Lucy likes food.

My Melbourne food adventures, past and present.

Operator 25
25 Wills St
Melbourne, 3000

Website: http://www.operator25.com.au/

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This place is becoming one of my favourites in the city! It’s situated a bit further out from all the hustle and bustle of the city, so its got a more relaxed atmosphere there. Getting there is pretty simple, it’s close to Flagstaff Station or only a short walk away from Swanston St/Lonsdale St.

So far I’ve been twice (only) but I’m liking everything to date. Coffee’s from Code Black Coffee (my review here) which is one of my preferred coffee roasters in Melbourne; and they make it perfect here too.

Food wise, the first time I went I ordered the House Benedict - Potato Rosti, Grandmother Ham, Poached Eggs and Chives Hollandaise ($15). Perfect in every way - the rostis form the base (not too dense so it’s easygoing on the stomach) and the hollandaise is amazing, not too buttery but complemented perfectly. Great portion too. My friend had the Zucchini and Sweetcorn Fritterswith mixed mushroom fricassee, soft boiled egg and harissa spiced ricotta ($17). Now I’m no fan of mushrooms so I’m biased, but she said it was amazing so I’ll take her word for it.

The next time I visited, I went for a sweet option, a little treat for myself. I ordered the Ricotta and Vanilla Hotcakes with baked peach, hazelnuts, maple syrup and ‘strudel’ marscapone ($16). The hotcakes themselves were perfect, fluffy and light and quite full of flavour individually. The strudel marscapone though - could not get enough of it! We also tried the Sweet Potato Wedges ($7), which for the price are incredibly filling so make sure you have at least four people to share the bowl (and they are delicious too)!

Definitely try this place next time you’re in the city for brunch - or try the lunch menu and tell me how it is!

Laksa Bar108 Little Lonsdale StMelbourne
Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Laksa-Bar-Melbourne/185406064869705/

(Got too lazy. But I’m back, hopefully for much much longer before I get lazy again - it’s a given.)
The first of my weekly Thursday lunch dates with a fellow Melbourne Uni friend! I’ve got a two hour lunch break, so that can get you pretty far out and back to class in time.
The first week, we went to Laksa Bar at the insistence of one of our other good friends. Be warned, they’re closed on Sundays which we found out when we tried to go a few Sundays ago - sad. It’s located between Russell and Exhibition Streets so just a short walk from Swanston St and the ‘main’ city area.
Being named Laksa Bar, we both went straight for the Laksa. There were two options when we went (March) - the House Curry Laksa or a lighter (skim) version. There, you can match it with your meat of choice (chicken, soft shell crab) or tofu as a vegetarian option. And lastly, you can pick either a small or regular size.
I got the Chicken House Curry (pictured), and my friend got the soft shell crab House Curry - both regular sizes… The regular size is massive! Apart from the noodles, they give you a whole bunch of other surprises in your bowl - fish balls, fishcakes, bean sprouts and crunchy other things. Needless to say, we weren’t able to finish it BUT that had no relation to how deep the flavours were. The broth was a good level of spicy, and filled with all the typical flavours you’d find in a curry laksa - rich but not too oily.
As a little cute touch - bibs are available at the front counter to counteract any splashes from eating the laksa. Handy especially for all the business workers that come here during their lunch break.
Would definitely recommend for a quick easy lunch (or dinner) that’s quite affordable but very filling.

Laksa Bar
108 Little Lonsdale St
Melbourne

Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Laksa-Bar-Melbourne/185406064869705/

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(Got too lazy. But I’m back, hopefully for much much longer before I get lazy again - it’s a given.)

The first of my weekly Thursday lunch dates with a fellow Melbourne Uni friend! I’ve got a two hour lunch break, so that can get you pretty far out and back to class in time.

The first week, we went to Laksa Bar at the insistence of one of our other good friends. Be warned, they’re closed on Sundays which we found out when we tried to go a few Sundays ago - sad. It’s located between Russell and Exhibition Streets so just a short walk from Swanston St and the ‘main’ city area.

Being named Laksa Bar, we both went straight for the Laksa. There were two options when we went (March) - the House Curry Laksa or a lighter (skim) version. There, you can match it with your meat of choice (chicken, soft shell crab) or tofu as a vegetarian option. And lastly, you can pick either a small or regular size.

I got the Chicken House Curry (pictured), and my friend got the soft shell crab House Curry - both regular sizes… The regular size is massive! Apart from the noodles, they give you a whole bunch of other surprises in your bowl - fish balls, fishcakes, bean sprouts and crunchy other things. Needless to say, we weren’t able to finish it BUT that had no relation to how deep the flavours were. The broth was a good level of spicy, and filled with all the typical flavours you’d find in a curry laksa - rich but not too oily.

As a little cute touch - bibs are available at the front counter to counteract any splashes from eating the laksa. Handy especially for all the business workers that come here during their lunch break.

Would definitely recommend for a quick easy lunch (or dinner) that’s quite affordable but very filling.

Good Food Month 2013

Get on it guys! :D

A whole bunch of foodie offerings for the whole month - very very excited.

themidnightwanders asked: shouldn't you be studying for exams? why are you visiting all these restaurants? :P

A mix of procrastination/study break/I just really like food, exams won’t stop me/I don’t have exams (just a whole bunch of assignments).

Miss Marmalade
126 Union St
Brunswick

Website: http://www.missmarmalade.com.au/

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Miss Marmalade - I don’t know why it’s taken me over a year to blog about this place! First visited this little cafe on Valentine’s Day last year, just for something a bit ‘out there’ and that had a 24-hour breakfast! It’s hidden in a small street in Brunswick but fairly easy to access - you can either take a train to Jewell Station or the no.55 tram or no.19 tram + a short walk. It’s absolutely perfect for a sunny Spring day (sit outside!).

I went this time for my birthday with two good friends during my break from uni - I HAD UNI ON MY BIRTHDAY IT WAS SO SAD! We were all pretty hungry so we opted to grab four dishes and share them amongst us. So here’s the food:

  • Farmer’s Market: My most favourite thing off their menu! I’d specifically go all the way there just to eat this - it’s amazing. It’s packed full of all sorts of little goodies - home made corn bread (underneath), a mix of market veges, crunchy potato bites, avocado crush and a poached egg. It’s the little tidbits that make the dish so great cos you’d never attempt it at home because it’s too fiddly.
  • Blue Swimmer Crab Cakes: I didn’t try this dish myself (not a fan of seafood) but from what I heard I think it was pretty good!
  • Green Fritters: Didn’t expect it to be a massive serving, but it was absolutely delicious! The fritters have a mix of spinach, broad beans, baby peas and zucchini in the batter (look at how plump and fluffy they are), but what I thought really pulled it altogether was the tomato salsa. I’m only starting to warm up to raw tomatoes but I loved it cos it wasn’t too acidic/sour.
  • Gingerbread Hot Cakes: Just something sweet to tie it all off. Unfortunately because kitchen was closing at 3pm, we got the hotcakes halfway through the meal so we couldn’t enjoy them warm - but they were still great nonetheless. Would have liked a bit more gingerbread flavour in it - but the poached pears and marscapone more than made up for it. The mix of all the components worked perfectly!

One of my favourite places for a good brunch/lunch that isn’t too ‘mainstream’. Let’s you enjoy a nice peaceful lunch without the bustle of people - while nomming on tasty unique dishes!