Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ganache Chocolate @ Collins St

When come to winter, I always crave for hot chocolate. Speaking of it, I think Ganache has one of the best hot chocolate when it comes to thick texture and flavours. 

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Might consider to try out one of them for next visit.

Speciality Hot Chocolates - $6.00 
All made with a 60% dark couverture 

Friend of mine who are quite picky when comes to hot chocolate. When I introduced this to her, she reacted :  "Wow, FINALLY I'VE FOUND THE BEST HOT CHOCOLATE IN THE CITY! "

Instead of getting the standard flavour, there is wide range of option you can choose : Classic, Cinnamon, Chilli, Mint, Orange Cointreau, Winter Spice and Hazelnut. Hm, I was thinking I might have to try Chili or Winter Spice. Don't you curious how the taste gotta be?


Both patisserie were sooooo irresistible !

Brownie Mousse Slice - $7.90
Rich dark chocolate mousse with a layer of anglais on dark chocolate sponge 


Triple Mousse - $7.90 
3 classic chocolate mousse flavours on a flourless sponge base 

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  It's very sinful yet addictive to crave for. 


Ganache Chocolate Lounge 
245 Collins St, Melbourne 3000.                       or                 250 Toorak Rd, South Yarra, 3141.
Phone: 03 9650 8388                                                                  Phone: 03 9804 7485
Email: enquiries@ganache.com.au

Trading Hours :           
Monday - Thursday (8am - 8pm)                                           Monday - Thursday (9am -8pm)  
Friday (8am - 10pm)                                                                    Friday (9am - 10pm)
Saturday (9am - 10pm)                                                               Saturday (9am - 10pm)
Sunday (9am - 6pm)                                                                     Sunday (10am - 8pm)

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hopetoun Tea Rooms


Whenever I walk past block arcade at collins street, I tend to see a long queue of people waiting for their seat to dine in Hopetoun Tea Rooms. This gave me impression of  this must be good. Sorry, I should warn myself don't came with high expectation. End up, quite a disappointment. 


The decorations was gorgeous and colorful. Whoever walk past this, they will stop in a second and take a photo. The more I look at these desserts, the more I'm looking forward for my turn to try it out.

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We have waited for more than half an hour for two seats.



Tea selections
We have ordered Snow White (Apple, White Tea and Pai Mu Dan) and Ruby Sipper (Blood Orange & Hibiscus flower fruit blend). Snow white has more light flavour and i think it's really nice while having a dessert. I would consider buying the packet of this tea but I wasn't sure how much it cost though.

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Easter special : Warm Chocolate Pudding - $15 plus surcharge.

I'm not liking how the pudding taste. The texture isn't moist enough. It reminded me of cookies. It does have nutty crunchy on it but it's not the pudding that I'm expecting.
I'm also having a doubt on the ice cream serve with crush pistachio. I wish they have homemade vanilla ice cream on the plate. The white chocolate garnish is edible but the taste is a bit off. 



Guava and Pear Mousse - $10 plus surcharge. 

Forget about the cream and white chocolate garnish. Little slice of kiwi and lemon - are they supposed to be eaten with the skin? I'm confused. Combination of guave and pear are refreshing. But I do feel it's more to jelly texture instead of creamy. The base was too hard. I was struggling to get through it. We tried and gave up on it.

I was a bit shocked when we got the bill. The price doesn't reflect what they have listed on the menu. After browsing their website, I just realized that there is a surcharge of 10% applies on weekends and 15% public holidays. This is the first time ever I came across of surcharge applies on weekend/public holidays for dining. Hence, this is probably explained why the warm pudding cost us $17.50 and a pot of tea cost around $8.

I'm not complaining about the wait,. But overall, we spent $42 for two pots of tea and two cakes. It is overpriced!  I wasn't sure whether we just got bad luck in choosing the right cakes.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Proud Mary

Happy Easter!

How's your holiday been? Mine has been really good so far. I'm really glad that this holiday came at the right time. I do need some time for myself and away from work. Of course, being a foodie, I can't miss out on the chance to tick off my list to try for brunch!

This time, I have checked in "The Proud Mary".


To find a nice cafe in Melbourne, I'm no longer surprised when I found out that Proud Mary is actually built in an old factory. Though without the name being shown, I do recognise the symbol of Proud Mary. Alternatively, this is the only cafe I could find in Oxford Street as there wasn't any other shops around. This has to be the one that I'm looking for. If you are taking public transport, take tram 86 and stop at 18. Less than 5 minute walking distance to reach the destination. 


I think we got lucky to wait less than 40 minutes! When they keep calling the names on the wait list, some of them probably decided to give up on waiting and left. I was like, yes please keep going on till my name being called for next. Surprisingly, we waited less than 20 minutes. Please allow yourself to wait more than half hour if you come around lunch hour


Latte and Cappucino. The coffees were really good. How could I skip ordering coffee in Proud Mary? IMPOSSIBLE!


Pulled Pork Tacos- $16. 
The salad at the side- mint, spring onions, coriander and crispy onion slaw are refreshing and such a great start before getting my hands on tacos. The tacos were delicious. Good portion of meat with chimmi churri, pork crackling to add the crispness, and salad to balance out the flavours.


Don't be fooled by only three tacos on the plate. I would have felt full after having this whole plate by myself.

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Duck and Figs - $18.50 

Pulled confit duck leg and fresh figs are the things that I never had before. But, I enjoyed this dish a lot! I love every ingredients on this plate. It's like each has own details and attention to be given.
Organic sourdough toast with sesame, spiced walnuts (I would finish it off if I have a packet of walnuts on my hand right now), fresh figs, gippsland blue cheese, beetroot, cres and crispy onion slaw. The confit duck leg was cooked beautifully.

Overall, everything is so well balanced, fresh and full of flavours.

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However, I was looking forward to try out their pork belly. My friend has been highly recommended this dish to me. It seems like pork belly is no longer on their menu list. Ahh, I was too late for it !

Anyway, glad that I waited and i think the food is totally worth the wait! We weren't able to try out their breakfast menu, and guess what?! I would like to come back and try out their breakfast on next time!
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