Milksha (Invited)

Milksha is found by a third generation dairy farmer in South Taiwan. To honour the brand's origin, Milksha work together with Award winning Saint David Dairy in Victoria to produce the best milk. Not only using award winning milk, their pearl is free from preservatives, additives and colouring. Delivered fresh from Taiwan and cooked in store daily, took at least 90 minutes to cook before serving time.

Milksha first store opened in a very strategic location on Elizabeth Street, near Little Collins and Bourke Street. Small store with limited seatings but decorated nicely with wall art and neon. Milksha also use the highest quality tea and the water used in their stores when through 9-step filtration process. How amazing is that? To top it all out, they is Bamboo fiber straw, 100% biodegradable.




We were suggested by the staff to try their Earl Grey Latte with honey pearl and Brown Sugar Fresh Milk with honey pearl. I love the pearl, it's chewy but not too hard. It has a nice softness to eat and I do love the honey flavour in it. I would like the earl grey to be a touch stronger but besides that I like it.


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Milksha
134 Elizabeth St
Melbourne VIC 3000
https://www.milksha.com.au/
https://www.facebook.com/MilkshaMelbourne/

Piccolino (Invited)

Whisked in by the annual Melbourne spring outpour, we entered warm Piccolino ready for warm carbs. And we were not disappointed at all - it didn’t hurt that everyone in this restaurant was so warm and charming too!

The restaurant decorated nicely, full of character at every corner of the restaurant. Charming punch line all over the wall and friendly staff. Perfect for a night out. The settings is pretty intimate, even a nice venue for a quite first date.






















We started with a lovely orange spritzer, accompanied by the Apperitivo. I’ve never been a fan of olives, but the stuffed olives in the platter were amazing. The Suppli (croquettes) were crisp on the outside, and the Torta al testo, with warm mozarella, was especially satisfying. They actually bought the torta (‘bread’) and testo (the special bread press) from their hometown in the Umbria village.


We then had the Potato Gnocchi Normale - served with a rich eggplant  and tomato sauce. All the pastas here go through a 72 hour levitation process which makes for a springy dough. Next up, we had the Risotto with pesto di broccoli. Risotto being notoriously finnicky to cook with, Piccolino did an excellent job in cooking the rice. The texture was smooth and creamy, and the pesto was a refreshing cut through the beautiful starchy rice. Last of our pasta journey was the Homemade tagliatelle with sausage and pumpkin. The sausage had a lovely herby ‘zing’ to it which went well with the sweetness of the pumpkin.




To end our night, and our ever-growing belly, we were served a beautiful truffle pizza. Generous of mushrooms and truffle oil, with the just the right amount of cheese. Delicious.

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Piccolino
+6139803 1885
53 Blackburn Rd
Mount Waverley VIC 3149
https://www.piccolino.com.au/
https://www.facebook.com/piccolinorestaurant55/

Uni Boom Boom (Revisited-Invited 3)

Uni Boom Boom always improving in terms of their menu and their interior. Every time I came in there's always some changes happening in the store. Slowly but sure but they always want to give the best for the customers. Now, they launch a brand new menu preparing for Spring and featuring the best ingredients in seasons.


The Fitz (Invited)

The Fitz has been in Fitzroy for a very long time. Their iconic signs is well known among locals and known for their hearty brunch also for their function space on the 2nd floor. Spacious seatings on level 1, high ceilings, fire place on the side with rustic vibe. I love their interior, mainly cause it's not too cramped and it has a classic feeling.

We started with Tumeric Latte, Latte, Babycino and Very Berry Crush - strawberry, watermelon, mint, apple, lime ($8). It was a cold morning even though it's Spring already. I came in with my husband, kid and mom. We were shown to the table straight away by the manager, he's very accomodating to us even to my kid. The drinks also showed up not long after we ordered, pretty surprising since they are busy.





My mom wanted something light and she's a big fan of bread so when she see's one of the tapas available is bread, she went for it. Turkish Bread - duo dips ($8). Generous portions of bread and abundant dips. The bread was warm and have a crunchy outer layer with soft inside, my mom loves both of the dipping so much.


Salmon & Japanese Tea Noodle Salad - grilled salmon skewers, Japanese tea noodles, nori, Julienne carrot, avocado, spring onion, coriander, sesame wasabi mayo ($21). My husband is on a healthy route, so he ordered this dish. Amazingly light and refreshing! This would be the perfect dish in the summer. Generous salmon with cold tea noodles, surrounded by all healthy raw ingredients and just a touch mayo for extra flavours.


Duck Pappardelle - tender roast duck, spring onion, green peppercorns, baby spinach, button mushrooms, sweet plum sauce, shaved parmesan, crispy shallots ($23). I'm on the other hand, wanted something heavy. The duck was tender but a bit more tender would have been nice. The overall dish was a bit too sweet for me, I think a lil bit more cheese would balanced the dish even more. Love the al dente pappardelle.

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The Fitz
+6139417 5794
347 Brunswick St
Fitzroy VIC 3065
https://thefitz.com.au/
https://www.facebook.com/TheFitzCafe/