Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Turkish Tea House, Balwyn by Obelix

When it comes to food presentation, the Turks and the Japanese have got this in the bag.  I find the food just taste so much better when presented on the most liveliest plates and platters and exquisite metal ware.

turkish apple tea;  the turkish tea house
Kiddo and I took her grandparents out for brunch at The Turkish Tea House and there was something for everyone there.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Flake Attack, Mount Waverley by Bureaucrat

I always find it's like a game of Russian roulette when it comes to fish and chip shops... you walk into a chippy and you never know whether the fare will be as good as there were back in them good ol' days: fresh fish with a golden, crispy batter; chips done to perfection; and above all else, despite both the fish and chips being cooked in vats of boiling oil, they mustn't be greasy.  What puts me off getting f&c more often is that I get served defrosted fish fillets that are encased in a thick, greasy batter that's been cooked in not-too-fresh oil.

Flake Attack, Mount Waverley, fish and chips
A recent craving for f&c led me to try out Flake Attack.  I believe this is a chain of fish and chipperies.  The online reviews for the place seemed okay and not overly negative.  

Friday, October 21, 2016

Son of Tucci, Mount Waverley by Bureaucrat

Mr and Mrs Tucci must be proud - their son knows how to revamp a sleepy suburban shopfront into a buzzing, contemporary cafe that serves great food and coffee.  It's easily the most popular cafe in the Mt Waverley shopping village and a trailblazer for the area when it comes to upping the ante on the cafe offerings in the area.

Son of Tucci, Mt Waverley, burger
Feeling ever so hungry, the Lawyer and I both went for the burger option.  It was a gorgeously thick, homemade beef patty that was loaded with chopped onions in the mince.  It was pan fried to perfection - the middle was still juicy and the outside had all them lovely crusty bits.  Combined with lots of oozy melted cheese, fresh salad this was a finger-licking good burger.  Plus, the chunky wedges were some of the best I've had - thick, waxy on the inside and with a lovely crispness.  Yum, yum, yum - our compliments to the chef!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Castello Burger Blue Launch (by invitation), by Obelix

I love a good burger and the makers of Castello Blue have come up with the ultimate of bringing the umani flavours of blue cheese to a burger. Castello Burger Blue is a pre-sliced blue cheese with a slightly different formulation to the regular Castello Blue. The net effect? A slice of blue cheese which is not a crumbly mess designed to drape lovingly on a pattie and with an adjusted mellower flavour which wont overpower the rest of the burger. Brilliant.

We were lucky to be invited to the launch held at Easey's Burgers. A apt location for the #builtwithblue burger night. We got to build our own burgers with ingredients which complemented blue cheese.

The burger I built was filled with of course, #castelloburgerblue and Waldorf salad and sauteed mushrooms.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Dolce House Gelato, McKinnon by Bilby Blue

Who would have thought we would find a gelato gem in a tiny McKinnon shopping strip? Not just a gelato gem but a great dessert café! Our original plan was just to try the gelato, but once we saw the range of gelato-inspired desserts on the menu we knew we had to return for a second visit.

Belgian waffle, the crowd pleaser
Said yummy desserts - Belgian waffle

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Meatworks Steak Out, Brighton by Bureaucrat

It's a real pity that there aren't many proper bookstores around anymore.  So I found myself in Brighton again - this time I was on the hunt to add to my collection of Peanuts books.  While I wasn't able to locate my beloved comics, I did, however, zero in on a very delicious lunch.  You're spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options in the Brighton shopping precinct.  There are very smart cafes and very la-di-dah (yet not overly stuffy) restaurants abound. However, I eschewed all of them fancy eateries for Meatworks Steak Out - a butcher's shop cum takeaway outlet.  I couldn't ignore the incredibly delicious aroma of grilled meats and onions wafting down the street.  Better yet was the fact that because Meatworks is an upmarket butcher's shop that the meat on offer included gourmet offerings, such as wagyu mince and grain-fed beef.  Best of all, you could get a substantial, fresh lunch for $10... score!

Meatworks Steak Out, Brighton, steak roll
I chose the pepper steak roll.  A delicious soft roll that was stuffed with lots of tender beef and caramelised onions.  What I also liked was that the meat was cooked-to-order, so it was nice and fresh and piping hot. Add fresh salad to it, and you've got a meal! I wolfed this down plenty quick. The price also comes with your choice of drink (can of soda or water).