32 Albion Street
Essendon Vic 3040
A lucky strike of fate had us walking up Albion Street right on midday when we caught sight of Rose Milk Food Store. In we walked to this newly opened cafe with the plan to grab a coffee and run, but one glimpse of their menu had us pulling up a seat in their intimate dining area. Full of natural light, the minimalist space is all white with the only hint of colour coming from a striking Rose Milk neon light on the back wall. With the kids in tow, we were travelling with two large strollers and despite taking up a bit of space, our lovely hosts were very accommodating, moving a few things around to get us in and seated.
The all day menu is composed of mainly breakfast/brunch options, however it is supported by a decent specials menu. Although on the smaller side, what it lacks in size it makes up for in substance. No, there is nothing ground breaking or incredibly inventive, just the current cafe staples – baked eggs, avo on toast, corn fritters ect – done with a bit of a difference.
After a quick scan I was immediately drawn to the house roasted maple syrup granola with almonds, walnuts, goji berries, coconut flakes served with a vanilla pannacotta, salted caramel, seasonal fresh and dried fruits and vanilla anglaise. Almost bordering on being a dessert, this dish was right up my alley. There was nothing about it I didn’t like. The granola was divine. Perfectly roasted, it was crunchy, sweet and contained the right mix of nuts, oats and fruit. Beneath the granola sat a bed of sticky salted caramel which came as a nice surprise as I shovelled the delicious granola into my mouth. The pannacotta was also great, smooth, creamy and again sweet. There wasn’t really anything to cut through the sugar, so if you’re not a fan of sweeter dishes this probably isn’t for you, but for me it was pretty much perfect. I’ll definitely be back for round two.
4 Margaret Street
Moonee Ponds Vic
Burger places are a dime a dozen these days and it can be hard to differentiate one from another. Each try to bring something different to the table, be it a quirky theme or a unique menu option to stand out from the crowd. Burger Kitchen located across the road from Moonee Ponds station, is no exception to the rule. Here it’s all about creating your own customised burger, then teaming it up with a side of their signature waffle fries. Pick everything from the type of bread (brioche or sourdough), meat (beef or chicken) and a variety of fillings from their extensive list, which includes a few fancier options like onion rings, mac n cheese and even a potato rosti.
294 Glenhuntly Road
The idea of a rifle club is a really foreign concept to me. Of course I know they exist and there are heaps of people that engage in gun related sports and hobbies, but it’s just not something I’ve ever been exposed to. So when I got an invitation to attend the launch of new restaurant Bang Bang at The Rifle Club, located in the historic Caulfield City Rifle Club building in Elsternwick, I have to admit I was quite intrigued. 10 minutes and a Google search later, intrigue had turned into excitement and anticipation for the newest venture from the Riverland Group (The Boatbuilder’s Yard, Pilgrim Bar and Wye River General Store) who are the masters of bringing unique historic buildings back to life. Continue reading
2 Darling Street
South Yarra Vic 3141
Bright, fresh and full of light, drawing its name from the street it sits on, Darling cafe has the same relaxed aura as a hip beach front cafe. Attracting a rather young crowd, the place is full of positive energy. Take a seat in their beautifully decorated U shaped dining area and listen to the happy chatter of locals which is only broken up by the sounds of blenders bringing colourful fruit smoothies to life. Timber tables are adorned with gold and marble condiment trays, as well as a small bunch of bright fresh flowers which add to the general relaxed ambience of the space.
1142 Mount Alexander Road
Essendon Vic 3040
When my sister asked me to go to Dribbles Burgers, my immediate response was, ‘what? Dribble as in a dribbling baby?’. My sister shook her head, and gave me that ‘God you’re an idiot’ face. ‘No’ she said, ‘Dribbling as in bouncing a basketball, it’s basketball themed’. Ahhhhhh, and the light bulb in my head turned on.
Your basketball journey starts as soon as you open the front door. Walk up to the counter decorated with locker doors and order your choice of burger, each named after a legend of the game. Jordan, Lebron and Shaq, all make an appearance on a relatively small menu that doesn’t waste time on fancy or pretentious burger fillings. It’s all about the classics – cheeseburger, double cheeseburger, chicken burger and a mushroom burger thrown in for good measure. As lovers of a good chicken burger, we opted for the Birdman with its southern crispy fried chicken breast, cheese, coleslaw and sauces. Although a bit heavy handed with the cracked pepper, the burger was juicy, crisp and full of flavour. Of the few burgers we ordered, this was definitely our favourite. Continue reading
Level 3, 8 Whiteman Street
Southbank Vic 3006
Some dining experiences are what I like to call bucket list worthy. You know the type I’m talking about, where every dish is a mix between a science experiment and fine art. The kind of dishes that bring your taste buds to life, amaze you with every spoonful and really must be experienced at least once in life. The king of this experimental yet refined food has to be renowned British chef Heston Blumenthal. Known for pushing the boundaries with food and creating dishes that really must be seen to be believed, a meal at one of his highly regarded restaurants should be on everyone’s to do list. I am no exception to the rule, so like many Melburnians a meal at his local restaurant Dinner By Heston Blumenthal was an absolute must. Continue reading
17 Lacy Street
Braybrook Vic 3019
Westies rejoice! There is someone serving up quality food in the most unlikely of neighbourhoods – Braybrook. Enter West of Kin, sister restaurant of the very successful Kin Vietnamese Restaurant in Prahran. It represents a huge step away from your standard run of the mill Asian eateries that litter the local area. Modern, smart and refined, it’s a gem in the most unexpected location. Upon entering the beautifully fit out space via the pretty outdoor courtyard, I had a ‘we’re not in Kansas anymore Toto’ moment and I absolutely loved it. Continue reading