We didn't shop very much this trip because I was trying to be all cultural and grown up *erhrm*. We did visit some places which we didn't have time for on our last trip so all in all it was quite an enjoyable 3.5 days.
|I got the beanie from Sportsgirl at the Melbourne airport - I'm surprised elvine|
didn't complain about it or tell me I was too old for cutesy things like that!
After dropping our luggage at the hotel, the very first thing we did was walk down to Migo's for lunch!
Sheilin jiejie introduced it to us on our last trip here and we've missed it so much!
|How obscure can the entrance be! Its the little brown shopfront right behind the white car.|
|Migo the owner|
|We both had the seafood pasta 2diefor (duh)! It really is the best tomato based pasta I've had in my life.|
You can ask for the agio olio version and add chilli flakes, really good too!
289 Flinders Lane Melbourne VIC 3000
+61 3 9663 8880
|WAH! Sale clearance ah! Bluff. Every single pair I picked up was like $300-600 after 90% discount.|
|Super super nice spice store in Block Arcade. They have premix spices eg chicken tikka masala, but also a whole|
range of blended salts (eg truffle salt) & sugar (eg vanilla sugar), all by weight in nice packaging.
We've heard alot about Chapel street, so we decided to take a train there. We stopped at Prahran station thinking it was the nearest station to Chapel St (it looked to be in between Prahran and Flinders St station on the map) and walk down from there.
Greville St, which we had to walk thru to get to Chapel St, turned out to be a very charming little street, and this route (ie thru Greville) turned out to be the recommended route on the Chapel St website!
|We were at South Yarra station waiting for the connecting train to Prahran, when all these school kids came in.|
I pulled Elvine aside and asked him to look - they're 95% asian kids! The white kids were seriously the minority!
|And even the school bag is part of the uniform! Can get any uglier or not..|
|Lots of boutiques (some local designers, some vintage, some quirky wares)|
|Horhor kena caught|
|Can play spot me in some of these photos! Haha. I was like a kid running across the small lane a couple of times|
whenever I spotted an interesting boutique while Elvine..idk.. snapped pictures I guess.
|Chapel St, on the other hand, had more brand name stores, like Topshop, Nike etc and plenty of fancy looking eateries|
When we were done window-shopping (only purchased a few cheap things from local brands), we headed to Chang Go for dinner.
If you remember in my last post, we couldn't decide between Chang Go and Guhng, both Korean BBQ places. We decided on Guhng then, so we paid Chang Go a visit this time.
|There are only 2 set menus to choose from for a small party of 2-3 people. One's beef, and one's an 8 flavour pork one,|
which you can see here. Since thats what they're famous for, we went with this.
|The decor is a far cry from Guhng, which was definitely much prettier and upmarket looking.|
We're sat in little booths with blinds for partition. The whole place was also noisier and stronger smelling.
|wearing elvine's cardigan (which I bought him ages ago) so its too baggy on me!|
tied up my hair so it wouldn't trap so much bbq smells
me: do i look stupid
him: yah duh
him: we're married i can be honest
|Very clever hot plate thing, its slanted so the oil drips into the tray|
|sorry my photog abit 不专心 all his photos blur blur one|
|He ordered the lemon rice wine. When it came we both thought it was for washing hands hahaha because still got |
lemon floating inside!! It was super refreshing and yummy, and doesn't taste of alcohol at all!
|Spicy seafood stew which came in the set|
|Sorry mosaiced my face because really too unglam. Anyway point is to show you - the scraping stick is a radish!|
I can't remember the exact cost of the set but our whole meal was definitely under $100. If we go again, we'll definitely have more people to share the set so that we can order other dishes. But on its own, the set definitely feeds more than 2-3 people, as suggested on the menu.
70 Little La Trobe St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
+61 4 3337 9100
The next day, we went to Hopetoun for brunch!
Its the super pretty traditional tea room in Block Arcade which we've been meaning to try.
** If you're planning a visit to Hopetoun, you need to preorder the tiered cakestand 2 days in advance! We didn't know so we had to settle with the regular lunch menu.
|Elvine's pumpkin soup|
|and my spanner crab salad. i was er.. angry with him so i didn't let him take a nice photo of my food :(|
|GLUM face haha. i seriously have a face only a mother could love (maybe not even my mother) when i don't smile! |
thats why i really hate it when people ask me to take a candid photo because i'll just look really ugly:(
|after tearing hahaha. and i can't even remember about what!|
could be coz of my period haha poor husband :(
|Cap I got from Dotti at Chapel St the day before! Elvine didn't like it but I think|
its so cutee! I think it makes me look like a postboy or porter.
Hopetoun Tea Room
within Block Arcade
282 Collins St Melbourne VIC 3000
+61 3 9650 2777
|Lynn in alley #3. melbourne seriously has so many of these alleyways!|
|Talking to my ahkong!|
|Wah I got look like natural model or not? hahah self praise.|
Then we joined a free walking tour which started at the state library. I love free walking tours for many reasons (apart from that its cheap. not free, because you'll tip at the end, about AUD$10-20). Firstly because they offer a brief snapshot into various aspects like history, culture, architecture, music, sports etc. Not too in depth into each one, which would otherwise bore me, but just little snippets to keep things interesting but still informative. Secondly, perhaps because the tour guides work on a tips basis, they tend to be quite funny. Thirdly, they're usually younger/students looking to earn some pocket money, so they are more in touch with street culture, and can recommend hip joints etc.
This melbourne tour wasn't as interesting as some of the other ones I've been on, eg London or Dublin, but offered me a quick insight into the history of melbourne and street culture like wall murals, which was what I wanted out of it.
|Saw an asian guy posing like that so i also wanted a photo like that!|
|The tour took us through alot of Melbourne's famous laneway street art. Some were seriously impressive.|
|Because our tour guide did tours daily, he could point out the new ones!|
|The tour took us through a few uni campuses.|
|City bath. It was built to prevent Melbourners from swimming in the Yarra River which had gotten very polluted.|
Today it operates like a country club with swimming pool and gym.
|Prison! Famous for once holding Ned Kelly, who inspired many movies.|
|Eight hour monument. The 8hr movement started in Melbourne in 1800s to improve labour conditions, ie 8 hours|
labour 8 hours rest. Its probably one of the earliest successes for labour conditions in the world.
|I think this area used to be famous for textiles? or something related so|
someone put up this knitting to commemorate that.
|It was common practice to tie the shoelaces on your old trainers together and fling them over a power line.|
Can't remember what our guide said it was for, but you can read up on some of the suggestions here.
|The lane was renamed as a tribute to AC/DC as cultural ambassadors to Melbourne. Our guide mentioned an AC/DC|
video which was shot on this lane (its in the middle of the bar and rock district) but I can't remember what it was.
|Cherry Bar, in the basement on the left, is supposedly one of the most famous rock music bars in the world.|
Our guide said they apparently turned away Lady Gaga because there was already a local artiste scheduled to perform
that night! Good on them:)
|This pacman map is apparently a guide to the street art locations in Melbourne city, the pacmans indicate places|
with works by this artist. Apparently it's also a riddle, which starts with an artwork where the question mark is.
|Super impressive face mural at the end of this road.|
|The tour brought us to Fed Square|
|Then across the bridge for views of the skyline.|
|Ended here on top of some really ugly art museum.|
|Then we rested our legs in a Lindt cafe, where I finally got to try their waffles.|
|SUPER disappointed! For $16 it was a complete ripoff and only the chocolate sauce was nice. badbadbad.|
|Along the river (sorry can't remember what this area is called, its the side of Crown hotel) there's a flame show at|
I think 6pm. Only lasts about 10 mins and big balls of flame are blown up from the pillars.
Dinner with Jade & Tom at Red Spice Kitchen.
In keeping in line with our usual tradition, we forgot to take pics with them. Three times in a row!!
Red Spice Road is an Asian fusion (or inspired?) restaurant and bar. As with plenty of hip Melbourne restaurants (eg Cumulus and ChinChin which we tried over our Easter trip), this was a restaurant with large mains meant for sharing. There is a chef's menu with a taster of many dishes but it was $65 or $75 per person. We opted to have 3 sharing portions (about $30-40 each) with rice and 2 desserts to share,and it was plenty.
|Pork belly with apple slaw, chilli caramel and black vinegar - a definite must try!|
(yes we could still stomach this after our pork belly dinner the night before!)
|Lamb shoulder slow roasted with tumeric, chilli and tamarind|
|Can't remember what this is - Elvine thinks it's crispy duck but the duck on the current menu comes with pancake|
but ours didn't. We ordered it for the veggies but it wasn't most memorable.
|Steamed Banana and Pumpkin Cake with Palm Sugar Caramel and Ginger Ice Cream|
DO NOT ORDER THIS no matter how good the waitress says it is!
|Lemongrass Panna Cotta with Watermelon Sorbet, Lychee, Aloe Vera and Rosewater Meringue|
This one was alright but definitely looked better than it tasted.
Red Spice Road
27 McKillop St Melbourne VIC 3000
+61 3 9603 1601
The next morning, we went for Hotel Windsor's famed afternoon tea. This was possibly the most bo hua meal I've paid for in my entire life. xiang le dou sheng qi!
The maitre'd was already unpleasant to begin with "(sarcastic tone) Just to let you know, it is $69 each". After I said ok, she repeated it again. "$69 ok?"
I don't know.. was I dressed like a bum?
|The only saving grace - the place was really really beautiful and exuded old world charm.|
|She failed to mention, that for $69 each, you only get ONE tiered stand along|
with a pot of tea and glass of bubbly. No none of it was refillable though we
couldn't even finish our stand.
|WHUT? regular sandwiches like those you can make yourself at home.|
|The scones were really yummy though!|
Afternoon tea at The Hotel Windsor
111 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000
+61 3 9633 6000
After abit of shopping in the afternoon, we met up with Sheilin jiejie and her parents (ie our gor tieu and dua gor) for szechuan food!
Dainty Szechuan restaurant is the more popular szechuan option around, but Sheilin jiejie recommended China Red on Bourke street instead because it was less oily. Elvine and I did accidentally go into Dainty Szechuan and it looked like a steamboat restaurant.
The food was really quite good, comparable to some szechuan restaurants in China! It satisfied our Chinese food craving but it probably isn't anything special to those with frequent access to Chinese food.
Shop 6, 206 Bourke St Melbourne VIC 3000
+61 3 9662 3688
After dinner, we strolled down Bourke St to get gelato on the corner of Bourke and Spring St. Popped into an old bookshop on the way, and it was small but incredibly well stocked!
|I am soo short next to them!|
|Some super crazy flavours there!|
And that.. ends my Melbourne trip review!
PS: We're in Singapore right now enjoying the heat (not) and good food!!