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)

Service:
– better than average food court service ūüôā

Ambience:
– busy and lively

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

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Work Lunch #8 – Delhi Streets down Flinders Lane

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Delhi Streets down Melbourne’s laneways

Can’t cope with the drop in temperature and how it’s already so dark by 6pm? Ahh gotta love Melbourne and the end of daylight savings hey? In need of something to brighten the grey day, off Kenny and I went for another Melbourne CBD lunch adventure, this time at the newly opened Delhi Streets¬†down The Archway boasting some of Melbourne’s¬†new eateries.

Today’s lunch warmed me up like how you feel when you slip into a bed where the electric blanket has been turned up to 5 (remember those? I wonder if anyone still has them!). The pop of colour in their logo and the bright posters plastered across the walls¬†made me feel instantly drawn to the place.

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Kenny’s copious amounts of encounters with Indian cuisine (see posts here and here) proves helpful for me and I order the dosa which he is surprised I’ve never had before! I’m surprised too as the wonderfully authentic flavours really did “surprise and excite the senses“.

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We ordered the following which was served with hospitable grace and appetizing presentation:

Bhel Puri $7(Puffed rice Indian salad) which was a sweet and sour mix of puffed rice and sev garnished with onions, tomatoes, potatoes, coriander and tamarind chutney (I had to Google was “sev” was! Sev is essentially small pieces of crunchy noodles made from chickpea flour paste which is seasoned with turmeric, cayenne, and Ajwain before being deep-fried in oil.”). You can just imagine the array of flavours that came with every crunch of this dish!
Vegetarian Thali, $10 Two veggie curries served with rice, naan, papadum, raita and salad
Masala Dosa Crepe Fusion, $10 a savoury crisp pancake filled with spanish onions, tomato, capsicum and servied with coconut chutney and sambar (a lentil based vegetarian soup)

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I was so full from my meal that I didn’t get to try out the interesting-sounding desserts (sweet carrot pudding and pistachio kulfi ice cream)! Can’t wait to visit Delhi Streets again to taste their sweets.

Open for lunch and dinner in The Archway down Flinders Lane, Delhi Streets also take bookings!

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Work lunch #2 – The Archway that holds Melbourne’s latest hidden foodie surprises

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5 and Dime Bagel Cafe
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Someone sat eating a gorgeously delicious looking bagel in the lunchroom at work the other day. So naturally I had to know where it can from. “The little laneway off Flinders lane”, I was told.

Long overdue for a catch up with one of my fellow blogger, Kenny (Consider the Sauce blog) and I went for a work lunch bagel hunt. I wanted to try something different to Work Lunch #1.

Along a row of, what I imagine will become popular and regular, lunch time haunts in The Archway for the population at this end of the CBD, is 5 and Dime Bagels.

We caught the lunch hour rush (we got there at around 12:30pm) with a line of hungry patrons up to the door. Luckily for us there were still lots of bagels on display in the window (I was told they were sold out last week!). I ordered a dill bagel with a generous spread of scallion and horseradish cream cheese topped with salmon and red onion recommended by the helpful and friendly staff.

It was bagel heaven!

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Biting into my lunch made me think about all the Sunday mornings that mum would wake us up with warm bagels and spread waiting on the breakfast counter. I used to love eating the blueberry ones. I can’t remember where she bought them from all those years ago but the ones I tried today were so good I can’t wait to go back and take some home for the family!

You can purchase 5 and Dime Bagels from a few locations in the CBD and also at some farmers markets. 2015/01/img_9676.jpgLove the simple yet rich interior of this place.

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Food lovers, this one is for you – dish’d Melbourne

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dish’d Food Store – 31 Izett St, Prahran, Melbourne
www.dish.com.au РFrozen cuisine delivery

The delivery of this big, white box this week was a godsend. With Christmas planning, shopping and decoration duties in full swing and the work year coming to a close, there was nothing more tiring I could think of doing than having to stop past the local grocery store in search for something to eat for dinner, and get home¬†only to¬†start chopping, marinating and prepping the table for an evening meal that’s not only tasty but nutritious.

I don’t know about you but after a long day at work during this festive season I just want to come home, get cuddles and put my feet up. So when we were invited by the team at Nuffnang and dish’d to¬†try out the dish’d home delivery service I immediately jumped at the chance to taste their cuisine and spend more time relaxing with my family.

“Enjoying great food with friends and family is a joy, and one we want to help you share often and effortlessly, by providing you delicious meals, ready when you are.” – dish’d

What:
dish’d is an online food delivery service that serves quality frozen food with taste and seamless service. From prawns en papillote to Baci ice cream and chocolate ganache and salted caramel tarts¬†you can create your very own restaurant style feast for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Who:
With award winning chefs such as Jacques Reymond joining the team you can expect nothing less than world-class creations.
Where:

Online and with the success of its online launch in August, dish’d Food Store has now just opened it flagship store in Prahran, Melbourne
How:
It’s as easy as visiting the website, drooling over the mouth-watering dishes and once you’ve placed your order it is delivered the very next day. Delivered in a sturdy box with dry ice, its contents will stay frozen after being delivered to your door step up to 10pm that night just in case you come home a little late. Free delivery is also available for orders over $50.

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The dish’d website was well laid out and easy to navigate and the only problem the hubby had was deciding what to order¬†since everything looked so amazing. This may be attributed to that fact that the creators of dish’d¬†are passionate about making quality dishes for time-poor food lovers.

You can choose from component ingredients or frozen meals depending on what you feel like devouring.We ordered the following and are fans of each and every item we chose:

– 4 Ratatouille steam bags (eggplant, onions, zucchini, and red and green capsicum) $4.95
– 6 vegetable and mushroom cones wrapped in a rice lattice shell $4.45
– marinated scallops in extra virgin olive oil, tomato and lemon $10.95
– 8 petits gratins de crab $11.95
– 2 raspberry sorbet slices $9.45
– 2 love apples x2 $16.90 ($8.45 each)
– 2 black pearls $10.45
– tiramisu gelato $2.75
– 2 New York cut beef porterhouse steaks, premium grass fed $22.00
– 2 beef eye fillet steaks $20.00
– chopped coriander $2.25
– chopped chives $2.25
– Baci gelato $7.45
– Chocolatissimo gelato $2.75

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Our package¬†was delivered at 1pm and by the time I got home the hubby had prepared some mash and veggies to go along with the vegetarian cones and the premium steak cuts we ordered. We were all extremely impressed with the quality and presentation and will definitely be trying out more items in the following weeks! With such perfect looking dishes on the website, we were pleasantly surprised that they were also reasonably priced…I think someone has a new favorite online store! ūüôā

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As we made our way through all these beautifully prepared dishes, I had a thought that this would be the absolute perfect present to give to my friends who have recently given birth! Imagine being greeted at the door with a delectable dinner ready to go!
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¬†The above photos are from my Instagram and Twitter feeds and I can’t rave enough about all the items we tried and the raspberry sorbet slice! Robust flavor on a delicious base, these are perfect for a candlelit dinner date at home on a balmy summer night or if like us you have a toddler, they would love it too!

Would you like to experience high quality cuisine at home?
Are you a food lover in search for new and tasty meals?
Would you love to find a new way of creating a fabulous breakfast, lunch or dinner for your family and friends without the stress of having to prepare it all on your own?

We were so happy with the food we tried that we would love for you to have a chance to try it for yourselves. We are giving one lucky follower the chance to win $50 to use at dishd.com.au.

All you need to do is leave a comment below and tell us what you would like to spend your $50 on and a lucky winner will be announced next Friday 19th of December.

Terms & Conditions

Australian entrants only living in VIC 0r NSW metro.
The winner will be selected by their comment and will be notified by email (so make sure you email theurbanma@hotmail.com with your email address if you are not already a subscriber to my blog).
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This competition closes 5pm Friday 19th of December.

Brought to you by Nuffnang and dish’d.

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Globe moments

Coming home from rehearsals so late I always feel hungry. Sometimes feel like greasy Macca’s but right now I really feeling like visiting Globe on Chapel. Haven’t been there in the while and am feeling the need for some girly time – chatting over a glass of Pinot Gris & the chef’s tasting plate & sizzling garlic prawns (shown above). The lemon citrus tart with kaffir lime curd and the creme brulee at this Chapel street institution are uh-mazing! A nice place to relax and chill with a girlfriend in between class & rehearsals or straight after work. Hmmmm, it’s a bit to late for a Globe moment now…time to hit the bed instead. Nite! xoxo

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