Cocktail

Mama’s Buoi

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Mama’s Buoi is all about authentic home-style Vietnamese cuisine. Unlike other Vietnamese restaurants, this place offers more than just pho noodle soup and rice paper rolls. Co-owner Tin Ly explained to us that he could never get his favourite Vietnamese dish “caramelised pork belly hot pot” from anywhere but home. I had never even heard of this dish before and couldn’t wait to try it out.

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Chicken and pork liver pate with sesame crackers

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Pulled duck pancakes with hoi sin sauce

DSC07659Rice noodles stuffed with pork, mushroom and fried shallot

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Shell on school prawns with salt, pepper and citrus

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Steak roll Vietnamese salad wrap with citrus and green chilli dressing

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 Reconstructed Can Chua (sour soup) with fried noodles, mussels, calamari and prawn

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Ginger chicken stir fry with bok choi

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Steamed barramundi wrapped in bamboo with lemongrass, chilli and citrus dressing

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Mushroom and snow pea stir fry

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Caramelised pork belly hot pot with boiled egg

DSC07741Reconstructed three colour drink with black jelly, pandan jelly, rum and mung bean puree, basil seeds, jack fruit and coconut milk

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Lychee & Watermelon Martini

(vodka and lychee liqueur muddled with lychees and watermelon)

Overall:

Talk about being well fed. Not only did the food look amazing, it also tasted fresh and delicious. The standout dishes for me were the chicken and pork liver pate, the shell on school prawns, the reconstructed three colour drink and of course the caramelised pork belly hot pot! The cocktail list here was also quite interesting. I wasn’t daring enough to try their ‘pho’ cocktail, however I was pretty happy with my lychee & watermelon martini.

Mama’s Buoi has opened me up to a whole new range of Vietnamese food. With its cheery homely atmosphere (bright colours, raw timber tables, festoon lighting, photo album-like menu), this is a place I would gladly return to.

Mamas Buoi

Mama’s Buoi

G25 Postal Lane, GPO, Melbourne, VIC

(03) 9671 3426

http://www.mamasbuoi.com.au/

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*Disclaimer: I dined as a guest of Mama’s Buoi. 

Innocent Bystander Winery

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Wood fired pizza – spicy pork sausage, buffalo mozzarella, San Marzano tomato, chilli

Thin crispy base, spicy herby topping.

★★★☆☆

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 Moscato Granita and Moscato & Sipsmith Summer Cocktail

Both drinks were very refreshing however I enjoyed the granita more as it was sweeter.

★★★★☆

Overall:

Try the Moscato, it is fantastic.

Innocent

Innocent Bystander Winery

336 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville, VIC

(03) 5962 6111

http://www.innocentbystander.com.au/

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Miss Fitzy’s

I was invited to a menu tasting at Miss Fitzy’s a little while ago and had the pleasant opportunity to sample a range of their mouthwatering dishes.

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Monica’s Melting Majik

(Van Gogh coconut vodka, strega liqueur, housemade chai syrup, coconut water, candied cherry)

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Smoked quail, parsley and mustard fruits on rye

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Spicy fried school prawns served with garlic aioli

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Organic tomato, buffalo mozzarella, herbs

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Roasted squid, chorizo, parsley, pickled onion

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Smoked chicken wings, pork belly, mustard fruits

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 Grilled Robbins Island wagyu bavette steak, poached quail eggs, truffle

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Scallops, bacon, truffle, watercress, black caviar

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 Grilled goats’ cheese, beetroot, quinoa, hazelnut

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Whole 1kg crispy fried snapper, asparagus, sauce grenobloise

(deboned and reconstructed!)

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 Asparagus, snow peas, parmesan & egg

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 Smoked saskia beer corn fed chicken, roasted celeriac, brussel sprouts

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 Cape Grim black Angus 2+ Tri Tip, charred onions, roasted carrots, duck fat potato

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Bitter chocolate, olive oil & peanut brittle, brown butter sherbet

Cinnamon doughnut custard, chocolate, coffee, shortbread

Rhubarb & pear jelly, liquid puff pastry, prune and Armagnac ice cream

Overall:

Located at the beach end of Fitzroy Street in St Kilda, Miss Fitzy’s is a great place to head to if you are after a tasty sharing menu or a decent late night feed. The menu has French and Spanish influences and has been created by head chef Lachy Cashman (Circa, Sloaney Pony, Salsa Bar and Grill Port Douglas) who has a background in butchery and meat curing. So it came as no surprise to discover that Miss Fitzy’s has their own custom-built smoker and curing room. Every dish I sampled was terrific but I particularly enjoyed the prawns, smoked chicken wings, scallops and the duck fat chips (oh so amazing!). The decor here is simple and chic, with impressive 1920s inspired murals along the back walls. Note that this place is closed on Mondays.

Miss Fitzy’s

23 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, VIC

(03) 9537 1653

http://missfitzys.com.au/

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*Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest of Miss Fitzy’s.