Monday, 29 August 2011

Marche, Jakarta

I’ve never been to Switzerland but I could imagine Sepp Blatter shaking his old head to the tackiness that is Marche.

But hey if you’re in for a penny, you’re in for a pound as the surrounds go way over the top. Fake waterfall in the back. Eat in a mock farm house. Staff dressed in traditional Swiss clothing. Lavish food stands in market style stalls, complete with flawless produce.

Just like a market, shop around, before ordering at your choice provedore who will stamp your order card yum cha style.

Roast chicken – pricey for a grilled Maryland, but points for great gravy.

Potato Roesti – enough for two. Crisp on the outside, buttery tender on the inside.


Sirloin with a side of mash.

Don’t forget the card, even if you don’t order anything, or there will be a hefty price to pay.

3.5 / 5 yums!

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Smooch, Jakarta

The Indonesian folk have taken to yoghurt like nerds to new technology.

But in a country where there’s generally a person to do the job for you, you pay for the privilege to serve yourself.

Yes it really is unlimited, but realistically limited to how tall you want to spiral that yoghurt in the cup, weighed and priced accordingly. Sprinkle on unhealthy Asian favourite toppings such as jellies, candies, jams. Exotic fruits for those feeling a wee bit guilty.

3 / 5 yums!

Monday, 22 August 2011

Singapore Airlines Business Lounge and Business Class vs QANTAS Business Class

I’ll never be able to personally afford business class. But now that I’ve tasted it, it’s difficult to go back.

That’s why if another opportunity arises, I’ll be crossing my fingers, toes and nostrils that Singapore will be the choice carrier.

QANTAS lounge ain’t bad, especially in Sydney.

However, Singapore’s Singapore is far superior.

Check out the decked A380 and Singapore airport lounge. It could be a 5 star hotel lobby, only filled with self serve goodies.

There are no eyes of shame when re-piling that plate. And if there are, stuff em.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Stokehouse, St Kilda

There have been moments in history where the stars have aligned rather well. Hawthorn winning the 2008 Grand Final. The Old Spice Guy. Wills meeting Kate. Or is that the other way around?

Some might say that a bit of work went into making those things right. For this beach house on roids, that would be true.

Consider this. Beach. Balcony. Balmy night. Top that off with a contemporary, seasonal menu that could only be bettered if they were served to guests lying on deck chairs being fanned by scantily clad males and females with oversized ferns.

Lasagne of blue swimmer crab, flaked almonds, pear, whitebait, chervil, crab veloute.

Atlantic scallops, verjus gazpacho, compressed apple and cucumber salsa, walnuts, serrano ham.

Beef tartare, Shimeji mushrooms, Horseradish cream, tarragon emulsion.

John Dory fillet, sautéed cuttlefish, white asparagus and samphire salad, garlic gnocchi, artichoke aioli.

The sides.

The Bombe – frozen white chocolate parfait with strawberry sorbet.

Crème Brulee, pistachio praline parfait, poached apricots.

Hazelnut chocolate mousse and nougat crunch.

That is a night out at the Stokehouse. Stars aligned we’re all stoked.

4.5 / 5 yums!
Where? 30 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda, VIC
What? $100+

Stokehouse (upstairs) on Urbanspoon

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Easy Tiger, Collingwood

I think an “!” is warranted at the end of the name of this pumping modern Thai eatery that’s so Collingwood. Where else would have you eating under a hot tin shed out back on classy outdoor sets?

Easy there tigers, there’s plenty to go around in the banquet. Though you might not want to go too easy as you’re chinking silverware, jousting for that last spoon of curry or betal leaf.

4 / 5 yums!
Where? 96 Smith St, Collingwood, VIC

Easy Tiger on Urbanspoon
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