Work lunch #3 How do you eat Asian food without any cutlery? Here’s how!

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Thaiger – Gourmet Thai Burgers
Shop 16, The Walk Arcade, Melbourne

We took a tram up from work to check out the burger place with unusually dark buns. The chips were seasoned nicely and we could smell those distinct Thai flavours I love so much as our burgers were served to us.

We were lucky to snag one of the 3 little tables outside this place, the latest offering from the owners of Fomo (we love their roast pork with 3 different condiments). I opted for the fish burger as I had eaten so much meat on the weekend and it was a nice light burger with robust flavour. It filled me up even without a side of chips – my friend and I shared his fries.

You may think “Not another burger joint” but we welcome their concept of fusing Thai dishes with burgers so that you can enjoy Asian cuisine without having to use any cutlery! Tom yum on the go, nice one. 😉

I was surprised that even though we visited during what I thought would be the lunch hours rush, we didn’t have to wait long for our orders (must’ve been the wet Melbourne weather. Score!). With friendly service and the sauces bursting with flavour we sat satisfied with our burgers, though my friend mentioned that he would’ve liked to see a more even soft-shell crab to bun ratio. Other than that we enjoyed lunch and the friendly service and will definitely be back to try more!

We ordered:

Plaaaaa Burger – crispy crumbed fish with sweet sliced pineapple, onion, capsicum and sweet and sour mayo

“Pou nim” Black Burger – crispy soft shell crab, Granny Smih Asian slaw and sweet and tangy dressing with chips and a bottle of water

There are also salads available and sweet potato fries for those who are looking for alternatives to the burgers.

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Tonka Melbourne

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Tonka
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.

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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