Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Revolver to Colonel Tans

Last week I was taken out to a celebratory dinner, (I had just paid off my student loan!) the restaurant of choice was Colonel Tan's. Now, I as I was walking up the stairs the I usually take to get to the well known club Revolver Upstairs, I wasn't sure what to expect!

Karen Batson, who is also the chef from renowned restaurant on Swanston Stret, Cookie, has put together this little restaurant with Thai inspired food along with a relaxed dining area. With low lighting, and a live DJ playing throughout out the evening, it was quite a funky place to have dinner.

The menu look mouth watering! With lots of Thai and Asian styled dishes along with a few classics, such as tofu burgers and a steak club sandwich. The menu was very extensive to say the least and was very affordable.

To start I ordered a Bellini cocktail, to go with my chili squid rings. My partner ordered the prawn and pork donuts. Everything was delicious, and the squid was super fresh, big plus in my books!

It took a little while to decide on mains. We ended up selecting the Bangkok bolognaise which was amazing - noodles with spicy beef mix, chili and tomatoes. A Thai spin on your classic mince bolognaise. 

We also ordered the green chicken curry with rice and salted egg net salad. This was absolutely delicious! The flavour was insane and the spice of the dish was the kind of heat that crept up on you the more you ate. With our roti bread to dip in, it was a fabulous main.

The service at Colonel Tan's was awesome, very friendly young staff. The music was good and it wasn't overly hard to walk in and get a table at 7.30pm on a Wednesday night, although it did full up very quickly!

Four drinks, two entrees and two mains all for $90 - needless to say I will be back in a hurry! For that price, and that quality of delicious Thai food, can't go wrong.

Colonel Tan's on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Now this is fast food.

Gumbo Kitchen on Urbanspoon

I hadn't really heard of food trucks, until I moved to Melbourne. It was then that I discovered what good fast food really was!

It was a chilly Sunday morning as we headed out on an adventure to the Brunswick Bowls club to grab a (hopefully) delicious lunch from the great Gumbo Kitchen.

I was very much looking forward to this meal as I had heard great things from Urbanspoon and Facebook. Sure enough, I wasn't disappointed at all!

We ended up ordereing, 2 mac and cheese croquettes, the gumbo (which was chicken, chorizo, onion, and rice) as well as the famous deep fried shrimp po boy! Coming from a small 2 man food truck, it was outstanding and flavoursome. Perfect for a cool winters morning.

Topped off the $6 Coronas from the Bowls bar, could not go wrong!

The following Sunday, we ventured out once again to the Gumbo food truck. I think this is fast becoming a Sunday tradition!

This time we ordered the deep fried shrimp po boy (how can you go wrong with this!) and the Dom. The dom was fries with slow roasted, pulled beef and mayo on top. It was ah-maze-ing! Probably have to say one of my favourite fast food dishes ever!

The po boy, and the Dom were both $12 each and the Gumbo was $13.

I felt it was definitely worth the money when you look at the quantity of food we were receiving as well as the quality. It amazes me how such good food can be made and served in a food truck!

Its nearly lunch time for me here and I wish the Gumbo Kitchen was in my area as I could go with a Dom right about now!

I hope you get a chance sometime to track down the Gumbo, or one of the many food trcuks available here in Melbourne. I can't wait to find the rest!


Monday, 20 May 2013

Take Me Back to Bistro Vue

I recently visited Bistro Vue, which can be found hidden among Little Collins street in Melbourne CBD.

With its low lighting and elegant interior my night at this restaurant was stunning to say the least. With an 8.45pm booking, my partner and I started in their small bar. With bartenders willing to make anything to suit your taste. For myself, I am a sweet wine drinker, not dessert sweet but more reisling sweet. They didn't have anything of the like on their extensive menu. Rather I was served a chardonnay (!) with a dash of peach liquer, it was simply amazing! Definitley something to try if you are in to fruity sweet wines.

The service was impeccable all night and the staff were more than happy to give us all the time to peruse their outstanding french inspired menu. All though some of it was not to my liking, not being a big seafood fan, I did find lots of dishes that suited my palate. Although, I did give the snails a miss this time!

I chose the french onion soup with beer and topped with gruyere cheese to start. Now I have made french onion soup at home, but it was very far from this! I could have eaten it all night, with its deliciously crunchy pastry topping and the flavours that seemed to get better with every mouthful. With the bread we were served, it was a great starter and a very suitable for the cold night we were experiencing in Melbourne!

Soft shell crab, celeriac and apple rémoulade, mojo sauce

This was my partners entree of soft shell crab. I did try this dish, and being a non-seafood lover, found it really really good. Which was surprising!

For main, I struggled to decide what to get. I am a big red meat fan, especially when it comes to excellent cuts of beef fillets. So when the table next to us recieved their Gippsland grass fed fillet I couldn't say no!

It came out perfectly cooked medium rare with homemade, square cut fries with a devine pepper sauce. All I can say is YUM!

My partner ordered the slow cooked secondary cut which was slow cooked beef and the cut was from the shoulder. It looked really good and I was told that it was super tender.

We argued over what dessert we would order as were both very full by this point but from what we could see getting served to the other tables, we couldn't decline! We settled on the tarte tatin. I have never tried one before so wasn't sure what it would be like.

It was so delicious, and it came out on a hot pan and was flipped on to a plate at out table. Served with fresh cream and a scoop of ice cream just for me, it was a great way to finish off our meal.

All in all it was a great night, and felt quite romantic being inside this fabulous restaurant. It was great service, excellent venue and the food was amazing. I have no complaints with Bistro Vue, although it was expensive, you definitely get what you pay for when it comes to service and food. I would more than happy pay the price all over again. I hope this didn't make you as hungry as it has made me!

Bistro Vue on Urbanspoon