No doubt eating healthier was one of your goals for the new year but you love a good weekend brunch. I hear ya! Greenfields is a place that satisfies both of those needs. It’s a gorgeous light filled venue with big glass windows where you can lookout to the green yards outside. They also have a lovely outside decking area facing Albert Park with chairs outside and a bamboo woven swinging love seat. Greenfields are serving up healthy nourishing meals that taste amazing, so this way you can have your brunch and eat it too.
Greenfields – Sticky buckwheat
The sticky buckwheat cooked in almond milk was kinda of like porridge but a little drier with a chewy bite. It was good. Then there was the torched bananas which tasted bruleed, soft sweet honey black figs and a crunchy berry and cacao granola.
Greenfields – Green eggs and pumpernickel
The green eggs with pumpernickel was tasty. The scrambled eggs were a beautiful bright green colour with young spinach and pickled green tomato relish and the pumpernickel was heavily seeded and delicious. We had an addition of smoked salmon and lemon which was a good idea.
Greenfields – Cacao citizen chocolates
For dessert we had some Cacao Citizen chocolates which were raw, vegan dark chocolates made out of healthy stuff. They look like little Tim Tams but healthy, guilt free versions. We had an orange and fig one, and a pistachio one which were both delish. The perfect coffee accompaniment.
Greenfields – Brunch goals
It’s a great place to brunch before or after going for a scenic walk around Albert park lake. They also do functions and the space is just gorgeous. Eating healthy is even easier than you think when there are places like Greenfields.
Upstairs on the balcony in the middle of the city sipping an Aperol spritz was my first impression of Yokocho. Knowing that we were about to eat a Japanese feast was the next thing on my mind. A casual venue in the city for good Japanese food and tasty cocktails.
Yokocho – Aperol spritz
They have a range of interesting cocktails. Harjuku girl was a good one with four pillars gin, lychee puree and lime juice, they do a good aperol spritz or you can also order a sweet Japanese plum wine.
Yokocho – Assorted sashimi
The sashimi was fresh and delicious. Always a good starter. We had the kinfish, salmon and tuna.
Yokocho – Beef tartare
The Yukke was gorgeous and probably my favourite dish. It was like a beef tartare with egg yolk in the middle and lotus root chips to eat it with. It was dressed in a light sweet soy. It was amazing.
Yokocho – California roll
The california roll was the prettiest I’ve seen. It looked like a colour wheel, it had all of the colours of the rainbow in each bite: salmon, tuna, egg, avo, crab meat, mayo and flying fish roe.
Yokocho – Salmon & avocado roll
The salmon avocado roll was fabulous too. Sometimes the simple dishes shine bright and this did just that.
Yokocho – Assorted tempura
Now who doesn’t love something deep fried. We had the assorted tempura next. The prawns were big and juicy, the vegetables were tender and the batter was light and crispy. It was served with a warm soy and daikon broth.
Yokocho – Yakitori
We had the Yakitori favourites which is an assortment of BBQ meat or veg on a stick. They had chicken, pork belly and beef but the chicken and leek and asparagus wrapped in bacon were my faves.
Yokocho – Melbourne CBD
The restaurant is upstairs so look out for the cube outside that says Yokocho. It’s a good Japanese restaurant to pop by in the city especially when you can hang out in the sunshine on the breezy balcony drinking cocktails.
They say bigger is better and if you have a hefty appetite you can be sure to find a satisfying meal at the Hof downtown. It’s a German restaurant located in the Docklands and is sister to the popular Hofbrauhaus in the city. Whether you want delicious German food (for example an epic 1.5kg roast pork knuckle) or top quality Bavarian beer, you’ve come to the right place.
The Hof Downtown – Bretzel
Of course they do the traditional Bretzel. It’s freshly baked and served warm with a side of butter.
The Hof Downtown – Chicken schnitzel
They do an awesome chicken schnitzel. It was simple and cooked to perfection. The chicken was moist and the light crunchy breaded coating was fantastic. It was served with a wedge of fresh lemon and herbed mayo. Thick cut potato chips and salad were the perfect sides.
The Hof Downtown – Epic roast pork knuckle
When you see the waiters carrying around a mammoth plate causing you to stare and drool, you can’t help but order it too. Their famous 1.5kg roast pork knuckle is a must. Whether you’re really hungry (and I mean really) or your sharing it amongst friends, you will not be disappointed. The sound of breaking the crackling apart was an event in itself. It was served with a super creamy mash, sauerkraut to cut through the richness, a delicate pork jus and hot mustard.
The Hof Downtown – Tonka bean creme brûlée
They have desserts too and after our big mains we went with a smaller lighter dish to end on. We had the tonka bean creme brûlée which was served in a tea cup (so cute) with chocolate soil, mini marshmallows and vanilla ice-cream.
It’s a pretty large space so it’s good for groups, after work drinks or you can even organise a special occasion they do functions.
There are lots of cafes with espresso in their name but it only works well when they actually make a mean espresso. This is one of those places. All the locals know about it, tucked away on a little corner of Moonee Ponds, brunch and quality coffee is to be had.
Darling Street Espresso – Split shot
We had the split shot which is an espresso accompanied by a picolo. So basically a hardcore coffee shot aside a milky coffee chaser. It was delicious and it came with a card telling us all the special things about the coffee beans from Kenya. Confirmed, worthy to have espresso in their title.
Darling Street Espresso – Watermelon juice
When the sun is out, some fresh juices are in order, especially when they’re served with pretty flowers.
Darling Street Espresso – Mushroom tart
The mushroom tart had truffle scented mushrooms cooked down with tomato topped with pieces of salty feta and kale dusted poached eggs. There was crunchy polenta chips on top of the tart and beautiful crunchy chick peas scattered around the plate.
Darling Street Espresso – Salmon
The confit salmon melted in your mouth, it was served on a thin potato and preserved lemon waffle. The zing of the lemon and creamy horseradish labne complimented the salmon well. The runny egg yolk was just the icing on the cake.
Darling Street Espresso – Panko Mac n cheese
Of course we had to get a side of panko crumbed mac ’n’ cheese just because. Who could resist?
Darling Street Espresso – Black Forest French toast
Finally for dessert we had the French toast. Not your normal French toast, no sir, this was Black Forest French toast. It was literally chocolate brioche with freeze dried fruit salad, sweet and tart cherry gel and chocolate meringue. Yum.
Darling Street Espresso – Moonee Ponds
Darling espresso is great for the locals but if you’re in the area or passing by, definitely worth dropping in for brunch and some top notch coffee.
Rock sugar isn’t your typical Thai restaurant. They’re more hip than traditional but the flavours still pack a punch. They have your well-known curries like green and massaman and also have a range of interesting starters like Sriracha butter corn, red nam jim chicken ribs and massaman lamb spring rolls. Sharing is the way to go with their range of small bites all the way up to their main larger plates. They also have some awesome cocktails available, fairy floss martini anyone?
Rock Sugar – Fairy floss martini
The Fairy floss martini (fluffed not stirred) was delicious. We had the vanilla one which was a delight. You get a martini glass filled with fairy floss and a test tube of vodka, then pour the vodka over the fairy floss and watch it dissolve into a puddle of pink, quite the spectacle.
Rock Sugar – Sriracha butter corn
The Sriracha butter corn on the cob corn was creamy and spicy with mint, coriander, chilli salt and cheese sprinkled on top.
Rock Sugar – Fried chicken ribs
Can’t go past the fried chicken ribs especially when they are cooked with red nam Jim, lemongrass and chilli caramel. The skin was crispy and the meat was moist.
Rock Sugar – Kingfish
The Hiramasa kingfish was sliced thinly with even thinner slices of cucumber, radish, chilli and pops of salmon roe.
Rock Sugar – Massaman lamb spring rolls
Saltgrass lamb spring rolls with massaman coconut cream was an inventive dish that totally works. All the flavour of lamb massaman curry packed into a convenient hand held spring roll. Genius.
Rock Sugar – Dumplings
The chicken and prawn dumplings were juicy and were topped with fresh spring onions, crispy shallots and chilli relish which intensified the flavours.
Rock Sugar – Green curry
Green curry is a Thai classic and they do it well wiith chicken, eggplant, crunchy green beans, young bamboo and a side of fluffy coconut rice.
Rock Sugar – Thai feast
All the food was delicious and the fairy floss martini was heaps of fun. Rock sugar is a wonderful place to eat Thai food with a twist.