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Trip Report: Melbourne

vinouspleasure | Jan 16, 201803:33 AM

day 1
- breakfast, League of Honest Coffee - Very good flat white and wonderful multigrain toasties. The cappuccino was much smoother than the high acid style in vogue right now in nyc. Cool vibe, looked to be locals working in the cbd.

- dinner, city wine shop - A retail wine shop, wine bar and restaurant, the staff very knowledgeable about the wine they sell. I was browsing for a restrained Australian shiraz, one of the waiters offered to help and we spent 10 minutes talking about trends in Australian wine and he helped pick a great bottle of wine ($20 corkage). We started with olives and almonds, sounds mundane, but a really delicious (and generous) helping of mixed olives and fresh roasted almonds. My wife had gnocchi, which were seared in a pan, a really nice dish. I had angus rump steak, cooked perfectly to medium rare, but I'd forgotten what steak was like in many countries, devoid of fat and, to my american palate, flavor. If you're wine lover, get thee to the city wine shop.

day 2
- breakfast, coffee exchange - Good coffee, my wife had a very good muffin.

- dinner, pre-theater, we stopped back at the city wine shop for an appetizer and a glass of wine. Noticed 2007 baumard trie speciale for $18, expensive but couldn't resist and it was wonderful.

- dinner, post-theater, most restaurants had closed, ended up at the down and dirty thai chilli cafe. Spicing was assertive, red curry was very good, seemed like not the best cut of chicken. Crispy pork with basil was just about perfect but some of the pieces were less than crisp. Place was kinda dingy and dirty, still, pricing was very good and this would be about a B to B+ in nyc, which is very good indeed.

day 3 - breakfast, back to League of Honest Coffee, this time for latte. wow, what a rich, delicious drink (and I don't drink latte). We had multgrain toast and jam, the bread is very good.

day 4 - dinner, fitzroy town hall hotel - Nice space, wine list a mess, I had the schnitzel, my wife the half chicken, food was very good but not great. Walking along brunswick street we passed a dozen ethnic places that looked interesting.

more to come...

Thai Chilli Cafe,
Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel
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