Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fukuryu Ramen, Level 1, 22-26 Corrs Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

Modern and Traditional

Situated in a small alley off Bourke Street and in the heart of Chinatown, Fukuryu Ramen has a small menu, but big on flavor.

http://www.fukuryuramen.com/

Serving both traditional and modern ramen, along side 'small' plates.

The walk up to the 1st floor is definitely worth it.  You place and pay for your order at the counter, they give you a 'tracking' device.  When your meal is ready they track you and serve you.

The small plates include red dragon wings - spicy hot, pork gyoza - either pan or deep fried, pork belly plate - slow simmered and seared pork full of flavour.  The wasabi is homemade and bloody delicious.

Traditional ramen, the classics from all regions of Japan includes Signature Tonkotsu - a thick full bodied broth made with pork bones, a real favourite of ours.  Then there is Miso, Shoyu and Shio ramen. A little something for everyone.

The modern ramen, which has been 'curated from the best ramen in Japan' is a spin of the traditional with a twist of modern. The Tam Tam ramen is worth a try, a little bit spicy and packed full of flavour.

Great service.  If you plan to head there towards the end of a working week, get there early as it is always full.  But the turnaround is fast. They also have beer and ciders - perfect for the end of a working week.









The Moat, 176 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

A hidden gem, situated behind the State Library

http://www.themoat.com.au/

Walking down Little Lonsdale Street we finally may our way down a set of stairs, not sure where it was going to take us. 

It is next door to The Wheeler Centre and has a literary theme with books cases, books - even as wallpaper. The stone wall is painted deep red with gold, a feeling of luxury, a feeling as though you can slip on your smokers jacket, light up a Cuban cigar and kick back.

We had the lamb and eggplant ragout on soft polenta with rocket salad and the beef short rib salad, vegies, giant cous cous with a mint and pomegranate dressing.  All perfectly presented and cooked.

The lamb and polenta was real comfort food.  The polenta was smooth and buttery, perfect to soak up all jus.

The beef short ribs were tender, well seasoned, full of flavour. The pomegranates were a real explosion of flavour, the sweetness which contrasted well with a unctuous rich beef.

There is also an outdoor seating/dining area, decorated with vintage pieces, art deco lamps and fake turf - very quirky. A great place to meet colleagues for a coffee and chat.

Go on, take a leap of faith and walk down 'those' stairs.













Saturday, March 14, 2015

Bar Ampere 16 Russell Place, Melbourne VIC 3000

Art Deco Futurism hidden on a Melbourne Lane

André-Marie Ampère,  (born Jan. 22, 1775, Lyon, France—died June 10, 1836, Marseille), French physicist who founded and named the science of electrodynamics, now known as electromagnetism. His name endures in everyday life in the ampere, the unit for measuring electric current.
Om-Feer, (Ampere) Practical unit of electric current.
1 coulomb of charge passing a point in an electric circuit in one sec.

Sitting on an operational electrical sub-station is the high voltage Bar Ampere – most notable for electrifying aperitifs, such as the unusual quinine-derived Quinquina.

Exposed power cords and bare bulbs dangle, while the central bar enjoys ambient light from a wall constructed from the bottoms of wine bottles. The atmosphere is wonderful - great music and beautiful graffiti artwork. 

Our Drinks of Choice Tonight - Negroni (tequilla), Espresso Martini and Black Heart (Bourbon)















Thursday, March 12, 2015

I collect and Smoke Cigars Too The “TORCIDO EXCLUSIVAMENTE PARA EMIRATOS”

The “TORCIDO EXCLUSIVAMENTE PARA EMIRATOS” was released in late 08. This Cigar was made to celebrate the joint venture of the giant Phoenicia and Mohebi Group “La Casa Del Habano exclusive owner in the UAE”. Since it was the first regional release for the Emirates I was very happy and excited to put my hand in my pocket and buy a couple of boxes and still have one box for aging and here what I found:

Initial thoughts:
Well rounded cigar with beautifully placed triple cap. The body of the cigar is nether soled nor soft its in between. The pre-light draw was very good brings cool nutty, woody and kind of fruity flavors. The burn was good but not the best and the ash was flaky but hold for an inch or so.

1st:
Sweet cedary peppery with rich tobacco flavors and medium body smoke comes at first. An inch down the pepper mellows and the sweet tobacco and the cedar wood appears with nut and cocoa on the back ground. Earthiness show at the end on this third.

2nd:
Here at the second part I found some fruit “cherry like” sweetness added to the pepper, cedar and rich tobacco flavors and still back grounded with cocoa, nutty flavors. The smoke still creamy and cool with medium body.  Some citrus like flavors appears at the half way point that make me more attracted.

3rd:
The final lab starts with some cinnamon found on the nose with complex flavors profile. The citrus disappeared and the sharpness of the smoke mellowed and more cocoa and leather inhere with very big Cuban tobacco flavors. The journey ends with very nice earthy peppery flavors.

Final thoughts:
This is a very complex flavorful robusto. A year did very well of the flavors profile and I’m willing for more. Yes its pricey ” twice the price of the PSD4″ but believe me it worth it. Many thanks for Phoenicia and Mohebi to produce such a good cigar.



Friday, March 6, 2015

Touche Hombre for Lunch then Section 8 in Tattersalls Lane for a Cocktail

Touche Hombre
233 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
http://touchehombre.com.a

Just like its tongue-in-cheek moniker, everything about Touché Hombre echoes an ironically cool, laid back vibe. Heavily inspired by the Latino street-art culture of  Los Angeles, the restaurant and bar on the corner of Lonsdale Street and Tattersalls Lane in the city is constantly evolving; at Touché Hombre, DJ’s work the decks, the bar and tables are built using reclaimed timber from Princes Pier and a neon Ghostbusters display greets you upon arrival.

Huge range of great Tequila as you would expect!


Sipping Tequila with a smile :)


Lamb Ribs and Yellow-fin Tosdada



Expresso Martini

Section 8 Container Bar
27-29 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
http://www.section8.com.au/

You don't get much grungier than sitting in an open-air-industrial-zone-themed-bar, in an alleyway no less, sipping a long neck Coopers and surrounded by lit up fairy lights and baskets of old light-bulbs. This is what Melbourne is about. 

Trendy, street, new age! Tucked away nicely. Called the container bar because the place has shipping crates to sit on. Cool arty style of crowd, great drinks, I think it used to be a car park. These types of bars are a bit of a trend in Melbourne. Making otherwise useless spaces into cool bars

This is why I love living in Melbourne!






















15 of the Worst Restaurant Customers Ever

Here are 15 of the worst and rudest restaurant customers ever, as described by chefs and severs. http://bit.ly/2jXxz6D