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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. ❤

red velvet and oreo cookies n cream cupcakes

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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