Goan Fish Curry ($16.99)/Butter Chicken (16.99)/Saffron Rice ($4.99)/Garlic Naan ($3.99)

PUNJABI CURRY CAFE

Despite being a fan of Indian food (who isn’t?), I don’t actually eat Indian very often at all. I’m not quite sure why, but I have a hunch it has something to do with the fact of how I just can’t justify to myself a meal full of deep frying and ghee (clarified butter) very often. But when the decision is made for me... I [...]
Challah French Toast ($19)

THE BAKER’S WIFE

It had taken 3 painful (but also highly amusing) years, but my sister is finally able to be in Chris’ company without succumbing to spasms of giggles and embarrassment. This development makes me incredibly happy; aside from the obvious fact that I like it when two of my favourite people get along, it also means that I now have my very own squad to go [...]
Blackberry Buttermilk Hotcake ($17.5)

LE CLEC

Remember how my mum has neither had nor cared about brunch for the first 50-odd years of her life? Well after her inaugural brunch, she is now smitten with the weekend ritual (like all true Melbournians), and has been hassling me to take her out again. Unfortunately, I had shot myself in the foot last time by taking her to Mr Hendricks, which turned out [...]
Son In Law Eggs ($8, 2pcs)

SON IN LAW

After a good 3 years of kicking, screaming, and just stubborn resistance in general, I’ve finally given in and joined the Instagram bandwagon. And as much as it pains me to say it, I was definitely missing out – I now have all the food photos my greedy eyes can handle, and a portable way of sharing every meal I ever have. To top that [...]
Harissa Scrambled Eggs ($14.5)

THE SPOT

After my dissatisfying brunch at The Glass Den last week, I saw an article on The Urban List for a relatively new and unassuming cafe nearby called The Spot. Craving an unpretentious, well-made meal after the over-decorated faff at The Glass Den, I decided to pop by The Spot for brunch after work the following Saturday. Bearded and smiling, Khalil Qubbaj made his entry into [...]
Wagyu Yakiniku Nigiri ($4.3)

TETSUJIN

When Sushi Hotaru first opened, I (like everyone else) was a huge fan of their cheap as chips, yet good quality and inventive sushi. Over the intervening years however, I’ve found that both the quality and quantity have dropped somewhat, whilst being accompanied by a price hike. With that said, $3.3 is still very reasonable for a plate of sushi off the train, but combine [...]