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    La Notte: Charming La Notte

    by arianne_1504 Written Nov 5, 2011

    La Notte Restaurant is your typical Italian Restaurant. Large alfresco eating area and very friendly and prompt service.

    Open seven days a week early till late, for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and supper. All dietary requirements are catered for.

    Take-away bottle shop available. Extensive bar with an excellent wine cellar with bottle shop prices served at the table.

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    Brown Sugar Cafe: A little bit of sugar

    by arianne_1504 Written Nov 5, 2011

    We chose this place, because the gentleman out the front was friendly and not pushy like some of the others in the area. Service was very good. Our entree was lovely. My medium-rare t-bone came out more rare than anything else, but they happily cooked it further and replated it.

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    Zimt Patisserie Bakery Cafe: Zimt

    by arianne_1504 Written Nov 5, 2011

    You can tell this place is special from the moment you walk past. Apart from the stunning childrens cakes, special ocassion cookies, divine looking pastries and desserts, Zimt also do a range of beautiful sandwiches and savoury cakes. All served by amazingly friendly staff.

    Located in Mont Albert, it's a little out of the way from the mainstream, but if you find yourself out this way, do make the effort. It's right near the Mont Albert train station.

    High Tea and catering also available.

    Open Monday to Saturday, 7am to 5pm.

    Favorite Dish: Chicken and Walnut mini baguette sandwiches.

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    Shou Sumiyaki Sake Bar & Grill: Sweet Sumiyaki Sake

    by arianne_1504 Updated Nov 5, 2011

    Take a seat in Shou in one of the gorgeous little booths, with a smokeless chargrill barbecue set in the table and cook yourself up a storm. A comprehensive menu including wagyu beef, chicken, pork and seafood, along with mouthwatering entrees and sake flight menu, Shou is an awesome experience.

    The waitresses were very helpful in aiding your selections.

    We left feeling extremely satisfied, but not stuffed full. I will definitely be coming back here on my next trip to Melbourne.

    Favorite Dish: The best tempura vegetables I've ever tasted.

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    Hopetoun Tea Rooms: Tea in Hopetoun

    by arianne_1504 Written Nov 5, 2011

    Step back into 1892 and visit the Hopetoun Tea Rooms. Situated in the Block Arcade, this quaint little place is lavishly decorated with floral green and black. Excellent service and a divine menu, you can stop by for coffee and cake or go all the way for breakfast or lunch.

    High Tea also available 7 days a week.

    Open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 5pm, Sundays 9am to 5pm.

    Check out their website for menus and further details.

    Favorite Dish: Rockling and salmon terrine with crepe and tomato and basil cream sauce with caviar.
    Lemon Meringue Pie.

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    Caboose: Nothing Loose in this Caboose!

    by arianne_1504 Updated Nov 5, 2011

    I first visited Caboose after a particularly long and stressful day, we were wanting a small bite to eat and a glass of wine to wind down. Caboose filled the bill brilliantly. Our waiter was extremely amicable and his recommendation of the croquettes spot on. We were seated near the kitchen and the procession of dishes passing us made our mouths drool.

    I've since been back to Caboose twice more and enjoyed it each time.

    It's such a cozy little place!

    Favorite Dish: Bruschetta with buffalo mozzarella and the Potato and Jamon Croquettes with Aioli.

    Massive Croque Monsieur, croquettes with blue cheese sauce!

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    Camy Shanghai Dumpling House: Yummy Yummy Melbourne

    by mattdinh Written Oct 25, 2011

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    Hi guys & gals.

    First of all, if you are on a budget and want something and easy. Camy Shanghai Dumpling House is the place for you. It's in a laneway (Tattersall's Lane) off Chinatown. A warning to visitors, the lane stinks. However, once you enter Camy's it is a different story.

    Food is great for it's price. $8.50AUD for a plate of 15 fried or steamed pork dumplings. The food is pretty quick once you order. I usually wait like 3-5 minutes for my dish to come out. Sometimes even less.

    It's self service cutlery. Make sure to clean the cutlery and bowl with the servettes/tissue.

    Service is pretty ordinary and it is what you expect from most Asian places and this is coming from an Asian. Surroundings is not 5 star and ambience is fairly average. I mean sometimes you may have to share a table with other patrons. But don't let that ruin your appetite

    Highly recommend Camy's Shanghai Dumpling House for those that are on a budget or want to experience wonderful dumplings. Just don't expect posh service.

    Favorite Dish: The Dumplings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    I love the Mushroom & Spinach dumplings (great for vegetarians or vegans), Fried Pork Dumplings and the Steamed Rice Cakes (again great for vegetarians or vegans).

    A tip for the Fried dumplings, make sure you bite carefully. Nothing worse than lip burns from the oil.

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    Victorian Parliament High Tea: - a challenge

    by sirgaw Updated Oct 18, 2011

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    Now here’s a challenge – 2 people, all the food as pictured and you’ve got 1 and a half hours to try and consume the lot – Victorian Parliament wins again as their High Tea really is huge.

    There are 2 platters – and the bottom one is all the savory stuff – dainty quiches, delicious finger sandwiches, water cress and parsley, followed by fresh fruit. Top layer is the challenging part – 3 enormous freshly baked scones with big servings of jam and cream, followed by 5 each of individual bigger than bite sized cakes all freshly made. More fruit on the side.

    Team the above with choice of wine, coffee or tea, chilled water, delightful setting and its high tea made in heaven at a fraction of the cost of the other high teas around Melbourne. Very attentive and professional staff and all up, a great experience.

    Cost $36.00 per person without wine, $42.00 with wine and served between 2.30 and 4.00pm Monday to Friday in the Strangers Corridor, which is next door to the Members Dining Room. Bookings essential and note the high tea is only available when Parliament is not sitting – check web site for dates.

    There is a security entrance for all visitors and items which may be considered dangerous are not permitted into the Parliament Building.

    About the photos:
    1. Double platter and too much for 2.
    2. Quiet alcove for 2.
    3. The top platter and all the sweet stuff.
    4. Is the glass half full or empty?
    5. They'll even supply a take-away container.

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    Colonial Tramcar Restaurant: for a unique experience

    by sirgaw Written Oct 14, 2011

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    One of the worlds most unique dining experiences can be found on board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Limited choice 5 course meal (late sitting - 3 courses for early dinner) while watching the panorama of a beautiful city from a superbly presented fully air-conditioned vintage tram as it trundles its way through the city and close-to-the-city suburbs. Although expensive, it is a great experience and not to be missed.

    There are 3 almost identical trams and each seat a maximum of 36 diners at tables for 2 or 4. The trams are divided into 2 compartments with seating for 24 in one and 12 in the other compartment while 3 staff members busily serve food, drink and beverages. There is also a tram driver. Conditions are a little cramped and the on-board toilet makes an airline toilet look like a ball room in comparison – not easy to fit all that is required into a tram and makes for a quaint experience. The late dinner trams do stop for a ‘stretch legs’ break at a tram line siding while regular commuter trams pass by. .

    The first tramcar restaurant commenced operation in 1983 and by union regulations had to be staffed by a crew of 2 – driver and conductor. Of course the conductor did not have to perform any tasks and was even featured on the back cover of the Melbourne phone book – sitting in the ‘B end’ drivers compartment (no where else to sit) while reading the days paper. Some lament the passing of the conductors from the Melbourne tram network; I think the Tramcar Restaurant management would have applauded the change.

    The menus for both the early and late dinners and the luncheon service can be viewed on the web page as listed below – click onto the ‘Menu’ tab. Costs vary between $77 per person for the early dinner to $137.50 per person for late dinner Friday and Saturday evenings.

    The Tramcar Restaurant is VERY popular for visitors and locals celebrating special occasions and I do strongly suggest booking 6 to 12 months ahead to avoid disappointment. Lady Gaw and I were lucky as we were originally on the waiting list for our chosen night – our 42 wedding anniversary. Most of the cost of our night was compliments of a credit card loyalty program.

    The departure and return point for the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is tram stop number 125 Normanby Road, near the corner of Clarendon Street, South Melbourne and opposite Crown Casino. Several tram lines from/to city/suburbs are adjacent and taxis can be found at the Crown Casino.

    About the photos:
    1. The 'smoke break' stop tram and passengers at William Street, Melbourne.
    2. Sir and Lady Gaw on board and waiting for dinner - hang on, first course is all ready and waiting. Now where's the drink - LOL
    3. Lady Gaw said, "Can I have those flowers?" - "No, wait until I've taken the photo and you'll get the flowers at the end of the trip." See what 42 years of marriage does - LOL.
    4. All the mirrors and glass make for tricky photography without flash.
    5. Sort of like this - on Puffing Billy Railway (separate tip - Belgrave page) the equivalent restored carriage is nick-named 'The Gin Palace' owing to its opulence of a by-gone era.

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    Dumplings Plus: Tasty, Succulent Shanghai Dumplings

    by leon.partsi Written Oct 9, 2011

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    A nice, clean dumpling house

    Favorite Dish: Steamed Vegetable Dumplings served in a bamboo-stitched container on baking paper.

    A perfect method to serve steamed dumplings because they do not fall apart from their own sogginess like they would if served on a regular plate. There is a lot of soy and chilli sauce to go down with it.

    Wash it down with a nice beer and you are feeling great.

    Bamboo Serving Dishes Downstairs Beers and Dumplings Upstairs Chinese Lanterns
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    Gypsey & Musquito: Hangover Remedy

    by leon.partsi Written Oct 8, 2011

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    Gypsey and Musquito do a rather fancy take on a classic English fryup, in a setting that makes you feel less like you're in a restaurant and more like you're at a friend's house.

    Practically every item on their menu is delicious and they play non-stop calming 80's music in order to help soothe that headache which represents a solid previous night on the booze.

    Favorite Dish: Big Breakfast

    Scrambled Eggs, Tomatos, Mushrooms or Spinach, pretty much any side item you want, they have.

    Big Breakfast Delicious Salads and Wraps A Real Local Place Cosy Interior Feels Like Home
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    Movida De Tapas: Simply Amazing Spanish

    by leon.partsi Written Oct 3, 2011

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    A high-scale Mexican affair, Movida De Tapas has a real hint of Europe in their atmosphere and culture. Located right on Hoiser Lane opposite a greal deal of professional street art, you can look through the window and see some of the pieces during your meal.

    Sitting at the bar is probably the best fun - you get to see to servers at work. Food comes in two servings - individual tapas and entree size meals. The portions are somewhat small in comparison to other places I could take you, but what they lack in size they make up for in taste.

    Every mouthful is a treasure. I have yet to have a single item on their menu which was anything short of absolutely delicious. The barmen greets you, explains the menu and offers you mineral water or tap water. He also carves up three pieces of freshly baked bread and serves them with olice oil as an appetiser. He also lists the daily specials. The last time I went it was freshly shucked Adelaide Bay Oysters served on a bed of rock salt. Mmm...

    Favorite Dish: Spiced Chickpea and Spinach Broth

    A mix between a soup and a curry, the entree sized dish is hot and spicy, with just the right level of spinach to soften the blow of the pepper. The chickpeas add a nice texture.

    Wash it down with an imported Spanish beer like Moritz and you are feeling fantastic.

    The Bar at Movida Fresh bread and Moritz Lager The Movida Logo Spicy Chickpea and Spinach Curry Dining at Movida
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    Thousand Pound Bend: Delightful and Inviting

    by leon.partsi Written Sep 27, 2011

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    A coffeehouse with an emphasis on solid food and solid service, thousand pound bend is perpetually inhabited by a colourful young crowd that has nothing better to do than hang out and have a slow coffee with friends.

    The food is presented beautifully by a heavily tattooed waitress staff (it adds attitude, I guess?) and quite affordable. The venue is laid back and lots of things that other places make you work for are easy done here: there are a pile of board games in the back lounge you are free to use. The wifi password is listed in plain view up on the wall, no purchase necessary.

    There is an art studio at the back of the cafe and you can see artists in progress - but don't interrupt them! They are working!

    The tea is hot and the coffee... uh... well I don't drink coffee but I'm told it's very nice here. I really like this place. It feels like it's not a company out to make money. It feels like you're just chilling out at someone's house.

    Favorite Dish: Tea/Coffee for just $2.5 within the morning rush - a perfect pick me up for those horrible mornings that follow great nights.

    Interior of Thousand Pound Bend Free Board Games! Free Wifi! Easy to Miss Entry Tasty Noodle Salad
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    Barcelona Cafe: Professionally Made Spanish Tapas

    by leon.partsi Written Sep 18, 2011

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    A poor sign and little legroom make for an unassuming atmosphere for this great little Spanish Cafe right on Fitzroy Street in St Kilda.

    If you manage to find the place, the food is so totally worth the wait I am not sure how this place isn't more popular.

    Favorite Dish: Eggplant Chips with Aioli and Incredible Sangria.

    Of course all the Paellas are the best displays of food, but for me nothing gets better than a snack of deep fried eggplant chips and a glass of their home-made sangria ,a jug of which serves 4 and costs $28.

    Seafood Paella Eggplant Chips and Sangria Vases and Flowers in the Bathroom
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    Little Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur Comes to Melbourne

    by leon.partsi Written Sep 15, 2011

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    Little Malaysia is hidden down a small side street off of Bourke and Little Bourke Streets in the city, but it would be a shame for anyone to miss this. Malaysian was my favourite food when I worked in KL, and Little Malaysia is downright indistinguishable from any of the amazing food I had over there.

    I cannot recommend this little place highly enough.

    Favorite Dish: Vegetarian Mee Goreng - tastes like memories of KL!

    Great Looking Food From Any Distance Well Looked After Interior Cute Storefront Nice Laneway Location As Well
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