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Sushi Jiro

We all know and love Sushi Hotaru, but I’d be lying if I said I enjoy waiting 45 minutes for a table, nor do I like having to run into the CBD every time I wanted a sushi train fix. So when the old newsagent in Box Hill Centro closed and was replaced by Sushi Jiro, it was definitely a much better outcome than I had dared hope for. Being more or less brand spanking new, the interior of Sushi Jiro was bright and pleasant, though it does feel a little utilitarian. I wasn’t sure what to make of the service; the waitresses seemed to downright forget that they had customers sometimes, but when they remembered, they were quite lovely,…

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Roast Duck Inn

As I get closer and closer to my long-anticipated holiday (though by the time this is published, I’ll be in Korea!), I can’t help but get excited over all the amazing and cheap food I’m going to get to eat. Not only will I be able to stuff my face full of ddukbokkie and soondubu jiggae in Korea, I’m also going to be inhaling all the delicious roast meats and street snacks Hong Kong has to offer. And because it never hurts to get some practice before the real deal, I decided to have my Sunday roast at Roast Duck Inn.

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First Taste

I remember coming to First Taste with my family a few years back (and by that I mean about 7), and we thought it was pretty great. But for some reason we never returned. Finally, on a night when I needed some easy and comforting blog fodder, First Taste seemed like just the thing. Though cramped, the rustic cottage-like feel of this restaurant is definitely a step up from what you’d expect to find in the area. The staff do a mighty fine job of avoiding eye contact, but are pretty friendly once you do get a hold of them. The menu has plenty of faux-Chinese dishes, but the real drawcards (if you ask me) are the herbal soups and…

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Tina’s Noodle Kitchen

What comes to mind when you think of noodles? Is it chewy strands of udon? Slippery mouthfuls of pho? Spicy tom yum? Or maybe even spaghetti Bolognese? If you ask Tina’s Noodle Kitchen however, they’re talking about the thick, tubular type of rice noodle eaten almost exclusively in the Yunnan province of China. Needless to say, I grew up eating these rice noodles – or mi xian – for breakfast, and am therefore very sentimental about them. And whilst Colourful Yunnan does bang-up Southern Chinese food, we’re always on the hunt for something closer to our end of town. So when I spotted Tina’s in the city, I immediately told my parents about it. And when they tried it and…

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Pho Huong Viet

Yes, I’m having pho again. In two days. It’s been a hard week, ok? After an unsatisfying bowl of pho that only just curbed my cravings, I decided to nip it in the bud once and for all with a traditional bowl of noodles at Pho Huong Viet. I’ve been here previously for a good but not fantastic bowl of bun bo hue, but this time it’s all about the pho. The interior of this restaurant is a smidge nicer than the usual fluorescent lights and sticky tables set-up, and the staff were more than a smidge nicer than usual; in fact all of them had big smiles on their faces, which is definitely something of a novelty. My usual…

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Golistan Take Away

What with being between jobs at the moment, and with my parents having just completed their new house, moving out isn’t very high on my list of things to do. Besides, my area has some pretty good eatin’, and if I were to move out, the only thing that would likely change is that I move down the road into a shanty town so that I can continue getting take-away dumplings from Glen Waverley.

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