D. and I got into this rather heated debate about how there seem to be so many “food critics” amongst our midst (us included) and how much we tend to speak about food and restaurants with the authority of a culinary expert (which most of us are not). He thinks that it’s about “peer sharing” and spreading the joy of good food around while I, the more pessimistic one, felt it was also a little about cultural capital accumulation and a status/popularity symbol if one has visited all the scmancy restaurants hip people are supposed to visit. Perhaps this “atas foodie know-it-all” thing is just somewhere in between.
This topic was brought up after one of his friends asked us to try out this supposedly hip new restuarant (won’t mention names, but the link is here, you have been warned) and it was one of the most awful and expensive meals we had there. However, please don’t take my word for it, coz’ one of our other dining companions absolutely loved it having ordered different things from us.
Anyway, right now, I am going to post pictures of food I liked in Melbourne, just a little picture collection for my records because well, fake food critic aside, I do love good food and memories of eating well definitely cheer.
The Press Club is a Modern Greek restaurant housed in a building formerly owned by a newspaper (hence the name). We had no idea what to order being the food philistines we were so the waitress brought out some chef set’s and it was all very nice and lovely. Lamb was goooooooooooood.
Replete Providore is my favourite place to go for breakfast in Melbourne even though it is in the middle of the suburbs. Beautiful pancakes (and I usually don’t like pancakes) and I’m a big fan of their corn fritters.
I finally got to eat at Taxi Dining Room, where rich Singaporean students dine after exams (obviously, I did not eat there while I was a student) and I had a raw meat dish which I actually liked – Wagyu Tataki I think and there was a lot of sesame oil is nice. A lot of the fine dining restaurants in Melbourne like to get very Asian and all and I find it a bit disconcerting coz Chinatown also got lah! And cheaper some more! But nice ambience. Ezard is also a nice place to go if you like Asian-influenced fine-dining (no pictures as too dark).
We had been eating lots of ang moh junk food in Wilsons Prom before heading to Sorrento Bay. Popping by Gusto was one of the best decisions ever made coz they serve fresh bread and plenty of healthy yummy stuff. This is just a simple huge mushroom on a rye loaf slice but it tasted heavenly to me.
But what was beyond heavenly is still as always Il Dolce Freddo ice-cream. The Roche ice cream literally made me smile and D. fell head over heels with his Pandan Coconut flavour and was telling EVERYBODY he met about it. Several times. We also went back several times for what has to be the best gelato in the world (not verified).
Ok now it is time to detox.