Queen Victoria Night Market Winter Festival,
Upon reached Melbourne City, we went directly to the Queen Victoria Market to attend the Winter Festival Night Market. The event held on every Wednesdays and it was the only Wednesday we were in the city, so we could not miss it.
It was cold and drizzling night. A lot of people sat around the fireplace, eating, drinking and chatting with the friends. I stood there for a while as well while waiting for my friends finished their food. It was quite lovely and memorable moments.
I bought the seafood chowder from one of the stalls as the night was really cold and nice to have something popping hot for dinner. My friend bought a chicken and sweetcorn soup from the same stall and we took the picture together with our soups in front of the stall with the mountain of breads.
Below are all the food which we bought on that night. One of it was the charcoal grilled lamb which we watched how the workers of the stall preparing the grilled lamb on the spot at their stall.
It smelt great when we were standing at the stall queuing to buy the grilled lamb.
New York Bakery, Sovereign Hill
We were at Sovereign Hill for a day tour. After went through the gold digging session and trying my luck to get some gold pieces from the stream of water nearby the entrance, we decided to stop by to relieve ourselves at the nearest washroom. And, my cousin told me that there was a restaurant next to the washroom.
Since, we tried but failed to search for the little shop that sells pies, we just settled down at this restaurant. All the setting of the restaurant were based on the olden days design except we were using modern apparatus for dining.
There was nothing cheap to get from the menu, so we just went according to our desires. And, I chose to have Coffee Latte, not hoping that it could keep me awake for the rest of the day, however, other drinks were almost the same price.
Fish and Chips
We both chose to have the fish and chips, which was the most expensive fish and chip we ever had here. It came with lots of fries and a bowl of salads, so that could be the reason why it was expensive.
Of course, if we could have more tartar sauce it would be great, as salt and pepper still did its tricks. The fish was fresh and popping hot when it was served. Same for the fries. I quite liked the dressing for the salad but I could not tell what dressing it was using.
Location: Sovereign Hills, Bradshaw St, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia.
Ambience: Olden day style or setting but did not look elegant or antique. Maybe, some renovation is needed to bring back its glory.
Rating: 2/5. It is still expensive for a budget traveller like me to have this fish and chip. Though its portion is big for fries and came with salad, somehow, I expected it to give more fish.
Yarre Valley, Rochford Wines.
Winery Tour Lunch
On my second day in Melbourne, I went for a wine tour at Yarre Valley with GoWestTours. The tour guide came and picked up from our hotel. At one of its stops, we were there for our lunch. Tasting wine while having lunch.
We were giving the menu before arriving at the restaurant and we have to choose from the menu. Since, I do not take lamb, so I opted for beef, the Braised Wagyu Beef Cheek.
The lunch was ready as soon as we sat down at the reservation tables at one of the corner of the restaurant.
It came with three different types of wines for our tasting. Generally, I liked all the food above but I cannot tell much about how nice the beef is because it is my first time eating it. I did not know how well it has to be cooked, however, I felt it was slightly overcooked and too soft for my taste-bud. The death by chocolate was a very rich chocolate cake and it did go well with wine that they matched for us.
Here is the close up of the wagyu beef,
The scenery around this restaurant is very nice and it has an observation desk above the restaurant which allows the patrons to go up and visit.
Address: 878 – 880 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream, Victoria, Australia.
Ambience: Big and nice restaurant. A little big noisy as there are crowd of people around either for dining or wine tasting.
Rate: 3/5. Nice chocolate cake and views around the restaurant.
Lygon Street, Melbourne, VIC. Tank, Fish and Chippery
I went to Melbourne recently for a long holiday. Departing from Singapore at 10.50PM and reached Melbourne around 8.00AM in the morning. After checked into the backpackers hostel, my cousin and I went out for a city tour.
During our late lunch, we walked along the Lygon Street to look for fish and chips. Lygon Street has a lot of restaurant with various type of cuisines. We stopped at this simple white-colour-designed fish and chips shop to have our lunch, The Tank, Fish and Chippery.
We both ordered the Old School Fish and Chips, Tank Packs and sat at the bench outside of the shop. While waiting for it to be served, I took this picture.
Not long after, the fish and chips were served by a beautiful young lady.
First thing first, we took a picture of the food and tagged the location in the Facebook. Then, we started our lunch. Personally, I do feel the fries in Australia are big in sizes compared to the fries that we have in Asia. It came with two pieces of fish. Generous amount of fish and fries. It was a delicious fish and chips, the tartar sauce was nice, I think they made their own sauce. I felt very full after finished it.
Address: 149-151 Lygon Street Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3053 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tank-Fish-Chippery/142943725771711 Ambience: Simple designed shop by the corner of the road, quiet and clean. Rating: 4/5. It is worth for money to try this fish and chips and enjoy the nice setting at this tiny shop.
*Rating is between 1-5 with 1, the lowest and 5, the highest. The rating is based on my personal preferences.