Sunday, February 7, 2010

Tell me where to eat in Melbourne!

I must say i have been blessed or (cursed) as the eldest sibling in the family.

When i went to Australia to study as a 17 year old, no one trusted me to go alone and my uncle followed me to ensure i wouldn't get detained at the immigration for being a runaway child and that i wouldn't be smuggled off to the some strawberry farm to do hard labor.

When it was my brother's turn, again no one really trusted him that he could take the right flight to Australia. Who else but as the eldest brother to accompany him to go buy his pillows, blankets, study material and whatever he needed to survive.

That was a good few years ago.

Now who else? Oh yes, my younger sister who will be going to University of Melbourne in 9 days. Again i think no one really trusts her whether she would just cash the cheque and splurge it into shopping and not have enough to buy a sandwich for the rest of the semester.

Thus i shall be making another journey to Melbourne.

Whether it is your father, mother, uncle or auntie or yourself who have been to Melbourne and eaten good food, leave your comments here! Let me know what to eat while everyone else enjoy CNY cookies and feasts while i am down under.

1 week to CNY, lets countdown to the big traffic jams!


Anonymous said...

Malaysian: Old Town Kopitiam Mamak! at QV building, Melbourne

Japanese: J cafe at 167 Exhibition St, Melbourne

Singaporean: The Old Raffles Place at 70 Johnston St, Collingwood

Dessert: The Cupcake Family at QV building, Melbourne

Korean: Oriental Spoon at 254 La Trobe St, Melbourne

Anonymous said...

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Precious Pea said...

You and your siblings so lucky ler!!! Have a great trip!!

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CUMI & CIKI said...

happy CNY! see u when we get bk fm Java (if ur still here!)

J said...

LOL. Well, I can help you by taking over your duties this round, if you want. :)

Since I am a girl and I studied in Melb before so I can be extra useful by teaching her all the good places to shop right? haha...

Anyway, I'm sure Melbourne has changed a lot since I left but here are the restaurants that I really liked when I was there:
- Tiamo 1 or Tiamo 2 on Lygon street
- Papa Gino's (is also not bad, but I prefer Tiamo)

- Cafe Greco at Crown Casino or Chapel Street.
(Interesting greek food like fried goat's cheese - jelak but yummy, and you must try the strawberry cheesecake!)

- I can't remember the name (oops) but there was a small restaurant outside the entrance of Target (on Little Bourke Street) that had pretty good crispy roast duck....
- Everyone recommends Mekong (on Swanston road, I think) for Viet noodles... but I think it's not as good as when I first tried it...
(Still, worth a try if you're in the main city area, I guess...)
- If for some reason you are near Monash Caulfield, the Caulfield Chinese restaurant makes really yummy salt and pepper spare ribs and soya sauce chicken. :)

(Hmmm.... that's all I can remember for now. Will add more if I think of anything.. Oh, and sorry for spamming all my links here - just so you can see my photos&comments on those restaurants if you want)

Have fun in Melb! And don't forget to visit the Nike warehouse! :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

thanks and keep it coming!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Free trip! Lucky you. :-D

thule a.k.a leo said...

Now I felt not loved as I went to NZ alone last time... my family only came to send me off in KLIA.. sigh!
Come to think on the bright side, you get to fly for free and go for sightseeing too!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

haha wheres the recommendations!??

Anonymous said...

very useful post. I would love to follow you on twitter. By the way, did anyone learn that some chinese hacker had busted twitter yesterday again.

Life for Beginners said...

Wah, now I'm hoping my sis feels the same as your family and makes me accompany all her kids abroad when they go overseas to study... Hehe.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

lob: haha trusty uncle indeed eh?

anon: follow me on twitter: lotsofcravings.

Anonymous said...

seek out places out of the high tourist areas like Chapel and Lygon St's.. for casual day time try Demitris Feast 141 Swan St Richmond (greek with a twist) Yu-u Hosier Lane CBD no sign just a graffitied door (best Japanese)..that's 2 off the top of my head...where in the city are you staying ?? CBD or elsewhere

CPH :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

Cph will b at the melb uni area thanks!

Anonymous said...

Great Yu-u is in the CBD (about 5 mins away) and Richmond is a easy tram rid away away about 10 mins.

On the other side of the uni is are suburbs Brunswick and Carlton, very multi cultural, try Rumi (Middle East) on Lygon St or Boire (french) (Smith St Fitzroy) or Gigibaba (middle east) and they are 2 doors apart, neither take bookings but both are outstanding.

Have a great trip.

Anonymous said...

affordable msian meal:
1. norsiah, swanston st, carlton
2. nasi lemak house, grattan st, carlton
3. nice chicken rice at Taste of Asia, lygon st, carlton

quick good cheap hkie style:
dessert house, swanston st, CBD

good japanese:
1. shoya, Chinatown
2. hanabishi, king st, CBD

xiao long pao:
1. hutong, chinatown

yum cha:
1. shark fin house, chinatown

durian gelato, il freddo at lygon st, carlton

italian pizza:
mark's place, swanston st, carlton

big mama, swanston st, carlton

dainty sze chuan, south yarra

jeen said...

I second dainty sze chuan

There's also a nobu in melbourne at crown casino. Lunches are reasonably priced and they do an excellent dessert - the suntory whisky cappuccino, which really isn't a cappuccino but you'll forgive them the misnomer because it's that good

Vue de monde on little collins if you're not on a budget. If you are, cafe vue is just next door and has very charming cardboard box lunch sets that change on a daily basis

Anonymous said...

flower drum at chinatown for chinese food...

or Old kingdom at smith street, collingwood for peking duck

Gigibaba on smith street is really good too

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smiley smiles said...

hello! I have been strongly recommended by a friend to visit hello! I have been strongly recommended to try Mercadante's at Lygon street for their chocolate pizza and also Ying Thai at Lygon Street for their green curry & pork skin salad. I didn't get a chance to as they were closed,hope u have better luck! Oh and if u have a sweet craving, do drop by Lindt's Cafe on Collin's Street for their fantastic calories pumping milkshakes, lava cake & macaroons. Have fun! :)

Anonymous said...

Asian: good yum cha (dim sum) at dragon boat chinatown or gold leaf at harbour town docklands. Nice chicken rice at coconut house on elizabeth st/franklin. Rose garden for spicy/ all rounder. Ling nam restaurant for meals, target centre (grand tofu) for yummy yeung tao fu and wantan mee.

Thai: Ying thai on lygon st where u could get italian food as well.

Dessert: Freddo gelato on lygon st, Grecco cake at crown casino, french crepes at flinders lane, best vanilla slice at french lettuce,PRICEY Lindt cafe and u know what? we have secret recipe here now at chapel st!

Chillout: bubble tea at ten ren on swanston st/lil collins, Max B at either QV or melb central, koko black on collins arcade/ lygon st

Fine dining: vue de monde for fine dining but they have a cafe which serves good cafe good as well on lil collins st or sk kilda road/toorak rd, brasserie in crown

Jap/korea: Han guuk guan on victoria st, izakaya hachibeh at bourke st, oriental spoon, big mama

AugustDiners said...

if only ive seen this earlier, could have written you a long report on food recommendations. :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

august diners: dont worry will need it in july!