Di Bella Coffee Roasting Warehouse

Another cafe in North Melbourne! I love dining in the North Melbourne area because it is pretty near where i live, and it is where some of my favourite cafes are (top favourite being Beatrix).

So anyway, my friends and I arrived at Di Bella on a Friday afternoon and it was pretty packed, which i felt was very promising since it’s not exactly in a prominent location.

 

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Ordered a flat white because i felt like i should – i mean, since i am at Di Bella right….

 

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Three Quinoa Salad – red cabbage, grapes, walnuts, cherry tomatoes, herbs, lemon dressing.

I usually don’t order salads outside because i’d much rather eat hearty, filling dishes when i’m dining in cafes/restaurants here. So this was my first time ordering a salad dish and i have to say that i really liked it! Maybe it’s because i already love all the ingredients that are in the dish (quinoa, walnuts, etc.). It tasted very light and refreshing; it was also more filling than i thought it would be, which was great.

Overall i’d say that Di Bella is a decent place to have brunch at. My friends enjoyed their dishes as well, but i didn’t sneak a taste so i can’t remember what they ordered. I’d probably come back and order the same dish again, just because i’m a sucker for quinoa. If you like quinoa like i do, do order the salad!

 

Di Bella Coffee Roasting Warehouse Melbourne on Urbanspoon

Changgo

Changgo is probably one of the more popular Korean BBQ places in Melbourne – i’ve heard many good reviews about their 8 flavoured pork belly from various friends, and it’s also one of the highest rated Korean restaurants on Urbanspoon. Tbh i was pretty sure that i would love this place even before coming; i am such a Korean food fanatic and i loooove samgyubsal (pork belly)!

The $58 set came with their signature 8 flavoured pork belly set, 2 bowls of rice and a seafood stew. It serves 2-3 people which (i feel) divided either way is still pretty affordable for Korean BBQ. There were 4 of us so of course we had to order add-ons!

 

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Makgeolli (Korean rice wine) to share; i personally prefer this to soju because i find it easier to drink

 

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Kimchi pancake – it was hot, oily and crispy, which is how i like it!

 

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Seafood stew which came with the set. It looked really spicy but fortunately wasn’t, and it went well with white rice.

 

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The star dish! 8 flavoured pork belly set – wine, original, ginseng, garlic, herb, curry, miso and hot.
I liked them all but my favourites were the garlic and hot. YUM.

 

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Waiting for the meat to be cooked… impatiently

 

We also ordered the ox tongue which i somehow forgot to take a picture of.

The bill came up to slightly over $100 and i think we paid about $27 each, which was really worth it!

It’s advisable to come early if you don’t want to queue though – we arrived before 6 on a weekday night so we didn’t have to queue (thankfully), and there were people waiting for seats outside when we left.

Note that Changgo only offers pork and beef meats for BBQ so there’s no chicken/seafood/other meats. Pork belly lovers, PLEASE do yourself a favour and come; you won’t regret it!

ChangGo on Urbanspoon

Fukuryu Ramen

[I can’t believe i got so lazy and stopped blogging for an entire semester… i wasn’t even that busy! Now i have accumulated so much backlog and i’ll try to catch up as much as i can.]

After a long day of walking around the city in the cold, i found myself really craving for something warm and soupy. The first thing that came to my mind was a comforting bowl of ramen; so we went to Fukuryu which was really nearby, just a few minutes away from Kokoro (which i’ve yet to blog again… soon!).

Minor hiccup…. we couldn’t order at the counter because the ordering system was having some problems. We waited for probably 10 minutes? Luckily it was still early and i wasn’t really hungry or i’d probably be really grumpy.

 

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I’m not really picky with my ramen and i honestly wasn’t expecting to be wowed with this bowl because of the mixed reviews from my friends and Urbanspoon.

Anyway i tried the shoyu ramen, which was very average. I ordered the normal sized bowl which had half an egg, bamboo shoots, fish cakes, and 3 slices of fatty pork. I liked the texture of the noodles, but it isn’t consistent because the noodles in my friend’s ramen were really soggy and overcooked.

 

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Also tried the gyozas which were average as well. Would i order this again? Probably not.

 

I tried my friend’s Tonkotsu broth and it was not bad, or at least, better than mine. That’s what i’ll be ordering when if i come back again! Which is probably not anytime soon.
Fukuryu Ramen on Urbanspoon

Oops… Break!

Another unintended long break again… Have been travelling in Australia hence the lack of access to wifi. Would love to post a few snippets of places i’ve been to as soon as i can, although it will not be anytime soon– sorry!

The Green Refectory

The Green Refectory is one of the best brunch spots I’ve been to in Melbourne… it is impressive in portion, price, and mostly importantly taste.

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Breakfast stack – can’t remember the exact ingredients but there were bacon, mash, spinach, grilled tomato, halloumi topped with a beautiful poached egg. It was freaking tasty??? I would definitely order this again!

I thought the portion didn’t look very big but it was actually quite filling.

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Flat white – it was good, although you can’t really trust my words because i don’t know how to judge coffee. I’m trying to learn how to though.

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On my second visit my friend and I decided to order 2 dishes to share between us. This is scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, and it was goooooooood. I thought the portion of the smoked salmon was pretty generous, and the scrambled eggs were yummy as well! My friend LOVED the mushrooms.

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Big breakfast – i failed to take a nicer shot of the dish because i was too excited to dig in. There were poached eggs, bacon, bread, grilled tomato, halloumi cheese, spinach, baked beans, sausage, mushrooms, onions… did i miss anything out? Was really impressed by the serving and the amount of ingredients this plate has. Definitely THE big breakfast. And yep, I was impressed by the taste as well. 2 thumbs up!

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Wanted to try some desserts because the display looked really tempting but… we were stuffed after our meal. Erm, at least we finished everything!

 

The Green Refectory serves the most affordable brunch I’ve had in Melbourne… good food, good price. What’s not to like?? Definitely worth multiple visits. I really need to go back soon to try their desserts.

Green Refectory on Urbanspoon

The Hardware Societe

FINALLY down to blogging about The Hardware Societe! Is this place of legendary status? I haven’t met anyone who hasn’t heard of the cafe.

My friend and I arrived at 11+ am on a Monday and there was already a queue.. and it was extra chilly that day which made the wait even more torturous! Thankfully we didn’t have to wait for long, managed to bypass a few people in front of us because we only needed 2 seats :)

We sat on the bar where we could see the staff preparing the food, which was cool but made me even more hungry… lol

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Chai latte – one of my favourite hot drinks. It was pretty darn good, I really liked it!

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I already knew what I wanted to order- the ever-popular baked eggs with chorizo. I really liked the presentation of the dish! It smelled SO good, and was indeed very tasty.

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Overall, I would say that the food @ Hardware Societe is good but not amazing. I would definitely visit again, but not if I had to queue for long. Y’know how some places are SO hyped that it raises your expectations to really high levels? Perhaps I would have been more pleased and satisfied if I didn’t keep looking at them food reviews online. But still… this place serves good stuff.

The Hardware Societe on Urbanspoon

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Updates

I’m seriously super behind on my updates! I have.. such a long list of places to write about that I’m striking off some just because. Would really love to start blogging regularly again soon, after completing my student duties! Just a few more weeks to go….

Stovetop

Stovetop is less than 5 minutes from where I stay, and it is almost always crowded every time I walk past. It has an overwhelmingly high rating on Urbanspoon so I was really looking forward to dining here. My friend and I came here on a Saturday afternoon and there were plenty of seats; our food and drinks arrived pretty quickly as well.

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Chai latte – yum! I think it’s because I’m a noob chai latte drinker but this is the first time I’ve seen such presentation of chai latte.

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Latkes sweet potato and chia with poached eggs, baba ganoush and rocket. Uh, well, I have never tried any dish like this before and I guess it was rather.. interesting? I can’t really describe how the dish tasted.. because I couldn’t exactly tell what I was putting into my mouth. The rocket leaves were too bitter for me though, so I’d have preferred another kind of salad.
[sorry for the badly taken picture, the dish was kind of un-photogenic]

Would I visit Stovetop again? Yeah, I should, especially since it is just down the road. I’ll definitely be back for the chai latte and to try the cinnamon waffles – it sounds so delish. The prices here are also very affordable, which is a good bonus! Also – I will just stick to ordering safe dishes next time.

Stovetop on Urbanspoon

Roule Galette

Roule Galette is one of the more popular creperies in Melbourne, and is was on my to-visit list of eateries despite the very mixed reviews on Urbanspoon. I have to admit that I am quite the crepe lover.. I would definitely choose crepes over waffles or pancakes, although I do love all of them.

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Theo (caramel, chocolate, almonds) – safe combination… you can’t go wrong with caramel and chocolate!

The crepes here are rather soft and chewy.. even softer than the usual crepes in Melbourne. Btw.. is this how crepes are supposed to taste like or have I been deluded my entire life? All the past crepes I’ve eaten are thin and (usually) crispy, not only in Singapore but in other countries as well.

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My friend ordered the Gourmande (ice cream, banana, strawberry, chocolate, almonds). I tried a little and it was pretty good. She liked it but both of us agreed that Le Triskel is better.

Saw many people on Urbanspoon commenting about the bad service, but the 2 ladies in the shop were pretty lovely to us. But I don’t know if it was because we were lucky, as this was our first visit?

Overall, I think Roule Galette is a pretty nice place.. the crepes are decent, but you can definitely find better tasting ones in Melbourne.

Roule Galette on Urbanspoon

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Fandango

Yet another great cafe in North Melbourne! I have been wanting to visit Fandango ever since I saw a friend’s picture of their pancakes on Instagram… and I’m glad I did, because you know a cafe with a 93% rating on Urbanspoon can do no wrong :)

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Hot chocolate with marshmallows – not bad! I’m quite easy with hot chocs as long as they are not overly sweet, and this wasn’t.

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Pancakes – YUM! Cream cheese isn’t really my thing but I loved this combination of pancakes, cream cheese, maple syrup and strawberries. Party in the mouth! And you also know a dish is good when your friend takes a first bite and then proceeds to say “I’m coming back here again”.

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Pesto scrambled eggs – read from reviews that this was very good, and it was indeed! Definitely worth a second order.

Fandango is located a few doors down from the ever-popular Auction Rooms (which I have yet to try, the queue puts me off) along Errol Street. The food portions are decent and the prices are pretty affordable, in fact a little cheaper than usual brunch places. The fact that you don’t have to queue here to get seats (for 2) on a Sunday afternoon is a happy bonus.

 

Fandango on Urbanspoon

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