Let's Nomnom's MELBOURNE TOP 5 - EASTER Edition!

Travel, Melbourne, Hammer and Tong, Chin Chin, Supernormal, Menya, Menya Ramen, Gyu Tan Don, Top Paddock, Restaurant, Brunch, Food

I know this post is a bit too late especially if we want to talk about the Easter Holiday.. But it's better to be late rather than nothing at all right? *excuses and excuses*

Mr. Nomnom thought that it's been ages since the last time he visited Melbourne and it would be a great plan for us to spend our long weekend there.. Upon hearing that.. I started creating a food wish list and of course we tried to balance it with joining a full-day Philip Island tour and watched those cute little penguins marched their way back to the shore after being out catching fish.. LOL

After eating in 16 different places during our 3 days city stay.. Here are our Melbourne's Top 5 Easter Edition!

1. Hammer and Tong 412 - Fitzroy

Once I heard the two chefs behind Hammer and Tong 412 were ex-Vue De Monde.. This place was automatically listed in my must-eat-no-matter-what-place! I looked at their menu beforehand and got an impression of a fine dining infused food type in the form of a brunch cafe!

We arrived here before 10am and were glad with our decision as soon after that the queue were getting longer and longer.. 

Mr. Nomnom was craving for Haloumi for some reason the night before.. When he saw this KFC Spice Haloumi Chips on the menu, he ordered it straight as a side for his Breakfast Ramen.. Nothing will go wrong if you choose Haloumi but this one is beyond compare! It was wonderfully spiced and fried to golden brown perfection! 

Mr. Nomnom's Breakfast Ramen!! It's quite unusual to see ramen in a brunch menu.. It had 62c egg with thick cut bacon, oyster mushroom and spring onion.. All swam nicely in the light bacon dashi.. 

I opted for an Organic Red Rice Cake with Pumpkin Mousse, Macadamia, 62c egg and Kimchi Cabbage Wafers.. As it's presented on our table, I couldn't stop admiring what I saw on my plate! It was crunchy on the outside yet the inside was soft and chewy, the pumpkin mousse was light, creamy and fluffy..But, I wasn't sure the one I ate was kimchi cabbage as it didn't taste like kimchi at all (maybe they changed it to purple cabbage instead?)

Rear 412 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Operating Hours:
Sunday - Monday 7am - 4pm, Tuesday - Saturday 7am - late

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2. Top Paddock - Richmond

I've been following this place since I saw their pretty Hotcake appeared on my Instagram.. It's no longer a surprise but this place is very popular among Melbournians.. We saw a massive crowd waiting outside as soon as we arrived and waited for about 30 minutes before Mr. Nomnom's name was called.. 

I somehow forced Mr. Nomnom to order their famous Blueberry and Ricotta Pancake as I don't eat hotcakes unfortunately =( but he didn't feel like eating sweets in the morning.. So, he ordered Soft Shell Mud Crab Roll.. It came in a Brioche bun with a Fennel and Dill Salad & Lime Mayonnaise.. The crab was delicious and had that nice crunch..

I wanted to have their Bircher Muesli at first but they told me there's a special menu.. I was in a dilemma as I wanted both of them but I needed to save some space for our next stop.. After a long pause, I chose their Raspberry Chia with Freeze Dried White Balsamic, Fresh Figs and Berries.. As chia seeds usually don't have a strong flavour, the raspberry gives it a natural sweetness. It was light and refreshing in my opinion and I felt like eating healthy dessert for my breakfast.. LOL

658 Church St, Richmond

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday 7am - 4pm, Saturday - Sunday 8am - 4pm

Top Paddock on Urbanspoon

3. Supernormal - CBD

We came here for an afternoon light bite as soon as we landed and dropped our luggages.. It's not at "rush hour" so there were not many people.. The dining space was also spacious with some modern Japanese touch..

As we're waiting for our order, they gave us some Wakame Pickle.. It's sweet, sour and a bit salty all at the same time and was marinated in vinegar based sauce.. It tasted quite mild and fresh (I usually don't eat pickles but this one was an exception.. LOL)

This small but pricey New England Lobster Roll had a substantial portion of tender lobster meat in a soft buttery brioche bun..

The Pork Bao with Tamarind Sauce was another top hit after the roll.. A tender pork neck patty was combined with the sweet and sour tamarind sauce and fried to the crunchiest.. 

When we saw this Pan Fried Pot Sticker Dumplings on the menu.. We remembered the one we saw during our trip in Kyoto.. The outer texture was crispy but the dumpling itself was just so-so in our opinion (it didn't give us the "oomph" factor up to the point we'd rather have it somewhere else cheaper).

180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Opening Hours:
Sunday - Thursday 11am - 11pm, Friday - Saturday 11am - midnight

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4. Chin Chin - CBD

It was around 5pm after we left Supernormal and we decided to start queueing in front of Chin Chin although we just wanted to take a look at first.. Mr. Nomnom's decision was right! After 30 minutes Q-ing, we finally got a number and were told to wait for another 30-40 minutes until our number's called.. Around 6-ish, Mr. Nomnom received a message in his phone, telling us we finally got a table!

We started our dinner with Crab & Pork Cakes with Salted Duck Egg and Tamarind Nam Prik.. The cakes were crispy and tender but we couldn't really taste the crab and it felt like eating ordinary meat cakes.. The one we loved was their Nam Prik sauce! The salted duck egg brought the creaminess out and the tamarind as well as other ingredients gave the fresh, salty and sour taste into our palate. 

Then we moved into Mr. Nomnom's green stuff.. It's Crispy Barramundi & Green Apple Salad with Caramelised Pork, Peanuts, Chili and Lemongrass.. I didn't enjoy this too much as I found it too spicy for my liking.. Mr. Nomnom said both meats were surprisingly got along really well with the sweet and sour yet spicy dressing sauce.. The green apple and the mint leaves added some freshness to the dish in overall..

This Twice Cooked Grass Fed Beef Short Rib with Corriander and Prik Nam Pla is a must order when you dine here.. The meat was so tender and meltingly soft! It felt effortlessly away from the bone and we loved how thick sweet glaze on the meat matched perfectly with the tangy Prik Nam Pla sauce!

125 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Opening Hours:
Monday to Sunday 11am - late

Chin Chin on Urbanspoon

5. Menya Ramen - CBD

Yup! Our last but definitely not least is Menya's Gyu Tan Don!

For us, a trip to Melbourne is not complete if we don't eat Gyu Tan Don at least once! We ordered the non-spicy one and it came out fast and nicely.. 

Ask Mr. Nomnom to define satisfaction.. His answer will be a bowl of rice for each of us topped with some succulent tender and juicy ox tongue! 

437 Elizabeth St, Melbourne

Opening Hours:
Monday to Sunday 11am - 9.30pm

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  1. wow. some great looking food there. Always wanted to hit supernormal, chin chin and top paddock. Great pics!

    1. Thank you!! I do enjoy reading your posts as well especially the Luyu Yum Yum.. I will find a right time to try it.. I'm drooling at your photos.. Lol!! Now i know why people're q-ing like crazy at those places.. Lol!!

  2. couple of my friends had the pot sticker dumplings and thought the same thing. really loved the lobster rolls tho

    1. The lobster roll is superb I could say.. Quite pricy if you look at the serving size.. But I guess it worths the price you pay.. I haven't tried their softserve yet.. Will definitely be back for more..


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