The Grand BBQ | Melbourne CBD

S and I don’t mind spending money on food, but we highly enjoy getting our fill of delicious cheap eats. On one weeknight dinner, we met up with my brother for some Chinese food. Located inside the Target Center along Bourke Street, we found ourselves in front of a place called The Grand BBQ. It’s not a fancy place, despite its name. I think it’s more similar to a food stall, but with several tables and chairs surrounding the kitchen/preparation area.

I suggest you know what to order once you get in line, as the lady who takes the order doesn’t muck around. Don’t get me wrong; she wasn’t rude at all (at least I didn’t feel like she was). I’m used to the extremely quick way of getting things done in a Chinese eatery, and I don’t mind. The process was pretty simple too: place your order, pay and get your food stub, grab a seat (and some utensils on your way) then wait for your number to be called. The wait for your food won’t take very long. Maybe not during the lunch hour though, you might have to wait a bit during that time.

Crispy Pork and Roast Duck on Rice
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Mamak | Melbourne CBD

Like most people today, I often check a restaurant’s website and/or Instagram profile before popping in for a visit. A quick peruse through the menu and a couple of clicks on Instagram make the decision making a bit faster when we’re in the restaurant itself. Sometimes we stumble upon a gem, sometimes we don’t. Our visit to Mamak was a mix of both.

Chicken and Beef Satay (AU$24.00 for a dozen)
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Wonder Bowl | Melbourne CBD

Autumn in Wellington is the best time of the year, in my opinion. It’s cold but not yet freezing, and I love it! Unfortunately, the colder days are making me miss eating at Wonder Bowl. It’s a hidden Chinese restaurant in Melbourne specializing in Asian noodle soups and the use of Chinese rice wine. The one we visited was tucked away in the first level of a place along Little Lonsdale Street. S and I would never have known about the place if my brother wasn’t there with us to show us around.

Superior Soup with Drunken Chicken (AU$14.50)
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Shortstop Coffee & Donuts| Melbourne CBD

I find it hard not to talk about Shortstop when I think of Melbourne. I’ve wanted to get my hands on their goods for the longest time, so it wasn’t at all surprising that I insisted we visit their store when we went to Australia last December.

I think everyone knows I’m not a massive donut (doughnut?) person, but this place might just have made me one step closer to being one. In our 15 or so days in Melbourne, I’ve dropped by their quaint Sutherland Street shop three times. Looking back, I really should have visited more often but I feel my already burgeoning waistline is thanking me that I did not. My rubbish exercise “routine” doesn’t allow me to eat the amount of sugary treats I think I deserve.

Triple Matcha donut
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