Della Nonna's Bruschetta
844 Glenferrie Rd
Hawthorn Vic 3122
We visited Della Nonna in November 08 for a Sunday lunch... as it was so long ago I can't remember the exact prices or menu details, sorry! It was a little pricey for a casual Sunday lunch, but I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it!
Wagyu carpaccio... or was it bresoala? I can't remember... but I remember it tasted great and came with rocket, salty olives and fresh anchovies. Such a great combo!
Koliba Czech and Slovak Restaurant
11 Johnston St
Collingwood Vic 3066
Duck kiev with 2 red cabbage, sweet & sour cabbage and potato dumplings - $22.50
Another visit to our favourite Czech and Slovak restaurant. (Well, it's the only one we know of, but we really like it!) Special of the day was duck with 2 types of cabbage. (Just like in Prague!) Ooooh yeah. Service is super-friendly, and has gotten a lot smoother since the first time we went. Lovely!
295 Drummond Street
Carlton Vic 3053
Buffalo mozzarella with speck - $24
We love D.O.C. The pizze, the mozzarella!!!! My cousin Barry (quite the wine buff) was intrigued by my Facebook status: "I'm looking forward to the pizza and prosecco at D.O.C!", and asked if they went well together. Please, everything goes well with prosecco. In addition to the speck e mozzarella, we had porcini pizza, Napolitana pizza (mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, anchovies) and pimped-up margherita (i.e. with luxurious buffalo mozzarella). Delicioso.
JJ's Bar and Grill
We had a stunning meal at JJ's for my brother's birthday this year. (Previous visit in '06 blogged here). The highlights included:
Grilled Scampi and Scallop Risotto - $19.50 (entree)
Yellowtail king fish with pine nut salsa and citrus reduction - $36.50
12-18 Yarra Place
South Melbourne Vic 3205
Zucchini fritters with baby spinach, a fried egg, grilled halloumi and beetroot relish
I came here the first time for a coffee tasting event (blogged in detail by Claire), and knew from the funky set-up and insane focus on coffee quality that my bro would love it. We came a couple of weeks later, and were suitably impressed. My bro's gf ordered the zucchini fritters with baby spinach, a fried egg, grilled halloumi and beetroot relish. The combination was great, and the halloumi just put it over the top. I've just moved offices to South Melbourne, so I envisage that I'll be visiting St. Ali much more often. Yay! (I should add, that the next time I visited, I ordered the fritters for myself, and they were still raw on the inside... Eek! But a trip to St. Ali is worth it, just for the coffee alone).
Belgian Beer Cafe
557 St Kilda Road
Melbourne Vic 3004
(03) 9529 2899
Beef Pie with peas and mashed potatoes
We always have fun at the Belgian Beer Garden. (Way better than the similar, but crappier Little Creatures Dining Hall). This visit was on a cold day, so we went inside the cafe itself for hot food rather than standing around outside with beers. I seem to recall we all had an intense craving for waffles... but had to get through some frites, a pie, a croque monsieur, some escargot and some beers first, hehe. That was shared between 4 of us! Previous visit blogged here.
Ambrosia Mediterranean Cuisine
221 Camberwell Road
Hawthorn East VIC 3122
Ambrosia is a friendly yet professional family-run restaurant. Servings are generous and the food is super-fresh. Very nice!
Fresh Sardines - price forgotten (approx $20??)
Jel (the owner) gets up at the crack of dawn every morning to bake his own bread. Yummm.
400 Bridge Rd
Richmond Vic 3121
Quail's eggs wrapped in bacon
I like going to Maedaya when I start to miss smoky Japanese izakaya and kushi-katsu bars. Or just when I want a good feed and good sake at even better prices. I like to sit upstairs so I can order some yakitori (like the incredibly delicious quail egg and bacon you see above), and then get stuck into grilling my own meats over a smoky little brazier.
Hot Tip: don't wash your hair before you visit. And the free sauces kick ass.
I *heart* Melbourne!