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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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Korean Food at Oppa Kitchen

Oppa Kitchen is a relatively new addition to the many restaurants lining Swanston Street. The bright, modern decor of the restaurant is visible through the big glass windows, and the pink neon “Oppa” sign attracts the attention of passers-by. The menu on the window advertises Korean meals for lunch/dinner at an affordable price ($10 for a cold bi bim bap). When we visited Oppa for lunch, we found the food to be well-portioned and although it didn’t ‘wow’ us, we left the restaurant feeling satisfied.

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Ajisen Ramen (Melbourne Central)

The Japan-based restaurant chain Ajisen Ramen can be found in a number of locations in Melbourne, including two restaurants in the CBD. It is basically a fast-food store, but there are still some reasonably good ramen options on the menu (give the gyoza a pass). With the exception of the Tan Tan ramen, most of the ramen we ordered used the original Tonkotsu soup base.

tan tan ramen

Tan Tan Ramen – served with spicy meat, vegetables & egg in tan tan base soup

Wendy ~ This ramen had a good soup base that wasn’t too salty. The spicy mince added another layer of flavor which differentiated it from more basic ramen.

paiku ramen

Paiku Ramen – served with tenderloin ribs, egg & vegetables

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Madame Squint – rice burgers and bao burgers

Today we had lunch at Madame Squint, where you can get rice burgers (sushi burgers), Chinese burgers (bao burgers) as well as Asian salads and noodle soups. Rice burgers are a nice idea if you want to eat normal rice dishes with your hands, but we found that things can get pretty messy and you may be better off using some utensils anyway. The same goes for the bao burgers.

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Each table has these cute instructions for eating the rice burgers. We had to unwrap the burgers for the photos, but we did wrap them back up before we started eating!

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Soft shell crab rice burger with spicy mayo $7.75

Wendy ~ To be honest I thought that the taste of the rice burger was no different to a normal rice dish, except that it required no utensils and became very messy for me to eat. 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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Auction Rooms Cafe in North Melbourne

Auction Rooms is a quick tram ride from the city, and is located near a few other brunch places. We arrived around 1 p.m. so it was very busy, and we were greeted by a very friendly waitress who found us a table. We decided to order the salmon fishcakes and the amaranth porridge, with a pot of breakfast tea and a pot of freshly brewed chai.

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Salmon & herb fishcakes with crispy marinated tofu, lime aioli and green papaya salad ($17)

Wendy ~ The salmon and herb fishcakes and salad were beautifully presented on a big plate, with a very nice combination of colours. Continue reading