Bibimfresh

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Bibimfresh Signature Bowl

(kale, oak leaf, onion, pear, red cabbage, carrots and sashimi served with chojang sauce)

Fresh and healthy!

★★★☆☆

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Kim Mari

(deep fried seaweed rolls filled with glass noodles)

I had never come across anything like this before so was curious to try these out. These little parcels of deep fried goodness had great crunch but needed the dipping sauce as they were quite bland.

★★★☆☆

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Ddokbokki Carbonara

(rice cakes served with Korean style carbonara sauce, mushroom, prawns and bacon)

Small portion aside, I really enjoyed this carbonara dish! And the combination with the ddokbokki wasn’t anything extreme so this dish worked well for me.

★★★★☆

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Spicy Seafood and Tofu Soup

(spicy soup with soft tofu, vegetables, and seafood served with white rice)

Mildly spicy with lots of tofu.

★★★☆☆

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Kimchi Fried Rice

(kimchi fried rice, pork, fried egg)

The runny yolk mixed with the spicy fried rice made this really tasty.

★★★☆☆

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Matcha Cake

This delicate sponge cake wasn’t overly sweet (which was nice), and had a distinctive matcha taste.

★★★★☆

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I loved all the awesome air plants that they had on each table.

Overall:

Bibimfresh isn’t your typical Korean joint. This place is bright and spacious, and offers a unique menu of delicious fusion food. From customised quinoa bibimbap and green juice to fried chicken and poutine fries, there is definitely something here for everyone.

Bibimfresh

Shop 9, 108 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC

(03) 9654 2371

https://bibimfresh.com/

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Mugen Ramen & Bar

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Wafu Ramen

(soy sauce and dashi broth, house made thin noodles, slow cooked pork, bamboo shoots, seaweed)

★★★☆☆

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Tori Soba

(chicken broth with Himalayan pink salt, house made special wavy noodles, chicken meatballs, slow cooked chicken breast slices, bamboo shoots, spring onion)

★★★★☆

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Goma Tsukemen

(sesame soy sauce broth, house made thick noodles, slow cooked pork, bamboo shoots, seaweed)

★★★☆☆

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Matcha Creme Brulee with Hot Green Tea

Although there was a good amount of matcha flavour, this creme brulee was lumpy and still needed more time to set properly.

★★★☆☆

Overall:

We sat at some bar seats on the ground floor, which gave us perfect views of the kitchen and the chefs in action. I can’t say that this was the best ramen I’ve ever had but I can say that the service was quick and that the ambience was more sophisticated than most typical ramen bars.

Note that this place is closed on Sundays.

Mugen Ramen & Bar

11 Bligh Place, Melbourne, VIC

(03) 9620 3647

http://www.mensousaimugen.com/

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Roti & Roti

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Chicken Satay Skewers

Tender, flavoursome, fabulous!

★★★★★

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Seafood Curry Laksa

(noodles in a spicy coconut curry gravy with prawns, fish cake, squid, eggplant, tofu puffs, beancurd skin, bean sprouts)

One of the best laksas I’ve had in a while. Smooth curry that wasn’t too oily, plentiful ingredients and a decent serving size.

★★★★☆

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Roti Canai with Curry Chicken

I couldn’t leave a place called Roti & Roti without trying their roti. Good thing I did because it was delicious.

★★★★☆

Overall:

A no frills kind of place where the food is amazing and everything is self service (ie. you order at the counter, and you get your own cutlery and drinks). This is the place I’m heading to from now on to satisfy my Malaysian food cravings.

Roti & Roti

1139 Glen Huntly Rd, Glen Huntly, VIC

(03) 9077 1495

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Glass Merchants

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GM Eggs Benedict

(12 hour braised beef cheek cooked in green apple and spices, raw spinach, two poached eggs and harissa hollandaise on a milk bun)

The beef cheek was incredibly tender, the eggs perfectly poached, and the hollandaise really good.

★★★★☆

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King Smoked Salmon

(salmon, harissa polenta, goats yogurt, broccolini, roasted heirloom tomatoes and two poached eggs)

A tasty dish however a bit more salmon would have been nice.

 ★★★☆☆

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Acai Berry Smoothie (banana, chia seed, cinnamon, almond milk, cocnut water, protein powder)

Mango and Passionfruit Smoothie (pineapple, frozen yogurt, protern powder, almond milk)

Super filling and were almost a meal themselves. And how awesome are their glasses?

★★★☆☆

Overall:

I loved the eclectic feel that this place had with its quirky mixture of pop art and rustic design. Located in a warehouse that was previously a glazing company, Glass Merchants offers a menu of well known classics with a fresh twist on them. We also found out that this place is often rented out at night for various pop up restaurants which is such a great idea considering how impressive this space is. There is also ample parking right next to the building which makes visiting really easy. A place worth checking out if you are in the area.

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Glass Merchants

63-65 Nelson St, Balaclava, VIC

(03) 8528 0118

http://www.glassmerchantsbalaclava.com/

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*Disclaimer: I dined as a guest of Glass Merchants.

Maker & Monger

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Flaming Reubens in the making

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Flaming Reuben

(artisan rye bread, mustard, home made sauerkraut, Cape Grim brisket pastrami, cheese)

★★★★★

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All American

(2 American cheddars, onions, parsley, artisan sourdough, cultured butter)

★★★★★

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Pimento Grill

(southern pimento cheese mix, cayenne pepper, artisan sourdough, cultured butter)

★★★★★

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Swiss Raclette, Heritage Potatoes, Shiitake Mushrooms, Cornichons

★★★★☆

Brioche, Bechamel, Truffles

★★★☆☆

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Mmmmmm look at that cheese!

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Cheese For Sale

Overall:

Rejoice cheese lovers for your prayers have been answered! No words can describe how absolutely AMAZING the cheese toasties here are! Each bite is perfection with their range of quality mouthwatering cheeses and their superlative toasting technique. I highly recommend Maker & Monger for all you cheese lovers out there!

Note that this place is closed on Mondays and Wednesdays.

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Maker & Monger

Prahran Market, Stall 25, 163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra, VIC

0413 900 490

http://www.makerandmonger.com.au/

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Anshumann Da Dhaba

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Complimentary papadums

★★★☆☆

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Fish Malabari

★★★☆☆

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Dhaba Eggplant Masala

★★☆☆☆

Butter Chicken

★★☆☆☆

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Garlic Naan

There was hardly any garlic flavour and ghee was used.

★★☆☆☆

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Biriyani Rice

★★☆☆☆

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Badam Shake

This was very sweet and considerably grainy (from the blended almonds) so chewing was needed with each sip.

★★☆☆☆

Overall:

I can’t say the food stood out but the service certainly did. But not in a good way. So once we had been seated and were ready to order, we attempted to get the attention of one of the wait staff. There were at least 4 of them standing close the counter just staring out into the dining area. We managed to get the attention of a few of them but as soon as they saw us, they would look the other way or turn around. It was so bizarre because they weren’t doing anything to begin with. Someone eventually came to take our orders and when we asked her what she suggested from the menu, she wasn’t very helpful. At one point we asked her what her favourite dish was from the menu and her response was “nothing”. It was kind of funny in a way.

Anshumann Da Dhaba

331 Clayton Rd, Clayton, VIC

(03) 9544 2291

http://www.anshumanndadhaba.com.au/index.php

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Shimbashi Soba & Sake Bar

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Kamo Nan Soba

(noodles with sliced seasoned duck meat and mushrooms in a warm soup)

Aside from the tough chewy duck that was in the soup, everything was really good.

★★★★☆

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Salmon Salad Soba

(chilled noodles with salmon sashimi and green salad topped with basil sauce)

A refreshing salad with nicely seared salmon.

★★★★☆

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Agedashi Tofu

(deep fried tofu in a soy based broth)

★★★☆☆

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Complimentary potato salad

★★★☆☆

Overall:

Look no further for fresh authentic soba noodles! Using Tasmanian buckwheat, an in-house Japanese stone mill produces buckwheat flour daily which is then used to make their hand-kneaded noodles. Service was friendly however the arrival of our food was very staggered. Note that this place only accepts lunch reservations, so arrive early for dinner or expect a bit of a wait.

Shimbashi Soba & Sake Bar

17 Liverpool St, Melbourne, VIC

(03) 9654 6727

http://www.shimbashisobamelbourne.net/

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