The Kettle Black is one of Melbourne’s most trendy brunch institutions, instantly recognisable from its signature Victorian terrace exterior that stands out amongst the modern, glass surroundings. From the same family as the likes of Top Paddock (a personal favourite), and Two Birds One Stone, I definitely had high expectations when I ventured there for lunch one lazy weekend. As anticipated, there was a substantial queue, but luckily a coffee stand outside provided a hot drink while we waited.
Everyone has a different preference when it comes to chocolate brownies – I’m personally a fudgy brownie kind of girl, and nothing irks me more than a super dry, cakey brownie that’s lost all of its rich chocolatey-ness.
I’ve tried many different recipes over the years to achieve the right chewy texture while maintaining structural integrity. After a lot of tweaking and countless failed experiments, I’ve finally come up with a recipe that delivers a batch of perfect fudgy chocolate brownies, complete with that crispy, flakey layer on top. It’s so simple, and yet all the steps are crucial to get the desired result – and as always, please tag me (@myfoodbellygram) on Instagram if you make them!
I love a good buffet, and Melba in the Langham Hotel offers one of the better all-you-can-eat options in Melbourne. At approximately $85-100 a head for dinner, depending on the night of the week, it’s certainly not a cheap option, but the price reflects the quality of the food on offer. There’s a huge variety, from fresh seafood, salads, a roast meat station, Indian and Chinese food, an endless selection of cakes and cheese, not to mention chocolate fondue.
Every weekend, I’m reminded about how lucky I am to live so close to so many fantastic restaurants and cafés, and how many more I have yet to discover. This was certainly the case when I visited The Baker’s Wife – located on a quieter stretch of Burke Road, this café occupies a large expansive space fitted top to toe with timber and brick. There’re some amazing paintings on the walls and I’m a big fan of the greenery that hang from the ceiling. The menu is a selection of café favourites, but each with a twist, and I appreciate that there’s a large variety to suit all tastebuds and preferences.