Thursday, January 19, 2017

Burger Project

This place just opened up right outside of Moonee Ponds station and here its popular on a Thursday lunchtime.

The bathrooms are out the back and down some steps (watch your step). A watch your step sign would be a good idea as I nearly tripped. Also another good idea is to have a bathroom sign on the back wall where the sign is so that people know. I nearly thought that there was not a bathroom in sight.

Here I had bought a Groupon for $9.50 which includes a soft drink or water, burger and chips. It does not include any extras.  But I did order egg and grilled onions to my vegetarian one except there was not much grilled onion and I would have liked a bit more.





The chips were the mere frozen sort. It was those frozen American potato chip types. But at least the homemade sauce was good.

The burger was massive and they did have the frozen sort of veggie burger. But I did like the egg as that was nicely fried as well as the fresh vegetables in there. I couldn't taste a lot of the haloumi as the BBQ sauce drowned it.

There was pumpkin and it was good. It added to the sweetness of the burger.

The bun was light and soft.

Rating: 13/20- let down by the chips. Next time though I'd like to try the onion rings and the milkshakes as they looked stellar.

Podium

This coffee place is in Carlton where the Audi car dealership is. I didn't need to go to the car dealership but saw a $3 breakfast special sign outside which is good for all students. The $3 breakfast special is for the egg and bacon muffin or mini Turkish roll. And you have to buy a coffee first. This offer is only valid until 11am on weekday mornings.

The place is huge and inviting.



They are popular with RMIT students and staff. Ever since the move more and more students and staff have been frequenting here. There aren't many coffee places in RMIT Carlton campus.

Here the coffee was pretty decent although the artwork was messy. I had a latte with no sugars as per usual.

The egg and bacon Turkish roll was quite good although a little bit cheesy and a tad bit too much bacon. Some BBQ sauce would be nice in it.

Do come by to this cheap eats cafe on the weekday mornings.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A25 Pizzeria

This pizzeria is in South Yarra as well as the CBD and Docklands. Here they focus on being the best pizzeria in the business. They have been to quite a few festivals and events serving up fine pizza.

We wanted to go there for a New Year dinner as we saw that they have rave reviews on Zomato. A25 Pizzeria is next to Hello Sam and the Vogue plaza and are about a five minute walk from the train station.



Wine bar


To start off with I had an Aperol Spritz ($14). Most fine and cool Italian places do this sort of drink mainly in the summer. Here it is prosecco, ice and orange liqueur. The liqueur was so strong that I could not taste much of the prosecco. You won't want another drink after this as it has so much alcohol.

The starter of foccachia bread was really good. Here they had lots of olive oil and it was one of their homemade pizza bases. It was chewy but in a good way.

The complimentary bread was dense.

The squid ink pasta with prawns (normally $21 but on Tuesdays all pasta is $14) was very overcooked. I had to wait a while for this. There wasn't much prawns in there. It was mainly peas and very oily pasta.

Rating: 13/20- come for the pizza and drinks instead. At least they churn out pizzas quickly. The service there is friendly with a smile.
A25 Pizzeria - South Yarra Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Dumplings Onboard buffet

Dumplings Onboard is a new Chinese dumpling buffet. I have never heard of this before and when I saw the $15 deal on Groupon I just had to give it a go.

They have been opened for two months now. Here the place was clean and busy at 7pm. Already diners were helping themselves to the food. I loved the cold stuff. In particular I enjoyed the seaweed and tofu salads. The seaweed had that spicy kick to it.

A selection of starters from the buffet




Homemade plum drink







To start off with I had their homemade plum drink. This was a little bit too sweet for my liking.

You can boil your own dumplings but I didn't want to. I'm not much of a good cook and I am scared that I will burn myself. Besides  I wanted the fried pumpkin dumpling and the red bean. It wasn't at the hot food station so I had to order this. They were both lovely compared to the spring roll which had been sitting there and was cold (not so much stale as it was a vegetarian one).

Dumplings Onboard Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
The fish was tough and dry.  It had been sitting in the bain marie for some time. The chicken did look good but I was too full. The fried rice was just ok. The noodles were freshly made and I enjoyed that. It worked well with the vegetarian dumplings. I also enjoyed the spicy beans in there.

The chicken and corn soup was really lukewarm. I like my soups hot and not cold or lukewarm.

Last but not least is dessert. I really enjoyed the watermelon but was not sure about the apple. The apple pieces was brown and sour. The custard bun really did not have much custard in there.

Rating: 12/20- its ok. At least the waitress was friendly. And the place was clean. But they should seriously think about inviting some bloggers and PR soon to try their dumplings and pumpkin fried dumpling.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Nandos in St Kilda

This Nandos is quite clean and has two storeys. This Nandos has a lot more space for indoor dining. They also have some space outside for dogs and diners.

On this New Years Eve it was packed with tourists and beach goers. The service there was just alright.



Well how does this one stack up to the other one? Well for starters I had the burger (simply chicken) with the spicy rice. The  chicken was a little pink in the middle but I didn't mind too much.

The rice was a little bit spicy which is great. The rice was just perfectly cooked and I prefered that health kick.

The meal also comes with a drink and I enjoyed my small lemonade.

I prefer the St Kilda one over the City any day. It is a lot friendlier and busier.
Nando's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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