Mr. Miyagi

Mr. Miyagi - Street view

Mr. Miyagi – Street view

Mr. Miyagi is a Japanese restaurant on Chapel street that embraces traditional Japanese flavours in a modern and unique way. Some of their unusual dishes include the nori taco, tuna tataki pizza and ramen gnocchi. The food is amazing and they have some interesting cocktails and a variety of Japanese beverages available too.

Mr. Miyagi - Venue

Mr. Miyagi – Venue

It has a great vibe about it, super stylish and classy with lots of character.

Mr. Miyagi - On the wall

Mr. Miyagi – Neon light

They have a list of items on sticks, which you can order by the piece. I like when you can order onesies because then you can try one of each or order exactly as many as you want.

Mr. Miyagi - Prawn dawg

Mr. Miyagi – Prawn dawg

We ordered a prawn dawg and as I ate it I immediately wanted another one. It had a juicy prawn mixture, coated in crunchy Orion (Japanese beer) batter on a popsicle stick (easy to eat). It was topped with a spicy jalapeno mayonnaise and sprinkled with furikake. It was awesome. Absolutely delicious! Who needs a corn dog when you can have a prawn dawg.

Mr. Miyagi - Yakitori chicken skewer w spring onion

Mr. Miyagi – Yakitori chicken skewer w spring onion

We had the chicken skewers, which were tasty. It had a sticky yakitori glaze with spring onions.

Mr. Miyagi - Grilled chicken thigh

Mr. Miyagi – Grilled chicken thigh

The grilled chicken thigh was cute. It was little and moist and had crispy skin.

Mr. Miyagi - Black pig gyoza

Mr. Miyagi – Black pig gyoza

The black pig gyoza’s were amazing. The skin of the dumplings were thin and soft and crispy pan-fried on the outside. And the filling was sensational. Pork, soy, chilli, ginger, full of flavour and served with a sesame dipping sauce. Loved them.

Mr. Miyagi - Nori taco

Mr. Miyagi – Nori taco

I love the nori taco, it’s such a great idea. The lightly battered deep-fried nori acts as the perfect taco. It’s flexible and holds its shape when you bite it (like it doesn’t crack and fall apart). It’s filled with sushi rice, grilled salmon belly (soft and flaking apart), spicy napa cabbage, Japanese mayo and chilli oil. So clever I was impressed. They had these nori tacos at the night noodle market last year, which is where i first tried it. Delish!

Mr. Miyagi - Miyagi fried chicken w kewpie mayo

Mr. Miyagi – Miyagi fried chicken w kewpie mayo

The all popular Miyagi fried chicken (MFC) is delicious. Miyagi’s secret spices make this chicken finger lickin’ good. It’s served with kewpie mayo and the delicious deep-fried goodness makes it crunchy on the outside and juicy in the middle.

Mr. Miyagi - Tuna tataki pizza

Mr. Miyagi – Tuna tataki pizza

The tuna tataki pizza was fresh and had really clean flavours. The base was spiced flat bread, which was thin and crispy and covered with a citrusy yuzu caesar cream. The toppings were sliced thinly and placed on top. Rare seared tuna, heirloom tomatoes and shaved jalepenos. It had nice textures and fresh flavours.

Mr. Miyagi - Pumpkin toast

Mr. Miyagi – Pumpkin toast

The pumpkin toast was soft and cake-like. There were thick shards of honeycomb, white chocolate and pumpkin ganache, a sweet and spiced pumpkin ice-cream which had a lovely flavour and a fresh yoghurt sorbet, which was light and fresh and helped cut through the sweet elements.

Mr. Miyagi - Donuts w apple cinnamon jam

Mr. Miyagi – Donuts w apple cinnamon jam

For dessert we tried the doughnut balls w classic apple cinnamon jam. Yum! The doughnuts were crunchy on the outside and fluffy in the middle. And that apple cinnamon jam was scrumptious. You can opt for hot chocolate sauce if you prefer. It also comes with two ice-creams, pistachio and gingerbread. They were nice and creamy and the ginger flavour in the gingerbread ice-cream was quite strong which was great.

Mr. Miyagi is a great place to catch up with friends for dinner and drinks. It’s got a classy but relaxed atmosphere and the staff are nice and friendly. The food is innovative and leaves you inspired.

I heart Mr. Miyagi!

Olives x

Mr. Miyagi
Address: 99 Chapel Street, Windsor VIC 3181
Facebook: http://www.mrmiyagi.com.au/
Phone: 03 9529 5999
Trading Hours: Tue-Sun: 5.30pm-11pm (dinner only)

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Industry Beans

Industry Beans - Street view

Industry Beans – Street view

Industry beans is one of those great coffee/brunch places in Fitzroy that make you go wowza! They specialise in coffee and cook up a delicious meal too. It has a really cool garden/industrial feel going on, really cute atmosphere for a brunching day out.

Industry Beans - Coffee

Industry Beans – Coffee

They roast a mean bean, the coffee was yummy.

Industry Beans - Wild mushrooms

Industry Beans – Wild mushrooms

The wild mushrooms were amazing! They were plump, juicy and delicious. There were a few different textured mushroom elements and it was served with these fat crunchy polenta chips, which had lots of flavour and were smooth and creamy in the middle. It complimented the mushrooms well. Then there was some scattered watercress and a mushroom foam and poached egg dusted with porcini powder. It was sensational.

Industry Beans - Fried Creole chicken burger

Industry Beans – Fried Creole chicken burger

The fried Creole chicken burger was served in a buttery brioche bun with pickled tomato and corn aioli. The chicken was packed with flavour. The heirloom tomato salad was a delicious side to the dish. It had quinoa and a beetroot puree with beetroot chips. Delish!

Industry Beans - Green papaya & peanut crusted egg

Industry Beans – Green papaya & peanut crusted egg

The peanut crusted egg was beautifully crunchy on the outside with the soft egg in the middle. It was served with a green papaya salad with carrots, been shoots, green mango, coriander & nahm jim. Yummy and fresh.

Industry Beans - Warm pandan custard

Industry Beans – Warm pandan custard

We had the warm pandan custard, which had a lovely light pandan flavour. It was poured over the torn pieces of black sesame cake. The bright green pears were poached in pandan. So delicious! And then there were sweet pineapple pieces and a delicious pineapple mango coulis. It was absolutely delightful.

Industry Beans - mmm pouring

Industry Beans – mmm pouring

Mmm pouring.

Industry Beans - Coffee garden

Industry Beans – Coffee garden

The ‘coffee garden’ was pretty as a picture. It looked like a little garden of delciousness. It was colourful and inviting. The pistachio sponge was light and crumbly, the coffee custard pudding had that lovely unsweetened coffee bitterness, which went perfectly with the beautifully poached pear, the buttery tuille, spots of raspberry jam and the sweet chocolate soil. The cold drip coffee caviar on top was delicious, little pops of coffee.

Industry Beans - Max and the jam donut muffin

Industry Beans – Max and the jam donut muffin

They had some sweet yummies up at the counter. One of which was a jam donut muffin. We took one home and Max was immediately plotting ways on how he could get his paws on it.

Industry beans has a unique style, like an industrial space meets a veggie patch or something. It was really cute, loved the open outdoor area. The staff were super friendly which is always a plus and our meals were delish. Not to mention great coffee.

I heart Industry Beans!

Olives x

Industry Beans
Address: Warehouse 3, 62 Rose Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Facebook: http://industrybeans.com/
Phone: 03 9417 1034
Trading Hours: Mon-Fri: 7am-4pm Sat-Sun: 8am-4pm

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Truffle Melbourne Festival

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015 - chocolate ganache w truffle

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015 – chocolate ganache w trufle (aww they look just like truffles)

Truffle season has arrived! So now is the time to think up those amazing truffle dishes you’ve been dreaming about and get a cooking. The truffle Melbourne festival is on this weekend so you will be able to taste amazing truffle dishes and be inspired to whip up mouth-watering truffle dishes at home. Let’s face it truffles make everything a little bit better.

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015 - Action shot

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015 – Action shot

We had the privilege of trying a range of yummy truffle delights at the truffle Melbourne launch today made by the renowned Guy Grossi and his team.

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015 - Chicken terrine on brioche crostini w shaved truffle

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015 – Chicken terrine on crostini w shaved truffle

This appetiser was tasty. Little rounds of chicken terrine on crostini with shaved truffle.

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015 - White polenta w bone marrow, truffle oil and grated truffle

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015 – White polenta w bone marrow, truffle oil and grated truffle

White polenta w bone marrow, truffle oil and grated truffle.

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015 - WA marron cooked in truffle butter, topped w truffle shavings

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015 – WA marron cooked in truffle butter, topped w truffle shavings

Western Australian marron cooked in truffle butter and grated truffle on top.

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015 - bite shot...chocolate ganache inside

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015 – bite shot…chocolate ganache inside

Bite shot. This little truffle chocolate ganache ball looked just like a truffle so cute. It was rich and chocolatey. Delish!

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015 - truffle creme brulee w shaved truffle on top

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015 – truffle creme brulee w shaved truffle on top

The truffle crème brulee was divine. Smooth, creamy and wonderful. The truffle added a nice touch.

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015 - rollin out the pasta

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015 – rollin out the pasta

Guy grossi made this amazing egg pasta which was made with lots o’ egg yolks. This batch of pasta was made with 52 egg yolks. Whoa! true story.

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015 - egg yolk pasta w truffle, potato, sage and fresh shaved truffle on top

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015 – egg yolk pasta w truffle, potato, sage and fresh shaved truffle on top

The fresh homemade pasta was cooked up with thinly sliced potato, sage, truffle and of course some shaved truffle on top. Looked amazing! I’ll definitely have to try to replicate this dish at home. That pasta….yum!

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015 - Me and Guy Grossi

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015 – Me and Guy Grossi

Here is me with my mate Guy Grossi, who by the way is really lovely, has a great sense of humour and cooks from the heart.

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015 - yay truffle gifts!

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015 – yay truffle gifts!

Yay truffle gifts!

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015 - Max the truffle pig

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015 – Max the truffle pig

Turns out I have my own truffle pig at home, well he’s a truffle butter pig in this picture it seems.

I may have used the word truffle excessively in this post but it’s only to express my excitement for truffles. If you’re excited about truffles too then head to the truffle festival this weekend at Prahran market.

I heart the Truffle Melbourne Festival!

Olives x

Truffle Melbourne Festival 2015
When: Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st of June 2015
Venue: Prahran Market – 163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141

And if you can’t make it this weekend, there is another Truffle Melbourne Festival on 11th & 12th of July 2015 at The Centre Ivanhoe.

Website for both events: http://trufflemelbourne.com/

Hardware Societe

Hardware Societe - Street view

Hardware Societe – Street view

If you love a good brunch, Hardware Societe is one of the best. It’s a modern style café with French and Spanish inspired dishes. The meals have a rustic flair with exciting flavour combos. If you like eggs OMG, baked eggs, fried eggs, poached eggs, scrambled eggs. They do them all and they are eggceptional. Down Hardware Lane this little brunchery exists and there is usually a queue out front. But it’s definitely worth waiting for.

Hardware Societe - Venue

Hardware Societe – Venue

It’s a small little space, but once you’re seated and eating, you don’t even notice. There is a white wall in the middle covered in colourful butterflies and behind the counter they have all of their teacups displayed on the wall, which I love.

Hardware Societe - Hot Chocolate

Hardware Societe – Hot Chocolate

The hot chocolate came out in two pieces. The first piece was a mug with a dollop of smooth decadent chocolate, cream and cocoa and the second piece was a milk pot with hot chocolate milk, which you pour into the mug. It was chocolaty and creamy yum and surprisingly not too rich. Loved it.

Hardware Societe - Lobster Benedict

Hardware Societe – Lobster Benedict

This lobster benedict takes eggs benedict to a whole new level. It has a generous amount of lobster on a toasted brioche bun with poached eggs and a citrus hollandaise. Amazing! The hollandaise sauce is light and lemony, which is great because it compliments the lobster and doesn’t overpower it. The lobster had a few capers and a bed of fresh greens underneath which add a freshness. And the runny poached egg and buttery bun add a fuller flavour. Delish!

Hardware Societe - Baked eggs

Hardware Societe – Baked eggs

The baked eggs are a perfect winter warmer. It was full of warming flavours chorizo, potato, piquillo pepers, queso mahon (Spanish cheese), toasted almonds, creamy aioli and eggs of course. It is truly comfort food at its best. Plus you get a side of crusty bread to dip in all that delciousness. They also have a vegetarian version with cauliflower puree, pumpkin, sage, brie & pinut migas, which is equally as delish. This meal is everything you need for those cold winter days.

Hardware Societe - Pork belly and fried eggs

Hardware Societe – Pork belly and fried eggs

The pork belly and fried eggs were tasty. Pork belly, fried eggs, potato medallions with a creamy thick herb aioli and some greens. The pork belly was beautifully cooked and melted in your mouth. It was yum.

Hardware Societe - Confit Salmon

Hardware Societe – Confit Salmon

The confit salmon was cooked to perfection it was soft and delicious with a crispy skin. The poached eggs add a creaminess that brings the dish together. The confit fennel was tasty and so was the beetroot puree, which looked stunning. And it had a chorizo crumble on top.

Hardware Societe - Scrambled eggs

Hardware Societe – Scrambled eggs

They definitely know how to scramble eggs. Their scrambled eggs are amazing! They are full and fluffy and decadent. Not to mention the chives and big chunks of chorizo in there. It comes with side of thick toast with cream cheese and hot smoked salmon. Although in this pic when I ate it last, the side was crunchy potato crisps, pepers and manchengo cheese on toast.

Hardware Societe - Fried Brioche

Hardware Societe – Fried Brioche

For a sweet brunch option they have fried brioche which is crunchy on the outside with a soft buttery inside. We had it with lemon curd cheesecake, freeze dried raspberries and vanilla sable biscuit crumb. Again this was ages ago so they still have the fried brioche but it comes with vanilla creme pat, stewed rhubarb, apple & almond crumble. Perfect winter flavours. Yum!

Hardware Societe is the perfect place to stop by for an exciting and delicious meal. It’s one of those places where everything is absolutely amazing. Brunch at its best! And now is a good time to go because there are some really great meals on the menu to warm you up this winter.

I heart Hardware Societe!

Olives x

Hardware Societe
Address: 120 Hardware St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Facebook: www.facebook.com/The-Hardware-Societe
Phone: 03 9078 5992
Trading Hours: Mon-Fri: 7.30am-3pm Sat-Sun: 8am-2pm

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Gazi

Gazi - Melbourne

Gazi – Melbourne

Gazi is a Greek restauraunt owned by Masterchef’s George Colombaris. It has a modern style menu but incorporates the classics. It has a contemporary spin on traditional Greek food and maintains a home-style feel with the traditional flavours. Tasty indeed.

Gazi - terracotta pot ceiling

Gazi – terracotta pot ceiling

The ceiling is covered in red terracotta pots. It looks really nice and gives that traditional meets contemporary feel, which is also reflected in the style of food.

Gazi - Mati plates

Gazi – Mati plates

They have these really cute evil eye plates.

Gazi - Tzatziki

Gazi – Tzatziki

They had a range of dips, which come with soft and fluffy pita bread. We got the tzatziki, which was absolutely delish.

Gazi - Saganaki w kumquat glyko The saganaki had that crunchy melted cheese on the top and was all soft in the middle. It had a kumquat glyko on top, which was like a sweet zingy sugar syrup which made it even better.

Gazi - Grain saladI adore their grain salad, it has a great texture with all the assorted grains. The pomegranate adds sweetness and the cumin yoghurt livens the dish. Just delicious.

They have a range of souvlakakia, which are small soulakis. The meat is tender and I love that most of them come with chips inside the souva.

Gazi - Falafel souva

Gazi – Falafel souva

We had the falafel one, which is a good veg option, which had falafels, greek yoghurt, chips and parsley. This was a while back, but now I think they have a different veg option, which is a souva with sweet potato keftedes, pumpkin seeds, tahini and pickled onion, which sounds yum too.

Gazi - soft-shell crab souva

Gazi – soft-shell crab souva

I had the soft shell crab souva at the Gazi stall at the taste festival and it was really good. The soft shell crab was nice and crunchy on the outside and perfectly cooked, the honey and mayo added richness and the mint and coriander added a fresh herby kick. It was a real winner.

Gazi - Duck souva

Gazi – Duck souva

The duck souva is fricken amazing! All the souvas are tasty but this one takes the cake. The duck was cooked perfectly and had crispy skin, the poached pears were beautifully sweet and compliment the duck so well. Then there are melty caramalised onions, honey mustard, shoestring fries and parsley. Each bite was heavenly. After I ate it I wanted another. It was my favourite. Yum!

Gazi - Homemade musk sticks

Gazi – Homemade musk sticks

We got the homemade musk sticks. They were hard and tasted just like musk sticks should taste, a nice little sweet.

Gazi - Loukomathes w honey nutella

Gazi – Loukomathes w honey nutella

Loukomathes are sort of like little deep-fried donut balls. They are crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy in the middle. These ones were drizzled with honey nutella and topped with crushed hazelnuts. It was a honey sweetness with a hint of choc hazelnut. Very sweet but yum.

Gazi - Creme caramel w kataifi and pistachio

Gazi – Creme caramel w kataifi and pistachio

The crème caramel was thick and smooth and delicious. It had fried kataifi on top and was sprinkled with pistachio. The crunchy kataifi was a nice contemporary twist, which made this dish fun to eat.

Gazi - Bombe metaxa

Gazi – Bombe metaxa

The bombe metaxa was chocolate icecream and tsoureki (that sweet greek easter bread) covered in meringue and set alight (love a bit of theatre). The meringue was like a pavlova, fluffy in the middle, the chocolate icecream was in tact it hadn’t melted and the tsoureki was a nice cakey element.

Gazi is a nice place to get together and share some delicious Greek food. It is traditional food with a contemporary twist. I like that the restaurant has great food and a casual feel.

I heart Gazi!

Olives x

Gazi
Address: 2 Exhibition Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Website: http://www.gazirestaurant.com.au/
Phone: 03 9207 7444
Trading Hours: Mon-Sun: 11.30am til late (everyday)

 

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