26 July, 2014

Collective Espresso

Tucked quietly down Cookson Street, Collective Espresso is just a hop, skip and a jump away from Camberwell train station. A local hot spot for train commuters, students and locals (lucky you), Collective Espresso is the perfect spot to rest up and refuel.

Skinny Flat White

Here at Collective, they use Five Senses beans and my skinny flat white was an absolute delight.

Dill and Lemon Cured Ocean Trout 

My eyes were the first the feast as I marvelled at my dish – it was a piece of artwork. Dill and lemon cured ocean trout lounged elegantly between wonderfully crisp rosti, perfect slow poached eggs and vibrant ruby red beetroot, grounded by a fine herb sauce. And the eggs, such beautiful eggs - wobbly translucent eggs which oozed liquid gold with just a gentle prod. Such lovely presentation and well balanced flavours, this dish did not disappoint.

Open Field Mushroom and Goats Cheese Omelette

E was head over heels with her dish – a meaty open field mushroom and slightly tangy yet creamy goat cheese omelette with balsamic dressing, crusty migas and fresh garden herbs. Two big thumbs up here.

Collective Espresso has garnered a solid reputation and is so easy to see why. Perhaps it’s the cozy space, the family feels in the air, the friendly smiles, or just all of the above in combination with good food and coffee. Yes, Collective Espresso manages to tick all the right boxes.

Collective Espresso
3 Cookson Street  
Camberwell, VIC 3124

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21 July, 2014

The Pantry Delicatessen

Guess who's back, back again. Deli 's back, tell a friend !

In case you didn’t get it, what I was trying to get at is... The Pantry Delicatessen is back ! Back with a refreshed fit out, the interior is chic and slick with its silky charcoal theme, timber clad walls and warm atmosphere. 

Modelled on the old-style Italian deli, The Pantry Delicatessen specialises in seasonal take-home meals – perfect for those on the go, or those purely just after something quick and tasty. A browse around will find you a healthy range of salads, pastas, wet-dishes, roasts, antipasto items, cured meats, cheeses, baked goods and so much more. Simply put, its restaurant quality food cooked by award winning chefs all packed into a box for your convenience.

My eyes went straight to the crusty traditional loaf of Burnham Bakery Sourdough and an Asian inspired salad incorporating beautiful coconut poached chicken, crunchy slaw and candied nuts. The Ancient Grain Salad was an absolute stunner with its tempting tastes and textures – from the cumin spiced grains, pops of quinoa to the sweet bursts of pomegranate. And to wrap it all up, you can't go wrong with a Jaffa Loaf Cake and Ginger Chocolate Loaf Cake.

It’s not hard to like The Pantry Delicatessen. Prepared with love daily by a team of dedicated and talented chefs, The Pantry Delicatessen offers the perfect option for a healthy and hearty meal.

confessions of a little piggy was invited to takeaway as a guest of The Pantry Delicatessen

The Pantry Delicatessen

1 Church Street 
Brighton, VIC 

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16 July, 2014

Charlie & Co. Burgers

Proudly dreamt and created in Sydney, Charlie & Co. is all about "bringing the good times." Their philosophy ? To bring you the ultimate burger experiences with quality produce, inspiring environment and great service. Let's put them to the test, shall we ?

Mighty Charlie Burger

Not holding back, we went for the Mighty Charlie Burger - an impressive tower of a well seasoned chargrilled Wagyu patty, smokey bacon, fried egg, melty cheddar, sun ripened tomato, sour pickled gherkins, caramelised onions, garden leaves, creamy aioli and Charlie's signature tomato sauce all sandwiched between a toasted artisan bun. Though I was rather downhearted that the egg was overcooked, this burger was still a messy affair and oh so satisfying. 

Parmesan & Truffle Fries

Inevitably, we also indulged in crunchy golden fries with a gourmet touch of parmesan and truffle. It was a shame that these didn't come out piping hot though.

Simply put, Charlie & Co. does a mean burger and only adds to my love for the Emporium. My suggestion is to roll up your sleeves and have plenty of serviettes handy. Expect big flavours and a full belly.

Charlie & Co. Burgers
Emporium Melbourne 
Melbourne, VIC 3000

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