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Lau’s Family Kitchen, St Kilda, Melbourne

I have wanted to try Lau’s Family Kitchen for a while now. I know one of the owners, we met through a friend and every time he comes to Hong Kong we try and catch up. You might recognise the last name, Lau, Gilbert Lau, Gilbert owned Flower drum and sold the restaurant to his employees a few years ago. He opened Lau’s Family Kitchen with his sons.

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I was in Melbourne for work with clients and they were DYING to eat Chinese food and suggested this place. I was rather surprised that he knew, apparently he has been coming here to eat for a very long time as his son used to study in Melbourne.

Lau’s Family Kitchen is a very casual Chinese restaurant and can be found on Acland Street in St Kilda. My dear friend M doesn’t usually work during the day, but he made a special effort to see me which I thought was very sweet! We left all the ordering to him and he did not disappoint.

We started with the saltbush lamb spring rolls, now you all know my love for lamb.. NOT. This was good, the lamb was subtle and wasn’t gamey. It was actually quite tasty!

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The lemon duck was beautiful cooked. The duck was tender and the batter was not too thick.

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The crispy chicken I enjoyed, crispy skin and tender meat.

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My fellow diners were perusing the menu and noticed salt and pepper squid. They insisted in ordering this which they did and absolutely loved it!

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The wagyu beef with choy sum was a good way to end the meal. The beef was incredibly tender that it just melted in your mouth. It was absolutely delicious.

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The fruit platter which I didn’t take a photo off was beautifully presented and everything was fresh and wonderful. Thank you M for looking after us! We truly enjoyed the food and no doubt next time I am in Melbourne will visit Lau’s Family Kitchen again!

Deliciously full, we caught a taxi back to the city and had meetings. Believe me, it was hard not to fall asleep on a full stomach!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Lau’s Family Kitchen

4 Acland Street

St Kilda, Victoria, 3182

Ph: +61 3 8598 9880

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Little Hunter, Melbourne

I love going to Melbourne for a short trip, whether it is for work or a long weekend getaway. I was in Melbourne for work during my Sydney trip and I have heard so much about Little Hunter that I had to go and check it out myself. Gavin Baker (ex sous chef at Fat Duck, London) and Pete Evans (chef and host / judge on My Kitchen Rules) head this lovely establishment which is located in the basement of 195 Little Collins Street.

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I had perused the menu before coming and knew exactly what I wanted. We started with the in-house baked herd bread which was served with chicken skin butter – yes you heard me right, chicken skin butter! It was incredibly delicious, the bread was warm and soft and slathered with the butter was just AMAZING! I wanted to lick the little bowl on my own!

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My dining companions and I couldn’t go past the pork crackling topped with paprika and white cheddar which was served with apple sauce ($6). My goodness – these were so addictive that I couldn’t stop eating them. The pork crackle were light, airy and crispy and I absolutely loved the paprika and white cheddar.

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The cured kingfish with seasoned roe, roasted peppers and bay oil ($14) was a hit. ‘The Mother’ absolutely loved it – he said it was extremely light and the flavours were wonderful.

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My aunt couldn’t go past the fish, Chatham Island Blue Cod which was served with sea grasses, leeks, and brown butter ($39). The fish was pan fried which was deliciously crispy and the fish itself was wonderful.

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The rest of us, the three of us, couldn’t go past the wood-roasted pork served with kale, cider vinegar and fresh sausage ($38). Oh my, more crackles! The pork meat was tender, and I loved the cider vinegar, it really gave it a nice kick. I couldn’t help but steal some of ‘The Mother’s’ crackle as well!

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We ordered a couple of sides, fresh vegetables, olive oil, butter, and lemon peel ($9).

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I absolutely loved the roasted yams with gremolata ($7) – it was incredibly tender and absolutely delicious.

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The little hunter fries with fry sauce ($6) was also a hit!

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We were stuffed but couldn’t help but order dessert. Thought we would share the licorice ice cream, milk crumbs, bee pollen and candied citrus ($12). I have never had licorice ice cream and oh my, this was fantastic! It was different but in a good way and not too sweet. The milk crumbs and candied citrus was a wonderful complement.

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Service was excellent and food came relatively quickly. We all thoroughly enjoyed our food and would definitely be back for more. I love Melbourne and its fantastic restaurants.

GA’s ratings: 8.5 / 10

Little Hunter

195 Little Hunter Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

Ph: +61 3 9654 0090

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The Hardware Societe, Melbourne

The Hardware Societe was also on my list of places to go whilst in Melbourne. I had one morning off before an afternoon of gruelling meetings, so suggested that we come here for brunch. Thankfully we didn’t have to wait at all, it was a weekday, and the place was relatively busy but we managed to get a table straight away. Located on Hardware Street, this place is super cosy and cute and the staffs were uber friendly.

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I have heard that the baked eggs are fantastic, but I couldn’t go past the breakfast board which consisted of jamon, salmon, chicken liver pate with gerkin, and two perfectly poached eggs!

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OH MY GOODNESS – it was one of the nicest breakfast I have ever had, better than a breakfast buffet – it had everything that I wanted. The jamon, delicious – you don’t get anything like that in Hong Kong, the chicken liver pate was smooth and creamy.

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The poached eggs – cooked to perfection. I absolutely loved this breakfast and would happily come back to have another. I don’t think I could ever get sick of this meal.

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‘The Mother’ loves sardines, so opt for sardines on toast which sat on a thick slice of bread. He absolutely loved this, so much that he didn’t even offer me any. He did say that it was ‘delicious’.

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I can see why this place is popular, everything on the menu sounded wonderful and I could see this as my ‘local’ – even if I didn’t live nearby! Service was excellent, Dragon loved all the wait staff and they were uber friendly, making her feel comfortable.

If you haven’t been, definitely worth the visit – you won’t regret it, but the place does get busy so come early or expect to wait for 20 – 30 mins or so. Thank goodness we came on a weekday. No waiting, and was seated immediately!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

The Hardware Societe

118-120 Hardware Street

Melbourne Victoria

Ph: +61 3 9078 5992

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Huxtable, Fitzroy, Melbourne

December 11, 2012 1 comment

A trip to Melbourne for work meant that I get to eat at some of the restaurants I have wanted to try and Huxtable has been on the list for a while now. Located at Fitzroy, the restaurant is quite tiny, and reservations are highly recommended. Daniel Wilson is the owner and chef behind this great restaurant, and I have to say, I had high expectations and it did not disappoint.

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I had made reservations at 7pm and the place was already busy at the time. I had perused the menu a week before so knew exactly what I wanted but let ‘The Mother’ have a quick look before ordering. He couldn’t go past the olives, green and brown and they were delicious and fresh.

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‘The Mother’ couldn’t resist ordering the chilli smoked mussels, pickled shallots, aioli (g) ($9.50). They were deliciously smokey and plump and the aioli gave it a nice touch.

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The jalapeno and cheddar croquette ($3.50) was excellent – the combination of the jalapeno and cheese was a match in heaven! Who would have thought? It was amazing!

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The tempura eggplant and prawn fritter ($5.50) was lightly battered, I love the eggplant and the prawn was moreish.

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For something more substantial, ‘The Mother’ opt for sashimi of ocean trout, finger lime & sesame ponzu, seaweed ($23). Beautifully presented, I love the redness of the ocean trout! It was fresh and absolutely delicious and I love the ponzu sauce.

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I couldn’t go past the korean bbq pork ribs, spicy slaw, chilli gherkin ($24) – OMG! The ribs were amazingly good – tender, succulent and lots of flavour! It was a little spicy and the spicy slaw and chili gherkin a wonderful complement. Probably the highlight dish that evening.

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For dessert, we ordered the warm banana bread, caramelised white chocolate, espresso ice cream ($12). Loved the espresso ice cream and the banana bread was soft and fluffy.

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We really enjoyed our meal at Huxtable and would definitely come back to try their other dishes. However in saying that, it would be difficult to resist ordering the kimchi ribs! Service was very friendly and they really looked after us and Dragon which was nice. Loved the ambiance, the fit out and especially the food!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Huxtable

 

131 Smith Street

Fitzroy, 3065

Melbourne

Ph: +61 3 9419 5101

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Birdman Eating, Fitzroy, Melbourne

Gertrude Street is becoming quite trendy with cafes and shops popping up. I don’t know Melbourne very well but I do remember coming to Gertrude Street many years ago and it has definitely changed!

I was looking for somewhere to eat before shopping whilst ‘The Mother’ and Brother in law was at the cricket and thought I would give this place ago. The menu is quite vast, different types of egg dishes, baked eggs, porridge, toast, crumpets and many more.


Started with freshly orange juice….

I couldn’t decide, everything sounded wonderful, house made crumpets with leatherwood sounded tempting, so did the baked eggs but it was the smoked pulled pork, shredded lettuce and mint open sandwich with roast pineapple sorbet ($16.50) that won my heart.


OH MY – what a LARGE serving! TWO thick toast, one with lettuce and onions, the other a generous serving of pulled pork and roasted pineapple sorbet. The pulled pork was tender and a although a bit of the sweet side was WONDERFUL and the sorbet, sweet and melted quite quickly. It was quite a rich dish but definitely hit the spot. It was exactly what I wanted.


I was hoping to return the next day with ‘The Mother’ and BiL, however, we got up too late and didn’t have time as we had to go back to Sydney. Service quick and friendly, the place was buzzing but didn’t have any trouble getting a table. Got a take away coffee, didn’t think I wanted one but I needed something to start the shopping journey!


Till next time Birdman… there will be a next time!

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Birdman Eating

238 Gertrude St

Fitzroy, VIC3065

Ph: +61 3 9416 4747

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Wonton House, Melbourne

We had originally wanted to go to Hutong for dinner in China Town but it was fully booked. Our fault for not organising it early enough! ‘The Mother’, Brother in Law and I were catching up with two of our friends in Melbourne, P and R. A lot of places we thought of was either closed or fully booked, so we took a stroll down China Town and P suggested this place.


Oddly though, as the name suggests, Wonton House, we did not order any wontons or any dumplings! Thought we would each pick a dish…

Fish and bbq pork tofu hot pot. Usually one of my favourite dish in Chinese restaurant but this was average. The tofu was nice, but the fish I thought had too much batter.


The beef in black bean sauce I thought was ‘different’. The sauce was way too thick and salty, it was a shame cause the beef was incredibly tender!


I really liked the salt and pepper fried tofu. Lightly battered, the tofu was soft and extremely yummy! Couldn’t help but eat more than one!


Lastly, watan hor – thick rice noodles topped with thick egg gravy sauce with seafood was a winner amongst the diners.


Overall the food was ok. From memory, the total bill came to $85.00 – which is ok but definitely have had better Chinese food in Sydney.

After dinner, we went for dessert. Can’t for the life of me remember the name of the cafe, but we shared Bailey’s cheese cake and OH MY! It was absolutely divine! Absolutely loved it!


It was definitely lovely to catch up with P and A – hoping to catch up with you both soon!

GA’s ratings: 6 / 10

Wonton House

181 Russell St

Melbourne, VIC 3000

Ph: +61 3 9662 9882

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St Ali, South Melbourne

It was a very last minute trip – ‘The Mother’ decided that he wanted to go to Melbourne to watch the cricket on Christmas day. It certainly didn’t give me any time at all to organise where I want to eat. Not only that, it was probably the worst time to go to Melbourne in terms of eating, as most restaurants were closed during the Christmas and New Years Season. Thankfully though, I did manage to eat at a couple of brunch places, and Movida Aqui (more on that later).

I knew ‘The Mother’ was going to watch the cricket with his brother in law, so I made a couple of plans with friends. Melbourne really has wonderful places for breakfast / brunch and of course coffees. I was catching up with an old friend, and suggested St Ali – think it was one of her favourites as well! Located in the back alleys of South Melbourne in a refurbished warehouse, the place was PACKED when we rocked up at about 11.30am on public holiday. St Ali was established in South Melbourne in 1999.


I love the beer bottles used for water…


They are very serious about their coffee – they have a page explaining the different types and blends. I didn’t feel like one at the time, but did take away, and it was one of the nicest coffee I have had in a while! Didn’t have anything fancy, just a normal flat white and if we were nearby I would have ordered another!

The menu vast – 18 different types, ranging from muesli, omelette, bagel, rolls, salads and many more. It took me a good 10 minutes to decide and we finally settled on My Mexican Cousin – secret recipe corn fritters, baby spinach, haloumi and kasundi with poached or fried eggs ($17.50).


OH MY – the fritter was so crunchy and burst into flavours. It was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside with juicy corn kennels, not your typical corn fritters but one I enjoyed immensely! Kasundi, a spicy Indian tomato relish was not as spicy as I had thought, it could have definitely been spicier. The poached egg and haloumi really complemented the corn fritters well.


We saw other dishes that others were having and they looked amazing! No doubt we will be back when we are in Melbourne – I was tempted to order ‘bada bing bada boom’ – special house made roll with spicy sausage, avocado feta mash and chefs chili jam! Aren’t you proud i didn’t order ‘pork me’ – pork belly salad with pickled vegetables, asian herbs and peanuts! NEXT time!

Even though it was extremely busy, we were seated less than 10 mins and service was friendly! They have wonderful sweets, pastries, muffins near the counter – terrible, as I ended up buying a lamington and the muffins and they were fantastic! Definitely worth coming back!


GA’s rating: 7.5 / 10

St Ali

12/18 Yarra Pl

South Melbourne, 3205, Vic

Ph: +61 3 9686 2990

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