Saturday, 3 October 2015

The Baker's Wife, Camberwell

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The Baker's Wife is a cafe in Camberwell on Burke Road just before Toorak Rd, in a little shopping strip and easily accessible by tram 72. I actually went for the first time for one of my friend's wedding, and recently again for brunch. The cafe has a really good range of dishes and the pastries are delicious - definitely worth a visit.

We went on a Sunday around noon and there was about a fifteen minute wait for a table, and once seated, a bit of a wait before our food actually came. It was really busy and there was an upbeat, lively atmosphere from all the customers. Theres an artistic, rustic and homely feel to The Baker's Wife with its brick walls, the plants hanging from the ceiling and the large fireplace to one side of the cafe. The staff were friendly and attentive, though at times it was hard to get their attention because it was so busy. Every table has a jar of cutlery but ours didn't, and it took awhile for the staff to notice this and bring some across to us.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Rice Paper Scissors, Fitzroy

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Rice Paper Scissors is a Thai fusion restaurant in Fitzroy on Brunswick St, close to a number of restaurants and easily accessible by tram 11. The original restaurant is actually situated in the CBD on Liverpool St, but as it's quite small and there was a few of us, we decided to go to the one in Fitzroy for better luck getting a table. It was a really enjoyable experience at Rice Paper Scissors and I'd definitely recommend going.

As Rice Paper Scissors only takes bookings for lunch and not dinner, we made sure to go as soon as it was opened so we didn't have to wait too long for a table of six. The brick walls contrast with the art on the walls for a rustic yet modern feel, and there's an upbeat, vibrant atmosphere to the place. The staff were very friendly and helpful, and extremely attentive to dietary requirements and allergies, coming back to double check with us a few times to make sure it was all okay.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Din Tai Fung, Emporium

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Din Tai Fung is a dumpling restaurant that opened in Emporium Melbourne not too long ago, the first in Melbourne to come out of the famous Taiwanese chain. I was super excited to hear that they were finally opening in Melbourne, and am happy to say that it tastes just as good as the original restaurant in Taiwan.

The first thing to note about Din Tai Fung is the time it'll take to get a table. It's usually about an hour wait for lunch, though in my opinion, it's definitely worth it. When you first arrive, you're asked given a menu with tickbox options and a buzzer that has a range of 500m, that'll tell you when there's a table ready. We went around 1130am on a Saturday and were told it would be about an hour wait, and we happily went down to the food court to decide what we wanted. I also went another time for dinner, and was lucky enough to get a table within ten minutes at about 615pm.

When we went for lunch, we were lucky enough that we only had to wait 45 minutes before our buzzer went off, and upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted with a Welcome by every single staff member as we were taken to our table, near the back of the restaurant. The service here is pretty much excellent; covers are put on jackets if they are hung on the back of chairs, and there are basket like racks to put your bags in as well. The staff are extremely friendly and attentive, and our food came in under five minutes after we'd placed our order. Given my excitement at having Din Tai Fung in Melbourne, my friend and I might have gone a little overboard and ordered a bit too much food, but it there were so many things on the menu we wanted to try that we decided we had to get it all!

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Legacy Camberwell, Camberwell

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Legacy Camberwell is a relatively new cafe in Camberwell, just opposite the library and close to another place I've blogged about, Red Robyn. It is well known for its specialty coffee and donuts, as well as being a health conscious cafe.

The cafe doesn't look very big but makes good use of space, with large communable tables in the front section, and smaller tables at the back. The use of white in the ceiling against the brick walls and wooden tables made for a clean and rustic feel, and there was a lively atmosphere from all the people and the upbeat music playing in the background. The staff were friendly and attentive, and there wasn't too long of a wait for our food.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Rustica Sourdough, Fitzroy

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Rustica Sourdough Bakery is a bakery/cafe in Fitzroy on Brunswick St, easily accessible by tram 11 and close to another place I've blogged about in the past, Vegie Bar. The bakery is best known for its artisan breads, house roasted coffee and contemporary menu, and its rustic industrial feel atmosphere.

There's definitely a rustic vibe to Rustica, with the front half of the cafe being very open and spacious, though at the back a bit more squashed and dark. There's also seats outside, and the constant stream of people coming in just for a coffee or to buy pastries and bread made for a lively atmosphere. There aren't many decorations on the walls, as most of it is covered in really cool art work, as you can see below.