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Miss Jackson

Miss Jackson
2/19 Grey Street
St Kilda
Vic 3182
+61 3 9534 8415
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Brunch at Miss Jackson took place one Saturday morning with me finishing a CrossFit WOD and then jogging 2 suburbs south, while The Angmoh, Peach and Luigi all rocked up after tumbling out of bed, bushy-eyed and much less sweaty.

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(Left) Long black $3.80
(Right) Iced coffee $6

Peach had a long black, while The Angmoh, not being a fan of Allpress beans, found a way to indulge in an espresso-based drink that morning. He ordered an iced coffee and the generous glug of milk and vanilla ice cream helped masked the chemical aftertastes of the beans.

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(Left) Potted avocado with goats cheese, a poached egg and pumpkin bread, with house cured salmon $20
(Right) Corn fritters with bacon, avocado and roasted vine tomatoes and house made chilli jam $16

Service was quick despite a bustling weekend morning. Peach had the potted avocado and poached eggs on pumpkin toast. The avocado came as described, pale green and moussey-smooth. Luigi’s corn fritters were lovely with all the elements working well together. The tomatoes were literally bursting with flavour and Luigi’s white top unfortunately bore evidence of that.

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Potato and leek hash with smoked trout, a poached egg and smashed peas $18

The Angmoh and I usually do not order the same dish. Our brunch preferences swing in opposite directions, with him enjoying generous meaty breakfast platters while I lean towards vegetarian options that included eggs and shrooms. That morning, though, we both ordered the smoked trout on peas with hash. We both agreed the hash needed more crisping up, but the overall dish was tasty and fulfilling. I particularly liked the liberal sprinkling of herbs like dill and parsley. It provided a lovely refreshing lift to the dish.

Miss Jackson is a stalwart café in St Kilda. With pleasant, decent food, it’s a reliable brunch option for the local residents needing a good feed.

 

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Ichi Ni

Ichi Ni
12 The Esplanade
St Kilda
Vic 3182
+61 3 9534 1212
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A little while ago, work peeps arranged for an after work dinner at Ichi Ni. You know you work in a great place when you still want to hang out with your colleagues despite being in their company for more than 35hours a week. Oh and the best part: they let you take photos of the food before diving in.

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When I was first informed that dinner was at a Japanese Izakaya in St Kilda, I had trepidations. I thought it was going to be “Crapanese” fusion with items heavy on sweet teriyaki and cloying mayo. But I trudged along good-naturedly and guess what, I probably ate most of the food on the table that night.

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(Left) Beef gyoza – 6 pieces of pan fried beef Japanese dumplings served with soy ponzu sauce $14
(Right) Prawn gyoza – 6 pieces of pan fried prawn Japanese dumplings served with soy ponzu sauce $14

Ichi Ni sits along the tram tracks opposite the St. Kilda Sunday Market. Next to the iconic Etsy, the restaurant is flagged by a petite lantern and the interior resembles a modern temple.

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(Left) Vegetable tempura – 6 pieces lightly battered seasonal vegetables served with ichi Ni original tarte $12.50
(Right top) Ichi ni roll – 8 pieces with lobster, avocado, cucumber. Topped with flamed salmon sashimi and Japanese mayo $25
(Right bottom) Crab roll – 5 pieces soft shell crab tempura roll with lettuce, cucumber, avocado, flying fish roe and Japanese mayo $16.50

Blonde Biker Chick took rein of the ordering and I was told that the gyozas here were a must. We had a vast selection of izakaya dishes, including tempura and yakitori and a few dons to satisfy those with bigger appetites.

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Sashimi small – approx. 10 slices $22

I liked every dish. The gyoza was really good, with soft skins housing a juicy flavoursome filling. The sashimi was fresh but pricey for the amount offered. The vegetable tempura consisted of usual players like mushroom, zucchini and carrot. The batter was far from oily although I’d prefer if the usual dipping sauce was available. I found myself unexpectedly loving a dish of chargrilled rice cakes, drizzled in teriyaki and topped with cheese. The ingredients sound like the oddest combination but you know what, it totally worked! I ate my weight in grilled rice cakes that night, especially with the pickled radish, I just couldn’t stop.

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(Left) Yaki onigiri – 2 grilled rice balls topped with melting cheese $14
(Right) Hitokuchi katsu – crumbed pork belly served with Japanese BBQ sauce and mayonnaise $15.50

The don were served after we had finished more than three-quarters of the izakaya dishes. All of us were getting pretty stuffed by then and our mouths almost hit the ground when 12 bowls of miso soup were initially set down before each of us. BBC had placed an order for 5 don and we thought there was an error in the ordering. Lucky for us, it was just the staff being extremely generous and giving each of us a serve of soup so we didn’t have to share. The don (not photographed) were tasty and served their purpose of filling up the very last of our tummy spaces.

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(Left) Gyu yakitori – beef scotch fillet (2 skewers per serve) $9
(Right top) Tori yakitori – chicken thigh (2 skewers per serve) $8
(Right bottom) Field mushroom $10

Every now and again I find myself eating humble pie after forming a pre-judged opinion of a restaurant. Ichi Ni turned out to be more than pleasant and I look forward to visiting again just for those grilled rice cakes!

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Newmarket Hotel

Newmarket Hotel
34 Inkerman Street
St Kilda
Vic 3162
+61 3 9537 1777
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This year in June, some of Melbourne’s famous dining establishments celebrated the best of Victoria’s winter produce in the Melbourne Food and Wine Roast Collection. After perusing the event calendar and narrowing down a few choices, Fakebooo and I decided to venture to Newmarket Hotel for a Sunday winter roast lunch. The feature was a “Cal-Mex” roast buffalo, centered around a three course meal for $55.

Newmarket Hotel is an interesting mix of spaces. There’s dark alcoves sheltering plush leather chairs, perched seats reaching onto bright polished wood, outdoor dining amidst sunlit green flora and a handsome dining table from which strung herbs dangle.

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Prawn and mushroom fideuà

We started off sharing an aromatic dish of vermicelli with prawns and mushroom. It was similar to paella, with strong hints of saffron and prawn stock. I didn’t really see the need for the bread or pears. Anyhow, I helped myself to almost half the pan. Carbs be damned!

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Roasted buffalo, Mallee oak, quice aioli, chickpeas and cavelo nero

Our main of roasted smoked buffalo was beautifully pink but slightly deceiving. I found myself masticating somewhat like the poor animal I was consuming and putting my jaw muscles to good use. The meat was full of flavour, not at all gamey, and had hints of smoke. The accompanying cavelo nero, a favourite of mine, was tender and had absorbed the juicy meatiness from the buffalo. The quince aioli provided a surprisingly sweet balance. Unfortunately I lacked chewing stamina and was defeated after a couple of slices.

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Patatas bravas

The side of crisp potatoes was wonderful. Once again, carbs be damned, for it was everything roasted potatoes ought to be: crispy skins, fluffy insides, lip-smacking seasoning and oh-so-finger-licking-good. Fakebooo was enamored by these and found himself reaching for them again and again. And again.

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Chocolate and dulce de leche tart, Seville oranges, stout ice cream

We ended on a sugary high with a chocolate and dulce de leche tart. The base was not the usual shortcrust pastry that I was expecting but the filling was rich, smooth and sweet. The stout ice cream was lovely, with the beer flavours just peeking through.

Having been to Newmarket previously and enjoying my meal, the winter roast lunch lived up to my expectations. The food remains well-executed and well-presented.

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On a side note, the reason why some of the winter roast events didn’t suit was because The Angmoh, Fakebooo and I were in the Northern Territories for a little break. I leave you with some of the breath-taking scenes of the outback.
 
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