Well I certainly don’t think we’ll struggle to find fantastic places to eat in Melbourne! There are plenty of cool restaurants, bars and coffee houses, and there seems to be a real ‘cafe culture’ here. The food scene generally seems to be a lot healthier than in the UK, with juice bars and sushi joints aplenty, and ingredients you’d usually only find in health shops in the UK readily available in the supermarket.
Our first stop was cafe Two Birds One Stone in our local neighbourhood, South Yarra, for a delicious brunch to set us up for our first day of exploring.
The Hubbie went for Eggs Benedict – he allowed me to try a (tiny) mouthful and wahhhh, that was one heavenly Eggy-B! Sourdough toast, ham hock, poached eggs and delicious hollandaise. Yum!
I went for something a little different: toasted brioche with sautéed mushrooms, poached eggs, roasted tomatoes, goat cheese cream and roasted almonds. It was really tasty, although I have to admit, the Eggy-B had the edge! (Next time, next time…)
The next restaurant we tried was Zurouna, this time for dinner. Choosing somewhere for dinner is no mean feat with so many options, so we used our usual tactic of trawling through Trip Advisor to find nearby contenders. Zurouna jumped out as something a little different with its Middle Eastern cuisine. And wow, were we glad we chose it!
For starters, I went for shallow roasted cauliflower with cumin, topped with yoghurt, walnuts and pomegranate seeds. I never knew cauliflower could taste so delicious! This was SERIOUSLY good. The Hubbie went for homemade hummus with pitta breads.
For main, we both went for the mixed grill: lamb skewers, lamb kofta and chicken skewers with pittas and dressed leaves.
Finally, although I really couldn’t fit anything else in, I ordered the milk pudding with pistachio nuts (I just wrote ‘nits’ as a typo – it definitely didn’t have those though), rose water and Persian Angel Hair. I just HAD to find out what that was – right?!
Turns out Persian Angel Hair is actually like candy floss with lots of tiny threads of spun sugar. I could only eat a small amount of what came as it was very, very sweet but it was interesting to try it.
That’s already a couple of winners on the restaurant scene that we’ll definitely revisit! Meanwhile this week I’ll be getting into the Melbourne way of healthy living to try and work off this delicious food. Wish me luck!