The Penny Drop (Revisited-Invited)

The last time I went to The Penny Drop it was a blast. Everything was so beautifully presented as well as delicious. Not only that, the service was on point and the spaciness of the place with the salmon hue fit into my description of an attractive cafe any day.  I went back to my second invitation and this time is on a busy Saturday. At first they wanna give us a table at the high tables that does not fit the high chair really well than finally after a while, they move us to a better suiting table.


One Eleven at The Hotel Windsor (Invited)

The Hotel Windsor is a 5 star hotel, opposite the historic Parliament hotel. Beautiful heritage interior dated back to 1883 fitting for royalty. It is also known for serving one of the best high tea in Melbourne for many many years. Reservation is highly recommended, especially on weekends cause they are almost always fully booked.


Docasa (Invited)

Nested in the leafy suburb of Ivanhoe, DOCASA has all the modern cafe interiors perfect for a lazy weekend of brunch. I loved the teal accents and all the drooping plants that decorates the whole space.








We started off with the Croquettes of Crab and Corn. Croquettes always has a special space in my heart - so the cheesiness of the croquettes were perfect for me! I mean, you really can't go wrong with fried croquettes and breakfast. The braised leek ragout and grilled corn salsa were also great elements that accompanied the croquettes! And the oozy fried egg? Perfection.



Next up was the Seared Beef. First up, definitely didn't expect this type of sophisticated dish and presentation at brunch! The beef was perfectly seared, and I really enjoyed the scent and flavour of the truffle oil. The beet accents also added a nice freshness to the whole dish.


Last but not least were the beautifully presented Ricotta Hotcakes. The stack of fluffy hotcakes were generously topped with zesty lemon curd. The pops of crunch from the pistachios and meringue shards were also great contrasts against the pancakes and the curd!


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Docasa Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Docasa
+6139497 1901
59-61 Lower Heidelberg Rd
Ivanhoe VIC 3079
https://www.docasa.com.au/

Sushi & Sake Night at Melba (Invited)

Melba is the most well known and popular luxurious buffet in Melbourne. It has been a staple for a long time, residing in the elegant Langham Hotel. It was named after the famous Australian operatic soprano, Dame Nellie Melba. Melba open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and also events. They have been consistent in delivering variety of classic dishes as well as brand new innovative area to the buffet scene.

My friend, Kim has recently join The Langham team and she invited me down for their brand new Sushi and Sake night. Happens every Thursday for the month of September and October for $94. Sadly, I was away but when I came back, I reach out to her than turns out her boss, Tara is hosting another dinner with a couple influencers. Tara is an amazing career woman and has been in media and food industry for over 20 years. She greeted me straight away and offer me a brand new innovative gin and tonic. The colour it self was sweet and calm, minty green with a thick sweet foam, taste like a meringue on top. Oh, I love it so much.

Melba got one of the freshest sashimi in Melbourne, cause they order in bulk, it means they get the first pick of everything. So there's no doubt that it is amazing and they also have a wide ranges of variety and special's of the day.


In terms of their hot food, they also have special's Japanese addition on Thursday such as chicken curry, cha soba (green tea soba), wafu steak, yakitori and more. They really committed to it, they also have seaweed, edamame on the salad bar and of course green tea dessert. Another surprise, black sesame ice cream and yuzu cheesecake.




Sushi and Sake night has a slightly different menu every Thursday but the fresh sashimi remains as well as the type of Sake they served; Uomuma Jyunmai, Kikumasamune Kouji (Cold) and Rokkushu No Jyouzen (Sweet and Served Cold). Sake pairing is available from $8-$20, very reasonable price for Sake from Japan. Sake is not normally my drink cause it tends to have the bitter ends and I like sweet but oh myy their sweet sake is amazing. Totally changes my mind about sake, it's almost as sweet as dessert wine and I love that.

PS: The image in this post belongs to Melba. Sadly, I loss one of my camera otw home from the event. :(

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Melba Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Melba
Langham Hotel
3/1 Southgate Ave
Southbank VIC 3006
https://www.melbarestaurant.com.au/
https://www.melbarestaurant.com.au/dinner/whats-on/sushi-and-sake-thursday-nights-in-october/

Charlotte's Corner (Invited)

Exactly located on the corner of Charlotte Street and Canterbury Road, Charlotte’s Corner have a spacey restaurant with a backyard for the kids. It is a bit hard to reach with public transport but they are well known for their neighbourhood.When we came in, Lee is very friendly already reserved and prepared a table for the two of us.

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I was feeling something fishy so I ordered their crispy skin salmon ($20). It served with rainbow garden salad with lightly pumpkin and sunflower seeds on the top and completed with their house-made vinaigrette. The fresh salad  is really balancing the salmon but it would be perfect if they put more saltiness in it. The salmon is well cooked with legit crispy on its skin.
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My partner ordered maple bacon egg benedict ($14.5) with sourdough and topped with poached egg and homemade hollandaise sauce. Sounds really yummy isn’t it? It is yummy indeed. The hollandaise sauce is just perfect and blended with the maple bacon which is not too sweet. 
We really want to appreciate the chef who was doing all the stuff alone with a little help from Lee in the kitchen. However, the waiting time is also reasonable even though there were a lot of customers on that day.
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For the dessert, we shared Charlotte’s egg waffle with vanilla ice cream and it got fresh fruit yet pistachio crumble on the top. It is a pretty dessert indeed while at some point we didn’t want to eat that because we don’t want to ruin the platting. The waffle consistency is just right with a mouthful of ice cream and fresh fruit. I would love to comeback for their excellent customer service and try others menu!
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Charlotte's Corner Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Charlotte's Corner
+6139894 3907
106 Canterbury Rd
Blackburn South VIC 3130
https://www.facebook.com/CharlottesCorner/