When Vietnam was colonised by the French in the 1800s, the popularity of banh mi as a street food steadily grew. French baguettes were filled with local ingredients and flavours like Vietnamese sauces, chilli, coriander and pickled vegetables. Banh mi at Ba'get are created according to family recipes, which were formed when Duy's father started to sell them back in Vietnam in order to support his family. Ba'get places an emphasis on freshness, balance and good nutrition. Whilst they could technically serve banh mi packed with meat, akin...

Mama's Bưởi is an interesting play on words, referring to its vision as a restaurant, and with 'bưởi' also being the Vietnamese word for pomelo. Opening late last year, they aim to capture the qualities and flavour profile of authentic Vietnamese home-cooking and spruce them up with different garnishes, modern plating and fresh and local ingredients. [caption id="attachment_7495" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Viet Express - Infused Vodka w. Honey and Vanilla Flavoured Nougat, Kahlua and Vietnamese Coffee[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7496" align="aligncenter" width="450"] A.K. Sour - Freshly Bruleed Passionfruit, Frangelico, Vodka, Lime, Sugar, Passionfruit[/caption] The...

I've heard many things about Hakata Gensuke, but have been daunted by the long queues and the fact that I prefer other types of Japanese noodles (I looove soba). Unfortunately I had missed out on the Hawthorn branch's 50% off launch special, but a visit was on the cards once I discovered they had another special offer on. This particular offer consisted of $16 set menu with a bowl of ramen of your choice, plus either gyoza (5 pcs) or karaage (4 pcs), and a can of cold...

Akachochin has been on my radar for a while and I was so excited when I found out a friend had organised a celebratory dinner here. Because of the size of the group, the restaurant offered to put together a shared menu for us - one that was different to the regular banquet menu. We started with a little dish of noodles in a light broth, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Though I knew it was a banquet, I wished there was more of it because I found it so...

Located right at the southern end of Glenferrie Road, Wa Modern has been serving contemporary Japanese food since July last year. They also has a special lunch menu, though the dinner menu, which is mainly designed for sharing, is still available during lunchtime. Filled with lots of fresh seafood and combined with coriander, avocado and a touch of Kewpie mayo, the Wa Roll was one of the nicer sushi rolls I've had in a while. I didn't try much of K's Spicy Chicken Ramen Salad, but she really enjoyed it...

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