Hidden Gem @ Lezzet Anatolian Kitchen (Elwood) @ Friday, January 31, 2020
Thursday 11th January 2018
This place is super cool in person on a warm summer night. Those arches on the left I swear look like another room but it's actually mirror magic. Through dimmi one year we discovered this cool hidden gem on that road that goes to St Kilda, with the tram, hidden from view you'd never expect that it's a super cool Turkish restaurant with "curved sandstone walls, cool textures, moody lighting". They do these awesome meat platters here, perfect for groups!
The drink lists here is extensive, making it a highlight for jas each visit.
Stuffed Mushrooms - Goats cheese, tomato, pistachio
Think they were out of one of the dishes so we had this instead.
When it comes to Turkish food we tend to overeat, just in case we don't get an opportunity to visit again. So this time we had the feed me menu to try a bit of everything, there's a 4 ($55pp) or 5 ($65pp) course, we went for the 5 course as it includes dessert.
It was hot though there was air con and open windows, also we got an airy spot under the arch, it was quite busy, almost full that night.
MEZE - Lezzet Dip, warm Turkish bread, lamb croquettes, cigars & Lentil Kofte
There was a prawn dip (first picture below) yoghurt eggplant deco dip, meatball spread, a crispy cheese cigar with the wrapping almost wonton like. The arancini needs coriander? and lemon, felt that it was missing something. Bread nice and warm, oh how I love bread.
All the entrees!
FISH - Atlantic salmon, vine leaves champagne reduction, date mousse & chats
Everything about this was perfect. The vine leaves with champagne wrapped salmon, the crispy roasted potatoes (the perfect amount) and date mousse. Presentation needs help there, dollop not pile. The combo of shape and colour isn't in your favor.
LAMB - Chef Choice lamb
This was the lamb dish, must have been tired as I didn't take decent notes.
Tip - Always do your notes that very night.
DESSERT - Granita, gazoz sorbet, almond foam, caramelized apricot
This looks like a raspberry sorbet, just saying. We promise better notes next time.
Tuesday 25th September 2018
When you think you ordered a salad, but it ended up being a dip...
LEZZET PLATTER - Celebrate The Land Platter $45 p/p + Seafood $15 (min 2 people)
An ever changing, daily platter inspired by Kemal's (chef and owner) visit to the market. Various cuts of grilled and slow cooked lamb, accompanied by marinated and grilled chicken, suck, from the wood fired oven. All served with mixed grain rice, wood fired Turkish bread, saffron aioli, smoked beetroot & garlic chats.
We saw this on our last visit and knew we had to come back just for this! I picture it as something from an Astrix comic where they have a village feast.
I can see bread, salad (love that this platter includes salad) and meats.
ANATOLIAN LAMB - Melt in the mouth 18 hour slow cooked lamb w/ fig & date jus, pearl cousin cous
MIXED GRAIN 'Salad' - Warm cauliflower, fetta snow, bulgur, barley parsley, mint, chick peas, onion & humus
We ordered two platters (dinner & dessert) and needed to be rolled home XD the meat eaters delight with well marinated and seasoned chicken and lamb. Upgraded to add seafood too ($60pp). It turned out to be too much, and we were rolled out but not before taking home more food for lunch the next day.
We didn't need an extra salad that was really a dip, though the yoghurt base was essential for the calamari as it was spicy! The saffron aioli was beautiful with the chicken, that's the ones that look like egg yolks.
KAZAN DIBLI $14.50pp (this platter cost $30)
Turkish Vanilla Custard, (Creme Brûlée) with Toffee Crust, Pismaniye
Dessert was another platter! The rosewater creme brulee had that lovely crack top but under had the consistency of whipped cream, needs more gelatin. There's a baklava, ice cream and cookie dough.
T2 Turkish apple ($5) - Extra sweet please. Hello warm apple juice, yes this is exactly what I wanted.
Great food, great time. We've eaten at many many places over the years but we'll always remember Lezzet and plan to visit at least annually.
Where do you like to go for awesome platters?
Snack Attack @ Ben & Jerry's (Melbourne Central) @ Tuesday, January 28, 2020
A Thursday in Jan
Hello Ben & Jerry. So awesome that another one has popped up in the city, the perfect treat after a movie. It might be summer officially though it varies from spring to summer here.
Chunky monkey is our favourite, what's yours?
Not sure what size scoop this is, but I'd say it's one scoop. Free on opening day, the line was long but fast, we waited only about 10 minutes. There were seats in the area, though also the new set of stairs leading down to the food court.
Location - Next to Hoyts, Melbourne Central.
The other one is Flinders Ln x Main St, where the police station used to be.
Westside - Candied Bakery (Spotswood) @ Saturday, January 25, 2020
Thursday 23rd January 2020
Candied Bakery has been on our list for years though a solid 2hrs away. While out west we had a chance to drop by for lunch. Busy during the lunch rush, fast though. With mainly communal tables, very singles friendly.
All the delights! There's something for everyone. Savories are a small range in the display case, but the hot food/lunch menu is on the wall.
We started with the Biscoff soft serve ($4.50), one each. It was so perfect!!
I love it, if you only order one thing get this. This is a January special.
Philly Cheese Steak $12 - Soft bread, could have been grilled the inside. Melt in your mouth beef. So good, though would have loved pickles on the side. We regret not getting a side salad.
Pistachio croissant $5.5 - The last one, it was meant to be! Alas it was ok, so disappointed. There was something strange about the flavour, I can't put my finger on it. Wouldn't recommend, it was a potential artificial flavour that reminded me of Turkish rosewater pistachio cotton candy vibes. It was strong.
Cakes were 8.50 a slice, yeah that seems kinda standard at popular places (like Beatrix) though it's not a price I'm willing to pay... unless it's huge. A big lamington block was the same price.
Think my expectations were too high? I don't know about pistachio but I love my fancy filled croissants from Luxbite and lunch ones from Cru+. Or maybe I just ordered the wrong thing? Other than the amazing soft serve and Philly cheesesteak.
Sure we'll stop by when passing by, as it's on the strip by the station and with the door always open, it's very popular. Though not a place you'd go to specifically. However that biscoff soft serve, wow that was good! That I recommend.
Damage $27, a shared lunch for two, minus one salad.
Modern Vietnamese @ Co Hanh (Flinders Lane) @ Thursday, January 23, 2020
Tuesday 21st January 2020
Table for three at Co Hanh around the corner of the office on Flinders Lane. Three isn't a crowd (unless it's in bed with two pets too), it means you get to try more dishes! Some of our friends aren't cool with sharing, but these guys are.
With red neon lights, exposed walls gave it a fun modern vibe.
A small place it was almost full save for the bar during dinner.
Here they do a DIY Vietnamese BBQ like the Korean one, or more reminiscent of the bbq street food during lunar new year with things on skewers. Sadly the bbq isn't on offer with 50% off via the fork. But there's plenty of options in the menu.
SHAKING TOFU $14 - Crispy wok tossed tofu with soy garlic sauce
This was really good! Would order again. I thought it was fried
(wait isn't tofu always semi-fried with that skin?), so much flavour.
CO HANH SIGNATURE FRIED CHICKEN 6PC $14
There's three flavours and we chose the original fried chicken recipe.
Crispy and delicious, so good. This is a mix of small drumsticks and wings.
CRISPY SOFT SHELL CRAB BAO (2PC) $14
Steamed charcoal bao, crispy soft shell crab, lemongrass mayo
Not sure what's with the charcoal cause it wasn't black, but this was good.
Could have used a stronger sauce like hoisin to fit the theme.
VIETNAMESE PANCAKE $18
Our new school take on this dish. Co Hanh beer batter, turmeric rice
flour pancake filled with prawns, pork and bean shoots
Compared to everything else this wasn't as good. There were no bean shoots and it was thick a crispy edged fritter, nothing like the tradition pancake we love. Also they pop the chili sauce on top and it spilled... I don't do chilli sauce so we had asked for it on the side. Don't get this.
CHARRED BONE MARROW 2PC 14 - Crispy shallot, hoisin glaze & Asian spices
The others loved this, said it was really good with the siracha and
hoisin sauce for a viet twists, though personally I don't get it.
SAIGON SALAD $12
Shredded chicken, grilled prawns, pickled Vietnamese salad and herbs
Idk if these prawns were grilled but they sure taste boiled and flavourless and with and not deveined (digestive tract in tack aka sandy texture). The salad was good, wow that dressing. I love a good salad.
STICKY LAMB RIBS $22 - Chargrilled lamb ribs marinated in apple Soju soy
Hope you bought your wet wipes cause this is finger food. Plenty of flavour and fun.
BANANA PUDDING $14
Warm banana pudding served with butterscotch sauce and coconut ice cream
This is was very good and of sharing size too after a feast.
PANDAN CRÈME BRULEE $13 - Silky pandan brulee, caramelized sugar
My pick, sadly I was the only one to taste this as the pandan is subtle and the others had the banana first while overpowered it.
Food was good, quite happy with 50% off. With 50% off it worked out to be $20pp + drinks! What a bargain. Yes I'd recommend this place, just on food and atmosphere. Not at full price though... City Vietnamese fusion isn't cheap. You're paying for atmosphere.
Service however was disinterested. Not sure if she wasn't listening or just didn't care. It's likely it was both. As she wasn't particularly friendly, the level of service would be similar to typically Victoria St eateries. You are not there for the service that's what it says.
Food was good, place was nice, but service makes me think twice about returning. Though she did get all our dishes right, and the wait wasn't too long, so she did do something right.
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