Sunday, 5 July 2015

Trinitas Thai, Camberwell

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Trinitas Thai is a relatively well known Thai restaurant in Camberwell, about a five minute walk from Camberwell Station and easily accessible by tram 72. The restaurant prides itself on traditional, contemporary and fusion thai dishes that are authentic and diverse.

The restaurant has an air of sophistication to it, with mood lighting and jazz music playing softly in the background. There are simple photos on one wall of ingredients, and a large mirror on one side. Staff are friendly and helpful, recommending certain dishes and making sure our water glasses were never empty.

Between Us, Canterbury

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Between Us is a cosy cafe in the Maling Road shopping strip, about a five minute walk from Canterbury Station. It prides itself on being a cafe  that is 'your own slice of respite' and allows you to unwind and relax.

The environment and atmosphere of the cafe does give a very warm, open and family oriented feel. The decor is very simple, with lights and pot plants hanging from the ceiling, and large photos on one wall. There's quite a lot of seats in the cafe even though it looks quite small from the front; there are couch seats to one side and a range of smaller tables on the other, as well as a larger communal table. The staff were attentive and friendly, and there wasn't too long of a wait for the food.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Baba Sus, Glen Iris

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Baba Sus is an Asian fusion cafe in Glen Iris, close to Burwood Station. It's quite a hidden cafe in an area that's all suburban houses, but a very nice area nonetheless. The cafe brings a modern take on brunch with asian inspired flavours.

The decorations at Baba Sus are simple and minimalistic, only on one wall near the kitchen is there rows of shelves with items. The chatter from customers and sounds from the open kitchen make for a lively atmosphere, though service could really be improved. We went on a Sunday around 1230 and had to wait about half an hour for a table, even though we were told it'll only be about twenty minutes. After we were finally seated, it was about another half an hour after our orders before our main dishes actually arrived.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen, CBD

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Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen is a ramen bar in the CBD that opened in April, located on Russell St. between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane. It's quite hidden as it's located in the basement, and there's no obvious signs indicating a restaurant exists here. The restaurant prides itself on a premium Japanese ramen cuisine dine-in concept that is authentic, hearty and delicious.

The restaurant is made up of an assortment of Japanese style rooms, booths, tables in the middle and a bar like area where you can see the ramen being made in front of you. The decor of the place is a fusion between modern and traditional Japanese style, with a combination of calligraphy art and instructions on how to eat ramen written in Japanese. The staff were very attentive and friendly, and everytime new customers walked in, they all greeted them in a japanese welcome. The service here was also the fastest I'd ever seen - we'd only ordered less than five minutes ago when our food was served.

Sunday, 31 May 2015

The Vertue of the Coffee Drink, Carlton

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The Vertue of the Coffee Drink is coffee speciality roastery/cafe in Carlton, off Elgin St past Lygon St. The cafe is quite hidden; you pretty much have to walk up the Shell Petrol Station and turn left at the small sign indicating Raffa Pl, which brings you to a surprisingly spacious and cosy looking cafe. The Vertue of the Coffee Drink prides itself on endeavouring to deliver the tastiest coffee, and just from reading on their website, you can tell they seem to really know what they're talking about when it comes to coffee, and are happy to help out those who are just starting out or have been drinking coffee for a long time.

Upon entering the cafe, you're first treated to the counter and the roastery aspect, before it expands out into the cafe itself. The space is open and bright, with very high ceilings - the place looks like it was furbished from an old warehouse, but with a modern feel to it with the lights and the plants as decor. There are quirky coffee decorations around the whole place, with a huge old school coffee machine of sorts in the middle. The atmosphere is lively and vibrant, with upbeat lounge style music playing in the background.