Monday, March 26, 2012

Emily's Bistro in Quorn

So I've moved on from Melbourne and gone into the outback where I'm in a tiny town called Quorn. It's like a western movie, deserted, desolate and dreary and half expecting tumbleweed to be blown across the road. Nonetheless I was taken to Emily's Bistro, which is the most unusual restaurant I have been to. Inside is not only a restaurant but also a food store, cafe, laundrette and bank. It's a cute little emporium which has an old musky feel to it and the food was delicious. I ordered breaded lamb chops with mash and cauliflower cheese. The lamb fell off the bone and the meat was juicy and flavoursome. I really liked Emily's Bistro, so travellers who are going along the Stuart Highway and plan on stopping in Quorn. I would recommend dropping by this place, if not to eat then to see how crazy this shop is.

Food store
Bank behind the counter
Breaded lamb chops with mash and cauliflower cheese
Rating: 7/10
Service: 7/10
Presentation: 6/10
Quality: 7/10
Taste: 8/10

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Mamma Mia!

This is the best calzone I have ever eaten. Its the Calzone Rustico Pastry filled with mozzarella, salami, ham, olives, capsicum, mushroom, topped with bolognese sauce. It was just stuffed full of filling and flavour. My first slice into the calzone I could smell the salami and as I pulled it apart the mozzarella just melted out. It was divine and well worth $18.90. Never have I eaten calzone where the whole pastry is filled with heavenly goodies.

Not only was the food fantastic but the view from the outside seat was incredible. You can watch the sun set into the sea. 


Rating: 8.5/10
Service: 8/10
Presentation: 8/10
Quality: 9/10
Taste:9/10

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Mamasita

After all the hype and rave about Mamasita's I decided that my final meal in Melbourne would be here and in short, I thought it would be better. The food was good but not quite good enough for what was being said and why it was so popular. The portions were quite small, overpriced and you would need to order quite a few selections to be full.

In saying that in terms of taste and flavouring it was interesting, enjoyable and most of all fresh. It was nice to see Mexican food arranged elegantly on a plate rather than stacked up. The atmosphere was certainly buzzing with hungry, sociable people who wanted to relax after work and dine.

Do get here early unless you want to be seated at the bar as the queue gets very busy and people end up waiting on the stairs and out through the door. We arrived around peak time and it was very busy, I would have liked to come here again maybe at lunch when I feel I want something to graze at rather than get stuffed. 


De Cangrejo: crab meat, avocado, cucumber, tamarind mayo and habanero
De Camarones: prawns, red chilli and chipotle almond salsa
Sweetcorn ice cream cone and caramel popcorn
Rating: 7.25
Service: 7/10
Presentation: 7/10
Quality: 8/10
Taste: 7/10
Website:  http://www.mamasita.com.au/http://www.mamasita.com.au/
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Monday, March 19, 2012

Chin Chin

I can understand why Chin Chin is the talk of the town. The food is different, delicious and deserves to be up near the top of Urbanspoon's list. My advice is to go early or be prepared to queue for a while as they do not take reservations for tables with less than ten people. 

When you walk in the decor is very much in your face, initially I thought it was ugly but it grew on me. For starters I had the famous Kingfish sashimi, which tasted good enough for the gods. The lime gave the fish sauce a special kick of tanginess and with the kingfish it was to die for, this was my favourite dish.


Kingfish sashimi with lime, chilli, coconut and Thai basil
For my main I chose the crispy barramundi with apple salad and did not realise how spicy the meal would be. I was constantly drinking water but the flavours just complimented each other, the caramelised pork was just mouth-watering, I could have eaten a plateful of this. My friend chose the Massaman curry which she loved.

Crispy barramundi and green apple salad with caramelised pork
Massaman curry
For dessert we both shared the banana roti with condensed milk and black rice pudding and I am so glad we ordered the two as they were just delicious. 
Banana roti with condensed milk
Black rice pudding in coconut sauce and mango
I had a fabulous dining experience here and I'm saddened to have to leave Melbourne and not be able to eat here again. The food was fantastic and full of flavour, I would have liked it to be just a little bit cheaper. Would highly recommend Chin Chin to anyone who enjoys Asian/Thai food or wants to try something different.

Rating: 9/10
Service: 8/10
Presentation: 9/10
Quality: 10/10
Taste: 9/10
Website: http://www.chinchinrestaurant.com.au/

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Titanic Theatre Restaurant

If you wanted to pretend that you were onboard on one of the most luxurious ships in the world for one evening then the Titanic Theatre Restaurant is a good choice. This restaurant is pretty much a 'what is says on the tin' type place. When you enter the 'Titanic' they have decorated the inside with newspaper articles from 1912 and allow guests to take their photo in front of the 'Jack I'm flying' backdrop along with props like feather boas. 

It was a good laugh with my friends before we walked upstairs to First Class dining. The dining room was decorated better than I gave them credit for, it really did give you the feel as if you were on the actual Titanic ship. The staff were dressed to the theme and even the guests were in formal, which gave it that extra upper class feeling.

The food came from a set menu where the main and dessert were alternated between the guests and it was good, much better than I had expected. The food came out promptly and accordingly to their schedule and after the meal the staff performed a short play, which had the guests in fits and giggles. The evening was fun and that's what I expected from a place like this. The whole experience was better than I thought it would be, the only downside was the price and luckily we were bumped to First Class after paying for Steerage, which I can only assume they couldn't get enough people to fill up the places. 

Outside of the Titanic Theatre Restaurant
Decoration in First Class
Starter
Main: Chicken wrapped with bacon
Rating: 7.75 Service: 8/10 Presentation: 9/10 Quality: 7/10 Taste: 7/10 Website: http://www.titanic.com.au/html/home.html

Monday, March 12, 2012

Tokyo Teppanyaki

My friend and I have wanted to eat at Tokyo Teppanyaki for quite sometime now and as soon as we saw the 10 course Tokyo dinner set for two for $79 on Groupon we were sold! However I think this time round money got the better of us, as the meal wasn't quite what I had expected. We were seated swiftly at 6.30pm and the meal was over by 7pm, much to my disappointment. 

The chef was constantly cooking and passing us small bits and pieces to eat, it reminded me of a mass production line. Also hardly any of the courses were Japanese as were were fed pork chops with garlic butter, omlette, noodles and bits of beef. The only part which was Japanese was my starter, boo! In attempt to make up for the downfall of the meal I ordered fried ice cream for dessert which unfortunately was average. The batter was heavy, thick and tasteless for something which was called 'tempura' ice cream. I've had fried ice cream where the batter is light, crispy and melts in your mouth. Nothing about my meal was good, I really did try to like Tokyo Teppanyaki but I was just left disappointed and would have been a very unhappy customer if I had paid $79 for one person. 

Starter: Springroll, California roll and sashimi
Scallops, prawns and egg
Fried ice cream
Rating: 5.5
Service: 8/10
Presentation: 6/10
Quality: 4/10
Taste: 4/10
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Friday, March 9, 2012

Finger Lickin' Gami Chicken

What I love about eating in Melbourne is that you can find little gems hidden behind the large malls and bustling streets. I found this restaurant which primarily focuses on Korean fried chicken on Little Lonsdale Street and it is a place that I would highly recommend, especially if you love eating with your hands and prepared to get a little bit messy.   

You can easily walk past Gami without realising its open for business and thinking that it's also a take away joint but once you are in you can hear the chicken sizzling and the smell of many asian flavours. 

 My friend and i ordered fruit drinks: grape and pear, which actually had real fruit pieces in. This was a bit unsual but tasted nice and sweet. For our mains we ordered a whole chicken and selected the half and half style, where we chose the sweet chilli and soy garlic chicken for $30. I cannot begin to tell you how tasty the chicken was, the batter used was light and crispy and it wasn't too greasy. Every bite I took off the chicken leg made a satisfying crunch! The pickles that came with the meal was sweet and went perfectly with the chicken. My only negative point was the ketchup and thousand island sauce added to the cabbage, it didn't really give the meal the deserving final touch.  

All in all, I had a great dining experience here and I'm probably a stone heavier but I would love to come here again. It's the perfect place to enjoy with friends for a bit of casual dining.
 
Pear and grape juice 
Cabbage with mayo and ketchup, pickle, sweet chilli and soy garlic chicken
Rating: 8.25
Service: 8/10
Presentation: 7/10
Quality: 9/10
Taste: 9/10
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