Monday, October 20, 2014

Melbourne : Hipster haven

As I was scrolling through my old photo albums, I know I ought to blog about this. I didn't want to blog about Melbourne again because I've done it twice during my previous visits, and I had lot of mixed feelings towards this place. Initially I just wanted to visit my friends, have a good time and get over it. But after looking at the food pictures, it would be such a waste if I did not.

So here it is!


The trip this time round was really different, there were no obligations and a purpose. It wasn't a trip that I did for someone but myself. I have learnt to see Melbourne differently and have discovered more about myself. It was a great time and opportunity bonding with friends, expanding our friendships into another level too!



There's basically nothing much to do in Melbourne unless you want to go sightseeing, but the best thing you could do is go on a food hunt everyday. There are way too many cafes and brunch places in every corner and alley that you can hardly finish trying them, not even if you're a permanent resident there and I'm not exaggerating!!! I had such a hard time choosing where I wanted to go because I only had two weeks (meh) but apparently the places I was taken to are sort of like the 'hottest' brunch places right now. I enjoyed it very much, so there were NO REGRETS!



Su picked me up from my bestie's apartment on the first day itself when I touched down and we went to Breakfast Thieves!

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Breakfast Thieves


A cafe located at Fitzroy, a neighbourhood full of retro pubs and rustic brunch places is definitely a gem to be explored. And the best thing is that they're actually vegan friendly. So if you're up for some healthy meal, this place is definitely the right place for you!



My choice was the crisp fried corn fritters on roasted fennel purée, burnt butter brussel sprout, yuzu - avocado mousse, pomegranate and raisin with poached egg. 


The taste was rather bland as I was expecting more. But its still good for a vegetarian dish! Didn't manage to finish it though. It gets really filling after a while. Two poached eggs is basically too much for me to handle.



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Su's Spicy baked eggs with spanish chorizo, mushrooms, green peas, corn and feta served with herbed garlic toast. 


This is the type of meal that you would want to have after an exhausting day! I really enjoyed this one. There were so much flavours into it, I like the fact it was served hot, the feta and eggs combined together brought the creaminess into a whole new level. Try spreading it on a crunchy toast! It just gets better.


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It was such a great weather to hang around the neighbourhood.


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Gelato Messina 



Su brought me for some gelato after a full brunch at Breakfast Thieves! The first time I had Messina was in Sydney, this was the second attempt. I'm never the adventurous type when it comes to choosing ice cream flavours. So I took the safe bet and ordered chocolate, vanilla and strawberry cheesecake. Still good!


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Fashion break! My twiggy inspired outfit. I love vintage fashion!


Pink Coat [Customise] Knitted top [TOPSHOP] Vintage cashmere skirt [TOPSHOP] Boots [vintage]

Bag [Celine nano] Sunnies [Tom Ford]
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Bought myself a pair of fly knits. It is ridiculously cheap in Melbourne compared to KL! They were even on SALE. HA!

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There were some days that we decided to stay in and make lunch/dinner so we'll head to the market to get some ingredients in the morning if we managed to wake up lol


Its only a 5 mins walk from Abby's apartment which is pretty convenient!

This cat belongs to a fruit vendor at the market. Can't help but to touch fluffy things *grins*


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About 5-10mins walk from the Queen Victoria Market, which is located in a heritage building.

Went there for breakfast and it didn't disappoint us! Thanks to Raymond for the recommendation :D


Ricotta hotcakes with poached pear and maple syrup.

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House Benedict - Potato Rosti, Grandmother Ham, Poached Eggs, Mustard and Tarragon Hollandaise.


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Such an orgasmic sight.


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Hammer and Tong


Visited Hammer and Tong early in the morning before my flight back to KL at noon. It was such a sad feeling to leave! I really hate saying good-byes, it makes people emotional.


You can easily spot urban art and drawings around the neighbourhood.  The cafe portrays a very indie feeling. With some indie songs on their playlist, everyone's pace was seemingly slow yet there's a lot going on, its such a relaxed ambiance to dine in and have a casual conversation with some friends.



Lavender yoghurt custard, strawberry and pineapple gel, berries, lychee with basil cress.


This beautiful, delicious piece of art did cheer me up!

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Duck egg, oyster mushroom, truffle butter, snow pea tendrils with Fontina brioche soldiers.


The flavours of truffles were so intense! I really love the aroma of truffles, especially when it lingers on even after your meal.


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The Grain Store



Paid Grain Store a visit while catching up with a friend. I heard so much about this place before I came, but I personally think there's nothing much to rave about. I'm not sure if I've chose the wrong choices of food or they just don't make sense.


Just not towards my liking :/



Pork belly and spiced cauliflower on brioche with apple, kohlrabi slaw, cider raisins and chill marmalade.


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Beef cheeks with vanilla parsnip puree, Russian red kale and smoked yogurt.

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Top Paddock 



Top Paddock is the first in my list among the cafes that I wanted to visit! So happy that my dream came true! Millions of kisses for my friends who brought me there and Lee Wen who drove me around!


Ordered their blueberry ricotta hotcakes served with organic maple, seeds and double cream. Honestly, the hotcakes in Top Paddock is really something that could easily win your heart and tastebuds over. The double cream itself gets all the credit. I've never tasted a cream that is so rich and milky in my life!


To top that, they're really generous by including lots of blueberries inside the hotcakes which was very refreshing.


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Rangers Valley Wagyu steak sandwich with beetroot relish, tempura beetroot shoots, fresh horse radish and wasabi leaves.

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The signature Top Paddock breakfast. Chorizo, pickled onions, grilled peppers, bacon, Adelaide green tomatoes, poached egg and relish on toast.


I don't know how they make pickled onion tastes sooooo good. And the peppers are so juicy!

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The portions were monstrous! I'm really surprised that we could actually finish it. Guess they're REALLY GOOD. We decided to sit outside to enjoy the chilly weather while having our warm brunch.


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Casual outfit to brace the cold!


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Burch and Purchese



Dropped by Burch and Purchese to get my girlfriends some souvenir and gifts. They make really cute chocpops and lollies. You can also get their handmade jam, spreads and confectionaries. They're all packed in cute gift bags and you can easily pack them in your luggage!

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I swear this is a girl's wonderland.

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I got Raymond some desserts too cause he invited us to his home and made us a full 3 course meal. Did I even mention that he's a super good cook?! 


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I'm gonna showcase some of Raymond's cooking which I'm very proud to tell everyone that I have a friend like this. 


French onion soup with a crunchy baguette and cheddar on top. Gosh I miss this.


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His very own creation. Lamb with winter veggies and cauliflower puree. He added roasted honey walnuts too!!! He can make kale taste like a million bucks. I'm not exaggerating! His presentation and cooking beats anyone, anytime. This is like gourmet level okay!!!

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And his insanely beautiful lemon tart. Please be jealous because they're really really good. I've tried it, so I know :p


He has been baking these cakes recently and it drives me crazy looking through his Instagram. If you want to torture yourself, feel free to follow his page. HAHA.


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Chez Dre 



Chez Dre has an extensive food menu ranging from all day brunch to sweet and savoury delights. I only went there for their desserts, and I had so much to eat! They change their dessert menu from season to season, so their customers can always go back for something new which I think its a brilliant idea!



On the left : Strawberry shortcake.

On the right : Green tea, kalamansi and Muscuvado sugar.


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Caramel éclair.

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Fashion break!


Checkered coat [Korea] Sweatshirt [Kenzo] Leather skirt [H&M] Bag [Dior] French tip shoes [BKK]

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Le Petit Gateau 



Paid my friend Pierrick a visit again this time in Melbourne at his very own pastry shop. He is always so kind to show us around, bring us for a kitchen tour and serve us his yummy cakes and desserts. 


Le Petit Gateau is one of the very well known pasttiserie that serves exquisite cakes who is often visited by locals. Pierrick is very passionate about baking his cakes, and it contains a lot of hard work too. Its always an amazing experience revisiting that place!



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Oh glorious lemon tart!


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One of the best seller will be the brownie and passionfruit chocolate Gâteau with a brownie base, crunchy praline and passionfruit custard with chocolate mousse on the left. Each of the layers has its distinctive taste, which makes it very interesting!



We also tried the Hazelnut Millefeuille and Cosmopolitan which has a Carrot cake base, white chocolate cheese cake in the middle and raspberry jam on top


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Yum yum in everyone's tum tum.

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My happy friends.


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Elevator selfie.


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The Lab nitrogen gelato 



If you're up for crazy ice cream flavours, this might be the right place for you!


photo 4-3 





My food trip is accompanied by a lot of sleep over sessions too. I basically went house hopping, traveling like a nomad. It was fun! 


photo 4-2




Comfy outfit.


  photo 1-2 




Partners in crime.


photo 2-2




And our not-so-fabulous mornings. 

    photo 3-2



Everything in Melbourne oozes me with love! I really miss that place. Perhaps another visit sometime next year?

Melbourne : Hipster haven

As I was scrolling through my old photo albums, I know I ought to blog about this. I didn't want to blog about Melbourne again because I've done it twice during my previous visits, and I had lot of mixed feelings towards this place. Initially I just wanted to visit my friends, have a good time and get over it. But after looking at the food pictures, it would be such a waste if I did not.

So here is it!


The trip this time round was really different, there were no obligations and a purpose. It wasn't a trip that I did for someone but myself. I have learnt to see Melbourne differently and have discovered more about myself. It was a great time and opportunity bonding with friends, expanding our friendships into another level too!



There's basically nothing much to do in Melbourne unless you want to go sightseeing, but the best thing you could do is go on a food hunt everyday. There are way too many cafes and brunch places in every corner and alley that you can finish trying them, not even if you're a permanent resident there and I'm not exaggerating!!! I had such a hard time choosing where I wanted to go because I only had two weeks (meh) but apparently the places I was taken to are sort of like the 'hottest' brunch places. I enjoyed it very much, so there were NO REGRETS!



Su picked me up from my bestie's apartment on the first day itself when I touched down and we went to Breakfast Thieves!

  DSC02080




Breakfast Thieves


A cafe located at Fitzroy, a neighbourhood full of retro pubs and rustic brunch places is definitely a gem to be explored. And the best thing is that they're actually vegan friendly. So if you're up for some healthy meal, this place is definitely the right place for you!



My choice was the crisp fried corn fritters on roasted fennel purée, burnt butter brussel sprout, yuzu - avocado mousse, pomegranate and raisin with poached egg. 


The taste was rather bland as I was expecting more. But its still good for a vegetarian dish! Didn't manage to finish it though. It gets really filling after a while. Two poached eggs is basically too much for me to handle.



DSC02050



Su's Spicy baked eggs with spanish chorizo, mushrooms, green peas, corn and feta served with herbed garlic toast. 


This is the type of meal that you would want to have after an exhausting day! I really enjoyed this one. There were so much flavours into it, I like the fact it was served hot and the feta and eggs combined together brought the creaminess into a whole new level. Try spreading it on a crunchy toast! It just gets better.


DSC02049



It was such a great weather to hang around the neighbourhood.


 DSC02045



Gelato Messina 



After Breakfast Thieves, Su brought me for some gelato! The first time I had Messina was in Sydney, this was the second attempt. I'm never the adventurous type when it comes to choosing flavours. So took the safe bet and ordered chocolate, vanilla and strawberry cheesecake. Still good!


  IMG_2920





Fashion break! My twiggy inspired outfit. I love vintage fashion!


Pink Coat [Customise] Knitted top [TOPSHOP] Vintage cashmere skirt [TOPSHOP] Boots [vintage]

Bag [Celine nano] Sunnies [Tom Ford]
   IMG_2938




Bought myself a pair of fly knits. It is ridiculously cheap in Melbourne compared to KL! They were even on SALE. HA!

  IMG_3085



There were some days that we decided to stay in and make lunch/dinner so we'll head to the market to get some ingredients early in the morning. Its only a 5 mins walk from Abby's apartment which is really convenient.


This cat belongs to a fruit vendor at the market. Can't help but to touch fluffy things *grins*


  IMG_3078




Operator25


About 5-10mins walk from the Queen Victoria Market, which is located in a heritage building.

Went there for breakfast and it didn't disappoint us! Thanks to Raymond for the recommendation :D


Ricotta hotcakes with poached pear and maple syrup.

  IMG_3073



House Benedict - Potato Rosti, Grandmother Ham, Poached Eggs, Mustard and Tarragon Hollandaise.


  IMG_3067





Such an orgasmic sight.


IMG_3086



Hammer and Tong


Visited Hammer&Tong early in the morning before my flight back to KL at noon. It was such a sad feeling to leave! I really hate saying good-byes, it makes people emotional.


You can easily spot urban art around the neighbourhood and the cafe was playing some local indie music. Everyone's pace was seemingly slow yet there's a lot going on, its such a relaxed ambiance to dine in and have a casual conversation with some friends.



Lavender yoghurt custard, strawberry and pineapple gel, berries, lychee with basil cress.


This beautiful, delicious piece of art did cheer me up!

    IMG_3569



Duck egg, oyster mushroom, truffle butter, snow pea tendrils with Fontina brioche soldiers.


The flavours of truffles were so intense! I really love the aroma of truffles, especially when it lingers on even after your meal.


IMG_3568




The Grain Store



Paid Grain Store a visit while catching up with a friend. I have heard so much about this place, but I personally think there's nothing much to rave about. I'm not sure if I've chose the wrong choices of food or they just don't make sense.


Just not towards my liking :/



Pork belly and spiced cauliflower on brioche with apple, kohlrabi slaw, cider raisins and chill marmalade.


  IMG_3304





Beef cheeks with vanilla parsnip puree, Russian red kale and smoked yogurt.

  IMG_3121




Top Paddock 



Top Paddock was number one in the list of cafes that I wanted to visit. So happy that my dream came true! Millions of kisses for my friends who brought me there and Lee Wen who drove me around!


Ordered their infamous blueberry ricotta hotcakes served with organic maple, seeds and double cream. Honestly, the hotcakes in Top Paddock is really something that could easily win your heart and tastebuds over. The double cream itself gets all the credit. I've never tasted a cream that is so rich and milky in my life!


To top that, they're really generous by including lots of blueberries inside the hotcakes which was very refreshing.


DSC02443





Rangers Valley Wagyu steak sandwich with beetroot relish, tempura beetroot shoots, fresh horse radish and wasabi leaves.

  DSC02447




The signature Top Paddock breakfast. Chorizo, pickled onions, grilled peppers, bacon, Adelaide green tomatoes, poached egg and relish on toast.


I don't know how they make pickled onion tastes sooooo good. And the peppers are so juicy!

  DSC02449



The portions were monstrous! I'm really surprised that we could actually finish it. Guess they're REALLY GOOD. We decided to sit outside to enjoy the chilly weather while having our warm brunch.


DSC02450





Casual outfit to brace the cold!


photo-2 .




Burch and Purchese



Dropped by Burch and Purchese to get my girlfriends some souvenir and gifts. They make really cute chocpops and lollies. You can also get their handmade jam, spreads and confectionaries. They're all packed in cute gift bags and you can easily pack them in your luggage!

  DSC02470



I swear this is a girl's wonderland.

   DSC02483




I got Raymond some desserts too cause he invited us to his home and made us a full 3 course meal. Did I even mention that he's a super good cook?! 


photo





I'm gonna showcase some of Raymond's cooking which I'm very proud to tell everyone that I have a friend like this. 


French onion soup with a crunchy baguette and cheddar on top. Gosh I miss this.


photo 1-4




His very own creation. Lamb with winter veggies and cauliflower puree. He added roasted honey walnuts too!!! He can make kale taste like a million bucks. I'm not exaggerating! His presentation and cooking beats anyone, anytime. This is like gourmet level okay!!!

  photo 2-4



And his insanely beautiful lemon tart. Please be jealous because they're really really good. I've tried it, so I know :p


He has been baking these cakes recently and it drives me crazy looking through his Instagram. If you want to torture yourself, feel free to follow his page. HAHA.


photo 3-3




Chez Dre 



Chez Dre has an extensive food menu ranging from all day brunch to sweet and savoury delights. I only went there for their desserts, and I had so much to eat! They change their dessert menu from season to season, so their customers can always go back for something new which I think its a brilliant idea!



On the left : Strawberry shortcake.

On the right : Green tea, kalamansi and Muscuvado sugar.


IMG_3311




Caramel éclair.

   IMG_3310





IMG_3581





Fashion break!


Checkered coat [Korea] Sweatshirt [Kenzo] Leather skirt [H&M] Bag [Dior] French tip shoes [BKK]

 photo 2-3


Le Petit Gateau 



Paid my friend Pierrick a visit again this time in Melbourne at his very own pastry shop. He is always so kind to bring us around for a kitchen tour and serve us his yummy cakes and desserts. 


Le Petit Gateau is one of the very well known pasttiserie that serves exquisite cakes who is often visited by locals. Pierrick is very passion about baking his cakes, and it contains a lot of hard work too. Its always an amazing experience revisiting that place!



photo












Oh glorious lemon tart!


IMG_3124




One of the best seller will be the brownie and passionfruit chocolate Gâteau with a brownie base, crunchy praline and passionfruit custard with chocolate mousse on the left. Each of the layers has its distinctive taste, which makes it very interesting!



We also tried the Hazelnut Millefeuille and Cosmopolitan which has a Carrot cake base, white chocolate cheese cake in the middle and raspberry jam on top


IMG_3125




   IMG_3126




Yum yum in everyone's tum tum.

    IMG_3127


My happy friends.


IMG_3129




Elevator selfie.


 photo 2





The Lab nitrogen gelato 



If you're up for crazy ice cream flavours, this might be the right place for you!


photo 4-3 





My food trip is accompanied by a lot of sleep over sessions too. I basically went house hopping, traveling like a nomad. It was fun! 


photo 4-2




Comfy outfit.


  photo 1-2 




Partners in crime.


photo 2-2




And our not-so-fabulous mornings. 

    photo 3-2



Everything in Melbourne oozes me with love! I really miss that place. Perhaps another visit sometime next year?