Friday, September 26, 2014

Fat Friday #2 - Tall Timber

I've just finished drooling over Msihua's post on Tall Timber when my colleague, Shell, yelled out from behind, "What are we having for our Friday lunch, Mish?"

"How about Tall Timber in Prahran?" I replied. 

And that was how the both of us found ourselves at this cafe with bright and large, open airy space. The decor matched its name well - Tall Timber - with off white brick walls, and tables with timber top.

I particularly loved how the communal table had a little indentation in the center to hold the beautiful flowers.

We both really liked the venue and atmosphere - it was very casual, relaxing and a little hipster-ish. Definitely makes a great spot for weekend brunch or catch up with friends. ;)

I don't usually have coffees on weekdays, I only have a cuppa once in a blue moon during weekends. But it was a mocha kind of day that particular arvo. But boy, am I glad I did order one.

It was a really good cup of mocha - smooth, and very well balanced. As for the food, I knew what I was going to have even before we stepped foot in the cafe.

Oh my, Timber Benedict! Just look at how stunning this dish is. I was in awe. Slow-cooked pork shoulder, two beautifully poached eggs with apple cider hollandaise sauce on sourdough toast.

The pork shoulder was so tender and went perfectly well with the egg yolks and hollandaise sauce. The flavours were great and I loved it.

The only thing though, is that I felt there could have been a little more sauce as the second piece of toast was left rather dry and a little too hard which left me struggling a little towards the end.

Shell went for a healthier option and chose the spiced chicken and wild rice salad, with beetroot, chickpeas, feta, coriander, mint and yogurt. She loved the flavours just as much as I did my benedict, but thought there wasn't enough chicken to go with the tasty salad.

During lunch, I saw a couple of people come in just for a little treat and coffee. I was eyeing their almond croissant which looked really good but I was a little too well-fed, otherwise I would have gotten myself one of these sweet treats. 

Some complained about how awful the service is, but Shell and I thought otherwise. Menu and drinks came right after we were sat down, and it didn't take long before our food was delivered.

The wait staff was attentive, and came to check in on us to ensure all was good. I'm guessing they must have stepped up their game. 

Tall Timber on Urbanspoon
All in all, a fantastic experience at Tall Timber. I like the relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and most importantly good food and coffee. I can't wait to be back again, maybe with The Boyfriend as I'm sure he will love the Timber Benedict.

Just as I was about to leave, I noticed that they had this communal table out at their backyard. Paired with a couple of tables outdoor, this is a perfect spot for those who wants good food and a little more Vitamin D over the weekend. ;)

Happy Friday, and have a great weekend, guys!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Millè & B Crêpe Cakes

"Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do." - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

As many of you already know, I love baking and I dream to one day open my own bakery.

I have time and again contemplated to take up a pastry course either in the UK or Paris, but due to personal commitments, I still find myself here in Melbourne, in the media advertising industry.

But there's a girl out there, living my dream.

This girl goes by the name Bee.

Bee loves baking, and she finds joy in creating beautiful and delicious cakes. It puts a smile on her face to see others enjoy her creations.

Unfortunately though, like many Asian parents, her father told her that she had "to get a stable job" and that's how she ended up with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

It didn't take long for Bee to land herself a job in a bank, but alas, she wasn't proud nor happy; she didn't get that job satisfaction all of us yearn for and she knew deep down inside what the problem was.

So, despite disapproval from her parents, Bee decided to take the leap of faith to chase her dreams, and brazenly founded Millè & B.

To keep her parents happy, Bee now juggles between baking to orders whilst maintaining her job at the bank, with a dream to one day open her cake shop in Melbourne.

This, my readers, is what I call dedication.

For that, I give Bee my utmost respect and as you can see, I'm doing my best to support her by spreading word of mouth about Millè & B.

Millè & B as you would have guessed, is an online cake shop specializing in the classic French cake known as Mille Crêpe Cake.

Each cake is handmade to order using fresh ingredients, and consist 20 even layers of delicate, paper thin crepes with each layer filled with luscious pastry cream of various flavours.

There are 8 delectable flavours available now at Millè & B and I've had to honour to try 4 of them thus far. You may view the menu here.

My absolute favourite was definitely the Oreo Oreo! Chocolate crêpes layered with Oreo whipped cream and generous chunks of Oreo cookies, then topped with an Oreo crumble. Say YUM!!!

I also really enjoyed the Sweet Salted Caramel crepes cake layered with dangerously delicious caramel creme patissiere.

But the best part for me is the crunchy salted caramel popcorn that Millè & B makes in-house. Don't say I didn't warn you, but those popcorns, gosh, they're incredibly addictive!

I also got to try the Balsamic Strawberry which I found was the lightest amongst all four. I know this flavour sounds a little odd to some and truth be told, I was a little skeptical myself, but hey, balsamic vinegar and strawberries do make a great combination!

The use of vinegar not only brings out the beautiful, bright red colour, but also totally enhances the natural sweetness of the strawberries.

Last but not least, the Matcha Adzuki - green tea crepes layered with smooth pastry cream and sweetened red beans. I appreciate that it has just the right amount of green tea, although being a matcha fanatic, I wouldn't mind it a little stronger. :P

Topped with white chocolate and green tea ganache, then finished with a matcha crumble (which I could not get enough of), this cake is made for every matcha lover out there.

I really like that Millè & B cakes aren't too sweet, and they have great, consistent texture throughout.

When eaten fresh, they are soft, smooth and taste absolutely divine. I can't wait to try the Tiramisu and Hazelnutella Banana flavours too!

Whilst some might find the crepe layers a tad too thin for their liking, I actually prefer it the way it is.

Bee mentioned that she experimented with thicker layers prior to starting her business, and she personally preferred the thin layers to achieve the melt-in-your-mouth texture. I'm with you, Bee.

As biased as this might sound, my family and I really did enjoy her cakes. To quote my sweet-tooth SIL, "Best crepe cake in Melbourne! Better than the ones we had at Jinda Thai!"

My Mum who isn't usually a big fan of cakes or anything sweet, went back for a second serving. I was so surprised and gobsmacked when she even requested for a bigger slice!

That's how good Millè & B's crepe cakes are. ;)

You really need to try these crepe cakes for yourselves! And the good news is, I have ONE WHOLE CREPE CAKE to giveaway to one very lucky Melbourne-based reader.

To be in the running to win, you will need to be living in Melbourne, to either have the cake picked up from Mille & B's location at Lygon Street, Carlton or have it delivered to an address within 10km of Melbourne CBD for a flat fee of $10.

This giveaway runs for two weeks and will end at 12am on Friday, 19th September 2014. The winner will be drawn and announced here on my blog by Saturday, 20th September 2014. Good Luck!! :)


UPDATE (19/09/14) - Thank you to all of you who have participated in this giveaway. This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations Sarah, you've won yourself a whole cake from Millè & B!! I hope you enjoy the cake as much as I did. You've made a good pick too. ;)

To those of you who missed out, I am sorry! If you're really keen though, Millè & B will be at the Bend & Snap Market on the 28th September and you'd be able to get yourself slices (instead of the whole cake) to try the variety of flavours. Details as below:

Make sure you get hold of an Oreo Oreo slice - it truly is divine! ;)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fat Friday #1 - Finn Cafe

TGIF! Every week I look forward to Friday.

It's the last day of the working week; we get to put our hair down, relax a little and look forward to the weekend.

Fridays in the office is usually rather casual, and not as busy, which is a great way to end the week. Plus, it's also Fat Friday!! Yay!! :D

I have started a Friday Lunch Club with my colleague, Shell, who is rather pleased with having a food blogger as her co-worker (if I may shamelessly say so myself). ;)

We have decided that we'd head out for lunch every Friday and I have been tasked to find a new eatery around our work place in St. Kilda each week so we could both explore this area together.

I also mentioned that I'd introduce a Fat Friday post series on my blog, so here it is! The very first FF post on our first FF spot - Finn Cafe.

Finn Cafe opened its doors in July this year on Carlisle Street, right opposite the St Kilda Town Hall.

It is easily accessible via public transport, and there are plenty of street parking along Carlisle Street for those who wish to drive.

We were greeted with big, warm smiles as soon as we stepped in. Great service to start is always a plus point. I also loved the fit out of the cafe - bright, clean, and minimalist.

I had already scanned the menu before arriving and had my eyes locked on the open omelette with mushrooms, taleggio, truffle oil and rye crisp. Finn Cafe did well, I was not disappointed.

It was beautifully presented and taste absolutely tasty to boot. It was a very generous portion which filled me up just right.

The truffle oil added a nice extra touch of fragrance, and I think I had Shell in food envy.

Shell, on the other hand, opted for the slow-cooked pulled lamb shoulder, polenta bricks, swiss chard, preserved lemon, dill & creme fraiche.

"Beautiful flavours that worked really well together," Shell replied, when I asked how her dish fared. Portion was a tad small, but at least it won't put you to sleep at work. ;)

When we were done , we walked up the counter to pay for our meals, only to be greeted with this - an array of sweet treats, calling out your name and tempting your sweet tooth.

Finn Cafe bakes their cakes and pastries fresh every morning, and they often have something new to offer their patrons.

With a display as beautiful as this, it's very difficult to just walk out without getting anything.

We obviously had to get some to try. Amongst the sweet treats that we picked to share were the kiwi danish, berries tea cake, salted caramel brownie and beetroot chocolate cake.

They were all divine, especially that salted caramel brownie! So moist and delicious! Definitely a great way to finish up.

Finn on Urbanspoon
So what can I say? Finn Cafe is a great addition to St Kilda, especially to the locals. Relaxed atmosphere, great friendly service and good food. I can definitely see myself coming back again.

I hope you enjoyed my first Fat Friday post. Happy Friday, y'all!! Have a fabulous weekend ahead. And maybe, if you're coming down to this end of town, you can visit Finn Cafe during the weekends ;)
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