Momiji is a shop front in the food hall downstairs from Conveni8, which is behind the Town Hall Woolworths. I bought a plain udon soup, miso and mixed sushi box for around $8.50 one lunch time. Good value, tasty sushi. They also make some other good dishes.
I had a great weekend in Melbourne, and while I was in Moorabbin came across a quiet little Shanghai restaurant called Favourite Dumpling and Noodle. Their serving sizes were generous and the dumplings were nice.
You know what though? My favourite dish was the duck!
The road duck was fabulous, succulent and tender flesh with a crispy exterior, and no bones!
Now… a couple of weeks ago I visited Shanghai Night in Ashfield and ordered Fried Sliced Rice Cake. The picture above at the far end of the photo is what I was expecting, rice cake sliced and then stir fried with veggies.
Below is what I received at Shanghai Night…
If you can help me out, please do. I’m confused!
Favourite Dumpling and Noodle restaurant is worth a visit. It fed three people as well as a fourth (when they got the takeaway container of our leftovers!)
It’s now time for round two, the review of the best reviews.
For my second visit to Ramen Ikkyu, I went for the same bowl as last time, Ikkyu Shoyu. It’s too hard to go past a winner. My dining partner also went for the same dish – the Seaweed ramen with paitan broth.
I’ve included a review table for this round of reviews, so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into at each establishment.
Broth: Thick, deep flavour of fish and chicken. Paitan broth is to Ikkyu what Tonkotsu broth is to Gumshara. If you’re into soup with deep, complex flavours then this is where you want visit.
Noodles: Thin and fairly straight. Generous serve. Free kaedama available (t&c apply)
Meat: Three slices of pork belly. Delicious sweet flavour. One piece was slightly chewy.
Toppings: Bamboo shoots – best so far, crispy, sweet. Tamago – one half egg, sweet on the outside with a soft slightly running yolk. Spring onions, spicy black fungus, and bean sprouts. Beautiful presentation.
Setting: Dixon St Food court – not quite enough tables but nice surroundings.
As you can see, my delicious paitan broth with soy sauce, covered in quality toppings, filled with noodles…
If you like seaweed, you’ll love this dish!
Overall thoughts: Ramen Ikkyu shines in a sea of otherwise mediocre ramen. The head chef comes from Blancharu. He started this business because he really believes in it – and that shines through. This is not ramen slopped into a bowl to appease the masses, it’s a fantastic meal that leaves you both full – bursting at the seams – and wishing you could eat more! the complimentary Kaedama doesn’t help one bit!
I’m rating Gumshara and Ikkyu together. Ikkyu’s toppings are better but at the end of the day, the most important part of ramen is really the broth and noodles. These guys do the broth and noodles so well that I think they deserve to sit at the top of the ladder. I’m not sure why Ikkyu’s ratings are still so low. I’m assuming it’s competitors. It’s a bit sad, really, as they do a wonderful bowl of ramen. Don’t let ratings put you off.
Ratings so far:
1. Gumshara & Ikkyu
Yum Cha is something that I really appreciate when it’s done well. In Adelaide, I’ve tried most of the popular places (though I still need to try Zen House!!).
Ding Hao and Star House are my two favourites. This is a quick review of Star House, where I usually end up!
Here are sunshine buns, scallop dumplings and BBQ pork dumplings. Amazing! Their food is always bursting at the seams, with scallop dumplings being a stand out – heaps of scallop meat as well as small prawns. The sunshine buns have changed from being thick custard to more buttery and sweet now, but I love them anyway. The BBQ pork buns are sweet and tasty.
Their radish cake is deliciously simple. The king prawn roll is full of prawns and amazing dunked into sweet and sour sauce. The deep-fried golden buns are marvellous dipped into the condensed milk.
The salt and pepper squid is always great at yum cha, I find. As long as the chef adds plenty of seasoning, onion and chilli! The rice pastry is always tasty yet light, with delicate sauces and the best BBQ pork flavour around.
I love Star House and I highly recommend it for a cheap, cheerful morning tea with friends.
I’ve been visiting Star House for a few years now and never had a bad experience.
So we went to a Bier café and ordered no bier. Didn’t even order any beer. Just had some sausages, knuckles, belly, mash and sauerkraut. Good times.
Now this fed three people, and we still had leftovers. It was the platter for two. The meat was well done but I would like to try Lowenbrau Keller for comparison purposes. Give it a try for fun and giggles.
I had an entertainment book voucher for buy one main/get one free for Marina Lunga on Darling Street. I tried a pasta dish (salmon, asparagus and penne pasta in a cream sauce), and a pizza (something with plenty of toppings).
The pasta was pretty lacklustre, keeping in line with the establishment itself – quiet and boring. Flecks of salmon with a spear’s worth of asparagus. The serving of pasta was generous, although it got a bit much in the end as the sauce was bland.
The pizza base was nice, and it had plenty of toppings. Nothing to complain about here!
My dining partner was super sad that the lemon, lime and bitters was the bottled variety and not house made.
I tend not to order pasta when I’m out as it’s pretty simple to make at home and usually tastes better. To make a simple white sauce, all you need is a little butter melted, mix in some plain flour and let it cook until it’s golden, then slowly add milk until its slightly more liquid than you need. Cook for a while and add cheese of your choice. Done. To make an even simpler alfredo, just retain some of the cooking water in your pasta and stir through any cheese and a crank of pepper over low heat. Done.
Franchises are a hit and miss for me. You know what to expect. You assume the quality will be the same everywhere.
A friend of mine used to manage at KFC. I would complain the chips were always undercooked. He would always defend them and say they’re cooked exactly how they are supposed to be (it’s all a matter of timing!) But for me, the chips were not cooked for long enough and obviously the required time isn’t long enough!
I remember visiting San Churros years ago when it was in Melbourne CBD. Their hot chocolate was thick and the churros were new and exciting.
I visited the Glebe store while at the 2013 Glebe Street Fair. The weather was dismal and hot chocolate seemed like a great idea, especially as it started bucketing down with rain just as we were walking past, without umbrellas!
It wasn’t the same quality I remember, though. The hot chocolate just didn’t seem thick enough. The churros were a little pale. The iced chocolate, though, was spot on. It wasn’t busy and so wasn’t too loud. It was okay.
I was in Melbourne for a weekend and visited China Bar Signature Buffet. It’s better than Feast at Sheraton on the Park, which made me sad, as I’m in Sydney!!
I had to have a sunshine bun. Delicious! China Bar had a whole section of dim sum, including dumplings, steamed buns, rice noodle rolls, and plenty of other nice dishes.
At night, China Bar serves fresh to order sashimi along with their range of sushi, seaweed salad and other classic dishes. There’s pickled ginger, soy sauce and wasabi on hand. The clams were beautiful, as were the other types of fish available (there was so much variety!)
Here is some delicate Hainanese chicken, as well as a couple of Peking duck pancakes. Peking duck, though, really needs to be made fresh.
There was plenty more food in this section but sadly I did not have enough room for more!
The desserts here were excessive. These three plates show the majority… but not everything! There was a great range of Asian inspired and every day desserts which were cute and usually served in individual bowls.
They were fantastic. I love that the buffet wasn’t let down by boring dessert as is usually the case!
Pickled calamari with cucumber, oysters (nice and big!), smoked salmon, prawns (shelled for once!) and a big juicy half crab.
Yummy congee with some salted egg and preserved pork, a chicken sesame bun and weird preserved calamari. All tasty.
There was also a deep-fried section, a salad section, curries, cheese and bread, and plenty of other food I haven’t shown here. I was flabbergasted when I saw the range, comparing it to the Sheraton, which was around $20 more per head! It’s hard to compare the two as China Bar had a range of food, and it was still really good quality.
If you live in Victoria, lucky you. I’m so jealous! This was so much fun.
Princess Coco is lovely. The shabby chic decor, plush purple velvet chairs in cosy booths and fabulous desserts are perfect for a date night or drinks with friends.
I highly recommend both the iced chocolate au lait (milk!) and the iced early grey chocolate (the bergamot ends up making it taste almost orange-chocolate). My dark hot chocolate was probably the most boring/pedestrian drink of all three! Massive food envy time!
Apparently the desserts are really good as well. It gives me an excuse to return, soon.
I’ve always hated those jam sponge rolls with crusty crystallised jam sugar and gritty sponge cake. This is nothing like them and it’s amazing and divine and ridiculously cheap and delicious. You need one of those in your life. The sponge is soft. The fruit is tasty. The cream is fresh.
They make pretty decent cheese and veg pasties. My only point of contention is that they baked some cheese on top. I don’t go for the crunchy cheese so much.
All in all, it’s a fantastic bakery. Check these guys out.