Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen – CBD – Russell St

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We’re at that time of year again.

Autumn leaves scatter by unpredictable Melbourne winds that grow colder by the day. As the unbearable cold embraces Melbourne with the sniffles, patchy rain and a slew of cough fits, is there a light at the end of tunnel? I’m not a fan of the colder seasons and while Autumn is generally tolerable, Winter in Melbourne has gotten bitterly colder during recent years.

But with the bad, you have the good. To counter the cold, you need heat and with the melting pot that is Melbourne – we got the heat! Hotpot, Pho, Udon, Laksa, you name it and Melbourne usually has it! As an expert IG lurker, Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen (IFR) caught my eye with their bright green Yuzu broth and their generous servings of chicken wings. It’s only right that we end of the work week with a hot steaming bowl of Ramen and some chicken wings for good measure.

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Brooklyn Depot – CBD – Lonsdale St. [LUNCH CRAWL]

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Before I start this review I want to take a second and acknowledge a gentlemen who works at Brooklyn Depot named Scott for his sheer professionalism and the outstanding service he provided. Long story short, I reserve a table for the wrong time and below the minimum people required for a booking yet Scott was still able to sneak us in. This was during the lunch peak, mind you. You’re a legend mate.

Bromance with Scotty a side, I noticed Brooklyn Depot roughly 2-3 weeks ago. It was properly buzzing with the lunchtime crowd despite only recently joining the ranks of numerous eateries in the CBD. Brooklyn Depot has stores in Queensland, New South Wales and now we finally get a slice of the pie in Victoria. With such a drool-worthy menu and a great location for work lunches – you know we had to do a Lunch Crawl.

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Just Wingin’ It – Flemington Farmer’s Market [Truck Crawl]

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You guys have no idea how long I’ve been trying to get a taste of Just Wingin’ It’s fried chicken and waffles. This is by no means JWI’s fault and more my lack of research and associated bad timing.

Thanks to the magic of social media, JWI was out and about last Sunday! The Hungry Moustache and co. waste no time to strike and when we do – we go for the jugular! I fell in love with the concept of fried chicken and waffles a few years back when the uncommon duo appeared on my TV screen via Man vs. Food. I’ve been wanting to travel America ever since. The combination of the sweet and savoury in the form of succulent fried chicken and waffles… I just can’t help but drool. This is coming from a guy that doesn’t have one sweet tooth in his body!

Maybe one day, I can find someone to be the waffle to my fried chicken. If that sounded creepy, don’t worry it was on purpose.

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Double D – Springvale

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Hailing from the West, I have very few reasons to be in Springvale. It’s a solid hour of driving and time has a funny relationship with how food tastes – especially the longer you have to wait for it! If I do happen to be in the area though.. well, that changes everything. It would be a sin against gastronomy to ignore the delights Springvale has to offer. Hunter works around the Springvale area and is no stranger to Double D. After months of salivating to the onslaught of Hunter’s snapchat’s, I finally have the chance to try the Korean fried chicken at Double D.

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