Espai Sucre – dessert degustation (Barcelona, Spain)

“Sobar” with salt, lime and basil

Imagine this… You have just finished an incredible Spanish feast, stand up with a plump satisfaction to complete the monetary exchange. You wind around the narrow cobblestone pathways of the old Gothic quarter, sidestepping the occasional intoxicated rambler, and reminiscing on the still tangible flavours lingering on your palate. Turning a few corners, the well-trodden … Continue reading

Tapeo Anem de Tapes (Barcelona, Spain)

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After reading all about the fine eateries at the pinnacle of the culinary pyramid around Spain, a stop on the Iberian peninsula was a must for my Europe travels. Although San Sebastian with its insane concentration of top restaurants with three in the top 10 restaurants ranked by S.Pellegrino, it would have been my ideal … Continue reading

Snapshot of Europe: Barcelona!

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In line with the string of Spanish themed posts this month, I shall dislocate the chronology of my Europe travel posts and bring on the Barcelona series. It was only a very brief few days in Barcelona, but felt like I ate a tonne of food, walked a million miles under the warm-almost-sweltering Spring weather, … Continue reading

Spanish roundup fiesta III – Lulo

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Now for part 3 of the Spanish series. P.S. Avoid scrolling all the way down for my final verdict… The cuisine at Lulo, derives its flavours from both Spain and Latin America, so provides some unique differences to the other two venues (Bohemian and Portello Rosso). The sherry fino cured yellow fin tuna speckled with chilli … Continue reading

Spanish roundup fiesta part II – The Bohemian

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This would not be the first or last time I would visit the Bohemian. Previously a paid-for meal, this time: out of pocket. Staff are warm, and head chef Josep Espuga is always around to make the dining experience that little more special. Patatas bravas. This is a distinctly unique rendition steering away from the traditional roughly … Continue reading

Spanish roundup fiesta I – Portello Rosso

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Ever since coming back from Europe, I have been craving the food, particularly the French and Spanish. What does one do when you have an yearnings for food? Eat more! Here is a short review series of three Melbourne Spanish eateries I’ve dined at since I returned in May this year … [Portello Rosso] Where: … 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

Movida Bar de Tapas – Spanish on Hosier

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“On my way to Movida, I stumble down the uneven cobblestone pathway of Hosier Lane, surprised at first by how deserted and almost dangerous looking the alleyway looked, but then pleasantly astounded by the artworks that came to life off the old brickwork. If not for my hungry stomach I may have lingered a little … Continue reading

Anada – half a year later

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197 Gertrude St Fitzroy, 3065 03 9415 6101 Following a tragic stumble across Melbourne for well over an hour for a lunch spot, we ended up on Gertrude Street. It seems like a day for second visits, first Auction Rooms, now Anada – a place with positively memories attached to it, partly in its dining … Continue reading

Fog Restaurant – Prahran

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142 Greville St Prahran, 3181 03 9521 3155 I don’t often travel to Prahran, and of the few occasions I have they have been for HuTong and reluctantly for Chapel St. With its dark exterior and fairly minimal lighting within I would be lying if I said I had noticed it on Greville St on … Continue reading

Movida aqui

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500 Bourke St Level 1 Melbourne, 3000 03 9663 3038 Until a couple of weeks ago, I am embarrassed to say I had not been to any of the Movidas. Given the notorious 3 month waiting list at Hosier lane, plus my uncompromising impatience, I opted to book a table at Movida Aqui on Bourke for … Continue reading

The Hardware Societe – Morning Chomp-Fest Part 1

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120 Hardware St Melbourne, 3000 9078 5992 With an increasingly dwindling number of my newly graduated friends left in Melbourne, I conceived the idea of having a trail of nibbles around a few renowned cafes around Queen St side of Melbourne – retrospectively dubbed Morning-Chomp-Fest. How corny ey? P.S. Don’t have to offer condolences yet … Continue reading

Anada

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197 Gertrude St Fitzroy, 3065 9415 6101 Following a sweltering day of tortuous lingering at Wilson Hall for our official graduation ceremony, we headed down to a suburb previously known for its notorious public housing flats for some Spanish fare. Walking along the now-hip-modern-and-almost-unrecognisable Gertrude Street actually had my dad reminisce about the early post-migration … Continue reading

Naked for Satan

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285 Brunswick St Fitzroy 9416 2238 Alongside its overtly suggestive name, its décor is similarly quirky, decked out in lurid wallpaper, metallic-copper boilers & shiny decorative centrepieces. This place offers $2 pintxos buffet-style – with a huge selection of Spanish morsels. There is an honour system involved, whereby you pay according to the number of … Continue reading

Liar Liar

90 Kinkora Rd Hawthorn, 3122 (03) 9818 8864 A lazy Sunday morning breakfast… Spanish tomato based soup & spicy chorizo: had an ever-so-slightly spicy chorizo contrasted by the refreshing sweetness from the tomatoes. Though it did lack a bit of Spanish spices to give it a stronger kick, it was definitely a satisfying breakfast. Plus, … Continue reading

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