Salt and Pepper Roasted Tofu ($14.9)

VEGIE BOWL

There’s a place about 5 minutes up the road from my house called Vegie Bowl. It’s slightly off Springvale Road, only accessible via the service road to the side. For the longest time I paid absolutely no attention to it, despite going past it 5 days a week for the last 10 or so years. Mum always thought it was some kind of garden shop, [...]
Prawn Dumplings

OVERSEAS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Third time lucky, or that’s the hope. After the unfortunate closure of our local favourite, The Treasure, it was even more unfortunately replaced by the awful Penang Laksa House. Thankfully the latter didn’t stick around for too long, and soon we saw banners for the Overseas Seafood Restaurant being nailed up. As it turns out, Overseas actually does hail from overseas; Malaysia to be precise, [...]
Mixed Kebab ($20.8)

PERSIAN FLAVOURS

If you get a recommendation from an Iranian ex-coworker for a Persian restaurant, TAKE IT. Being entirely unfamiliar with the cuisine myself, I wouldn’t be able to tell it apart from any other Middle Eastern restaurant. But when I was recommended Persian Flavours as a pretty solid option, I was immediately convinced. Although this place is literally a 2 minute drive from my place, I’ve [...]
Assorted Nigiri Sushi ($13, 6pcs)

NISHIKIAN

When you’ve lived in the same suburb for half your life, even the smallest changes will be noticed. So when an old petrol station shut down, then was converted to a Japanese izakaya-style restaurant no less, more than one set of eyebrows were raised. Like many of my friends who live on the east side, we were all hesitant to give Nishikian a go. After [...]
Prawn Har Mee ($11.8)

PENANG LAKSA HOUSE

Penang Laksa House and I got off on the wrong foot. Why? Because it sits on the grave of one of my favourite places for yum cha and Cantonese dinners – The Treasure. Still, it’s there, so I may as well make the most of it and give it a go. The feedback may be lukewarm but stranger things have happened. Though the outside is [...]
Chicken Schnitzel on Onion and Poppy Bagel ($9.5)

HUFF BAGELRY

No one likes exams, but for me, there was a silver lining. In my uni years, I would take my exams at Caulfield Racecourse, and I would use the excuse of needing extra sustenance to visit the myriad of restaurants in the nearby suburbs of Caulfield and Carnegie. I managed to check out a good few restaurants this way, but before I could try Huff [...]