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Delhi Streets

A few weeks ago we dropped by Delhi Streets for some lunch. Here you can get a meal for around $10-$12, or try some of their street chaat or wraps for even less money. The seating area is not big and we visited during peak lunch hour, but we managed to grab an empty spot by the window. The three of us ordered 3 meals, 1 street chaat, 1 dessert and a mango lassi.

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Aloo Tikki – potato & green pea cakes served with onions, coriander, mint chutney and yoghurt with tamarind ($7)

This was the only dish we ordered that we didn’t like. We’ve had aloo tikki before at other restaurants, but not like this… too salty, spicy and a tiny bit sweet all at once, but not in a good way. Rather than complimenting each other, the different flavours were just overwhelming. Maybe they made a mistake with the seasoning.

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Port Fairy (Part 2): Clonmara Tearooms

Clonmara Tearoom is located in the Clonmara Cottages in Port Fairy. The English style tearoom has large selection of teas, classic English lunches, scones with jam and cream and a number of desserts. We didn’t get a chance to try the scones while we were here, but based on the quality of the desserts we’d say that the scones would be pretty good too. The savoury food wasn’t anything special but the apple pie was a clear favourite.

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chai, sencha and black teas

Chai latte, ‘Japanese Evening Mist’ sencha, ‘Lime Sencha’ and ‘Monk Pear’ black tea ($4 each)

The chai late wasn’t bad, but we’d recommend ordering a tea instead because they have a lot of flavours that you don’t normally see in your average cafe. The Japanese Evening Mist sencha had a delicate sweet flavour, whereas the ‘Monk Pear’ black tea had a more bold bergamot taste. The Lime Sencha was perfect to balance the sweetness of the desserts we ordered. Continue reading

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Port Fairy: Part 1

We visited Port Fairy on a weekend in the middle of the Winter, when it was too cold to go to the beach or hike through the nature parks. We did some sightseeing by car, but the rest of our time was spent eating. Not a bad way to spend a weekend!

Our favourite foods that we tried were the pizzas at Coffin Sally (see below), as well as the desserts at Clonmara Tearoom (Part 2 of this blogpost will be about the Tearoom). Brunch at The Farmers Wife was alright. The takeaway Thai curry from Lemon Grass was decent, but we didn’t get any photos of that because takeaway curry isn’t photogenic.

The Farmers Wife Harvest Cafe

Smaller towns don’t have the same competitive brunch scene that Melbourne has, so their options are more limited. While there are definitely better brunch places in Melbourne, The Farmers Wife was enjoyable enough. The brunch dishes were around the $16-19 mark which is pretty standard, but the sizes were not that big. The service was friendly.

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Choc drinks at Cacao Lab and lunch at +39 Pizzeria

Cacao Lab

Cacao Lab is one of the cafés owned by Cacao Fine Chocolates and Patisserie. They have many cute éclairs, cakes, macarons and chocolates but we were most interested in trying their de-constructed iced chocolates. They’re served divided into three separate beakers, and then you mix them together… kind of like the lab experiments we do for our chem eng subjects, except more edible 😛

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Iced Chocolate – salted caramel (~$9)

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‘Dip In’ these bread bowls

We are back! The blog has been quiet for the last month while we were preparing for exams… and then doing the exams… and then recovering from said exams. Such is student life. But now we are free and back to blogging. 🙂

A while ago, somewhere in the midst of exam study, we dropped by ‘Dip In Café’ for lunch. The main focus of Dip In’s menu is its dips, which are served in small hollowed-out bread bowls (along with other fillings). Logically, we know that putting the dip/egg/other fillings inside a bread bowl isn’t going to make it taste any different than if it had sliced bread… but it’s cuter, more fun to eat and a nice change from your average café lunch.

cafe entrancebread bowls filled with dip or eggs

On the menu we counted 17 different dips, including the basics (hummus, roasted eggplant, tzatziki) as well as some you don’t see as often (Moroccan carrot, chimichurri and biltong pate). Continue reading

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Brunch at Squisito Bar in QV

Sometimes when we go out to eat, we don’t have a plan for where to go so we just walk around aimlessly. Squisito Bar is one of those places that you’re likely to come across when you’re wandering around the city, because of its convenient location in the QV precinct. Despite being called a “bar” it’s actually only open ’til late on Saturdays; on weekdays it’s a brunch cafe, with the breakfast/brunch menu available from 7am-2:30pm and the lunch menu from 11am-2:30pm.

The service we received at Squisito was mixed; the waitress who served us wasn’t warm/friendly, but she was polite. In contrast the woman who helped us at the cash register was very friendly. The menu had many dishes to choose from including some pretty tasty sounding lunch options, but we ended up ordering from the brunch menu because we are brunch addicts.

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‘Big V’ fresh juice – orange, apple, pineapple and carrot ($6.5)

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A Favourite: Little Cupcakes

For Ani’s birthday (a few weeks ago), we ordered 100 mini cupcakes from the Little Cupcakes Store in Degraves Street. Little Cupcakes has both normal and mini sized cupcakes in a variety of flavours, and they also have vegan and gluten free options. They’re not cheap at $2.50 each, but when you buy a dozen cupcakes the price is reduced to $2.20/cupcake and when you order 100 cupcakes the price becomes $2 each.

In our opinion, birthday cupcakes are even better than a birthday cake because: a) they’re cuter, b) they’re more practical and c) you can get an assortment of flavours to please everyone! BUT cupcakes are more expensive. So if it’s not a big milestone birthday (like a 21st in this case), it’s best to just stick to a normal cake… or you can bake them yourself if you have the time! 🙂

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Assorted mini cupcakes. From left, clockwise: blueberry pistachio, oreo cookies & cream, raspberry white chocolate, Belgian chocolate, and salted caramel

We came to the store one morning and tried a few different flavours before deciding which ones to include in the special order. The salted caramel and Belgian chocolate flavours both had a chocolate cupcake base. They were a bit too rich, so while the chocolate flavour was good we ended up leaving them out of the final order. The oreo cookies & cream and the raspberry white choc were both much lighter and still very tasty, so they were clear winners. The blueberry pistachio wasn’t quite as exciting as the others, but it was vegan so we included it in the order too.

Instead of the chocolate based cupcakes we ended up getting the ‘dark horse’ espresso cupcake, which was yummy and had the added bonus of being gluten free. And most importantly, we also ordered some red velvet cupcakes. Because that is the best flavour. ❤

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Mini red velvet and oreo cookies & cream cupcakes

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$8 Beef Burger Tuesdays at Gloria Swanston’s Kitchen

Normally Gloria Swanston’s ‘Kickass’ beef burgers are $16.50, but every Tuesday from 12-3pm you can get them for only $8! They are basic, no-fuss burgers – white bread, meat, bacon, veggies & cheese. The burgers are a good size and they come with a generous side of crinkle cut chips, so you wont leave feeling hungry.

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Korean – Oriental Spoon (La Trobe St)

Sometimes it can be hard to pick a place to eat when you’re with a largish group of friends, but Oriental Spoon has plenty of tables and so it’s safe choice for lunch or dinner. It has good portions, reasonable prices (not cheap but not expensive either) and decent food. It’s by no means the best Korean food in Melbourne, but it’s still quite enjoyable.

Since we were here with a group we’ve forgotten some of the details of what everyone ordered, so we’ve given you approximate prices for each dish. No guarantees on the accuracy there. BUT, we do have all of the photos, and that’s always the most exciting part anyway. 😛

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Empty because it was 10 minutes before they opened at noon.

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Pork Bibimbap – rice, veggies, egg and pork in a hot stone bowl, ~$10-11 for lunch

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Seven Seeds – Brunch near Unimelb

With limited time to grab brunch before class, we found ourselves visiting Seven Seeds Specialty Coffee near Unimelb. When we arrived just after noon the place was packed, so we had to wait about 10 minutes or so for a table. Not a problem, we just grabbed a menu and started deciding what to order! It always takes us ages to order, no matter where we go, because we see all the options on the menu and think… “I want to eat ALL the things!” First world problems.

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Chai latte ($4) and Mörk hot chocolate served with a piece of Whittaker’s chocolate ($4.50)

Obviously it makes sense to go to “Seven Seeds Specialty Coffee” and order a coffee, but you’ve probably noticed we’re not big coffee drinkers by the large amount of chai lattes and hot chocolates we drink. Continue reading