So here is my Melbourne trip, summed up .. in a bit more than a nutshell (pic heavy post).
What better way to start a morning, with a 5:30AM wake up call, mad rush to the airport and an 8 something AM flight. I swear Maccas rarely do specials at the airport, so I was seriously delighted to pay only $1 for their greasy hashbrown ... more greasy than normal but pipping hot and crunchy.
Despite the 1hr flight, I was in a "don't touch or talk to me" state - probably combination of lack of sleep, early wake up call and grease but as soon as I landed, there was no time to waste ! I know this is going to sound somewhat gross, but I had1 burger everyday on this trip.
I've heard a lot of mixed reviews about Huxtaburger ranging from would not eat again to .. best burger ever. Even at peak hour, our burgers were delivered pretty quickly.
My Clair Burger was a tad bit hard to eat with the ginormous southern fried chicken ...no complaints. Lots of flavour in the slaw and the jalapeño mayo though I wish there was more as it got a tad bit dry towards the end. Ordered the Chipotle Fries but would give it a miss next time. Very bland but good value for the size.
Of course the boy had to go for a 'manly' option Theo with a double beef, double cheese, bacon & BBQ sauce. I actually loved this burger more than my clair burger ... and I didn't find the beef patty burnt like some people said ..
Our dinner stop where I met with some friends, Gami Chicken. Don't be fooled by the small exterior and there are two levels, though it's extremely packed inside and a que goes outside .. so best to book. Our Seafood Pancake was a little on the small size with not much seafood, so this didn't really amaze me but the crispy edge gave it that tad bit more justice. Oh and TTeok Bok Ki (Rice Cakes) are also a favourite but it's mainly onion than the fish cake/vegetables .... I'm quite confused on how it's actually spelt .... so many variations.
Not going to lie, I think I hyped up Gami way too much. Their Original Chicken was above average, moist, crunchy skin .. though I found it rather bland.
On the other hand, their Spicy Chicken had my mouth on fire for a while and I was shaking the water bottle up to whoever could come first to give me more water. My favourite was the Soy Garlic where the thick sauce coated the chicken and made it extremely tasty.
And some vegetables .. to make this healthier.
Their Baked Eggs gets a thumbs up from me. Don't be deceived by the "small" portion as it's packed with food, good flavours and good cheesyness ... so much potato too.
The boy's Burger (Pulled Pork?)was very hard to eat considering the way it was presented but overall nothing spectacular.
I know we're here for the food, but I did the Great Ocean Road + 12 Apostles Tour later that day. So proud I didn't throw up at all, but the weather was terrible so we didn't get the full experience. None the less, here are what remains.
I was told that "The best pho in Footscray has a cow and chicken" ... but when I got to Footscray .. a lot of places had a cow and chicken. As this was the busiest, I assumed Pho Hung Vuong was the place my friend suggested. I don't know what made me think I was capable of finishing the Large ..... as the bowl was a lot 'larger' and packed with an addictive broth.
A coffee hit calls from Brother Baba Budan as I'm not a huge coffee drinker ... an Iced Latte kept me buzzing for literally the WHOLE entire day.
Before we head to Mamasita's for dinner, we make a quick stop at T by Lux Bite and pick up some divine sweets! I found the Prosperity, a Chinese New Year Special, to be more appealing to the eye, but it became too creamy and sweet from the white chocolate, chocolate firecrackers and chocolate tart. I was actually expecting some orange flavour because it was orange .. silly me.
I much preferred the Calamansi where the tartness from the kaffir lime sherbet helped to balance out the meringue. I appreciate the asian flavours in these desserts, such as using longan and jackfruit with chilli salt and I wish I had the stomach to have more ...
Do not be fooled when you don't see a line outside Mamasita's. The line is actually inside the restaurant up the stairs ... even at 5:30PM. Kicked off the night with some beer and sangria, before face planting myself into their amazing char grilled street corn ... seriously that cheesy goodness and chipotle mayo made it the favourite of my night already.
To share, we had the duck tortillas w/ pineapple, blackbean puree & haberno creama - a bit smaller than I expected, but still delicious to eat ... all it took was 1-2 bites.
Kind of went mad and ordered all the tacos (except the vegetarian one) - fish, prawns, chicken, pigs cheek and ox tongue. Prawns & pigs cheek were hands down the best as we found the fish a bit bland and chicken rather ordinary.
Our Seafood Casserole was packed with flavour and I was really happy with how the seafood was cooked but I think I was too in love with my seafood taco and grilled corn to find this a mind blowing main.
Last but not least - Sweetcorn Icecream, Salted Caramel & Popcorn. Melted so damn quickly and of course whilst eating manage to drop my popcorn everywhere. I hope this photo shows I am not in the least good with ice cream.
My FAVOURITEEEE brunch place in the whole trip was Operator 25. Don't know how the coffee was but my Balinese Pulled Pork Burger was a flavour explosion cross between .. I'm so full I can't eat anymore. It's was like ... having curry .. with the juiciness of pulled pork and fatty bits with a runny yolk. Sweet potato fries were also spot on - super crunchy and dipped in the aioli ... heaven.
My previous trip to Melbourne a few years back had me in love with Dumpling Plus though either their food standard has dropped .... or my expectations had increased. A decent feed, but wasted stomach space of other amazing Melbourne food. Dumplings were ordinary, very oily and dry ... Wontons were rather nice with the sweet soy sauce .. and noodle soup dish had a kick of chilli but literally felt like I was having noodles and soup only.
This is probably the healthiest thing I had to drink to 'detox' myself from The Tea Salon. The Detox Cooler was literally a cup full of chamomile, spearmint,chlorophyl, mint, cucumbers and lime juice and my body did feel 'refreshed'.
Our last day in Melbourne .. we hit up Manchester Press. Not going to lie ... I've never had a bagel. Whilst it's rather spacious compared to the other brunch places, I found the food rather average. The boy's blueberry bagel had a generous dollop of mascarpone but my BLT was rather dry and lacking in 'amazing-ness'.
Because it was the last day and the boy hadn't tried all the coffee he wanted, we pretty much smashed 4 cups of coffee in the 1 day ... I warn you this should never be done. Patricia's a little out of the CBD .... but when you see groups of businessmen around you know it's for something worth waiting.
Same concept for Duke's Coffee Roasters except on the main road of Melbourne CBD. Didn't get a photo :(
Quick fruit intake before out plane ride from Cacao Green.
Regardless of the amount of money spent on food and the extreme pain of walking around all day and having a food baby waddling around, this jam packed trip to Melbourne (4 days technically) made me realise it was all worth it .
As some people have noticed, I have not been posting as much on my blog or instagram as of recent due to personal reasons and the fact that I'm finish off my postgrad uni degree and drowning in work.
Whilst I will try to do at least 1 post a month, I may be going on hiatus for a short while just to get myself back on track with life .
You can still find me on Instagram and Twitter @tangstah either way :)
Till next time xx