So, under the title ‘The Perfect Place’ I will post recommendation of some great places. It can be restaurants, cafes, sightseeing, anything really, along with their locations and things for you to try out.
And the first ‘Perfect Place’ is San Churro. There are several branches of this great chocolateria. I went to the one in QV Centre on Swanston St. Try out their churros for two with dark chocolate dip and cappuccino with your besties!
I am incredibly happy today. Remember I said that I planned to go to George Calombaris’ The Press Club? Yep, I did just today for lunch. For those of you who don’t know who George Calombaris is, he is one of the judges in Masterchef Australia. So he owns two restaurants called The Press Club and Little Press & Cellar which are both located near Flinders Station. Anyway, me and my friends planned to go to The Press Club. But turns out it is closed during lunch for renovation and Little Press & Cellar will open early for lunch - usually they open at 3 in the afternoon. So we went there.
So we got there and ordered some entree and main course. When we opened the menu we were a little bit surprised about the price. It was not as expensive as we thought a famous chef’s restaurant would be, which is good. So we decided to start with:
1. School prawns, Attiki honey dressing, almonds, coriander
2. Some 3 y.o. cheese and bread - I can’t remember the name, sorry! -
3. Shaker Bag and chicken wings - again, I can’t remember the name!! -
Seriously, these entrees were amazing! All of them were so delicious. But if I have to pick one, my favorite would be number 3. True, they were only chicken wings. But you are wrong, they are not just chicken wings. They were the most delicious chicken wings ever. And the dip were also fantastic. Next up, the main course which is “Crispy skin salmon, fennel, cabbage, tzatziki”.
This salmon was just perfect. The crispy skin was OMG-rated. The tzatziki and cabbage and fennel was fine. After all, the salmon was the star of the plate. We could feel that we were getting full but you know appetite is not an easy thing to control especially when it is combined with curiosity. So we ordered just another main course to share which was Biftekopita - Greek beef pie, chutney, slow cooked egg. The best thing ever, I might even say that it is better than the salmon.
Look at the egg. OMG. And people, it was as amazing as it looks. Seriously. If I ever go to Little Press & Cellar again, there’s a big chance I’m going to order this again. It was just the perfect main course. Anyway, our fantastic lunch almost came to an end: desserts.
1. Mastic panna cotta, drunken strawberries
2. Watermelon soaked in rosewater, cinnamon labneh, mint, pinenuts
3. I can’t remember the name of this dessert but I know that there were chocolate, caramel and foam - I don’t know what foam though.
They were sublime - as a friend of mine put it. They were just amazing! I know I’ve used the word ‘amazing’ a million times already in this post, but it is true! Anyway, as for the best dessert, I think it’s a tie between number 1 and number 3. Before we paid the bill and left with full satisfaction, the waitress was kind enough to take a picture of us. See our happy faces and bulging stomach - blame George’s fantastic food.
It really was a fantastic lunch. Also, I fully recommend you to give Little Press & Cellar a visit some time. Feel free to leave any comments on this post!
It’s been a million years since my last post and I hope everybody’s doing well. In relation to my title, there is a lot of new things going on in my life. First of all, I moved to Melbourne in mid February. I have to say, I LOVE Melbourne! All the things you hear - or I hear - about Australia are true! Australians are extremely friendly, it is hotter than hell here during the summer and the weather is very unpredictable. When I first landed here, I was wearing a leather jacket and jeans which was a big mistake. As soon as I checked in to my dorm, I get rid of them right away - as in put them in the most bottom part of my wardrobe - and put a stack of my colourful shorts on the top shelf of the wardrobe.
And the other new thing is I live in dorm right now. Not that I didn’t in the last two years. But this one is very dorm-like, not the anti-social, old building I lived in before this. My current dorm is very old though. It goes back to 1976. But things are still pretty alive there.
One of the new things I’ve picked up since I moved here is cooking. For those of you who have never been to Australia, I should give you a little heads up. The living cost in Melbourne is higher than in New York, Rome, Hong Kong, and London. And yes, that includes food. Despite my original plan of not cooking - as always -, I decided to start cooking two weeks ago. So my new favourite activities now are grocery shopping, online recipe searching, and sharing recipes with my friends. I know it’s lame but I’m just going to say it anyway: last week was my first time cooking pasta. Solo. It was surprisingly good and edible - if I might add. I do have the picture of pasta a la moi in my blackberry and maybe I’ll post it soon. Only today, I cooked brown rice, egg - sunny side up-, and stir-fried minced beef for lunch. Not to brag, but it was nice. *wink*
Okay, enough about cooking, you might be bored already listening to me bragging about nothing. During my first few weeks in Melbourne, I traveled around the city for quite a bit, discovering where the hotspots are in town. I should have different post for places in Melbourne, so wait for it because there will be pictures as well!
Ps. Also watch out for posts with food and recipes, because there will definitely be some.