Archive for the Lunch Category

RECIPE – Heston’s super stringy cheese fondue

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Cuisine, Dinner, European, Funny, Lunch, Modern, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Sauce/Dips, Savouries, Simple with tags , , , on December 24, 2012 by Monitor Muncher

I’ve been watching Heston’s tv series ‘How to cook like Heston’ where he gives you (mostly) realistic recipes that the home cook can do. Some things do look time consuming, but nothing like 3-day extravaganzas that I’ve attempted before (more of my attempts at Heston Blumenthal’s recipe here).

This is a really quick & simple recipe and good fun too (but Heston told me I can play with my food…)

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Stretchy cheesy goodness

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Eat Art Truck – roving food truck – Sydney

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), American, Asian (East), Budget Bite (<$15), Cuisine, Dinner, Japanese, Korean, Lunch, Meal Type, Price, Restaurants, Sydney with tags , , , on August 6, 2012 by Monitor Muncher

So not too long ago, Sydney started trialling gourmet late night food trucks including food purveyed by those with impressive culinary pedigrees.

The first one I tried was Eat Art Truck which is run by 2 chefs – one formerly of Tetsuyas & one formerly of Quay. And they did not disappoint.

Theirs is an Asian fusion & western style option. These aren’t no ordinary kebab trucks, they come with state of the art induction cooktops and are custom designed for the truck.

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Sydney Uyghur Cuisine – Dinner – Surry Hills

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Asian (East), Budget Bite (<$15), Chinese, Cuisine, Dinner, Lunch, Price, Restaurants, Surry Hills, Sydney, Uyghur with tags , , , , , , on July 22, 2012 by Monitor Muncher

I’m always up for trying new things and I’d walked past this restaurant several times with a mind to go in next time I’m around for dinner. I’ve had Chinese food before (who hasn’t?), but not from this muslim ethnic group in China (and other areas in Central Asia). That means there will be no sweet & sour pork on the menu.

First up, how to pronounce Uyghur? We ask the waiter of this family restaurant and he says ‘wee-gur’.

The decor is very bright

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Yu-U – Dinner – Melbourne

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Cuisine, Dinner, Japanese, Lunch, Mega Meal ($20-$30), Melbourne, Restaurants with tags , , , , on June 26, 2012 by Monitor Muncher

Was in Melbourne recently and had to make a pit stop at Yu-U for dinner. We booked a week in advance for a Thursday night and when we got there, they were turning people away as they were booked out.

The first challenge was to find the place. All I can say is, Melbourne restaurants have a different vibe to Sydney (although Sydney is trying hard to copy Melbourne).

Yes, it is in the basement, although there are no outward signs telling me that.

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Quanjude – Dinner – Melbourne

Posted in 3 - Likeable :|, Chinese, Cuisine, Dinner, Lunch, Meal Type, Mega Meal ($20-$30), Melbourne, Price, Restaurants with tags , , , , , on April 4, 2012 by Monitor Muncher

Somehow, all parts of my life seem to tie into Heston Blumenthal. He does some Peking Duck research in Beijing & Quanjude in Beijing is one of THE places to go for Peking duck. Established in 1864 & still going strong in China. Pity for me, I’m just in Australia so I figure when I finally visit China in a few years time, I can try a few places there.

However, I have a stroke of luck as Quanjude has recently opened a restaurant in Melbourne specialising in Peking duck from the homeland. There is no question that I will go here when in Melbourne and I have some very high expectations.

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Cellar Bar (Grossi Florentino) – Lunch – Melbourne

Posted in .My personal ratings, 2 - Loveable :), Breakfast, Cuisine, Dinner, Fair Fare ($15-20), Italian, Lunch, Meal Type, Melbourne, Price, Restaurants with tags , , , , on April 2, 2012 by Monitor Muncher

On my recent jaunt to Melbourne, I had a lazy Saturday wandering around town and happened upon Guy Grossi’s ventures in Melbourne. Not wanting to burn a hole in my wallet, I decided to go for the “cheapest” option of The Cellar Bar.

It was surprisingly, not busy around midday on a Saturday which was a relief for me because I’m not one to wait for food.

The decor is well done and I quite like the cosy brassiere feel to it.

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RECIPES – Halloween goodness

Posted in .My personal ratings, 2 - Loveable :), Cuisine, Dinner, Funny, Halloween, Lunch, Main, Meal Type, Meat, Medium, Modern, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Sauce/Dips, Savouries, Simple, Snack with tags , , , on October 31, 2011 by Monitor Muncher

Halloween is a brilliant holiday, with so much creative potential – food & otherwise.

A bit of pazzaz is needed on this night of nights so here’s a list of some of my Halloween recipe ideas.

The devil is in the detail, I like to have signs for the dishes up before I bring them out because the guests are then thinking about say eyeballs and expecting eyeballs. Hence, eyeball-y items will come out looking much more like eyeballs in their mind – the power of suggesting thinking.

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Baroque Bistro – The Rocks

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Cuisine, Dessert, French, Lunch, Meal Type, Modern, Restaurants, Sydney, The Rocks with tags , , , , , , , on September 27, 2011 by Monitor Muncher

Ah, The Rocks, lovely place, good view, great atmosphere. There’s a patisserie that I love called La Renaissance. Any cakes I need made, this is my go-to place.

So when I heard they opened a bistro, I was always eager to give it a go.

Plus, if I crave a late night macaroon, I can get my fix here.

And there’s also a view of the bridge too if you’re interested.

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RECIPE – Deviled Shepherds Pie (AKA Demon Spawn)

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Cuisine, Dinner, Funny, Halloween, Lunch, Main, Medium, Modern, Pie, Recipe Difficulty, Savouries, Vegetarian with tags , , , , , , , on August 26, 2011 by Monitor Muncher

Halloween is coming up – which is the perfect time of year to make distasteful/grotesque recipes.

It’s never too early to wreak your Halloween havoc, so found a demon baby, slaughtered it & thought I’d serve it up to some unsuspecting guests – brains and guts included.

I was invited to an event which was usually potluck and I thought to myself that this would be the perfect chance to develop a new recipe – sort of like a practice run for Halloween (plus, if the hostess doesn’t specifically say you cannot bring a demon spawn, then she can’t be unhappy about it if you do)

If you love baby demons, you best avert your gaze now

RIP – delicious demon spawn

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Shanghai Dumplings – Dinner – Melbourne

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), All-you-can-eat, Asian (East), Chinese, Cuisine, Dinner, Fair Fare ($15-20), Lunch, Meal Type, Melbourne, Restaurants with tags , , , , , on August 20, 2011 by Monitor Muncher

Whenever I head to Melbourne, I always stop by here. For food and for entertainment.

The food is good, quick and cheap and the service is atrocious. Which is part of the charm really – especially if there’s a birthday in the house because they will play the loudest, lamest ‘happy birthday’ song, and if there are several birthday boys & girls in the restaurant, you’ll have the pleasure of hearing it 3 times in 20 mins.

It’s always a pleasure to bring Shanghai Dumpling first-timers here without telling them what to expect of the service. Admittedly, I think the staff do play it up a bit as its service is now as infamous and the food is famous but still, a good laugh to be had.

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