Archive for the Melbourne Category

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.

It’s a small place, I wouldn’t really consider it a bar, more of a cafe but it was still enjoyable nonetheless. Continue reading

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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MoVida – Brunch – Melbourne

Posted in 1 - Laudable :D, Cuisine, European, Fair Fare ($15-20), Lunch, Meal Type, Melbourne, Price, Restaurants, Spanish with tags , , , , , on January 16, 2011 by Monitor Muncher

So, I found myself in Melbourne for a few days last year – so of course I wanted to stop by MoVida. This was a last minute thing so I called on the Saturday for a Sunday lunch sitting – only 1 of the MoVida’s was open on Sunday and they were booked out. 😦

BUT, they said they had spaces at the bar for any walk-ins. I like that, coz sometimes you want to be spontaneous. 😀

We decided to get there early (as it opened) to make sure we got a seating at the bar & noticed a few other people floating around anxiously awaiting MoVida opening as well…

Decided to enjoy the laneway artwork whilst we were waiting.

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