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Chilli India

7 Aug

Indian is hands down one of my favourite cuisines.

The tantalising, exciting. flavours. The spice. The HUGE amount of vegetarian options that are always on offer. There’s nothing not to love about Indian food. (Okay not entirely true – I don’t love the huge amount of calories in every dish!)

I am always on the search for great, traditional Indian food after travelling to the subcontinent last year where I sampled some of the most amazing flavours!

It’s fair to say that Chilli India, tucked away in a little alley in Melbourne Central, is pretty close to what I ate abroad.

Don’t be put off by the simple cafeteria style seating, the best food is usually from the most simple looking places!

Indian food is usually correlated with thick, heavy curries and papadams, but there is so much more to this amazing cuisine.

South Indian food is one of my favourites – in particular dosas, which are thin pancakes filled with stuffing and are broken off in pieces with your fingers and dunked into sauces.

This is exactly what I ordered as well as my old favourite – eggplant masala.

Dosa

There is a huge selection of stuffings for the dosas but I picked the spiced egg and it was delicious!

Their eggplant masala is also the best one I’ve had in Melbourne.

Eggplant Masala

No Indian meal is complete without some saffron rice and garlic naan! Superb!

Naan

Saffron rice

If you’re up for some Indian, I DEFINITELY recommend giving this place a try.

I didn’t manage to get a photo this time, but order the chilli paneer as well – amazing.

Indian is the perfect cuisine for us veg heads- there are more veg options than meat ones which is a nice change!

Vegetarian options: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Decor/interior: 4/10
Service: 8/10

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Le Chien

7 Aug

Le Chien has fast become a foodie/critic’s favourite.

Which is great for me because it’s situated in Seddon – nice and close to get to!

There are three things you’ll notice on your first visit.

1: the awesome art deco on the walls.

2: how BUSY this place is!

Le Chien place is ALWAYS full. Be prepared to be squished against the window on the bar stools or wait about 10 minutes for a table.

And 3: Le Chien make a mean breakfast.

I have been there on numerous occasions and each time I have (embarrassingly) ordered the same thing because it is so damn good!

I order the Promite Special – poached eggs, avocado, tomato on sour dough toast and I order some extras of feta cheese and homemade onion jam.

The feta cheese is to die for! So soft and creamy.

My dish

This is my favourite dish, hits the spot every time and it is the PERFECT hangover cure.

Mum orders the scrambled eggs with chilli on sourdough with sides of avocado and onion jam as well (if you visit you MUST get the onion jam!).

Scrambled eggs

I’m usually pretty hesitant to ever order scrambled eggs at cafes because they usually come out overcooked and I like them soft and mushy. Le Chien get the balance just right – perfect scrambled eggs.

I probably will venture out and try something new soon, but in the meantime Le Chien’s consistency means that I am always sure I am going to have a great brunch.

Vegetarian options: 7/10
Food: 8/10
Decor/interior: 8/10
Service: 7/10

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Haruaki Korean & Japanese Restaurant

25 May

I went along to Haruaki with some friends on Monday night after one of them emphatically recommended the joint.

She was spot on!

Haruaki serves cheap, good food with an interior to match.

Haruaki

But honestly, you don’t notice the simple decor when the food is as fast and tantalising at it is.

For the veg heads: there is a pretty good range of veg dishes, especially in the starters. However there could be a few more veg options in the mains.

For my starter I ordered a delicious marinated tofu dish (sorry I didn’t get a photo of it!) and I tried some of my friend’s vegetarian gyoza which were nice.

I’m not the biggest gyoza fan but I liked these as they had soy protein inside.

For my main I ordered the Vegetable Bibimbap with extra tofu (if you haven’t ┬ánoticed I loveeee tofu) – a signature Korean dish.

Bibimbap literally means ‘mixed meal’ – so as you can imagine it’s a mixture of delicious asian veggies, tofu on rice with a fiery sauce and a raw egg on top.

Vegetable Bibimbap. Credit: theindolentcook.blogspot.com/2010/12/haruaki-windsor.html

It arrived steaming hot and my friends quickly grabbed a soy sauce and chilli bottle in each hand and added it to the dish whilst it was steaming.

The flavours were strong, spicy, and exciting. Can’t wait to have it again.

If you’re in the area (Chapel Street, Windsor) and up for a cheap, good meal give it a shot.

Would I go back? Yes
Vegetarian options: 6/10
Food: 7.5/10
Decor/interior: 4/10
Service: 7/10

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