The Cliveden Bar & Dining (Invited)

The Cliveden Bar & Dining sitting just opposite of the MCG on Wellington Parade. Pullman Melbourne on the Park recently done a $6 makeover and Cliveden is one of them. Apparently, in the '80s and '90s The Cliveden Room is a fine dining icon used to attract the A-listers such as Barry Humphries and Bert Newton.

Momo Sukiyaki and Shabu Shabu (Invited)

Momo Sukiyaki and Shabu Shabu is a restaurant specialise in Japanese hot pot cuisine. An art of cooking raw ingredients such as beef, pork, seafood, vegetables on a large pot of broth served on the table. After everything are cooked, dip the ingredients into your own customised dipping sauce. The difference between sukiyaki and shabu shabu is the soup; sukiyaki has thicker based and sweeter, shabu shabu is thinner and tend to be on the savoury side.

Northcote STN (Invited)

Northcote STN is one of the cafe's by the famous workshop brothers. Lately, they have been expanding like crazy and that's a good thing since I mainly love their creations. Northcote STN is a relatively new cafe but quickly trending on social media.

Barry (Revisited-Invited)

Barry is one of my favourite brunch place, I don't visit them as often because they are actually located pretty far away from my home. This is my second blog post for Barry, obviously the first one is all raving review so does this one.

Taste of Melbourne 2017 (Invited)

I was invited by Taste of Melbourne to the opening day on Thursday 31 November. I was invited to the guest list and received a complimentary entry to the guest only 10th birthday bash as Taste of Melbourne celebrating their 10th birthday with style. We were treated by some local produce of cheese, chocolate and wine selection from the Taste’s participants. It was nice and cosy environment overall.

This year event presents a huge selection of restaurants with big names such as Movida, Mamasita, and Press Club all participating and some up and coming restaurants like Atlas and Glace. As always, amazing selection of cheese and wine from local produce are not to be missed.

After roaming around with curiosity and visiting most of the stalls, I started with Mamasita and ordered the Taco de Carnitas, which is braised and fried pork shoulder, onion and coriander. The taco was soft, the pork was tender and juicy, and the sauce is tasty, adding some hot jalapenos sauce and it was the perfect combination of beautiful taco.

“The Battle Restaurant” interests me the next. With its huge stall and huge ads of Sydney vs Melbourne I definitely didn’t want to miss that! I went for Atlas by Charlie Carrington, one of my favourite chef who has been raising in fame in the past year. The dish was octopus, avocado and orange toastada. I quite enjoyed this dish. The octopus was tender and perfectly cooked with beautiful sweet and sour sauce. The avocado complemented the strong octopus taste and the toastada help with the substance.

Afterward, I noticed something interesting in some restaurants menu and how they have a “Co-lab” menu. I decided to go to Pickett’s deli and Rotisserie and ordered their co-lab dish, the Colab Crab, and I never regretted my decision. The bun was tender and nice. The sauce was tasty. But most of all, the crunchy golden brown deep friend soft shell crab was the star of the sauce, it was so tasty and crispy. Best dish of the day for me.

Overall, the event was really enjoyable, the weather was nice, it was not too crowded and I had the time to enjoy the event.

Trei (Revisited-Invited)

Trei Cafe well known as a comfy casual brunch place that located near Syndal Station. The space is not huge yet not small and the ambience is perfect to have a casual meeting. By the observation, there were a lot of people take their coffee and cookies away from Trei Cafe. The decoration is simple with minimalist modern design. They had a very friendly staff who always put a smile on their face.