Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Little Malaysia

26 Liverpool Street,

Little Malaysia is tucked down Liverpool Street, which runs between Bourke and Little Bourke near Spring and China town.

I went with a group on a weekday lunchtime. There was a friendly greeting on arrival and we were shown to three tables which had been moved together, there was just about room for everyone, but it was a tight squeezer. We'd ordered in advance which mostly helped, but there was still a bit of chaos!

I had the curry puffs to start, the cases were light and crisp, the filling was mostly potato with a light curry flavour.

I went for the seafood Laksa, which was slightly smaller than others I've had, (Laksa King for example). There was a prawn, a couple of pieces of fish and some squid amongst the vegies, tofu etc. The broth was fairly mild, lacking a bit of spice and punch.

The satay beef came complete with a flames, I'm not quite sure why - apparently it was good!

The sizzling scallops was mouth burningly hot apparently and tasty once it cooled a little.

I've attached a faxed copy of the menu below, I couldn't find it online...

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Thai on Charles

88 Charles St

BYO wine only.

Friends had recommended Thai on Charles, so we thought we'd give a try. It has been empty a few times we'd walked past, but was fairly busy when we arrived on a Friday evening.

There are two rooms, one with low tables and Thai cushions, and the other with standard tables and chairs.

We tried the Keaw Tod, "marinated chicken, crispy wonton with served with plum sauce". These were OK, but were mostly wonton, with only a little chicken.

The chicken gang panang (panang curry) was tasty, to the extent I didn't to try any!

I had the tom yum with noodles which was good, and authentically flavoured without having the full punch of some tom yum I've had.

Overall we were happ y with out meal, and with a decent menu, and reasonable prices I'm sure we'll visit again. With a couple of beers it all came to $49.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Jerry's Vegi Burgers - Meredith

I guess this is a bit different to most reviews, as Jerry's Vegi Burgers is 'just' a stall we ate from at Meredith Music Festival, but seeing as we were looking forward to trying the burgers again, I thought I'd do a quick review...

There was a queue at the stall every time I walked past, and we had burgers both nights. Now I'm not a massive burger eater, and have never been a veggie burger fanatic, but these are good. They wholemeal bun, nice fresh leaves, the tasty, filling lentil heavy burger and the toppings, satay with sweet or hot chilli for me all add up to a great satisfying meal...

$9 worth of goodness, and it's great to have a burger that tastes good and is good for you too!

You can find other events they will be at on their facebook page.

The views while we ate weren't bad either...

From 2010_12_Meredith

More photo's here.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


275 Exhibition St
Melbourne, 3000

Trunk is a stylish bar restaurant in a recently refurbished building set back from Exhibition Street at the corner of Little Lonsdale. It looks slightly overshadowed by the surrounding buildings, but that impression goes away as you enter the courtyard and go inside. I'd been in the evening for a drink before, but a recent lunch was the first time trying the food there.

The menu was slightly different to the one on the website, fortunately the veggie pizza I'd decided on was still available.

The pizza was great, wonderful base, a decent size, enough toppings and not too much cheese...

The service was good, everyone seemed happy with the quality of the food and drink, the only negative being the very small salad that a couple of diners had...

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The Imperial Hotel

8 Bourke St,
Melbourne, 3000

I met a mate for lunch and to catch a bit of cricket at The Imperial. There were a few others people around while we were there, but it wasn't packed. It sits in a historic building and has eating and bar areas. The menu has some pub favourites and a range of pizza's.

I ordered a pizza, and it took about 40 minutes to arrive, I even had to ask where it had got too. At lunch time especially that seems to be a long wait.

The pizza wasn't bad, the anchovies being a highlight, unfortunately I had to wolf it down...

Updated Jan 2012:
Another lunch during the cricket, this time I took advantage of the 'Steak night' offer and went for the $15 250g Porterhouse. I asked for medium rare, and ended up with a steak that we well done on one side and rare on the other. As I was hungry and again had waited a while, it didn't seem worth complaining about.

Brendan went for the parma which was huge, brought out on what looked more like a sharing plate, he certainly put a good dent in it. Bizarrely the chicken seemed to be shaped a lot like a map of Australia, with a bit of melted cheese for north Queensland! 

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