Recap part 1: Breakfast in the ‘burbs

Eating too much and not having enough time to blog is a running theme, and ongoing problem… I am officially overwhelmed with the number of posts I have to trawl through before being anywhere close to being up to date, not to mention the enormous amount of digital processing I have to do for my … Continue reading

Spanish roundup fiesta III – Lulo

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

Breakfast roundup #2 – Replete Providore

Having breakfast after working all night is akin to getting a hangover cure. In both instances one has hardly slept, though obviously differentiated by levels of circulating ethanol. This suburban gem has been at the heart of Hawthorn for quite a number of years now, and so leads one to think naively that it would … Continue reading

Axil Coffee Roasters

322 Burwood Road Hawthorn, 3122 03 9819 0091 This is probably the 2nd of a series (1st of which was Auction Rooms) of probably more than 5 brunch joints I’ve visited in the last month or so. So get ready for a serious overload on BREAKFAST! Just a short walk away from the bustle of … 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

I Spicy – cheap and genuine Thai

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

Tao Tao House – yum cha

815 Glenferrie Road Hawthorn 03 9818 0968 After a fairly soft opening just short of two months ago, this recent addition to the quiet end of Hawthorn has been touted as a rising suburban gem. I was gleefully delighted when I found out that ex-Flower Drum dim sum chef Jason Au would be bringing his … Continue reading

Red Bean Kitchen

430 Burwood Road Hawthorn VIC 3122 03 9815 2488 Jutting out from the pastel-blue walls is a fluoro-red signage, which makes for a typical visually-loud Asian frontage. Given its semi-remoteness (away from the hustle of Glenferrie Rd) I’d say it most definitely needs it for most cars would otherwise zoom straight past it. Though by … Continue reading

Purple Sands

Many Asian-east-side-Melbournians will remember the first Purple Sands in its original location in Doncaster. Though it has come and gone at a number of locations in various interpretations, its reputation for Cantonese cuisine remains an institution in itself. At its current location in close proximity to the Rivoli Cinemas, the décor of this small cosy … Continue reading

Porgie and Mr Jones

*I’ve pulled this out from my old posts, thought it was well worth revisiting!* 291 Auburn rd Hawthorn Chic and cosy environment with rustic brick walls flanked by patches of blackboard-like walls, which are rightly decorated with chalk-white cheeky-cute “quotes”.        Toasted banana bread w/ maple syrup mascarpone, fresh banana, berry compote + crushed … 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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