Tavlin

Tavlin - Laffa bread

Tavlin – Caulfeild

Tavlin is a restaurant in Caulfield that serves delicious and authentic middle-eastern food. Think traditional spices, charcoal grill, fresh bread and authentic dips, sides and salads. The food is full of flavour and it’s a great place to share a home-style meal with friends and family.

Tavlin - Falafel w green tahini

Tavlin – Falafels w green tahini

We had the falafels for entrée, which were delish! They were crispy on the outside and had a nice texture on the inside. They were served with a silky smooth green tahini, which worked perfectly together.

Tavlin - Moroccan beef cigars

Tavlin – Moroccan beef cigars

Then we tried the Moroccan beef cigars. It was spiced beef mince rolled in crunchy filo pastry. They sort of looked like spring rolls and were a tasty starter.

Tavlin - Fried cauliflower

Tavlin – Fried cauliflower

The cauliflower was soft and fried, good to snack on.

photo 5 copy They have a variety of dips available, you can order a single serve or you can order a dip platter of six dips of your choice. We got the dip platter, which came with laffa bread. The laffa bread, was amazing! It was so fresh and fluffy and soft. They have lots of tradional middle eastern dips like hummus, tahini and baba ganoush and then some sides like chatzilim (fried eggplant), Adi’s corn salad, roasted beetroot and mixed pickle. The dips and sides were delicious and full of flavour.

Tavlin - Kofta and chicken shashlik

Tavlin – Kofta and chicken shashlik

For main we ordered a chicken shashlik, a lamb kofta shashlik & Israeli salad. You can order the shashliks individually or in a meal, which comes with chips, hummus, tahini and Israeli salad (fresh cucumber & tomato). They have an eggplant shashlik for the vegetarians and a chicken liver one for those inclined.

Tavlin - Malabi (rose water milk pudding)

Tavlin – Malabi (rose water milk pudding)

For dessert we tried the Malabi, which is a rose water milk pudding w rose syrup & crushed pistachios. It was nice. The milk pudding had sort of a panna cotta texture and a very subtle flavour, which was good because the layer of rose syrup was super sweet. So when eating this one, be sure to get your syrup:pudding ratio right on each spoonful so it’s not too sweet.

Tavlin - Turkish delight ice-cream

Tavlin – Turkish delight ice-cream

The Turkish delight ice-cream was really lovely. It had beautiful fragrant floral taste and the perfect amount of Turkish delight flavour, not too sweet. It also had little gooey bits of Turkish delight through it and the pistachios on top added some texture. Loved it.

Tavlin is a great place to eat some delicious middle-eastern food. The food is authentic and flavoursome. Also the staff are really lovely and they make you feel at home.

I heart Tavlin!

Olives x

Tavlin
Address: 678 Glen Huntly Road, Caulfield South VIC 3162
Website: http://tavlin.com.au
Phone: 03 9972 5666
Trading Hours: Sun-Fri: 11.30am-9.30pm, Sat: 5.30pm-10pm

Breakfast Thieves

Breakfast Thieves - Street view

Breakfast Thieves – Street view

Breakfast thieves is a café located on the corner of Gore and Rose st. in Fitzroy. The food is creative and colourful and the menu is sure to excite and inspire. There is a contemporary vibe about the space and the food, and what I love most is that it’s a laid back casual kind of place but the quality of food and presentation is exceptional. It’s a great place for brunching adventures.

Breakfast Thieves - Venue

Breakfast Thieves – Venue

It’s a really nice open space, brick walls, high ceilings, really pretty. And they have an outdoor space out front so you can soak up sun if it decides to reveal itself.

Breakfast Thieves - Amazing coffee

Breakfast Thieves – Amazing coffee

And for the coffee, it is pretty well damn straight amazing.

Breakfast Thieves - The conquistador - Manchengo cheese and pea croquettes

Breakfast Thieves – The conquistador – Manchengo cheese and pea croquettes

The conquistador is a quirky looking dish and I feel looks like something out of alice in wonderland. It is a great vegetarian option. The green pea and Spanish manchengo chesse croquettes are crunchy on the outside and so creamy and oozy cheesy delicious inside. The fresh kale, flaked almonds and pickled radish and carrots were yummy. And the cauliflower and quince puree was incredible and brought all the elements together along with the balsamic reduction.

Breakfast Thieves - Congee w sticky honey-braised pork

Breakfast Thieves – Congee w sticky honey-braised pork

The Botak Chin Congee was gorgeous. It had Malaysian sticky honey-braised pork, soy peanuts, spring onion, pickled ginger and soy-boiled egg. The pork had a beautiful sweet soy flavour which melted apart with a gentle touch of the spoon, the congee was silky smooth, the peanuts added texture, the pickled ginger was sweet and added freshness and the egg was soft and creamy. They had these deep-fried enoki mushroom fritters placed on top, which were fun and crunchy, they were great. It was super delicious and easily the prettiest congee I’ve ever seen.

Breakfast Thieves - A.B.C.D - Brioche french toast

Breakfast Thieves – A.B.C.D – Brioche french toast w various other delicious things

The A.B.C.D was cubes of brioche French toast, which on their own were already amazing. They had a crunchy toasty outside, buttery soft croissant like middle and were fried, which gave it donut like qualities especially when eaten with the raspberry coulis (sort of like a jam donut). Then it had slices of apple poached in hibiscus syrup, which gave it a subtle sweet floral flavour and a vibrant magenta colour. Then there was candied bacon. I was amazed at how super thin the bacon was. It reminded me of tempered chocolate but a bacon version. It was shiny and glossy, crispy and paper thin. It was fantastic it had that sweet and salty candied bacon delciousness. There was a yellow kiwi coulis and raspberry coulis, which added a little bit of a tart sweetness. The crunchy almond soil added texture and the dark chocolate mousse was densely thick and so smooth and slightly bitter, which offset all of the other sweet elements. It was like an explosion of flavours that complimented each other so perfectly. Each bite was different and each bite was magnificent.

Breakfast thieves is a great place to eat high quality food in a casual and modest setting. The food is impressive, the coffee is outstanding and the staff are lovely.

I heart Breakfast Thieves!

Olives x

Breakfast Thieves
Address: Shop 1, 420 Gore Street, Fitzroy
Website: http://www.breakfastthieves.com.au/
Phone: 03 9416 4884
Trading Hours: Mon-Fri: 7.30am-4pm, Sat-Sun: 8am-4pm

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Operator 25

Operator 25 - Street view

Operator 25 – Melbourne

Operator 25 is a modern brunch restaurant in the city and is the perfect place for all brunch occasions.

Operator 25 - Venue

Operator 25 – Venue

The menu has an assortment of inspired foods from around the world, so everyone is sure to find something to suit their tastebuds. The food is incredible and on top of that, they do a mean coffee.

Operator 25 - Chickpea fritters

Operator 25 – Chickpea fritters

The spiced chickpea fritters are tasty and have a really nice texture. They had lots of whole chickpeas inside each fritter, which was fun. It was served with herb tahini, tomato and cucumber salsa, cottage cheese, chipotle sauce and crisp flatbread, which made every bite different and exciting. We had the addition of thick cut streaky bacon, which was super thick and delicious. Bacon lovers ahoy.

Operator 25 - Balinese pulled pork burger

Operator 25 – Balinese pulled pork burger

The Balinese pulled pork burger is delish! It has a combination of Balinese curry pulled pork and a creamy chilli mayo pulled pork with a cabbage and carrot slaw, fresh coriander and a fried egg. All in amongst a toasted buttery bun. It had loads of really rich indulgent flavours. Ahmazing!! And also the sweet potato fries were really yummy too.

Operator 25 - Chicken Normanby

Operator 25 – Chicken a la normande

The chicken a la normande was nice. The chicken was moist with a thin creamy sauce. It had braised apples, pickled shallots, kipfler potatoes, green beans and an almond crunch. Lots of subtle flavours and good textures too.

Operator 25 - ginger & date bread w banana mascarpone

Operator 25 – ginger & date bread w banana mascarpone

We shared a serving of the ginger & date bread w banana mascarpone, pomegranate sauce & salted milk crumb. OMG it was freakin’ delicious! It was like the texture of a moist banana bread but sticky like a sticky date pudding. The warm tones of ginger and the sticky sweetness were so yum. There were also little pieces of candied ginger that give you extra pops of that sweet ginger. Then on top there were caramalised banana slices and banana mascarpone which had fresh banana through it. This was absolutely a stand out dish. It’s a perfect meal to eat in the cold weather because it has a warming and comforting effect. So delicious!

Operator 25 - action shot

Operator 25 – action shot

Action shot, pouring the sweet sweet sauce. The banana mascarpone lightened the dish with the fresh banana flavour and the milk crumb added texture. All the flavours went wonderfully together.

Operator 25 - Coffee

Operator 25 – Coffee

They make a really yummy coffee, which btw went absolutely perfectly with the ginger and date bread. Ok so I’m obviously a little obsessed with this ginger and date bread but it was just so delicious.

There is a good variety on the menu and lots of amazing dishes to try. I already want to go back to try the elderflower sago w chia seeds, rhubarb and strawberry compote, white chocolate foam and freeze dried mango. It looked so delicate and delicious. All of the food was amazing and presented beautifully. It’s the perfect place for brunching adventures and also a good stop for some great coffee.

I heart Operator 25!

Olives x

Operator 25
Address: 25 Wills Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Website: http://www.operator25.com.au/
Phone: 03 9670 3278
Trading Hours: Mon-Fri: 7am-4pm, Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm

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Mamasita

Mamasita - Melbourne

Mamasita – Melbourne

On the top end of Collins street, this restaurant is hidden upstairs with only a door and a sign to indicate it’s existence. Mamasita has been around for a long time but still has people queuing out the door for dinner. The food is delicious and served pretty quickly. Plus they have a range of specialty tequilas. For lunch it is a bright sunlit space and for dinner it is a dimly lit space with more of a bar like atmosphere. Mexican food at it’s finest.

Mamasita - Chargrilled corn

Mamasita – Street-style chargrilled corn

Street-style corn is always a crowd pleaser. This chargrilled corn on the cob is covered in delciousness like chipotle mayo, grated queso cheese, paprika and lime. Cheesy, creamy, spicy and zesty all in one. Yum!

Mamasita - Softshell tiger prawns w serrano salsa

Mamasita – Softshell tiger prawns w serrano salsa

The butterflied soft-shell tiger prawns were amazing! The prawns were cooked perfectly and the chargrill brought out the sweetness in the prawn. They were full of flavour and the Serrano salsa had quite the kick. The salsa was fresh and quite hot (delicious hot) and was topped with fresh coriander. Loved these so much, had to order more.

Mamasita - Duck tostaditas

Mamasita – Duck tostaditas

The tostaditas are a good starter to share especially if you’re out having a drink with a bunch of friends. They are crunchy round corn tortilla chips (like crispy taco crunch) with different toppings. We had the duck carnitas (shredded duck) & pineapple with black-bean puree & habanero cream sitting on a bed of red cabbage. They are easy to eat and absolutely delish.

Mamasita - Pork belly

Mamasita – Guajillo braised pork belly

The Guaijllo braised pork belly was so soft it melts in your mouth. It was covered in a delicious spicy moreish sauce and topped with creamy habanero cream and fried parsley. It was incredible and full of flavour. The chargrilled lime helped balance the rich flavours. Super tasty.

Mamasita - Chorizo tortilla

Mamasita – Chorizo tortilla

We tried the wheat tortilla filled with chorizo, potato & mexican cheese, queso fresco & jalapeño crema. It was nice. The jalepeno cream was not very hot so we ordered a side of spicy salsa for dipping.

Mamasita - Crispy skin chicken w red mole

Mamasita – Crispy skin chicken w red mole

The crispy skin half chicken w red mole was interesting. The sauce was thick and you can taste the chocolate and chilli flavours. It had a nice smooth texture to eat with the tender chicken.

Mamasita - Three milk sponge cake

Mamasita – Three milk sponge cake

The three milk sponge cake was a soft wet (soaked in milk) sponge cake, really creamy, moist and delicious. There was a scoop of passionfruit sorbet, sweet pieces of mango, tart blueberries and meringue, which added some texture. All these different elements complimented the cake and made this dish exciting.

Mamasita - Chocolate orange flan

Mamasita – Chocolate orange flan

The chocolate and orange flan had a thick and smooth consistency. It was creamy and indulgent. It had a nice almond praline for some crunch.

Mamasita - Sweet corn ice-cream w salted caramel popcorn

Mamasita – Sweet corn ice-cream w salted caramel popcorn

The sweet corn ice-cream w salted caramel popcorn is a popular dessert. It has a subtle sweet corn flavour and is a good finish to the meal after eating lots of intense flavours.

Mamasita serves up remarkable Mexican food in a modern way. They use a variety of traditional Mexican chillies and ingredients to create quality dishes. And btw most of the menu is gluten free, so winning for the GF peeps. The food is delicious and served quickly and the staff are lovely. This place is always busy for dinner so you might have to wait a little to be seated. If patience isn’t your thing, you could maybe try a weekday lunch for a lesser waiting time.

I heart Mamasita!

Olives x

Mamasita
Address: Lvl 1, 11 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Website: http://mamasita.com.au/
Phone: 03 9650 3821
Trading Hours: Mon-Thu:12pm-12am,Fri:12pm-2am,Sat:12.30-2am,Sun:12.30-10pm

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Sezar Restaurant

Sezar restaurant - Melbourne

Sezar restaurant – Melbourne

Sezar is a modern-style Armenian restaurant hidden down a Melbourne lane-way. They take the traditional flavours and techniques of Armenian cuisine and create delicious contemporary dishes that are great for sharing.

Sezar restaurant - Sezar express - Raspberry cocktail

Sezar restaurant – Sezar express – Raspberry cocktail

 

We had these delicious cocktails that went down a treat. The sezar express, they had gin, raspberry puree, fresh lime and freeze-dried berries sprinkled on top. Deelicious!

Sezar restaurant - Oysters w compressed apple & anise

Sezar restaurant – Oysters w compressed apple & anise

The oysters were a perfect starter, the compressed apple and anise liven your palette but in a subtle way so the fresh oyster taste is not lost.

Sezar restaurant - Air-dried beef and quail egg on toasted brioche

Sezar restaurant – Air-dried beef and quail egg on toasted brioche

The bastourma (air dried beef) & egg was so yum I could have eaten a whole plate to myself. They were mini rounds of toasted buttery brioche w garlic jam. Then there was a fried quail egg (sunny side up) and a rolled piece of air-dried beef (mmm salty). The oozing yolk was creamy and rich and decadent.

Sezar restaurant - Spinach and feta boreg w Aleppo mayo

Sezar restaurant – Spinach and feta boreg w Aleppo mayo

The spinach & feta boreg are a good veg option. They were like little spring rolls filled with spinach and feta, served with Aleppo mayo (spicy capsicum mayo).

Sezar restaurant - Chicken wings w pomegranate glaze

Sezar restaurant – Chicken wings w pomegranate glaze

The twice-cooked chicken wings were a hit. They had a sweet sticky pomegranate glaze with some scattered pomegranate seeds about the plate with crushed pistachios and fresh coriander sprinkled on top. Chicken wings are always a crowd pleaser.

Sezar restaurant - Spanner crab manti (Armenian dumplings)

Sezar restaurant – Spanner crab manti (Armenian dumplings)

The spanner crab manti were these Armenian dumplings covered with a creamy sumac yoghurt & chilli oil. They were very creamy and the crab flavour was prominent.

Sezar restaurant - Cured ocean trout w apple and fennel salad

Sezar restaurant – Cured ocean trout w apple and fennel salad

The cured ocean trout was divine, it was thinly sliced and melted in your mouth. The apple & fennel salad complemented the oily trout and the crème fraiche & roe added richness to the meal. This dish was really lovely.

Sezar restaurant - Grain salad w labne

Sezar restaurant – Grain salad w labne

The grain salad had a combination of grains with toasted pumpkin seeds, almonds, and sour cherries. It had a creamy labne to bring it all together.

Sezar restaurant - Kataifi wrapped braised lamb w sesame mayo

Sezar restaurant – Kataifi wrapped braised lamb w sesame mayo

The kataifi wrapped braised lamb was delicious. The fried kataifi had crispy wispy bits that were awesome with the soft braised lamb neck centre. The spots of sesame mayo went perfectly with this dish. Yumness!

Sezar restaurant - BBQ wagyu w garlic yoghurt and lavash

Sezar restaurant – BBQ wagyu w garlic yoghurt and lavash

The BBQ wagyu beef tenderloin was rare and pink in the middle. It was marinated in aromatic spices and was so so tender. It went so well with the garlic yoghurt & lavash a soft Armenian flatbread.

Sezar restaurant - BBQ king brown mushrooms w Isreali cous cous

Sezar restaurant – BBQ king brown mushrooms w Isreali cous cous

The BBQ king browns mushrooms were really tasty and they were paired with toasted Israeli cous cous, sujuk & sweet potato puree. It had a nice earthy flavour.

Sezar restaurant - Almond milk panna cotta w slow-cooked pear and honeycomb

Sezar restaurant – Almond milk panna cotta w slow-cooked pear and honeycomb

The almond milk panna cotta was a beautiful texture and was a nice subtle flavour to go with the slow cooked pear and honeycomb. It was topped with toasted almonds & persian fairy floss. Very pretty.

Sezar restaurant - Vanilla parfait rolled in pistachio and sugar syrup

Sezar restaurant – Vanilla parfait rolled in pistachio and sugar syrup

The vanilla parfait was rolled in nuts and drizzled with sweet rosewater syrup. It was nice. Then there were pistachio cakes, which were really moist (like a syrup cake) and had a strong pistachio flavour.

Sezar restaurant - Chocolate Marquis w cherry sorbet

Sezar restaurant – Chocolate Marquis w cherry sorbet

The chocolate Marquis was like a rich and dense chocolate mousse with chocolate crumb. The sour cherry sorbet had a really subtle cherry flavour.

Sezar restaurant - New style baklava

Sezar restaurant – New style baklava

The new style baklava was an ice-cream sandwich twist on the traditional middle-eastern sweet baklava. It was my fave dessert. Quenelles of walnut toffee ice-cream between two layers of filo pastry drizzled with a salted caramel sauce with crushed nuts on top. It had all the flavours of baklava but in different form, very clever.

Sezar restaurant creates contemporary style dishes but has maintained the flavours and the essence of traditional Armenian cuisine. A great place to down some tasty cocktails and share some fabulous food.

I heart Sezar restaurant!

Olives x

Sezar Restaurant
Address: 6 Melbourne Place, Melbourne VIC 3000
Website: http://sezar.com.au/
Phone: 03 9663 9882
Trading Hours: Mon-Thur: 12.30-3pm (lunch), 5.30pm-10.30 (dinner)
Fri:12.30-3pm (lunch), 5.30pm-11.30 (dinner), Sat: 5.30-11.30pm, Closed Sunday.

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Note: Olive Sundays was invited as a guest to Sezar restaurant.