Melbourne Cheap Eats

Shanghai Street in Melbourne

Shanghai Street Dumplings

Some things in life are worth standing in line for: Lune Croissants, for example. Raffle tickets to Book of Mormon (won twice, thank you very much!). Getting your copy of ‘Me Talk Pretty One Day’ signed by David Sedaris who instead charged me a dollar for saying how AWESOME he was. Long story but, word to the wise, never say AWESOME  in front of David Sedaris .

Most recently, I waited in line to have dinner at Shanghai Street in Melbourne’s CBD. We had a group of 7; Each person carrying their 6 pack of VB around the city. We thought we had reserved a table somewhere else that was BYO, you see. But we hadn’t. Instead of freaking out my friend Ben took the 1,345th spot in line at Shanghai Street.

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It’s Warburton Time!

If you have ever heard someone say ‘Warburton is the perfect weekend get-away’ they were not lying to you. Warburton is an incredible place!

You can eat delicious food, visit wineries, explore until your hearts content, see waterfalls, sequoia trees, ride bikes down the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail. This creates one of those too-much-to-do-so-little-time scenarios when you’re only there for two days.

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Rice Paper Scissors: Use Your Hands

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I first noticed Rice Paper Scissors on Instagram. Their photos had me drooling – I was very hungry at the time. Every dish shared had juicy meat as the centerpiece, with pops of color throughout. Images of the exposed brick, high chairs and stunning bar drew me in. Plus, cocktails like the Tigerita: tequila, salted cucumber and lime had me chanting ‘TGIF! TIGIF!’. It was a Friday.

But it was the images of the staff having, like, the best time ever that sold it to me, and the hashtag #useyourhands. I wanted in!

Not only would I press follow, I would visit. Immediately. They have two locations: Melbourne CBD and Fitzroy. The Fitzroy once is approximately two minutes walking from my house. So, we drove to save time.

Rice Paper Scissors makes deciding what to order super easy. You can choose any five dishes on the menu and it will cost $59 for two people. Pictured above you’ll find the crying tiger, the bbq lamb ribs (OMGAWD!), my gorgeous boy, the chicken salad and the calamari.

You cannot order wrong here, I swear. We’ve been back again and tried the bbq king prawns, the crispy barramundi, the Asian greens and the vietnamese baguette. I’m hoping for my birthday this year we can rent out the entire Fitzroy location, order everything on the menu – including cocktails – and have a dance party.

I just feel like it’s the type of thing the lovely folks at Rice Paper Scissors would endorse.

 

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Lamington Jaffles at Bad Frankie

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You know that thing that happens when you’ve been dating someone for so long… You start to know them better than they know themselves, yea? Sure, Jack and I have only been together since 2011 but we’ve basically lived together since we met. There was no awkward dating, no playing games, no never-knowing-how-the-other-felt, we behaved obsessively in love from the get-go. I know Jack like I know every word to Eminem’s Curtain Call: The Hits album.

Contrary to my husband’s beliefs, his favorite dessert is the Australian classic, lamingtons. I’m 120% positive. His mouth waters at the sight of the square sponge cake covered in outer layer of chocolate sauce sprinkled in coconut flakes. We stop to purchase a lamington every single time we pass a bakery. He bought me The Common Sense Cookery Book so I could learn to make the tasty treats. And when I told him about the bar in Fitzroy that serves LAMINGTON JAFFLES he nearly peed his pants in excitement.

That small quaint bar goes by the name Bad Frankie and serves up a variety of seriously good jaffles using Phillippa’s Bakery bread(!)! Thing is, Bad Frankie offers so much more. It is also home to quality and boutique Australian spirits, which are shaken, mixed and delivered to your table in the form of a delicious cocktail.

I really love this place! The atmosphere is friendly and inviting, as is the staff. The interior design is unlike any other bar in the area and I know have a strong desire to paint my walls blue while swinging on ropes. Plus, I mean, what’s better than having drinks and jaffles?

Bad Frankie
141 Greeves St (near Smith St), Fitzroy VIC 3065
OPENING HOURS
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday 3–11pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 3–1am
Monday – closed

 

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