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    “There are some seriously good instagram opps inside the doors at St Kilda’s Matcha Milk Bar”

    Matcha Mylk Bar

    Melbourne’s first Matcha café, Matcha Mylk Bar (click here) has just opened up in St Kilda. Not only has this 100% plant based café taken the foodie scene by storm but also social media, having already amassed a cult following of over 35k in only a few weeks.

    From the very inventive menu that’s filled with; longevity bowls, apple pie & carrot cake lattes and green burgers with purple potato chips, to the Hollywood celebrities & some abstract neon lights and get ready for some of the most exciting, health benefiting, sustainable, plant based dishes we’ve ever grazed upon.

    Those Floors Must Be Hard To Clean

    Red brick flooring, geometrics shapes, splashes of greenery and an overhead garden cage, brings an energy to this industrial space that is fun and laid back. Quirky puns flood the café; from the smoothie menu (I’ll have one WIZ KALE LEAFA to go, thanks) to the quotes in the bathroom and even on their water bottles. You will find yourself being entertained throughout a café that is high on humour and one that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

    When we arrived we were treated to a full ‘THANKS A LATTE’ tasting plater see below, we tried all eight, yes eight different flavours including turmeric, cacao, beetroot, mushroom, chai, apple pie, carrot cake & of course matcha. My favourites being the apple pie and carrot cake we were also given a full run-down of all the health benefits of each one thanks to owner Nic Davidson.

    Thanks A Latte

    What we ate:

    HEIRLOOM TOMOATOES – fresh avocado, almond fetta, basil & kale pesto, crispy kale, toast + poached vegan egg™
    SARDINIA, ITALY – pumpkin gnocchi, eggplant bolognese, spinach, beans, green-molata
    BLACK BEAN & QUINOA BURGER – charcoal bun, black fermented garlic, caramelised onion, purple potatoes

    WHEN KHALESI WEARS LYCRA – dragon fruit, mango, passionfruit, almond mylk, almond butter, macadamia nuts
    ALMOND BUTTER BING, BUTTER BOOM – natural almond butter, banana, raw cacao, dates, almond mylk, vegan protein, almond flakes

    Heirloom Tomatoes
    Black Bean Burger
    Black Bean & Quinoa Burger

    The standout dish for me was the SARDINA ITALY, the gnocchi was soft but had a bite to it, and the meatballs* made completely from eggplant were absolutely unreal and the added ‘green-molata’ added a great crunch factor.

    *The meatballs in particular were extremely surprising, the texture and taste was nearly identical to the traditional pork and veal mix, which even the most seasoned carnivore would struggle to separate the two.

    Sardina Italy

    One of the most sought after items on the menu is the vegan ‘egg’ which came out with the HEIRLOOM TOMATOES . Chef Timm’s spent several months perfecting this recipe as it is very unique that Matcha Mylkbar even patented the recipe/creation. Making the eggs is a day long process, what literally take hours upon hours to make for a product that is is eaten in seconds. What’s most fascinating is that the vegan eggs have the exact same nutritional value as a normal egg. The texture has also been very closely replicated that one would think they were eating the real thing, the only difference is the vegan eggs have a slightly sweet taste to them thanks to the ‘yolk’ which is a mix of sweet potato, coconut milk and linseed protein, while the whites are made from agar, coconut and almond milk.

    Matcha Mylkbar Spread

    Overall:

    Matcha Mylk Bar is a vegan café not just for vegans. Its’ quirky, playful and extremely photographic meals are not only wholesome and delicious but you almost instantly feel a little happier and healthier in supporting the cause for a ‘less meat-heavy diet’.

    Matcha Mylk Bar
    72 Acland Street
    St Kilda VIC 3182
    (03) 9534 1111

    How good are the puns at this cafe!! What’s your favourite thing about Matcha Mylk Bar? Leave your answers or any questions below.
    K x

    Left Field is one of the new kids on the block but has surely made its mark on Melbourne’s brunching scene.

    Left Field At Carnegie

    The masterminds behind Rustica Canteen, Short Straw and Tall Timber have teamed up to create Left Field (click here). An epic foodie destination filled with good, honest and healthy eats with quality coffee.

    We made our way out to Carnegie (a short 25 minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD) on a freezing Melbourne morning. Positioned on a corner block of a residential suburb boasting both indoor and a very generous outside seating area, with custom made furniture by iamnotmason. We were running about 20 minutes late and as the line up for this popular new café can be anywhere from half hour to two hours our seats had been filled so we opted to sit outdoor in the sub zero weather.

    Lucky There Were Heaters

    The light and bright white tones create a really relaxed, chilled vibe while the constant chatter and laughter brings the café to life. It wasn’t long until the waitress brought out some warm blankets and we were ready to order. (I’d like to mention that wall mounted outdoor heating would be very handy during Winter!)

    Sweets On Display At Left Field

    Our Niccolo house blend coffees came out a lightning speed, which was extremely welcoming as it was such a cold morning. All boxes are ticked when it comes to Left Field’s coffee and to my surprise the food came out not long after. The meals were of massive portions and visually mouth-watering.

    Head Chef Ryan, has crafted the menu to take a middle eastern twist with a bit of a health conscious kick. With house made dukkah, beetroot hummus and splashes of black tahini we found ourselves struggling to pick just 1 meal each.

    In His Element

    What we ate:

    SMASHED PEA BRUSCHETTA – w/ prosciutto, goats cheese, poached egg, pesto, zucchini ribbons, walnut, mint & basil salad
    SMOKED AND BRAISED SHORT RIB – fried egg, spicy black beans, feta, lime, coriander, beetroot hummus & Turkish bread
    VANILLA, CINNAMON, COCONUT OAT & CHIA PUDDING – w/ spiced poached pear, fig, wild granola & pistachio

    Short Rib

    Stand out dish for me was the Short Rib. There were so many things going on with this dish that worked together so well. The slab of meat literally fell off the bone when prodded. The freshness of the salsa verde was balanced with the spiciness of the beans and the earthiness off the hummus while the subtle flavour from the dukkah lingered after every bite. Followed closely by the Bruschetta, which was incredibly fresh, vibrant, herby and tangy which had a wonderful bite to it thanks to the zucchini ribbons and walnuts.

    Bruschetta
    Oat & Chia Pudding

    The oat and chia pudding was also light a fluffy however all the flavour came from the fruit and wild granola. The pudding was a little to delicate for me personally as I couldn’t really taste the vanilla and cinnamon.

    Left Field Spread
    Left Field Brunches

    Overall:

    I’m sure Left Field will feel right at home amongst the cities other ‘must eat’ cafes.

    Left Field
    358 Koornang Road
    Carnegie VIC 3163
    (03) 9578 2043

    I absolutely loved Left Field! Have you been there before? What did you think? Leave any messages or comments below.
    K x

    “It was apparent how popular Zaaffran was due to the numerous families of the same local ethnicity”

    Zaafraan

    Zaaffran (click here) is located on the second floor of the Harbourside Centre which overlooks the hustle and bustle of the tourist hotspot Darling Harbour. The new look Zaaffran offers family friendly authentic Indian dining.

    Zaaffran has undergone a major facelift recently, creating a more contemporary feel from its previous decor. We were seated outside on the balcony, where we had a faultless view of the harbour and the perfect place to people watch.

    Zaaffran (Indian for saffron) has also recently revamped their menu to showcase a more contemporary take on traditional Indian classics. “We pride ourselves in home style cooking with a twist using fresh Australian ingredients such as seafood that wouldn’t normally be used in traditional dishes” Head Chef Vikrant Kapoor explains.

    New Facelift

    What we ate:

    FIRANGI FRANKIES – Bombay’s original taco with lamb
    TAKARI KUR KURI – Hyderabadi tea time snack
    POOCHKAS – Mini poories; moong and potato; mint-tamarind liquor; a la Bengali
    TINGMO BALCHAO BURGER – Traditional Goa style prawns; Tibetan tingmo buns
    KARWARI TALILEE KOLMI – Tiger prawns; garlic, chilli and ginger; semolina crust; coconut chutney
    MURGH MAKHAN PALAK – Chicken tikka; buttered onion-tomato masala; shredded English spinach
    MEEN MOILEE – Barramundi; coconut-turmeric broth; lemon; ginger and green chilli; mustard seeds and curry leaf tempering

    NAAN – Indian bread
    PARATHA – Multi-layered, buttered wholemeal bread

    ZAAFFRAN SENSATION ICE CREAM – Pistachio with saffron, cardamom & almond
    HONEY SAFFRON PANNA COTTA – Saffron Panna Cotta: saffron apple confit: puffed rice honeycomb: apple pearls

    Poochakas
    Takari Kur Kuri
    Tingmo Balchao Burger
    Karwari TalileeI Kolmi

    My stand out dishes were the Firangi Frankies’ (mentioned above). The ‘Kawari Talilee Kolmi’ ** Semolina crusted Tiger prawns, which were crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside served with an almost dry coconut chutney that had a good kick of spice. Along with the ‘Murgh Makhani Palak’ this chicken tikka was robust and aromatic, the chicken was cooked perfectly and had a nice little added touch of wilted spinach.

    **This dish reminded me of some delicious cereal prawns that I found in Singapore from my most recent trip, these definitely are a great alternative to the boring old salt and pepper squid you find throughout Sydney.

    Zaafraan Spread
    Chicken Tikka & Barramundi

    Unfortunately the Barramundi for me was a total miss, the sauce was light and tangy and the fish itself was cooked well but the batter or skin around the fish was slimy and completely unappetising which ruined the dish. I felt the fish would be far better grilled and placed on top. The main dishes seemed to lack a little oomph in presentation too,  a little extra garnish would have gone a long way.

    Honey Saffron Panna Cotta

    Overall:

    Zaaffran offers home style cooking with a contemporary twist, making many of our dishes pleasant to eat. Having the backdrop of the hustle and bustle of Darling Harbour creates a great atmosphere and if you go around 8pm you have the added bonus of fireworks.

    Zaaffran
    Level 2,
    Harbourside Shopping Centre
    10 Darling Drive
    Darling Harbour NSW 2000

    Have you eaten at Zaaffran? We would love to hear your thoughts! Let me know below.
    K x

    “Republica is a great place for afternoon drinks when it’s sunny”

    Fried Chicken

    Just set off St Kilda beach, Republica (click here) is a great destination to unwind and relax. The atmosphere was good, however it was a little quiet as it was a pretty miserable day weather wise.

    The staff were tentative at times, however we waited for 20 minutes from the time we got our menus to ordering, then once we ordered the wait was over 40 minutes (with only 3 tables seated in the restaurant). The food overall was pretty good and the Bloody Mary was tasty.

    Grilled Octopus

    What we ate:

    GRILLED OCTOPUS – warm flat bread
    FRIED CHICKEN PIECES – jalapeno and lime mayonnaise
    PULLED PORK RAGU – with kale
    WAGYU BEEF RUMP CAP – mashed potato, dijon mustard, grilled leek and pickled onions (gf)
    GREEN BEANS – with mustard

    SALTED CARAMEL PARFAIT – with peanut sauce and buttered popcorn ice cream (gf)

    Pulled Pork Ragu
    Beef Rump Cap

    A big thumbs up to the fried chicken, it was great, it was crisp and seasoned well and the jalapeno & lime mayo was a great addition. The caramel parfait was simply delicious. However a big thumbs down to the green beans, they were quite possibly the worst green beans I have ever eaten, they were soggy and dull with a horrid texture and taste.

    Republica Spread
    Salted Caramel Parfait

    Overall:

    The experience at Republica was decent but could have been better. The staff were a little to slow but very polite and the food was good but the green beans were a massive disappointment. Everything else was quite enjoyable. The décor and setting is very relaxing and the location is great. It definitely would be better on a beautiful sunny day overlooking the beach.

    Republica
    10/18 Jacka Blvd,
    St Kilda VIC 3182
    (03) 8598 9055

    Whats your thoughts on Repbulica? I’d love to hear your thoughts below.
    K x

    “Two Wrongs definitely make a right”

    Enjoying The Moment

    Two Wrongs (click here) definitely make a right. This phrase related to this dive bar would be an understatement. Our dining experience was sensational.

    The creative minds of Zachary Riggs and Isaac Constantine (think Drugstore Espresso & Le Petit Prince) have brilliantly created fine dining at a dingy American dive bar.

    Two Wrongs Combines Polar Opposites In Everything It Does
    Two Wrongs: A Fine Dining Dive Bar

    The interior is adorned with an eclectic collection of Versace, Storm troopers, UV lights, graffiti vandalised renaissance artwork and garbage filled shopping trolleys creating this quirky, odd and inviting venue which is literally ‘two wrongs’.

    The all man bartender line-up were extremely helpful, engaging and welcoming. Whether you are there for a culinary delight (think mouth watering pork donuts) or to quench your thirst from their extensive and impressive drinks menu (my fav was the stoned sailor).

    Two Wrongs definitely hit the nail on the head with their delicious food, quality drinks and tongue in cheek hospitality.

    Mac N Cheese

    What we ate:

    TRUFFLE POPCORN – Need i say more
    A BAG OF CRUNCHY THINGS – Beer, cashew (GF optional)
    PORK DONUT FOR TWO – Harissa, grilled peach relish, pecan

    CHORIZO – Cuttlefish, cauliflower, lemon (GF)
    TRUFFLED MAC N CHEESE – Popcorn, jalapeno, chives (Veg)
    MASH N GRAVY – Oxtail, smoked desiree, curd
    BEEF TARTARE – Sourdough, cured yolk, nasturtium (DF)
    BEEF & BROCCOLI – Shortrib, broccoli,

    KINDER SUPRISE – Roast white chocolate, passionfruit, macadamia

    LARA BINGLE – Cointreau, Creme De Mure, lemon juice, soda & Smurf Tears
    RHYMES WITH ORANGE – Aperol, Campari, Amaro Montenegro, Dolin Rouge, orange bitters, blood orange foam
    STONED SAILOR – Sailor Jerry’s Rum, sugar syrup, Angostura bitters, smoked glass
    SOUTH RAH RAH – House Cucumber Gin, St Germain Elder Flower, mint, lime juice, soda

    Pork Donut
    Beef Tartare

    Standout dishes for me were: the Truffle mac n cheese & mash and gravy. Although, every meal we had was extremely satisfying, carefully and meticulously created from concept to creation I have a soft spot for mac n cheese so this for me was the most memorable whilst the mash and gravy was fluffiest and lightest I have ever had.

    Short Rib
    Beef & Broccoli
    Chorizo + Cuttlefish

    Overall:

    I highly recommend you visit this venue to experience first hand,  how unique and delightfully disjointed this dive bar truly is.

    Two Wrongs definitely impressed. A must for Melbourne.

    Two Wrongs
    637 Chapel Street
    South Yarra VIC 3141
    (03) 9827 4510

    What did you think of my review? Have you eaten at Two Wrongs before? I would love to hear all your thoughts and comments below.
    K x

    “How can you go wrong when you mix a light, succulent lamb sambusa followed by sweet sweet baklava at Oasis Bakery”

    Kid In A Candy Store

    Lebanese food is one of my favourite cuisines. So when I stumbled across Oasis Bakery (click here) on instagram the day after I left Melbourne, I was kicking myself I hadn’t found it before. So it was definitely on my hit list of places to eat the next time I made the trip south of the border.

    Oasis Bakery Spread

    First and foremost, Oasis Bakery is a haven for fresh pastries and is combined with a café and a large grocery store. I was like a little kid in a candy store, roaming the isles, drooling over the house made baklava (yes nutella too). It’s equal parts bakery, grocery store as well as a café. The café, is a  more like a cafeteria, pay at the counter with buzzer style.

    Oasis is about a 20 minute drive from the CBD, but this place is well worth the drive.

    What we ate:

    LAMB & PINENUT SAMBUSA* – triangle pastry filled with lamb & pinenuts

    TETA’S LAMB & EGGS – seared lamb with scrambled eggs and maras chilli on sourdough with green pea-shoot salad

    SPRING EGGS – with heirloom tomatoes, haloumi and sujuck

    CARNIVAL HOTCAKES – fluffy hotcakes with caramel sauce, popcorn and marshmellow

    * this was ALL time

    Teta's Lamb & Eggs
    Spring Eggs

    Overall:

    I Absolutely loved every bite of what we ate at Oasis Bakery. A must visit for Melbourne!

    Oasis Bakery
    9/993 North Road
    Murrumbeena VIC 3163
    (03) 9570 1122

    Whats your favourite pastry at Oasis? Did you like the hotcakes as much as me? If you have any other suggestions let me know below
    K x