Tapas

Rice Paper Scissors

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Crispy Barramundi ‘Yam Pla Foo’

(tapioca dusted barramundi with a green apple and roast cashew salad and nahm jim dressing)

= ★★★

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Betel Leaf ‘Miang Kham’

(topped with a tiger prawn, banana blossom and toasted coconut salad)

= ★★★

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Crying Tiger ‘Seua Rong Hai’

(chargrilled beef with a spicy citrus dipping sauce)

= ★★

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Balinese Roast Duck ‘Bebek Betutu’

(baked in banana leaf and spices served with coconut sambal and betel leaves)

= ★★★

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Crispy Coconut Wafer ‘Banh Xeo’

(filled with pork, prawn, bean shoots and fresh herbs)

= ★★

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 Banana Roti

(sugar banana, Nutella and peanut filled roti served with condensed milk)

= ★★

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Kaffir Lime Splice

(kaffir lime and Thai basil granita with homemade coconut ice cream)

= ★★★

Overall:

Fresh colourful dishes that are designed to be shared, bustling atmosphere and efficient service. Rock Paper Scissors is another one of those places that don’t take bookings for dinner so unless you get there at 6pm, expect a wait. We went on a Wednesday night and waited for more than an hour to get a table. Was it worth the wait? Nah, not really.

Rice Paper Scissors

19 Liverpool St, Melbourne

9663 9890

http://www.ricepaperscissors.com.au

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K-Tarng

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 How many places do you know have HAND WRITTEN menus? Respect.

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Green Tea Rice Punch

A sweet punch with whole rice grains and a strong green tea flavour.

★★★☆☆

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Kimchi Pancake

Everything a great kimchi pancake should be: crispy, smoky, spicy, flavoursome. Extra points for it being shaped into a star.

★★★★☆

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Corn Cheese

The added sugar made this too sweet for my liking.

★★☆☆☆

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Pork Ramen

Instant ramen noodles with a generous amount of tender pork and crispy vegetables. The broth was deliciously smoky and the aroma reminded me of a Chinese stir fry.

★★★☆☆

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Original Fried Chicken and Oriental Chicken (honey, garlic and soy)

The original fried chicken lacked a bit of flavour but was so incredibly CRISPY. You could probably hear someone taking a bite of this chicken from the other side of the room! Whereas the Oriental Chicken was less crispy due to the sauce but was nicely flavoured.

★★★★☆

Overall:

Warm cosy interior, friendly service, satisfying Korean fare. Note that this place is closed on Mondays and that they are cash only.

K-Tarng

45 Koornang Rd, Carnegie

9972 9197

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Lorem Ipsum

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Tomato and mozzarella macaron

Crab, corn, yogurt and yuzu sake canapés

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Scallops, black pudding, triple-cream mash

Sticky pork pancake, sweet pickle, togarashi mayo

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Beef brisket, sauerkraut and secret sauce on brioche

Braised lamb, caramelised shallot puree, pickled onion, salt bush

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Passionfruit tartlet

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Base Camp Northcote

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Onion Bhaji

Crispy fried onion rings served with sweet tamarind chutney

★★☆☆☆

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Butter Chicken

Tandoori roasted chicken tikka cooked in a rich tomato butter cream sauce

★★★☆☆

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Cheese and Garlic Naan

We couldn’t decide whether to get the cheese naan or the garlic naan, so our waitress suggested that we get both. It was a great choice as this naan was simply soft and delicious!

★★★☆☆

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Baigan Aur Mirchi Ka Salaan

Eggplant and capsicum in a slightly piquant sesame, tomato and coconut sauce

★★★☆☆

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Pilau Rice

Fragrant and delectable

★★★☆☆

Overall:

The food here was certainly impressive and the portions were good, while the service was prompt and the atmosphere casual.  This place is one of the better Indian restaurants that I have been to in a while, and undoubtedly worth a visit.

Base Camp Northcote

102 High St, Northcote, VIC

(03) 9482 1168

http://www.basecamprestaurant.com.au/

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Breslin Bar & Grill

3 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank 9686 2110

 

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Pork Ribs (half rack)

Fantastic melt in your mouth ribs covered in a sweet sticky sauce

=★★★

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Wagyu Beef Burger with Twice cooked thick cut chips

(wagyu beef, Swiss cheese, caramelised onion, truffle mayonnaise, tomato, baby cos lettuce)

= ★★

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 Chorizo Croquettes

= ★★

Overall:

A friend of mine mentioned how great the ribs are at Breslin Bar & Grill and thankfully I was not disappointed. The ribs here are slow cooked for 16 hours and are then char grilled over a wood fire. A must try for those who are a fan of ribs. Ambience was great and the service was prompt.

 

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Shizuku Ramen

309 Victoria Street, Abbotsford 9995 8180

 

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Ramen Burger

Thoughts:

Ramen Burger – tightly packed ramen noodle “patty” buns with candied pork belly, salad, plum and prune sauce, and kewpie mayonnaise. I had been looking forward to trying out this burger for a while but was left slightly disappointed after taking my first bite. I somehow felt cheated. I wasn’t getting a great burger and I wasn’t getting a great noodle dish either. Although the pork belly was sweet and tender, there were only two small pieces which meant that halfway through the burger I was left with only noodle buns and salad. As for the noodles themselves, they were quite soft which made the burger difficult to keep intact. It got very messy and towards the end I had to set down my burger and use a pair of chopsticks = Not bad

Overall:

The novelty of a Ramen burger was what attracted me to this place. I found the burger to be something different but not something that I would ever crave. Perhaps I would have liked the Eggplant Ramen burger more (which I wanted to try but they had ran out of eggplant by early lunchtime). The service was ordinary and the decor here was strikingly dark (black walls, black ceiling, dark furniture).

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Bistro Goemon

281 Glen Huntly Rd, Elsternwick 9523 9900

 

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Frozen umeshu (plum wine)

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Sweet corn kara-age

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Spicy pork salad

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Satsuma-age

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Seared scallops with mountain vegetables

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Assorted sashimi

Thoughts:

Sweet corn kara-age – lightly fried sweetcorn, sprinkled with seaweed salt. As the corn had been fried, it was chewy instead of juicy = Not bad

Spicy pork salad – sliced pork mixed with shredded vegetables and a Japanese chili soy dressing. A light refreshing salad = Good

Satsuma-age – fried fish cakes mixed with edamame and octopus = Not bad

Scallops – tasty scallops that were lightly seared and nicely flavoured with Japanese seven spice = Good

Assorted sashimi – chef’s choice of 10 pieces of fresh sashimi, served with an assortment of seaweed = Good

 

Overall:

Good service, a comfortable atmosphere, quality Japanese fusion (which comes as no surprise as the the owner and head chef of this place used to work at Nobu and Akachochin)

 

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