Mon- Fri 7:00am-4:00pm
Sat- Sun 8:00am-4:00pm
Thurs-Sat 5:30pm- 11:00pm
With the newly opened eatery, it was a must that we tried out the food. High Ground is opened all day and night for customers to work, eat and play. This magical cafe was eye pleasing, spacious and modern. It has a number of different levels that cater for different sized groups. We were seated by the window on a communal table. I couldn’t stop starring at how high the ceiling was, 15 metres to be exact.
To start off we ordered our drinks. I went for a glass of green juice and my friend went for an iced coffee. Both of them came in a glass cup side by side. My green juice was refreshing, smooth and sweet. The iced coffee tasted a bit too diluted but the coffee flavour was still noticeable. In terms of price, they were more expensive than we would of liked.
From looking at the menu, I instantly thought of Top Paddock and my cravings for the famous ricotta hotcake arose. We went for one sweet and one savoury dish. My friend picked the spiced cauliflower scrambled eggs, curry leaf, roasted chilli and housemate flat bread. The ricotta hotcake was moist and soft but not as fluffy as I remembered it to be. It sweet, caramelly and doughy. In contrast, the spiced cauliflower scrambled egg was buttery, crispy and aromatic. It reminded me of the Malaysian dish roti canai with egg, but deconstructed and modernised. This dish was very similar to the Addict dish, son in law eggs benedict.
Overall, this eatery provides high quality food, a welcoming atmosphere and friendly customer service. It’s a great place to visit if you haven’t been before.
After a session at the Nike training club, we found ourselves at Addict salivating away. It was a relatively busy Saturday morning, with many people immersed in their morning chats, coffee and delectable food. We sat outside in the sunshine but
the cold wind made our food cool down quickly.
We ordered three dishes to share. Two off the main menu (Sweet & Savoury Breakfast Board, Son In Law Eggs Benedict) and one off the specials board (Morcilla Hash). The sweet and savoury board was a mix off emotions. The savoury part consisted of crispy bacon, roasted field mushroom, poached egg, sourdough and tomato relish. It was average and nothing worth raving about. On the other hand, the sweet coconut chia pudding with seasonal fruit was fantastic! One of the best chia puddings I’ve had. The chia seeds weren’t hard but translucent, soft and sweet (from the coconut). It was topped with rhubarb, macadamia, fresh strawberries, white chocolate, coconut and sorrel foam. This combination was a burst of fresh air!
The son in law eggs benedict was a mixture of smoked eggplant, tom yum hollandaise, fried onion, coriander, curry leaf and roti. This asian inspired benedict was surprisingly salivating. The ingredients enhanced each others flavours. The roti was crispy, light and buttery. I didn’t notice the smoked eggplant, maybe because the hollandaise covered most of the meal and I was too busy devouring it. The tom yum flavour in the hollandaise sauce was quite subtle. The eggs were perfectly runny and oozy. To top it off, the fried onion and coriander gave the meal freshness, crunchiness and colour.
One of the specials for the day was the morcilla hash. It was a tower of a hash brown, fried egg, salsa verde, smoked tomato, chervil and chipotle hollandaise. The presentation of this meal was eye catching. The potato hash was a little salty, umami and juicy. This savoury packed meal was one of the highlights.
Overall, this place offers innovative food that will keep you happy and drooling! I highly recommend this place🙂
What a romantic place to bring your date! A first time diner here and I was happily surprised about the furnishings and atmosphere. I didn’t expect the restaurant to blacked out with dim lighting. The feature wall was eye catching. One week ahead, I called up Gingerboy to book dinner and they were completely booked out. I highly, highly recommend you to book two to three weeks in advance. Finally reserving the last table, we were on our way to Gingerboy.
We waiting about 5 minutes before being seated, as the sessions were changing over. Our coats were taken to the closet and we were seated in the middle by smiley staff. We went straight to the menu and had difficulty choosing. The staff recommended the salt and pepper ribs, so we went straight for that. We also ordered oysters and for main we went for the duck and a side of rice. To the top the night off we went for the dessert platter. I can never say no to dessert!
The two entrees were delicious. The salt and pepper chicken spare ribs coated in tamarind hot sauce was a highlight of the night. They were sticky, tender and finger-licking. Don’t worry about the spice, it was quite subtle and the sweet, tangy sauce makes it worthwhile. The oysters were a shot of freshness. Squeeze a little lemon on top and you will feel alive! It had the perfect consistency, making it easy to slurp up.
The main dish was a little disappointing. I ordered the duck leg curry after reading positive reviews but it didn’t live up to its standard. The flavour was buzzing and the creamy sauce was perfect with rice, but the duck was a little overcooked. It was dry, chewy and hard.
To end the night on a positive one, we ordered the dessert platter. The dessert platter came with all five desserts in smaller portions. From my most loved to my least loved would be: 1. Coconut tapioca, red papaya, pistachio praline and kaffir lime
2. Spiced poached pear, honey ice cream and gingerbread crumb
3. Five spiced parfait, poached quince and saffron floss
4. Espresso tofu cheesecake, condensed milk ice cream and mocha beans
5. Steamed lemongrass pudding and white chocolate chilli ice cream
Overall, I enjoyed my experience at Gingerboy.
p.s. If you have the 2016-2017 Entertainment Book, you are eligible for a 25% discount off your total bill. The Entertain Book is filled with discounts you can use across your city. It ranges from food outlets, shopping, art and sport attractions to hotels and car hire.
It cost $65 for either a hard copy or a digital copy. I would recommend to get the digital copy because a number of people are able to use it and there are constantly new offers being added. If you think it’s pricey, think about the savings you can achieve. So far, I have redeemed up to $200 dollars. I highly recommend it! You can buy your own here
It’s great to see a new brunch spot open up in the suburb of Box Hill and I was keen to see what they had to offer. Box Hill is very busy and finding parking around the café can be difficult, so bring plenty of coins for the ticket machines. The café is modern, open and welcoming. On the menu you can find your typical brunch dishes, mixed with Asian influences. The staff were attentive and friendly. We ordered three dishes to share between the three of us; the hotcakes, tea smoked salmon and sweet and sour pork. If I had to choose out of them, my favourite would be the tea smoked salmon. The tea smoked salmon was placed on top of a spring onion pancake, bean shoot salad, avocado and son in-law eggs. It reminded me of a Vietnamese bahn xeo. The sweet and sour pork knuckle was the most disappointing of them all. The pork pieces were sticky and sweet but there were only four small pieces on the plate. Without the flavours from the pork, the rest of the dish would be bland. The Hotcake was surprisingly different. I’m not sure if I liked it or disliked it. It was incredibly soft, fluffy and sweet. The coconut foam was light and airy but I wasn’t a fan of the taste. I like coconut but I found it slightly bitter, however the generous amount of berry compote made up for it. Overall, this place was alright but I found the meals to be a little overpriced for what you get. I won’t be rushing back here any time soon.
Mon- Fri 7:00am- 4:00pm
Sat- Sun 7:30am-4:00pm
Another smashing cafe has opened up in the Southeastern suburbs of Melbourne. Created by the talented group of owners behind Tall Timber, Rustica Canteen and Touchwood, you won’t be disappointed. Located on the corner of the street, this formerly known Indian restaurant has transformed into a modern cafe that offers indulgent yet healthy dishes. The interior has a blue and white colour scheme, complementing the wooden furniture. There is seating outside but as of yet there isn’t any shade or heating, so it can be quite chilly. The menu doesn’t have one or two stand outs but an array of dishes that will leave you drooling. Don’t forget about the slices and cupcakes on the top counter!
We arrived around 2pm and there was a 10-15 minute wait for seating inside so we decided to sit outside. It wasn’t too cold but our food did get cold very fast. To warm up our bodies, we ordered a coffee each. I went for a soy mocha and my friends ordered a flat white and a cappuccino (forgot to take a photo). The coffees were well balanced. To go with our coffees we ordered the pulled pork shoulder benedict, smoked and braised beef short rib and braised Moroccan lamb shoulder. The presentation of all dishes were spectacular! They looked inviting, vibrant and glorious. The lamb shoulder dish was light, sweet and refreshing. The lamb wasn’t heavy as I thought it would be. On the other hand, the pulled pork shoulder benedict was hearty, lush and creamy. The apple element was my favourite. The beef short rib was in-between. It was spicy (only a little), tender and smoky. All of the dishes had a touch of sweetness, which gave the dishes dimension. The combination of ingredients were phenomenal.
Make sure you put this cafe on your breakfast/brunch list!
I was never a fan of chia seeds because the small grainy texture in my mouth made me squirm. However, after coming across chia seed pudding at many popular brunch spots, I came to love this ancient grain. Chia seeds are packed with nutritious properties. They are high in protein, fibre, omega 3, antioxidants and even calcium!! Believe it or not, but 50g of chia seeds (about 1/4 cup) has about 315mg of calcium, this is equivalent to a cup of full cream milk (~ 300mg calcium).
Chia seed pudding has become a breakfast staple. It leaves me full, refreshed and happy from the inside and out. Similar to my winter oats recipe, you can add your own twist to this dish and change up the flavours to suit your tastebuds. I like my chia seeds to be plumper and softer and therefore I leave it over two nights in the fridge for them to expand. I found my chia seeds to be grainy after leaving it overnight. Keep on reading if you would love to make this nutrient rich meal for your tummy!
*p.s if you have any chia seed recipes you can’t get enough of, I would love to hear about them🙂
Chia Seed Pudding
1/2 cup (~ 104g) chia seeds
2 cups milk
Method 1. Place chia seeds and milk in a large bowl
2. Mix it together, cover it and then place it in the fridge for two nights
3. After the first day, check on your chia seeds and mix it around so no lumps form
4. Put it back in the fridge for one more night
5. Take it out of the fridge and mix the contents if you see lumps
Tues- Sun 11:00am- 10:00pm
Ph: 03 8555 2343
I was craving burgers and a juicy, mouthwatering burger was the only thought in my mind. I first heard about Cultural Commons last year after my cousin mentioned how good it was but I never found the time to go because Springvale has hectic parking and it’s out of the way. However, that day finally came and I stepped into Cultural Commons for the first time. I was happily surprised how modern and groovy the restaurant was. I didn’t feel like I was in Springvale at all. The staff were particularly friendly and accommodating. The atmosphere was lively and warm, with a mixture of modern and old school music playing in the background. We were seated in the booths which was quite cosy.
We arrived during the student combo time so we ordered off that. If you are a student you can order a burger (selected ones only) and a drink for $15.00. The meal also comes with chips and aioli dip. The combo was definitely worth it and you will be happy as a bee. I’m not 100% sure how long this special is will be up for, so definitely get in as soon as possible!
We ordered the Mack Junior and the American Dream, plus a drink each. The burgers were too die for!!! I can’t express in writing how delicious these burgers were. They were juicy, succulent and addictive. Every bite was satisfying and I just wanted more. For me, the chips put the cherry on top. They were unique in the texture and flavour. Crispy on the outside, airy in the inside and the sauce was a match made in heaven. I loved the whole meal and can’t wait to be back to try all the other burgers!
I highly recommend you try these burgers, even if you aren’t a burger fanatic. You won’t be disappointed!