Shinoki – South Yarra

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Spring’s just around the corner and what better way to celebrate the end of Winter than with Sushi! Because we’re feeling fancy (just a little bit), we though South Yarra sushi would be nice. Not sushi related, but I did see a burger place that caught my eye (post from future moustache incoming).

A chef’s table destined for Omakase, welcomes us as we entered Shinoki. We came during lunch on a Sunday and it seems we were one of the first customers for the day. It appears Shinoki has only just recently called South Yarra home. I like well honed establishments but sometimes the newbie’s have a lot to offer too. With ‘Modern Japanese’ next to their name we’re ready to experience the modern delights Shinoki has to offer.

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Laksa Bar – Little Lonsdale [Lunch Crawl]

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So.. Only two more years until the final season of GoT. What is a man to do? With what seems like the second coming of Winter in Melbourne last week, my soul needs a good warm up!

When in doubt always Laksa. Even when you’re not in doubt, still Laksa.

So there’s this place called Laksa Bar and they load their Laksa’s with all kind of toppings. And they top off the Malaysian favourite with a big fried soft-shell crab. I really don’t need much more convincing. Let’s get it!

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Blahnik – Equitable Place [Lunch Crawl]

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It’s been a few years since I’ve been in high school. But I do remember fond memories scrambling from the lockers and bolting straight to the cafeteria for first dibs for the lunch time delights. If you were late by even 5 minutes expect to see a sad pile of soggy hot dogs that costed $2.10 each (sauce not included).

Almost a decade later and and few more hot dogs under my belt, Melbourne’s CBD is now my cafeteria. Sadly, potato cakes are no longer $0.50c. Fortunately, there’s still quite a few places in the CBD that still offer cafeteria style lunches. Lunch time squad assembled, we made our way to Blahnik.

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A25 Pizzeria – Little Lonsdale [Lunch Crawl]

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Today’s lunch crawl episode, brought to you by … Pizza.

I may have mentioned once or twice that I am so lucky that my employment is at the heart of the CBD.

The restaurant biz is highly competitive and cut-throat especially in the city. One moment you’re the ‘it’ kidΒ  riding the wave of the hot new trend *cough* tear drop cake *cough* and fade into obscurity the next. The positive is that if you’re a consumer, your choices are endless! Only the most delicious survive.

My heart tells me it wants pizza today. I happily oblige and we make our way to A25 Pizzeria.

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Juicy Bao – Little Bourke

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For a real authentic, mouth burning, soup gushing Xiao Long Bao (Shanghai soup dumpling) experience there is only one place in Melbourne. Shanghai Street Dumpling. My go to order: Pork XLB’s, spicy peanut wontons and a plate of pan fried buns. It’s a quintessential triple threat on the senses. There’s delicious soup from the XLB’s, a sweet and savoury kick from the peanut sauce on the wontons and a mix of steam and fried with an even more denser pork broth.

However, rumors have spread through the vineyards recently and two words have repeatedly come up in conversation. Juicy Bao. Some individuals have even claimed that Juicy Bao is better than Shanghai’s. These statements got me upset and quite emotional to be frank.

Plans were made and dates were locked in.

It was on, Diddy Kong. (Don’t sue me Nintendo, I’m just a blogger).

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Sambal Kampung – Little Collins [Lunch Crawl]

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You can’t help feeling like Jon Snow when sometimes weather in Melbourne feels like you’re battling white walkers in the North. I don’t have a Valerian sword in my hand but I do have a bowl of laksa which I’m sure even the Night’s Watch would be envious of. I’m unsure if George R. R. Martin’s universe involves culinary delights from Malaysia. It should.

Oh, we’re visiting Sambal Kampung today by the way for this edition of Lunch Crawls. It’s cold and we’re about to get our noodle on!

Also if you’re new here, Lunch Crawls is series about sharing my experiences in the Melbourne CBD and sifting through the plethora of lunch options on offer. Good, bad, beautiful, ugly, phenominal – I’ll cover them all.

Life’s too short for chicken and broccoli that make you question your existence.

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Burger Boys – Church Lane [Lunch Crawl]

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Side bar.. how good is GoT right now? No spoilers here, but I’m definitely riding that Tormund-Brienne ship. Tormund’s banter with The Hound was definitely one of the many highlights for me. Β Can’t wait for the finale!Β Oh where were we? Oh yes! Burgers. I’ll carry on now.

Like always, Mr. Brunswick is always in the know about the dingiest dives with properly equipped burgers. A pop-up burger joint residing inside a Melbourne back-alley with minimal lighting? The God of flannels and fedoras are calling out to us while sipping on a pumpkin-spiced latte. With ironic ties and bright coloured socks in tow, we made our way to the holy land.

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