Tsukiji

Tsukiji

237 High St Prahran, VIC 3181

For all you sashimi lovers out there, I’m gonna let you in on a little secret – there’s a little grocery-slash-restaurant in Prahran that serves high quality sashimi at a very reasonable price. Named for the famous fish market in Tokyo, this family-run Japanese joint has been my go-to whenever I crave a little bit of raw seafood.

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The concept is simple – choose the packaged cuts of fish, scallop, octopus (or anything else) from the fridge, pay for it at the counter, and they will slice it up and serve it to you, all beautifully arranged on a dish. There’s also a menu of classic Japanese dishes to choose from if you so wish.

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A Tours de Force

Les Saveurs

1 bis, place Gaston Pailhou, Place des Halles, Tours, France

Next up on our whirlwind adventure through France was Tours, in the Loire Valley. Most famously known for its beautiful chateaus, picturesque landscapes and treasure troves of history, it is also the home to amazing local produce, including cheese, fish and fresh vegetables.

On our first night there, we wandered in to a great little restaurant called Les Saveurs, where we tried their 2-course dinner for only €18.50 – a great deal. Unfortunately the language barrier made it a bit difficult to ascertain exactly what each dish was called, but I hope the photos help!

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Complimentary bread

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Amuse-bouche

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Steer Bar and Grill

Steer Bar and Grill

15 Claremont St South Yarra, VIC 3141

When a group of friends and I decided to catch up over lunch, it was the perfect opportunity to visit Steer Bar and Grill after their move from Chapel Street to South Yarra. Having been to the old establishment before for K’s birthday, I had high expectations for both the food and service.

Walking in, the new restaurant was unrecognisable. Gone was the giant bull display, dim lighting and street art décor – instead, the space was bright and open with a more restrained and modern design. The service, as always, was impeccable – we were seated straight away and handed 3 separate menus, one each for non-steak options, steaks and the Friday lunch special.

K and I couldn’t go past the lunch special of $39.50 for 2 courses or $44.50 for 3 courses, both of which also included a choice of a side as well as a glass of wine – a great deal for a place like Steer. However, it’s important to note that the special doesn’t apply to their entire range of steaks and other dishes, but there is a decent selection to choose from.

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Lost in Translation

Au Petit Bouchon ‘Chez Georges’

8 Rue Garet, 69001, Lyon, France

For our second venture into the world of bouchons, we decided on a more traditional restaurant that had been awarded the title of ‘Les Authentiques Bouchons Lyonnais’. It was obvious upon entering that this was a local haunt – the owner didn’t speak a word of English and all the patrons were jabbering away in French. We were seated elbow-to-elbow with another group of diners, and thoroughly enjoyed the game of food charades that we played with the owner.

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