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Taste of Melbourne 2013

Disclaimer: I received two Taste of Melbourne tickets thanks to Exposure PR. I received 3 x complimentary cocktails thanks to Galliano and 1 x cider thanks for Rekorderlig. All crowns were paid out of our own pocket

The weather has been a bit of whirlwind lately and earlier in the week it was 31 degrees! Luckily on Sunday Mr and I went to Taste of Melbourne, the weather was perfect. It was my first time of Taste of Melbourne and couldn’t wait to try to food. I love the Albert Park location it was definitely easier to find packing compared to Taste of Sydney.

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First up we decided to have the Calamari Fritto, corn & Black Aioli at Albert Steet Food & Wine , we ordered 1 each . I love the black aioli it was so nicely paired with the calamari! Shame that my cone had extra two pieces then my Mr’s!

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Next we aimed to sticky pork belly at Taxi Diing, we ordered 1 each and liked everyone that raved about the dish it met every one of my expectations!

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As expected, the line at Mamasita was long but surprisingly it moved in about 5 minutes and before you know it we were at the front. A lady also came down the line letting people know that the corn has ran out. We ordered 2x fish tacos and it was delicious as per usual. It was also noted on a the sheet that they now take lunch bookings, good news people!

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Burch & Purchese Royal Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart with Marshmallow

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Melba – poached peach, lemon tart ice cream and Meringue at Albert Street food & Wine

There was one thing I really wanted to try which was the Huxtable Pork Ribs but sadly the wait was 20 – 30 minutes so we gave it passed and noted that one day we should visit the restaurant to have it.

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Rekorderlig stand was buzzing with people and I got to try the new Apple-Guava flavour which was my favourite our of the cider range.

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Galliano Stand – Vanilla Pallino, Ristretto Espresso Martini * Amaretto Sour

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The Galliano Stand had a lovely offer of 3 cocktails for $15 or $6 for each. My favourite out of the 3 was the Vanilla Pallino which very refreshing on such a warm day.. The Amaretto Sour was a bit sour for us both and was the least favourite. The Ristretto Martini was lovely too and had a delicate taste of coffee. If you would like to make the Ristretto Recipe at home here is how: Mix 30ml Galliano Ristretto
30ml Galliano Vanilla & 30ml espresso coffee then Shake all ingredients hard over ice, strain into a Martini glass & garnish with 3 coffee beans.

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Our loot for the day tea from Dilmah, Cocofrio Salted Caramel coconut ice cream & the little Galliano Glass espresso cup set. The cup set was free as long as you liked their facebook page :) /

Dear reader, did you attend Taste of Melbourne 2013? If so what was your highlight? If not tell me about your favourite food festival!

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Masak Masak

I have been curious about Masak Masak for a long while. We don’t live close by so we never found an opportunity to visit. Then I saw on ourdeal they were advertising a pretty good deal!

The $29 deal for 2 people which included
- 6 satay sticks (either chicken, beef or mixed)
- Hotpot either seafood or beef
- A side where you can pick between
* Bok choy with xo sauce, and salted fish
* Kai-lan Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce and garlic chips
* Kow low mee (dried egg noodles) with prawn wontons
* Wok-fried rice with Chinese sausage and spring onion.
- 2 tiger beers.

Such a good deal I could not pass up! I was worried about the tiger beers since hubby is allergic to beer but they kindly answer ed on twitter you can pick other drinks for the menu pheww!

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For our drinks we both ordered Teh Tarik. It was good but a bit small in the tiny mug! I believe they froth it up in a milk frother rather then the “pulled” action but it did satify our The Tarik craving.

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First up we had the satay sticks. I am so nitpicky about satay sticks I only really like them when they are chared on a grill and these were charred on the grill. They were perfect and reminded me back in a time when I was sitting in run down food court in Melaka. The satay also came with compressed rice which I don’t see too often in Australia. The only thing we dislike was the sauce but the sticks didn’t need the sauce at all.

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Next came the hotpot, it’s generous in the amount of seafood. The broth was spicy and gave a reminiscent of tom yum but I couldn’t figured out what the exact flavoursare . The hotpot wasn’t a winner in our books sadly.

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Lastly was the kow Low Mee. I have been trying to master the art of a good KL mee at home. Restaurants just don’t make anything decent in comparison. I did quickly change my mind once we had this. It was a small portion but it was delicous. There was some white pepper sprinkle on top but when mixed it, the sauce was perfect not very heavy like how other restaurants make this. The only thing I would rather prefer is have the wontons boiled then fried. The hubbie actually prefers them fried so it’s down to personal preference. So far it’s the best KL mee I had in Melbourne so far, I heard Kitchen Inn has a good one but in a different style

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On top of the deal, we ordered a dessert. We could not resist ordering the luxbite dessert they featured. The Chocolate delice with peanuts, salted caramel & passionfruit was divine. Now my only regret was sharing this with hubby I wished we ordered 1 each!

After our first time here I am glad to say I will gladly return again, I was eyeing the beef ribs all night! Service was so fast & prompt despite using a voucher. I know many people’s experiences bad service just because they had a voucher but luckily we didn’t experience it. The deal has a few days left so look for it on ourdeal.

Dear reader, do you prefer your KL mee to have fried wontons or boiled ones?

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Coda

I know I been slacking off with blogging. I shifted jobs and the hours are a bit longer with later hours so I am still trying to adjust to that. A few weeks ago I was very much stumped with picking a restaurant for my birthday. My picks ended up being little hunter and Coda. Sadly Little Hunter couldn’t fit us in for a booking so Coda it is. Only problem with getting a booking on the day is you are left with the awkward corner table. Coda is a restaurant by Adam D’Sylva (The Age Good Food Guide’s young chef of the in 2008). The best way to describe the food is Asian fusion Tapas with a French twist. Walk-ins are also available at the bar if you are lucky. On a Friday night the restaurant is noisy and buzzing. There is one thing about the restaurant I really like, the vibe and the atmosphere.

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For dinner there are ”smaller” items which some of the smaller items are priced per item and others are entrée sizes. The bigger plates are shared plates. A little birdy tells me you can give a “half” of the share of the bigger plates but this time we didn’t get to try to order a half of the bigger plate. There are also sides and sweets on the menu. I honestly wanted all the seafood items off the menu. Oh boy I love seafood and to think that a time in my life I hated it! Now when I meet someone new who hates seafood I think it’s a blessing, more for me then ;) .

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Awkward corner table.

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I usually ended up ordering a cocktail. The glass was very small felt like only a few tablespoons.

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For the smaller plates we picked Hervey Bay scallop, pearl tapioca and Yarra Valley salmon caviar $7.8 each. The Scallops are cooked perfectly, I really wanted to order more but at almost $8 each it was quite steep.

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Yellow fin tuna, daikon, green apple salad with pinenuts, ponzu and fresh wasabi $24. On paper this sounded amazing but it was the biggest let down of the night. The first taste was okay but the more you eat it, the flavours were too overwhelming. The Mr mentioned it was a reminiscent of Yee Sang.

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Aperol cured ocean trout, roasted pickled beetroot, crème fraîche sorbet and avocado mousse $18. Perfect flavours working well and I almost got to the point of plate licking once again.

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Cape Grim scotch fillet with café de paris (allow 30 minutes) $38. This didn’t wow me too much, it had great flavours but nothing that stood out.

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The poached pear dessert. I much preferred the dessert below while Mr prefers this dessert.

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Toasted meringue, vanilla chiffon cake, passionfruit curd, coconut and mango sorbet $16. I knew I had to ordered this after Mel blogged about this. One of the best desserts I ever had not sweet at all and great textures and flavours in the dessert. Both desserts we had at Coda was fantastic!

In the end the bill came up to nearly $150, it’s not too bad but I do think the prices are quite steep but the overall menu was enjoyable except for the tuna. We were bit still a bit hungry afterwards but we find this usual since we both hungry monsters. Would I return? Definitely but sadly not anytime soon it’s quite pricey for our pockets

Basement 141 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000
http://www.codarestaurant.com.au/

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