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Studio Movida

Sometimes suburbia is just that bit more attractive than the city center. It’s not so noisy, and the shopping strips and cafes aren’t overflowing with people, just busy enough to feel part of a cosy community.

Kew is an area that I rarely set foot in, but I’d been meaning to try Studio Movida for quite a while and so made the journey on a nice Saturday morning.

Studio Movida

Set out the front of a privately run gym, and not in any way related to the better known Movida chain, the clientele seemed to be a mixture of those who’d just finished their workouts, and those wanting a good meal and a coffee.

Roasted by Axil Coffee Roasters, their coffees were both excellent quality and well made.

Long Macchiato

This was actually M’s as I tend to drink long blacks, but long blacks tend not to make very interesting photographic material.

The breakfast menu is interesting with the usual suspects on offer, including toast and baked goods, muesli, and of course, protein-packed dishes.

M chose the vegetarian Nom-lette.

Vegetarian Nom-lette

Artfully presented, it was full of vegetable goodness, with soft, creamy eggs and a generous serve of avocado. The multigrain sourdough has a good helping of seeds as well and adds even more texture and interest to the dish.

I’d originally chosen the eggs with salmon, but the chef asked if she could make something new that she’d been working on for the menu. How could I resist that offer?

Chef’s Special

Smoked salmon, mushrooms and fetta on a bed of spinach, topped by a single, perfectly poached egg with the sourdough multigrain to serve. Amazing.

Chef’s Special

The saltiness of the salmon and fetta were just-right, and the entire dish felt nourishing, yet a touch special at the same time. I was impressed, and am hoping it becomes a fixture on the menu. Any ideas for the name though? Preferably a pun involved.

Studio Movida serves typical brunch fare but at an excellent standard. Good coffee, music and service seal the deal, and the option of a nearby gym just adds to the appeal (but only if you live in the area). My advice? Check it out before it becomes too popular, which I have no doubt it will.

Studio Movida
138 Cotham Rd, Kew
Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat 8am-3pm

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Taste of Melbourne Festival 2011

It’s kind of scary thinking about how long ago this event was, and how quickly time has passed. It’s almost 2012, and I’ve still don’t think that I’ve lived 2011 to its fullest. There’s always so many things happening, places to visit, food to try that 24 hours in a day (including sleep and work time) hardly seems enough.

Seeing that it’s been so long since the festival though, and that my recollection of what was good and bad can’t really be relied upon to be accurate, I’ll just post up a whole lot of pictures instead so you can see how much of a pig I was.

Alvin Quah

The Botanical: Wagyu Beef Burger

Mahjong Black: Peking Duck Wraps

The Millswyn: 10 hr Braised Beef Cheeks with Beetroot, Spinach & Field Mushroom

Stokehouse: Grilled Pork and Fennel Slider with Mustard Mayo

Stokehouse: Seared Scallops, Green Chilli Aioli, Almonds and Celeriac Remoulade 1

Esposito & St Peter’s: Mussels with Barramundi & Baked Bread Crumbs

Sarti: Slow Cooked Suckling Lamb, Pearl Barley Salad & Truffled Pecorino

Libertine & Le Traiteur: ‘Coq au vin’ – Burgundy-Style Slow-Braised Lilydale Chicken in Red Wine & Thyme

So. much. food. There’s no denying that the event is expensive, and that it’s mainly a marketing adventure for the restaurants, but between the bountiful array of restaurant fodder, to the numerous stalls selling anything from cheeses, to chocolates, to jams and olive oils to alcohol, you’re sure to have a great (but costly) time.

As for the success of the marketing? The only restaurant that I’m really itching to go to would be Stokehouse, but then again, I knew that from last year. Speaking of last year, they got rid of the chocolate fountain, which left me a little disappointed, and downsized the HSBC tent significantly, but at least the Nespresso stand was hugely popular.

Taste of Melbourne 2012, please impress me.

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