Friday, 14 March 2014

Melbourne City Eats

Ah this drunken furry creature gets me giggling...

Anyway there is nothing food-related to the koala. I just really want one.

I had a crazy schedule in Aus, think I was too ambitious wanting to do everything in one trip. Well, I had to justify the 24-hour flight. I was hit by a barrage of restaurant names before my trip. However being out of the city most days, and having the most hearty breakfasts one could wish for almost every morning, meant I didn't even manage a fraction of the recommendations. Next time then. 

We made a stop at Bomba Bar for a couple of cocktails and nibbles on my city day. The rooftop was great with a different view to the city. The lamb ribs were particularly good with a wobbly rind of fat smothered in herbs. 

Queen Victoria Market has been open for a night market on Wednesdays, and despite the rows of mouth-watering stalls selling anything from peking duck to kothu roti, I needed to save my stomach for dinner. BUT we did give in to Soft Shell Crab Burger by Hammer & Tong.

It's... meh. There wasn't enough sauce, the bun was chewy, more batter than crab... just wasn't enough of anything to call itself a burger. We also tried some Korean potato twists, smothered in seasoning. They were okay - nothing worth writing home about though.

We spent a day around Yarra Valley after my sky dive got deferred to Sydney due to smoky skies. Mister came up with a list of 15 wineries, he didn't know I was going to spend an hour chatting away at each cellar. Oops. We managed 4 in the end and I liked Oakridge best. 

2 days later we were back in the city, and managed to fit in lunch at Hutong Dumpling Bar. The Xiao Long Bao and spicy wontons were exceptional. The other steamed dim sums okay, obviously not the best I've had.

I booked Ten Minutes by Tractor for lunch too, but my dolphin swim and hot spring schedule over ran:( 

HuTong Dumpling Bar on Urbanspoon Bomba Rooftop on Urbanspoon Hammer & Tong on Urbanspoon

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