i am susan thye. aka chocolatesuze. sydney, australia. gemini. married to noods. this is a food and lifestyle blog. i like cheeseburgers, cake and fried chicken.
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5 October 2014, 20:01
I heart donuts. What’s not to love about donuts?! Cakey or fluffy, raised, filled or even the cruller, I love them all! The boy and I escaped to Melbourne for the weekend where I plotted to hit all the donut places that I’d seen so much about on Instagram. There were spreadsheets involved. Google maps too. It was epic. So below are all the donut places we hit, in the order that I liked. Ready? LET’S GO!
Doughboys Doughnuts (The Mercat Cross Hotel, 456 Queen St, Melbourne) is the winner and tops my list as the donuts are made with free range eggs from Gippsland and butter from Warrnambool, fried in batches and are hand dipped to order. They’re located just outside of the Queen Victoria Markets, look for the signs for Fancy Hank’s BBQ (but uh I would not recommend the BBQ…)
It’s kinda funny how they look like they’ve just set up shop randomly but they’ve got their donut making down to a science! Check out the display of what flavours are available for the day and pay at the register and salivate as they dip and top the donuts as you wait.
I’d chosen the Salted Caramel ($5.80), the Maple Bacon ($4.80) and the PBJ ($5.80) and they are all GLORIOUS. The salted caramel was my fave- rich, sweet with a hit of salt and a bit of crunch from the caramelised buckinis (google tells me it’s activated buckwheat hmm ohhkaay) followed ever so closely by the maple bacon with a light maple syrup icing and crunchy bacon pieces. Noods was enamoured by the PBJ with peanut butter and a boysenberry jam dip topped with roasted hazelnuts and walnuts. The boysenberry jam was sweet but the pb brought it down a notch.
It was a sunny day so we sat outside on the deck and the combination of fluffy donuts with a sneaky cider was just perfect and a memory I want to hold onto until someone opens a licensed donut store in Syd :P While paying more than $5 a donut did sting a little, they were pretty damn awesome donuts. Donuts that I will have dreams about.
Shortstop Coffee & Donuts (12 Sutherland St, Melbourne) is second only by a whisker, mainly because they sell out of donuts super early and it takes a LOT of effort to roll out of bed early enough to tram over and queue for donuts. Hey it’s the holidays! I value my sleep!
This is the sight that greeted us when we arrived just past 10am. THE SIGHT OF DISAPPOINTMENT AND BROKEN DREAMS. I mean yes, we could have pre ordered but the minimum order was 9 donuts and I wasn’t about to spend 45 smackeroonies on donuts when I had an epic donut list to get through.
Luckily they did have a couple left of the Banana and Chocolate Hazelnut ($4.50) and the Red Velvet ($4.50). I had my heart set on other flavours but wasn’t willing to leave without trying something and I’m glad we did because the banana & chocolate hazelnut was da bomb! I’m a sucker for hazelnuts and this combination just worked, the banana taste was exactly like fresh bananas and not the nasty lolly that I just can’t abide. The red velvet is definitely for the sweet tooths out there and probably not the best first thing in the morning lol oh and sidenote they only do two types of coffee: black or white.
We were almost done eating when we saw a guy pick up his pre ordered boxes of donuts. That’s right, boxes. The dude had at least 6 boxes! Anyways one of the boxes was incorrect so the staff put the contents of the box back on display and my brain freaked out because behold, the Peanut Butter and Jam ($5) and the Apple, Bacon, Honey & Thyme ($5)!!! That bacon one? INSANE. I loved that the icing was apple instead of the usual maple so it wasn’t mega sweet and the bacon bits were super crunchy. Couldn’t detect much thyme flavour which was good for me because I have issues with thyme. And the pb&j was cray cray, the donut was fluffy and light, filled with house made jam and dunked into a chunky peanut butter glaze.
Tivoli Road Bakery (3 Tivoli Rd, South Yarra), formerly MoVida Bakery was pretty incredible. The bakery had a gorgeous fitout with freshly baked bread lining the shelves and all manner of delicious treats under the glass cabinets. But I was here for one thing: DONUTS! We’d visited on the first day of our Melb trip but got there too late but I was determined to visit and managed to convince our cabbie to swing by on the way to the airport :D
One of each please! Salted Caramel, Lemon Curd, and Roché ($5 each). The donuts here are worthy of the hype, fried dough pillows of happiness they were! The salted caramel was amazing as expected (because really how can you go wrong with salted caramel) but it was the lemon curd donut that blew my mind. It was zingy and zesty and set the tastebuds alive and wanting more. The roché was good, chocolatey and tasty but not really as amazing as the other two.
Candied Bakery (81A Hudsons Rd, Spotswood) is dubbed the Australian bakery with an American twist. There’s lamingtons aplenty, stacks of giant cookies and of course donuts! On offer that day was a jam donut but I only had eyes for the special- THE S’MORE DONUT!
This S’more Donut ($3.80) was everything I’d hoped for and more! The donut itself was light and fluffy with pockets of rich chocolate, smothered in toasted marshmallow and topped with crunchy graham crumbs. Yes it was sweet and bordering on cloying but well, it’s a s’more!
Next stop: Cobb Lane Bakery (13 Anderson St, Yarraville), a tiny 16 seater cafe in a suburban area out west. There’s giant loaves of fresh bread and baguettes, coffee a-brewing and a dine in menu buuut we’re here for the donuts! The Salted Caramel ($4.50) is a must order, the caramel is darker with an incredible richness and leaves me beaming through the sugar crystals all over my face.
The Peanut Butter and Blackcurrent Jelly ($4.50) isn’t as epic as the Salted Caramel and feels a tad on the oily side possibly because of the uber creamy peanut butter filling. The blackcurrent jelly does help to cut the richness but yeah the salted caramel donut wins.
The American Doughnut Kitchen (Queen St, Queen Victoria Market Melbourne) is a bit of an institution, pumping out hot jam doughnuts since 1950. After wandering through the markets picking up cheeses and cured meats to snack on we always end up here to ogle the glorious donut making process right before our eyes.
Jam Donuts (80c each) are always piping hot with a generous coating of sugar and filling of sweet jam. Normally we would buy 5 for $5.50 but Noods was suffering from donut overload and refused to let me buy more. Party pooper.
Walker’s Doughnuts (26/2 Elizabeth St, Melbourne) is another place I always visit whenever I’m in Melbs, not so much for their donuts but for their half pound chocolate eclair stuffed with whipped cream. One for the attack of the late night munchies with a side of Lord of the Fries :P
Olympic Doughnuts (51 Irving St, Footscray) is a bit out of the way in the burbs and gone are the days of their iconic ramshackle caravan and instead is a boring grey box. But the iconic dolphin pumping jam into the donuts is still there!
The Jam Donuts (80c each) are a little misshapen but are fresh from the fryer. The sugar coating on the donuts were a bit sparse and I wasn’t really a fan of the jam filling as I found it a bit too runny and with a weird artificial taste. But eh it’s a donut.
Aaaaand that’s all folks! The end of my epic donut eats. I hope Sydney follows suit and opens up some donut stores soon! If you guys know of any more donut places to hit in Melb or know of any good ones in Syd hit me up in the comments!
28 September 2014, 23:43
After the meat fest last week I was hesitant if I wanted to consume another meat heavy meal but hey who was I kidding, I’m always up for a good meat-ing (hurhur). My partner in crime suggested hitting up newly opened Bowery Lane (Shop 1, Level 4, 1 O’Connell St, Sydney) because he’d been eyeing off a mega rib and they did milkshakes and oh boy I heart milkshakes!
Bowery Lane is open for breakfast if you’re in need of your coffee and eggs fix but swing by for lunch (and soon, dinner) cos that’s where all the action is! Make your way past the coffee counter if you’re dining in, or head through the 1 O’Connel lobby and feast your eyes on the incredible display at the takeaway area.
Mmm life extending foods
Hot, soul comforting foods
But I only had eyes for the MEGA BOWL OF CRACKLE!! Apparently you can get a piece of crackle to go with your lunch mmm
But we were here to eat in so back into the dining room we go where there’s cosy booths and communal dining.
We start with Milkshakes ($7)- Hershey’s Cookies & Cream and Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup, I loved the bonus whole piece of chocolate balanced on top of the glasses, yay for chocolate! The cookies & cream was perfect but I wished the peanut butter cup was more peanut buttery because I am a peanut butter fiend and my motto is you can never have too much peanut butter. Or chocolate. Or bacon.
LOOK AT HOW IT GLISTENS! This baby is the 1Kg Braised Wagyu Short Rib ($58) and I spent about a minute just ogling and basking it its beauty. As usual, I will fail you guys in the “describing food” department but trust me, the rib is all kinds of amazing. Fatty and oh so tender I wished I could keep on eating and just hold the memory of deliciousness in my mind forever.
This wasn’t a deliberate innards shot, more of a ‘jabbed a fork at it and oops’ shot. But look at how tender that looks! And the horseradish cream was awesome, creamy without being overly rich and spicy enough to clear the nostrils but not crazy in your face burning.
Raff really rates the New York Cheeseburger ($18) with a juicy wagyu patty, monteray jack cheese, tomato, cos, caramelised onion and fries but honestly I only had eyes for the rib.
I ordered a side of Roast Pumpkin ($9) with oregano and parmesan because I felt guilty from the meat overload and wanted some vitamins. I heart parmesan but the pumpkin didn’t really need the added flavour because pumpkin is already mega tasty ya’know?
We were almost successful in finishing the mega rib but had to stop eating because we really wanted dessert. The Ice Cream Sandwich ($13) had caught my eye because well, ICE CREAM SANDWICH!!! I loved the slices of soft gingerbread hugging together rich chocolate ice cream but I wasn’t super keen on the chocolate poached pear mainly because I don’t like cooked fruits but that’s just me bro.
The Strawberry Shortcake ($13) is pretty as a picture and super refreshing. There were shards of crisp meringue and pieces of hazelnut shortcake and the combo of vanilla bean ice cream with macerated berries tasted like summer!
I wish I worked on this end of town so that I can eat here every day but I’ll definitely be back for that rib!
ChocolateSuze dined as a guest of Bowery Lane
21 September 2014, 01:20
MEAT!!! Did you guys know I used to be vegetarian? Well pescatarian to be more precise because I loved fish but yeah there was a while where the thought of meat just made my stomach do somersaults. But heeeey look at me now! Anywhos LP’s Quality Meats (Suite 1, 16 Chippen Street, Chippendale) has been open for a couple of weeks now and is run by Chef Luke Powell (he of Mary’s fame).
The inside of LP’s has a beer hall vibe with rows upon rows of communal tables. Some extremely hungry humans decided to come for lunch on a Sunday (make sure you check their trading hours, they’re pretty whack) and the place filled up quickly so get there early!
The Cured and Cold Cuts are all made in-house and sliced to order- Coppa Di Testa ($12), Bierwurst ($12), Belly Ham ($12). The belly ham is my fave, delicately sweet and fatty.
I really wanted the Smoked Salmon ($18) because hey Omega 3’s! The salmon with the aioli is pretty amazing but I heart the deep fried capers which gave a briny crunch.
Platter o’ meat! Sadly the famed mega Beef Short Rib ($32) was not available OR the Lamb belly stuffed with merguez ($26) when we went that weekend for lunch and it felt like I went through the five stages of grief! I started with denial, thinking the waiter was pranking me; then anger at the realisation that we’d come all this way for no rib; bargaining, asking the waiter if there was any leftover or was there any at all on the way; depression at no rib; and finally acceptance that we’d have to settle for the replacement. Since LP’s is still new, I’m not sure if they were just trialling a different menu for lunch or maybe they ran out but oh boy the sads!
The replacement for the beef short rib was the Beef Tri Tip ($28) and it was pretty tasty! Even though it’s a lean cut the tri tip was plenty juicy and I loved the tiny ribbon of fat on the edges with a smokiness that has us eyeing each other over the last remaining slice. Then there was the Lamb Shoulder ($24) (instead of the lamb belly) which had a higher level of smokey intensity to the ridiculously tender meat that just about had me swooning. The Smoked Chicken ($24/half) was crazy soft, like, pillow soft. Ok maybe not pillow soft but marshmallow soft? The chicken was the least smoky out of the meats but I loved it, especially with a swipe in the aioli provided. And last but not the least was the Toulouse Sausage ($14) which was fatty and sweet and deeeeelicious.
We ordered some Bread ($2/roll) which were fluffy and light and would’ve made for the perfect burger and we’d also ordered the Eggplant Salad ($12) but I took the worlds most blurriest photo so um my bad for the lack of pic. We were unanimous in our love for the eggplant which was smoky and all kinds of comforting.
If you’ve ever been to Mary’s you would know that we had to order the Mashed Potato and Gravy ($10) and in fact ended up ordering a second bowl! It was as perfect as I’d remembered, silky smooth buttery mash with a river of gravy, none of us wanted to share! Also, it totally made me want to duck over to Newtown and get a cheeseburger for dessert.
Oh yeah we ended up getting another round of Tri tip ($28). Don’t judge.
The Pouding Chomuer ($12) is the only dessert on the menu but it’s a pretty darn epic dessert! This hybrid cake pudding is pretty much drowned in glorious maple syrup and the scoop of vanilla ice cream attempts to bring the sweetness down a notch.
We were told there were some dessert specials, the first being a Trifle ($14). Now, I’m not the biggest trifle fan and this one sadly didn’t change my view of trifles either. There’s something about the combination of jelly and cream…
The second special was a Donut ($5) that we had high hopes for and while it was a perfectly fine donut, it wasn’t anything super special, just cream filled and topped with a single cherry.
I’m turning into an old person and found the music to be a tad on the loud side for a Sunday lunch and while I was mega disappointed with the lack of rib and lamb belly for lunch I will defs come back at dinner and try my luck!