At the suggestion of dumplings and ramen in the city, I pushed aside the tell-tale signs of the beginning of a flu, too excited to try another version of my new found obsession.
On the last night in Melbourne before I was to head to Mildura, some family gathered and we jumped on the train into Fed Square. You would think that at such a tourist-y spot the food would be overpriced and awful, but actually, Chocolate Buddha was neither of the two.
Thankfully my Aunt had the foresight to book a table, so we sat in a wonderful spot in the cool evening air, overlooking the tourists in the square below. The restaurant is communal style, with long tables and food coming out whenever it is ready, adding to the fun and casual vibe of the place.
I couldn’t go past the Green Gyoza for entree (and they were eaten so fast that I didn’t even manage to take a picture), which were everything that you could want from a vegetarian dumpling. And, of course, you can’t eat Japanese without some edamame.
Though a couple of servings of gyoza would have done me for the night, I decided that a noodle soup would be the perfect thing for my blocked nose, so a Yasai Soba with a hit of extra chilli did the trick and really hit the spot.
And how beautiful are the bowls that the soups were served in! I need some of these for our home.
I always love Asahi, and it was the perfect match for all of the salty Japanese food. Though completely full to the brim by this stage, I snuck a taste of my parent’s tempura pumpkin sushi, which was another excellent dish, the warm pumpkin encased in a crunchy tempura batter gave something a little different to the usual sushi experience.
All in all, it was a wonderful night with the family and a great way to finish off a whirl-wind trip. I am very much looking forward to being back and taking things at a more leisurely pace the week after next.
Any recommendations for things that we ‘must-do’, or especially ‘must-eat’ during our 3 weeks in Melbourne?
Photos from: my camera