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

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne)

Night Noodle Market 2014 - Melbourne @Birrarung Marr

Night Noodle Market 2014 – Melbourne @Birrarung Marr

The return of the night noodle market makes me happy. Last year it was a major hit and this year its back with double the food stalls. This time it’s held at a different, and much larger venue, Birrarung Marr. Which is a great idea considering last year the event was packed to the max. The noodle night markets present a collection of authentic Asian cuisines and Asian inspired dishes from across the continent.

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Early birds (before the flocks of people arrive)

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Early birds

I generally like to go earlier because there are less people, less queues and more available seats…winning!

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Lots o' people

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Lots o’ people

It’s a really popular event so one minute there is no queue, the next minute there is a really long queue. As they say, the early bird gets the noodle.

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Grassy knoll

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Grassy knoll

They was a big grassy knoll, which is perfect for good weather you can have a little picnic on the hill.

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Red Spice Road - Coconut sago pudding

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Red Spice Road – Coconut sago pudding

The weather was all sunshine so a tropical dessert from Red Spice Road sounded like a good starter. We had a coconut sago pudding w pineapple & lime. It was really fresh and had lots of different textural elements.

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Red Spice Road - Five-spice pork belly w chilli caramel

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Red Spice Road – Five-spice pork belly w chilli caramel

We also got a savoury dish from Red Spice Road. The five spice pork belly w chilli caramel. It was delicious! The pork belly was deep-fried, crispy on the outside and soft and sticky in the middle. The chilli caramel was so good with the pork and it was complimented with a side of fresh beans shoots, coriander and mint. Yum!

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Ramen Burger - Chicken ramen burger

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Ramen Burger – Chicken ramen burger

From Ramen Burger we got the…wait for it…yep, the ramen burger. We ordered the chicken one, which was well constructed and tasted good. It was a fillet of teriyaki chicken amongst two noodle patties with some spinach, cheese and mayo. And yes the burger bun was made entirely out of thin egg noodles, which were toasted, so they had a bit of a crispy noodle crunch. It was good.

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Charlie's Dumplings - Steamed pork & ginger dumplings

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Charlie’s Dumplings – Steamed pork & ginger dumplings

From Charlie’s Dumplings we tried the steamed pork and ginger dumplings with black bean and chilli dressing. They were yum. The pastry was good and the filling melted in your mouth. The dressing was nice and had a good chilli kick.

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Charlie's Dumplings - Milk choc dumplings w raspberry & chilli sauce

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Charlie’s Dumplings – Milk choc dumplings w raspberry & chilli sauce

Also from Charlie’s dumplings we got the Milk chocolate dumplings w raspberry and chilli sauce. Luckily the guy at the store gave us a heads up on how to eat the dumplings in daylight (as chocolate is less visible after dark). We ate the dumplings whole as suggested to avoid a chocolate mishap. They were yum and our shirts got through unscathed. The dumplings were battered balls of chocolate. A great idea. They were sitting in the raspberry and chilli sauce, which was nice. The taste of chilli was barely noticeable which I liked.

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Izakaya Den - Nakaochi (Tuna & salmon tartare w rice)

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Izakaya Den – Nakaochi (Tuna & salmon tartare w rice)

We tried the Nakaochi from Izakaya Den, which is a tuna and salmon tartare w sesame & ginger. It was served with some salted cucumber and steamed rice. I really liked it. It was fresh and the oily fish went well with the steamed rice. It was really yum.

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Lankan Tucker - Veg pan rolls

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Lankan Tucker – Veg pan rolls

We got a couple of veg pan rolls from the Lankan Tucker stall. They were nice with some sweet chilli dipping sauce.

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Hammer and Tong - Soft Shell Crab burger w sriracha mayo

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Hammer and Tong – Soft Shell Crab burger w sriracha mayo

The soft shell crab burger was incredible. I didn’t realise I was such a fan of soft-shell crab. This burger was amazing. It was a crispy fried soft-shell crab in a soft buttery brioche bun with cabbage and sriracha mayo. Oh my goodness. It took me to a heavenly place. Loved it.

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Kong B1 & B2

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Kong – B1 & B2

At this point we were getting very full and decided we would get bun one and bun two from Kong. B1 was spicy pork belly, pickled cucumber & crazy horse sauce and B2 was peanut butter S&P tofu w burnt chilli mayo. They were good. I was petting the buns they were so soft. There was a long order line and an even longer collect line. So you could maybe have one person in each line and while the first person orders, the second person is already in queue to collect the order.

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Gelato Messina - Phuc Khing Tasty & Happy Taste Bud Time

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Gelato Messina – Phuc Khing Tasty & Happy Taste Bud Time

Gelato Messina created some really exciting flavour combinations. We tried the Phuc Khing Tasty and this dessert was exactly that. It was cinnamon scroll (like literally a piece of cinnamon scroll), coffee gelato, condensed milk panna cotta, walnut crunch and an Asian spiced cookie. It was amazing. It was really fun journeying through the different elements. We also tried Happy Taste Bud Time, which was just as delicious. Lychee sponge, mango puree, rambutan & coconut gelato, whipped salted coconut cream (omg yum!) and a cocnut macaron. It was amazing. I could have eaten a bowl of that whipped salted coconut cream. Exploring through the dessert and finding little surprises was fun. These two desserts were stand out and worth the wait in queue.

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Mr Miyagi - Nori Salmon Taco & Miyagi Fried Chicken

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Mr Miyagi – Nori Salmon Taco & Miyagi Fried Chicken

After some time I mustered up the courage to eat again, I was very full by now but I wanted to try the Nori taco at Mr Miyagi. So I got a taco and while I was there I also got a cheeky six pack of MFC (Miyagi Fried Chicken). And I’m glad I did because that nori taco was pure genius and the fried chicken was yum too. The Nori taco is such an interesting creation and it was well executed. The taco was a sheet of nori battered and fried, then folded and filled with vinegar rice (like sushi rice), grilled salmon belly, spicy nappa cabbage, japanese mayo and chilli oil. It was so delicious! And it didn’t even fall apart. My issue with normal tacos is that they fall apart when you bite into them. Not with this one. The nori taco is flexible and easy to eat. It was fantastic. So creative.

It’s a great event and it’s still on for another week. There are so many amazing food stalls in one place. It’s really well organised and is definitely one of my favourite food festivals.

I heart the Night Noodle Market!

Olives x