Showing posts with label victoria. Show all posts
Showing posts with label victoria. Show all posts

Thursday, September 3, 2009

krispy kreme original glazed doughnut

I still remembered the first time I had the infamous krispy kreme glazed doughnut. It was nothing short of gluttony and I wouldn't expect anything less from the Americans. Of course, I would not eat it every other day like they probably do, just once in a while when the mood strikes.

The one I had recently, bought from Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport, was not as good as that first time, though I can say that it was still the same glazed doughnut. It was perhaps because nothing is ever going to be as good as the first time, that sense of wonderment of discovering something new.

3 original glazed & 3 chocolate iced doughnuts - $13.95

All I can note, therefore, is the service. An older lady served behind the counter, taking orders from me on which donuts I want, whilst a teenager manned the cash register. She was, somewhat appropriately, on the chubbier side, but looked like she hated the job and didn't really care what anyone thought.

The service I got wasn't too bad, to be expected from a doughnut store, I suppose. But, while I was waiting for my change from the over-indulgent teenager, the lady behind me muttered to the gentleman behind her, "It's like we're invisible or something", referring to not being served. To be fair, the older lady was at the back greeting another employee, who I think was relieving her shift.

Krispy Kreme
Melbourne Tullamarine Airport
Qantas Domestic Terminal Foodcourt, Terminal 1
Open 7 days 6.30am-9pm

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

ume seafood ramen

My last day in Melbourne, still couldn't find good Japanese food, what a predicament! Last ditch effort was this place, and it was abysmal.

This was one of those Chinese-operated Japanese restaurant, it was not authentic by far. Ajisen Ramen would seem like the most authentic place compared to this place. The place was well lit, but not very well kept. The seat cushions used to be white, but were now smudged all over. The wall graced the mandatory geisha paintings, to give it the illusion that it was a Japanese restaurant.

When I was there, at about 5pm, the customers were all non-Japanese, which confirmed my initial suspicion. The waitress/cashier managed to knock my drink over as she came to serve my food, but promptly cleaned it up and served me a new one.

Seafood ramen - $9.50

The place served sushi rolls and several kinds of ramen dishes. I had the seafood ramen. The broth lacked substance and this was covered up by putting in way too much salt. The seafood was not unfresh. The noodle was probably the moderately good thing about it. Give it a pass.

Ume Sushi House on Urbanspoon
Ume Sushi House
385 Little Bourke St
Melbourne VIC
Open Monday-Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 11am-5pm

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

grill'd crispy bacon & cheese burger

After much hype, my training buddies and I went to Grill'd expecting that this burger was going to be like manna from heaven. I can tell you that it was pretty darn close.

Crispy bacon & cheese with traditional bun burger - $9.90

I ordered the crispy bacon & cheese with the traditional bun. The burger was filling, but didn't settle heavily in my stomach. Usually after I have a Quarter Pounder (McDonald's) or a Bacon Deluxe (Hungry Jack's), I always get the "Urrghh... I shouldn't have" feeling. Grill'd was none of this.

The burger had plenty of fresh vegetables, the patty was infused with plenty of green herbs and was not densely pressed, but the bun was the standout to me. The bun was crisp on the outside with a dusting of sesame seed, yet soft and fluffy on the inside. This texture made the burger that much better. From the first bite until the last, my taste buds won't stop singing hallelujah. Thanks Kylie!

Grill'd on Urbanspoon
Level 2, QV Square CBD
221 Little Lonsdale St
Melbourne VIC
Open Monday-Thursday & Sunday 11.30am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 11.30am-11pm

Thursday, August 20, 2009

kenny's chocolate croissant

The bakery opposite the hotel I was staying in looked so inviting, with orange/yellow coloured theme and friendly asian ladies (in their 20s and 30s) serving behind the counter. The bakery was clean, modern and well stocked. In the morning, when I was there, their service was quite prompt, if not a bit haphazard, like they couldn't quite cope with all the customers.

Chocolate croissant - $2.40

I went with two chocolate croissants. The pastry themselves were mildly sweet and appetising. But the chocolate I found a bit odd. Instead of swirls of chocolate meandering their way inside the pastry, I was greeted by a block of chocolate in the centre. It can almost be categorised as eating a croissant with a piece of chocolate on the side.

Kenny's Bakery Cafe on Urbanspoon
Kenny's Bakery Café
Shop 2, 190 Queen St
Melbourne VIC
Open weekdays 7am-4.30pm

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

ajisen tonkatsu ramen

In the middle of my getting lost in Melbourne (partly because I was looking for this restaurant called Yamato, which I finally found but was still closed, partly because I was navigationally-challenged), I stumbled upon an Ajisen Ramen restaurant. The restaurant was quite clean with a dim-lighted, modern type of ambiance, which to me didn't match with them being a fast-food chain and all.

Tonkatsu ramen - $12.50
Side of paiku (1 slice) - $1.50
Hot green tea - $1.50

I ordered the tonkatsu ramen with a side of paiku, but found it to be an inferior version of what it could be. The crumbed pork were these dry thin slices of pork, which neither satisfy nor appetising. The dish was over-run by cabbage, there was probably more cabbage in there than any of the other ingredients. The noodle was also not what I expected ramen to be, opaque, not translucent. The only saving grace was the side of paiku, which eventhough it was dry and weird looking, it was quite tasty. One last blow to me was that hot tea was not free, but I guess that was me asking for too much (I am used to having free hot tea in most Japanese restaurants I go to). Ajisen Ramen proved to me to be a second class impersonation of Japanese food. My search continued.

Ajisen Ramen on Urbanspoon
Ajisen Ramen
130 Bourke St
Melbourne VIC
Open 7 days 12pm-9.30pm

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

lindt chocolat café macarons

The Lindt Chocolat Café is unique to Australia. Aren't we just lucky! It was also serendipitous for me that one only recently opened in Melbourne. I picked a cold rainy afternoon to go there, which might explain my hankering for hot chocolate, apparently so did everybody in Melbourne. The café was packed to the rafters, there was even a queue of people waiting to be seated. So I skipped all that and headed towards the take-away counter instead.

The café was just class all the way, I'd say Lindt went all out to decorate this place. Exquisite chandeliers, tasteful furniture, great location and friendly servers. Hey, it is Lindt after all.

Macarons - $2.00 each
Hot chocolate - $4.00

The hot dark chocolate was scrumptiously warming and beat all of my past experiences with hot chocolate in the arse. It was just that good. I also got some champagne and raspberry macarons (I can't quite figure out why Lindt had to be different and called them Delice). They are these dainty little biscuits with creamy filling in between. They were melt-in-my-mouth delicate, I especially liked the creamy champagne ones. Though I am disappointed there wasn't any of the dark chocolate macaron left.

I should have visited Max Brenner to compare, but I just didn't have the time. I have been thinking of visiting Ladurée in Paris, but was doubtful if it would be worth it, but now I would not think to even miss it.

Lindt Chocolat Café on Urbanspoon
Lindt Chocolate Café
271 Collins St
Melbourne VIC
Open Monday-Wednesday 7.30am-6pm, Thursday-Friday 7.30am-9pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-5pm

rich maha dinner special 2

I found this place from google maps, thought I should give it a try. It was the first restaurant I visited in my trip to Melbourne. I must say I had difficulties finding this place. The address said 343 Little Collins St, but in fact the restaurant was on this lane called Equitable Place. It was quite secluded and if I wasn't looking for it, I would have completely missed it.

The restaurant was typical of dining hall type restaurant. On its website, it purported to be serving Indian / Malaysian / Tandoori / Srilankan / Singaporean / Vegetarian dishes. But as far as I could tell, the dishes were 90% Indian, and only 10% the rest. This restaurant was obviously geared towards the cheap and fast-food end of the market. But I think, the food was quite authentic. I judged the authenticity of a restaurant by its patrons, and when I was there, the diners were all Indians (excluding me).

Dinner special 2 - $9.00

I had the dinner special 2, which was a combination of briyani rice, two meats and one veg. I chose the beef rendang, chicken curry and vegetable curry. I don't doubt the portion of this dish was huge, but in terms of taste, it really wasn't mine. But, I do like the fact that when I asked the cashier if I could have a plastic container to take away the meal that I couldn't finish, he was very courteous and gave me the container without fuss.

Rich Maha on Urbanspoon
Rich Maha
Shop 9, 343 Little Collins St
Melbourne VIC
Open Monday-Saturday 11am-9pm

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