Madeline’s at Jells

After exhausting options for lunch around Glen Waverley Mr. M and me decided to go somewhere new for our lunch today. Madeline’s at Jells is located in Wheelers Hills just about 16 minutes from Mulgrave so I asked Mr.M to go to this restaurant because …

The restaurant looks good with high ceiling and wooden elements throughout                          it is rated #2 in Wheelers Hills based on Trip Advisor,                                                             the price is in normal range of Melbourne brunch scenes,                                                       everyone rave about the view,and the scones                                                      

Because I simply want to surprise Mr.M to have a good view and decent coffee on the weekend without driving too much

Upon arrival the restaurant was less than half full, so we were quickly seated by the waitress and managed to get a good seat next the window yet it took a while for the waitress to bring the water and menu to us. Mr. M also had a problem explaining his dietary requirement as the waitress was not familiar with the allergen in the foods.

After a lot of discussion,  I decided to take the Open Lamb Souvlavki ($23.50),while Mr. M takes the special Roast Pork ($25), because he could not take the first item he chose. While waiting for the food Mr.M ordered some bread to snack on and it came spread with butter, I felt sorry for him because it was not a short wait for the bread to come so we asked for replacement which did not pose any further problems. It seems that the delays and mistakes was caused by not having enough waitress on the floor for the day but service overall is nice and friendly

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8 Hours braised lamb, Garlic Yoghurt, Sumac, Ribbon Salad, and Side Chips

Beautiful presentation but the lamb was dry, and not much flavor pronounced from the overall dish, even though I ordered mine without feta cheese on top (because I want to share with Mr.M), i still needed to crack salt and pepper because It did not have much flavor. On the other hand, the portion is big so you can share the chips rather than ordering chips on the side.

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Special of the Day : Roast Pork with Buttered Beans, Apple Sauce and Jus Reduction

Mr. M’s lunch however was much better than mine, everything worked perfectly in the dish, and was perfectly seasoned. the portion was enough to fill his appetite without feeling overwhelmed.

Overall, this is a good place to either take your family or someone you want to impress for a nice relax lunch with a good view and ambiance. In our personal opinion, within that price range we rather try something else after we have tried this place once especially Melbourne has so much to offer.

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Izakaya Jiro

Not knowing where to go around Glen Waverley for a good fresh Japanese foods (I know there is Shira Nui but I heard the quality has depleted over the years) and not being able to take Mr.M to city leave me with the task of searching for good Japanese foods around South Eastern suburbs.

it was a difficult challenge, I didn’t have much options because most restaurants close on Monday unless they are in city and Mr.M doesn’t really like the idea of going to city.

So i found this place in Hawthorn, the foods look goods, well priced for such Japanese tapas and well-rated in Urbanspoon. More importantly it opens today.  When i called the restaurant I was told that i have seats upstair but not downstairs because it’s a full house downstairs. I didn’t mind

As we arrived 30 minutes later to my surprise the place was not busy at all and only the front tables were occupied. We were seated straightaway without needing to inform that we have made a booking but obviously we can see it’s not necessary

We ordered some items to share and a bottle of Homare Yuzu Sake Alladin Bottle ($23) because Mr.M never tried Yuzu before, it delights me to introduce something new to Mr.M. It was delicious and low in alcohol content, Mr.M and I tried to out-drink each other in this

Tempura Teishoku
Tempura Teishoku ($11.80)

First come the Tempura, Mr.M loves tempura he said in Naples there is food similarly deep fried in light airy batter. Nothing really amazing from this tempura

Jiro Maki
Jiro Maki ($13.80)

Jiro Maki, the combination of the sushi rice and what the put inside the sushi didn’t manage to impress us, too many items of the same mild flavor really make everything taste flat. We both didn’t like this.

Wasabi Octopus
Tako Wasabi ($5.00) 

Tako Wasabi – Mr. M loves Octopus and Calamari, and he never tried this one. Wasabi octopus seems to be a pretty popular dish in Japanese restaurants as i have seen it in other Japanese restaurants` menus. I was expecting Mr. M to make strange faces because of the wasabi, but it was pretty mild. Mr. M said the dish tasted normal, he doesn’t like but he doesn’t dislike

Gyu Tongue
Gyu Tongue ($3.80 each)

Gyu Tongue – was normal, It didn’t have melt in your mouth quality

Wagyu Amiyaki Karubi
Wagyu Amiyaki Karubi ($15.00)
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Wagyu Beef Tataki ($15.00)

When I made the order for Wagyu Amiyaki Karubi , the waitress mixed it up and we got the Wagyu Beef Tataki instead, but we were so hungry that we just take the Tataki and ordered again for the Wagyu Amiyagk Karubi. Nevertheless none of these two were mind blowing, I couldn’t taste the ponzu sauce and the Wagyu Beef Tataki didn’t have freshness and complexity that makes us want to eat more, it was plain and mild all the way for both

The special : Fried Crispy Rice Cake with Spicy Salmon. This one was not that bad, but the cubed rice cake was did not elevate the texture of the spicy tuna. It would have been better if it was made thin and crispy so It feels smooth and crunchy. Imagine eating chunks of crunchy bread and jam…..this was how it felt, we were a fan of the spicy salmon though in fact as we were talking Mr.M just eat everything cleaned.

Crispy Rice Cake
Crispy Rice Cake with Spicy Salmon

Overall, it was a so so experience, service was could have been better rather than having the mix up order and strange booking experience. Would I recommend ? probably not, Would I be back? No.  By the way, we did not see any other large group came and we were there until the kitchen closed so we really didn’t understand why we were told that the restaurant is fully booked.

Izakaya Jiro

830 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn, Melbourne

03 8899 6609

The Turkish Tea House

Me :”Can we please go to that Turkish Tea House I told you about? I really wanna try before I go”                                                                                                    

Mr. M : “Ok, I also want to eat that Indian food again with you for the last time”            

Me : “Ok, deal, we eat the Turkish for breakfast, Indian for dinner, how about that?”

Since the moment I saw this place from Google I know I want to take Mr.M here but we never managed to go because it closes on Sunday and we always have late mornings on Saturdays. Being a man of his word, Mr.M took me here on my last Saturday in Melbourne. It was a beautiful drive on our way to Balwyn, there were scenic old houses, flourishing tress on the sides of the road with their color changing to Autumn leaves mesmerizing those who see

Upon arriving in front of the Turkish Tea House, we were quite blown away by the pretty ethnic decors and the hanging Turkish lights. The place was not very big, small compared to the popular Melbourne brunch places, it was full when we arrived but we didn’t wait  long to get a table. Upon seating, we were given the menu, the menu is totally a refreshing change to the Melbourne brunch scene,  not to mention that it’s very well rated and very affordable.

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It was definitely was a happy place for Mr.M that he can order a lot of Turkish bread to munch on. When the owner took our order we asked if Mr.M’s dietary requirement can be accommodated, in an instance he called the cook from the kitchen and the cook turns out to be a Turkish mother (perhaps his relatives?). She assured us that what we are going to order will be made safe for Mr.M. We ordered Sucuk Menemen for Mr. M, Quinoa Salad to share, and Manti for me

Sucuk Menemen, is like the Turkish version of Morrocan Shakshouka. Mr.M really enjoyed this dish, and he scooped all the sauce with the Turkish bread (we ordered more bread, they were was very fresh). Mr. M said this dish reminds him of a dish from Naples, and apparently the cook lady said that Turkish foods have similarities to Italian foods, well we learn something new !

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Sucuk Menemen

Manti is a homemade Turkish beef ravioli with Garlic Yoghurt Sauce. It was my first time trying it, it was unique and really good but would be perfect to share as it was quite rich. The homemade ravioli was very different to the ones we normally know, the size is much smaller and it’s more transparent than yellow, a really unique dish that really stands out and the small size makes the eating experience very different too. Would I order again? YES !

Manti
Manti

Quinoa Salad was good but nothing extraordinary but it could be because it was adjusted to Mr.M’s dietary requirement.

Quinoa Salad
Quinoa Salad

We finished the meal with a Turkish coffee and Ristretto and were given complementary homemade Turkish delights coated with crushed Pistachio. I actually bought some Turkish Delights home because it was so good and Mr.M loves it too along with Pistachio Slice that was equally good. We also had a look at the second floor where they sell imported Turkish decors and everyday items

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Authentic Turkish Coffee

Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend and visits this place again, the food was amazing, service was very accommodating & friendly, generous portion and very affordable. We left the place full and happy that we didn’t even have the space to eat dinner (Mr.M even took the business card, and it rarely happens)

The Turkish Tea House

232 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn, Victoria 3103,

Australia

 

Laksa King

Dear readers,  Do you know any cookies anonymous group for Mr.M to sign up to?

I actually wonder if such thing exist….

This morning before Mr.M goes to his friend’s house, Mr. M was teasing me that all the cookies i baked are his and I was chasing him for the cookies so that he will not take the whole bag and finish it. Mr.M kept running away while munching the cookies, as I was carrying my stuff Mr.M gave me two pieces of cookies,  and drove off taking a whole bag whilst I could only look helplessly as I know there will not be much left when he came back.

On his way to his friend’s house Mr.M called me to say that he did not realize he really take the whole bag of cookies as he was joking around

Mr. M : (*munching cookies) “I’m sorry, I didn’t realize I took all the cookies with me”        

Me : …. “You…around sweets, you are really bad”                                                                            

Mr.M : “I’m really sorry, but anyway they are mine”

Knowing how much Mr.M loves his sweets, I can never get angry towards him, I just think it’s cute (more likely, I’m just blind). After coming back from his friend’s house, Mr.M took me to eat something quick for dinner, Mr.M was already full, so I ordered only 1 Assam laksa for myself in Laksa King near the Glen Waverley Station. Before the food arrives Mr M said that he will just try but he changed his mind, I’m not sure because the way it smells (sour & fishy) or he was just too full but i do know it’s an acquired taste which I love.

Assam Laksa
Assam Laksa, because I love sour and I love fish

The Assam Laksa is completely different compared to the Chicken laksa. This laksa originally come from Penang and you will not find coconut milk in the broth, rather the broth is a concoction of fish stock and spices. it served with shredded mackerel and shredded fresh cucumber, red onions, and mint to help freshen the palate. This branch in Glen waverley is more modern looking than the original restaurant in Newmarket, and the food taste exactly the same so it’s a good option when you are in South-Eastern Suburb and you want to have a reputable good laksa.

We ended the night by having some cups of coffee in Pescare, an Italian bistro inside the Century City Glen Waverley, the coffee was normal, but the time spent with Mr.M made everything so much better.

Laksa King

Shop 3/39-51 Kingsway, Glen Waverley, Melbourne

03 8555 0755

Oasis Bakery

Today we didn’t really know what to do, so I asked Mr. M if he wants to go to Costco even just for browsing and i always love Costco for their cookbooks and all those bulk prices, Mr. M didn’t say anything. As we went out to find something to eat I asked Mr.M if we could go to Oakleigh to eat at that Souvlavki joint that he took me because it was seriously one of the BEST that I have tried in Melbourne, but it wasn’t open. Mr. M suggested that we eat at Oasis Bakery in Murrumbena and I asked him if it was possible for us to check out Costco afterwards because we never been there together (Mind you, for me grocery shopping is romantic, yes, I am easy to be pleased in this matter, it can even make me goes from grumpy to happy)

Me : “Can we go to Costco too after? because it’s in the same area?”

Mr.M : “Why do you think I said to go here for lunch?”

Me: ” Is because so we can go to Costco after? Oh my GOD !! You are so sweeeet”

Mr.M : “You are an idiot…”

Me : *smiling from ear to ear, couldn’t hear anything, was too charmed*

As we arrived, the place was packed with families and kids there was no tables at all. Mr.M wanted to just get some stuffs from the grocery because there was no place to sit. Mr.M was interested in some of the pastries but they could not make sure that the pastries would be without olive oil.

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One of those so affordable, good looking pastry ~The name made us laugh~

Looking at the plates people carrying, I set my heart on the mission of finding food for Mr.M to eat and find the seat. After a long consideration, I decided to get Ely’s eggs with extra Morrocan Lamb ($5) and a side of chips ($5) for Mr.M the waitress assured me that it will be olive oil and dairy free.

I ordered the Waffles ($14.90) because it has Lebanese twist in it with rose,pistachio, and orange blossom elements. I also managed to get a temporary seat for us because since the seat was too close to the entrance and the cold wind was unpleasant, we were kindly given a seat upstairs in the end, which was much better as it’s less loud and I could annoy Mr.M without straining my voice (told him I didn’t order any chips for him, and his eyes looked like it just had enlargement plastic surgery)

We were given a machine that will beep and let us know when the food is ready. It was around 15 minutes wait for the food, which was not so bad considering how busy they were. These were the foods :

Elly's Eggs
Ely’s Eggs with chips and chipotle mayo

Mr.M said his meal his is pretty good, but the Morrocan Lamb is especially nice. They forgot to remove the haloumi cheese, so I voluntarily remove it to my stomach. The fries was definitely worth it, and for $5 the portion was huge and the fries was crunchy and nice overall. Do yourself a favor and order the chipotle mayo too 🙂

Waffle
Lebanese Twist on Waffle

As for mine, the waffle was good, you do not expect a Waffie kind of waffle though. The Lebanese elements on this waffle was interesting, but the waffle was a bit cold and there was something missing to cut through the sweetness, but I cannot complaint much as it was still interesting twist and the price was reasonable.

After having a really satisfying meal from Oasis Bakery, Mr.M wanted to drop by RSEA for his work stuffs, but it was closed, so I told Mr. M to go check out SAVERS together which is just next door in an attempt to make him appreciate second hand shop better. Unexpectedly, we spent around 40 minutes inside, with Mr.M bought himself an Indonesian batik mask and a vintage store sign. We were also so amazed by the old European ceramic dolls, and Mr.M couldn’t help to laugh and annoy me when I showed him Indonesian doll I found below ….(the beauty of both kinds were not comparable sadly..). 

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We went to DFO in Moorabin which was a strange decision for me as it took me hours to explore DFO in South Wharf, but Mr.M said not to worry, because this DFO is only a single floor. Stores were ready to close but we managed to squeeze in take away coffees and buying some chocolate from Lindt (was so cheap), I found dairy free chocolate for Mr.M

At the end of the day Mr M was successfully converted to appreciate second hand shop admirer as he said “Oh my God, this place is dangerous for me”. So, YAY !!, to more adventure with Mr.M in hunting antiques and second hand shop !. Today was another happy day with Mr.M, good food, good company, good laugh ! always.

Oasis Bakery

993 North Road, Murrumbeena, VIC 3163, Australia

+61395701122

Bun Bun Bakery

I remember the first time I tried Banh Mi in Sydney, it was from a very popular Vietnamese bakery in Mascot. I was delighted by all the flavor and texture that since then I researched about Banh Mi places and sometimes when the craving strike, will take 30 minutes public transport trip to get 8, for just my sister and me. Yup, we were girls with big appetite. I like to share good food, and so I always introduce Banh Mi to my friends who one by one succesfully got blown away

Mr. M has never experienced the beauty of Banh Mi so I decided to find out what is the best Banh Mi in his area. My choice fell on the Bun Bun Bakery as it is rated the highest in Urbanspoon. The place seems clean and it was almost closing time when we arrive. I took a combination roast pork with lemongrass chicken/pork ($5.00) , so did Mr.M.

My verdict : it was not really mind blowing, the bread was soft, the flavor just did not have any oomph that will make me come back for more, Mr.M also was just feeling nothing special about this, just cheap and filling. The service was very friendly, but for the same price, I’d rather have Banh Mi from my favorite place in Richmond or Footscray of course when I would be around the area. It will be my next mission to introduce my favorite life changing Banh Mi to Mr.M, and I hope he will be successfully convinced.

Nevertheless it was a good date that we ate in the car because of the heavy rain only to run back out to have coffee after in YOLO Cafe. As Melbourne always does, sunny and bright then suddenly rain pouring down I began to think Melbournians are very much justified to talk about the weather in their daily lives, it’s just a surprise every day.

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Bun Bun Bakery

1/288 Springvale Rd, Springvale VIC 3171, Australia

+613 9547 8289