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Takeaway Special! Pop Up Scrolls, T by Luxbite

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Pop Up Scroll
86 Smith Street
Collingwood
Vic 3066
+61 4 3384 9281
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One Friday night, I turned to The Angmoh and asked him in a most casual manner, “Angmoh*, watcha gonna do tomorrow since I gotta work?” to which he rattled off his usual weekend pattern followed off with a “why? Can I get you something?”

Well, since he asked, I couldn’t say no, could I? And that’s how I got myself 3 delicious scrolls from Eat a Scroll in Collingwood. I left the flavours entirely in the hands of The Angmoh, which tested the waters of our relationship if he’d returned with those filled with ingredients I didn’t like. We haven’t broken up, so he chose well.

The Angmoh made away with a cream cheese scroll, a chocolate and caramel one and finally, one with peanut butter and banana. These 3 were brioche-based, although there are croissant-type ones too. I’ll be honest, I had them on the Monday later. And guess what, they were still fresh and delish. The scroll itself was soft and not too buttery and the filling was gentle with the amount of sugar in it. Even the chocolate and caramel scroll was just right in terms of sugar and richness, leaving you without the feeling of sick.

My absolute favourite scroll of choice is cinnamon and I hope Eat A Scroll will someday create some old-fashioned ones too.

*I do not really call The Angmoh “Angmoh”.

T by Luxbite
2/517 Flinders Lane
Melbourne
Vic 3000
+61 3 9629 9662
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(Left) Calamansi – jackfruit, chilli salt, longan, meringue, kaffir lime sherbet, vanilla tart $9
(Right) Yuzu – Raspberry, matcha marshmallow, meringue, baby shiso, vanilla tart $8

I swung into T by Luxbite after a shopping spree at Gorman. Shorts, skirt and raincoat poorer but fuelled with adrenaline and serotonin, I oohed and ahhed at the too-pretty-to-eat tarts on display. It was a hot day and already hyped from shopping, I found myself not craving chocolate. Instead, it was the lighter citrusy flavours that I was after.

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The tarts are priced according to their shape. I chose the Calamansi tart, which is circular, and the Yuzu tart, which is rectangular. Both tarts are filled with a rich citrus curd which is once again not too cloyingly sweet. The prominent taste of jackfruit in the Calamansi tart was very enjoyable. However, some of the flavours are lost on me, such as chilli salt in the former and shiso in the latter.

That tarts are lovely but I’ll wait till it’s much cooler before trying the Chocolate and Kuma tarts, which I’m sure will be fantabulous.

 

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Northern Light

Northern Light
102 Smith Street
Colllingwood
Vic 3066
+61 3 9416 0698
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Fakebooo wasn’t my first gay boyfriend. I had a wonderful solid relationship with Juds during our pre-uni days. Movies after school, KTV sessions on public holidays, heck, we joked about marrying each other if we were still single by the age of thirty. But of course, The Angmoh came along and I was a goner. Anyway, when Juds finally announced that he would visit me in wintry Melbourne, I was elated! And to make it even more exciting, he was getting into the food scene, having watched the American, Canadian and Australian versions of Masterchef and experimenting and learning from his mum in the kitchen.

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(Left) Freshly shucked oyster, Yuzu sake $4
(Right) Whipped tofu, broad beans, soy, edamame, gai lan $16

I wrecked my brain trying to come up with a dinner location to take him to. I wanted it to be simple yet well-executed, easy to comprehend yet delicious and stylish without the drama. I had come across many a positive review about Northern Light and decided that yep, that would be it.

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Smoked eel, sushi rice croquette $6

There’s a never ending list of eateries along Smith Street and Northern Light is amongst them. A handsome bar occupies most of the narrow space of the restaurant, topped with a maze of twisted wires and lights. The menu leans strongly towards Asian fusion with most of the dishes designed for sharing.

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Pork crackle, warm cheese curd, togarashi $9

Juds left the ordering up to us but he did insist on a serve of pork crackle. The Angmoh, as usual, had a lone oyster to start his dinner. Typically laconic when it comes to describing his food, he simply slurped it up and nodded in approval. The whipped tofu with Asian veges came next with a heady scent of sesame oil. Dressed in light soy, it was an elegant yet humble Chinese dish. I thought the broad beans had been cooked beautifully, for they were soft and lacked bitterness. Juds described the whipped tofu as “squashed tofu that’s been whipped, lor” and almost had me snorting out the light airy soy curd. The smoked eel croquette was a stunner. The slivers of eel provided a mild smokiness and the dill gave the rice an unexpected but pleasant aroma. Juds couldn’t get enough of the lush rich mayo that came along with the croquettes.

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(Left) Xinjiang style lamb ribs, bbq peppers, chilli $25
(Right) Wild mushroom okayu, WA truffle, comte $32

Our mains of lamb ribs and mushroom okayu were set down, shortly followed by the pork crackle. The ribs were finger-licking good and fell off the bone without much effort. The flavour of the lamb was sealed within the charred edges, making it one very tasty dish. The okayu turned out to be similar to congee. It was salty and could possibly use more truffle, or at least truffle oil for a bit more pizzazz. The crackle had Juds full attention. It was the most sinful keropok I’d come across, with the deep fried pig skin covered with lashings of mayo. It was good but I’d rather a plate of roast pork belly crackling anytime.

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Broken ice cream sandwich $15

For dessert, we decided to sample the broken ice cream sandwich and the tteok (pronounced “tok”). The former turned out to be vanilla ice cream topped with velvety chocolate mousse surrounded by shards of cocoa biscuits. I loved every bit of it. Juds was really interested in the tteok as he had been living in Korea for a little while. Usually a savoury dish, he reckoned the rice cakes had been steamed and then fried to achieve a soft and fluffy texture, while retaining the expected chewiness and crisp outlines. It was drizzled with maple and topped with sesame seeds for a savoury contrast.

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Fried Tteok, maple syrup, sesame $7

Dinner at Northern Light was extremely enjoyable. The food, although lacking a wow factor, is consistently pleasant. Service is exemplary and makes the overall experience a night to remember. We capped our evening off with a stroll while checking out some of the art works from the Gertrude Street Projection Festival. This was my favourite.

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Lee Ho Fook

Lee Ho Fook
92 Smith Street
Collingwood
Vic 3066
+61 3 9077 6261
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Fusion Chinese are two words I personally do not want to hear side-by-side. Maybe it’s because I’m Chinese and so I find the “bastardisation” of cuisine from my culture unacceptable. As narrow-minded as that may sound, I have to admit, Lee Ho Fook has opened my eyes and palate.

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Dinner at Lee Ho Fook was to celebrate Chinese New Year and also to catch up with my bunch of Singapore homies from my previous work-place. We managed to snag a reservation along the popular, then-newish, restaurant on Smith Street and rocked up to a dim raucous atmosphere at Lee Ho Fook.

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Milk bun, braised pork belly and cucumber $6

Gossip exchanged, we got down into serious business with Fatbooo and Fatbooobooo starting with a pork belly milk bun to share. We were expecting a “gua bow” (ala Wonderbao) type of bun but what was presented was a slider of sort. Fried soft sweet buns sandwiched a crisp deep-fried slice of pork belly, accompanied by a slathering of garlicky-vinegary chilli sauce.

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Crispy eggplant, spiced red vinegar $14

Carolyn, The Angmoh and myself sat out on entrees and were delighted as soon as our mains arrived. There was super crunchy eggplant, coated in a delicate caramelised black vinegar, heightened by the sweet nuances of kechap manis. This is fancy fish-fragrant eggplant, well-executed and elegant to the max.

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(Left) Char grilled wagyu, green chili, watercress and pancakes $19
(Right) House made tofu, hot and sour sauce $22

Instead of the usual Peking duck pancakes that all the “guai lows” adore, Lee Ho Fook’s spin encompasses Wagyu beef, succulent and full of flavour. The house-made tofu softens the swamp of hot and sour soup and lends a gentle fragile hand to round up the tangy broth. The soup is perfect to drizzle over rice, which our table was lacking due to a miscommunication. We had initially asked for rice for the table but 2-3 dishes into our dinner all that was served was a single bowl. It took a while to finally get our order through and more bowls were then placed on our table.

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Yunan style lamb shoulder, hoisin mustard, spicy pickles, cos lettuce (for 2 or more) $52

We also had slow-roasted cumin lamb shoulder, which was superbly fall-apart tender. The spices were well-proportioned with a good balance between the flavour of the meat and the cumin. We pretty much left the supplemented chilli onion jam alone, it didn’t seem right as a pairing. Finally there was the saltwater duck, which appeared hidden in a blanket of radish, with each sliver of duck meat luscious and aromatic with gentle tea flavours. It was unanimous that this was the winning dish of the night and might have ended up with a possible chopstick war to have the very last piece.

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Saltwater duck, red salad $18

The night was yet to be over and dessert had to be had. Each dessert came in a thoughtfully portioned individual serve with half of us choosing the sorbet and the remaining half, the custard. The former is extremely feminine, with the pink floral lychee sorbet submerged in a bath of sparkling rosé. The custard is essentially crème caramel with the jasmine flavours playing hide and seek on the tongue.

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(Left) Violet and lychee sorbet, sparkling rosé $5
(Right) Jasmine tea custard, burnt caramel $5

I thought I’d be sceptical throughout all of dinner at Lee Ho Fook but it turned out to be quite an enjoyable experience. The lure for me to return has to be the saltwater duck and crisp eggplant. And hopefully, next time round, rice will come at the start, and enough to go around.

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Lemon, Middle & Orange

Lemon, Middle & Orange
25-31 Rokeby Street
Collingwood
Vic 3066
+61 3 9415 1593
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Concealed in the most unexpected area of Collingwood, Lemon Middle & Orange is an Irish-inspired café with, in my honest opinion, the one of the simplest and yet hardest three words to remember. I’ve referred to it as lemon lime and middle, Fakebooo has called it LMAO, and The Angmoh lemon lime and bitters.

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The layout is gorgeous. I felt my heart going pitty patty from the unique spacious entrance, the handsome corridor of seats and the very sleek communal table with its gravid abundance of lemons.

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Fakebooo, Fakebooobooo and myself visited first and I was so impressed with the café and its food, I dragged The Angmoh back for a repeat brunch.

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The menu spots items such as soda bread, colcannon and black pudding, which are common on an Irish menu. Ever keen to try the colcannon, I managed to get it as a side with poached eggs on soda bread, thanks to the extremely friendly and helpful Korean waitress and kitchen staff. I was expecting more cabbage in the potato mix but it was still simple and lovely.

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Waffles with caramelized banana puree, Jock’s vanilla ice-cream, crispy bacon banana chips $15.50

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Poached [chicken] eggs, green beans, peas, pancetta, sourdough crotons $16

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House hot smoked plum cured Tasmanian salmon, potato latkes, poached eggs, fennel, horseradish crème fraiche $17.50

The other dishes that we’ve tried are the banana waffles with bacon, the green bean salad with poached egg and the smoked salmon with fennel salad. The green beans usually comes with duck egg but the kitchen had run out that particular morning, and substituted with 2 poached chicken eggs instead. The winning dish turned out to be the salmon dish. The fish was excellent with a lovely smokey flavour and sat atop crispy fluffy potato latkes. I loved the shaved fennel, it provided a refreshing contrast to other dense elements of the dish.

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(Top left) Magic $3.80
(Bottom right) Hot chocolate $4

While Lemon, Middle & Orange excels foodwise, both visits served up coffees scaldingly hot and typically harsh as I’ve found with beans from Clarke Street Roasters. I loved how my hot chocolate came with latte art, tastewise, however, was pretty ordinary.

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Piccolo latte $3.80

Lemon, Middle & Orange is a great newcomer to the brunch scene. Located in café-dense Collingwood, it offers a different take on the ubiquitous brunch menu and its delicious food is bound to please any brunch-goer with a jaded palate.

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Easy Tiger

Easy Tiger
96 Smith Street
Collingwood
Vic 3066
+61 3 9417 2373
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I don’t normally do this: visit a restaurant one evening and blog about that very night. However, my evening at Easy Tiger was such a delight that it triggered the need to wax lyrical about our very non-Aussie dinner on Australia Day.

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Fakebooo had arranged for dinner for us lot (The Boos and The Angmoh and myself) at Easy Tiger on Sunday, which is banquet night. He had even requested the window seat to allow natural light for prettier photographs. We were greeted by a leaping deer, a gasping fish and pensive wise monkeys.

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Ma Hor (palm sugar cooked prawn, pork, chicken and peanuts, served on fresh pineapple

After agreeing on the 2 course meal for $50pax, we nestled into the couch and got comfy with drinks. A detox palate cleanser of sunset lily tea washed off any remaining nuances from the tongue and prepared us for the tasty balls of Ma Hor. These little spheres of pork, chicken and peanuts bound by sticky palm sugar, crunchy peanuts and pungent dried shrimp sat on a slice of tart sour pineapple. They were tasty morsels, quickly devoured in a single mouthful.

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Betel leaf, tea smoked scallop, fresh coconut, peanuts and fried shallots

Bright green heart-shaped betel leaves greeted us next. Each leaf was piled with shredded smoked scallop, fried eschallots and fresh coconut. A light dressing of lime juice requires the dish to be wrapped tightly and open the mouth up wide. It was the winning dish of the evening, so much so that it even transported Fatbooo to Vietnam, where he pictured himself sailing on a narrow sampan down the calm languid waters of the Mekong.

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Traditional Thai fishcake with house made sweet chilli sauce

Our last entrée was another beaut: snapper and ocean trout, pureed and massaged into a bouncy chewy fish cake, lightened by spring onion and a smidge of coconut cream. The house-made sweet chilli sauce made a great dipping accompaniment to balance the salty flavours of the fishcake.

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Son-in-law eggs

Unlike the entrees which were staggered out, our mains were set down all at once. The 2 dishes were split into 2 portions for easier distribution (and photo-taking). There was sour orange fish curry, nahm prik and son-in-law eggs. The eggs were exactly how they were described to us: oozy on the inside and crispy on the outside. These were Fakebooo’s virgin experience with the ooey gooey delights and boy was he delighted. As he gushed about the texture of the eggs, he kept spooning the sauce of chilli, garlic and palm sugar all over the dish.

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(Top right) Nahm prik of duck with watermelon, green mango and chilli jam
(Bottom left) Sour orange fish curry with daikon, Siamese watercress and snake beans

The sour orange curry was my favourite dish that evening. It was sour indeed, reminiscent of tamarind, or asssam. The snapper was perfectly cooked and the vegetables of kangkong, snake beans and daikon gave the dish an uplifting green freshness. The chilli fiend in me secretly wished for a stronger kick though.

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The Angmoh and I were simply too full to fully devour the shredded roast duck and green mango but enjoyed it nonetheless. Watermelon played an interesting part in overcoming the rich flavours of the duck and fish sauce. Crudites of witlof, cucumber and iceberg sat by its side, giving it a burst of crunch.

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(Left) Ice creams and sorbets $15
(Right) Chocolate and Pandanus dumplings with melon and salted coconut cream $19

With initial intentions of forgoing dessert at Easy Tiger and heading down the road to Gelato Messina, we were quickly swayed by a verbal spiel of the sweets available. We just couldn’t turn down the chocolate dumplings and a terrine of sorbets. The dumplings had a chewy pandanus dough encasing a decadent river of dark chocolate from next door’s Monsieur Truffe. They were surrounded by balls of melon and sat in a bed of savoury coconut broth. The surprise of coriander shoots and seeds were a clever, clever touch. The terrine comprised of layers of pineapple, Thai basil and mandarin sorbets, fenced off by a perimeter of coconut sorbet. A crispy layer of white sesame wafer added a touch of crunch and sweetness. The sorbets were a delight and perfect for summer.

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I was always sceptical about Easy Tiger and generally find the need to approach fusion food with an open mind. However, dinner tonight blew my caution to hell and back. There was balance. Ingredients were chosen carefully and flavours married well. No element fought for attention and every aspect of each dish was a happy team-player. Easy Tiger offers up a roaringly delicious meal and has to be one of my happiest, most memorable foodie experiences.

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Burgallection Part 1: The Merrywell, Huxtaburger, Burger Boss, Babu, Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew

In the year of 2013, I achieved a few accomplishments. I finished a continued education course, survived my first overseas trip with The Angmoh (we went to India), started this blog and stuffed my face with many a burger for a collection of burger blogposts.

Burgers… juicy meat slapped betweens perk buns, moistened up with tasty sauce, now that’s what I’m talking about. The Angmoh and I teamed up for this expedition, sometimes joined by Fakebooo and other invited guests. Our first hit was The Merrywell.

The Merrywell
Corner Clarendon Street and Crown Riverside
Southbank
Vic 3006
+61 3 9292 7468
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Situated on the Clarendon side of Crown Casino complex, The Merrywell is a classy pub that does burgers on the ground floor and a popular rowdy restaurant offering American diner fare on the level upstairs. Fakebooo, The Angmoh and I had dined in the restaurant, not aware that items from the lower level could not be ordered in the restaurant. Determined to plough through their burger menu, we revisited during happy hour without reading the fine lines that only certain burgers were subjected to the happy hour promo.

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Nevermind all our mistakes, we still attacked the burgers with gusto, with Fakebooo ordering the Big Blue, The Angmoh having the Oz Burger and the Red Eye for yours truly.

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Oz burger – fried egg, pickled beets, pineapple, cheddar, mayo, damper roll $14

All burgers came cooked rare, with pale pink patties dripping with juices. Fakebooo’s burger had an odd addition of apple and the whole wheat bun was a tad firm. He very much preferred the burger he had upstairs on our previous visit. The Angmoh’s Aussie combi was well-received with The Angmoh giving thumbs up to the bacon. My red eye was hot! The clever use of fresh jalapenos packs an unforseen heat punch, although I thought there was too much sauce, which overwhelmed the overall taste of the burger.

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(Left) Red eye – poblanos, jalapenos, cheddar, chipotle mayo, sriracha, damper roll $15
(Right) Big blue – bacon, gorgonzola, red onion, blue cheese fondue, whole wheat bun $16

The Merrywell was a great way to start our burger adventure. It is conveniently located within walking distance to us and will be a good spur-of-the-moment ditch for desperate burger cravings.

Huxtaburger
106 Smith Street
Collingwood
Vic 3066
+61 3 9417 6328
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Huxtaburger
201-209 High Street
Prahran
Vic 3181
+61 3 9417  6328
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The Angmoh and I hit up Huxtaburger for our next burgaventure. I have been previously and I always order The Denise. The burgers have soft soft bread and the patties have a wonderful char and flavour to them. They are easily squished and wolfed down.

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Denise – Huxtaburger with jalapeno, sriracha mayo $9.50 + Crinkle cut chips (small) $2.50

Once again I had the Denise and The Angmoh, who is a true patriot for Aussie flavours, had Bills. Both burgers were consumed in rapid greed, washed down with a thick vanilla milkshake. Our only gripe was that the burgers were on the small side and The Angmoh got hungry in just slightly over an hour. They would be perfect as a snack, or a full blown meal if you had the stomach space of a tiny bird.

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(Left) Bills – Huxtaburger with bacon, egg, pineapple and beetroot $11.50
(Right) Vanilla milkshake

I had huxtacravings pretty soon and was keen to visit the CBD branch one Friday night. It was closed when we got there and the yearning became a memory only to be filed somewhere in the “to-eat” compartment of my brain. Fast forward a few months and we rocked up to Prahran, me ready for the meal in my BlackMilk fastfood leggings. The crowd is unmistakably young and missing the hipster vibe that is part of Collingwood. The seating space is a good deal bigger, and like the original, most of the crowd milling about are awaiting take-aways. We stuck true with our preferred choices and they tasted just the same and just as delicious as those in Collingwood. With consistency across branches, huxtaburger is a keeper. I do recommend pre-ordering online during peak times for it’ll save a good tummy-rumbling.

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(Left) Denise – Huxtaburger with jalapeno, sriracha mayo $9.50 + Crinkle cut chips (small) $2.50
(Right) Bills – Huxtaburger with bacon, egg, pineapple and beetroot $11.50

Burger Boss
334 Highett Street
Highett
Vic 3190
+61 3 9553 3540
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Somewhere in the year as the cold weather showed her icy stare, I was about to close up at work when the thought of getting a burger delivery struck. Unfamiliar to Bayside eats, Burger Boss was recommended by my colleages.  The call was made and so was my order of Big Boss, Sloppy Joe and onion rings. Delivery took approximately 45minutes and as soon as I received my doggy bag, I took off and headed home lickety split.

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Big Boss – Patty, bacon, egg, cheddar cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, fresh tomato, pickles, American mustard and tomato sauce $8.80

Our food had cooled reasonably some by the time we got into it. The burger was distinctly American with pickles, mustard and ketchup and was soft and slightly wet. I loved the sloppy Joe and onion rings. The slow cooked mince was dripping in sauce, rich with spices and the onion rings were crisp and well-seasoned. It brought back childhood memories of tucking into A&W coney dogs, complete with a rootbeer float, of course!

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Sloppy Joe – Spiced, slow cooked, ground beef, with green peppers, double cheese, BBQ and chilli sauce $5.50

Burger Boss is a favourite amongst beachy Bayside peeps. I reckon I’ll swing by after work sometime and slide down another sloppy Joe.

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Crinkle cut chips $3
Onion rings $4.40

Babu Burger Bar with Balls
156 Chapel Street
Windsor
Vic 3181
+61 3 9510 6485
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The Angmoh and I checked out Babu Burger Bar sometime in the middle of the year. It was oddly quiet on the Friday evening that we visited. Babu offers customized burgers where diners decide how much moo they can chew and what to dress that moo in. Meatballs are also on the menu for those not wanting a full patty.

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(Left) 220g patty with caramelized onion, swiss cheese, fried eg, bacon and beetroot $16.50
(Right) 150g patty with blue cheese and caramelized onion and beetroot $14.20

I had a modest 150g patty with blue cheese, caramelized onion and beetroot. The Angmoh’s stockier 220g came stacked with bacon, egg and beetroot (I did mention his love for Aussie flavours yea?). For a quiet evening, we waited a good half hour before food was served. The burgers were brought out split in two, which threw us off initially. I’m not sure if it facilitates the addition of sauce as flipping the top half back onto it’s lower bit might be messy for the uncoordinated. Both burgers were tasty in their own way but not sufficiently remarkable to deem a re-visit.

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Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew
413 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy
Vic 3065
+61 3 9419 0088
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We needed a good burger memory to satiate and make up for the previous visit. We had a friend’s birthday drinks thing in Fitzroy one Friday evening and decided to pre-burger before drinks. Parking in Fitzroy on any evening is a challenge and on a Friday night, is absolute sheer hell. We U-eed, backtracked and circled frantically before finally spotting a lot. Just as we were about to reverse in, with our indicator and reversing lights beaming like shining beacons, some unkempt trackie-clad teen biatch headed in and stole the lot just under our noses (or butts in this case). The Angmoh has the temperament of a saint and held me back from purchasing a year’s worth of Gladwrap and gifting her with a shiny polyethylene-layered car with possibly deflated tires.

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The neon burger sign of Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew beckoned and somewhat placated our my wrath. The communal table at the very front of the restaurant is huge, bordered by salon-type plush chairs and topped with a rotound terranium. Walk on in and it’s impossible to miss the beers on offer. Every single one is locally crafted beer from independent brewers. I had a pot of Moo brew, which was light with malty flavours.

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(Top) Blue heaven milkshake $7
(Bottom) Moo brew – pale ale (4.9%). Berriedale, Tasmania $6.60

The Angmoh lit up like a child at Christmas when his blue heaven shake was set down. I braced myself and took a tiny sip and actually gave it the nod. It was thick and creamy and the sickly extreme sugary blue heaven flavour was not too overpowering.

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Brother Burger’s menu is diverse and offers burgers of different meats and even vegetarian options. The choice of customizing or modifiying your burger is available for the nit-picky. For those not keen on burgers, there are hotdogs and pulled meats to fall back on.

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Fair Dinkum – 100% Wagyu beef patty, bacon, free-range egg, cheese, house-made: pickles, BBQ sauce, mustard mayo $14.50

The Angmoh once again went predictably Aussie and ordered the Fair Dinkum. I had the “Hot Stuff’ burger with a hit of blue cheese, which was the favourite and highly recommended by the chef. Both burgers were really good. The patties are of extremely high quality, which is not surprising as they are completely full blood wagyu. The fact that the meat is 100% Aussie wins extra points. The Angmoh had no complaints about his burger and attacked in appreciative silence. I loved how my burger came with the wedge of stinky blue on the side. I crumbled in a smidgen of it and the pairing of rich intense cheese with the sweet spicy chilli jam was just sensational.

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Hot Stuff – 100% Wagyu beef patty, double bacon, cheese, house-made: pickles, mustard mayo, chilli jam $13.50
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I highly recommend heading to Brother Burger for some stuffed buns and a brew. With ingredients locally-sourced and condiments made on-site, it makes a patriotic delicious feed at a very sensible price.

This brings me to half the post. Stay tuned for more burgadventures!

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Proud Mary

Proud Mary
172 Oxford Street
Collingwood
Vic 3066
+61 3 9417 5930
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With so many new cafes erupting in Melbourne, sometimes visiting a dependable oldie is just the thing needed. The Angmoh and I were heading off to India and we needed to satisfy three impending weeks of hot milky coffee-flavoured water and so, paid a visit to Proud Mary on the very morning of our departure date.

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Magics $3.50 each

The coffee at Proud Mary is the real deal. Baristas and cafes and single origins and latte art are galore in Melbourne, so let’s face it: there’s coffee and there’s f**kin’ good coffee. The latter makes  you close your eyes as the sweet, astringent or bitter nuances roll around in your mouth, chased with silky smooth caresses on the insides of your cheeks and leaves you no choice but to release an appreciative “Ahhhhh…” That, my friends, is how I feel each time I sip on a cuppa brewed at Proud Mary.

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House smoked salmon – beetroot cured house smoked salmon, endives, fennel, pomegranate, basil and a poached egg with citrus dressing $17.50

And it’s not just the coffee, for food is equally as impressive. I had brunch envy at The Angmoh’s salmon salad. It was bursting with fresh colours and flavours. Sweet juicy maroon pomegranate, salty soft coral fish, bitter crisp purply-white endive and aniseedy celadon fennel. It was an artful brunch dish, alluringly beautiful to admire and eat.

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Frank n Beans – House pork and fennel sausage, poached egg, garlic fried sourdough $17.50

My brunch dish of ham hock and beans was a hearty stew, laden with rich tomato sauce and full of protein goodness. The smoked meat was tender, accentuated by the crunch of panko. The beans were braised with onion, carrot and celery. I also picked up aromatic hints of mustard and fennel seeds.

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Ricotta Hotcakes $16.50

Another dish that I simply must rave about is the ricotta pancakes that I had sometime ago. It was a gorgeously stacked dish of dense fluffy pancakes, drenched in apricot syrup and topped with a quenelle of rich decadent dark chocolate. The ricotta pancakes is featured in the everyday menu, with the toppings changing according to season. Run a marathon then bring an empty stomach for this baby will definitely leave you moaning in sinful bliss.

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Proud Mary nails all the café elements in the right spots so head over and grab a coffee in her iconic baby blue, tuck into decadent delicious food and enjoy the scene. You never know, you just might stumble across my view.

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