Our Melbourne long weekend

It started with a late night flight out to Melbourne.

A stolen snapshot from the runway. Tiger Airways btw, is terrible for domestic flights. I still slept most of the way to Melbourne, I was that tired.

First morning was all about Queen Victoria market which was located right opposite our hotel.

Loved the market, it was huge, had rows and rows of butcher shops displaying their fresh meat beautifully, cheese and dairy products, pastries, fruit and veggie stalls, everything, it was a feast for the eyes and lover of fresh produce.

The rest of the morning was spent discovering city streets and hunting for our hidden Japanese restaurant Yu-u. Like entering into Aladdin’s cave, the very bare door led the way to the secret basement below which wowed us with their posh and dim interior.

The lunch bento itself wasn’t bad at all. Mingling amongst the business crowd  swirling their wine glasses, I felt like an imposter watching a show.

A very quick power nap and it was dressing up for R’s birthday dinner at Maze, Gordon Ramsay’s new restaurant located in Crown Metropol. Dinner was exciting, impressive and fun.

2nd day started with exploring Chinatown and eating yummy ramen for breakfast and lunch!

Watching street performances in the city.

Melbourne is great because they have MENTAIKO onigiri!!!!!!!!!

Spot the couple exploring the Melbourne Convention center.

We finally find the DFO (Direct Factory Outlet)!

We love the free City Circle trams.

Late night dinner along Lygon Street, Melbourne’s famous Italian restaurant strip. I loved the lively atmosphere of the street and the city in general after dark. It is warm and alive, unlike the dead city of Perth after 5pm. We need extended trading hours, really.

Gorgeous tortellini tartufo at Tiamo 2, the soft tortellini was filled with fresh ricotta in a gorgeous creamy mushroom and truffle sauce, it was lovely.

A cold and rainy stroll to Melbourne Central for a late night movie.

Day 3 was luscious and tasty raw beef and beef tendon pho at Mekong along Swanston Street.

Drinking in the city sights and stopping by the Melbourne institution Pelligrini’s bar.

I wish I had space for their very rustic looking spaghetti bolognese but had to settle for coffee and a slice of tiramisu.

The trip wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to the Eureka Tower for a 360 degrees view of Melbourne.

View of Melbourne from the 88th floor.

Suddenly the sky cleared up and a rainbow appeared!

It was goodbye Melbourne but not complete without a sushi takeaway for dinner. We spotted so many sushi takeaways throughout the trip, we had to end with a box for dinner.

R bought an entire Strawberry Gateau cake for our farewell dessert! And he ate it all too (^__^). There was something really special and fun about huddling behind the Hudsons (their coffee chain store in Melbourne) cafe in the airport and eating a cake out of the box with plastic forks.

Arrival at Perth was a bit of a drama when Gerry’s car broke down and there was a spot of car pushing at 2.30am in the morning. I must say the traffic warden at the airport really enjoyed himself.

Monday was spent sleeping and sleeping with a homecooked steak and mash dinner. Melbourne was an eye opener, really fun and lovely, but being home ain’t so bad too.

8 Responses to “Our Melbourne long weekend”

  1. 1 傑仔 June 8, 2010 at 3:41 pm


  2. 3 slappedbygunk June 8, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Oh my god mentaiko onigiri…… in Takuya’s latest drama, the one with the hideous Lin Chi Ling who makes tall and skinny actually look ugly, his character likes mentaiko onigiri.

    What’s the stuff all around the rim of the plate for the tortellini tartufo? The presentation isn’t all that, it looks like a mess!

    That tiramisu looks really good! And so does that entire cake that you two ate hahaha!

    I like that photo of Melbourne from the 88th floor, esp the way the sun’s rays are breaking through the clouds.

    • 4 Di June 8, 2010 at 11:48 pm

      ya i almost had a heart attack when i saw the mentaiko onigiri, Richard likes it too. Afterwards I found out that the place we bought it from is actually a very popular Japanese restaurant in Melbourne, haha.

      It was breadcrumbs around the plate, ching hor chiak.

      The tiramisu wasn’t that great but I think it’s because we were too full from the pho.

      I took that photo! Hahaha.

  3. 5 mum June 8, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Your homecooked steak looked like something from a restaurant. Ya, I also thought the photo of the tortellini tartufo was taken after you had already eaten it. The rim of the plate looked so dirty.

    • 6 Di June 8, 2010 at 11:49 pm

      ya we bought a whole pack of scotch fillet steaks from the supermarket when they were on cheap sale, so have been perfecting our steak cooking skills, too bad you guys only eat kobe beef!

  4. 7 wendy June 9, 2010 at 1:41 am

    you are a good photographer.
    every photo reflect the beauty of the city.
    which city do you prefer??

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