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

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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

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

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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

Hihou | Nama Nama

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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

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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

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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

Value eats in Richmond: Soeul Soul | Maedaya

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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

Sake Restaurant

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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

Komeyui

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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

South Wharf progressive dinner… 6 places in 1 night.

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South Wharf, this new precinct in central Melbourne is equally if not more isolated than Docklands, and is for now a very quiet place to be at night. “The heritage cargo sheds… [have been] restored to their 1930’s look” (The Age), retaining some of the historic charm spruced up with some modern interpretation. A dozen … Continue reading

Day 3 in Japan – Tokyo culture

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Outside our hotel just before our trek across the various parts of Tokyo, we had our first sighting of snow. The precipitation was one of huge crystal snowflakes that quickly seeped through non-water-resistant clothing. First stop: Tokyo national museum (Ueno). Located north of central Tokyo, this is a popular place amongst Japanese history / culture fanatics. … Continue reading

Day 2 – detour to Yokohama

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Morning crowd in Shinjuku.   Despite the buzz of food everywhere you step foot in Japan, one will actually find it hard to find a decent breakfast. The options are limited, and they come few and far between. A quick breakfast of ramen. Step 1: order at the counter. Step 2: collect ramen and add … Continue reading

Shiranui

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Regular readers may be pondering where I have gone for these several weeks of blog standstill. Nowhere really; just taking a bit of necessary rest away from blogging. When you have a full time job and eating out at all the latest trends (*cough* sometimes), finding time and motivation to churn out posts regularly is … Continue reading

Edomae

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Sushi trains are one of my pet peeves, particularly the ones I have had in Melbourne. So when I heard that a new sushi train was in town, and it was going to be in Box Hill, I wasn’t particularly enthusiastic. But, after some persuasion from my sister, along the lines of not judging a … Continue reading

Suzuran

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1025 Burke Rd Camberwell 03 9882 2349 Located on a fairly quiet strip of Burke Rd, the store is inconspicuous yet is almost always flocking with people. It is a retail offshoot of parent importer / distributor company Japan Food Trading, offering largely made-in-Japan Japanese ingredients – quality soy sauce, sushi making material, green tea … Continue reading

Koko

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Crown Towers 8 Whiteman St Southbank, 3006 03 9292 6886 I had not heard a lot about this award winning Japanese restaurant, before reading raving reviews on Niche back in November. It is by no means hip or trendy, but exudes a definite elegance with its prime location in Crown towers, bestowing expansive views of … Continue reading

NZ part 9 – final chapter

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In the days, weeks and even months after a much needed indulgent, relaxing and refreshing holiday, many of us – unfortunately – fall prey to post-holiday blues. People say contemplating the next holiday helps, but seriously? I do that and I feel more depressed that it is so so so long away. Though sad to … Continue reading

NZ part 7 – honey, ice cream, ribs and sushi ??

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This week marked the beginning of another chapter in my life, now putting into clinical practice what I’ve learnt in theory over the last 6 years. It has been a long week of irritating pager *beeps*, extreme multitasking and unbelievably steep learning curve, not to mention the stress of responsibility. I promise, as I ease … Continue reading

Kenzan @ GPO

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GPO 350 Bourke St Melbourne, 3000 96637767 Located through the ivory gates, passed Cafe de Vin, near the very end of the alley, is this sleek and extremely busy sushi place. So busy that the staff kindly informed me – whilst I was taking photos – that they would rather me not post about them, … Continue reading

Yami yami

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1D Bank Street Box Hill, 3128 9890 4588 Just off the bustle of Station Street, this little gem of a place provides a (relatively) bbq-fume-free alternative to the Korean BBQ next door. We are such frequent visitors at this small Korean owned Japanese-slash-Korean restaurant that: a) I totally forgot to take photos of the interior … Continue reading

Yume

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367 Brunswick St Fitzroy, 3065 9415 6099 It was a Sunday evening – with the parents absent, the house was void of homely food and full to the brim with amotivation to cook. We flipped through the cheap eats book landing us on a two star Japanese restaurant – Yume, which was coincidentally also in … Continue reading

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