Manchester Press is one of the popular coffee and bagel eateries in Melbourne. Tucked away in one of Melbourne’s laneways, it has an extensive variety of bagel dishes. Their open bagels, an adaption of the typical open faced sandwiches, is also an interesting option for diners. While there are also several options for those not feeling like a bagel like salads and breakfast bowls.
However, being an eatery known for its bagels you have to try it at least once. The Grilled Chorizo open bagel is served with melted cheese, tomato salsa and a side of pretzels and pickles. I loved the combination of the grilled chorizo with the fresh and tangy salsa, melted cheese and a bit dense bagel. The pretzels are a bit ??? but it adds to the kinda American charm and especially so with the pickle.
Manchester Press does bagels and it does them well.
8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000
Mr. Ed Cafe is located along the busy Racecourse Road in Flemington and minutes walk from Newmarket Station. While their offerings for breakfast and lunch may, on first glance, be your typical cafe dishes. On some of them, they do an interesting take on it. For example, their Smoked Salmon comes with sumac rolled eggs or their Baked Eggs comes with leek and chorizo ragu and Persian feta.
What Mr. Ed Cafe calls their ‘Horse’s Feed’ is like your big breakfast, served with poached eggs, taleggio croquette, chorizo, bacon, tomatoes and mushrooms. The poached eggs were cooked perfectly, with that golden oozy yolk. While I would have preferred the bacon to be more crispy, it was decent and not overcooked. The chorizo, however, was interestingly sliced horizontally and pan fried. Overall I’d say it’s a decently tasty dish.
Their Baked Eggs as mentioned before is very interesting, it isn’t your typical tomato based Baked Eggs. Instead, it comes with flatbread and yoghurt, and has like curry or Indian spices with beans and chorizo, and of course eggs. The eggs were a bit over cooked and I found it to be quite rich. However, it’s quite tasty and especially so with the flatbread.
In addition to their menu, they also have muffins, and croissants if you want something a bit smaller as a meal or as a snack.
Not only do they have a breakfast and lunch menu, but in the evenings Mr. Ed also has a dinner menu which is basically all burgers and sides, and offering wine and beer as well.
Mr. Ed Cafe serves tasty food and offers something different to the norm.
285 Racecourse Road
Flemington VIC 3031
Oneworld Knox is located in the O-Zone section of Westfield Knox Shopping Centre. Their name aptly describes the variety of cuisines on offer, and by perusing their menu you can definitely tell that is the case. There’s African, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Mexican, Indian, Italian and Spanish influences on Oneworld’s menu so there’s pretty much something for everyone. We were invited to dine at Oneworld, and one thing I noticed was that they go by the Farm to the Table philosophy, sourcing local produce for their dishes which I am a big fan of!
Oneworld have recently renovated and their fit out is cozy and welcoming, with overhanging plants and vibrant artwork on the walls. We were greeted by some friendly staff and of course, had to have a coffee to start off with. Their organic coffee is sourced from Healesville and has a lovely aroma to it but not too strong.
We ordered the Buffalo Wingettes and the marinade on the wings was very flavourful with a subtlety of spice that carries through it. Tender chicken that goes nicely with the sour cream, fresh diced tomatoes and alfalfa.
The Fajitas were the standout at Oneworld. We ordered the chicken fajitas but you can also order it with beef, prawns or just vegetarian. What I loved about this dish was the fantastic flavours of that salsa and the chicken was perfectly cooked. Often, you’d find chicken to dry out, especially breast meat but here it was very well cooked. The puree of cherries, capsicum, onions, and celery that when combined create this pink puree was something I hadn’t had before, but what a great combination that adds a bit of sweetness to the dish. I wish I could make that so I could have it as a dip! This dish you could probably even feed two people with just a few more tortillas.
I like trying new things, so when I saw Camel Burger on the menu I was instantly drawn to it. Their camel meat is from South Australia, and it’s served with tomato sauce and fries. Surprisingly enough, it was actually quite tasty, camel meat tastes like a more robust beef or veal but just different. The Oneworld sauce that goes with it pairs well, with it’s slight creaminess. Though, the downside is that camel meat seems a bit more lean, so I found it just a tad dry even with the sauce. Overall, it’s a pretty decent burger!
The Porterhouse Steak you can have your choice of garlic butter, mushroom jus or chimichuri sauce. If you choose the garlic butter, they actually provide you with a very generous serving of it in a small bowl. I’d have preferred a garlic butter sauce but the garlic butter was quite nice, though you probably don’t feel like having so much knowing how rich it is. The steak was also cooked to our request of medium and the salad gives the freshness it needs.
Oneworld Knox has an extensive menu with a great variety of tasty foods on offer, and with friendly staff which is a major plus to me! Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, or just for some desserts or drinks, if you so fancy. Try the Fajitas!
425 Burwood Highway
Wantirna VIC 3152
T: 03 9801 8962
Everyday – 10am to 10pm
I found this interesting cookie recipe from The Kitchn which I had never come across before. Searching around, these cookies are usually made with Hershey’s Kisses instead of making your own chocolates but if you know me, I like to try and make most of everything from scratch at least once. I like the softness of the cookies but the chocolate coffee truffle with peanut butter is an unusual pairing to me. If you’re not a big fan of coffee, you can just leave the Kahlua and coffee out.
Peanut Butter & Coffee Truffle Blossoms (The Kitchn)
Makes: 48 small cookies
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Passive Time: 2 hours
1/2 cup double cream
280g dark chocolate chips
2 tbsp Kahlua liqueur (30ml)
1 1/2tsp coffee powder
Peanut Butter Cookies
240g plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
110g unsalted butter, softened
220g peanut butter, creamy
50g caster sugar
50g brown sugar
1 egg, large
2 tbsp milk (30ml)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Place the chocolate chips, cream, Kahlua and coffee powder into a heat proof bowl. Then, pour some water into a small saucespan, making sure the bottom of the heat proof bowl won’t touch the water. Heat the water on medium-high heat until simmering. Reduce the heat to medium-low and place the bowl onto the saucepan. Continually mix.
Note: Alternatively, you can just heat the cream over medium heat until simmering and pour over the chocolate, Kahlua and coffee and whisk until smooth. This should reduce the cooling time to around 10 to 15 minutes for the truffles. You may also find it easier to chop up the chocolate into smaller pieces so it can melt more quickly.
2. Once all the ingredients have been combined, take off the heat and allow to cool and the chocolate mixture is glossy and just pipe-able. This may take around 40 mins to 1 hour.
3. Place a baking sheet onto the table and then spoon the chocolate mix into a piping bag with a large round tip. Gently squeeze out and once there is a small chocolate drop, lift the piping bag up, leaving a small tail on the top. Allow the truffles to sit at room temperature until set for around 1 to 2 hours.
Peanut Butter Cookies
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. In a small bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
2. Beat the butter and peanut butter until blended.
3. Add in the brown and caster sugar to the butter mix and continue to beat until light and fluffy.
4. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla and beat until thoroughly mixed.
5. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix on low speed until just combined.
6. Line a baking tray with baking paper and then shape the dough into balls. Press down gently in the middle to create a small indent into the dough.
7. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes or until slightly golden in colour.
8. Take out from the oven and immediately take a chocolate truffle and place into the indent in the cookie. Allow the cookies to cool completely.
OldTown White Coffee opened its first restaurant in Melbourne earlier this year. Old Town already has a presence in Australia through its 3 in 1 White Coffee sold in quite a number of Asian grocers across Victoria. Originally from Ipoh, Malaysia, it has spread across Malaysia and into parts of Asia as well. It’s similar to PappaRich with its prominent drinks menu and wide variety of Malaysian dishes to choose from.
Oldtown’s Nasi Lemak comes with a number of sides, such as fried chicken, satay skewers and seafood sticks and of course sambal. The sambal is quite fragrant, although is sweeter than I would like. I still would say PappaRich’s sambal trumps it but it’s not far off. I found the satay to be warm, and not hot, which indicated to me that they pre-cook it. I suppose that’s to be expected as to speed up the order to serving time. The fried chicken, however, appears to be cooked to order. The coconut rice leaned towards the mushier side of things, and the fried seafood sticks were interesting things but I wasn’t a big fan of it. Overall, it’s a nice dish with many accompaniments which is a plus!
Their Balacan Seafood Fried Rice is delicious. It has that lovely fragrance of spices and it was spicier than expected.
I simply adored the Roti Canai, it’s fluffy and crisp. It’s my favourite Roti Canai in Melbourne. Every other Malaysian restaurant does it the typical square shape and although it’s crispy when cooked on the stove, it lacks this lightness to it that Oldtown’s has. It’s served vegetarian with a Curry, the typical Dahl curry (without the Dahl) and sambal. Mamak’s curry probably beats it in terms of flavour but its all pretty similar in my books. I’d go back just for this Roti though, it’s that good.
Their Ice Kacang looks exceptional but leaves a lot to be desired in terms of taste. It’s overly icy, the shaved ice is too rough for my liking. It lacks the red syrup (usually like a rose syrup), but does have the brown sugar or palm sugar syrup. The cendol jelly is a nice bonus but once you get the syrup, condensed milk mixture wrong, it really lets everything else down.
Oldtown’s Ice Teh Tarik has a wonderful strong tea taste, though just a tad too sweet for me. One of the better ones in Melbourne.
The reviews for Oldtown make you really question whether you would want to try it out. Maybe, I dined on a good day when service was pretty fast, although not particularly friendly but that’s pretty much expected at most Malaysian/Asian restaurants. Taste-wise it’s definitely above average and I can’t really understand the poor reviews it has received apart from the pricing which is a $1 to $2 more than most Malaysian restaurants. I’d go back.
303 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
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