Le Boy and I were craving some India after a training session on the bike to ready ourselves for the Around the Bay event. We had just done around 40km on the Eastlink Trail and we were both very hungry. Le Boy was craving for some Indian and so we decided to go to our go to place of choice for convenience and late hours. We went to Bharawan Da Dhaba. The first time I went here was on Sunday night at 11pm for dinner after ice skating at the Medibank ice centre. It was the only place that was still open. Since then Bharawan Da Dhaba has been the place Le Boy and I go, to get our late night Indian fix.
Veg Platter $10.00
A mix of 2pc smaosa, 2pcs mixed pakora, onion bhaji served on hot sizzler
Whenever coming here, we would only order a curry each with some naan bread. Today, I wanted to try one of their entrees. The veggie platter seemed to provide the best option for sampling a few different things. And my gosh, it was really good. I can’t understand why I never tried to order it earlier.
The samosas were filled generously and it didn’t taste like there was too much pastry. The mixed vegetable pakoras were also delightful. And the sauce that accompanied it was the best. Le Boy thought it was even better than BBQ sauce, and that’s saying something (since he pretty much puts BBQ sauce on everything). Next time I’ll ask them what kind of sauce it was, because I really want to know how to make it.
Baigan Bhartha $10.90
Eggplant cooked with onion, tomatoes & Chef’s special spices
Today I tried a different vegetable curry from what I usually order. The first time I was here, I tried a cauliflower and pea curry which to this day is still my favourite. The baigan bhartha was not quite what I expected it to be. It reminded me of the tomato and onion flavoured cans of tuna you get from John West. It was a drier type of curry, with of the sauce component for you to dip in. Still tasty but not quite what I was craving for at the time.
Lamb Rogan Josh $10.90
Famous lamb dish with a touch of yoghurt and robust coriander flavour
The lamb curry was quite nice, a little spicy but not too much (as we asked for mild). As opposed to the baigan bhartha, the lamb rogan josh had a lot more sauce for you to dip into. Occasionally I found myself drizzling some of it over my own curry.
Garlic Naan $2.50 and Cheese Naan $4.00
Naan bread finished with garlic butter, fresh coriander, avocado and spring onion, Naan bread filled with spiced cheese
Despite our hungry selves, the need to carb up and my normally sizeable appetite, we could not finish everything we had ordered. There was probably about a quart piece of garlic naan left and 1/3 of both curries remaining. After having come here quiet a few times now, it’s fairly safe to say that Bharawan Da Dhaba will still have have as me coming back occasionally here and there on the late night when I’ve been out and haven’t had any dinner yet.Read More
It’s often hard to forget how busy Bridge Rd becomes sometimes. Even more so, how busy the shops along this road are as well. Momotaro Rahmen is like your popular local noodle shop where you get served up bowls of ramen instead your usual pho or laksa noodle bowls. The little noodle shop is small but plays hosts to an impressive number of chairs and seats for its customers despite the small floor space. As you enter Momotaro Rahmen, there is a sign which tells you to order and pay at the counter first before taking a seat. Most people come to Momotaro for the ramen (made evident by the number of large white bowls everywhere), but they do have a few entree options available to order as well. And they entreees that they do serve, stack up pretty well on their own.
It was a little difficult to figure out how to get to Ike’s Rack Shack at first. From the outside all the signs are there at the Beaufort, and on the inside you can definitely see the rack shack. What I didn’t realize at the time was when it says that Ike’s Rack Shack was at the back of the Beaufort, they meant inside the Beaufort towards the back. I had to walk around the back where the chefs were working to ask them how to get inside. It was a little embarrassing but I was not ready for any more puzzles for the night, especially after doing The Mine Escape Room earlier on in the evening.
Imagine being locked in a room (literally) and the only way for you to get out (except for real life emergencies) is to solve your way out. The Escape Room Melbourne revolves around a concept where players in groups of 2-6 are required to solve a series of hands on problems to escape from the room they are trapped in. You have roughly 70mins to complete the puzzle which requires you think outside the box (sometimes literally). You will need to do some lateral thinking, be able to read between the lines and work in a team.
My bag is in that left corner of the table there. It is not part of the puzzle room.Read More
After good morning run, breakfast and some assignment group work J and I decided to head to the city for some lunch. Our initial plans were to stop by Koba for some Korean Mexican food, but J was on a 5 day reset challenge and could not really have anything high GI and unhealthy. And that’s when Green Press came to mind. With everyone becoming a little more health conscious days, it is no surprise that that healthy vegetarian and vegan cafes serving a fresh range of juices and smoothies are slowly beginning to pop up.
Lets take a quick step inside the Emporium food court and see what some of the things they have on offer. Le Boy was looking for something that was similar to kebabs and souvlakis seemed to be the closest thing the Emporium food court had to offer our hungry appetites. Set up in a prime little spot in the Emporium food court, Jimmy Grants is set to be a popular choice among the many people who are fans of the Smith St store and of course George Calombaris, one of the judges on the Australian MasterChef television show. I was interested in finally seeing what the fuss was all about. Le Boy was just excited at the prospect of finally being able to eat something.
Kamel, an exotic little treasure nestled in an avenue just on the north western outskirts of Albert Park. This what appears to be a small restaurant houses an impressive number of seats and tables the further you step inside. There is a side dining space just before you reach the kitchen, a courtyard at the back and there’s even an upstairs dining area. At Kamel, dishes are made to share between 2-4 people and so it is recommended that you order a few dishes from the menu. The friendly and helpful staff will let you know whether what you have ordered is enough and give some advice on balancing the meals out not sure what you want to have.