Monday, November 23, 2015

Fukuyru Ramen

1/22-26 Corrs Lane
VIC 3000

Merry suggested Fukuyru Ramen  as a lunch venue, and although I had passed by its location right at the top of Corrs lane, I hadn't eaten there and was happy to give it a try.

Once inside the doorway you head straight up a flight of stairs to a surprisingly light and airy space, just one floor up, I guess the white walls and big lights help!

After a few moments staring at the large menu on the wall behind the counter we both ordered. 

I went for the Winter shio ramen featuring chicken and fish broth, Japanese fishcakes and braised raddish, along with the seaweed and egg. It was a satisfying combination of flavours with lots going on!

Merry's bowl chicken broth and ramen arrived first up...

...followed a little later by the panko-crumbed chicken breast, which looked great.

Both bowls came in around the $12 mark. The service was a little slow given it was fairly quiet, and the chicken took even longer... If you aren't in a masive hurry, it is worth heading up Corrs Lane to seek out Fukuyru Ramen.

Fukuryu Ramen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Arbory

Flinders Walk

We visited the Arbory on a sunny spring evening and after some searching found ourselves a pair of stools overlooking the river and in the shade of the trees that I assume influenced the name. It is a great location and the establishment makes great use of the strip of outdoor space between Flinders Street Station and the river.

There had been a horse race on, which meant there where plenty of frocks, hats and suits on display, among the more casually dressed punters. Despite the volume of people the wait to order wasn't too long and our pre-visit perusal of the menu meant we knew what we wanted to order. My schooner of Coopers green ended up never settling so I returned the murky glass and it was happily exchanged with a Mountain Goat.

It didn't take long for the food to appear. The crumbed mushroom and haloumi burger also featured tomato relish and salad and was a winner, with the crunch of the crumb and lettuce complementing the juicy 'shroom and cheese.

I had the Fish and Chip roll. I checked before ordering that the chips came separately, as although the pom in me loves a chip butty, I wasn't convinced that a regular bun could resonably hold that much. In fact only the generous battered piece of fish along with remoulade and lettuce sat pinned between the soft pillows of bread. The combination proved satisfyingly easy to eat and my only reservation was the speed which it slipped down at!

Both our meals came with decent portions of crinkle cut chips which hit the spot and ensured we left with our hunger satisfied.

The service was efficient in the face of the busy establishment and courteous even when dealing with the beer issue. The two burgers came to a fairly reasonable $31 whereas the schooners came at what seemed to me a steep $9 each. I guess the location, novelty and cool factor will continue to pull in the crowds at Arbory, and it does provide a great additional option on the Melbourne riverfront.

Arbory Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Sushi Teri, Goleta

5746 Calle Real
CA 93117

After watching the sunset at Goleta beach and jetty, we ended up at Sushi Teri for dinner. The restaurant featured an open kitchen and plenty of wood in the fit out. We found ourselves a booth and checked out the extensive menu before picking out some dishes to share.

The casings of the Gyoza were crisp with a hot and tasty filling.

The next plate to arrive featured one of the more interestingly named sushi offerings in the "Girls Night Out" rolls of albacore, cucumber and avocado topped with spicy tuna.

The descriptively named Shrimp sushi featured the crustacean, avocado and cucumber.

The Hobe rolls  contained yellow-tail, imitation crab, jalapeño and cucumber topped with salmon, shrimp and avocado.

The Surf’s Up rolls were very different to any other sushi I'd seen before, with a mix of tempura shrimp, crab, avocado, cucumber, egg and scallop topped with the chef’s sauce.

The California rolls were much more familiar, with their imitation crab, avocado and cucumber.

The service was friendly though out and the waitress helped us order. The bill with a shared large beer came to $75 including the tip. SushiTeri certainly took me out of my Sushi comfort zone... in a good way!

Sushi Teri Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Papa Lennon's

515 West El Roblar Drive
CA 93023

We rode up to Ojai and rewarded ourselves with lunch at Papa Lennons another of Mark's recommendations. The courtyard's dappled shade and ivy clad walls contributed to the laid back vibe.

We perused the menu before heading inside to order some dishes to share.

The won-ton chicken salad contained shredded romaine lettuce, cabbage, carrots, diced red onion, roma tomatoes, chicken, green onions, coriander and fried won-ton skins tossed with a Thai peanut dressing. The combination of fresh flavours and textures was great and the serving generous.

I'd never tried golden beetroot before, which was a feature of 'The Beetnik' along with spring mix, roasted red beets, candied walnuts, goat cheese rolled in fresh herbs and dried cranberries with a honey herb infused vinaigrette. The bright coloured 'roots lived up to their name and the flavours were similar to the traditional variant. The melange was also well balanced and tasty!

We also shared a Mediterranean Pizza mozzarella topped with cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, zucchini and eggplant, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, feta cheese and pesto. The base was thin and crisp and the generous portion of toppings packed with those southern European flavours.

We finished up with 'long blacks', which Mark orders by specifying the addition of  a little hot water to an espresso to get the right drink, including the crema.

Papa Lennon's was a great place to hang out and re-fuel mid ride, the service was friendly and relaxed. The bill came in at a fair $34.33 and we thought it was a great spot for a mid ride break!

Papa Lennon's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Mi Amor Cafe

234 E Hwy 246
CA 93427

We stopped for lunch in Buelton, ending up at the Mi Amor Cafe.

We shared a roast veggie sandwich and an avocado wrap.  The wrap was fresh tasting, surpassing our limited expectations. The sandwich was a little heavier and more filling.

Mi Amor Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Nature's Grill

566 E Main Street
CA 93001

Mark took us to Natures Grill on the Main street of Ventura.

We visited on a Saturday lunch time and it was buzzing with plenty of the tables occupied. After  perusing the menu and ordering at the counter we found ourselves a booth and waited for our meals.

Mark had the Turkey Burger, the patty was topped with grilled red onion, lettuce, tomato and sprouts served on a locally baked whole wheat bun with Thousand Island dressing, which didn't disappear  quite as quickly as the blurry photo suggests!

The Vegetarian Tamale contained pinto beans, organic corn, peanuts, green chiles, sea salt and garlic wrapped in corn masa. It was topped with ranchero sauce and sour cream and was served with short grain brown rice and beans and proved to be a winner.

I went for the Zen Burger featured a whole grain and vegetable patty with lettuce, tomato, sprouts and garlic mayo in another locally baked bun. The package of flavours worked well together, and the patty was moist yet held together pretty well. After eating the Zen I was suitably sated.

Each of the healthy and wholesome plates came in around a fair $8 and got to us in a reasonable time given the number of patrons. Nature's Grill lived up to its name and we were happy with Marks's suggestion.

Nature's Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Rosa's Italian Restaurant

491 Price Street 
Pismo Beach
CA 93449

We stayed in Pismo Beach for a night an interesting stop, with a great stretch of sand and a diverse mix of visitors. We ended up having dinner around the corner from our motel at Rosa's 'fine dining' Italian. The interior had a bit of a Mission feel and the tables were set with white linen.

I went for the "Capellini al Naturale" featuring lots of fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, virgin olive oil atop the pasta. The dish of basic ingredients was well executed.

The "Cozze Della Casa" was packed with mussels, sea scallops, artichokes, garlic, basil in a light tomato sauce on the capellini pasta.It was an extravaganza of seafood flavors, which despite its size was fully devoured with only a little of my help.

The service veered between over and under attentive, but was always friendly. The bill came to $49 including a few drinks which didn't seem outrageous. The twilight down on the beach after was gorgeous too.

Rosa's Italian Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, September 28, 2015

Loulou's Griddle In the Middle

Municipal Wharf 2
CA 93940

Before having dinner we strolled around the Monterey foreshore including the more developed Wharf and up to Cannery Row. We returned to the quieter Wharf 2 near the beach to eat at "Loulou's Griddle In the Middle". The restaurant is small with a few tables outside.

Inside there are stools against the bar and another 4 or 5 tables, we got one of those, the decor was homely and almost kitsch. The menu featured several of the local favourites taking advantage of the proximity to the ocean.

The Sand Dabs featured "delicate white fish from the bay" served with french fries and salad looked good and went down well.

I decided to try the award winning Loulou’s homemade Clam Chowder chowder, and went the whole hog with the Sourdough Bread Bowl option. The soup was creamy as promised and full of flavours from the sea. Consuming the meal without making a huge mess was a challenge which I think I just about managed to get away with!

The atmosphere and service was pretty laid back and it felt like a nice spot to watch the world go by through the big windows. The meal came to $45 with drinks and a tip, which seemed like good value. The sunset was beautiful too.

Loulou's Griddle In The Middle Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, September 25, 2015

Las Palmas Taco Bar

55 Front Street
Santa Cruz
CA 95060

The first stop on the trip south along the coast was Santa Cruz where we had lunch at Las Palmas Taco Bar, not far from the ocean. It is a fairly unprepossessing building surrounded by roads and a carpark, but we were hungry!

We both choose the regular veggie burrito featuring large flour tortilla, beans, onions, guacamole, sprouts and salsa verde. The filling was heavy on the beans, but satisfying.

Our burritos did take a while to arrive, but we did order just after a few other groups and at $3.50 each they were a great value way to sate our hunger.

Las Palmas Taco Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, September 24, 2015


4068 18th Street
San Francisco
CA 94114

We met up with Matt for dinner on 18th Street at Lark, which was pretty busy for a Tuesday evening. The exterior is fairly plain and inside the look is chic, dark and on the minimal side.

We kicked off by sharing the hummus served with pita bread which was a tasty way to start the meal.

I had the Roasted Eggplant which was topped with spring vegetables, baked mozzarella and fresh tomato and basil sauce. It was served with asparagus and roasted cherry tomatoes. The flavour combinations worked well making for an enjoyable dish.

Matt had the Tiger Prawn Skewers. The grilled house marinated prawns came with parsley, olive oil, sumac and fresh lemon. He certainly seemed to enjoy them.

The baked Salmon Stuffed fennel, leeks, spinach and mustard dill fumé sauce was a winner.

We shared a side of the Truffle French Fries. The deep fried hand-cut Kennebec potatoes were coated in house seasonal herbs and shaved Parmesan and were a great addition to the meal.

The service was friendly and our meals came at a relaxed pace. The bill came in at $121.80 including a couple of drinks each which seemed fair for some good food.

Lark Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato