Jean and Sarin have created an interesting space full of bright colours and simple furniture at Nora. It's almost part-cafe part-art gallery with a table adorned with the ingredients used for the charcoal tarts available that day. Seating is limited, giving it an air of something really special. Nora is located right next to the post office. I didn't see any signage indicating its location clearly (or maybe I was too distracted by the brief interlude of warm, sunny weather during my walk), but the presence of outdoors tables...

It was my first time venturing into Maling Rd, even though I've driven past on Canterbury Rd so many times. I was surprised to find such a quaint shopping village inside! Bambaleros is a Mexican/Spanish cafe that offers brunch with a twist and also have their own coffee roaster. I chose the Flamenco Eggs - Spanish baked eggs, packed with a mild Chorizo, roast capsicum, tomato and topped with spiced breadcrumbs served with garlic infused sour dough. The menu description didn't mention its cheese topping, and I was surprised...

I had a bit more time to spare during my lunch break today and thought I'd venture down to the city to try out some of Kuni's lunch specials. There were so many tempting choices, but I eventually settled on the sushi lunch set. The lunch set included an appetiser (today it was pickled bean sprouts and carrot), miso soup and chawanmushi. The chicken and mushroom chawanmushi was wonderfully smooth and delicately flavoured, and though I know its usually served in this size, I secretly wished it was larger! There...

Zaza's is just off the quiet end of Bridge Road. Mum and I dropped in for their Kitchen Table Lunch buffet. It turned out we were the only ones booked in for the lunch session that day, which at times felt a bit awkward because there were other customers dining off the regular menu too, but fortunately the buffet table was set up on the side of the room. The buffet began with pumpkin, feta, spinach and walnut salad, some antipasto, arancini and canederli. The arancini were very crisp and...

I'd heard a lot about New Shanghai's dumplings, so when mum suggested dropping by for a quick lunch on Sunday I was secretly pleased. There was a bit of a queue, but because it was only just the beginning of lunchtime we didn't have to wait too long. Mum did the ordering and, given the restaurant's reputation, thought we'd focus more on the dumplings for our initial visit. The first dish to arrive was, not dumplings, but the deep-fried tofu coated with salted egg yolk ($16.8). Smooth bite-sized pieces...

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