Tall Timber

To be honest, what attracted us to visit Tall Timber was the Entertainment Voucher of 25% off… (awesome deal!) It was a double date to set the scene and ended being a pretty good experience. Parking went alright. For first timers, … Continue reading

Burch & Purchese

Explosive Raspberry Milk Chocolate (Nut Free)

Is a known patisserie headed by Darren Purchese. He’s known for his flavour balance and texture creativity. Combining delicious sweet decorations of jellies, sponges, mousses, cream, crumbles & spreads layer after layer. I’ve followed them at the 2013 Melbourne Show … Continue reading

Rococo – Glenferrie Road

Sitting at the corner of Glenferrie Road and Hawthorne Grove lies Rococo Glenferrie Road. There is also Rococo Fitzroy Street Rococo and Acland St which is the original establishment of the Rococo Group. Catering for outdoor and indoor dining or just at the bar for couple of drinks and nibbles, their kitchen opens all day from breakfast to late…

It was a booking for a table for 14 at 7pm on a Saturday December night. The restaurant had a large indoor dining area and being in the festive month of December with many social gatherings, the restaurant wasn’t filled at that time.

We were seated right at the back of the restaurant next to the glassed cellar room. the evening was set with a candle lit ambience. I thought it was the perfect spot until I found that we were separated with the rest of the restaurant guests, dining next to a work party of 40 people. And we know what happens at work functions, there’s announcements and it gets routy! By the end of the night, it just got too noisy, we couldn’t hear each other within our table! So I had to take some points off from service.

Their menu comprised a range of antipasti, salads, pizza, pasta, risotto and paninis.

My meal was the Rococo specialty pasta with chicken and you can definitely taste the freshness of each ingredient. The texture of the pasta was just right, but I found it a bit thick for me as I’m use to spaghettis in number 2’s.
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Deep fried Quail with mushroom risotto was much loved but the quail was hard to eat as it was two whole quails. We wish it was at least cut in half to be dine friendly.
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My friends enjoyed the Salmon and the pizza too. It’s presentable and very colourful!
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I’ve tried Rococo at Acland Street and it was a very good experience especially after a fun night of a friend’s engagement party – supper at Rococo – Acland Street was just what we needed! We were told that the Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese was the best and my boyfriend ordered this popular dish and it delivered~! But, the Spag-bol at Rococo at Glenferrie Road was missing something… something I can’t put to words… sorry~

Dessert? was amazing! I loved the Strawberries and Cream. The meringue definitely completes the taste of the Strawberries and Cream. It added the crunch and chewiness which enlightened the sweet dribbling syrup and melting ice cream. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a photo of it, I was too keen on getting the first bite!

Summing up… I would recommend Rococo Glenferrie for a nice gathering with the added price for ambience, but I personally wouldn’t visit regularly. It was a lovely environment to catch up with long lost friends – apart from the loudness from other guests. But what can you do? I guess if the restaurant knew its a work function they should really sit them at the back of the restaurant and not sit them in the middle to disturb other guests.
** I also think there’s a difference in quality of food between Rococo Glenferrie Rd and Acland St…


Trading Hours:
Monday-Sunday: Breakfast – Late
Location: 797 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorne

Tasteelicious Rating:
Service: 2/5
Ambience: 5/5
Mains: 3/5
Drinks: NA
Dessert: 5/5
Overall: 15/20

Website: www.rococo.net.au/glenferrie-road
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Three Bags Full Cafe

A cafe hidden in the corner streets of Nicholson and Mollison in Abbotsford. The exterior appears to be a historic like building – a museum possibly? I wouldn’t have guessed it was a Cafe.

Parking was convenient on a 2pm Saturday afternoon, which is pleasing. Friends arrived at 1.45 trying to get in early for a nice table of 8, but we waited for just under 30 minutes in order for a table. I think this timeframe is quite forgiving, since we didn’t book (no reservations permitted) and there’s a large group of us.

The interior of the cafe is somewhat modern, metal chairs with wooden tables as contrast. Segregated in three sections, where the middle area was dedicated for VIP functions with an opening of a bright window. The function room could possibly seat 10-12 people. We dined at the back of the cafe where the desserts and drinks bar were located. Unfortunately our seats did not have a bag rest. But I guess that’s the culture of Three Bags Full Cafe? – Casual yet Modern.

Three Bags Full Cafe Interior

Three Bags Full Cafe Interior

I ordered the Pulled pork shoulder on toasted brioche which was $13. For some reason, I am always very conscious about catching a bone piece when I have pulled pork. But this was divine… Loved it, but could someone kindly tell me what I was meant to do with the lemon? I had no idea – squeeze it into the braised pulled pork?

Braised pulled pork shoulder on toasted brioche with celeriac remoulade, house made barbeque sauce and pickled green tomato

Braised pulled pork shoulder on toasted brioche with celeriac remoulade, house made barbeque sauce and pickled green tomato

I didn’t get a chance to try the following photos, because the braised pulled pork was enough to fill my lunch! Here’s some snaps of what my friends ordered. The Big Breaky was huge!! My girlfriend who didn’t have any breakfast couldn’t even finish the $19 dish! Impressive…

Big breaky - eggs any way, Istra bacon, grilled tomato, roasted mushroom, cheese kransky, spinach, relish and toast

Big breaky – eggs any way, Istra bacon, grilled tomato, roasted mushroom,
cheese kransky, spinach, relish and toast

I also heard good feedback on the steak sandwich, it’s gluten free @ $18.50. Sorry I can’t be more descriptive…

Steak sandwich - grilled porterhouse, bacon, beetroot relish, tasty cheese, aioli, tomato, rocket

Steak sandwich – grilled porterhouse, bacon, beetroot relish, tasty cheese, aioli, tomato, rocket

$13.50 – Vanilla, coconut and lime rice pudding…

Vanilla, coconut and lime rice pudding with poached pears, dried cranberry, pistachio and pommegranite molasses

Vanilla, coconut and lime rice pudding
with poached pears, dried cranberry, pistachio and pommegranite molasses

And as for these bad boys, $16.50 for these pancakes! Sweet with a bit of rhubarb on the side.

Ricotta hotcakes with baked fruit & orange infused ricotta

Ricotta hotcakes with baked fruit &
orange infused ricotta

Another gluten free dish worth $17 which also had a tasteful review from my peers. The lamb wasn’t burnt and was quite easy to eat.

Slow braised lamb on toasted sourdough with marinated roasted peppers, feta and rocket

Slow braised lamb on toasted sourdough with marinated roasted peppers, feta and rocket

Beverage on the other hand was average. I tried their soy latte and it didn’t call for me.

Dessert was gorgeous! We had a chocolate cupcake. I don’t think they have a menu for their dessert. It’s just whatever they make on the day. The chocolate topping was just right. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, so sweetness was just right. The cupcake itself is perfectly baked – not too oily/buttery and not too dry.

Chocolate Cupcake

Chocolate Cupcake

Overall I’d recommend Three Bags Full for Brunch & Lunch! I’m not around Abbotsford much but would go there again with a nice brunch with my girlfriends. Try it! xx

Trading Hours:
Monday-Friday 7am to 5pm,
Weekends & Public holidays 8am to 5pm

Location: Corner of Nicholson St and Mollison St, Abbotsford.

Tasteelicious Rating:
Service: 4/5
Ambience: 4/5
Mains: 5/5
Drinks: 3/5
Dessert: 4/5
Overall: 20/25

Website: www.threebagsfullcafe.com.au

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Capital Kitchen

Always walked past, noticed the existence but never tried the Capital Kitchen at Chadstone shopping centre…
Directly opposite GP within the vicinity of luxury branded retailers sits capital kitchen.
A breakfast and lunch only modern cafe blended with French training and Asian techniques behind an Italian heritage – chef Tony Chiodo.

I tried their Chicken Tenderloins served with a Char-Grilled Corn Chive and Puffed Corn Salad with a Smoked Almond Dressing. The tenderloins were warm when the dish arrived and nicely cooked – taste was perfect. Corn was lovingly light but the dressing lacked in flavour. I wish there was more dressing or more flavoured on the salad.

Chicken Tenderloins served with a Char-Grilled Corn, Red Onion, Chive and Ruffed Corn Salad with a Smoked Almond Dressing

Chicken Tenderloins served with a Char-Grilled Corn, Red Onion, Chive and Ruffed Corn Salad with a Smoked Almond Dressing

The second dish which my boyfriend ordered was Southern Style Calamari with a Red Cabbage, Fennel and Rocket Salad with Romesco Sauce and Lime. Again the temperature of the Calamari was warm. Again quite a light meal especially after a good afternoon of shopping! The flavour was pleasingly strong.

Capital Kitchen - Southern Style Calamari with a Red Cabbage, Fennel and Rocket Salad with Romesco Sauce and Lime

Capital Kitchen – Southern Style Calamari with a Red Cabbage, Fennel and Rocket Salad with Romesco Sauce and Lime

Beverage wise, we ordered a Iced Coffee and Chocolate Milkshake. Iced coffee was quite bitter – definitely for those coffee lovers! Don’t worry it wasn’t burnt! As for the shake, it above average – but wasn’t a thick shake. Chocolate sweetness was just right!

Chocolate Milkshake

Chocolate Milkshake

Capital Kitchen - Iced Coffee

Capital Kitchen – Iced Coffee

Capital Kitchen Beverage Bar

Capital Kitchen Beverage Bar

Service was average – Pretty much find yourself a table and order form the counter. The service staff will bring the food to you, remember your table number! Their table numbers are quite small.

Capital Kitchen - Dessert booth

Capital Kitchen – Dessert booth

Atmosphere was amazing! I felt like I was at a winery, with the wooden furnitures and high chairs seeing others sip on their wine after a day of shopping therapy…

Capital Kitchen Dining Area

Capital Kitchen Dining Area

Trading House:
Mon-Wed: 8am-4.30pm
Thurs: 8am-8pm
Fri: 8am-8.30pm
Sat: 8am-5pm
Sun: 9am-4pm
Location: Shop 043 Chadstone Shopping Centre, 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone VIC 3148

Tasteelicious Rating:
Service: 2/5
Ambience: 5/5
Mains: 3/5
Drinks: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

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The Black Toro

My first food venture blog post will be The Black Toro!

Located in one of the most popular food central in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Glen Waverley. Established recently in July 2012 competing in the Kingsway strip of restaurants, has surely been successful. I’ve always wanted to try The Black Toro but it was always booked out for the two dining sessions they had on the peak days of the week being Friday, Saturday and Sunday…
With the long anticipation, we finally had made a booking on a Saturday night for the 2nd session 8.15pm. We ordered the set menu of $60 per person which entails the dessert tasting platter worth $36 by itself. If you’re not a dessert person, there is a set menu for $45 per person – more room for savoury! The deal is unlimited food, selected by the chef’s recommendation with a mixture of ‘Poco plates’ (entree) and ‘Grande plates’ (main).
As for the service… it was great! Always feel looked after when the waitress asks if whether this is our first experience with The Black Toro. They also look after you with dietary requirements since our all our dishes were decided by them. The only criticism is that the waitress spoke too soft, we could hardly hear her whilst we were seated. Environment is dim, but lit up by individual electric candles at each dining table and dimmed lights. Kitchen was bright and clean which reassured the hygiene of the restaurant.
Here’s the most exciting part… PHOTOS!

Oysters with tequila & lime
Oysters with tequila & lime

Potato and chorizo croquette with manchego foam
Potato and chorizo croquette with manchego foam

Kingfish ceviche, melons, cucumber, crispy wonton & prawn oil
Kingfish ceviche, melons, cucumber, crispy wonton & prawn oil

Wagyu beef sliders with onion, tomatillo relish & monterey jack cheeseWagyu beef sliders with onion, tomatillo relish & monterey jack cheese

Lamb barbacoa with accompaniments – not entirely sure if this is the correct name of the dish (sorry guys!)
Lamb barbacoa with accompaniments

Guajilo basted baby chicken, mango, fennel, cucumber salad & toasted sesameGuajilo basted baby chicken, mango, fennel, cucumber salad & toasted sesame

Dessert Tasting Plate
Dessert Tasting Plate

 Chocolate brownie, salted caramel popcorn & vanilla ice cream
Chocolate brownie, salted caramel popcorn & vanilla ice cream

Deconstructed peanut butter cheesecake, chocolate ice cream & honeycombDeconstructed peanut butter cheesecake, chocolate ice cream & honeycomb

Part of the Dessert Tasting Plate but not within menu =(
Dessert tasting plate

Peach sorbet, caramelised white peach & pistachio nuts
Peach sorbet, caramelised white peach & pistachio nuts

Mango custard, raspberry & chilli jam, toasted meringue
Mango custard, raspberry & chilli jam, toasted meringue

Desserts were a variety of sweet, sour and savoury! I would recommend plain water as your drink to accompany all the sensation of your tastebuds! It really it mind blowing! My favourite dessert tasting are:
  • Deconstructed peanut butter cheesecake, chocolate ice cream & honeycomb AND
  • Peach sorbet, caramelised white peach & pistachio nuts!
Why? they both have a variety of savoury vs sweet or sweet vs sour when you try the dishes – and i’m quite impressed with the seamless transition of the two flavours. Usually desserts are either all sweet or all sour – these give a variety and dwells well in the mouth!
Overall it was great in value, we ate approx $140 value worth of food coming to a total bill of $130! Another positive comment is that the restaurant opens til late! Both of us, spent 3 hours there and time flew!
Location: 79 Kingsway, Glen Waverley, VIC 3150
Tasteelicious Rating:
Service: 4/5
Ambience: 5/5
Entree: 4.5/5
Mains: 4/5
Dessert: 4/5
Overall: 22.5/25

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