Sunday, 3 November 2013

Goodbye October

So I admit I have been pretty lazy as of late with updating my blog.
Given summer is just around the corner, I have cleaned up my eating habits significantly which means I have not been eating out so much in recent months. 

Yet eating out still makes up a large component of my social life. So, as long as I hang out with my friends, I will still occasionally allow myself to indulge in delicious, guilt-ridden calories.  

Here are some places I have visited in the past month: 

1.The Stables of Como

Judy was down from Sydney for the weekend and I was racking my brains for ideas of places to take her to. Given both of us love all things pretty and girly, the newly opened The Stables of Como was the perfect destination. The familiarity of the menu that I have grown to know and love at Snow Pony and the beauty of the surrounding Como House and garden made The Stables of Como a real treat. We ordered a slice of brownie and scones to share. The staff was attentive, the scones were just as delicious as ones previously consumed at Snow Pony. The only downside is the menu is significantly marked up in comparison to other ICKE & IGBY establishments. Having said that, I would still happily return for brunch on a nice sunny day as the surroundings are so magnificent that one could almost believe that they have been teleported to France. (disclaimer: I actually am yet to visit France)

The Stables of Como
Como House
Cnr Williams Rd and Lechlade Ave
South Yarra VIC
Ph (03) 9827 6886
The Stables of Como on Urbanspoon

2. Naked In The Sky
Cocktails and Moscato, yes please!

Eggplant Chips drizzled with blue cheese dressing and honey
After visiting Como Gardens, we decided to cross the Yarra and head north towards Fitzroy so I could show Judy the awesomeness that is Naked In The Sky. This place is soon becoming one of my favourite rooftop bars, and will definitely warrant future visits as the weather gets warmer. 
The crumbed eggplant chips drizzled with honey and blue cheese dressing blew my mind away. We had already eaten quite a bit of food by then and the chips were naturally oily and heavy, but the addicting flavours kept me reach in for more and more. omg such a pig.

Naked In The Sky
285 Brunswick St
Fitzroy, VIC
Ph (03) 9416 2238
Naked In the Sky on Urbanspoon

3. South of Johnston

Long black on ice

Omelette filled with roasted pumpkin, proscuitto, sage, baby spinach and pinenuts on sourdough toast and side of goats cheese ($18.90)

Seared salmon salad with poached egg ($18.90)

#yolkporn ;)

Occasionally the inner workaholic can get the best of me and compels me to spend a perfectly delightful Sunday afternoon inside the office that I would return to the very next morning. Sometimes I am not alone, and on this particular Sunday, Nisha and I decided to keep each other company while we slogged through unread emails, ovedue training and file submissions. But we also agreed that we were not to completely deny ourselves of enjoyment, so we ventured out to Collingwood for brunch before turning on our office computers. 
We headed to South of Johnston for some much needed brainfood. This was the day where Melbourne "swelltered" to 31 degrees and the spacious interior of the cafe instantly brought the temperature down few notches. Although it is a tad dark towards the back of the cafe where natural light struggles to reach, the lounge area and the communal table gives the place a really nice chilled feel. It is as if we are visiting a friend's house that happens to contain a significantly enlarged lounge and dining room. Given the heat, we decided to order something light but filling. The combination of Salmon salad and omelette was perfect and ensured that we got our recommended daily dose of protein and essential fatty acids. I also got a long black which I poured over ice to enjoy cold. 

On the way back we stopped by the newly opened Hinoki Pantry to grab some sustinence for the rest of the day. Hinoki must be the cutest and cleanest Asian grocer I have ever been to. Coming here makes me want to visit Japan again so badly. Definitely a place to visit when I need ideas for the care package my mother in japan sends me from time to time.

South of Johnston
46 Oxford St
Collingwood, VIC
Ph (03) 9417 2741
South of Johnston on Urbanspoon

4. Cibi

Genmai tea, green tea and red bean muffin

Traditional Japanese breakfast ($17.50)
I had previously lamented about how hard it was to find a nice cafe in Melbourne, where I could dine alone without feeling self-conscious that I would be labelled foreveralone. I think I have finally found my perfect fit in Cibi. Unlike many popular cafes in its surroundings, Cibi's decor is very modest and understated. Mismatching tables and chairs scatter through out the cafe, which has a subdued level of noise even during the busiest trading hours. On a nice sunny day I like to sit by the window sipping my Genmai tea and slowly work through a green tea and red bean muffin. On my last visit, I tried their traditional Japanese Breakfast and it was simply devine. The tamago-yaki was sweet, the salmon flaky with a crispy skin. The quinoa rice and side vegetables completed the balancing act and brought the entire meal together. I think Kappaya's miso soup is still handsdown the best in the world, but Cibi's version is nevertheless hearty and satisfying.

45 Keele St
Collingwood, VIC
Ph (03) 9077 3941
Cibi on Urbanspoon

5. N2 Extreme Gelato

Deconstructed kaya toast gelato ($8.00)
Strawberryen ($8.00)
Black lava salted caramel ($6.00)
Pash me pavolova ($6.00)

I don't know how to justify my obsession with N2 Extreme Gelato, I am no icecream fanatic and I have concluded it is simply the curiosity that is getting the best of me: "ohhh i wonder what deconstructed kaya toast in icecream form would taste like?" And sometimes it is simply: "Did someone say SALTED CARAMEL??? OMFG GIMMEEE"Anyways, since the opening of N2, I have already paid 4 visits and spent more money there than what I would have otherwise spend on other forms of icecreams in an entire year. Although I cannot wholeheartedly justify this form of food expenditure, I do have to say their gelato is pretty damn good. Secretly I am also excited about the arrival of Messina on Smith Street and am keen to see how this gelato battle will play out in the coming summer months.

N2 Extreme Gelato
329 Brunswick St
Fitzroy VIC
Ph N/A
N2 Extreme Gelato on Urbanspoon

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