Tapas

Mr Bond

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Spaghetti alle vongole

Light and full of flavour.

★★★★☆

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Curly pasta, slow cooked duck ragu, porcini, shaved pecorino

Rich and comforting, this dish was incredible from the first bite to the very last.

★★★★★

Overall:

We originally had set our sights on Thirty Eight Chairs, but after discovering that they weren’t open for lunch that day, we decided to try Mr Bond which is their sister restaurant and right next door. We were seated in the courtyard which was fine except some fans would have been nice as it was such a hot day that I became stuck to my chair in no time. Service was friendly and the food authentically Italian. A great experience but I’m still keen on trying Thirty Eight Chairs one day.

Mr Bond

2 Bond St, South Yarra, VIC

(03) 9827 5553

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Rumi

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Crispy fried whiting, tahini sauce, dukka

★★★☆☆

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Sigara boregi with haloumi, feta and kasseri

★★★★☆

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King prawns, olive oil, lemon myrtle salt

★★★★☆

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Fried cauliflower, sweet onions, currants, pine nuts

★★★★★

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Fish of the day

★★★★☆

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Macadamia baklava ice cream sandwich

★★★☆☆

Overall:

Modern Middle Eastern fare at its best. The food was fantastic as was the quick friendly service. We had no idea what to order and our waitress was extremely helpful with her recommendations. I am certainly returning and am also looking forward to visiting the owners’ other restaurant The Moor’s Head.

Rumi

116 Lygon Street, Brunswick, VIC

(03) 9388 8255

http://rumirestaurant.com.au/

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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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The Garden of Good & Evil

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Baked scallops with garlic and chilli butter

Well cooked but tasted purely of butter.

★★★☆☆

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Street Corn

★★☆☆☆

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Twice cooked pork belly with Asian slaw and micro herbs

Great flavours except the pork belly skin was extremely chewy and difficult to cut/bite through.

★★★☆☆

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Soft shell crab tacos with smashed avocado, salsa fresca and chipotle aioli

Crispy crab with a delicious combination of ingredients.

★★★★☆

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Beef brisket sliders with smoked hickory BBQ sauce

★★★☆☆

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Seafood paella with tiger prawns, calamari, mussels, barramundi and saffron rice

This was in the ‘something bigger’ section of the menu so I was expecting something well…bigger. This dish was a little salt heavy otherwise the flavours were good and the seafood plentiful.

★★★☆☆

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Trio of vegetable crisps

An interesting mix of sweet potato, potato and red cabbage.

★★☆☆☆

Overall:

The inside dining area was poorly lit so we decided to grab a table in the lovely back courtyard. Service was friendly and the food enjoyable. Note that the $10 paellas are only available 12-4pm on Sundays.

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The Garden of Good & Evil

13 Station Rd, Cheltenham, VIC

(03) 9585 6067

http://www.thegardenchelt.com.au/

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Bomba Downstairs

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Natural Oysters

★★☆☆☆

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Sourdough and Olive Oil

★★★☆☆

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Charcuterie

★★☆☆☆

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Smoked Eel Croqueta

★★★★☆

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Pumpkin Soup with Candied Pistachio

★★★★☆

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Moorish Spiced Lamb Cutlet

★★☆☆☆

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Charcoal Grilled Corn with Dried Maize

★★★★☆

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Quail with Pistachio and Buckwheat

★★★☆☆

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Pedro Ximenez Braised Pork Jowl with Celeriac

★★★☆☆

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Freekah Salad with Cauliflower, Almonds, Barberries, Sumac and Mint

★★☆☆☆

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Chargrilled Bay Bug with Lime Pil Pil

★★★★☆

Overall:

The 9 course set menu was amazing! The courses came out at a perfect pace, the food was delicious and it was also great value for money. Service was friendly and efficient, and the atmosphere lively. I look forward to returning to this place.

Bomba Downstairs

103 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC

(03) 9077 0451

http://bombabar.com.au/

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Gyoza Gyoza

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Salmon Tataki

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Tuna Tataki

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Soba Noodle Soup

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Yaki Hotate

(baked Japanese scollops with creamy miso sauce)

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Lobster Mini Burgers

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Panfried Miso Eggplant and Duck Gyoza

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Kinoko Hoiru-yaki

(foil baked mix mushrooms with ponzu butter sauce)

Overall:

What makes Gyoza Gyoza such an appealing place is that all their dishes are $6.50. With more than 80 Japanese tapas style dishes to choose from, we spent a fair amount of time deliberating over the menu. We had high expectations with the gyoza (due to the restaurant name) but they turned out to be rather ordinary and also smaller than expected. In fact most of the dishes we sampled turned out to be quite ordinary, with the only stand out dish being the baked scallops. Service was average and the small tables meant that it became a tetris challenge trying to fit all our dishes onto the table. Gyoza Gyoza may not offer the best Japanese food, but they do offer a wide variety for a decent price.

Gyoza Gyoza

115-117 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, CBD

(03) 9663 0801

http://www.gyozagyoza.com.au/

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Salt House

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Korean Style Beef Carpaccio with soy gel, pickled ginger and kimchi

★★★★☆

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Beetroot and Belvedere cured Salmon with kohlrabi and horseradish slaw and watermelon radish

★★★☆☆

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Vegan Cottage Pie with beetroot salsa and mint salad

★★☆☆☆

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Peruvian Style Quinoa and Borlotti Bean Salad

(quinoa, borlotti beans, coriander, mint, roasted red peppers, blistered tomato, chilli and lime dressing)

★★☆☆☆

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Sticky Sesame Soy Beef with cold soba noodles and pickled ginger salad

★★★☆☆

Overall:

Located at Marina Point, Salt House offers stunning views of the ocean, marina and surrounding mountains. Add to that professional service, elegant atmosphere and a $28 lunch set menu, this place makes for a pleasant dining experience.

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Salt House

6/2 Pier Point Rd, Cairns, QLD

(07) 4041 7733

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