Saturday, May 30, 2015

Golden Leaf, Burwood East by Obelix

I normally associate Goldleaf with yum cha so it was not an automatic go-to when I’m seeking take away for dinner.  I was pleasantly pleased with my take away last Saturday night.  P and I were seeking a decent sort of meal without the palaver of actually scrubbing up and going somewhere.  

So I ordered a few choice dishes from Goldleaf Burwood and cooked up a batch of rice at home to go with the dishes.  The service was prompt, the food still piping hot and most importantly of all, there was no discernible MSG afterburn. 

For entrees, I decided to go a bit luxe and ordered the king prawns with wasabi sauce.  They don’t photograph all that prettily but in essence, they are large sized prawns, battered and fried with a wasabi and mayo glaze and topped with a sprinkling of pine nuts.  You can’t really fault any battered and fried prawns.  I would have preferred more of a wasabi hit rather than a mayo-y hit but on the up side, at least it was relatively kid friendly. 

For mains, we went with two dishes – a beef stir fried with seasonal vegetables and one of their specialities, the eggplant and seafood hot pot.  They were both generously sized and the eggplant seafood hotpot had a delicate smoky flavour – delish!  I was very happy with the amount of seafood throughout.   

The stir fried beef and vegs had a good variety of vegs and they were still crispy.  What’s discernible was that it was not smothered in a cornflour glaze as Chinese stir fries can sometimes be.  It was fresh and crispy. 

The above dishes were in the vicinity of $80 (we cooked our own rice) and fed the two of us with no tummy real estate to spare. 

Verdict:  We loved it. 

Whilst Goldleaf Burwood is better known for its yum cha (see Benny's review back in August 2011) or a la carte dinner, it is also worth considering for take aways. 

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Pope Joan, Brunswick East by Bureaucrat

While I may have skipped most of my religious education classes at school, I do support women rising through the ranks in organised religions and, with that, I whole-heartedly support Pope Joan.

A glorious Saturday morning found us at Pope Joan for brunch.  We got iced coffees to kick things off.

The Lawyer and I shared a serve of Pope Joan's "kinda" full English breakfast.  I loved the creamy curds of the scrambled eggs, while the Lawyer loved Joan's baked beans.  Delicious, too, were the proper bacon and Cumberland sausage.

And because I couldn't resist, we got a side of herbed crinkle cut chips with the thick, deeply tomatoe-y Mr Wilkinson's red sauce.

Verdict: we loved it

Amen!  Get thee to Pope Joan for great food and ambiance. 

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Support McAuley Community Services for Women's Charity High Tea

Here at Eat and Be Merry we love food and we really love food that's for a good cause. 
Stamford Plaza Melbourne will be hosting an exclusive high tea fundraiser this weekend for McAuley Community Services for Women’s family violence program.

Photo credit: Stamford Plaza Melbourne

McAuley Community Services for Women is a small but impactful charity that works to protect women and their children from family violence. They operate Victoria’s only accessible safe house open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing crisis accommodation to those in need.

Support McAuley's great work by joining them at a sparkling High Tea, which will have an assortment of meticulously crafted savoury bites, fluffy homemade scones and traditional finger sandwiches served on an elegant three-tiered stand.

It will be made all the more luxurious with a tantalising Pavlova Bar, indulgent Chocolate Fountain and a raffle where you can win a high tea for two plus a deluxe hamper of goodies.

Event details
Charity High Tea for McAuley Community Services for Women at Harry’s Restaurant
Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May 2015
1.00 pm - 4.00pm
$59 per adult including glass of sparkling wine

A percentage of proceeds from the high tea will go towards the initiative along with all sales from the raffle.

To book:
Ring 03 9659 1592 or email
Bookings are essential as spaces are limited and conditions apply.

Jackson's Court Charcoal Chicken, Doncaster East by Obelix

I like the village-y feel of Jackson’s Court, Doncaster.  It has something for everyone and it’s made up of local small businesses, not conglomerates.  Several cafes, grocer, deli, butcher, post office and an unexpected concentration of hairdressers.  As it happens my hairdresser is located there and one day whilst eavesdropping on a gaggle of women gossiping whilst getting their hair styled, I learnt that the charcoal chicken place at Jackson’s Court is pretty dang good.  So I decided to give it a try for dinner.  I call this reconnaissance.

It was comforting to see that this particular charcoal chicken shop used Lilydale’s free range chickens.  I ordered one of the family packs for $29.  This came with a mammoth sized charcoal chook, large bag of chips, tubs of gravy, peas and coleslaw.  This was enough to feed Kiddo and I for several days over several meals (sidenote: by day 3 I was thoroughly sick of chicken). I only mention this as it is an indicator of how many you can feed with the family pack.  I think a family of four would be stuffed to the gills with it.  Or if you have very young children or relatively light eaters, it could easily stretch to feed six. 

I shall cut to the chase to the charcoal chicken.  It was definitely one of the better charcoal chooks – tender, moist with the charcoal flavours coming through without being over powering.  There was a bit of stuffing, not the wet wodge of stuffing you would normally find in a supermarket roast chook.  It was a minute amount, almost like a seasoning inside the carcass. 

The chips were ah-mazing!  Good thick cut crunchy chips with a light sprinkling of chicken salt.  Generous bag of the stuff. 

Unfortunately as wonderful as the chook and chips were, the gravy and peas were a bit meh.  The peas themselves were ok.  They were just peas.  But the gravy was so full of starch, I could have tipped it out of the container and it would have stood on its own.  Even when served hot, the gravy was still in solid form.  It was a bit off putting.  The coleslaw was so so.  It was standard cabbage and carrot affair with standard issue mayo from a jar.  A bit too heavy on the dressing for my liking. 

Verdict:  We liked it. 

Jackson’s Court Charcoal Chicken does great charcoal chicken and chips.  I would definitely go back for the chook and chips but would steer clear of the lack lustre sides. 

Jacksons Court Free Range Charcoal Chicken on Urbanspoon
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