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

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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

Chin Chin

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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

I Spicy – cheap and genuine Thai

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Shop 19 (within Safeway complex) 674-680 Glenferrie Road Hawthorn VIC (03) 9818 4828 On the opening night of GFWS, given we were occupied at Gary & George’s celebrity cook show for much of the evening, we didn’t have much to eat that night. Well at least not enough for our big appetites! So we (*ahem* Kat & … Continue reading

NZ part 6 – Blooms, arches and shadows from Hamilton

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 Now before I rush into the food, I must first guide you through this stunning garden of wondrous arches and blooming colours… Entrance way to the Paradise Collection of Hamilton Gardens. Left: A cone of line towards the Chinese Gardens. Right: Glimmering Renaissance latticework. Chinese column-roof decorations no doubt. A different sort of arch – one … Continue reading

Royal Siam Thai

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136 High St, Kew 9853 0167 Close to Kew junction, Royal Siam is fairly cosily sandwiched between other shops, with a soft purple hue that echoes the homely interior design – royal purple walls with splashes of gold decorations. It was a fairly quiet night, not surprisingly for a Wednesday. Though there were quite a … Continue reading

Mabrown

190 Belmore Rd Balwyn Mabrown, a small gem in the ‘burbs’ – Balwyn – that bustles during the week and is virtually impossible to get a table on the weekends. Glancing at the array of dishes on each table only to find a all the tables have one similarity provides strong testament to Mabrown’s signature … Continue reading

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