Dining out at CHEEK

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I haven’t taken a “selfie” in public for awhile, so please bear with my strange poses..

Having loved our visit to Dexter in Preston, I decided to take Ash to CHEEK, their sister store in the CBD, to celebrate his birthday! I was very excited to be able to get my hands on (and sink my teeth into) these meat donuts after so long (hence, the slightly deranged photo above), so you can imagine that my only contribution to the ordering process was to add the hot meat donuts. The birthday boy did the rest.

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Starting off with the donuts and a smoked lamb rib, we were off to a good start! I’m actually not the biggest fan of lamb, so I was more than happy to keep that donut to myself while Ash (who loves lamb) devoured that.

For the mains, we decided to get two meats and two sides. Ash can be quite particular about food he eats, so we always avoid the ‘Feed Me’ options, and instead go for picking our own menu items. I loved the mash & gravy… granted that I love most mash & gravy, but the bone marrow really gave it another dimension, and easily became my second favourite of the night (after the donut).

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(Starting from the back, L-R) Charred Cabbage, Smoked Short Rib, Smoked Wagyu Brisket and Bone Marrow Mash & Gravy

The only problem with picking our own menu items is that we usually over order…

The above might not look like a lot of food, but trust me, it was way too much food for the both of us to handle (namely, me). Luckily, CHEEK put our left overs in a nice little takeaway box and we were able to drop it off in Ash’s workplace staff fridge before we headed home (beats carrying a box of meat on the train home lol).

This was a great (work) night, and we rolled home happily with our tummies full.

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Mogu Mogu

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 If you have a dog or any sort of pet, you’ll understand that guilty feeling you get when you leave them at home while you go off and have fun. Especially if you’re working throughout the week and they cry when you leave the house. Because of this, whenever I get the chance, I bring Ragnar with me!

On this occasion, Lynn and I were feeling some K-BBQ, but unfortunately despite google images saying otherwise, none of them had outdoor seating (probably due to the cold). Thankfully, a friend who had a fellow had recently posted going to this cute Japanese restaurant nearby.

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 Mogu Mogu was a quaint restaurant in Jackson Court, serving up some delicious authentic dishes. I opted for my favourite, chicken katsu bento, while Lynn got their kaisen don. They did not disappoint and we can confirm that their sashimi was very fresh and well worth the $18 price tag! And although Ragnar didn’t get to order anything for himself, he enjoyed frolicking under the table, chasing birds and keeping watch on passerbys!

Ending our lunch on a positive note with one of their ichigo daifukus, we are def keen to come back for more!

Mogu Mogu Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Meno Zero: Fruity Desserts!

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Earlier on in the year, Lynn and I visited Meno Zero Gelato and Dessert Bar in Doncaster East.
I had personally heard raving reviews about this place and being just down the road from where I work, I was eager to try it out so that I could investigate whether it was worth the sneaky trip down during my lunch break. I had their gelato earlier in the year with Ash so I was keen to try their pretty fruit desserts.

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They had quite a selection of desserts on display, and despite their giant Rocher calling out to me, we got the 3 fruity ones – Snow White, Chocolate Pear and Fragolina!

Having moved down from Sydney recently, I was missing KOI’s series of fruit desserts that used to be available right down the street from my house. So finding out Meno Zero had similar offerings was quite exciting!

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Fragolina – A base of pistachio sponge with strawberry cheesecake mousse and strawberry ($7.90)

The description for the Fragolina sounded just like something I would enjoy so I was quite excited to try it out. However, to my disappointment, the flavours of the cheesecake was way too strong for my liking. We both agreed that it was just too cheesy, and the pistachio base was an odd combination with the strawberry cheesecake.

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Snow White – A base of short bread with apple and salti caramel petit gateau ($7.90)

We were pleasantly surprised to find an actual apple piece inside this dessert, and while somewhat enjoyable, the top apple part had a very bitter taste which was a bit overwhelming at times. However, the caramel tart at the bottom was hands down the best thing I tasted, and dare I say, better than everything else we ordered!

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Chocolate Pear – Dark chocolate mousse, pear and vanilla sponge ($7.90)

Finally, the chocolate pear bore a strong resemblance to the one served at KOI, and although I haven’t had the opportunity to try them myself, Lynn raves about it. Unfortunately, it is with a heavy heart that we must report, it did not live up to its appearance, and to be honest, we were very disappointed. Although we both enjoyed the overall flavours of the dessert, it tasted as if it had been kept in the fridge for far too long, which always ruins a dish for me.

Alas, the similarities in Meno Zero’s and KOI’s ‘fruits’ sadly end in their suspiciously similar appearance, right down to the pear’s fruity center. The best way to describe Meno Zero’s fruit desserts, unfortunately, would be that they’re a poor man’s KOI. A very very poor man in fact.

As mentioned, their specialty is gelato, so our advice is to ignore the temptations of the pretty desserts and just go straight for the gelato. However, despite reviews saying their gelato is legit and tastes just like the ones in Italy, I can confirm that these are false reports. I visited Meno Zero to fix my gelato cravings shortly after returning from Italy, and while it was delicious, it no way compares to the ones served in Italy!

Meno Zero Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato