Work Lunch #10 – Bombay Duck in Melbourne’s CBD

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Bombay Duck, Emporium Melbourne
Upper Level food court, 287 Lonsdale st.

As with a lot of the other eateries we’ve tried in the upper level food court at Emporium, Bombay Duck is above average when it comes to taste, quality and service of what you normally expect for food court fare! Definitely a fav for a warm, satisfying, winter work lunch. Also open for dinner!

We ordered:
– 3 curries with rice and naan bread (So good!!)
– mango lassi (smooth and creamy)

– better than average food court service ūüôā

– busy and lively

– Bombay Duck has their own seated section for customers which is a plus when looking for a seat in this busy area of Emporium

Bombay Duck on Urbanspoon

Tonka Melbourne

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20 Duckboard Place, Melbourne

It was a cold and wet night when¬†we finally headed out down Duckboard place for a night at Tonka. With the former Head Chef of Jacques Reymond, Michael Smith joining Executive Chef Adam D’Sylva and Chef Ved Navghare we were treated to an Indian¬†fusion of wonderful flavours and quality wine.

– Pani puri, crispy parcel filled with spiced potato, mung
beans, date and tamarind chutney with aromatic water
–¬†Soft-shell crab pakora with pickled cucumber, lemon, chilli
and mint
–¬†Mughlai vegetable curry, baby eggplant, snow pea and
tempura jalapeno
–¬†Chicken biryani with Sella rice, saffron and cassia
–¬†Thirlmere corn fed chicken from the tandoor
– Roti
–¬†Ginger beer cake, walnut cream, caramelised milk, pear
sorbet and poppy seed glass
–¬†Banana and jaggery parfait, chocolate mousse, lime
sherbet and coconut sorbet

A memorable night and already craving for more.

Tonka on Urbanspoon
IMG_4687The unmistakable works of Naomi Troski. Creative talent commissioned by Tonka for this installation, Drift 2013
IMG_4690 IMG_4691 Tonka entreeAn absolute perfect start to our dining experience, panipuri is a popular street snack. Pour the aromatic tamarind water into these crispy, little parcels and eat them whole!
Tonka soft shellTonka mainsThoroughly enjoyed each and every single one of the dishes Mario ordered for us since we were all open to trying everything.
IMG_4713Dessert was bliss! – I had the banana parfait with chocolate mousse and lime and coconut sorbet. Mmmmm.
Tonka dessertGood conversations with great company 
IMG_4720The blue city, Jodphur, and Jaipur’s pinkish tinge are the inspiration for Tonka’s aesthetic appeal. Naomi’s pieces on the ceiling make you feel like you’re in a dream!
IMG_4721Melbourne and its laneways – so much character. Love this city.
Tonka alley

Dinner with Strangers & biryani!

IMG_4757[1]IMG_4753[1]It doesn’t look like we all just met in this photo – a meal is best when shared with others ūüôā

Vanakkam India, 359 Barkly St, Footscray

As much as I like to plan and be organised, I equally love randomness and spontaneity so when I read that Consider The Sauce was organising another dinner feast (CTS Feast number 1 was last month, click here to visit Kenny’s blog), I quickly emailed in to reserve a couple of spots! – A random dinner feast with a table full of strangers, count me in!

Having never really ventured down the Barkly street eateries for a meal, I couldn’t wait to try the biryani that Kenny so highly speaks of! ¬†The CBD has been a more central option for me catching up with friends living in different areas of Melbourne and I’m so excited to observe that recent times have seen more and more catch ups on this side of town! – seems like everyone is slowly but surely catching on to the boundless choice of amazing places to dine in Melbourne’s west that so often get sadly overlooked by so-called restaurant guides and lists.

Thanks to Kenny and Vanakka India, three tasty appetizers, one huge chicken biryani main, plenty of drinks and many a story were shared amongst ten strangers all sharing a love for good food, friendly conversation and the CTS blog! ūüôā The following dishes were brought out to us by the hospitable staff:

Gobi 65 – florets of cauliflower marinated in spices and deep fried (if you don’t like cauliflower then this is a must. Bursting with flavour, you’ll be converted.)
Onion bajji – round sliced onion coated in chickpea batter and deep fried (Onion ring goodness!)
Chicken 65 – boneless cubes of chicken marinated in spices and deep fried (these tenderly moist chicken pieces went down a treat)
Chicken biryani (the most fragrant dish I’ve I had all year. As soon as our serving spoons dug into the rice a tantalizing aroma filled the air. Thankfully the generous serving allowed me to take some home for later!)
Mango lassi (a perfectly smooth and creamy end to our meal)

Vanakkam on Urbanspoon


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The red sauce is quite chilli! – I was a bit too generous with lashings of it all over my rice so I balanced it out with the raita!

IMG_4744[1]Vanakkam door

A nice quote above the door as you exit.

MAngo lassi