The Belasyse - 26 Aug 2014

The Belayse - Pulled Pork Sandwich

The Belasyse is another offering on the popular Shafto Lane offering a casual vibe and atmosphere with The Mistress Cafe providing breakfast, coffee and snacks inside the main restaurant, while The Belasyse provides lunch and dinner options. The lunch menu takes on an American theme with pulled pork, New York corned beef. and salmon bagels gracing the menu. Being a big fan of pulled pork, I was hoping this version would relive my US travel memories, but while providing perfectly prepared soft, moist, pulled pork, the overall meal lacked punch and flavour. They’ve chosen to pair pork with apple via a julienned apple and cabbage with a lovely herbed mayo providing moisture to the greens, but the absence of a sauce to compliment the pork let the open sandwich down. The chips were average but the soft warm fluffy potato had a certain likeness which were enjoyed with a rather unusual tomato sauce. A few tweaks and the meal can fulfil it’s true potential. . . . → Read More: The Belasyse – 26 Aug 2014

USA, Washington DC - Jaleo

Jaleo is a Spanish tapas restaurant with a smart, modern interior to admire while you’re meals are prepared. The friendly staff advised me on a few dishes and I started with sea urchin for a new experience. It tastes kind of like raw fish but the salsa livens up the dish. A very fresh dish. The endives and goat’s cheese concoction was a fantastic dish, marrying the bitter endive with rich creamy goat’s cheese, acidity of orange to cut through the richness, and slivered almonds for a textual contrast. The spicy prawns in an intense tomato sauce were tasty too and there was enough bite to keep you mouth zinging. To finish, the rather unusual dessert was the perfect finish to a fine meal. The crumbled chocolate flan was not too chocolatey, the caramelised bread provided crunch, but in also being a savoury element, amplified the sweet elements of the dish which was extraordinary. The brioche ice cream was soft and smooth but really messes with your head – am I eating bread or ice cream? Delicious. . . . → Read More: USA, Washington DC – Jaleo

Zapata's - Northbridge - 4 Apr 2012

Second time round to Zapata’s was just as good as last time. I loved the Death By Chocolate cocktail and the dips are a nice way to get started, especially the gooey cheese dip. I opted for a lighter mains in the Al Pastor and happily prepared and ate 4 tortillas with a lovely pork mixture with corn salsa and a lovely sauce. Somewhere in those ingredients was one almighty hot chilli which was really hot. After downing the bottle of water, I think the burning sensation subsided. . . . → Read More: Zapata’s – Northbridge – 4 Apr 2012

Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur - La Bodega

KL La Bodega Crepe

Quite a solid offering for breakfast with a lovely fruit smoothie. They had quite an assortment of fruit juices and smoothies. Unusually, nothing Spanish in terms of breakfast. Worth a visit for the breakfast. . . . → Read More: Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur – La Bodega

Andaluz Bar & Tapas

A bit like a fine dining experience with not much on the plate, but to be savoured ever so slowly, carefully identifying the unique flavours present. . . . → Read More: Andaluz Bar & Tapas


A pretty good lunch experience which was topped off with some really good desserts. . . . → Read More: Fuche

Holiday Part 5 – Melbourne – Chocolateria San Churro

Picture of churros - Spanish donuts dusted with icing and served with rich, thick, chocolate sauce

Absolutely amazing. . . . → Read More: Holiday Part 5 – Melbourne – Chocolateria San Churro

Holiday Part 4 – Melbourne – MoVida

A must try place if you’re in the mood for Spanish. . . . → Read More: Holiday Part 4 – Melbourne – MoVida