Lucky Coq – My fav pizza hangout after 7pm

pizza

$4 Pizza sounds pretty good to me and should sound pretty good for you too. Thin based pizza’s with what I call more gourmet ingredients than the normal take away pizza joint. Nothing too fancy but my style of pizza. If it’s got mascarpone in it, then I like it.

The Salmone pizza with smoked salmon, spinach, mozzarella & mascarpone is my favourite and will order that without fail. Luckily for me, my partner always orders something else so I get to try that.

 

 

$4 pizza’s aren’t available all day but that’s no problem because there’s plenty of time slots to fit it into your day.

The times are:
11:30am-4pm – Weekdays
7pm-11pm – Mon-Thurs
7pm-9pm – Fri-Sat
All day on Sunday til 11pm

 

The atmosphere and music is dark and retro with a bunch of comfy couches, chairs and tables. There’s weird stuff on the walls and ceilings and a whole lot of cocks (roosters cocks…geez guys…so immature). During peak hours its hard to find a seat but don’t fret it’s all worth it. Just grab a drink and hover around a table and the people will probably start to feel weird around you and surrender their seat.

Location: Corner of Chapel & High St, Prahran 3181, Australia
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Mandala Restaurant – Asian Flavours

Nice and cosy vibrant restaurant with a wonderful array of Asian flavours and tasty dishes. I did admire and applaud their presentation of their entree and desserts although our main dishes had the salad dumped on top of the meat or main dish which disappointed me. The other annoying thing was our main dishes had a side salad that had the same flavours and mixture as our ordered side salad. Does that make sense? Well it does to me and got sick of eating the same salad over and over again. So I recommend to just enjoy the salad that comes with your main.

Enough whinging, now on with the dishes. First we started off with some Salt and Pepper Squid (with asian slaw and soy vinegar), Momos (pan fried pork dumplings with sesame tomato dip) and some Apple Chaat (spiced potato, fried lentil, yogurt raita, mint and tamarind chutney). The dipping sauces did it for me for the entrees and I couldn’t wait for my lamb main.

We shared our mains and ordered a Chilli Caramel Pork Hock (with asian herb salad and orange caramel), Slow Cooked Lamb Shank (with spiced bokchoy, wombok and market vegetables) and ordered a  (with pickled plum, toasted peanuts, cherry tomato). I thought the Chilli Caramel Pork was a bit too sweet although worked well with the salad. The slow cooked lamb shank was just as I expected and melted in my mouth and the soft shell crab hardly disappoints but this time it was a little salty for my liking.

Dessert is my favourite part of every meal and because I’m a diabetic it is often a rare occasion for my partner to allow me to have dessert so I cherished it “like a fat kid loves cake”. Dessert went a little something like this Pistachio Kulfi (with wild berries and mango puree) and Mandala Melt (strawberry, pistachio and mascarpone). I know my favourite part of the night was the dessert but I reckon the desserts were fantastic and I’d go back to try those desserts again but for a challenge I might try cook something similar to those desserts.

Mandala was definitely worth the visit but the mains somewhat disappointed me. I would definitely recommend trying their desserts and to have a walk down to the toilet as the little journey on the stone path was quite pleasant or on a beautiful warm night you could ask to sit outside and watch everyone go to the toilet 🙂

For more information and booking information you can visit site (it also includes their full menu)

http://mandalarestaurant.com.au

Location:133 Commercial Road, South Yarra 3141, Melbourne, Australia