Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Plough @ Trentham, Trentham by Obelix

It would be just my luck to pick the hottest most humid day to go gastro-motoring with friends in their restored Corvette sans air con.  Even though I looked and felt like a steamed bun, I had, rather my taste buds had, a wonderful time at The Plough in Trentham.

The Plough @ Trentham, Trentham, charcuterie board
We started with a charcuterie board replete with slices of terrine; pate; little nuggets of fried cubes of beef, and the usual suspects of crusty bread, salami and pickles. The terrine was melt-in-your-mouth smooth and the beef cubes were moreish.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Lorna, Ferntree Gully by Bureaucrat

With is smart cafe offerings and Scandi-inspired decor, Lorna has put Ferntree Gully on the foodie map.  I've been meaning to go to Lorna since it opened over a year ago now.  I've read the glowing reviews and seen the beautiful photos of its food on Instagram - so was it worth the wait?  Short answer, definitely worth checking out if you're in the area.

Inside, it's bright and spacious and feels very welcoming.  It has a lovely community vibe to the place.  There's a constant quiet hum of chatter among the diners - there's no loud 'background' music, thank goodness!

Lorna, Ferntree Gully, fish taco
For lunch, I couldn't go past the fish tacos. These were very lovely.  Chunky succulent pieces of white fish that were seasoned with something oh-so-moreish.  It came with avocado mousse, black bean slaw and corn tortillas.  A great option on a hot day - filling without being stodgy. 

Sunday, December 30, 2018

True South, Black Rock by Obelix

I was looking forward to going back to True South, this time for a girls' night out.  I love Argentinian food and the whole share plate concept.  The location was perfect for a balmy summer's night for it overlooked the sea on Beach Road.

True South, Black Rock, fish of the day
Fish of the day

We couldn't decide what to order so on a whim, we opted for the $55 per person "Feed Me" and fed us they did.  I left a bit regretful that my stomach capacity was not greater to cram it all in.  True South's Feed Me option is really anything goes.  They work around any food intolerance and you can nominate any dish you wish to be included. 

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Parrot House Restaurant, Kensington by Foghorn Leghorn

Melbourne has some good restaurants in un-welcoming locations. The best-known example is Victoria Street, Richmond, which has some good Chinese restaurants, but local businesses complain that customers stay away because of the ever-present junkies and drug dealers.

The Kensington/Flemington area is similar, with locals renowned for their strange attitude towards outsiders. Sometimes they board trams passing through the area and snatch phones from the passengers’ hands. Other times they just throw rocks at the trams.

Parrot House Restaurant, Kensington, eight treasure duck
Eight treasure duck

Nevertheless, the Kensington/Flemington area has some good food. A friend of mine raves about the laksa in one restaurant, which is so good that the recipe has apparently been copied by other restaurants around town. The Eat and Be Merry Crew have tried out a few places, such as the 1565 ice-cream parlour.

Recently I discovered Parrot House Restaurant, a Cantonese restaurant on Racecourse Road. I went there once with Mrs Shiraz for a scouting expedition, and the second time we were joined for a proper meal by our friends from the Footscray side of the river, Knuckles and Shazza.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Jonker Street Taste of Malaysia, Doncaster East by Obelix

Named after the Jonker Walk Melaka Night Market in Malaysia, Jonker Street Taste of Malaysia in Doncaster East serves up hawker stall cuisine for Melbournians.  It has become the regular place for Kiddo and I to go there for lunch after our haircuts in Jackson Square. Whilst there are a la carte items for sharing (similar to a Chinese restaurant), Kiddo and I would typically just order a stand alone rice or noodle dish for lunch.

Jonker Street Restaurant, Doncaster East, char kwai teoh
I would highly recommend their char kwai teoh.  Full of 'wok hai', that smoky breath of the wok flavour, and it is loaded with Chinese sausage 'lap cheong' and lots of baby clams.  Yum!  I prefer Jonker Street's char kwai teoh over Pappa Rich's any day.  It is Kiddo's standing order.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Sushi Jiro, Chadstone by Obelix

When one of the main food courts in Chadstone closed down for refurbishment, I was saddened as I miss my closest Omi's Wagyu Don (yes, I realise it is very much a first world problem).  However since its re-opening in recent weeks, I have found a new love - Sushi Jiro, next door to Omi.

Sushi Jiro is dotted everywhere in Melbourne.  Their point of difference, they like to tout, is that they offer handcrafted sushi with a creative flair, aka, not your ordinary sushi rolls.  Indeed, they do have a wide variety of sushi and sushi related offerings over and above the standard California roll.  They also have a few tables set up for the sushi train however I've found it difficult to get onto the sushi train tables especially on the weekends leading up to Christmas.  I order from the pre-made display and eat on the run.

My favourites are:

Sushi Jiro, Chadstone, tempura prawn temaki
Tempura prawn temaki - I like these partly for the kitsch of a conical shaped sushi wrap (you get more nori, you see). The tempura prawn batter is crispy which is an important sign of freshness.