The Vertue of the coffee drink

The vertue of the coffee drink - Street view

The vertue of the coffee drink – Street view

Finding this place is an adventure in itself. We walked down past the petrol station and I was almost certain we were not in the right place, but then we saw a sign that said coffee with a finger pointing left. We turned left and sure enough there was two big doors with an old English lamp above the entrance. Step one complete. We found the place.

The vertue of the coffee drink - Venue

The vertue of the coffee drink – Venue

For some reason because it was a somewhat hidden location I thought it would be a really small place but I was wrong. It was spacious with high ceilings with a coffee bar with a glass cabinet of delectable sweets and an open restaurant eating area.

The vertue of the coffee drink - Coffee grinder

The vertue of the coffee drink – Coffee grinder

In the centre of the space was a gigantic coffee-grinding contraption. When you see that beast of a machine, you know you’re in for a good coffee.

The vertue of the coffee drink - Mmm coffee

The vertue of the coffee drink – Mmm coffee

Step two we ordered coffee. And as expected it was delicious.

The vertue of the coffee drink - more coffee

The vertue of the coffee drink – more coffee

More coffee.

The vertue of the coffee drink - Scotch egg

The vertue of the coffee drink – Scotch egg

The scotch egg was delicious. It was soft with a crunchy crumb, sitting on a bed of onion marmalade, which added sweetness. There was a slice of pork cotechino, which is like an Italian charcuterie meat, which was lovely with the sour of the caper berries and the piccalilli (pickled veg relish) mayonnaise which was a bright yellow sauce. Then there was the light and crunchy pig skin cracker, and toasted brioche soldiers, which were soft with a lightly toasted outside.

The vertue of the coffee drink - Smoked ocean trout

The vertue of the coffee drink – Smoked ocean trout

We also tried the smoked ocean trout, which was cooked to perfection and had a really strong smokey flavour. It was great. The curried arancini were so yum I could have eaten a whole plate of them. There was a silky yoghurt dressing, a creamy soft duck egg and a sticky sweet mango and chilli jam. The flavours together were interesting and delicious.

The vertue of the coffee drink - Mad as a hatter chai w soy

The vertue of the coffee drink – Mad as a hatter chai w soy

Their ‘mad as a hatter chai w soy’ had a strong spicy flavour, which was lovely. It was served in this exquisite copper pot with a long golden handle. Very cute. And if you want a chai but need a dose of caffeine, you can order the ‘dirty chai with a shot of espresso.’

The vertue of the coffee drink - sweets

The vertue of the coffee drink – sweets

They have the perfect selection of baked goods to go with their exceptional coffee. The big round cookie was deliciously crumbly and shortbreadesque. And it had big badass chocolate chunks throughout. We got a salted caramel butterbing cookie sandwich, which was absolutely delicious. It was a deliciously rich chocolate cookie sandwich with the perfect balance of crunch, chew and crumble with a smooth salted caramel filling. They had kwak scrolls, the cinnamon ones, which were incredible. I was covered in icing sugar and I did not give a care. I was blissfully unaware of my surroundings they were so yum.

The vertue of the coffee drink - Max n the Portugese tart

The vertue of the coffee drink – Max n the Portugese tart

Max was loving the Portuguese tart. It was really good.

The vertue of the coffee drink has lots of character and a quirkiness about it, which is also reflected in the meals they create. The meals are inventive and unique and mouth-wateringly delicious. The staff were really lovely which added to its charm. It is definitely worth tracking this place down for some great coffee and a whimsical brunch adventure.

I heart The Vertue Of The Coffee Drink!

Olives x

The Vertue of the coffee drink
Address: 8 Raffa Place, Carlton VIC 3053
Website: http://vertuecoffee.com.au/
Phone: 03 8060 6987
Trading Hours: Mon-Fri: 7am-4pm, Sat-Sun: 7.3-am-4pm

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Kong

Kong - Venue

Kong – Venue

Kong is owned by the same people who do chin chin and baby pizza, The Lucas Group. And like its other restaurant counterparts, it has a cool vibe and has people queuing out the door for quality dining. Kong creates modern dishes with Korean inspired flavours, lots of intense flavours and lots of BBQ’d things.

Kong - Woodgrilled endamame w chilli sea salt

Kong – Woodgrilled endamame w chilli sea salt

The endamame was delish. They saw some heat on the wood grill and were seasoned with chilli & sea salt. Excellent starter.

Kong - BBQ corn w miso butter chilli

Kong – BBQ corn w miso butter chilli

The BBQ corn was juicy and had a nice char to it. It was covered in a delicious miso butter and sprinkled with chilli salt.

Kong - Miso caramelised eggplant

Kong – Miso caramelised eggplant

The miso eggplant was beautifully caramelised. And it was served in iceburg lettuce with sesame, chervil & yuzu. Easy to eat and really tasty.

Kong - SSAM roti

Kong – SSAM roti

The roti was nice and soft and was a good dipping tool to savour all the flavour in the saucy dishes.

Kong - Korean fried chicken wings

Kong – Korean fried chicken wings

The Korean fried chicken wings were doused in a thick, sticky honey garlic sauce and was topped with sesame seeds, spring onion and coriander. The sauce was really flavoursome and intense. They were super tasty but I couldn’t eat a lot of them in a row.

Kong - Salmon roti rolls

Kong – Salmon roti rolls

We had the salmon roti rolls which was teriyaki grilled salmon w rocket and spicy tomato salsa. I knew it was salmon because I ordered it but otherwise I wouldn’t have known it was salmon. It was okay but probably my least fave of the night.

Kong - Soft-shell crab bao

Kong – Soft-shell crab bao

We tried the soft-shell crab with salted duck egg relish & coriander. The bao was so soft and smooth, I was patting it like it was my little pet. It was crunchy, tangy, fresh and delicious. Yum!

Kong - Kong Bossam BBQ tray

Kong – Kong Bossam BBQ tray

The Kong Bossam BBQ tray was a platter of different meats, which included a little tasting of pulled chicken & pork, pork belly & beef brisket. The meats were tasty and had different flavours and textures. There was some lettuce leaves to put the meat in and pickled veg for freshness and some tasty condiments like kimchi & walnut ssamjang to add a chilli kick. Very tasty indeed.

Kong - Dukkbokki rice-cakes

Kong – Dukkbokki rice-cakes

The Dukkbokki rice-cakes were sort of like over-sized, oddly shaped noodles that resembled little alien tenticles. The sauce was thick, spicy and delicious. It had red chilli, gochujang & roasted parsnip. It was a great vegetarian option. The rice-cakes soaked up the sauce so well and each bite was full of flavour.

Kong - Black sesame ice cream

Kong – Black sesame ice cream

The black sesame ice cream looked fantastic. It was smooth and the flavour was nutty sort of like tahini. I’m not a huge black sesame ice-cream fan but this was pleasant.

Kong - Apple & walnut tart w miso butterscotch

Kong – Apple & walnut tart w miso butterscotch

The apple & walnut tart was delicious. It had thin slices of soft apple and a crunchy walnut crumb on top. There was miso butterscotch poured on, over and around the tart, which was a thin sweet and sticky sauce. On top of the tart was a scoop of Japanese whisky ice-cream. The Japanese flavours take this dish to another level. It has the essence of a traditional apple pie but with a modern Japanese twist. It’s a good one for winter.

Kong - Coconut sago, passionfruit & pineapple trifle

Kong – Coconut sago, passionfruit & pineapple trifle

The coconut sago trifle was heavenly. The sago was covered in creamy coconut, the passionfruit layer was a burst of fresh fruit and the pineapple layer tasted sweet and caramelised. Absolute bliss.

It’s a walk in restaurant so you can’t make a booking and it gets really busy so you can expect to wait over an hour at peak times. We left our name and number and visited the pub down the street (Prince Albert Hotel) for some drinks to pass the time and they called us when our table was ready. You also have the option to take-away if you prefer. The food came out pretty quickly and the staff were fantastic, very friendly and attentive. And the food was full of flavour and super tasty so definitely worth the wait.

I heart Kong!

Olives x

Kong
Address: 599 Church St, Richmond VIC 3121
Website: https://www.kongbbq.com.au/
Phone: 03 9427 1307
Trading Hours: Mon-Sun: 11am ’til late (open 7 days)

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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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Miss Marple’s Tea-room

Miss Marple's Tea-room - Streetview

Miss Marple’s Tea-room – Street view

We decided to go on a scenic road trip to Mt Dandenong. Perfect weather for it! We went around the winding roads and found ourselves at Miss Marples, which is a gorgeous cottage style teahouse.

Miss Marple's Tea-room - Venue

Miss Marple’s Tea-room – Venue

The floral tablecloths, framed black and white photos on the wall, shelved teapots, traditional English lamps, fireplace and 1930’s music playing in the background made you feel like you were taking a step back in time.

Miss Marple's Tea-room - Scones w jam & cream

Miss Marple’s Tea-room – Scones w jam & cream

Miss Marple’s are well known for their Devonshire scones. Scones and tea is a match made in heaven. The scones were yummy on their own but with a liberal layer of Miss Marple’s homemade raspberry jam and lashings of freshly whipped cream it was heavenly. You can choose the plain scones or the fruit scones or one of each if you can’t decide. They look like tall squares of scone, which are light and fluffy. Gone are the days when each scone was baked individually. They now make a whole tray of scone and cut them into squares. Which is fine by me because they still taste great.

Miss Marple's Tea-room - 'Yorkshire Gold' tea

Miss Marple’s Tea-room – ‘Yorkshire Gold’ tea

The tea was Miss Marple’s own house blend called “Yorkshire Gold,” which was voted ‘best cup of tea in England’ by the British tea council. And it was pretty amazing and yep it went perfectly with my jam and cream scone too.

Miss Marple's Tea-room - Miss Marple's Famous fingers (chicken, cheese & pineapple)

Miss Marple’s Tea-room – Miss Marple’s Famous fingers (chicken, cheese & pineapple)

We got Miss Marple’s Famous Fingers, which are little open tea sandwiches with different toppings. We got chicken, cheese & pineapple fingers which were delish. It had a generous amount of shredded chicken on each piece, with creamy mayo, topped with grilled cheese and pineapple. Garnished with some alfalfa sprouts. Yum!

Miss Marple's Tea-room - Cottage Pie

Miss Marple’s Tea-room – Cottage Pie

The home-style cottage pie is nice and comforting. They have a chicken or beef version. We got the beef cottage pie, which was yummy. It tasted like a homemade cottage pie. The hearty beef mince meat and veg topped with fluffy potato was baked in a mini ceramic casserole dish. And it was served with tomato sauce (didn’t even have to ask).

Miss Marple's Tea-room - Fruit salad

Miss Marple’s Tea-room – Fruit salad

My friend got the fruit salad, which was like a healthy version of a sundae, which you can get with cream or ice cream. It was fresh and colourful, and fruity of course.

Miss Marple's Tea-room - Miss Marple's Sundae Best

Miss Marple’s Tea-room – Miss Marple’s Sundae Best

We got Miss Marples “sundae best.” When the sundae came out, our jaws dropped. Oh my. The sundae was mammoth! It’s what a sundae looks like in movies, in cartoons, in my dreams. It was amazing! Masses of vanilla ice-cream and whipped cream topped with chocolate fudge and fresh berry sauce, then sprinkled with roasted flaked almonds and two thin pieces of almond biscotti. I shared it with a friend but the feat was insurmountable. We tried to eat the whole thing but were sadly defeated. It was too massive for the two of us. However it is not unachievable, my friend’s dad can eat the whole sundae on his own even after eating Miss Marple’s fish and chips. Now that is impressive.

It’s very popular and often packed so you might have to wait a little while to be seated. But it’s fine because it gives you time to browse the little shops in the area. The staff are really lovely and make you feel at home. I assured our waitress we would finish our sundae but it was one of those ‘eyes too big for your stomach’ moments. Ah wells. Maybe next time.

I heart Miss Marples Tea-room!

Olives x

Miss Marple’s Tea-room
Address: 382 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Sassafras VIC 3787
Phone: 03 9755 1610
Trading Hours: Mon–Fri: 11am – 4pm, Sat-Sun: 11am-4.30pm

 

 

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Coda

Coda - Street view

Coda – Street view

Coda is an amazing restaurant tucked beneath the hustle and bustle of the city. In a basement off Flinders lane, this hidden gem has a sensational menu and provides a memorable eating experience. The food is inventive, inspiring and undeniably delicious.

Coda - Bar

Coda – Bar

The venue was dimly lit and had an intimate feel and a great wine selection. The service was great, the staff were friendly and attentive.

Coda - Spanner crab, galangal, roasted chilli and lime betel leaf

Coda – Spanner crab, galangal, roasted chilli and lime betel leaf

The spanner crab was cold and fresh. It had galangal, roasted chilli, lime and fresh tomato. It was a perfect starter to the meal. You fold up the lime betel leaf and eat it like a little taco. The flavours were light and refreshing.

Coda - Eggplant and tofu lettuce delight, enoki mushroom, crispy garlic and black vinegar

Coda – Eggplant and tofu lettuce delight, enoki mushroom, crispy garlic and black vinegar

The lettuce delight was nice, it was a san choi bao w eggplant, tofu, enoki mushroom, crispy garlic and black vinegar.

Coda - Hervey Bay scallop, pearl tapioca and Yarra Valley salmon caviar

Coda – Hervey Bay scallop, pearl tapioca and Yarra Valley salmon caviar

The Hervey bay scallop was amazing. It was seared perfectly and the pearl tapioca was buttery and creamy and had a brilliant texture. It was topped with Yarra Valley salmon caviar. I don’t usually eat salmon caviar because it reminds me of the opening scene of ‘finding Nemo’ but I thought it would be a shame to set this aside because it looked really pretty. Turns out it is delicious! The caviar pops in your mouth with bursts of saltiness it was exciting and absolutely divine.

Coda - Tempura bugs with caramelised chilli

Coda – Tempura bugs with caramelised chilli

The tempura bugs were lightly battered and cooked to perfection. Simply amazing! I wanted to order more of these, they were so light, tasty and easy to eat. They were paired with a caramelised chilli sauce that had quite a kick and a side slaw. It was delicious! It was presented with the deep-fried bug shell, which was impressive and tasted similar to pork crackling. It was yum!

Coda - Fried cauliflower, pine nuts and pomegranate with goats cheese dressing

Coda – Fried cauliflower, pine nuts and pomegranate with goats cheese dressing

We had the fried cauliflower as a side. It was topped with pine nuts, pomegranate and covered in a goat’s cheese dressing. It was tasty. There were lots of different textures and flavours it was great.

Coda - That’s Amore Buffalo mozzarella, zucchini fritters, mint and pea salad

Coda – That’s Amore Buffalo mozzarella, zucchini fritters, mint and pea salad

The zucchini fritters were delicious little croquettes, they were creamy and moreish, good comfort food. The simplicity of the smashed peas, pickled shavings of zucchini, mint and That’s amore buffalo mozzarella made this a very sophisticated dish. All the flavours went so well together.

Coda - Aperol cured Huon ocean trout, pickled beetroot, crème fraîche sorbet and carrot mousse

Coda – Aperol cured Huon ocean trout, pickled beetroot, crème fraîche sorbet and carrot mousse

The Aperol cured Huon ocean trout looked like art. It had beautiful colours and textures scattered across the plate. The pickled beetroot was cut into tiny little cubes. They were so small that they created an interesting texture that really complimented the smooth silky trout. Then there was the perfect quenelle of crème fraiche sorbet and perfectly smooth carrot mousse. Yum! The flavours were amazing. The trout was delicious and the finesse of those tiny beetroot squares made this dish something remarkable.

Coda - Sweet corn parfait, caramel popcorn, passionfruit, strawberry and white chocolate

Coda – Sweet corn parfait, caramel popcorn, passionfruit, strawberry and white chocolate

Then for dessert we ordered the sweet corn parfait. There were lots of different elements on the plate. There was caramel popcorn, passionfruit, a bright pink fresh strawberry sorbet and bits of strawberry fruit leather (like roll ups). There were sweet syrup cake balls and white chocolate bits. It was really fun to explore the dish and find surprises of deliciousness.

Coda - Dark chocolate ganache with chocolate crunch, aero, mandarin and liquorice

Coda – Dark chocolate ganache with chocolate crunch, aero, mandarin and liquorice

We also ordered the dark chocolate ganache w chocolate crunch, aero, mandarin and licorice. I was hesitant at first because I’m not a huge fan of licorice and it seemed strange to have chocolate, mandarin and licorice. I was wrong. It was delicious. I was going to just avoid the licorice areas if I didn’t like it, but it ended up being my favourite part of the dish. There were little parfait balls of licorice, which were creamy with a really subtle and delicious licorice flavour. I can’t believe I almost didn’t order it because of the word licorice. The licorice parfait was incredible. There was a bar of rich dark chocolate ganache in the middle with big rustic chunks of aerated chocolate sitting on topped, sprinkled with a chocolate crumb, dots of mandarin gel and dehydrated mandarin pieces. The mandarin balanced the sweetness of the chocolate and gave it a touch of citrus. It was sensational.

Coda - Toasted meringue, vanilla sponge, coconut, pineapple and yuzu

Coda – Toasted meringue, vanilla sponge, coconut, pineapple and yuzu

The toasted meringue looked beautiful. It was covered in this white snowy dust. There were big soft peaks of toasted meringue, which had a toasted outer and melted in your mouth. They tasted like camp-fire roasted marshmallows yum! There were also little crunchy meringues, fluffy vanilla sponge, coconut cream, pineapple and yuzu which was really citrusy to cut through all the sweet. It was fantastic.

Everything we ate was exciting and delicious. Each meal took you on an exciting journey where you became completely immersed in the dish you were currently eating until the next dish arrived and you became completely immersed in that one. The service was great, the venue had a good atmosphere and the food was outstanding. It was truly an inspiring experience.

I heart Coda!

Olives x

Coda
Address: Basement 141 Flinders Lane
Website: http://www.codarestaurant.com.au
Phone: 03 9650 3155
Trading Hours: Mon–Sun (7 days) Lunch 12pm-3pm, Dinner: 6pm – 10.30pm

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The Artful Dodger

The Artful Dodger - Street view.

The Artful Dodger – Street view.

The Artful Dodger is a cool little café opposite Elsternwick station. It’s the perfect place for a Sunday brunch. Artful Dodger is the cunning little criminal boy in the Charles Dickens novel ‘Oliver Twist’. But the only thing criminal about this place is that there are too many delicious things to choose from on the menu. My favourite is the ‘Artful Eggs Benedict’.

The Artful Dodger - Artful Eggs Benedict w maple baked ham & roasted field mushrooms.

The Artful Dodger – Artful Eggs Benedict w maple baked ham & roasted field mushrooms.

The ‘Artful Eggs Benedict’ is two poached eggs with a chive and lemon myrtle hollandaise on a toasted NY bagel. I like it with maple baked ham and a side of roasted field mushrooms. It is absolutely delicious!! The chive and lemon myrtle hollandaise is amazing. It’s a great twist on an old favourite, it’s exciting because it still tastes like a hollandaise but with a different flavour. They used Lemon Myrtle in the hollandaise, which infused a strong lemony flavour, which was clever because I think if they used actual lemon, too much acidity would steal the creaminess. The egg yolks were oozing out as I cut into them, the ham was sweet, the mushrooms were juicy and the bagel was beautifully toasted. All together it was incredible! On a side note, my friend and I decided that ‘Myrtle’ would be a really cute name for a goldfish. Don’t you think? Anyways, if you are having trouble deciding on a meal, the ‘Artful Eggs Benedict’ is a winner.

The Artful Dodger - Corn & zucchini fritters w beetroot vodka cured salmon.

The Artful Dodger – Corn & zucchini fritters w beetroot vodka cured salmon.

I’ve also had the ‘Corn and Zucchini Fritters’ with avocado pomegranate salsa, with Beetroot vodka cured salmon. It’s really tasty. Fritters that I’ve had in the past have generally been bland, but these fritters surprised me. They were packed with flavour and worked well with the avocado pomegranate salsa. The beetroot vodka cured salmon looked fantastic, parts of the salmon were stained with the colouring of the beetroot it was really pretty. The thinly sliced salmon had an interesting flavour and was smooth and creamy.

The Artful Dodger - Miso smoked trout w Grilled zucchini salad, quinoa, preserved lemon & fennel labneh.

The Artful Dodger – Miso smoked trout w Grilled zucchini salad, quinoa, preserved lemon & fennel labneh.

The ‘Grilled Zucchini Salad’ has so many different textures, it’s fun to eat and healthy too. It had grilled zucchini, pistachios, quinoa, pomegranate, green beans and mixed herbs & seeds. It also had preserved lemon and fennel labneh, which brought all the flavours together. Slices of the ‘Miso smoked trout’ were layered on top of the salad, which was delicious on its own or with the salad. This creamy ocean trout was perfectly cooked and melted in your mouth. It was yummy.

The Artful Dodger - Great coffee.

The Artful Dodger – Great coffee.

One word to describe the coffee: Amazing! I had a latte and it was delish! They make good coffee. They also have some muffins and slices available so if you’re not particularly hungry you can also just grab a small snack and a coffee.

Great food and awesome coffee! They have a small indoor area and a nice outdoor seating area, which is covered so the rain can’t get you. And they have friendly staff to help you with the menu options. Again perfect place for brunch.

I heart Artful Dodger!

Olives x

Address: 267 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick VIC 3185
Website: http://theartfuldodger.com.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theartfuldodgercoffee
Phone: 03 9523 5541
Trading Hours: Mon-Sun (Everyday): 7am-5pm

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Fa-Fah

Fa-Fah - Outside view.

Fa-Fah – Outside view.

Fa-Fah is a restaurant that specializes in Asian cuisine but in particular Asian roasts. There are three roasts to choose from. Roast Chicken, Roast Pork Belly and Char Siew – BBQ Chinese Dynamite. If you cant decide on which one you want, you can order ‘Double Happiness’ which is a choice of two of the roasts. Or if you’re like me, terribly indecisive (which can be frustrating for present company) ‘Triple Happiness’ is the go. It’s a mixed plate of all three roasts. What to order? Problem solved. I was triple happy that my decision on what to eat was so easily made.

Fa-Fah - Triple Happiness.

Fa-Fah – Triple Happiness (Roast chicken, Roast Pork Belly, Char Siew)

But then came the next dilemma. With the roasts you can choose out of three condiments. A sweet soy (my fave), chicken salt (which btw is amazing with the crispy eggplant) or chilli oil (with sesame seeds and spring onions). Again couldn’t decide, so I ordered all three condiments. Triple happiness x2.

Fa-Fah - Condiments (Chilli oil, sweet soy, chicken salt).

Fa-Fah – Condiments (Chilli oil, sweet soy, chicken salt).

The decor was exactly as the title describes, an asian kitchen. It had a modern vibe with Asian style. And you can smell the delicious food from the kitchen which excites your tastebuds before you even order.

Fa-Fah - Decor.

Fa-Fah – Decor.

We ordered the egg fried rice to eat with our roasts. It was really yummy.  I like extra egg when I order special fried rice so I was pretty pleased to see ‘Egg Fried Rice’ on the menu. It tasted just as I imagined. It was delicious and a perfect accompany to out roasts. They also had ‘Cereal Fried Rice’ with crispy cereal bits in the rice, which sounded interesting.

Fa-Fah - Egg Fried Rice.

Fa-Fah – Egg Fried Rice.

The crispy eggplant was delicious! The eggplant was cooked to perfection and the batter was light and fluffy with a crunch. Yum! They were amazing dipped in the sauce, sprinkled with chicken salt or just on their own. Loved them so much! If you’re in close proximity of Chadstone Shopping Centre, It’s definitely worth dropping by just to get a handful of these bad boys. They are incredible!

Fa-Fah - Crispy Eggplant.

Fa-Fah – Crispy Eggplant.

I am a big advocate of avocado smoothies and there are just not enough places in Melbourne that make this heavenly drink. Fa-Fah call it ‘Avocado Snow’, I call it Fricken Delicious! I love avocado smoothies and this one was perfect. It wasn’t too sweet and you could taste the fresh avocado. Yum!! They say on the menu that when you drink this you will wish it was snowing avocados. As much as I love avocados I will never wish it was snowing them, because that would be way too dangerous.

Fa-Fah’s menu is made like a newspaper titled Roast Express. That’s my mumsie in the photo reading the menu news.

Fa-Fah - Avocado Snow.

Fa-Fah – Avocado Snow. Mel 4 Avo Smoothies 4eva.

I really enjoyed everything I ate here and I will definitely be going back to try some of the other things on the menu. However it’s probably not a good idea to eat too much of the roasts on your own, because of the high fat content. The plates and most items on the menu are good for sharing. Fa-Fah is located in the outside area of Chadstone Shopping centre so you can easily drop by before, after or during your shopping escapade.

I heart Fa-Fah!

Olives x

Adress: Shop F018, 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone (Outside area of Chadstone Shopping centre)
Website: http://fafah.com.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GoFaFah
Phone: 03 9568 6600

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