Poked – CBD – Little Lonsdale St [Lunch Crawl]

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Remember when Pokemon GO got everyone outside their houses and even nerds like me can socialise with other socially-awkward nerds by spinning virtual pokeballs at Ratata’s? Williamstown beach remembers. Great times. (Still waiting for that epic Mew event)

Similarly awesome, Poke (pronounced Poh-kay) is a Hawaiian dish hailing from the island of Lays, Luau’s and cocktails by the beach. It’s a great Spring/Summer time meal when Melbourne isn’t engulfed in the bitter cold and temperamental pressure systems.

That being said, every time is Poke time. Poked brings the Hawaiian dish to our beloved CBD and judging by the queues – everyone enjoys getting poked, in more ways than one.

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Tan Thanh Loi – Footscray

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I’m a man of many things. A man of the burger, a man of the chicken wing but most importantly, I’m a Vietnamese man. Of the IG-worthy dishes out there, there are some dishes that aren’t quite as pretty but hold a very special place in my heart. Let’s talk broken rice – I invite you to the unreleased memoirs of The Little Moustache.

Chapter 1 –

As a kid, I was leaning towards the chubbier side and as an adult.. Well, let’s just say I’m not the most lankiest guy walking around. How did I gleefully chub around in my 90’s overalls? I blame my mum. Mother Moustache is ungodly talented in manipulating flavours and keeping my belly full while working a full-time job raising a family of 5. It was through her trial and error that her version of Bun Bo Hue is now the best there is in Melbourne (not even exaggerating :)). It was also through her love of cooking that translated to my love of eating. My body shape was oddly telling for how food was going to revolve around my life later on.

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Phat Chicks – West Footscray

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For the longest time the West was missing that little something something. That little ‘Oomph’, or a ‘KAPOW!’ or simply a “BAMF!” that has everyone turning for a double take. West Footscray is an immensely huge cultural tasting plate, largely owing to it’s diverse amalgamation of ethnicities. It’s also a place I call home, a proud foodie of the West!

Barkly Street is quite literally ‘Little India’, that branches off to a slew of famous Vietnamese eateries, local takeaways and a few eccentrically placed midnight kebab trucks for the inebriated and bad decision makers at 2am on a Saturday.

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Burger Kitchen – Moonee Ponds

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Can we have a minute and appreciate how great social media is and how much it’s done for food in the last 5 years or so?! There used to be a disconnect between the restaurant and the customer. The only way for us to be connected was through visiting, word of mouth and of course Urbanspoon reviews! Old school bloggers will know.

These days, we can follow new restaurants that hasn’t even opened yet, long-time establishments and they can tempt us with their goodies at a swipe of a thumb! With everyone constantly connected, we’re more closer to that burger or chicken wing than we ever thought. If you got burgers, post a shyte load of food pics online and you’re based in the West – expect a visit from me!

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Laurie Dee’s – Epping

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So, I’m currently on a burger bender (again) and I don’t know how to stop it. Frankly, I’m not sure if I want it to stop. Maybe I’m transcending beyond my human shell and a few burgers away from attaining enlightenment. Or my arteries are clogged beyond comprehension and blocking all rational thought leading to my ultimate demise, death by patty.

Yours truly was being a decent human being and volunteered his time with Mr. Brunswick towards cleaning certain lakes. Long story, we got hella hangry. We also scheduled ourselves that Laurie Dee’s was on the way home from our volunteer day. I wish I was this prepared when food isn’t involved.

Side note: Sorry! I know I’ve been away for a month. I was in Vietnam for a few weeks (I have some pics of the food I ate there on Instagram!). Back to normal schedule this week!

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Piccolo Me – CBD – Russell St [Lunch Crawl]

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Have you ever seen something so inherently genius that you can’t fathom the fact it has never existed before? Piccolo Me is not just another cafe quenching the unending thirst of Melbourne’s coffee addicts. No, Piccolo Me holds the answer for exactly what happens when two things that are awesome combine and create a product that is diabolically sinful.

Piccolo holds the Croissant burger. I’ll let that sink in for a moment. Folks, this is how super villains are born. This is Piccolo Me’s origin story and The Hungry Moustache is going to eat it.

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+39 Pizzeria – CBD – Little Bourke [Lunch Crawl]

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Pizza is a dime a dozen within the Melbourne CBD, you can’t walk one block without passing by a few margheritas or two. You can grab a greasy slice of unloved bread with questionable cheese or you can go to +39 to satisfy that constant weekly urge to have a whole pizza to yourself. Admittedly, this was my first time here and the excitement was coursing through my veins ready for that hot Italian injection. (cough)

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