Tandoori Flames - Footscray (Invited)

Tandoori Flames has two restaurants in Melbourne; West Footscray and South Kingsville. Specialise in diverse Indian flavour, boasting eclectic menu but also combining in with subtle flavour making it appealing to the modern Australian taste.

Gyoza Gyoza

Gyoza Gyoza is a Japanese Tapas restaurant where all the dishes are $6.8. They pride them self in using fresh local ingredients as well as some ingredients import from Japan for authenticity. Their menu is divided into 11 sections; cold vegetables, cold seafood, sashimi, salad, hot vegetables, hot seafood, poultry, pork, beef, lamb, side dishes and gyoza.

Cote Terra

Cote Terra is a small cafe located 2 minutes walking distance from Oakleigh Station. One of my friend is going for good to Indonesia soon and she also want to meet my baby before her flight. She live in Chadstone so Oakleigh is the perfect area to meet up.

Route 45 - Prahran (Invited)

Route 45 is specialise in American Diner concept. First opened in Forest Hill, now in Prahran Central and soon Dandenong Quest Central. Route 45 highly committed to American Diner concept starting from the amazing interior, it's fun and have a retro vibe all over it. The menu has a wide variety of American diner classic food, starting from wings, hot dog, ribs and more.

Their new store at Prahran central have two entrances; from Prahran central food court and their own door at Barkly St, allowing them to open till late at night even though the mall may close early. Started with Speciality Shakes - NY Chuncky Choc ($10) and Southern Iced Tea - housemade lemon ($6). I always love Southern Iced Tea, it has aromatic lemon orange flavour that none other lemon iced tea have. Their shakes also delicious, my son loves it, perfect texture and sweetness.

Pork & Squak - ribs, wings, onion rings, fries, buffalo & BBQ dipping sauce, slaw, salad (29.9). The staff suggested this platter and we were pretty surprise on how generous they are with the portions. Onion rings was a lil bit too burned but still crunchy and tasty, love the super thin fried. The ribs was tender and very generous in sauce. My husband loves the crispy wings.

Wings - Buffalo, Tennessee, Texas & Fire ($2.5ea). The staff wanted us to try their flavoured wings, they gave us one wings for every flavour they have. They have no spicy, one chilli and up to the fire burning level. It even comes with warning label "At your own risk".

Napalm Burger - pattie, cheese, jalapeΓ±os, habaneros, bacon, caramelised onion, fire sauce, buffalo sauce ($19.9). This burger is one of their signature dish and also comes with the same warning label. My husband has a high tolerant over spicy food but even him says this is quite spicy so consider this as a warning.

Ice Cream - Vienna Coffee and Mango ($2.5ea). Sadly, that day none of their dessert is available so they gave us scoops of ice cream instead. I love the Vienna coffee ice cream so much and could imagine it would be so nice if they are transform to thick shakes. Their mango also not bad at all, very fresh.

Route 45
+6139939 1321
325 Chapel Street
Pran Central Shopping Centre
Prahran VIC 3181

Maria (Invited)

Maria is the sister of Lorna, recently opened in the main street of Upwey, just in front of Upwey Station. The cafe is charming and clearly spotted among others, clean white modern facades attracts me from the very first side.

They have a small outdoor area in front and three indoor part inside the cafe. The first part is where the cashier, barista station and a lil bar seatings available. The second and third part more table seatings available. I can see they are also working on the courtyard at the back. Started with coffee and babycino for my kid. It was a cold rainy morning and their coffee magically wake me up.

Huevos Rotos - fried eggs, chorizo ragu, jamon, potatoes, fried bread, sautΓ©ed spinach, avocado lime crema, tomato salad, marinated feta, olive oil ($19). My husband ordered this expecting a big portions but it comes in a nice portions for female like me. Despite that, we love the flavours so much. One of the most delicious twist on baked egg type of dish, Crispy egg with rich chorizo ragu, not too spicy, aromatic potato and crispy fried bread. I would eat this again and again.

Croquettes Benedict - panko crumbed sweet potato, chorizo croquettes, oaxaca cheese, red capsicum jam, poached eggs, hollandaise ($19.5) add panko crumbed halloumi and jamon. Oh my!! This dish is just awesome. My son finish one whole crispy sweet potato croquettes with stringy cheesy in the middle. One of the best croquettes in Melbourne. A unique twist of classic benedict but honestly, I will opted for this rather than the classics anytime.

Churros Waffle - cinnamon sugar, chocolate fudge sauce, strawberry, sugared hazelnuts, mascarpone ($18.5). By now, we can clearly see the Mexican, Spanish flare pretty strongly on their dish and I love it. It feels refreshing, new and modern. I declare this one of the best sweet brunch dish in Melbourne. The churros was perfect, crisp sugary outer layer with fluffy inside topped with thick chocolate fudge, fresh strawberry, creamy mascarpone and even the crunchy sugared toasted hazelnuts taste really good.

This are the best brunch dishes I had this year for sure! The whole combinations are perfect! I can't fault any of this dish and all I can say is they are delicious. Not only that, they have sides and small things as an options and they are so unique and tempting, not the usual stuff you see at a brunch cafe and I love them. Highest recommendation from me.

56-58 Main St
Upwey VIC 3158

Homi Noodle Bar

Homi Noodle Bar comes from the team behind Workshop Brothers and The Northcote STN. It's a casual dining Asian fusion restaurant with modern Vietnamese flair. A mixed between Vietnam and Melbourne is not uncommon right now. But Homi has been open for a while now and remain strong. The location is four minutes walk from Melbourne Central and there's nothing like it around.