Long Story Short

Long Story Short - Street view

Long Story Short – Street view

When you’re looking for a place to brunch, Richmond has plenty on offer. And Long Story Short has a relaxed space with an exciting menu to satisfy your brunching needs. Did I mention they have awesome hot chocolate spheres with marshmallows inside. Yep, that alone is a pretty good reason to visit.

Long Story Short - Venue

Long Story Short – Venue

The venue has a relaxed vibe with modern wooden furniture and low hanging lights.

Long Story Short - Hot chocolate sphere

Long Story Short – Hot chocolate sphere

Hot chocolate at Long Story Short is quite the experience.

Long Story Short - Mmm chocolate

Long Story Short – Mmm chocolate

You pour the hot chocolate over the sisko chocolate sphere and it melts down and surprise marshmallows pop up. It’s heaps of fun and delicious too. But a heads up for the photo enthusiasts, eventually the hot chocolate will go cold so make your photo session a quick one.

Long Story Short - Mmm matcha

Long Story Short – Matcha maiden white hot chocolate

There were two flavours, a milk hot chocolate and a matcha maiden white hot chocolate.

Long Story Short - Soft shell crab burger

Long Story Short – Soft shell crab burger

The soft shell crab was crunchy and the burger bun was covered in seeds (sesame, pumpkin), which added a nice texture. It was filled with fresh herbs and slaw.

Long Story Short - Soft shell crab on slaw

Long Story Short – Soft shell crab on slaw

If buns are too carby for you, they also do a soft shell crab salad which is the crispy fried soft shell on top of a fresh and crunchy slaw.

Long Story Short - Pork ribs and watermelon salad

Long Story Short – Pork ribs and watermelon salad

The pork ribs were tasty and tender. It was served with a savoury salad with watermelon pieces. I loved the watermelon it was fresh and went well with the ribs. Yum.

Long Story Short - Chilli scramble

Long Story Short – Chilli scramble

Can’t go wrong with chilli scramble.

Long Story Short - Smashed avo

Long Story Short – Smashed avo

A brunch staple, smashed avo with poachies.

Long Story Short - Pan fried salmon

Long Story Short – Pan fried salmon

Salmon with crispy skin and grain salad with lots of texture. Quinoa, buckwheat, lentils, barley, dried grapes, almonds and fresh herbs.

Long Story Short - Buttermilk pancakes

Long Story Short – Buttermilk pancakes

The Pepe Saya buttermilk pancakes were thick and fluffy (very filling) and had layers of caramalised banana and peanut butter in between. It was topped with a sour cream and vanilla ice cream.

Long Story Short - Cold drip coffee

Long Story Short – Cold drip coffee

They have cold drip coffee with different drop times so you can decide how strong you want it. It starts from 10 seconds and goes up to a 60 second drop. The longer the time between drops, the stronger the coffee.

In short, the coffee is strong, the hot chocolates are awesome and it’s a great place to enjoy some tasty food for brunch.

I heart Long Story Short!

Olives x

Long Story Short
Address:10/53 Coppin St, Richmond VIC 3121
Phone: 03 9421 6221
Website: http://www.longstoryshortcafe.com.au/
Trading hours: Mon-Fri: 7am-4pm, Sat-Sun: 8am-4pm

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Note: Olive Sundays was invited as a guest to Long Story Short.

Royal Croquet Club 2015

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 - Birrarung Marr

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 – Birrarung Marr

The Royal Croquet Club is a summer festival at Birrarung Marr of food, beverages, beats and croquet of course. Today is the last day so grab some friends and head on down.

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 - Fun in the sun

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 – Fun in the sun

It was a beautiful summer setting with loads of fake grass and cute seated areas.

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 - Croquet

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 – Croquet

Here are some people playing croquet.There were a few more croquet sets this year which was great so more people got a chance to play.

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 - Beverages! Jugs of Pimms

It’s been super hot in late so beverages were in order. They had a lovely range of Yalumba wines and Jugs of Pimms to share with your mates (or drink all to yourself, whatever, no judgement). There was also a captain Morgan’s bar serving the best spiced rum.

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 - Ruyi crispy chicken w honey wasabi sauce

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 – Ruyi crispy chicken w honey wasabi sauce

Ruyi had their crispy chicken bites with sweet honey wasabi sauce. The sauce had a good wasabi punch. Yum!

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 - Gazi saganaki croquetta w peppered fig sauce

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 – Gazi saganaki croquetta w peppered fig sauce

From Gazi we had the saganaki croquette which was like a stick of saganaki crumbed and deep fried. So good! The fried cheese was paired with a peppered fig dipping sauce that was savoury and sweet.

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 - Bluebonnet BBQ cornbread waffled w smoked pork belly

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 – Bluebonnet BBQ cornbread waffled w smoked pork belly

Bluebonnet BBQ were serving cornbread waffles with smoked pork belly, creamed corn and porcini popcorn. This looked amazing was delicious. It was an interesting combination of flavours and textures. It was great.

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 - Tokyo Tina kingfish rice paper rolls

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 – Tokyo Tina kingfish rice paper rolls

The Kingfish rice paper rolls from Tokyo Tina, were simple and fresh. They came with a nice plum dipping sauce.

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 - Mamasita Corn w cheese and chipotle mayo

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 – Mamasita Corn w cheese and chipotle mayo

Mamasita corn is the best kind of corn. It is slathered with cheese, chipotle mayo and paprika. It was spicy and creamy and amazing. Love.

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 - Pidapipo gelato

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 – Pidapipo gelato

Pidapipo were serving a range of gelato which is so perfect for this weather. They had a range of flavours. Raspberry white chocolate, passionfruit, salted caramel, nutella swirl etc. The Nutella swirl was my fave,

Today is the last day of the event so head down. Perfect weather for it!

I heart the RCC!

Olives x

 

Note: Olive Sundays was invited as a guest to the Royal Croquet Club.

 

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015
Event dates: 10th December – 20th December 2015
Address: Birrarung Mar
Website: https://royalcroquetclub.com.au/melbourne/
Trading hours: Open daily from Midday

Tetsujin

Tetsujin - Salmon nigiri

Tetsuijin is a new Japanese restaurant opening in the Emporium and they have lots to be excited about. We’re talking a sushi train, robata BBQ grill and ultimately some brilliant Japanese food.

Tetsujin - Venue

Tetsujin – Venue

For the launch this space was transformed into a dance floor but will obviously be filled with tables and chairs when it opens tomorrow.

Tetsujin - So cute

Tetsujin – So cute

We were greeted with these girls. So cute.

Tetsujin - Sushi train

This was the sushi train area.

Tetsujin - Beverages

Tetsujin – Beverages

The restaurant is fully licensed so you can enjoy alcoholic beverages with your meal if you so choose. Tetsujin - Oysters

Oysters were in abundance. They were tasty with a tomato oyster gel and fresh spring onions on top.

Tetsujin - Veg sticks and dip

They had some crunchy vegetables with dip for starters.

Tetsujin - Sushi

Tetsujin – Sushi

They had a range of sushi that was cleverly put together with salmon both rolled inside and placed on top. These ones were pretty with edible flowers. Tetsujin - Potato croquettes

They had potato croquettes on pops so they were easy to eat. Some of them had a creamy mayo sauce and some had a soy dressing.

Tetsujin - Salmon and tuna nigiri

Tetsujin – Salmon and tuna nigiri

Salmon and Tuna nigiri with a glass of wine. Perfect!

Tetsujin - Seaweed inari The seaweed inari was nice. They were thin tofu pouches filled with seaweed.

Tetsujin - Crab claws

Tetsujin – Crab claws

I liked the fried crab claws, they were filled with shredded crab meat and were battered in crispy panko crumbs. They were sitting in a tomato based sauce with pesto on top.
Tetsujin - Meat ready for the grill

They had little pork buns which I didn’t get my hands on but the meats were on display, which they would cook on the robata (Jap charcoal) BBQ grill.

Tetsujin - Salmon

Tetsujin – Salmon

This salmon starter was yum. Two mini salmon sushi and a salmon nigiri.

Tetsujin - Octopus balls

Tetsujin – Octopus balls

The octopus balls had chunks of octopus inside and were fried in a tempura batter.

Tetsujin - Tomato, basil and bocconcini skewers

Tetsujin – Tomato, basil and bocconcini skewers

These skewers were tasty, they were sweet cherry tomatoes, mini balls of bocconcini dressed with a basil sauce. Yum!

Tetsujin - Fried bites filled w glass noodles

Tetsujin – Fried bites filled w glass noodles

These little delights were deep-fried and were filled with mushrooms and glass noodles.

Tetsujin - Fried potato patties w spicy sauce

Tetsujin – Fried potato patties w spicy sauce

These vegetarian patties were filled with potato and had a spicy sauce drizzled on top.

Tetsujin - Lots o sushi

Tetsujin – Lots o sushi

You can understand why this assorted plate of sushi was eaten in a matter of seconds. It came out, I took one photo and then they were gone. There was a variety of different sushi served on the night. All delish.

Tetsujin - Yo Mafia!

Tetsujin – Yo Mafia!

At the launch they had Japanese wallpaper and Yo Mafia playing beats all night. Tasty food and lots of dancing.

Tetsujin opens tomorrow on the 4th floor of the emporium next to Din Tai Fung or you can enter via a lift on Caledonian lane. Be sure to check it out. Kanpai!

I heart Tetsujin!

Olives x

Tetsujin
Address: Shop M0004, Emporium Melbourne, 295 Lonsdale Street, VIC
(Entrance via Little Bourke Street & Caledonian Lane)
Website: http://tetsujin.com.au/
Phone: 03 9663 9993
Trading Hours: Sun-Thu: 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat:11am-12am (sushi train closes at 9.30pm everyday)

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

Note: Olive Sundays was invited as a guest to Tetsujin.

Meatworks

Meatworks - Meat platter

Meatworks – Meat platter

At Meatworks they love their meat and whether you like it slow roasted, braised or smoked, they will deliver the goods. They serve rustic home-style dishes in their South Melbourne restaurant and have an in-house wood smoker. Meat lovers ahoy! They do a smoked meat platter, they also smoke some of the vegies and do a smoked custard for dessert. Lots of deliciousness.

Meatworks - Venuw

Meatworks – Venue

The entrance sort of looked like a big garage warehouse and inside it had a minimalist industrial look with lots of light.

Meatworks - Spicy silken tofu

Meatworks – Spicy silken tofu

While they know their meat, it’s not all just about meat dishes. We tried the spicy silken tofu with smoked pumpkin, zucchini, spiced peanuts, fried shallots and coriander it was delicious. The tofu was soft and smooth, the veg was roasted perfectly and the peanuts added crunch.

Meatworks - Beef brisket Vietnamese bagettes

Meatworks – Beef brisket Vietnamese bagettes

They had Vietnamese baguettes with 10 hour smoked brisket (so juicy and tender), pickled carrot, cucumber, Asian herbs, fresh chilli and kewpie mayo. They were fresh and flavorsome.

Meatworks - Sweet smoked salmon salad

Meatworks – Sweet smoked salmon salad

The sweet smoked salmon salad was amazing. It had chunks of flakey salmon that was delicious on its own. Then it had fresh mint, cucumber, buckwheat, freekah and pomegranate. It was sweet, salty, smoked, delicious! Loved it.

Meatworks - Pulled pork sliders

Meatworks – Pulled pork sliders

The pulled pork sliders, which were little buttery buns with a generous amount of pulled pork with pickled veg and spicy mayo. Delish!

Meatworks - Meat platter

Meatworks – Meat platter

The meat platter was a sight to see. It was a wooden board packed with all things meat. There was 10 hour smoked pulled brisket, sticky balsamic lamb ribs, pulled pork and mammoth braised beef ribs. All of the smoked meat was smoked in house and the meat was beautiful and tender.

Meatworks - Homemade sauces (tomato, chilli, bbq)

Meatworks – Homemade sauces (tomato, chilli, bbq)

They had a trio of homemade sauces, they had a tomato relish, BBQ sauce and a chilli sauce which wasn’t very hot but was full of chill flavour.

Meatworks - Hasselback potatoes

Meatworks – Hasselback potatoes

To accompany the meat there was some delicious sides. The hasselback potatoes were tasty. They were smoked and roasted perfectly, buttery and soft with a bit of crisp on the outside.

Meatworks - pickled veg salad w balsamic vinegar

Meatworks – pickled veg salad w balsamic vinegar

The cucumber salad was a great side dish. The cucumbers were pickled in house and had carrots, crunchy peanuts and crispy shallots with a balsamic dressing.

Meatworks - Roasted corn w parmesan and chipotle mayo

Meatworks – Roasted corn w parmesan and chipotle mayo

The smoked corn on the cobs looked rustic, roasted in their husks. They looked great and were dressed with parmesan cheese and chipotle mayo.

Meatworks - A little bit of everything

Meatworks – A little bit of everything

Meatworks has a lovely range of dishes on the menu and they know how to put on a feast. The food is flavoursome and comforting. And despite the name, vegie lovers would enjoy this place too. It’s great for a heart-warming homestyle meal.

I heart Meatworks!

Olives x

 Meatworks
Address: 28/30 Ross St, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Website: http://www.meatworksco.com/
Phone: 03 9041 5727
Trading Hours: Mon- Sat: 11am-4pm

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Note: Olive Sundays was invited as a guest to Meatworks.

The Flying Duck Hotel

The Flying Duck Hotel - Open terrace

The Flying Duck Hotel – Open terrace

The flying duck hotel has been around for many years in fact it first opened in 1868. It has a beautiful beer garden and an open terrace. We were there for the re-launch, where they showcased the beautiful space and introduced their new chef. Lots of beverages and lots of food. It’s where you want to be on a hot summers day.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Beer garden

The Flying Duck Hotel – Beer garden

It had a relaxed vibe and lots of beautiful outdoor space.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Bar

The Flying Duck Hotel – Bar

They have an extensive range of beers and wines, which is always a plus.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Beer

The Flying Duck Hotel – Beer

Lots o’ beer.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Watermelon sangria

The Flying Duck Hotel – Watermelon sangria

They had big bowls of ice with squares of watermelon sangria. Fruity, red wine soaked watermelon pieces, they were refreshing and sweet.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Homemade prawn crackers

The Flying Duck Hotel – Homemade prawn crackers

They had these homemade prawn crackers that were tasty. All shapes and sizes.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Strawberry gazpacho & parmesan foam

The Flying Duck Hotel – Strawberry gazpacho & parmesan foam

We tried the shots of strawberry gazpacho with parmesan foam. It was definitely interesting. A strange combo of flavours,

The Flying Duck Hotel - Crumbed oyster w tigers milk and kiffir lime salad

The Flying Duck Hotel – Crumbed oyster w tigers milk and kiffir lime salad

The crumbed oysters were my favourite. They had a light beautifully crunchy crumb with tiger’s milk, which had the oyster flavour with a bit of zest. Delish!

The Flying Duck Hotel - Close up my fave!

The Flying Duck Hotel – Close up my fave!

Here is a close up. Love!

The Flying Duck Hotel - Chicken pastries w creamy mushroom sauce

The Flying Duck Hotel – Chicken pastries w creamy mushroom sauce

The chicken pasties had a light puff pastry and were accompanied by a mushroom sauce. They were dusted with icing sugar, which made them a little sweet.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Kingfish ceviche

The Flying Duck Hotel – Kingfish ceviche

The kingfish ceviche was nice and zesty, sitting in a black rice cracker.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Soft-shell crab slider

The Flying Duck Hotel – Soft-shell crab slider

Little mini sliders are so cute. And they’re even cuter when they have a giant soft shell crab doing a fly-kick out of the bun. It had pickled slaw and aioli. They were yum,

The Flying Duck Hotel - Dumplings

The Flying Duck Hotel – Dumplings

The dumplings had a thick skin pastry and were sitting in a spiced curry sauce.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Pork belly skewers

The Flying Duck Hotel – Pork belly skewers

The pork belly skewers were tasty, they had a sticky marinade with spring onions.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Semi dried tomato croquettes w broccoli pesto

The Flying Duck Hotel – Semi dried tomato croquettes w broccoli pesto

The semi dried tomato croquettes were full of flavour. They were crunchy on the outside and soft and sort of like arancini in the middle. It had a spot of broccoli pesto on top. Tasty.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Mini parma

The Flying Duck Hotel – Mini parma

They had mini parmas, which were little strips of chicken in a tomato sauce wrapped in a lettuce leaf. I’ve never been able to eat a parma in two bites before so it was definitely a first.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Cocktails

The Flying Duck Hotel – Cocktails

We had this passionfruit and lime cocoktail (the name escapes me) and it was delicious!

The Flying Duck Hotel - Nitrogen popcorn w honey and lavender

The Flying Duck Hotel – Nitrogen popcorn w honey and lavender

At the end of the night, the chefs were making nitrogen popcorn with honey and lavender. It looked like frozen popcorn and was incredibly light. It was cold and had a subtle honey floral flavour amongst the creaminess.

Summer is here and the flying duck hotel is a great place to gather some friends together for a tasty feed and some bevvies.

I heart The Flying Duck Hotel!

Olives x

The Flying Duck Hotel
Address: 67 Bendigo St, Prahran VIC 3181
Website: http://flyingduckhotel.com.au/
Phone: 03 9510 8081
Trading Hours: Sun- Wed: 12pm-11pm, Thu-Sat: 12pm-12am

Flying Duck Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Note: Olive Sundays was invited as a guest to The Flying Duck Hotel.