Gazi, Melbourne

I have to admit that I haven’t really eaten much Greek food in my life. The odd souvlaki or the occasional haloumi salad (although I really do love haloumi!), but I can’t remember the last time I went to a Greek restaurant. Gazi in the Melbourne CBD was suggested by an old school friend for our very long overdue catch-up, and when she gave me the address, I was surprised to find that it was ridiculously close to where I work, yet I had never noticed it. As I always do before going to a new restaurant, I checked out the menu and I was immediately drawn to the soft shell crab souvlakakia.

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Crab Souvlakakia – soft shell crab, mint, coriander, honey, mayo

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CNF Cafe, South Yarra

Brunch is probably my favourite meal of the day, mainly because you can order anything you want – sweet, savoury or anything in between! One of the first places we actually tried in South Yarra was CNF Café and we’ve been back a couple of times since. I’ve ordered the same thing every time, despite the variety in the menu, but it has basically everything I want in a brunch dish!

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Gluten Free Stack

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Pastuso, Melbourne

Walking down Flinders Lane, I’ve often passed ACDC Lane and noticed a restaurant at the very end – Pastuso, a “modern Peruvian grill, cevicheria and pisco bar”. My only previous experience with Peruvian cuisine has been the Japanese-Peruvian fusion of Nobu, which I loved, so I did have quite high expectations of Pastuso.

Ceviche Nikei de Camarones — Crystal Bay prawns, radish, ginger, turnip puree, ponzu & white miso

Ceviche Nikei de Camarones — Crystal Bay prawns, radish, ginger, turnip puree, ponzu & white miso

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Flight Plan: Emirates First Class Private Suite

“Would you care for a shot of Grey Goose vodka with your caviar?”

Caviar with a traditional selection of finely chopped onion, chopped boiled egg, sour cream and lemon, served with crisp melba toast and soft blini pancakes. And a shot of vodka!

Caviar with a traditional selection of finely chopped onion, chopped boiled egg, sour cream and lemon, served with crisp melba toast and soft blini pancakes. And a shot of vodka!

Such is life as a passenger in the Emirates First Class Private Suite. Nothing is too much trouble for the cheerful and friendly flight attendants, who introduce themselves as you board and explain the many features of your suite and the extensive menu, from which you can order anything at any time. Continue reading

The Vogue Cafe, Macquarie Centre

I’m baaaack!

So I have clearly been very absent from my blog for a good few months, mainly due to one big change in my life – I’ve moved to Melbourne! Yes, the city of quirky bars, curious laneways and of course, fabulous food, which means plenty of places to try and review. However, for my return post, I’ll be bringing you some insanely stunning milkshakes from a café I visited when I was on a trip back to Sydney.

Nutella milkshake

Nutella milkshake

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Menulog Experience + Giveaway!

So I’ve become quite a fan of these online food delivery services – a huge selection of restaurants on a single website, filtered by those that deliver to your suburb – makes deciding what to have for dinner pretty easy! I was recently approached by Menulog to do a review of their service and I was definitely keen to try it out. After entering your postcode into the search box, you’re taken to a listing of restaurants that deliver to your suburb (and any specials they are running) and from there it’s the difficult task of deciding where to order from!

Menulog

Menulog

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Delicado Foods and Wines, McMahons Point

Forgive me if this review is slightly lacking in detail; I was somewhat distracted as my wonderful boyfriend proposed to me only an hour before I sat down to this meal! We came across Delicado by accident, really. After the proposal (I said yes!), my now fiance suggested we go out somewhere to celebrate and I couldn’t think of anywhere to go, so we decided to drive to Milsons Point and pick a place there. In my flustered state, I missed the turnoff and we ended up in McMahons Point instead, which worked out quite well as I spotted Delicado Food and Wines driving down Blues Point Road. We begin with some deliciously moreish strips of lightly spiced pork crackling, which are the perfect bar snack.

Penny’s Pork crackling, mix of spicy and mild

Penny’s Pork crackling, mix of spicy and mild

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