Monday, August 31, 2009

Cumulus Inc

45 Flinders La
Melbourne 3000 VIC
Phone: (03) 9650 1445

I had actually planned to come to Cumulus Inc a week ago, but instead my friends decided that they wanted to have some Vietnamese rolls from Collingwood instead. Although Cumulus has been around for a while now, I had never gone... even with my friend Tofu constantly raving about it!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Shira Nui

247 Springvale Rd
Glen Waverley 3150 VIC
Phone: (03) 9886 7755

A few weeks ago Chloe had asked everyone in our group if we wanted to dine at Shira Nui together. Out of the 10+ people in our circle of friends, it ended up that only 4 of us went. Too bad for the others really, it really was worth the 35 minute drive down to Glen Waverly! (Yeah I know I shouldn't complain, country restaurants are even further away!)

So I picked up Kaelyn on the way and we made our way down to The Glen. So what did we learn tonight... we learnt that we should never trust Chloes directions. We walked a block around The Glen looking for Shira Nui according to what Chloe had told us, only to find the restaurant a few steps from where we had initially parked. Thanks Chloe!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Portello Rosso

15 Warburton La
Melbourne 3000 VIC Phone: (03) 9602 2273

After seeing Claire's
Portello Rosso review at Melbourne Gastronome, I just had to go. Especially to try out the chocolate pudding that she raved about!

Upon arrival, I can already sense that I'm going to like this place. The atmosphere of the joint is very laid back and the waiters are very down to earth and friendly. We opted for a seat upstairs.

Copenhagen, Denmark - Kong Hans Kælder

Vingaardsstræde 6 DK-1070
Copenhagen (Sjaelland)
Phone: +45 3311 6868

So, the first night in Denmark I was really excited, because I was told that we were going to a one star Michelin Restaurant. We ended up outside the entrance of Kong Hans Kælder.

Saturday, August 8, 2009


252 Swanston St
Melbourne 3000 VIC

Phone: (03) 9663 7660


Last week I was reading Tomatom's where I stumbled upon his post about Anthony Bourdain's - No Reservations episode in Melbourne, Australia. First off... I love to watch Anthony Bourdain's show, he's a darn funny guy and he'll just give it to you straight. So I didn't waste any time to watch the episode, heck I watched it like 3 or 4 times that night!

Since watching the episode, I have piled up on restaurants for my to go to list. First on my list was Dainty Sichuan. I personally do not really understand my tolerance level as of yet for spicy food. But after seeing Bourdain and Tam dive into those dishes of what it appeared to be a 90% dried peppers, I myself was salivating. As Tam said, "This is what you call sexy food". So I quickly organised for my friends and I to go there on Thursday. However, just as lunch time was about to strike, I received a call from my friend telling me that Dainty Sichuan had relocated to Toorak Road. Yes... can you imagine my reaction? "NOOOO WHAT!? You're kidding me! NO WAY! Oh my god." Yes, I have now learnt my lesson... do more research before you go out to eat!

So there we were, 8 of us standing on Swanston Street outside China Town, wondering what we were to eat instead. I know you're all probably thinking, it's not that hard to just find some place to eat. But keep in mind, everyone has different budgets, time constraints, like to eat different things and sometimes its just hard to find a place that will take 8 people for lunch without reservation in the city. Especially if the place is known for good food. We decided we'd just go for dumplings because we were just too hungry to think, but on the way I saw Cookie and immediately went upstairs to see if there were any spots for the 8 of us. Luckily, there were!

Upon arrival, my friends didn't waste anytime to get some beer. One of them even had 3 beers during the entire meal. I guess if you're at Cookie, why not?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Copenhagen, Denmark - Copenhagen Corner

H.C. Andersens Boulevard 1
1553 København, Denmark

Phone: +45 3391 4545

Website: Restaurant Copenhagen Corner

During the break I went on holidays to Europe with my family and I have to admit, Copenhagen was probably my favourite destination. The architecture around Copenhagen especially is just so beautiful. And did you know that a lot of the Royal European families are somehow branched out from the Danish Royal line? The things you learn when you travel!

Anyway, moving on to food. First stop, Restaurant Copenhagen Corner! The venue was very spacious and had a touch of simple elegance. (Is that even a term? I think I just made it up)

The Alchemist Bar & Cafe

361 Brunswick St
Fitzroy 3065 VIC

Phone: (03) 9419 8250


On Saturday night I went to The Alchemist to attend a Welcome Back party for a friend of mine who has been overseas for god knows how long. To be honest I even lost track of where in the world he was, point is he's back!