Donwoori – Korean BBQ

Following on from the previous post on a splash out haute cuisine, todays will strike a stark contrast with an evening at a bargain Korean BBQ in Melbourne. They are worlds apart in price, dining experience, and fussiness of food, yet they can be just as satisfying. Whilst shoebox sized and poorly publicised, compared with … Continue reading

Nam Phuong – possibly my favourite Vietnamese place

Ok, so this place on first impression is pretty run-down and pretty much in the middle of nowhere – no kidding. This is the exact sort of place that any normal person would walk past and it would go completely unnoticed. But, it came highly recommended from Thanh’s family, so why not right? The spring … Continue reading

South Wharf progressive dinner… 6 places in 1 night.

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

Not forgotten but unwritten – Vue, Enoteca, Regency…

Still in the midst of writing up Japan, planning for Europe, and miles behind posts from late last year and this year, there are not many cracks in time to actually “catch up” on writing. Hence this post fo various eats, and events… they are unwritten but certainly not forgotten. Worthy Chinese Cuisine on King … Continue reading

Day 3 in Japan – Tokyo culture

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

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

Chef Lagenda – curry Laksa in Flemington

Given the increasing back log, and my impending ‘gourmet’ trip to Japan (which is what I have been spending a lot of my precious time doing lately), my blog from hereon will take on a slightly different approach – write first and revise later. Certainly there will be some silly typos and incoherent grammar, but … Continue reading

Matteo’s – dinner in Fitzroy North

It has been more than 6 months since I first set foot “through the unassuming glass doors” of Matteo’s. This time I return as part of a sponsored 3 course work dinner, which I may add come few-and-far-between. *cough *cough. I was hopeful that I would be able to experience a little more of the … Continue reading

Golden Fields – Andrew McConnell’s new arm in St Kilda

Almost Always Ravenous’ sporadic digression: There are many risks involved with being a food blogger. One: Eating out too much. Two: When eating out, you eat too much. Three: You know you should order less next time, but you um & ah at the menu and fall back into the same trap. Four: Always thinking … Continue reading

Shiranui

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

Homemade Durian Fest in Melbourne – with Mao Shan Wang

All those who clicked when you saw MSW (mao shan wang – loosely translated as cat mountain king), I may have just duped you into thinking MSW is available to buy in Melbourne. In fact they are not YET available here to my knowledge. If you know the right people you may be able to … Continue reading

Edomae

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

Chin Chin

Having just updated my wish-list (doubling as my restaurant review index) I have three points to make. One – Melbourne has helluv-a-lot of good places to eat at. Two – I have been guilty of eating out much more than I ever have in my life, in order to feast my palate on all that … Continue reading

Dainty Sichuan

176 Toorak Rd South Yarra 3141 03 9078 1686 It was a midweek evening, that I rushed frantically from work driving through traffic to arrive at this food blogger eat out. Parking, to my amazement, was quite easy to find. Pushing open the heavy door, one collides with the loud chatter of predominantly Chinese diners … Continue reading

San Choi

300 High St Kew, 3101 03 9852 9119 This was a smallish gathering – and by small I mean a table of 10 or so – of family friends. A fact of life: I don’t think we will ever deviate from dining at Chinese restaurants for these kinds of get-togethers. For one – we are … Continue reading

Omah’s – for more crab

{Omah’s Malaysian – Hawthorn} 338-342 Burwood Road Hawthorn, 3122 03 9818 7777 After the crab fest with fellow food bloggers, I was keen to quench my cravings for more salted egg mud crab. So what does one do? Visit the Hawthorn branch, a younger but sleeker sister of Omah’s at Port Melbourne. The space is … Continue reading

China – part2 Oriental SuZhou

Settled more than 2500 years ago, Suzhou is rich in history and culture. It is infamous for its iconic monochrome architecture (aka black tiles and white walls), which has become distinctly representative of Oriental construction. Few will probably know that this city is built on a historically disaster free zone, neither too dry or too … Continue reading

Omah’s – 10 people, 9 crab!

{Omah’s Malaysian – Port Melbourne} 138 Rouse St Port Melbourne, 3207 03 9676 9918 Omah’s has been around for practically 5 years now, but as of a couple of months ago I had never heard of it before. Without taking credit away from the chefs, I must say that with the help of social media … Continue reading

Chillipadi – Food trail Part 2

Shop Oe7 Menzies Aly Little Lonsdale St Melbourne, 3000 03 9663 5688 If you missed out on part 1 of this food slog, please see HERE. … and to think that we were approaching the end of our feast with a full and satisfied stomach, Robert (aka Uncle Robert) suggested us to try some of … Continue reading

Chillipadi – Food Trail

Shop Oe7 Menzies Aly Little Lonsdale St Melbourne, 3000 03 9663 5688 Having enjoyed a pleasant surprise at the previous Food trail event, I was quick to jump on board with another of Ashley’s food-coma adventures. I can’t say I have been a frequenter to Chilli Padi, partly since most of my university life has … Continue reading

  • Food RATING scale

    Unpleasant: damn upset my desire to eat

    Average: palatable but many shortcomings

    Yummy: a pleasant experience

    Yummy +1: mouth-watering like rain

    Yummy +2: exquisite flavours that hit all the right notes

    Divine: sheer culinary perfection!

  • Contact

    Email: almostalwaysravenous [@] gmail [dot] com

  • STAY IN TOUCH

     Follow me on Facebook  Follow me on Twitter  RSS Feed
  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 1,185 other followers

  • Categories

  • Archives