Tivoli Road Bakery / South Yarra
Tivoli Road bakery is just a 5 minute walk from South Yarra train station. Just sniff the aroma of freshly baked bread and you’re there. Serving delicious pies, fresh bread, sandwiches, sausage rolls and all sorts of pastries along with delicious Small Batch coffee.
The warm and cosy bakery seats about 15-20 inside with extra outdoor seating. Delicious loafs of olive, rye, spelt, multigrain, turkish, brioche, linseed and other varieties wait eagerly with temptation behind the counter to find a loving home.
Before we got there we had a massive craving for sausage rolls and I think we made that too evident when lining up because the bitch (yes i’m angry) in front of us swiftly took the last two – we missed out.
Fortunately they still had pies left and I regained my temper. We got the Moroccan chicken pie with delicious pieces of shredded chicken and Moroccan spices.
Craig got salmon cream cheese and tomato on delicious fresh bread roll. Simple, delicious and possibly one of the healthier options in the cabinet.
The perfect balance between a croissant and donut famed as the ‘Cronut’ was discovered recently by Ansel Bakery in New York. They quickly trademarked the name but luckily this hasn’t stop us from enjoying this heavenly pastry in Melbourne. Tivoli Road calls it the ‘Doissant.’ Filled with vanilla bean custard and raspberry with layers of flakey croissant pastry. Better than a donut, better than a croissant.
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Tivoli Road Bakery had a bit of a name to live up to since changing from MoVida Bakery but the re-brand seems to have run quite smoothly. Seeing as the chef/owner Michael James played a key role in opening MoVida Bakery before he acquired this little gem. Branding and reputation aside, as long as they keep providing great pasties, fresh bread and delicious coffee, i’m happy. I’ll just make sure I go earlier to get the sausage rolls.
La Camera / South Yarra
La Camera is an Italian restaurant that has nothing much to do with cameras, in fact, translated to english it means “The Room.”
My friend J from Christchurch and I, are graphic designers and we were searching for a quick and cheap lunch. Despite the ugly cheap looking table talker design, the price caught or eye. (And at least it wasn’t Comic Sans.)
The restaurant had a casual Italian bistro kind of vibe, authentic Italian dishes on the menu, casual chalkboard signs, foreign staff and fresh red paint.
Outdoor seating is available, fairly quiet, standard decor throughout the restaurant.
I never really had much risotto growing up because I’m asian, but today I gave the Prawn and Calamari Risotto a try, with no regrets. I enjoyed the acidity of the tomatoes and napoli sauce balanced with the seafood broth. The portion was just right for lunch, but I wanted more.
J got the Risotto Pollo, a simple dish with chicken, mushrooms, semi-dried tomatoes and baby spinach. A subtle creamy texture with vibrant flavors coming through. It was good, I developed a little bit of food envy.
La Camera Restaurant & Bar
03 9827 8531
446 Chapel St
Veg Out Time / South Yarra
Veg Out Time is located near the fashion precinct of Melbourne known as Chapel Street. #Fabulosity. Eating vegetarian at least once a week is not only good for your health, but also helps the environment by reducing carbon emissions. This vegetarian chain offers quick vegetarian curries and other canteen style vegetarian food.
I accidentally ordered 2 different tofu curries. Butter tofu (Indian), and Yellow tofu (Thai). They had great flavour in the sauce. I don’t mind tofu but this was too much, tofu overload. I should have been wiser and selected a different dish that was tofu-less, or maybe it was their fault for giving me too much tofu.
Veg Out Time
03 9827 7570
366 Chapel Street
South Yarra, VIC 3141
Pink Ginger / South Yarra
Pink Ginger on Chapel Street makes cheap fast Japanese food. It’s situated right in front of Fitness First on Chapel Street, South Yarra which means a lot of their customers are gorilla juiceheads, fashionistas and gay couples with dogs. I was lucky enough to see a hybrid of all three. The ambience was very old-cheap-15-metre-lane-arcade-before-you-reach-Fitness-First-esque. The staff are lovely and Japanese food is healthy, no wonder all the gym buffs come here.
They have a few different things to choose from on the menu, all reasonably cheap. I heard good things about their sushi, but I was hungry and got a bento box instead. The salad was good, the rice was good, seaweed salad was good, but the chicken was not my cup of chicken. I felt like I was served a whole baby chicken, or its mother with large breasts. Too meaty, oversized which cock blocked the teriyaki flavoring trying to come through. Packed with protein, great for the gym bunnies, but for a scrawny little guy like me, I was filled up by 4 pieces so I couldn’t eat the rest. #firstworldproblems #imnotthatscrawny
402 Chapel Street