Sunday 27th August

Since we left Camberwell in Sept/Oct 2016 it has become brunchy. Any time that we leave does so, but only when we leave. We moved to Hawthorn and as we were leaving Rustica opened up.

Located on the main street, a great location with the 72 tram and Camberwell express train a block away, is Heritage Wall. Extremely minimalistic deco a stark contrast to the tea cafe that used to be there.

It's always weird going to a familiar location but what you knew is no longer there. I feel that the new place will always be compared to the old. Can you believe I never took pictures back when it was 'Cuppa Cha'? It was because this was the place that work hosted weekly meetings. 

Sarah had a Chia Latte

Freshly squeezed orange juice. There weren't any milkshakes on the menu...

Cured Trout with pumpkin & sweet potato mash, nuts & herbs, whipped avocado 
mint, dill & fennel salad, grilled ciabatta, poached egg & pine nut crumb. $20

with mushrooms on the side - literally.

Sarah had the trout and said "It was really nice! Only criticism was I thought there would be more trout as it was listed as a trout dish! [Valid point, but it is brunch]. I don't know what the crumbly stuff was [pine nut crumb] but that was a nice contrast to the pumpkin and avocado. Also the bread was really nice. Don't know how to explain the trout, it seemed really fresh though."

Cumin Roasted Heirloom Carrots $19

Roasted beetroot, honey roasted pumpkin, chickpea hummus, herby tahini yoghurt, 
fennel & mint salad, pomegranate feta, pistachio crumb, grilled bread and poached egg

The phone is for size comparison.

There are at least 12 ingredients on this platter like dish though it feels more like 20! And serve two, it was huge and I couldn't finish it. A creation of art full of flavours and textures. Though not all consistently cooked some more raw than others.

While the deco is a stark contrast to the tea cafe that used to be there. The food was very good, so many elements. It was as if the venue was a paint palette and all the focus was on the food.

Service was very friendly.

Heritage Wall Camberwell Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Club Royale @ Chadstone @ Sunday, October 15, 2017

Saturday 26th August

Club Royale. Things aren't as they appear. For the promo pictures there were big prizes that you could win, alas that was just for media night and not reality. Our goal is to be invited to these events.

Spread across the center Club Royale was a series of three games you could play to win small prizes. The first was arcade games. Basketball and sketer ball won tix while pinball and Co didn't. Pick one or the other. The prize for everyone was the same, the classic 'spend and save' translation: not really worth anything. It was about the thrill and tickets though.

Bowling was another activity station. The line was looong. You get a $20 voucher if you win, if not you get a spend and save voucher. Andy won a nail polish kit (worth $20) though it was old stock (separating) while I won a $20 Mecca giftcard.

The claw was the most time consuming. Most of the time even if you got the box the claw dropped it over and over. Every few go it would be strong enough to grip it, but not often.

Prizes included scarves, $100 vouchers but mainly home decor consultations which lead to more spending.

Worth your time? Nope. My shoulder hurts... If you must do one go bowling. Not worth a trip, only if you happen to be already there as we were.

The event was ran by promo models, some were friendlier than others. Others know they're hired because of their looks and act as if they're above you because they were born with better looks. We're not a fan of events that attract those kinds.

Did you go to the Club Royale Games? What's your favourite arcade game?

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Little Bites - Kokido Chicken @ Saturday, October 14, 2017

Tuesday 22nd August

Lunch from Kokido, sounds jap but isn't. It's an Indian inspired chicken shop. Bright cherry deco, but that's about it where the positives end sadly (except for the fries). I wanted to like this place. Located on a lonely strip, location isn't on its side, but parking is.

Six unique salads, you won't find garden salads here. The selections are on the website.

Hazelnut Cookie + Nutella Drop did look beautiful, just like a kiss. 

Moroccan Carrot (Small Salad) $6

There were six fun salads to choose from, though I wonder what they're like in practice. 
Dunkha salad, well the dunka was overpowering rending the rest inedible. It was actually called the 'Moroccan Carrot' - Roasted Carrot, Spinach, Chickpeas, Za'atar Crisps

Rustic Cut Chips $4

Grill'd style well seasoned with herbs and spices, sweet chili mayo would be the perfect dip! The serving was large, and I'd get this again. Though not from Kokido. 

Original Lemon & Herbs (Half) $10

Fairly average. As usual the marinade was only on the outside, needs more lemon. Should note that's 1/4 in the picture, there is more than that.

We were going to eat in, but the back of the chair was greasy much like all the cutlery! The glasses were dirty too... there was something seriously wrong so we got the order to go.

This is the place with the grossest cutlery I've seen, Misty's was bad but this was a new level!

Service was friendly. Stop by for the chips, get takeaway. Maybe. I'm not sure how clean the kitchen is...

Kokido Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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