I’ve been travelling around Australia with my boyfriend for over two years now. I love the nomadic lifestyle but at the same time, I miss my family and friends, and the incredible quality of food that Melbourne has to offer. Needless to say that during a two week visit, I ate and was merry.
Dave was really excited about a new place he found near is work and was keen to have me try it. Lucky for me, I had booked some annual leave so after a leisurely morning of faffing around at home, I travelled into the city and met Dave for lunch.
If you didn’t have this place on your radar, you could quite easily walk straight past. There are no flashing lights or brightly coloured signs out the front of this place.
It was our first day in back Melbourne and I wanted nothing more than a big bowl of pho.
Even though Dave and I are travelling around the country, I’m still interested in the Melbourne food scene, curious about which restaurants are on the top and whether there are any new establishments taking Melbourne foodies by storm. A few months ago, I received an invitation to try out a new Vietnamese place located in the CBD, and since Dave and I were in town, it was an offer I couldn’t refuse. So, for the first day of our visit to Melbourne, we found ourselves driving into the CBD during lunchtime to sample the offerings of Twee’s Hut Vietnamese Favourites. Needless to say, by the time we battled the traffic, found a car park and walked three blocks, we were a little grumpy from the intense hustle and bustle of inner city Melbourne, especially when we’ve been living in laid back Darwin for the last 11 months!
I had just completed a training session with Andrew Ellem at Pivotal Health & Fitness. The exercise was the snatch and the focus was technique. After about 30 minutes of training, my shoulders and my legs were bushed and I was ready for breakfast. My sister had told me about a new place that had opened up about three weeks ago near her place and while there weren’t many reviews on it yet, my guts said that we should give it a go.
I haven’t been to many cafes in the city – the likelihood of me waking up in the city was always fairly low and all those times I worked in the CBD, my lunchbreak wouldn’t allow me to have a leisurely second breakfast. Therefore, when the opportunity presents itself, it needs to be used well.
I found out about Satchmo’s Den on Urbanspoon and it was nice and close to my sister’s work so we met there for lunch. On arrival, I asked about breakfast and it had stopped 30 minutes earlier at 11:30am – DAMN! The guy behind the sandwich bar heard my torment and reassured me that I’ll still be able to get a good feed. Fine – I’ll sit…