Bonehead- Birmingham

Recently we have had a lot of ‘big meals’ , the elaborate tasting menus and drinks pairings that are incredible, but take a long time to write up!

So in the meantime, here is a quick run down of my visit to Bonehead last week.

Continue reading “Bonehead- Birmingham”

Singapore 2018: Part 2

Whilst Jordan has been to Singapore, this was my first visit which meant that getting around and knowing where to go was easier than normal.

We started our day with breakfast at the hotel (after missing it everywhere else we had been) It was ok- no comparison to ones we have had in Thailand though. I do question my choice at breakfast time though..

Singapore Breakfast.jpg

We decided to head to the Botanical Gardens as they are known to be very good and Jordan was impressed with the orchid garden in the past. The weather was excellent so we soaked up the sun whilst wandering around.  I am not sure how we ended up visiting 3 different Botanical Gardens on this trip as we aren’t really ‘plant people’ . However, it was certainly worth the trip and paying for entry for the Orchid Garden was a good choice.

Spore gdns.jpg

orchid 2wfll.jpgwaterlillies.jpgOrchid gardenorchid1.jpg

The gardens are incredible, a good atmosphere, plenty to see and lots of information available for people who just want to look at something pretty but might not know what it actually is. Jordan mentioned that he had seen a turtle on his previous visit so when we spotted one in the lake I was ecstatic. As we walked along it quickly became apparent that there were loads of them. Families of turtles sunning themselves or swimming around was a sight to behold and I couldn’t believe how easy they were to spot. We also saw several Water Monitors digging for food and scuttling across the grass (N.B.- They may have been turtles and water monitors, we weren’t 100% sure and this was the best guess we could make after a bit of googling)

water monitor



We did a lot of walking around the gardens and took an obscene number of photos which on reflection, are only interesting to us! Following a recommendation from a friend in Melbourne, we sought out the Adam Road Hawker Market. There are quite a few dishes that are considered to be ‘must try’ but we tended to go with whatever we fancied at the time

adam road interior

adam road

Most of the food I went for was quite simple really, this was a roast pork, prawn and noodle soup. Not too spicy but packed with flavour and very filling. It was off course accompanied with a fresh juice. Jordan had a chicken set meal similar to Hainanese Chicken Rice but with vegetables on the side. I quite enjoy this style of eating, just finding a stall that looks appealing and watching it be cooked quickly before sitting at a plastic table surrounded by other hungry people. It’s not something we do well in the UK (The food court in Birmingham was always terrible) which is a real shame. At least we have Digbeth Dining Club now which has ever expanding opening times.

Not wanting to miss out on the highlights of Singapore, we headed to Raffles for a signature drink. When I told people we were stopping in Singapore as part of our holiday, it was one of the first things people asked if we were doing but to be honest- I didn’t really know what the fuss was about and hadn’t given it much thought.

As it turned out, Raffles was closed for extensive renovation but they clearly know how much of a draw they have for the influx of tourists as a pop up bar is in place just around the corner. We stopped in for one (very good) drink and to snack on some monkey nuts. I’m not much of a cocktail drinker but a gin base is always nice and we were interested to learn that Sipsmith developed a special gin just for Raffles. More impressive to me, were the posters lining the construction area and I wish we had picked up copies to bring home.

singapore sling


Not content with what had already been a jam packed day, we had booked ahead for dinner at Labryinth, a 1 Michelin Star restaurant located in a shopping centre of all places. I didn’t know much about Singapore or it’s native cuisine so when we were researching our dinner options before we went away, this menu was one that caught my attention. Dinner was excellent and gave us the opportunity to try new things without fear. We had an incredible Chilli Crab Ice Cream which was the highlight for me (along with a single dumpling based on Hainanese Chicken) It was exciting, modern food and after we had eaten the chef came out to chat with us which really did top off our experience.

Research paid off again as we finished our night at Atlas Bar A huge venue, dripping in Art Deco features and with over 1000 gins on the menu (now you know why we ended up there…) The options available were mindblowing, and many items were limited to a single pour per person. We had been really looking forward to Atlas, especially after the excellent bars we had found in Melbourne but we found it lacking in depth. Whilst the menu was excellent, the staff were not as informed as we had expected and therefore if we asked for recommendations they didn’t seem to know too much about what was on offer or in stock. Whilst we did try some good gin, the experience wasn’t as memorable as it could have been because of this (and maybe because I was once again feeling sleepy) The gin didn’t come served as we expected, no specific botanicals and one of the Tonic waters we had was truly vile (we were not warned that it was an ‘unusual’ one until it was too late) I had expected that we would end up staying there for the rest of the evening but we headed home early.

Atlas Bar.jpg

Continue reading “Singapore 2018: Part 2”

Brae-In pictures

World class, eco friendly uber sustainable dining in a rural setting.

Review to follow
Continue reading “Brae-In pictures”

Bangkok 2018

Recap on the first leg of our trip through Asia to Australia

Continue reading “Bangkok 2018”

The Press Club -In pictures

Review to follow- But we met George!

Melbourne 2018- Part 2: The food

This holiday has pretty much evolved around a plate and Melbourne was probably the height of this. Whilst some places will get their own review in time, here is a run down of the noteworthy ones:

Fine Dining

We might have been a little ambitious but we managed to fit in 3 fine dining tasting menus inthe space of a week


Number 1 in Australia,

World ranking: 44

3 Hats

Style: Country style, contemporary Australian cuisine with an emphasis on locally grown (onsite) produce and ecologically friendly processes.

Verdict: Falls in the top 5 places I have ever eaten. The more I think about it, the more I think it was an exceptional experience.

Vue de monde:

Number 5 in Australia

No world ranking

3 Hats

Flagship restaurant of Shannon Bennett (Masterchef Australia mentor)

Style: Contemporary Australian fine dining in city centre location. Very slick, modern feel.

Verdict: Uber swish, excellent food and open plan kitchen. Feels lavish and extravagant.

The Press Club:

Number x in Australia

No world ranking

Flagship restaurant of George Calombaris (Masterchef Australia host)

Style: Modern Greek with Australian influences. Business like but laid back atmosphere. Surprisingly small venue.

Verdict: Well priced, good food and very friendly staff added to experience. Full tasting menu is a little large but smaller option does exist. Wine pairing interesting and good value.

Casual Dining

Meletos– Yarra Valley

Set in wine country we had a very languid lunch here and I had possibly the biggest mussels I’ve ever eaten. Menu has a mix of dishes from barramundi to pork belly alongside a good range of home made pizzas. Very good quality and affordable with stunning views and quaint shop next door (good dairy shop just around the corner too)

Naked for Satan-Fitzroy

This unusually named venue is known for in pintxos. We were especially lucky as the birthday celebration meant they were 50c each! Needless to say we had a variety including wagyu breasola, smoked salmon, chorizo and an arancini ball. No doubt this was the cheapest meal we had in Australia and the drinks selection was pretty good too.


The Public Brewery

We only stopped here for a brief lunch and couple of drinks but the pork belly will forever be lodged in my mind. The sauce wasn’t overly sweet but very sticky and the pork just incredible.


We couldn’t go to Australia and not end up having a BBQ. There is a bit emphasis on quality meat and it was great to see the number of independent shops in small suburbs. Finding a good butcher at home is often hard but there were plenty of options available to us with the traditional ‘butcher,baker,greengrocer’ combo not that uncommon. On our final night we had steaks, lamb cutlets (cut to order) kabanos, marinated lamb backstrap and kebabs not to mention fresh corn and salad. It was a great way to finish off our time in Australia and I saw a possum 😁

Gaggan: Bangkok-in pictures

Too busy eating to be writing so here are a few pictures of our travels so far

The Vanguard- Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Quirky, Independent and well crafted. Everything a true Birmingham bar needs to be

Continue reading “The Vanguard- Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham”

Hickory’s Smokehouse- Castle Bromwich

American style meat-fest

Continue reading “Hickory’s Smokehouse- Castle Bromwich”

Bodega- Worcester

Sometimes, familar is just what you need.

Continue reading “Bodega- Worcester”