24 February, 2015

Piggery Café

From the chef, restauranteur, director and mastermind behind Vue de Monde, Piggery Café is Shannon Bennet’s latest addition to his repertoire. Piggery Café brings a touch of magic to the lands of Sherbrooke with its sense of calm and free-flowing vibes, a space that oozes warmth in a rustic manner with a touch of modernity.

With their philosophy of embracing every facet of the garden-to-plate doctrine, Piggery Café has a lot to boast about. Think premium pork from Greenvale Farm, fish caught by Mark Eather and beefing things up with Blackmore Wagyu. Let's not forget the lamb and wallaby sourced directly from Flinders Island in Tasmania. Coffee wise, you can never go wrong with Five Senses coupled with milk from Schulz Organic Farms. 

Here at Pggery Café, it's all about the “live to eat, not eat to live” mantra.



Skinny Flat White


Chai Latte






Blackmore Wagyu Beef Burger

By far, the most popular dish was the Blackmore Wagyu Beef Burger. I mean, we ordered five of these babies and we were not disappointed. The patty was rich, hearty and seasoned perfectly. Each bite was burger heaven with burger juices dripping from out hands to our elbows. Really, need I say more ? Please refer to the photo above.


Mark Eather Barramundi Burger 

On the other end of the table, my friend ordered the Mark Eather Barramundi Burger which didn't seem to go down as well as the beefy wagyu beef burgers we were chowing down. I also think it's worth mentioning that the boys felt the burgers were much too tiny for their ever-growing appetites.


Lobster Roll

Unfortunately, the Lobster Roll too wasn't the most well received and honestly looked rather naked. Though the flavours and quality were there, the quantity not so much. Of course, it's always quality over quantity but who couldn't do with a bit more lobster ?


House-made Fries

The rustic chips on the other hand were great, filled with pillowy soft potato and crunchy ends laced with salt.

Having Shannon Bennet's name connected with Piggery Café, I'd have to say that I went in with pretty high expectations. Perhaps that was unfair of me. With service noticeably lacking, and friends leaving hungry and unsatiated, those expectations were not completely satisfied. That Blackmore Wagyu Beef Burger though… 


Piggery Café
1 Sherbrooke Road 
Sherbrooke, VIC 3789

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18 February, 2015

Mr Hendricks Cafe

You don’t find me on this side of town often. But where there is good food, I am more than happy to travel far and wide. And from what I’ve heard, Mr Hendricks is where it’s at. Hey there Mr Hendricks !
 


Skinny Flat White




Crispy Eggs

The crispy eggs had my name all over it. Golden panko-crumbed eggs, smoked ham hock full of flavour and a salad of fennel, radish and walnuts on a bed of velvety smooth sweet potato puree. I mean seriously, check out that yolk porn! The contrastive textures and intertwining flavours made this brunch dish a standout. My only comment would be that the sweet potato was a little too sweet for my liking.



Tempura Soft Shell Crab Burger

My other brunch-goes went for the Tempura Soft Shell Crab Burger with fennel, radish, cabbage, avocado and kewpie. In between mouthfuls of aromatic rosemary fries, both burgers were smashed out in a matter of seconds.

Good food, excellent coffee and attentive service. Mr Hendricks, I like you.


Mr Hendricks Cafe
469 Whitehorse Road
Balwyn, VIC 3103


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13 February, 2015

Ferdydurke

Nestled away on Tattersalls Lane off Lonsdale Street, you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for hidden gem, Ferdydurke.  

Named after the book Ferdydurke by Witold Gombrowicz, the book explored the problems of immaturity and youth, the creation of identity in interactions with others, and dealt with the ironic, critical examination of class roles in society and culture. All deemed to be extremely scandalous. In the same way, Melbourne’s Ferdydurke too refuses to conform and be stereotyped as a 'beige' city bar.  

Climb two flights of stairs and you’ll find yourself in a relaxed, effortless space - decked out with eccentric decor and walls camouflaged with bright posters, stickers and wall art. Just the place for chilled Sunday bevs and nibbles I say. 











There was a time when I was obsessed with pulled pork. Seriously though, how could I not be ? I bring this up because I think I’m relapsing and I hold Fedrydurke’s Little Lebowskis responsible, with their amazing juicy pulled pork and creamy buttermilk slaw.  

Other Polish goodies include Pan Fried Pork Schnitzel Sandwiches with braised cabbage and apple, cream cheese smear, pickle and dill relish and golden Piroshski filled with roasted mushrooms and fragrant rice, topped with smoky caramelised onion.

Complete with live music, this cool loft style hideaway located in the heart of Melbourne is serving up food and drinks that aim to please. Come hungry, leave happy.

 
confessions of a little piggy was invited to dine as a guest of Ferdydurke


Ferdydurke
Levels 1 & 2, 239 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
http://www.ferdydurke.com.au/


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