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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Percy’s Aeroplane Cafe

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Matcha Hotcakes

(green tea hotcakes sandwiched between a Nutella brioche donut drizzled with chocolate ganache, pistachio and a dollop of whipped cream served with fresh and reduced red berries)

Deliciously decadent without being excessively sweet.

★★★★☆

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Percy Thyme

(roasted mushrooms infused with thyme and garlic, tossed through baby spinach and served on smashed avocado and multigrain toast, served with dukkah, goats curd and a poached egg)

A good solid dish however the serving size of this used to be larger.

★★★☆☆

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Pulled Pork Benedict

(poached eggs smothered in apple cider hollandaise, apple, roast pumpkin, onion, garlic and carrot, resting on a toasted pan de mie bun)

The toasted bun was surprisingly incredible! Generously buttered, soft in the middle and ultra crispy around the edges. The rest of the dish was also quite tasty however the rubbery overcooked eggs were a disappointing let down.

★★★☆☆

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Matcha latte

Weak and watery.

★★☆☆☆

Overall:

A friend of mine suggested this place for a recent catchup and I was pleasantly surprised with our experience. The atmosphere was comfortable and although we were seated by ourselves all the way in the back room, the service was great as the wait staff continually checked up on us to refill our water and ask if we needed anything. What I also liked about this place was the staff’s interest on customer feedback. Apart from asking the usual question of whether or not we enjoyed our meals, we were asked about our thoughts on the Matcha Hotcakes, which were a new menu item (eg. Was the serving size adequate? Was the dish sweet enough?). Serving sizes in general could be improved, but I’d still return if I was in the area.

Percy’s Aeroplane Cafe

96 Denmark Street, Kew, VIC

(03) 9939 7642

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Barry

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Ricotta hot cake, apple, cinnamon creme, crumble

Crispy edges, soft centre, and had just the right amount of sweetness.

★★★★☆

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Benedict eggs, slow braised free range ham hock, apple cider hollandaise, granny’s apples, potato hash

Perfectly poached eggs, tender flavourful ham hock, tasty but stingy amount of potato hash.

★★★☆☆

Overall:

There were a few unusual menu items that I wanted to try (eg. activated charcoal porridge and even the crunchy peanut butter and tomatoes on toast) however we ended up playing it safe with our choices and had no regrets doing so. With delicious food and helpful service, it’s no surprise this place is always crowded.

Barry

85 High St, Northcote, VIC

(03) 9481 7623

http://www.barrycoffeeandfood.com/

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Mum’s Burger Kitchen

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Pamela Burger

(double beef patty, double cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, garlic aioli, tomato relish)

This burger was huge and multiple bites were needed for me to get through all the layers. The taste reminded me of a Hungry Jack’s whopper except with less of a flame grilled flavour.

★★★☆☆

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Macaroni and Cheese

Kind of tasted like instant mac and cheese.

★★☆☆☆

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Barbara Burger

(beef, cheese, spinach, roast pumpkin, eggplant, beetroot, onion, tomato relish, avocado, basil pesto)

Really tasty. I’d definitely order this again.

★★★★☆

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Bad Boy Chips

These chips took a really long time to come out but at least they were super fresh albeit underseasoned.

★★★☆☆

Overall:

The buns and burger fillings were great however the beef patties were inconsistent. Some parts would have a nice char-grill flavour, while other parts had no flavour at all. Service was friendly but seats are limited so it’s a good idea to book a table if you plan on dining during peak times. Otherwise you can simply order takeaway and enjoy your burgers somewhere else.

Mum’s Burger Kitchen

Boronia Village, 5/159 Boronia Rd, Boronia, VIC

(03) 9761 3363

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Chimac

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Kimchi Carnitas

(shoestring chips, caramelized kimchi, spicy pork, fresh tomato salsa, mozzarella cheese)

★★★★☆

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Aged Kimchi Pancake

(kimchi, onion, scallion)

★★★★☆

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Bulgogi Quesadilla

★★☆☆☆

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Fried Chicken – Bloody Sweet (chilli paste base) and Ultra Crispy (salt and parsley)

★★☆☆☆

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Spicy Pork Burrito

(spicy pork, steamed rice, tomato salsa, crispy coleslaw, jalapenos)

★★★☆☆

Overall:

It was a bit of a shame that there were so many unavailable menu items on the night that we visited as the menu here isn’t that big to begin with. That being said, what we did manage to order was tasty and satisfying. So if you haven’t had Korean-Mexican fusion before (or you’ve had but are looking for somewhere decent), give this cosy little place a try.

Chimac

Shop 1, 39-47 Peel Street, West Melbourne, VIC

(03) 9939 5916

http://www.chimac.com.au/

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Red Spice Road

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Chiang Mai pork relish with cassava crackers

This relish had such fantastic punch! A harmonious blend of sour, sweet, salty and spicy flavours made this pork relish very Thai and very delicious.

★★★★☆

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Tamarind chilli chicken with red peppers and green onion

Sweet, sticky, spicy, standard.

★★☆☆☆

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Pork belly, chilli caramel, apple slaw, black vinegar

Just as amazing as everyone says it is! The pork was melt-in-your-mouth tender and had a marvellous crispy skin, while the vinegar balanced out the sweetness of the chilli caramel sauce.

★★★★★

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Barramundi, watermelon, cucumber, hot mint, chilli and coriander salad

I liked this salad except for all the soggy pieces of fried fish. If only the fish had been served on top of the salad rather than tossed into it.

★★★☆☆

Overall:

We ordered the $29.50 per person Express Lunch Banquet which included an appetiser, 3 mains and steamed rice. The servings were surprisingly generous making this banquet option fantastic value for money. Although I’m not the biggest fan of their circular communal tables, I do like the atmosphere and I would definitely come back for the pork belly!

Red Spice Road

27 McKillop St, Melbourne, VIC

(03) 9603 1601

http://redspiceroad.com/

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