Pillar of Salt @ Richmond 


As a food enthusiast, I’m so lucky to be living in Melbourne where brunch is a culture and always evolving. While on the search for my next indulgence, I couldn’t help but be bombarded with the endless posts on Instagram about Pillar of Salt’s buttermilk pancakes with matcha jelly and fresh fruit and boy, I was sold. Located on Church street, this establishment welcomes you with the smell of fresh coffees from Five Senses, freshly made baguettes and sandwiches, rustic decor and an impressive menu of innovating healthy dishes by chef Steve Svensen.

I visited Pillar of Salt on Thursday just before noon and it was already gathering a small crowd of lunch patrons, mostly working close by, ordering their lunch takeaways. The waitress greeted us almost immediately and asked us to wait a few minutes before place us at the corner table (“needs the natural lighting for photos”- words to live by from my roommate) and asked for our coffee orders. Now that I brunch more frequently and order the regular lattes or flat white, I find myself becoming more critical of the taste, whether the milk was burnt or if there is enough froth, but Pillar of Salt did not disappoint. It gave me a much needed caffeine boost and woke all my senses up for the long awaits buttermilk pancakes.

perfecting my hand in frames pose

perfecting my hand in frames pose

I ordered the buttermilk pancakes and chilli scrambled eggs with hams and spring onions. My face was the epitome of happiness when the pancakes were brought out. It looked so pretty with all the flower petals, jelly cubes, waffle sticks, dollops of cream and icing sugar, almost too purrdy to eat but let’s be honest here, that’d never happen with me. The scrambled eggs were generous in size with lots of ham and cheese, just how I like it. After rearranging the table, got the knowing smile from the girl on the next table, took about 50 photos I feasted on the two dishes. The buttermilk pancakes were so fluffy, not too sweet with the chocolate infused mapled syrup and the matcha jelly cube provides a freshness change to the dish. It left me satisfied yet wanting more. The chilli scrambled eggs were creamy, thanks to the parmesan cheese, the spring onion gives a small crunch and the ham adds a nice savoury taste to the whole dish. Due to my Asian upbringing, the chilli was not hot enough, barely tingling my tongue.

After eating here, I can see why Pillar of Salt is constantly making top 50 brunch spots in Melbourne – good coffee, great food and fast service. It is one of the “must-go” along with other restaurants on Church street. Check out their Instagram for secret item, menu updates and some food porn for your eyes whenever you need a little cheering up. If going back will turn me into a pillar of salt like the biblical story, I’d gladly take the punishment for my crime.

American style buttermilk pancakes with matcha jelly, mangoes and blueberry infused pure maple syrup

American style buttermilk pancakes w/ matcha jelly, mangoes and blueberry infused pure maple syrup


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Chilli scrambled eggs w/ ham, spring onions and parmesan cheese

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girleatsmebourne

Pillar of Salt

Mon – Fri   7.30 AM – 4.30 PM

Sat – Sun     8.00 AM – 5.00 PM

541 Church Street Richmond VIC 3121

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Fat Bob’s Bar and Grill @ Moorabin 


The quest for the next burgasm takes me to Fat Bob’s Bar and Grill in Moorabin, which is about 30 mins out of the CBD during off peak hours. Located in a warehouse set-up, surrounded by warehouse and tyre shop, Fat Bobs never had trouble attracting the burger enthusiasts of Melbourne. Seeing how my friend had to pick up his football jersey, we turned it into a 30 minutes road trip for the jersey and dinner at Fat Bob’s.

This off the map gem can be easily missed if it was not for the “Welcome to Fat Bob” sign at the front. We arrived at about 5.30 on a weekday and it was still quiet, however, the friendly waitress informed us that we could not be seated inside as they as fully booked. The interior of Fat Bob’s gives off a Southern diner vibe due to all the vintage signage of fast food, leather booth, communal tables and the neon light – it is the Neon wonderland. The bar has a variety of hand crafted beers from the local brewery as well as an impressive list of cocktails.

Neon wonderland inside the Fat Bob's

Neon wonderland inside the Fat Bob’s

The standouts from the menu are the Jackie O which consists of grass fed beef, cheese, tomato, lettuce with special sauce and the Aussie tribute with the extra pineapple, beetroot, bacon and egg for the patriotic. We ordered the Spartan, which is the Jackie O with added bacon, the Hummer which has jalapeño along with popcorn chicken, cheese and bacon fries as sides. The fries was served first and we wasted no time in devouring the melted cheese, with bacon bits and spring onion. It was underwhelming as there was little cheese and there was not enough bacon. The burgers were huge as i have trouble trying to take a full bite. However, it could use more seasoning and my patty was a bit dried. The chicken popcorn was crunchy and well seasoned, great palate cleanser when i needed a change from trying to finish my burger. We ordered the cookie and cream sundae as dessert. I had expected it to be a tall glass of ice cream with loads of cream and cookie sprinkles like those served in diners, however it was just soft served ice cream topped with Oreo sprinkle and waffles which left all of us feeling disappointed – we’re all kids at heart and very serious about our sundaes.

That burger grip

That burger grip

Popcorn chicken

Popcorn chicken

Fries with cheese. bacon and spring onion

Fries with cheese. bacon and spring onion

Burgasm was not achieved this time at Fat Bob but the overall experience was enjoyable. The staffs are really friendly who greet you warmly. If you’re looking for a good burger that is reasonably priced, Fat Bob’s Bar and Grill is worth a visit if you do find yourself in the South East suburb of Melbourne. They keep things simple and you’ll guarantee to leave with a satisfied belly.

Oreos sundae with waffles

Oreos sundae with waffles

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girleatsmelbourne

Fat Bob’s Bar and Grill

Mon – Tues   CLOSED

Wed – Thurs 5.00 PM-10.00PM

Fri – Sat       12.00PM – 10.00PM

Sun               12.00PM – 9.00PM

80 Cochranes Rd, Moorabbin VIC 3189

The Grand Trailer Park Taverna @ CBD 


When you’re plague with a stomach bug and can’t eat anything but plain food, you start to crave all sort of things. Being the girl with the bottomless appetite, I daydream about the last burger I ate: the CB1 from The Grand Trailer Park Taverna – a soft toasted brioche buns with a smear of butter, medium rare juicy double patties with melted cheddar and Swiss cheese and homemade big Mac sauce. It is happiness in a bun for burger enthusiast like myself.

Having open just under two years, the Grand Trailer Park Taverna has consistently making the top 10 burger of Melbourne list. One of their main attractions is the Francis Underwood burger, named after the ruthless power hungry character from the Netflix series House of Cards, which consists of toasted bun, deep fried Mac and cheese, meat patty, tomato, buttered lettuce and their burger sauce. There is also a varieties of alcoholic milkshakes with flavours such as maple bacon, kinder surprise or creme brulee. The staffs are very friendly, always up for a good chat about burgers and beer, the manager even gave us free shots one time as it was a friends surprise birthday dinner.

My go to order has always been a toss up between the Atomic burger, which is medium rare beef patty, chilli kranski, bacon, cheese, grilled onion and spicy mayo or the McDowell which is their chef’s version of the big Mac. And the bacon milkshake because well – bacon.  Each visit, the burger has been well made, always medium rare and juicy with just enough sauce to add flavours and balance everything out. And serious melting cheese porn. The chips are crunchy, lightly season and decent serving, especially when you order the large to share. The milkshake is a tad pricey, due to the 2 shots of spirit, but it comes in a large tall glass and I recommend sharing so you can indulge dessert without calories guilt. The popular dessert is the waffle stack with nutella icecream, whipped cream, strawberries and nutella drizzle all over. It is as good as it sounds, it isn’t too sweet and you have the option to order a double stack to share and you get to have your own jar of Nutella with it. There are homemade donuts dipped in Nutella sauce if you don’t want the waffles ice cream sandwich.

inside the trailer

inside the trailer

The Grand Trailer Park Taverna is a great place to get good food and catch up with your friends, especially with big group because they have these trailer booths that you can reserve in advance. The food quality is always burgasmic, it is reasonably priced and there is always this relax atmosphere with the 2000’s RnB throwback music. They do sell out occasionally so make sure you come in early, especially on weekend. Check out their Instagram feed @grandtrailerpark for some serious burger and milkshake porn, their one off burger for special occasions like football finals or the waffle burger stack – don’t drool too much *muwahs*

The Atomic with waffles due to selling out early

The Atomic with waffles due to selling out early

The Nutella waffle

The Nutella waffle

Creme brulee milkshake with toffee shards

Creme brulee milkshake with toffee shards

that burger grip

that burger grip

my typical order

my typical order with the Atomic & the CB1

The CB1, large chips and creme brulee milkshake.

The CB1, large chips and creme brulee milkshake.

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girleatsmelbourne

The Grand Trailer Park Taverna

Mon                           CLOSED

Wed, Thurs & Sun  11.30 AM – 10.00 PM

Fri & Sat                  11.30 AM – 12.00 AM

87 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Three Monkeys Place @ Doncaster East

wpid-img_20150930_131651.jpgOpen back in February, Three Monkey Place is the new kid on the block in Doncaster. With its Asian influenced breakfast/lunch menu, they quickly set themselves apart from the local cafes. Having friends who are fellow food enthusiasts and live in the area, I have been told about the eggcelent breakfast, great service they provided and the sweet roti pancakes with fresh fruit did intrigues my taste bud.

After naming one of their new dish for the spring menu, I was invited to the cafe for a visit. My sister and I were kindly greet as soon as we enter the cafe by the waitress. Because it was early on a Tuesday morning, the cafe wasn’t busy with only a few customers. The menu reflects their chef background from Hong Kong and his experience as there are many elements of classic Italian and French cuisine with Asian infusion. Choosing what to get was a tough choice for me as there were many appealing options such as the pork belly or the breakfast burger but I chose the homemade roti pancakes while my sister opted for the soft shell crab charcoal burger with apple salad.

Both dishes were beautifully presented with the homemade roti pancakes served with fresh berries, banana, muesli and a big scoop of mascarpone while the soft shell crab has that perfect golden color, sandwich between the charcoal bun and the apple salad popped against the blue plate. My roti pancakes were crunchy, combined with the fruit, muesli and mascarpone was an interesting take on the classic pancakes and fruit for breakfast. The muesli added texture to the dish and balance out the softness of the bananas. The mascarpone wasn’t too sweet and everything balanced each other out perfectly, despite the roti pancakes were fried. My sister’s burger was a good breakfast size, with the right amount of chilli mayo. The crab has a good crunch, the charcoal bun was light, not too sweet and the apple salad offered a nice cleanse of pallet.

Locates in Jackson Court off Doncaster Road, Three Monkey Cafe is a great place to go for lunch after running errands or catching up with friends when you need a break from the chaotic of the city. The interior offers a relax atmosphere with its modern simplistic decors and fresh flowers at every table. There is also a garden at the back if you would like to sit outside, soak in the sun and enjoy the weather. With inspiring food, exceptional service and good coffee, there is little doubt that the Three Monkeys Place will mature into the go to cafe in Donscaster. Check out their Instagram for exciting additions as the chef caters the menu around the season and their produce.

The Sweet Monkey - homemade roti pancakes with fresh berries, banana, petals, muesli and mascarpone.

The Sweet Monkey – homemade roti pancakes with fresh berries, banana, petals, muesli and mascarpone.

Soft shell crab burger with chilli lime mayo and apple salad

Soft shell crab burger with chilli lime mayo and apple salad

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girleatsmelbourne

Three Monkeys Place

Mon-Sun 8AM-4PM

2 Jackson Court, Doncaster East 3109

Rudimentary @ Footscray

from three shipping containers

Rudimentary Cafe

Wednesday is the hardest day of the week for me, because I get so excited about the up coming weekend but I know I have to make it through another two days before I can embrace my sloth self, lay in bed and do nothing. To solve all that first world/ lazy person problem, my sister and I decided to visit Rudimentary for brunch – treat ourselves because why not, you deserve a celebration for yourself every now and then.

Rudimentary cafe locates in Footscray, the Vietnamese suburb of Melbourne. It is the suburb for authentic Vietnamese food and market with fresh produce, sometimes not so friendly people and cheap bubble cup. Growing up in Australia, it has always been a tradition to buy pandan waffles, Vietnamese breadroll and bubble tea or sugarcane juice every time I come to the market with mum. Now that I’m older, it serves as a great late lunch spot on Saturday pho hangover cure.

Finding out that Rudimentary is located in Footscray, I was curious to see how a cafe consists of three shipping containers can fit into the suburb that has a strong Vietnamese community. Locates just a few minutes walk from the train/tram stop, the cafe itself is simple and spacious, relaxed atmosphere and I love their own garden patches outside. The rustic wooden decoration brings out its charm and sets the cafe apart from the other heavily Vietnamese influenced establishments. My sister and I were there early in the morning so it was quiet, only with a few patrons but the coffee smell was undeniably alluring and we were excited for the experience.

Inside view – love the rustic chairs ❤

As per usual, I ordered a chai latte with soy milk while my sister ordered a flat white. We looked at the menu and decided on the scrambled eggs with ocean trout and salmon roes while my sister insisted on getting the housemade buttermilk waffles with bacon, fried egg and whipped sour cream. We didn’t have to wait long for the coffee to arrive and it is froth to perfection. Being a brunch fanatic and living in Melbourne, I always expect perfect coffee with every establishment I visit and Rudimentary did not disappoint.

The food comes out right after we both each had taken one sip and photos for Instagram. My scrambled eggs is beautifully presented with flower petals, fennel and salmon roe. There is a piece of toast and butter with it and I could see pieces of ocean trout blended in the eggs. My sister waffles is stack with bacon, eggs and rhubarb. The scrambled eggs was light and fluffy with just enough trout for it to enhance the flavour and add some texture without overwhelm the dish with a fishy smell while the salmon roes add the popping texture to the dish. The waffle has a small hint of cinnamon, combine with fried egg, bacon, rhubarb and sour cream is the perfect breakfast/brunch to get you through the day. It is quiet fulfilling as the waffles are decent size and there are a lot of bacon pieces.. and you can never have too much bacon. Ever.

The brunch costs about $50 for two people with takeaway coffees as well. I enjoyed my experience at Rudimentary as it is a breathe of fresh air in Footscray. It brings a youthful and modern vibe to an ever growing community with its modern Australian breakfast/lunch menu, their friendly staffs who are most welcoming and great coffee. Do make time to visit this gem if you are ever in this side of Melbourne and just grab a seat outside, relax, take in the unique atmosphere with your perfectly froth coffee.

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Flat white – froth to perfection

Homemade buttermilk waffles with bacon, eggs and rhubarb.

Homemade buttermilk waffles with bacon, eggs and rhubarb.

Scrambled eggs with ocean trout, fennel and salmon roes.

Scrambled eggs with ocean trout, fennel and salmon roes.

One for the road

One for the road

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girleatsmelbourne

  • Sorry for the MIA period, had personal crisis but I’m back and ready to share with you all my eating experience in Melbourne ❤

Rudimentary Cafe

Mon- Fri 7.30 AM – 3.30 PM

Sat – Sun 8.00 AM – 3.30 PM

16/20 Leeds Street, Footscray 3011

Mr Scruff’s Bar @ Collingwood

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A good burger consists of toasted buns with butter, medium rare meat patties, lettuce, melted cheese, pickles and sauce, usually mustard and tomato sauce – very simple yet getting the all the ingredients and the flavors combinations right isn’t as easy as it sounds. Finding a good burger is like finding the right pillow; something you would want to dive face first at the end of the day.

Mr Scruff’s Bar popped on my Instagram feed a while back for its one-off Tuesdays burger special and half price Wednesday. Located off the busy section of Smith Street, the establishment itself is quiet ordinary. There are limited seating and can be a long wait if you visit during busy hours. Their menu is very basic, you get the typical choices of bar food such as burgers, chilli dog, nachos, etc and many varieties of beer and cider.

We visited them on Wednesday night at about 8 o’clock and it was very packed. The wait for food order was 45 mins because of the half-priced special and there was no seating anywhere. We decided to grab a few drinks and wait, not the best decision as the smell of gravy, chips and bacon suffocating our nostrils and we were drooling everytime the waitress walks pass us with a tray full of food.

When the food was brought to our table, no time was waste in devouring the burgers, poutine chips and the bao buns: pork and beef. My roommate and I have this running joke about me not feeling anything because I don’t have a heart but I can honestly say that I have all sort of feelings for the combinations of gravy, crunchy chips and bacon topped with  layer of melted cheese. The burger is decent size consists of toasted brioche buns, a bed of lettuce, meat patty cooks to medium rare, melted cheese, pickle and onion and Mr Scruff’s special sauce… you know it’s a good burger when every customer stop chatting to each other and just enjoy the burgasm that’s happening in their mouth whenever they take a bite. The bao buns are more appetizers, as their portions are smaller; the pork belly has a crunch due to the crispy skins and the beef one is melt in your mouth softness.

It costs us $21 for all of the food, which is a great deal considering the serving portion, service and the food quality. Tuesday is when they make their one off burger special so come in with you want to challenge your taste buds. It is a lot busier on Wednesday due to the half price special from 6-10PM so either go there early or come after 9 for a late dinner. This is the place where you catch up with your friends over burgers and beer, after clubbing feast as it opens till 4AM on weekend or a casual date and see if she/he can let their hair down and unwind to 00’s RnB music… if all goes well, the room upstairs has poles and couches if things do get raunchy *wink wink*

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girleatsmelbourne

Mr Scruff's signature burger, poutine chips with pork and beef bao buns.

Mr Scruff’s signature burger, poutine chips with pork and beef bao buns.

Mr Scruff's signature burger #strongburgergrip

Mr Scruff’s signature burger #strongburgergrip

If you don't feel excited at the sight of this poutine chips, I'm sorry for all the horrible things that had happened to you...

If you don’t feel excited at the sight of this poutine chips, I’m sorry for all the horrible things that had happened to you…

Mr Scruff’s Bar

Tue – Wed  12 PM- 1 AM
 Thu – Sat   12 PM – 4 AM
 Sun            12 PM – 11 PM
Mon           Closed 
 60 Smith Street
Collingwood 3066

Baba Sus @ Glen Iris

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Brunching on Sunday is one of life’s greatest joys, especially when you’re being dragged out to thirdwheel your roommate and her boyfriend at 2 in the afternoon. We decided to drive out to Glen Iris for Baba Sus because my roommate has seen the now famous HK egg waffles and girl has cravings.

The cafe is located in the suburb, next to the train station. As it is about 2.30 pm on a Sunday, we were seated almost immediately while the group after us has to wait a few minutes or so. The cafe itself is smaller than what I expected but the atmosphere was cosy. We had a small view into the kitchen as they prepare each dishes and you are spoil for choices as the waitress brings out different dish on the menu. We ordered our dishes and the wait for these was about 30-40 mins and it seems a lot longer as we watched instagram worthy dishes brought pass us by the waitress and at 3 pm, the hunger was real.

When the food finally comes out, it was worth the wait. The pork belly is soft, melt in your mouth with the crunchy skin and the salad is a nice cleanser for your palate. The wagyu beef burger is cooked medium rare with melted cheese and the chilli mayo is the perfect compliment to everything. I prefer small fries over thick chips any day but these homemade chips are crunchy with a slight hint of salt and herbs, similar to what you get at Schnitz. My roommate was over the moon with her egg waffles, which is still warm with the green tea ice cream on top to add creamiest into the dish, and the berry compote to breaks down the sweetness so it doesn’t overwhelm your taste buds, especially if you’re not a huge fan of sweet.

It costed us about 60 for 3 people with coffee as well, starndard price for most brunch places in Melbourne. Even though it is located in the outer suburb, Baba Sus is worth the drive for its Hong Kong style egg waffles and its friendly staff. I do recommend going after peak hours to avoid the queue.

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girleatsmelbourne

Hong Kong egg waffle with matcha ice cream and berry compote.

Hong Kong egg waffle with matcha ice cream and berry compote.

twice cooked pork belly with vemicille and watermelon salad

Twice cooked pork belly with vemicille and watermelon salad

wagyu beef burger with homemade chips

Wagyu beef burger with homemade chips

Baba Sus

Tuesday – Sunday 7.30am-4pm

Monday CLOSED

15-17 Bardolph Street , Glen Iris 3146