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Brunch at Operator25

Operator25 is just a couple of blocks away from Melbourne Central, in a quiet street off La Trobe Street. They serve mostly brunch food, as well as a few lunch items which cost more. We stuck to the brunch menu but a few people near us ordered the pulled pork burger, and it looked tasty enough that it might be worth the $20 price.

decor

Operator25 has been open for about a year and a half so it’s a relatively new café. The decor is modern and the service is quite friendly. Continue reading

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Italian food at D.O.C Espresso, Lygon Street

D.O.C. Espresso is part of the D.O.C. group, which has restaurants in a number of locations. Because it is a bit more commercialised it doesn’t have the same atmosphere as some of the more “family-owned” style restaurants on Lygon Street, so we probably wouldn’t come here for dinner. However, are also open for breakfast, lunch every day. They have a range of options on their menu including breakfast dishes, focaccias, piadine, pasta, salads and snacks.

DOC sign

Ani ~ I ordered the traditional lasagne with meat sauce and bechamel. When the dish arrived I was so excited (because I love lasagne) that I forgot to take a photo of it for the blog! But it doesn’t matter too much since it just looked like normal lasagne. It was pretty tasty, with a good balance between meat and bechamel, but it wasn’t amazing enough for me to justify the $18 price. You can easily find lasagne of a similar quality at a much lower price elsewhere (i.e. not on Lygon St). Continue reading

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Le Miel Et La Lune

Le Miel Et La Lune is just a few minutes walk from the University of Melbourne. We came here for lunch in a group of five, and while the café was reasonably busy they were still able to get us a table straight away. When we placed our orders, they were happy to make alterations to one of the dishes for us (a plus for people with dietary requirements). We ended up ordering the sweet corn fritter, crispy tofu salad, crispy free range chicken, house cured salmon gravlax and the pork belly potato hash.

all the food on the table

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For drinks we ordered the honey, lemon and ginger tea and the chai latte. The ginger tea was good but the chai tasted quite milky, and needed more chai flavour. We’re told that the soy chai tastes much better.

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House brewed Hummingbird chai latte ($4.50)

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Chez Dré – brunch and cakes

Ahh Chez Dre. Such beautiful and delicious cakes. It really is worth taking a quick trip to South Melbourne just to get one of their cute petits gateaux, and their macarons are decent (though they are a bit pricey at $3 each). Unfortunately our brunch experience was a bit disappointing… the waitress forgot to put our orders through, so we ended up waiting 40 minutes for our food. She later apologised and gave us a free macaron each, which we really appreciated. However we think that maybe Chez Dre needs more staff for those really busy mornings, to avoid these kinds of mistakes. On the day we visited, they were so full that there was a whole waiting list of customers who wanted tables.

macarons

Rose-raspberry and green tea-kalamanzi macarons ($3 each)

The complimentary macarons both had really nice flavours. The green tea one had a good soft texture, but the raspberry was a bit hard and chewy. They looked quite big, but the shells had big air bubbles inside them.

ratatouille

Ratatouille with baked eggs, quinoa dukkah, toasted baguette and pepe saya butter (weekly special, $18.50)

Wendy ~ I expected the ratatouille to be like other baked egg dishes where the egg is baked into the tomato. When it finally arrived, I thought it wasn’t baked eggs at all Continue reading

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Cake Bake and Sweets Show ’14

Today we visited the Cake Bake and Sweet Show! It’s here in Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre for only three days (October 3-5) so if you haven’t been yet, tomorrow is your last chance! The show has clearly been popular this year; we arrived at 10:15 a.m. and there was already a huge queue to get in, going all the way to the other end of the building. The queue was still long when we left the show… 2 hours later.

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Much queue.

Once inside the exhibition hall, we were surrounded by food stalls from all the usual suspects (LuxBite, Adriano Zumbo, N2 Gelato, Gânache etc.) as well as many other stored we hadn’t heard of before. Stalls were selling everything from ice cream to fudge, lollies and macarons; everything sweet. There were beautiful cakes, macaron towers, a chocolate cake sofa and a display of giant chocolate flowers!!

chocolate flowers

The worlds largest chocolate bouquet! – Savour Chocolate and Patisserie School

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Macaron towers: Cacao (left) and Chocolette (right)

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