Manchester Press Cafe – another hipster Melbourne alleyway cafe

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Do you like bagels? Well you gotta visit Manchester Press cafe off a little laneway called Rankins lane off Little Bourke St in between Elizabeth and Queen St. Before I say anything else, you need to try the ‘pulled pork bagel’ and the ‘mixed berry mascrapone with pistachio bagel’. My new favourite cafe.

On the weekend we were in the city with our nephew just in time for lunch. Because I’ve been looking for Melbourne’s best cafes we decided to take on Manchester Press. Someone tell me why these awesome hipster Melbourne cafe’s are all in alleyways? Luckily they don’t do dinner because some of these alleyways at night can be scary.

Melbourne’s Best Cafe’s according to The Learner Chef

Anyways, we went for lunch and I knew this was a popular brunch cafe but what I didn’t know is that they served an array of super yummy bagels. We were lucky to sneak in a table for four before a whole rush of people came, otherwise we would of been waiting 10-15 minutes to fill our stomachs but 10-15 minutes isn’t that bad compared to . We ordered a bunch of coffees as one does at a cafe and a babycino for my 3yr old nephew. He seemed to love it and the coffee was also superb.

Now onto the bagels, I ordered the pulled pork bagel and it was exactly what I needed. The pork was sweet and tender and went well with the bagel. Jenny ordered the mixed berry mascrapone bagel with pistachio’s so we could try a savoury and sweet bagel and I was so glad she did. I love mascrapone and I’ve just found a new way to enjoy it. I only got to have a bite of the B.L.T bagel which was okay but I really would recommend the pulled pork and mixed berry mascrapone bagel.

Although they have other brunch dishes, I’d definitely come back to try out some of the other bagels or the two I had again. Like it says in the title, Manchester Press is another hipster Melbourne cafe and now on my list of Melbourne’s best cafes. The setting is nice and relaxed, I’m not sure if it was staff or customers but they just sat themselves outside and had a bite to eat. Bike friendly because there’s plenty of space to leave them locked up on whatever you can find and very kid friendly because my nephew enjoyed himself and there’s plenty of room for prams.

I love Manchester Press and I hope most people would agree with me too. Unless you don’t like bagels and good coffee.

Manchester Press
Location: 8 Rankins Lane, Melbourne, VIC
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri:7AM-5PM, Sat-Sun: 9AM-5PM
Facebook: facebook.com/ManchesterPress

NAPBAS 2011 – Malaysia – Day2 – Golf, Blog Awards & Beautiful People

One month has passed and I’ve only managed to get Day2 of the NAPBAS Malaysia trip out. Oh well, I like to take my time. hehehe.Day2

Friday was the Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards so that meant free time until the evening. So we decided to have a hit on the golf course after breakfast which should of given us enough time to head back to our hotel room to get ready.

The sunnies out, golf gear on, the cool kids are ready for some golf.

Tim starts us off with a smashing hit…or was it?

Tim & Kruppy played as one team who were proabably 2 or 3 holes in front of us so we decided to skip a few holes and steal their buggy. Here’s a pic of Dave stealing their buggy, it’s pretty tiny but it’s proof that he stole it. LOL

When 2 buggy’s became 3.

The Awards

After golf it was straight to the hotel room to get ready for the Blog Awards!

This is where the beautiful people part comes up. Everyone looked stunning and sh-mick for the Blog Awards. To start off we have the Nuffnang Australia Crew

Followed by a whole bunch of pictures with a bunch of beautiful people.

From left to right we have, Alicia –Sea Of Ghosts, Janice – Chaigyaru, Jenny & V.

Here’s most of the beautiful Nuffnang Australia Bloggers just before the Awards started. Yup women rule the Australian blogging scene.

The doors finally opened for to start of the Blog Awards. The place was decked out, lots of lights, massive stage, and a voice-over repeating some house rules. To match the grand hotel the awards were held in they had a grand awards opening performance of cabaret dancers and lights flashing everywhere.



The Food

For Entree they served:
– Mediterranean Seafood Terrine with Wasabi Tobiko Dressing on Crispy Lettuce (I liked the tobiko dressing)
– Puree of Split Pea Soup with Herb Twist (The soup was delish)
– Grape Sorbet with Fresh Mint (A bit sweet for me)

For Mains they served:

– Pan-fried Dory Fillet with Spicy Peach Sauce
OR
– Pistachio Crumbed Baked Chicken Supreme with Thyme Gravy

For Dessert they served:
– Tiramisu in a Chocolate Cup with Strawberry & Vanilla Sauce

It was a bit hard to take photos of the food with the dim lighting but managed to squeeze out some photos.

There were a few other performances and acts for entertainment between award presentations and next thing you know the awards was over. It probably would of gone quicker as they were serving Tiger beer during the awards but they came around too slow 🙁

More happy snaps after the awards dinner and presentations. I know more pics of Jenny…hahahaha…she loves the limelight.

Jenny & Tim

Jenny & Pinky from Nuffnang Malaysia

The 2 BFFs Jenny & Janice

And this is probably the only picture I got to take of me during the whole night 🙁 and I thought I looked pretty snazzy in my suit. At least I look happy.

Now the awards were over, then came the after party to the best Night Club in Malaysia ‘ZOUK‘. I didn’t bother taking my DSLR to the after party but I think Jenny took her point and shoot and took some funny snaps. Hopefully I can grab some and post it up.

Zouk rocked but the only thing I can remember was heading home around 3 or 4am and Kruppy & Tim got hungry (OK, I did too) so we told the taxi driver to take us to KFC!!! hahaha. Was a crazy night and this was only Day 2 of 5.

OK Day3 next post will be the tour around Malaysia followed by more partying and some late night street food burgers.

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

 

Vanilla Yoghurt Pannacotta with Raspberry Jelly – MasterChef Recipe

After watching Masterchef’s master class on Friday, I wanted to make that dessert.
Poh made it look so easy, I had to try it. The hardest thing was finding a cup to put it in. I ended up using a plastic wine glass which had a pointy bottom which meant that when I flipped the panna cotta upside down, it had a little nipple on top. Looked hilarious, I was so embarrassed that I had to cut it off, hence my final product to the right. I garnished it with some pistachio nuts and some raspberries on the side.

If you were watching the Masterchef masterclass episode you would’ve noticed the second part to the dessert which was the tuiles. I did end up making it but it didn’t make it to the plate up. I had problems getting it off the baking paper but boy did it taste nice. Next time, I’m going to grease the baking paper a little and make the circle a little smaller so it’ll come off nice and smooth. It would of been great to compliment the panna cotta so I guess I can call my tuiles, my first disaster.

You can find this wonderful dessert recipe at the Masterchef website.

…I guess I can call my tuiles, my first disaster.