It’s dark and moody, decked out with plastic cherry blossoms, red lanterns and a variety of other kitsch decorations. Welcome to Rice Queen. The menu leans heavily towards snacks and shared dining, picking from various Asian cuisines, such as Korean, Japanese, Sri Lankan, Malaysian, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese. The food has plenty of flavour, from the ...

Venture a little further up Smith St towards the outdoor factory outlets, and you’ll come across Pavlov’s Duck. It’s a busy Sunday, and the space can be a little tight, but the café exudes cosiness and warmth. For a taste of a more authentic Sri Lankan breakfast, hoppers make an appearance on the morning menu on weekends. You can watch the chef skillfully making these bowl shaped vessels and frying up kothu by the front window. There’s no regular omelette on the brunch menu, but on weekends you...

Nestled in a cosy, narrow corner shop, Shifty Chevre is a cheese lover's paradise. As well as its food offerings, they have cheese for sale, on display in their front cabinet.Cheese fondue and raclette are conducive to group feasting. We order both, and receive $5 off for Fondue Friday. The fondue is a mix of white wine and three cheeses: Emmental, Abondance, and Maasdam. Keep stirring that fondue or it will burn. If it starts to harden, check it’s still being heated or you’ll end up with a...

Chotto means 'a little', which is entirely fitting for the minimalistic interior of this pop-up cafe. Despite its simple decor, the cafe doesn't feel cold with its blond plywood, pops of plantlife and warm lighting. For milky hot drinks there are matcha lattes and the roasted tea-based houjicha latte...