Heya Kewl Kats!
I’m wrapping up my favourite things Melbourne vs Sydney style today and I’ve got some doozies in the bag for you guys.
If you have any favs that you wanna share please let us know!
BEST STEAMED BUNS
Chubby Girls Bunz, 141 Broadway, Ultimo. Offering your traditional pork buns, as well as some combination and vegetarian options, these steamed fist-sized beauties make for a great lunch on-the-go. How much you say? $1.50 each. Genius.
Wonderbao, 4/19-37 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne. “There’s an egg in there!?” was my first reaction to these grand bao wonders. Seriously, a hard boiled egg. Offering pork bao, chicken bao, veggie bao, free-form gua boa, and those little delicious egg custard bao, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Closed on Sundays.
WHERE I WANT TO BUY EVERYTHING
Kinokunya, Level 2, The Galeries/500 George Street, Sydney. This expansive store stocks the best and widest collection of books you can find since Borders left the scene. The comic book section will leave you drooling, and you’ll just want to sit down and peruse all day.
Five Burroughs, 345 Lygon Street, Brunswick East. This beautifully curated store stocks absolutely stunning goods. From wearables and homewares, to kids toys and books, you’ll take one look and wish your living room was full of the pretties that are found in Five Burroughs. Each item is carefully considered, and they are a great supporter of local Melbourne made goods.
A raspberry bagel with cream cheese from Cafe Giulia, 92 Abercrombie St, Chippendale. I am yet to find a bagel that matches the standard set by Guilia’s cafe. A tiny bit of sugar glazes the top of the bagel, mixed with tart raspberries smothered with lots of cream cheese. It’ll be one of those things you’ll crave again and again.
A slice of Bakewell & Co’s Pumpkin Pie at Flour Market. Featuring at all three Flour Markets so far, Camilla Clark of Bakewell & Co sure knows how to whip up a slice of pie. Deliciously smooth, if you can’t wait until the next market, the peeps at Broadsheet got her to share her recipe here.
Abdul’s Restaurant, 563 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills. Make sure you’ve got an empty stomach before trying to consume one of Abdul’s giant wraps! A warm falafel roll with authentic homous, tabouli, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and sauce will only set you back $7. And for an extra $3 make it a combo with a soft drink and some day-um good Turkish Delight or Baklava. You’ll be so full of deliciousness afterwards you’ll have to have a sleep. Lucky you got takeaway.
Jimmy Grant’s, 113 St David St, Fitzroy. George Calombaris’ takeaway venture is going gang-busters in Melbournetown, and for good reason. His little nicely priced souvas are full of meaty delights, seasoned beautifully and cooked slowly for a melt-in-your-mouth explosion. And there’s hearty potato chips rolled in garlic oil, feta and oregano INSIDE your souva! Leaving good room in the budget for some side-dips and dessert. And you’re not going to want to miss out on those honey and walnut Greek doughnuts I tell you.
BEST BREAKFAST PANCAKES
Buttermilk pancakes with strawberry, banana and butterscotch sauce, Elizabeth Bay Cafe, 45 Elizabeth Bay Rd, Elizabeth Bay. Butterscotch sauce? Say no more.
Buttermilk pancakes with lemon curd and ice-cream at El Mirage, 349 Lygon Street, Brunswick East. Dessert for breakfast is the best kind of breakfast.
Frankie’s Pizza, 50 Hunter St, Sydney. Walking through the doors and down the stairs, the front foyer is filled with Italian family photos, 1970’s cars and sports. Out back there is room for a band, lots of booths and seating, plus plenty of pin-ball machines. Like Shady Pines, these guys do great fresh apple juice with your favourite spirit.
Rooftop Bar at Curtin House, 7/252 Swanston St, Melbourne. Probably Melbourne’s most well known rooftop drinking destination, but despite the chilly winter this bar is busy all year round. Great view at night surrounded by the high rise, and the little burger joint by Beatbox Burgers in the corner makes it convenient to grab some muchies while you party. In the Summer, they also run Rooftop Cinema.