Breakfast Pasta ($21.5)

SMALL AXE KITCHEN

Growing up Chinese, I’ve never been one to shy away from a sizable breakfast. In most parts of Asia, it is considered perfectly normal to start your day with a bowl of noodles, a plate of meat buns, or even leftovers from dinner the night before. In fact, one of my all-time favourite breakfasts is my grandma’s wide rice noodles, cooked in soup with minced [...]
Sushi Sashimi  Large ($58)

HINOKI JAPANESE PANTRY

When I first met Chris – this would’ve been well over 10 years ago now – his culinary world was rather narrow. In fact, I remember the first time we ate dumplings together at a cheap and cheerful in Chinatown, he found the experience to be entirely overwhelming. These days, Chris is a much more acceptable specimen. The years of being dragged along to all [...]
Eggs Benedict with Pulled Pork ($19)

BRICK LANE

Now that I’ve finished with my Masters degree in clinical pharmacy, I’m free to be a lady of leisure until I start med school next year. And once I had realised that each semester in medical school is something like 17 weeks long (instead of the usual 13), I became extra intent on getting some hardcore relaxation in before I head off. Thus, Friday Dates [...]
Chilli Scramble ($16) with Andrew’s Choice Bacon ($4.5)

LUX FOUNDRY

It feels like as I’m getting closer and closer to making the move to Sydney (it’ll happen January 2018), more and more awesome restaurants pop up in Melbourne to spite me for going away. I’ve made a list of all the restaurants I must visit before I leave, yet despite my best efforts, that list is getting steadily longer, instead of shorter. Not only do [...]
Ocean Trout Belly and Avocado ($15)/Pita with a Bone ($19)

MIZNON

As much as I love George Calombaris (at least up until the whole scandal with him underpaying his staff), I had to admit that celebrity chefs are not exactly my cup of tea. Although I’m sure it’s not always the case, often it feels as if the only chefs that end up as celebrities are the ones who spend more time selling their brand, rather [...]
Turmeric Chicken ($13.5)

AUNTY FRANKLEE

Does anyone remember the restaurant called Sugarbun? It holds a special place inside my heart, not for gastronomical reasons, but because Chris had taken to calling me his sugarbun ever since we first walked past it. Anyway, I was a little upset when it closed unexpectedly last year before I even had a chance to try it out, and reappeared a few weeks later as [...]