Goats cheese

Sir Charles

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The Smash

(smashed avocado with dill oil, dukkah, goats cheese croquette, poached eggs on multigrain toast)

Crispy cheesy croquettes, perfectly poached eggs and an ample amount of smashed avocado that was a little salt heavy for me.

★★★☆☆

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Salmon Benedict

(panko crumbed eggs with Sriracha hollandaise, smoked salmon rillette, baby spinach and burnt chilli on roti)

My first reaction was: WHOA LOOK AT THAT HUGE CUT OF LEMON! Who actually needs that much lemon squeezed onto their dish? Massive lemon aside, this Salmon Benedict was seriously amazing! The combination of delicious ingredients worked very well together and I loved how the Sriracha hollandaise and burnt chilli gave this dish some gentle heat.

★★★★★

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Eton Mess Waffles

(Belgian waffle with crispy meringue, jelly tip ice cream, marshmallow and fresh berries)

This was without a doubt one of the most colourful brunch dishes I’ve ever had! The waffle itself was incredibly crispy and subtly salty which provided a wonderful balance to all the sweetness from the meringue, marshmallow and ice cream.

★★★★☆

Overall:

Excellent food, quick and friendly service, bright relaxing space. Sir Charles, I will see you again soon!

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Sir Charles

121 Johnston St, Fitzroy, VIC

(03) 9415 7077

http://www.sircharlesfitzroy.com.au/

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Tazio Birraria Pizzeria Cucina

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Porco Carne Pizza – tomato, mozzarella, pork and veal meatballs, goat’s cheese

Thin crispy base with delectable toppings.

★★★☆☆

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Pasta – linguine with prawns, garlic, chilli, white wine, extra virgin olive oil, rocket

Bland. Needed more garlic, chilli, and a squeeze of lemon.

★★☆☆☆

Overall:

It was a busy Saturday night at Tazio and I was absolutely ravenous. You know how food tends to taste better than usual when you are really hungry? Well this wasn’t the case on this particular night. Although the food was tasty, it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. The ambience on the balcony was nice and the service was average.

Tazio Birraria Pizzeria Cucina

66 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC

(03) 9654 9119

Tazio – Birraria Pizzeria & Cucina

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The Roving Marrow

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Manuka smoked duck breast, liver parfait, caramel apricot

Well cooked duck with a wonderful combination of flavours.

★★★☆☆

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Mozzarella pasta, peas, goats cheese

The mozzarella pasta was so amazingly smooth, while the fresh peas and goats cheese added incredible taste and texture.

★★★★★

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Whole wheat sour dough with burnt butter

Quality butter and delicious sourdough fresh from the oven.

★★★★☆

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Hen’s egg, smoked potato, shiitake, mushroom

Small but tasty.

★★★★☆

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Potato chips and dip

These triple cooked chips were ordinary however the wasabi aioli dip was seriously top-notch.

★★★☆☆

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Skull island prawn, creamed corn, kimchi salt

More delicious prawns please!

★★★☆☆

Roving Marrow

Strawberries, meringue, lychees, fragrant watermelon jelly

If only this strange watermelon jelly sheet contained something that looked and tasted more inspiring.

★★☆☆☆

Overall:

Sleek decor, attentive service, exceptional quality food. A place I would happily return to.

The Roving Marrow

418 Lygon St, Carlton, VIC

(03) 9347 7419

http://www.theastorcarlton.com.au/restaurant/

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ANOIA Artisan Pizza & Pasta Bar

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 Linguine Del Mare

(tiger prawns, calamari, cherry tomatoes, garlic, chilli)

★★★★☆

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Zucca Pizza

(bianco-fiore di latte, roasted pumpkin, pinenuts, rocket, goats cheese)

★★★☆☆

Overall:

As soon as we walked in, we were inundated with delicious smells coming from their open kitchen. Now the fit-out at Anoia is dark and sleek and although the place appears to be small, there is actually more seating available at the back of the restaurant. The food we sampled was delectable while the service was ordinary. Note that this place also does takeaway.

ANOIA Artisan Pizza & Pasta Bar

779 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, VIC

(03) 9819 2900

http://anoia.com.au/anoia/

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Rye Cafe

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Dukkah poached eggs served with roast pumpkin, spinach and goats cheese

Tasty, wholesome, and very filling.

★★★☆☆

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Corn and zucchini fritters served with poached eggs, homemade guacamole and tomato relish

These fritters were a bit burnt and woeful looking, and were unfortunately nothing out of the ordinary.

★★☆☆☆

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Berry Sensation Smoothie

(strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, apple, low fat yogurt, ice)

★★★☆☆

Banana Bomb Smoothie

(banana, honey, skim milk, vanilla yogurt)

★★★☆☆

Overall:

Located in a quiet shadowy corner within the bustling Showgrounds Village, Rye Cafe is often overlooked by many people passing by. However new owners Alanna and Eddie are in the midst of a revamp, so it won’t be long before we see a new and improved Rye Cafe that will undoubtably be noticed by all.

Rye Cafe

320 Epsom Road, Flemington, VIC

(03) 9376 3863

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*Disclaimer: I dined as a guest of Rye Cafe.

Code Black Coffee

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Leek and goat’s cheese croquettes with crispy pancetta, carrot puree, snow peas, baby carrots, toasted almonds and a poached egg

I enjoyed every single bite! Delicious flavours and perfect for those who love goat’s cheese.

★★★★☆

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The Brunswick Ploughman’s Lunch

(soft boiled egg, smoked eggplant, pickled fennel, house made feta, olives, fresh radish, pastourma, smoked yogurt and house made flatbread)

★★☆☆☆

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House made crumpets with orange and cinnamon ricotta, toasted pistachio, poached berries and vanilla syrup

★★☆☆☆

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Grilled roast mushroom sandwich with caramelised onion and gruyere cheese served with a mushroom broth

A great tasting sandwich however the broth was extremely salty and essentially tasted like soy sauce.

★★★★☆

Overall:

What can I say about Code Black Coffee? There was a lot of black: black building, black walls, black ceiling, black tables. This former warehouse offers high quality coffee and a wide variety elegantly presented food. I had my eye on the grilled banana bread before coming here and was a bit shattered when I found that it was no longer on the menu. It is meant to be amazing so I hope they bring it back in the future.

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Code Black Coffee

15-17 Weston St, Brunswick, VIC

(03) 9381 2330

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Vincent the Dog

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Green Tea Latte

★★☆☆☆

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Poached eggs, smoked salmon, goats cheese and avocado on sourdough

First thing I noticed about the eggs were the cling wrap marks on them. Nothing wrong with that as long as the eggs are properly poached (which they were).

★★☆☆☆

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Pulled pork shoulder open waffle sandwich with pickled red cabbage, coleslaw and chipotle aioli

Generous amount of pulled pork piled on top of a crispy waffle.

★★★☆☆

Overall:

This cosy little place offers more than your typical brunch menu items. Not only did they offer waffles and bagels, they also offered dishes such as Shanghai-style braised pork belly and Chinese donuts filled with melted cheese. The service and atmosphere were easy going however the limited seating deters me from coming here during the weekend. Note that this place is closed on Tuesdays.

Vincent the Dog

348 Drummond St, Carlton

(03) 9348 2068

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Pierre’s

 

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Tasmanian oysters

 ★★☆☆☆

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Chicken and duck rillette, fresh baguette, cornichons, apricot puree, lemon

★★☆☆☆

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House cured ocean trout, radish, beetroot, goats cheese

★★☆☆☆

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Cape Grim scotch fillet, shoestring fries, green salad, red wine jus, cafe de Paris butter

★★☆☆☆

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Cape Grim eye fillet, celeriac puree, wild mushrooms, tawny port reduction

Basically a pile of mushrooms with a TEENY TINY piece of average tasting steak underneath.

★★☆☆☆

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Duck a l’orange – confit duck leg, roasted chat potatoes, braised green beans, orange glaze

Overpowering orange glaze.

★★☆☆☆

Overall:

Extremely disappointing considering the number of awards they have received. The food was mediocre and pricey, the service was average and the red lighting gave this place a darkroom sort of feeling.

Pierre’s

88 George St, Launceston, TAS

(03) 6331 6835

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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. 

Woodland House

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Purple congo potato crisps

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House-cured Atlantic salmon, avocado, radish

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Goats cheese bavarois, watercress, spring greens

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Rockling, black barley, fenugreek

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Poached and roasted spatchcock, nicola potato, asparagus

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Tête de Moine cheese

So this particular cheese was prepared at the table using a girolle (cheese curler) which produced thin shavings that resembled rosettes. By creating a larger surface area, more oxygen was able to come into contact with the cheese and enhance its odour and flavour. Out of all the cheeses we sampled, this one was undoubtedly my favourite.

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 Farmhouse cheeses

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 Vanilla parfait, Yarra Valley berries, wild fennel

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Cocoa covered mixed nuts, yuzu jelly

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Herb and vegetable garden

Overall:

Established in an old Victorian mansion that was previously Jacques Reymond, Woodland House is a place of class and elegance. The decor is refined and the staff are extremely polite and attentive. The food is of a high standard as the kitchen is run by two of Jacques Reymond’s former chefs Thomas Woods and Hayden McFarland. We sampled the House Lunch menu and found every single dish to be fresh and enjoyable. The rockling and the spatchcock in particular were cooked to perfection, and the flavours of the vanilla parfait dessert were amazing. Note that this place is closed on Mondays.

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Woodland House

78 Williams Rd, Prahran, VIC

(03) 9525 2178

http://www.woodlandhouse.com.au/

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