GetFoodi Connecting food creators with food lovers www.getfoodi.com.au Can we all just take a moment to admire this wonderful creation? I mean really, that is one SERIOUS cake!
Sardi Location: 111 Church Street, Hawthorn VIC 3122 Contact: 03 9818 6140 Sardi may be located away from the main strip of shops on Church Street, but you can’t miss it – the vibrantly coloured graffiti sign that adorns the brick wall beckons all in. And the food that comes out of this small cafe seems to be keeping patrons coming back for more – the space has well and truly become a staple port of call for many discerning locals.
The Green is hidden through an arched door on the grounds of the St Columb’s Church. The high ceilings and warm tungsten light have a light and airy vibe with the cafe never feeling overcrowded. Anushka Chai Latte $4.5 Served in a hearty mug with honey on the side to add your sweetness to taste, this was the perfect drink for a Melbourne winter’s day.
I am constantly astounded by the quality and diversity of food that is offered in Melbourne. Having recently returned from travelling and working overseas (where I had the pleasure of dining at quite a few Michelin-starred restaurants), I can comfortably say that Melbourne offers some of the best restaurants and cafes in the world, which, believe it or not, I much preferred over their Michelin-starred counterparts. This past month I have been very ‘busy’ re-acquainting my palette with Melbourne food. Here are a few favourites that I’d happily eat at (over and over) again: Hinoki Japanese Pantry Location: 279 Smith Street, Fitzroy, VIC 0065 Contact: 03 9417 4531 Fonda Mexican Location: 248 Swan Street, Richmond, VIC 3121 Contact: 03 9429 0085 Jinda Thai Location: 7 Ferguson St, Abbotsford, VIC 3067 Contact: 03 9419 5899
Grill’d Website: http://www.grilld.com.au/ I must admit Grill’d’s introduction of its pint sized sliders garnered an Incredible Hulk impression initially with a size too small to possibly satiate my ravenous appetite. But much like the neatly formed stacks at restaurants charging by the gram, un-cloche-ing plates with more porcelain on show than actually edible elements, fulfillment was unexpected as their consumption was both flavoursome and filling.
T and T seem to be undergoing a bit of a cupcake craze at the moment; a craze that they were more than happy to share with the rest of the crew. Cue one whole box full of 6 sweet, delicious cupcakes from Cupcake Central (locations in the CBD and Hawthorn). Frosting, anyone?
Izakaya Jiro is a gorgeous addition to the Glenferrie Road mix. Embellished with towering Japanese artworks, shiny, lacquered tables and a sleek sake bar, the modern den is one of the fancier additions to the burgeoning row of restaurants in Hawthorn.
A Hawthorn stalwart and producer of the most satisfying (and value for money) green tea milkshake that Melbourne has to offer, Samurai is a roaring Japanese restaurant wedged in the middle of the bustling Glenferrie Road.