Nurikko Visits

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SPRING 2011 A to Zee

Wouldn't it be nice if the world was Nutella~

It’s the end of October *cheer*!!~ How exciting that we have got summer coming and Christmas is not too far away, which means more food =D Over the past few months, both Aj and I have been busying with uni work and extra curricular activities hence why Nurikkovisits have been a little quiet. But despite the lack of posts, we have been visiting places and have taken notes down for more comprehensive reviews for the future. We also do upload all our food photos onto Urbanspoon for convenience, so you can find us under Nurikko.

Just out of random I’d like to mention that I have found 5kg Nutella spread tubs on sale at an Italian food and produce store called Casa Bottega, 5 kilograms!!!! How long will it take to finish it up? Trust me I’ve been seriously considering the purchase!!


China Style (Carlton)

Location: 743 Swanston St, Carlton 3053
Telephone: (03) 9347 3567
Trading Hours: Sunday ~ Saturday 1000 – 2200

Chinese home cooking, large range of selection, fast, reasonable student price. Take away available.

China Style (Carlton)

Seafood and Egg Rice Noodles

China Style (Carlton)

Hainanese Chicken Meal

China Style (Carlton)

Hainanese chicken

China Style on Urbanspoon

Chu Nam quan (St Albans)

Location: 65 Alfrieda Street, St Albans, 3021
Telephone: (03) 9364 5880
Trading Hours: Sunday ~ Saturday 0900 – 2100

You can view past post on Chu Nam by clicking ME

Crispy Noodles with Combination topping

Rice noodles and Seafood Combination (chicken soup)

Rice vermicelli and Pork Ribs


Cupcake Central (Hawthorn)

Location: Shop 7/672 Glenferrie Road, Melbourne 3122
Telephone: (03) 9077 4542
Trading Hours:
Mon ~ Fri 0730 – 1830
Sat ~ Sun 1000 – 1730

Cafe seating available inside and outdoor

Cupcake Central (Hawthorn)

Apple Crumble

Cupcake Central (Hawthorn)

Red Velvet


Crystal Jade Restaurant 翡翠小廚 (Chinatown)

Location: 154 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000
Telephone: (03) 9639 2633
Trading Hours:  
Sunday ~ Saturday Lunch 1130 – 1500; Dinner 1745 – 2300

Great place for large group Yum Cha or dinner.  The dishes we have ordered in general were quite nice and satisfying.

Crystal Jade on Urbanspoon

Egg Sake Bistro (Melbourne University, Union House)

Location: Bldg130/156 Grattan St, Parkville 3052. (Melbourne University Union House, Basement)
Telephone: (03) 9347 4704
Trading Hours: Monday ~ Friday 0900 – 1800; Happy Hour TBC
Click to see photos of the shop by Sonia Mangiapane

Bento with two selections

Nan Ban Chicken

Simple, Trendy and Appealing to university students. Egg Sake Bistro is one of the most popular Japanese food outlet on campus offering a large range of meal selection satisfying foodies with all sorts of appetite; the bistro has also got a bar which offers the popular Green Tea Latte, cocktails, beers and… Happy Hour!

Egg Sake Bistro on Urbanspoon

Image Superstore Cafe (Melbourne University)

Location: 690 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne 3000 (corner of Pelham and Berkeley Street)
Telephone: (03) 9349 5529
Trading Hours: Monday ~ Saturday 0930 – 1730, Closed on Sunday
Facebook Link
Image Superstore Cafe on Urbanspoon

Berry Smoothie and Lemon Meringue Tart

Studio / Cafe

Studio / Cafe


Invita (Queen Victoria Market)

Location: 76 Therry St, Melbourne 3000
Telephone: (03) 9329 1267
Trading Hours: TBC (should follow closely to market hours: Monday & Wednesday CLOSED, Tuesday & Thursday 0600 – 1400, Friday 0600 – 1700, Saturday 0600 – 1500, Sunday 0900 – 1600)

Invita is a fantastic market styled cafe resided just next to the organic section of Queen Victoria Market. Their menu is full of drink and food varieties which includes coffee, tea, wine, beer, fresh juices, smoothies, cookies, cakes (yum!), soup, pasta, burgers and more. What makes Invita really special is that it emphasizes on using organic ingredients and has created a range of gluten-free, vegan and 100% vegetarian food for Melbournians. 80% of their food being vegan and GF friendly; and six out of their ten cakes are either GF or prepared without using eggs.

Since summer is very near; the Suzuki Night Market season is about to begin. Invita will be extending its operating hours on Wednesday catering the night crowd with their delicious range of food.

The high quality of the food and service must be consistent, no exceptions! – Janaka, founder and proprietor of Invita

Just a bit of extra information on Suzuki Night Market:

Date: Every Wednesday night from 16 November 2011 ~ 29 February 2012 (excluding 28 December 2011)
Time: 5.30pm to 10.00pm
Location: Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne. Enter via Queen, Therry or Peel Streets.


Livebait (Docklands)

Location: 55 New Quay Prom, Docklands 3008
Telephone: (03) 9642 1500
Trading Hours: Sunday ~ Saturday 1130 – 2300

You can view post on Livebait by clicking ME


Oriental Tea House (Melbourne Central)

Location: Gd 068/69 Melbourne Central Shopping Centre (Elizabeth Street side), Melbourne 3000
Telephone: (03) 9066 0207
Sunday ~ Wednesday 1000 – 2130
Thursday 1000 – 2230
Friday ~ Saturday 1000 – 2300

Oriental Tea House (Melbourne Central)

Sweet Summer Ice Cream on Fire

Fancy tea house, it has taken tea drinking to a new era. Was there for dessert that afternoon, the environment was very relaxing, dessert was ordinary though. (Also, the waitress has trouble confirming whether they did have any green tea ice-cream left; we were asked to change for something else on the menu when they finally found the green tea ice-cream, but it looked super old as you could see the frost over it…) Just unlucky?

Oriental Tea House on Urbanspoon

Kum Den (Chinatown)

Location: 3-5 Waratah Place, Melbourne 3000
Telephone: (03) 9663 6508
Trading Hours:
Sunday ~ Saturday Lunch 1100 – 1500; Dinner 1730 – 2300

Specializes in traditional Chinese and Cantonese cuisine, good place for large group lunch or dinner.

On that particular Saturday evening Chinese Musical Group held our post production dinner at Kum Den 金鼎, we had the whole upstairs booked which catered more than 40 people. I recalled us staying there until 3am, not quite sure whether that is what Kum Den would do usually though.

The food was great by the way.

Kum Den on Urbanspoon

Hope that you have enjoyed this big post, shall be back with more food reviews =) Until then, happy eating =d

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