, but I wonder about the addition of popcorn. Not particularly tasty, these too dry adornments really weren’t to my liking.

The flourless chocolate cake was pretty damn good though and perfectly light.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

The knife was there so that we could split the five pieces between eight people. Really? Surely they could have just given us four and made life easier. I ended up with an entire one to myself, so I shouldn’t complain, but the mathematical side of me likes things to be neat. 5/8 is not neat.

As for drinks, Mamasita keeps with the theme by offering a large range of tequilas, Mexican beers, and the curious concoction known as the Michelada consisting of beer, lime juice, tomato juice.

Michelda

Not my cup of tea, but the drinker liked it enough to order a second. They must be doing something right with that combination!

All-in-all, overhyped. I’ve been told there are better Mexican restaurants down St Kilda way, but I’ll only be able to back that up when I go and try them out myself.

Mamasita
Level 1, 11 Collins, Melbourne
Mon-Wed 12pm-12am, Thu 12pm-1230am, Fri 12pm-2am

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Syracuse

After a wonderful dessert experience here recently, I’d been meaning to come back and try their breakfast menu. On an uncharacteristically cold and depressing summer morning, a warm breakfast was required and the thought of Syracuse wouldn’t budge from my mind.

So with the promise of rich coffee, a hot breakfast in quiet surrounds, my friend and I headed off to Syracuse. We enjoyed easy conversation while sipping our long blacks in the slightly busy dining room. We watched the efficient staff bustling about, taking care of all the diners, while we waited for our meals.

My companion order the Syracuse Big Breakfast – poached, fried or scrambled eggs on toasted sourdough with bacon, mushrooms, tomato, pork and fennel sausage.

Syracuse Big Breakfast

Ordered with an extra serve of spinach, the dish was satisfying, but without overdoing it. I took a cheeky taste of the pork and fennel sausages and they were certainly delicious.

I went with what seems to be new breakfast trend in Melbourne – baked eggs.

Baked Eggs

Complete with tomato, chorizo, potato, yoghurt and mint, this was one of the better renditions of the dish that I’ve had. While not the best (that honour goes to Hardware Societe of course), it was definitely more than passable.

I like this restaurant, with its mounted wine openers as decorations, minimalist chandelier, and walls of wine. Good service and good food means if I get my way, I’m heading back again for lunch and dinner. Not just the one, no, both.

Syracuse
23 Bank Pl, Melbourne
Mon-Fri 730am-late, Sat 6pm-late

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