Archive for ‘On the Road’

January 13, 2010

The Great Bagel & Coffee Co

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Sweet chili chicken bagel

I never understood why bagels never took off in Australia considering how americanised our society has become with the inflow of reality and drama TV shows, clothing, movies, and masses of fast food chains. I love a good bagel. Fresh and warm. I first spotted this little cafe at Bondi Junction but now with its expansion at a closer location, it’s a relief that someone has finally realised the potential to satisfy the niche market of bagel lovers! The bagels are crunchy on the outside and doughy on the inside with a set menu of bagel burgers or a generous selection of fresh fillings of your choice. And the curly fries aren’t bad either.

The Great Bagel & Coffee Co
Level 4, Shop 444
Macquarie Centre, Sydney

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November 28, 2009

Yogen Fruz

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Strawberry & Lychee frozen yoghurt

I’m quite enjoying the rising surge of frozen yoghurt franchises – it never hurts to have healthier dessert options. This frozen yoghurt bar just started off fresh here in Oz but has been around for quite some time in the US; it’s about time we get some quality frozen yoghurt!

Unlike the others I’ve tried – Igloo Zoo and Wow Cow, the yoghurt here differentiates themselves by blending the actual fruit into the yoghurt as opposed to adding flavours and toppings, which means there are a countless number of fruity flavour combinations! I tried the recommended flavour cause I couldn’t make up my mind… which ended up to be strawberry and lychee – very delicious, but my only complaint is the frozen fruit used to blend into my yoghurt was still icy – so there was a trail of ice crystals throughout my yoghurt!

Less tangy that the others, so it’s for the ones ungame for real yoghurt.

Yogen Fruz is now closed.

Yogen Fruz
680 George St
World Square, Sydney

November 13, 2009

Grill’d, Melbourne

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The Zen Hen

Summer Sunset

This place knows how to do a good burger. It’s usually my first stop when I hit Melbourne – knowing that it will be a quick feed and relatively more healthier than all the other fast food chains. It’s a gourmet burger with unique flavours, fresh buns, grilled meat and they are super generous with their sauces and salad.

Our first round involves the Zen Hen, grilled chicken breast with all the fat trimmed off, tangy satay sauce, coriander, salad and herbed mayo. And there is something special with their sauce which ties the entire burger together. Our second round involves the Summer Sunset, with grilled lean beef, salad, relish and herbed mayo. I did enjoy this burger as well, but after halfway, I began to grow tired of the taste – it was most probably due to the tad dryness of the beef which was grilled and already lean. We also overindulged and shared a large serving of their herbed chips – and I’m so glad we did.

15 Degraves St

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November 13, 2009

Burger Monster, Melbourne

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Original hamburger

Intriguing. The menu layout, their mascot and their movie feature played on their display screen. After a heat and physically exhausting shopping adventure around Docklands, we settled for the quickest and easiest option for the quick feed. My first reaction to the burger was the smell of the sauce – its similarity to the Mac sauce was uncanny; a little less fragrant but very very close. It was a good burger – well constructed, soft buns, tender meat patty and generous fillings. The chips on the other hand were complimented again and again by my food companion, a confessed chip lover. I couldn’t tell the difference, but apparently he could.

Burger Monster
Waterfront City
Docklands, Melbourne

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November 10, 2009

Lord of the Fries, Melbourne

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I judge a good chip by its crunch, generosity of potato (thick-cut but not wedges) and a thin coating. Every time we visit Melbourne, we are sure to pay Lord of the Fries a visit. Nested inside Flinders Street station, the menu for this hot chip joint is amazing – it boasts internationally influenced sauces from Thai, Belgian, Mexican, Aussie, Indian, African and even, French-Canadian.

It’s always a struggle to decide between the sauces but as we both were salivating from the thought of last year’s sauce, we settled for the French-Canadian, which was hot brown gravy over melted cheese and it is such a genius combination! My fellow foodie, a confessed hot chip addict, found this round’s chips had too much cheese, and a cheese lover himself, I was surprised – although, I still thoroughly enjoyed the fries. You can taste real potato and crunchiness; exactly the way I like it.

Lord of the Fries
Flinders St Station
Opposite Federation Square