Sunday, 30 March 2014

Hammer & Tong - Crabbers !

412 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy, VIC 3065
Closed on Monday

We went to Hammer & Tong on Saturday directly after lining up from Lune because we're so hungry and need some savouries. We got there around 9am, they're pretty busy but we got our table straight away. I was really excited to finally come and check in as this place has been on urbanspoon front page for ages.
We didn't order any coffees since all of us had our caffeinne fix earlier at Lune. But looking at the machine, it must be good..
A lot of sweets on the display, so tempting.. but we knew very well that our buttery croissants are waiting :)
All of us ordered the soft shell crab burger that everyone's been talking about. Too mainstream I know but they're indeed really good.   
Soft Shell Crab Burger - $12
The brioche bun was super soft, buttery and sweet while the soft shell crab was cooked to perfection. You can easily grab the burger with one hand and eat it at once as the size is quite small but for $12 this is top.
Soft Shell Crab Burger - $12
No wonder this place ranked first on urbanspoon, they sure do serve great food and excellent service. Staffs were really friendly and helpful, they kept coming back to check whether we need anything and no hurry in getting us the bill when we finished.

Will I come back ? A big YES.. to the burger and maybe something sweet at the end.  
Hammer & Tong on Urbanspoon

Friday, 21 March 2014

Lune Croissanterie - Fly me to the moon

29 Scott Street                                                                                        Friday : 7.30am till sold out
Elwood, VIC 3184                                                                    Saturday and Sunday : 8am till sold out

Please beware, this post might contain serious temptations! :9

This was my third time waking up early and lining up along with the other croissant hunters. We (me, Fiona, Maya & Suri) got there at 7.45 and the queue was NO JOKE ,,,,,, I mean, the shop is not even open yet... I did ask Kate, the sweet lady behind the masterpiece, about the line and she reckons the croissants are selling faster every week. So if you want to grab these beauties, you better wake up early and join the force. 
Tips : Better come on Saturday or Sunday so you have a chance to bring back 6 as she distributes half of what she makes on Friday to Patricia Coffee Brewers. 

While waiting, Kate and the other staff came over to take our coffee order. I asked for skinny mocha but unfortunately they only use the milk they use in making croissants so yes its full cream.
My mocha tasted so much like cappuccino because I couldn't really taste the chocolate for some reason. The coffee is a bit more on the acidity side as I had that tangy feeling at the tip of my tongue.
Coffee & Hot Chocolate - $4.5

I was afraid that we might end up with 2 croissants again but amazingly we were the last ones to walk out with 6!! Thank you for the people in front of us who are kind and not greedy like us <3
Me, Fiona, Maya and Suri so happy :)
 We did a little bit of photo session and the photos turned out to be really good. So prepared yourself, there are a lot of goodness on the way. FYI all photos were taken with iPhone 5s since my camera was hiding somewhere that day. 
Goodness on a chopping board <3
My most favourite is the Kouign Aman though the photo was a bit .... I think this is the first time I had this baby, it tasted like my childhood cake back in Indonesia. The KA was really crispy, buttery and the sweetest as it has caramelised sugar on top. Kouign Aman and milk will be my perfect breakfast!
Kouign Aman - $5
This is what everyone's been talking about, CRUFFIN! Kate's own invention, a hybrid of croissant and muffin. As you can see they have the flaky textures of croissant but they are less crispy compared to the others. I shared this with a friend so we cut it into two and I cut it wrongly. We didn't enjoy it that much since one side had all the caramel and the other had all the peanut custard :( 
Snickers Cruffin - $6.5
Suri had the blackberry cruffin and she liked it. However, the filling was not enough for her liking, the blackberry was literally that much (refer to photo).
Blackberry Cruffin - $5.5
These are the twice baked croissants!! I have a thing for almond croissant and this is a real deal, good pastry, full of almond flakes and not strong on the almond flavour as I prefer. I had one from Zumbo sometime ago and I just didn't like it as the almond was so strong that it tastes like medicine. 

Twice baked almond - $6
This one was the special that day, macadamia and salted caramel. The caramel was not too sweet and the macadamia was totally crunchy. 

Twice baked macadamia & salted caramel - $7
I could say that Kate can read minds. She combines everything that we have been thinking of, almond and chocolate, what more do you need? Hmm more chocolate maybe? I was told that in Paris, they put a little bit of chocolate inside so that it won't overpower the pastry. I will used to this type eventually..
Choc almond - $5
Pain au chocolat - $4.5
On my second attempt, I was a bit disappointed because I only got the leftovers which was the plain and ham&cheese croissants. I really shouldn't judge the book by its cover, the plain croissant really blew me away. I could smell the butter before I even bite into it, very flaky and I remembered having all the flakes everywhere like a kid.  
Plain croissant - $4.5
For you who prefer savoury over sweet, don't worry as she also makes Ham & Gruyere. I didn't get to try this one as I gave this to my Boss.
Ham & Gruyere - $5.5
You don't have to worry about the service, if Kate works for KFC she will definitely get a 100% CHAMPS check. She frequently counts how many croissants are left and how many people lining out there. So despite the super long queue, she will make sure everyone gets home with croissant on their hands. 

Will I come back ? A big YES, especially after I see her posting what she's selling on instagram. 
Lune Croissanterie on Urbanspoon

Monday, 10 March 2014

De Clieu

187 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy, VIC 3065

Today is Labour Day which means public holiday meaning NOT WORKING !!! I, Maya and Suri decided to celebrate the day with brunch at Hammer & Tong. We were waiting in the tram stop for number 86 to come while looking over photos on urbanspoon and deciding what to order. We were so excited to try this place which has been a hype for quite some time that we kept on flicking the photos until Suri saw the home screen and said "they are closed on monday". After searching for sometime, I came up with Proud Mary and there we go. This time we did check the opening times and they do open on Monday so nothing to worry. We arrived and found a closed sign on the door, no luck at all. Then we decided to go to De Clieu, the place we passed by and definitely open. It was 12.30pm when we arrived, there were 6 or more people waiting to be seated so I thought I'm gonna be starving for another hour. Luckily when we asked the staff who is BTW really cute, there was a table for three in the corner.

I started with Skinny Mocha which was beautifully presented. But when I touched the glass it was too hot, I had to leave it for a couple minutes before I could drink it which is a bit disappointing.
Mocha - $4
The menu sure offers a lot of things from egg benedict, broadbean fritters, honey braised lamb bun and even scrambled tofu. But I had to go with the pork neck, the dish every one has been ordering.

The pork neck came with spring onion roti which was really good, thin and crispy like canai. The meat was tender and I must say they are really generous with the portion. The tonkatsu sauce was also good but it was a bit too much, less sauce would be better for me.
Berkshire Pork Neck - $17
Suri went for the broadbean fritters and she was happy with her choice too. I had a bite and the fritter was really crisp and full of flavors. The portion was a bit small compared to the others but it was enough to keep her full.

Miso and  Broadbean Fritters (vg) - $16,5
Maya ordered Wagyu beef burger which was the special of the day. The bun was sweet and crisp just the way I like it. The chips and onion rings were great (nothing could go wrong with deep fried). However, the patty was a bit dry and it falls apart when you bite it which more like eating minced beef rather than a patty.
Wagyu beef burger - $15
Service was excellent, the waiters were friendly and helpful. One funny thing was we saw a cockroach on the wall next to our table, none of us was brave enough so we asked for help. The cute waiter laughed a bit and caught that brown little thing. Whenever we saw him, he smiled and said sorry. We also stayed for another two hours chatting and none of the staffs came to our table to offer a bill which happens to most places because they need us to leave. The other waiter also helped us take a picture :)
Me, Maya, Suri <3

Would I come back ? Definitely yes, to try their eggs benedict and cured salmon.
De Clieu on Urbanspoon