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The Firehouse, Ringwood

18 Apr

Highlight – Delicious brekky

Lowlight – The echoey back room

Croque Madame - butter roasted ham, gruyere, bechamel sauce, dijon mustard sandwich plus egg

Croque Madame - butter roasted ham, gruyere, bechamel sauce, dijon mustard sandwich plus egg

Russet Burbank potato rosti, huon smoked salmon, truffle scented scrambled eggs & snipped chives

Russet Burbank potato rosti, huon smoked salmon, truffle scented scrambled eggs & snipped chives

FOOD?

The majority of the breakfast menu proudly contains free range eggs. I tried the Croque Madame; roasted ham with gryuere, bechamel sauce, and dijon mustard topped with a fried egg. Probably not the healthiest choice but super tasty when all elements are consumed together in one bite. The potato rosti was served with smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and sprinkled with chives. It looked amazing and the portion size was very generous.

While I was waiting for my friends I noticed the glass cabinet full of small cakes and pastries. If I wasn’t so full after my breakfast I would have been eager to try one or two. I’ll have to come back for a coffee date! I’m also keen to try the blackberry pancake with compote, berry cream and toasted almonds.

Also note that breakfast is served til 3pm so perfect for those who like to sleep in on the weekends.

SERVICE?

Staff are super friendly and accommodating, always asking if everything is okay and if we wanted more drinks.

AMBIENCE?

The restaurant is quite large and divided in various sections. Unfortunately we were seated at the back of the venue where the lighting was not very good and the room echoed every time anyone spoke. The space out the front is a lot brighter with natural light and I would request to be seated there on my next visit.

VALUE?

Priced on the higher side for a restaurant so far out from the city but the food is of a high quality so worth the cost. Breakfast ranges in the high teens to $20, and lunch is slightly more.

BOOKINGS?

Yes bookings are accepted and also recommended as it can get quite busy especially on the weekends.

7

out of 10!

The Firehouse
253-257 Maroondah Highway,  Ringwood VIC 3134
03 9876 8100

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Attica, Ripponlea

20 Jun

Highlight – Each dish was both intriguing to the eye and surprising to the taste buds

Lowlight – Not so sure about the texture of the beef tongue!

Snow crab

Snow crab

Potato cooked in the earth it was grown

Potato cooked in the earth it was grown

Pork tail, pickled onion, red melon, dune spinach

Pork tail, pickled onion, red melon, dune spinach

Winter apples

Winter apples

Mandarin and honeydew honey

Mandarin and honeydew honey

FOOD?

Ranked 53rd in the San Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants and with two chef hats, I was very lucky to be taken to Attica for my birthday this year. 3.5 hours of non-stop food and lovely company.

After the palate cleanser, we started with the ‘Snow Crab’. It was an interesting concept as the snow had an unexpected texture that disappeared in your mouth upon touch. I wasn’t a huge fan of the flavour of this dish but was easily won back by the next. Each course continued to surprise us and be better than the last.

It was evident that each course was intricately designed and took much effort to create. We weren’t quite sure what to expect from every course as dishes were listed more as ingredients rather than descriptive menu items. For example, the dessert ‘Autumn Apples’ presented as pieces of soft apples with a sweet yet slightly sour sauce topped with crispy sugary leaves.

The only dish that I was a bit iffy on was the ‘Beef Tongue, Vanilla, Myrtus, Lettuce Stems’. Imagine eating your own tongue. That is exactly the texture of the dish. If no one had informed us it was beef tongue then I would have enjoyed a lot more!

SERVICE?

Exceptional service, waiters were very knowledgeable with the wine list.

Our waiters were very informative and told of how each dish was created. To name just a few..

  • ‘A simple dish of Potato cooked in the earth it was grown’ was literally cooked in the ground, similar to the Maori Hangi method of cooking.
  • ‘Mandarin and honeydew honey’ dessert contained freeze-dried mandarins with caramelised sauterne cream.
  • Pukeko egg transformed into a hand painted white chocolate filled with intense caramel. Amazing!

AMBIENCE?

Small restaurant with moody lighting. The restaurant was full but it did not feel overcrowded. Relaxed atmosphere with a handful of a couple and a few groups.

VALUE?

8 course tasting menu is $150 per person or $245 including matched wines. 5 course tasting menu for $110 per person is available on Wednesday and Thursday. Tuesday nights are a night a for developing new ideas and therefore costs $90 for a 5 course tasting menu.

BOOKINGS?

Definitely make a booking here. Saturday night was booked out about a month in advance when we wanted to go so we ended up dining on a Thursday night on my actual birthday instead.

9

out of 10!

Attica
74 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea VIC  3185
03 9530 0111

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Porgie and Mr Jones, Hawthorn

12 Feb

Highlight – Amazing food!

Lowlight – They don’t accept bookings so you might have to wait

Smashed avocado with thyme buttered mushrooms

Smashed avocado with thyme buttered mushrooms, marinated feta, torn basil on wholegrain toast

FOOD?

Avocado and mushroom are in my top ten favourite food items. Once combined the meal was a sure winner for me. The dish above comes with the option of a poached egg on top for that extra kick.

Each item on the menu at P+MJ is delicious and makes you want to come back for more. I highly recommend the items in the ‘Classics’ section. Also note that the breakfast menu is all day everyday so it’s completely fine if you wake up late on a Saturday afternoon. In my opinion one of the best cafes in Melbourne’s East. I can’t wait to keep trying new items on the menu!

AMBIENCE?

Fun and artsy interior which reflects a somewhat classroom feel. Always busy on weekends and at times you may have to wait for a table especially if you arrive in a large group. Well worth the wait though!

SERVICE?

Standard welcoming service with no complaints.

VALUE?

Reasonably priced for consistently great food and friendly service.

BOOKINGS?

Bookings essential for dinner but unfortunately not available during the day so be prepared to wait a bit if you’re after brekky, brunch or lunch!

8

out of 10!

Porgie and Mr Jones
291 Auburn Road, Hawthorn VIC 3122
03 9882 2955 

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