The Jolimont

73 Jolimont Rd, Forest Hill 0438 333 595 

 

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Iced Chai

Sweet with a distinctive chai flavour

= ★★

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Banana Milkshake

This brought to mind childhood memories of banana Nesquik

= ★★

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Smashed avocado

(avocado, dill, lemon and feta cheese on seven grain sourdough, served with a fried egg)

= ★★

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The Jolimont Platter

(antipasto platter with Chef’s selection of marinated vegetables, deli meats, cheese and bread)

= ★★

 

Overall:

This cosy suburban cafe serves up the usual breakfast/brunch items. Although nothing particularly stood out in terms of the food, service was great as the staff here were attentive, friendly and up for a chat.

 

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Shesh Besh

365 North Rd, Caulfield South 9578 8350

 

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Chebureki

Thick deep fried pastry with a succulent lamb and onion filling, served with sweet chilli sauce

= ★★

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Marinated chicken shashlik

Chicken skewers served with small roast potatoes and a salad

Portions were small considering that this dish was from their mains menu. I initially enjoyed these skewers but once they cooled down, an odd ‘leftover’ taste was noticeable.

= ★

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Vegetarian Manti

Pumpkin, onions and spices wrapped in a homemade pastry, served with yogurt sauce

 The pastry was enjoyable (soft and delicate) however the vegetable filling left an unpleasantly bitter aftertaste. I had to pile on the yogurt sauce in order to get through one of these dumplings, and even our waitress wasn’t a fan saying that we should have ordered the lamb manti instead.

= ★

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Baklava

Crispy sheets of phyllo pastry with honey and chopped nuts

= ★★★

 

Overall:

Friendly staff, simple decor, mediocre food. Thank goodness we used a Groupon voucher and didn’t have to pay full price.

Note that this place is closed on Mondays.

 

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DakDak Cafe

Unit 2, 1-3 Bignell Rd, Moorabbin 9532 2749

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Bartholomew’s Baked Eggs

Lamb, spinach and pine nut sausage, free range eggs, sautéed spinach, kalamata olives and feta cheese in a tomato and herb sauce, served with buttered sourdough toast

= ★★

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Vegorama

Poached free range eggs, homemade hash brown, avocado, sautéed mushrooms, over roasted tomato and truffle hollandaise served with buttered multigrain toast

= ★★

Overall:

I loved the retro vibe that this garage-turned-cafe had going on! A small powder blue caravan served as a kitchen, industrial shelves and recycled furniture filled up the place, bright green artificial grass covered the floor, and there was Volkswagen memorabilia everywhere (which was expected as this place is named after the signature stuttering of the Volkswagen engines). Service was friendly although it took a while before our orders were taken, and then much longer for our food to arrive. This unexpected cafe (as is it located within Moorabbin’s industrial area) is a comfortable and quirky place to hang out, but they need to up their game a tad when it comes to service times.

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Sushi “Cake”

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How time flies! It’s been a whole year since I made a Fruit “Cake” for my mum’s birthday and I needed another cake alternative for this year. I saw a savoury sushi “cake” at a work lunch a few years ago and I remember thinking to myself: THIS IS GENIUS!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups sushi rice
  • 8 tbsp sushi vinegar
  • 425g canned tuna
  • 4 eggs
  • Smoked salmon
  • Cucumber
  • Avocado

Method:

1. Rinse rice under cold running water (stirring occasionally with your hand to remove any excess starch) until water runs clear. Drain well.

2. Place rice and water in a rice cooker to cook (easy option), or in a large pot to cook. If cooking in a pot, have the pot covered and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook (covered) for 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed. (If rice is still not soft, add more water) Remove from heat. Set the rice aside and allow it to cool slightly.

3. Using a wooden spoon, gently fold in sushi vinegar.

4. In a loose base cake pan, place half the sushi rice on the base of the pan. Layer on the tuna and then layer on the remaining sushi rice.

5. Make an omelette from the eggs (I added a splash of soy sauce to my omelette), and place the omelette on top of the sushi rice.

6. Arrange the smoked salmon, cucumber and avocado on top of the “cake”.

7. Remove pan from around the “cake” and serve.

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Nachos Mexican Cantina

175 Waverley Rd, Mount Waverley 9888 3866

 

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Enchilada New Mexico

Two chicken enchiladas topped with a fried egg and melted cheese, served with rice, frijoles and a taco

= ★★

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Texas Chilli Burrito

Ground beef simmered in a variety of chilli powders rolled in a flour tortilla with tomatoes, onions and cheese, topped with guacamole and sour cream, served with rice and frijoles

Faintly spicy burrito filling that brought to mind a tasty bolognese sauce

= ★★★

 

Overall:

The food is decent but pricey, so bring your Entertainment Book voucher if you have one.

 

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Persian Flavours Takeaway & Eat In

338 Springvale Rd, Forest Hill 9878 3087

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‘Dough’ yogurt drink

A traditional Persian drink comprising of yogurt, water, mint, black pepper and salt.

The predominant taste of this unfamiliar drink was yogurt and salt. In fact when it comes to quenching your thirst, this drink does the complete opposite. Nevertheless it is a good accompaniment for spicy dishes.

= ★★

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Zereshk Polow

Rice with sweet barberries and smoky fried onions

= ★★

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Plain naan, Maast-mose (yogurt with cucumber and garlic flavour), Mixed kebab (combination of chicken kebab, lamb tikka and lamb koobideh)

= ★★

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Garlic naan, Chicken masti (chicken marinated in yogurt, ginger, garlic, spices), Cheese naan

= ★★

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Butter chicken curry (charcoal chicken cooked with onion, garlic, cashew nuts, cream in gravy and butter sauce),

Mixed veggies curry (mixed vegies with cashew nut cream and gravy sauce),

Beef massala (beef cooked with onion, garlic, yogurt, cream, sultana and tomato sauce)

Each curry was light and well seasoned however we found the butter chicken and the mixed veggies curry to be exceedingly sweet.

= ★★

Overall:

I really wanted to like this place but the food simply did not excite me. I couldn’t help but compare the curries we had to the rich Indian curries that I’ve had in the past, and the rice and kebabs we sampled to those that I’ve had at Afghan places. Perhaps Persian/Iranian cuisine isn’t for me. Service was quick and the decor was simple. A nice experience but not a place I see myself returning to.
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Lemon and Coriander Hummus

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Recipe:

  • 400g can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup water (depending on how thick you want your hummus to be)
  • small bunch of coriander, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chilli sauce (optional but recommended!)

 

Method:

Place all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until fully combined and smooth. Spoon into a bowl and serve.

 

Overall:

Super tasty, super quick and super easy. ANYONE can make this.