Monday, February 27, 2017

Gradi at Crown

RNIS received a free $50 Gift Card from Crown to spend at Gradi and therefore did not have to pay.

Gradi is now everywhere. The first store was in Brusnwick and the second was in the city and now there is one at Eastland. Not only are they everywhere they even do functions and events such as the Live tennis site.

Here the Gradi at Crown was busy at 3pm. I was starving by then after running with the wind. It was a nasty windy and rainy day for February. After 3:30pm it was quiet. There was a bit of a wait between mains and dessert.

The new book

Meats on display

The service was very friendly, albeit a bit slow.

For the mains I had vegetarian pizza as I know that they are renowned for their pizza. Here their pizza bases were the good side of doughy. They were not undercooked or overcooked just perfect. I loved the addition of olives on there. If only they had left it on the menu for this pizza-great. As for the chilli oil it was not too hot when you don't eat the chilli slices. When you do it is hot.

This Gradi now has a zero Gradi ice cream truck outside. I was willing to see how their gelati stacks up and it was the bomb. I ordered a limonata one and it had a biscotti inside it to give it that extra crunch as well as the white chocolate for the sweetness and the extra "wow" factor. I really did enjoy the dessert

Rating: 15/20- great and welcome to the Casino. It's good to have such good pizza places here. I would love to have tried out their Aperol and drinks but wasn't in the mood for them.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Lucky Chan

Lucky Chan is in Crown and it has been there for a long time. When RNIS last went there a few years back, the place and the service was shocking. Moreso the food was very bad and expensive. These days it still is expensive at $8-$12 a plate but for some of dishes they were big, such as the Congee and the roast duck.

But then the service wasn't very friendly by some of the staff especially the older guy who sat me down. And the lady who asked me for tea asked in Cantonese. These days most people speak English so it is better to ask in English.

First up was the sticky rice. I really enjoyed this espceially the lapchong sausage as that was really sweet. It does have prawns inside. At $10.50 per plate of this, it was really steep and I won't be getting this again.

The char siu bao was too sweet for my liking. There was so much sugar in there which killed the dish. My flatmate can make better ones at home.

The spring rolls were nothing much to wrtie home about. They were bland and very oily.

I did however like the steamed dumplings and the wontons. For the steamed dumplings the skin was translucent and the broth came out of them. The wontons were crispy and not too salty.

Overall I wasn't too happy about paying the $57. If only they had accepted the gift card that would be fine and dandy.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

El Rincon

El Rincon is a Spnaish place in Queen Victoria Market. It has been opened for a few months now and already they are starting to see customers in the late afternoon. Here most people love a drink and free tapas.

I had heard good things from Gastrology bloggers about them and so wanted to give them a go. And give them a go I did. The manager and the wait staff seemed very friendly to their customers so I recommend my readers give them a go. And they seemed to know Spanish cuisine.

Here I had their egg omelette with chorizo, mushrooms and olive bread. There was salami in this and they must have run out of chorizo. But at least the eggs were good and the olive bread was just divine. It was moist and not too hard to cut.

The mushrooms were good and they had a little dash of extra virgin olive oil in them. I love Olive oil as it is good for your health

And unlike what some other bloggers say about the food sizes, this was a huge plate for $15.

Rating: 15/20- I really don't know what Penguin eats and other bloggers were on about. I wish that I was invited to try their dinner service with wine.

I would have liked to have tried the Spanish sweets but seeing as I am doing Febfast I cannot have any sweets.

Pho Cycle

Pho Cycle is one of the better places in South Melbourne. Here they renowned for their pho and some people took to Zomato to express their disgruntlement. They were on the quieter side for a Wednesday night and I was in the mood for some vegetarian pho.

 They had run out of sweet potato fries so they let everyone know that before ordering which is good. They have a limited menu and they don't do much dessert. Only tapioca pudding which is $10.

The bathrooms are out the back and past the kitchen. Whilst going there I passed a lovely arrangement of beer bottles. I thought this was cool.

The service here was friendly but slow. But at least I could smell my pho being made in the kitchen. Unlike what the guy said three weeks ago about his pho being salty after it was delivered, mine was not. Mine was the huge size for $12 which is good value for money.

It didn't have a lot of tofu in there, rather it had a lot of vegetables, spring onion and rice noodles. Lots of rice noodles is good for a runner like me. But too much soup is not. I couldn't finish all. I also enjoyed the pickled chilli in my soup. The other chilli was way too hot for me.

Rating: 14/20- the service has a lot left to be desired sometimes, but better pho than other places.

Pride March

Every year at the end of Midsumma there is a Pride March and it is free for all to attend. Here the marchers wait for a long while at the oval at Lakeside drive until it is their turn to march. And then they march down Fitzroy st to Catani Gardens where entertainment and food await them.

I went this year with RUSU Queer Department on a perfect day. It was not too hot and not too cold. Heaps of people turned up to this free event, hence all the trams going back into the city from there were packed. And some people waited for hours in bars.

Hence I decided to run the 7km back into the city after it ended.

Every year it is fun to go and say hi to the crowd as you pass them. For me that was yelping and cheering.

But every year the lines are long for the bathrooms and the food. That is why I never bothered with the food. As for the drink wristband, last time in Alexandra Gardens it was 6pm and they never bothered checking anyone's ID. This time around  they did and it was a huge queue for it.

Do go next years one if you are a uni student or work for one of the LGBTI groups as to which there are many. SEEK had a ball with their balls.


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