Saturday, September 23, 2017

Nora @ Melbourne

One of our most magically memorable meals this year was in Melbourne's Nora, where chef-founders Jean Thamthanakorn and Sarin Rojanametin do remarkably wicked work with their excellent team; they've promised to "pull apart, question and reimagine" Thai cuisine, and they successfully fulfill each word. Make this your next dinner if you're visiting this Australian city.

It's best to head here knowing as little as possible, since the thrill rests in the surprises around each corner. The 10-to-12-course menu refashions familiar flavours into new, nuanced creations, showcasing the kitchen's mastery of taste and technique. Dishes bear mysterious names like 'Daft Punk Is Playing In My Mouth,' playing on components like black glutinous rice bread and superb 14-day-aged duck roasted on the bone, spiked with everything from fermented soy bean butter to grilled smoked chillies, for an hours-long epic gastronomic voyage.

Go for the drinks pairing - hand-crafted juices and curated infusions prove nearly as creative and cool as the food. 

156 Elgin Street, Carlton, Melbourne, VIC.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Little Food Shop @ Bukit Damansara

This new neighbourhood grocery store doubles as a bustling cafe - shop for canned fare, cookies and fruits, then take a table for lunch; local rice platters include nasi ayam (RM18) and nasi lemak with ayam goreng (RM15). East or West, beef might be best, served with soupy noodles (RM15) or in a burger with fries (RM18), washed down with iced tea laced with lychee or mint.

The Little Food Shop
15, Jalan Setiakasih 5, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur. Mon-Sat, 8am-5pm.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Nomada Cafe Y Tapas @ Melbourne

This recently opened venue's brunch-meets-tapas concept is deliciously executed and distinctively nuanced, from the signature temptation of a smoky '├žlacked' egg on burnt hay to thick-cut bacon with creamy potato sauce to perfectly soft and ripe avocados with cabbage powder and reduced whey. 

Slightly heartier offerings include a crispy-juicy quail schnitzel roll with saltbush and slaw, and sourdough toast topped with tenderly sauteed mushrooms, cured yolk and fresh curd. 

If you can't quite wrap your head around whether you're actually having brunch or tapas, pair your meal with Capital Coffee brew with Milk Lab almond milk as well as a First Foot Forward Pinot Noir of Yarra Valley.

Nomada Cafe Y Tapas
412A Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia