"What any burger lover could want..."
The décor is your typical laidback pub without the dark grimy feel. This is the kind of joint where anyone can feel comfortable...pretty much a place for every Tom, Dick, and Harry! Servers are friendly and attentive and the menu has a good selection of pub grub. Porky dishes are popular here so I made sure to try a few of them out along with their specialties.
We started out with the six pigs in a blanket; mini sausages wrapped in crispy bacon. This is perfect as a snack to go with drinks and the zingy spicy mustard will clear your sinuses. The cheeseburger here is exactly as you would expect a cheeseburger to be…juicy and full of flavour…extremely satisfying for a burger lover like me! If you’re more of a steak sandwich kind of person I also highly recommend theirs, as the meat is cooked medium so there’s still a slight pink to it ensuring that it is juicy. Mmm…perfect for that meat craving.
A popular dish here is their pork knuckle. It’s not actually on their menu so you just have to know that they do serve it. I’m not usually a pork knuckle fan as I find many variations to be a bit dry and stale tasting…but this was extremely moist and tender and the crackling had a nice crunch. My friend who generally doesn’t like pork actually had seconds and then thirds. Do keep in mind that this was AFTER the sausages, burger and steak sandwich. So yes…it really was that good.
If you’re heading to the beach any time soon here are a couple of treats to make the trip enjoyable. If you’re stuck in the city then why not seek out a pool and have a pool party? Invite a couple of friends over have some drinks, whip up these simple recipes and swim the day away.
You’ll be sure to enjoy the heat if you set your… More »
"Malaysian with a funky twist"
How can we not enter a restaurant named Laksa Me? At the tail end of our FAM trip to Melbourne for the Food and Wine Festival
one might think that we've had enough of food. Wrong. Afterall, there is an underlying Asian theme to the festivities this year so ending it with a Malaysian restaurant seemed fitting. The restaurant itself is simply decorated with enticing scents wafting from the kitchen area.
First up, oysters. One is done as a shot in a basil and sesame concoction that gives you a bracing kick at the back of the throat. The other is served in a mother of pearl shell with chillies and ginger- hot and leaves a pungent aftertaste on your tongue. What a meal opener.
Next up is his famous pandan chicken. It's succulent, with just enough oil to lubricate its passage down your throat. Pops beautifully in your mouth. This is followed closely by grilled calamari, sliced thinly to resemble fat laksa noodles. The strands are then tossed with jellyfish, cucumbers and dressing. An undeniably bright dish with lots of textures and flavours.
We loved the nasi lemak. Served as an appetizer it's really spiffy-looking. Three mouthfuls of coconut rice on a cucumber pedestal with a condiment on top of each. One was crowned with toasted peanuts, another bore sambal ikan bilis and the last, nested a boiled quail's egg. What a funky way to serve it! But most importantly it's delicious and does not skimp on the spiciness.
In spirit of our Laksa month we wanted to create something with the FriedChillies stamp on it. This is our very own Laksa using elements of the various Laksas around the country. We wanted something with a curry broth similar to the Nyonya Laksa but with a sourish tinge to it like the Assam Laksa. We also wanted a bit of creamy santan to give it more… More »
"OMG! It was perfect!"
It was a sweltering hot day in Melaka, the kind where your brain feels fuzzy, water doesn't do anything to help your state of dehydration and all you can think of is ice. We were driving around in search of something refreshing when we came across the famous Klebang coconut shake stand on the roadside across from the ocean. This stand opens up at 2pm everyday and stays open for as long as it takes to run out of all their coconuts. It was only 2:15 and the tables were filling up fast, many were already lined up waiting to take this delicious shake home.
When I first got there I couldn't see what the fuss was all about. Yeah ok a coconut shake...so what? In fact a part of me was expecting something similar to a vanilla milkshake and this was doing nothing for my need to cool off. The thought of something rich and creamy was the exact opposite of something cooling and refreshing. Seeing the throngs of people lining up slowly changed my mind though. Surely this had to be the cure for the heat.
You have a choice between regular which is just the shake and special which comes with an additional scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The stall is constantly buzzing with movement there's one table where the coconuts are being cracked open and the water is being separated from the meat. Another table houses the blender and the ice box filled with ice cream and ice cubes. The coconut flesh and water is blended together with the ice cubes and some vanilla ice cream. It's a very simple concoction.
We spent two glorious days in Yarra Valley. The sun could not be sunnier nor the sky any bluer. The views of undulating grape vines and farm patches with grazing bucolic cows are postcard perfect.
Drives here are languorous and there is much to indulge on. From artisan products to beautifully crafted meals sourced from fresh local produce (and of course more wine you can hope to drink), Yarra Valley is a little piece of sun-drenched paradise. Watch out for our Yarra Indulgent FoodCrawl coming soon. Here's a little taste of things to come... We chatted with the charming Dominique himself at Dominique Portet… Continue reading »
Eating and drinking is a social pursuit. The second day was even sunnier than the day before (hard to imagine that a week before Melbourne experienced a freak hail-storm). We met a whole bunch of avid gardeners all doing their bit to ensure food security then dipped our toes into Melbourne Continue reading »