Dining Asian in Melbourne roundup (part2) – Lee Ho Fook, Shizuku,

Dining Asian in Melbourne roundup (part1): “… Living in Melbourne has never been such a privilege … from the early dingy takeaway interpretations to [the present] array of niche ethnic flavours, with many beginning to push archaic preconceptions …” Now that you have read about my recommendations in central Melbourne (Mr Huang Jin, Fomo Thai, … Continue reading

Dining Asian in Melbourne roundup (part1) – Mr Huang Jin, ShanDong Mama, Fomo Thai

Living in Melbourne has never been such a privilege with such a rich culture in Asian cuisine, which in the past few years has expanded, shifted and matured exponentially from the early dingy takeaway interpretations to now having a vast array of niche ethnic flavours, with many beginning to push archaic preconceptions and contemporary boundaries. … Continue reading

Taking a Londoner on a taste of Melbourne: Movida, Tonka, Cup of Truth, Le Petit Gateau.

When a visitor comes to visit us in Melbourne, it is never easy drawing up an itinerary that would best showcase what our food scene has to offer. Luckily for our friend from London, she would be here for much longer than the usual holiday stint, which gave me less pressure do it all. Nonetheless … Continue reading

Food Guide to Wellington: Logan Brown, Tatsushi, Charley Noble, Ortega.

This shall be a brief run down on several favourite places I managed to dine at during my short stay in Wellington. As I have said previously in my last post – Travel guide to Wellington – this smallish city is a melting pot for food. Read about brunch options, Wellington’s Sunday food market, and … Continue reading

The Smith | Taste of Melbourne Double Pass giveaways

This is a pretty epic post on a pretty epic month of November (THIS MONTH!). Time sure does fly when you’re busy! If you missed out on last year’s Taste of Melbourne, then don’t miss out this year! It promises to be bigger than before, with a whole list of new names and attractions all … Continue reading

Hihou | Nama Nama

From the limited dinner seating since opening last year, to now including lunch offerings and also afternoon tea, this little Japanese city bar – Hihou – has certainly spread its wings. Having stumbled upon Claire’s write-up recently, my interest perked on intending to go back, but also lamentably reminded me that I still had not … Continue reading

Melbourne lunch bargains | lost treasures

When there are so many options, considering how many new places are competing for the short attention span of Melbourne diners, it is easy to retire older but reliable options. Recently looking through some of my older entries, I was astonished at the trove of long forgotten treasures – many of which also have awesome … Continue reading

Kyoto, Japan | food highlights

As promised here is my attempt at rewiring the remnant food memories largely corrupted by intermittent inebriation and the crumbling weight of time. So this will be more of a photo essay than a piece of prose on a select few places that I thoroughly enjoyed in Kyoto. For the short amount of time spent … Continue reading

Taxi Dining – Ducks in a row

If you were lucky enough to have overheard news and made your presence at any of this year’s PVOYT as part of MFWF, I applaud you. Sweeping the jargon aside, whilst I did attend one event, I did not exactly enrol with the utmost enthusiasm. Honestly, I had heard mixed feelings about Taxi for a … Continue reading

Value eats in Richmond: Soeul Soul | Maedaya

I have been dining a lot more in the Richmond vicinity of late, mostly because my sister now lives in the area. Not that I am really complaining (when do I really complain about travelling for food anyway?) as Richmond aside Pho has always been one of the pockets of eateries that have been pretty … Continue reading

U Village

Fusion cuisine was clearly evident throughout the pre-selected items presented to us from the menu that night. I admit they had all the right flavours and concepts going that I could imagine at any successful contemporary Asian eatery – a little chilli heat, sour tang, earthy peanut sauce, pomegranate sweet notes and golden deep fried goodness. However, yes there is a however,

Guide to Vietnam – Hanoi day 3

Aside from all the activities revolving around food and eating, I did visit landmarks scattered around Hanoi. Today’s focus lay west of Hoan Kiem Lake. First stop: Thang Long Royal Citadel. Several Vietnamese dynasties have resided here in this royal palace. The glory days of the palace have certainly passed, with prevalent marks of gunshots … Continue reading

Guide to Vietnam – Day 2 in Hanoi

Left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot … there would be much pavement pounding yet ahead… It is surprising how quick your mind adapts, and stops worrying about the potholes ahead of you or darting your eyes frantically to avoid traffic catastrophe. It all slowly blends into the backdrop of your mind, as you … Continue reading

Guide to Vietnam – Day 1 in Hanoi

Have you been wondering where has Almost Always Ravenous been since April (aka my last post)? I have taken a breather away from blogging and given myself a little headspace to reshuffle and rationalise my career calling. Of course there would be no moping around feeling depressed; rather there is no better way to get … Continue reading

Circa, The Prince

There’s never a better excuse to splurge than with birthday celebrations… Over the past few years there has been much change in the menu and direction at Circa. Whilst I cannot say I have witnessed the changes in person, I have seen it through the eyes of other bloggers. The current décor is well pared … Continue reading

Sake Restaurant

In recent weeks passed on one summery evening, I was invited along to the newly revamped Art Centre’s Hamer Hall to dine at Sakè Restaurant and Bar, marking its arrival from Sydney and Brisbane. Being always somewhat of a traditionalist when it comes to food, with “fusion” comes a degree of scepticism and hesitation. Sure, the … Continue reading

Whirlwind of a 2012.

As we embrace the new year, we look back on the past year in reflection and move forward with hope and resolutions. In mentioning resolutions, my one is to be more real-time with my blog updates. Though as unrealistic as that may seem (*ahem, so much for perseverance), I will try! A little flashback on a … Continue reading

East-side brunch series: Yumcha for brunch? David’s. Wealth Garden.

Part 2 of east-side brunch series… When one suggests brunch, it is not unusual to conjure images of scrambled eggs, fritters, bacon and all those awesome things mostly European inspired. How many people think of yum cha as being a brunch option first up? I do it on a frequent basis, but when I was … Continue reading

Komeyui

It probably does not come as a surprise by any measure that a review on this restaurant was meant to be written way last year. But long story short, I simply never got around to it… sad yes. At the beginning of this month, just before the Melbourne Cup races, I was kindly invited to … Continue reading

Melbourne food update: He says she says, Touche Hombre, The Botanical.

I may have been absent from the blogging scene for quite some time, and with a tendency to sometimes evaporating for months on end, you might think I may have stopped eating. That could not be any further from the truth. As you may have noticed on some recent posts, I have only recently (*ahem … Continue reading

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