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Sweets and a scone at Alice Nivens bakery

Yesterday we visited the Alice Nivens bakery in the Port Phillip Arcade on Flinders Street. It is situated towards the back of the arcade and has a “sweets” sign hanging out front. It’s a cute little shop with only a few tables, and the desserts are very pretty and delicious.

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They have a display cabinet with a selection of slices, brownies, cupcakes, cake slices, scones, and a couple of savoury items. There is also a breakfast menu and a lunch menu with toasted sandwiches.

Chocolate & rose cupcake

Chocolate & rose cupcake

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Dumplings at Shanghai Street Dumplings, Wontons and Noodle (La Trobe St)

This dumpling restaurant has a wide selection of steamed/boiled/fried dumplings and also some noodle dishes. We brought a couple of friends with us to have lunch here, so we decided to order four dumpling dishes to share: steamed and fried pork xiao long bao, boiled vegetable dumplings and boiled chicken and prawn dumplings. The servings were very filling so we all left feeling satisfied, and the total bill added up to only $34 between the four of us, so it was a very affordable!

Steamed pork xiao long bao

Steamed pork xiao long bao

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Stovetop (part 2: poached eggs) and gelato at Helados Jauja

Stovetop 

After our visit to Stovetop last week we couldn’t wait to come back to try more things on their menu. This time we ordered three different poached egg dishes: the sweet potato & amaranth hash, the wild mushroom ragout and the citrus cured salmon. Overall, the food wasn’t quite as tasty as what we ordered last week… but it was still made with quality ingredients and was beautifully presented on the plate.

cappuccino

Cappuccino ($3.70)

hot chocolate

Hot chocolate ($4)

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Brunch at Stovetop: Part 1

Our visit to Stovetop yesterday involved freshly brewed chai lattes, baked duck egg and semolina gnocchi in a tomato sauce. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was warm and we received friendly service. We enjoyed our brunch at Stovetop, so much so that we’ve decided we need to go back next week for more! Hence this review will be part 1 of 2 instalments.

First to arrive were the chai lattes:

Freshly brewed chai tea in milk ($4)

Freshly brewed chai tea in milk ($4)

They arrived in cute little pots with honey on the side for added sweetness. They tasted great, especially after the subpar chai latte from Animal Orchestra last week!

We did not have to wait very long for the food despite the place being relatively busy, which is something we really appreciate. When the food arrived looked and smelled enticing. Continue reading

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This past week in Desserts: customised Magnums and cakes from Calatrava

Magnum’s Pleasure Pop-up Store (Emporium)

Last week on Friday the 10th, the Magnum pop-up store in Emporium opened for the last time. We headed there a few days earlier to avoid the last minute queues, but we still had to wait in line for about 15 minutes. It was well worth the wait though, once we were handed our beautiful customised magnums heaped with our favourite toppings. This is what we chose:

Vanilla ice cream coated in dark chocolate, sprinkled with hazelnuts,  almonds, coconut flakes and rose petals and drizzled with white chocolate

Vanilla ice cream coated in dark chocolate, sprinkled with hazelnuts, almonds, coconut flakes and rose petals and drizzled with white chocolate

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Lunch last week at Animal Orchestra

Last week we went to Animal Orchestra on Grattan Street. When we arrived around 1pm the place was packed, but they managed to squeeze us onto a table with some other customers. We’ve been there before, and I remembered that they make really bad chai lattes, but this didn’t stop Wendy from ordering one anyway. Sure enough it was really watery and grainy at the bottom… 2/10 at best. Luckily the other things we ordered (hot chocolate and baked eggs) tasted much better.

The chai latte. Not good.

The chai latte. Not good.

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