Saturday, 18 October 2014

St Ali

Living in South Melbourne has many perks, one of these is the abundance of cafes to have breakfast at on a weekend. Last weekend we went to St Ali with some friends, I had been before during the week so I knew the food was good but the atmosphere was completely different. As with most places on the weekend it was very busy but we got seated straight away.
We ordered our coffees and turned our attention to the extensive menu to choose from dishes like 'Hey Mr Tally Man' and 'Koo Coo Ca Choo'. What stood out apart from the cool names was that they offered a lot of gluten free option (my friend is gluten intolerant).
My friends both went for the Koo Coo Ca Choo which was potato hash with mushroom duxelle, poached eggs, Gruyère baked field mushrooms, chlorophyll & truffle vinaigrette.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Hercules Morse Kitchen & Bar

Last week we spontaneously decided to go out for a cheap and cheerful meal nearby and ended up at Hercules Morse on Clarendon St. Mr L had been meaning to take me there for months as he had been before and loved the food.
We were greeted by a very friendly waiter and led to a table straight away. We were quite lucky as about 10 minutes after we arrived the place started to fill up quickly and soon the place was buzzing with all tables occupied.
The menu is designed for sharing, tapas style modern British food which all sounded delicious.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

A Night at Luxembourg

For a few months now have we talked about going to Luxembourg. No not the tiny little European country but the French restaurant on Fitzroy Street in St Kilda which was named after Le Jardin de Luxembourg in Paris. Head chef Chris Watson has teamed up with Andrew McConnell from Supernormal. The concept is very similar to Supernormal, lots of smaller dishes to share and they also offer a set menu. This time however we didn't go for the Chef's set menu but decided to pick different dished from the menu.
We started off with potato skins, whipped cod roe & avruga that came out on a little metal plate with a doily on it. Super crunchy and super delicious. 

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Festival of Chocolate in Sydney

When we heard there was a Festival of Chocolate on at The Rocks when we were in Sydney of course we had to go.
The list of exhibitors looked pretty promising, lots of French patisserie places, obviously different chocolate stalls, some ice cream ones in between and even some savoury ones like a German sausage stall.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Lunch on the Rooftop of the Glenmore Hotel

On the weekend Mr L and I flew to Sydney to visit his parents. The weather was fabulous and his parents spoiled us. Saturday morning after a lovely breakfast at home we walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge to get to the Smooth Chocolate Festival which was happening in The Rocks. (More about this later on the blog).
After having filled up on pastries, chocolate and ice cream and another stroll through the city we decided we should find somewhere for a nice lunch and a bottle of wine.
The Glenmore Hotel is an institution and it was the perfect weather for relaxing on their rooftop. After climbing the stairs through The Rocks we reached the hotel where we had to climb up another three floors to get to their magnificent rooftop. But it's so worth it.