What up, April? We’ve gotta say, we just can’t wait to spend your 30 days munching our way round this glorious city. But first things first—this weekend. Whether you’re after a waffle on steroids or have a hankering for gnocchi, here are five great cafes and restaurants to bust the hunger at this weekend. Let the eating begin!
You’ve sizzled at Korean barbecue and ticked off all the Thai spots in town, but have you let Filipino food tickle your tastebuds? If not, a trip to Royal Oaks’ very own Filipino Eatery is in order this weekend. Nanam takes the traditional flavours of Filipino cuisines and unites them with modern cooking in the most delicious way. Their AYO (assemble your own) TacoPaos require you to sandwich sticky pulled pork, chicharron and homemade pickles between hot pink steamed buns, which you should probably follow with the roast chicken sinigang and the Turon—a crispy caramelised banana parfait. Sweet, deep fried goodness.
Casa Del Gelato
Holding out for a weekend sweet treat? Casa Del Gelato’s mega shakes and waffly creations have no doubt popped up on your gram and now it’s time to get them in your belly. Tucked down a brick lane in Parnell, this pretty dessert parlour doesn’t do things in halves. Their waffles piled with fresh fruit, sauce and ice cream, and the mega shakes are nothing short of impressive—chock-a-block with brownie, cream, sprinkles… even the waffles make their way onto the shakes. Leave your calorie counter at home.
Eat pasta, drink wine, be merry—that’s what this little Italian gem is all about and we dig it. Much of Venosa’s menu has been passed down from the owner’s Italian nonna so you know whatever you order is going to be delizioso. Start with the antipasto of the day before moving on to whatever special chef Colin has conjured up—accompanied by a glass or two of red, of course. Past specials include duck ravioli, seafood risotto and three cheese risotto. Wrap it up with tiramisu and bring on them cheese dreams.
Sandringham’s very own slice of France will never let you down. Not only is Petit Bocal responsible for that ridiculously cute latte art, they also serve up the perfect leisurely brunch fare. Pop in for some old school lemon and sugar crepes or scrambled eggs, served not on toast but a flaky toasted croissant. If you’re feeling particularly funky, sway from the norm and order JP’s marinated sardines with a soft boiled egg and baguette soldiers—the owner’s dad’s go-to.
Le Vietnamese Kitchen
We know the newly opened TOK TOK will be on your dining radar this weekend, but make sure its older sibling, Le Vietnamese Kitchen gets your attention, too. After all, why would you deprive yourself from coconut prawns, Mekong chicken curry and Hanoi style pork belly? Wash it all down with a Le Viet iced tea made from wild tea vodka, triple sec, lime, lemongrass, mint and ginger ale. In fact, have a couple… it’s the weekend, people.
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Image credit: Casa Del Gelato