Niko Niko – Chadstone (VIC)

Jurisdiction: Cantonese Verdict: In an ever-changing world that's always about the next new and shiny thing, Niko Niko offers a refreshing throwback to the classic Cantonese dishes. I used to love to come here as a uni student for the braised tofu and roast pork on rice and on my first visit after so many … Continue reading Niko Niko – Chadstone (VIC)

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Gold Leaf – Burwood East (VIC)

Jurisdiction: Yum Cha Verdict: In my opinion, when it comes to balancing the yum cha juggling act that is taste, quality, variety, serving size and price - Gold Leaf Burwood East is the one to beat. Yes, there are other establishments that may outperform on one or two of the criteria - Ripples in Bentleigh … Continue reading Gold Leaf – Burwood East (VIC)

Country Cob Bakery – Kyneton (VIC)

Jurisdiction: Bakery Salient features: For all the fanfare and publicity around Country Cob's award-winning pies, it's the vanilla slice that leaves a lasting impression. Crisp puff pastry and a smooth but not overly sweet vanilla cream heart, it was the highlight of the visit. Verdict: The "award winning" pie tag doesn't help with managing expectations. … Continue reading Country Cob Bakery – Kyneton (VIC)