We were looking for a place to warm ourselves up after a free tram ride back to the CBD area from watching the fireworks display at Docklands Waterfront. We stumbled across this cozy place which was still opened while looking for a cafe, and the French crepes called out to us!
This quaint little cafe is located in a small alley at the end of Port Phillip Arcade and has 3, 4 small tables inside with another couple outside. Google describes it as a Busy, cosy French creperie with a warm vibe, offering sweet and savoury options, cider and wine. And Google is right! The service is warm and people are friendly!
We finally embarked on our relaxing Aussie trip for 2016!
After a red-eye flight, we made our way to our Airbnb apartment, dropped our bags, and went to meet our friends to have our first meal in Melbourne. And it was pancakes!!!
Barramundi with Salad
Cheese and Potato Pancake
Our brunch part 2, we had chanced upon this cafe, and food models of pancakes were calling out to us!
A few touches on the iPad, and we got ourselves a Caesar Bacon Pancake set, with a pot of Sangria Tea (set cost $16.80++, with additional $1++ for premium tea selection).
The Sangria tea was a fruity blend and really whet our appetites! It was also fun to play with the Gravitea pot, as the tea would flow out after we align the tea pot on top of the cup. Though the tea was non-refillable, the pot was sufficient for more than 2 cups of tea.
Made with eggs, flour, sugar and milk on hot cast iron pans straight from the oven, the Dutch Baby pancakes actually originated from Germany. The sweet pancakes and salty bacon balanced each other out, and the texture of the pancake reminded us of egg omelette with crispy edges. It was quite delicious! The generous amount of vegetables was quite refreshing.
Note that Fruit Paradise is the sister brand, so you can also order their fruit tarts here 🙂
New kid on the block near the area and we were quite lucky to get seats immediately on a Friday night!
Then we realised that it was already last order 5 minutes after we were seated, haha! Without hesitation, we ordered:
Ms K had a craving for non-BBQ Korean cuisine, and Your Woul seemed to have pretty good reviews. Judging from the fact that it has been operating for quite a while at this location, we decided to give it a try!
The restaurant was opened by a Korean family and has a typical Korean local atmosphere surrounding it, with Korean aunties shouting in Korean and patrons chatting loudly with occasional drinking glass knocking. What we like most about Korean restaurants is definitely the small plates of appetizers that are served before and during the meal. Some restaurants offer free-flow of appetizers but in Your Woul, it’s just two rounds of 6 different titbits.
We had to give the relatively new kid on the block a chance 🙂
S’MORES Artisan Coffee and Creamery opened around the same time as the Korean dessert cafe, and has a cafe shop front, and a studio behind.
We came in thinking of having waffles for lunch, but noticed that they serve all day breakfast as well, so we got ourselves a Big Brekkie ($11.90 nett) and an American Slam ($11.90 nett).
The main difference between the 2 was that the former had 2 slices of toast, while the latter had 2 small pancakes. The food was alright, but we supposed that waffles were supposed to be the main draw, judging from the posts on Instagram. And of course the ice-cream which we didn’t order because we were still sick. 😦
We chanced upon this cafe that was projecting “Greece” and “come chill” to us… So we came here for a break between our walks in 黒門市場 Kuromon Market and 道頓堀 Dotonbori!
We settled for the Samurai Helmet Pancakes (¥1296 including tax), as well as Cafe Latte (¥378) and Matcha Latte (¥594 each). The latte had very lovely latte art, and the taste was not bad. Hubby was pleased 😀 The matcha latte here was excellent, without the cloying sweetness and with just the right amount of bitterness. The pancakes were soft and fluffy, and there were lots of strawberry slices and granola bits to complement it. As usual, plenty of fresh cream to go along too.
We really like the relaxed feel of this cafe, and spent close to 2 hours here, with hubby just chilling and us girls taking turns to rest and go shop around the nearby area. A good place to recharge before we start attacking 道頓堀 Dotonbori 🙂
- Location: Namba 1-Chome, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu, Japan 大阪府大阪市中央区難波1丁目
- Nearest Station: Namba Station なんば駅
- Direction: It’s just outside Exit 14 of Namba Station
- Website: wwalk.osaka-chikagai.jp/shops/detail.php?shopId=13
- Hrs: 10am – 10pm (Sun-Thu), 10am – 11pm (Fri-Sat)
For this trip, we were searching for special events in Tokyo and found that there was a regular weekend farmer’s market at United Nations University.
Hubby was very excited about this, and so we planned to go there for lunch. We had initially thought that we would be snacking there, but it turned out that there was actually an entire section devoted to food, with food trucks, proper tables and seats 😀
- Tomato Ketchup Omu Rice Set (¥800) from 東京オムレツ: This was a hearty portion of omu rice and vegetables. The omulette was fluffy and the tomato fried rice inside was flavourful.
- Bacon and Egg Pancake (¥450) from Betty’s Pancake: This was a surprised find! The soft and fluffy pancake covered a huge piece of tender bacon, egg mayo and green vegetable to make a very delicious mouthful!
We were pleasantly surprised by the good quality of the food here! Hope that we will have a chance to re-visit next time to try out the other food trucks 🙂
- Location: 5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0001, Japan 〒150-00001 東京都渋谷区神宮前5–53–70 国際連合大学前広場
- Nearest Station: JR Shibuya Station 渋谷駅
- Direction: From JR Shibuya Station take the exit towards Aoyama Dori and walk along Aoyam Dori until you reach UNU.
- Website: www.farmersmarkets.jp
- Hrs: 10am – 4pm (Sat-Sun)
We woke up bright and early today, because we had reservations with Royal China for an early lunch… And since we were to be in this area, might as well wake up a bit earlier and check out Clinton Street Baking Co. & Restaurant (the renowned bakery from NYC famed for its pancakes, burgers, biscuits and other freshly-baked goods), which hubby had been wanting to try out.
So here we were, at 8.30am, at the half-full restaurant. Looks like there were many early risers 🙂
The restaurant is brightly-lit and together with the white walls and high ceiling gives a very roomy atmosphere. It is sufficiently big but people have been flocking here (at least for these first few months of soft opening) so there’s always a queue. Breakfast menu is served all-day and lunch menu (with the award-winning buttermilk fried chicken & waffles, house made burgers with hand-cut fries and special handcrafted mocktails) is served from 11:30am.
HOUSE occupies an entire block
It was tea time, as we continued to explore Dempsey Hill on this Labour Day long weekend!
We strolled to HOUSE and managed to get seats by the floor-to-ceiling window, which was really lovely because we could look at all the greenery and still be enjoying the air-conditioning with adjustable blinds to have just the right amount of sunlight!
From it’s own website: “Perched atop Dempsey Hill, HOUSE is a 4,000 square-foot residence-gallery to everything that’s visually stimulating. From plates of comforting, creative gastronomy that combine local flavours with the global palate to tease and please curious taste buds; to the lush woodland surrounds, and even the stunning works of art dotted around the property – HOUSE possesses the elements of a true multi-sensory experience.”
The environment was truly soothing and relaxing, with huge spaces between tables, and we can’t help but noticed the smell of spa essence oils (which later we found out that there is indeed a spa that is in the same building, possibly owned by the same people. 🙂)