Archive for August, 2009

1000 Pound Bend

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

1000 Pound Bend (361 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne) occupies an impressive and massive space, and I suspect this is going to come in handy fairly soon, as this place is destined to become very popular by summer.
One of the drawcards is very reasonably priced food. The handful of fairly basic, but well executed, dishes include Indonesian chicken curry and chille con carne, which are around the $10 mark. There’s no reason why other CBD cafes can’t offer such good value food, but very few do.
The service is laid back, friendly and efficient. You order at the bar, and somehow your meals find their way to you, despite no table numbers and the lack of any discernible system.
It’s a nice, relaxing place to sit around, with a couches and arm chairs scattered around, in addition to some small dining tables, and sunlight streaming in.
All in all, a very deserving new addition to my cheap lunch in the Melbourne CBD map.

Bluebird Espresso

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Prompted by a couple of very positive reviews, or more specifically the photographs of the dishes, we ventured down the Bluebird Espresso.
I certainly agree with the comments in the reviews. The food, although there are not a lot of options, is excellent. My ham, cheese and tomato pide was superb, and by all reports, the spinach, prosciutto and egg pide is equally good. And as, Peta points out, the staff are very friendly, as is the dog outside the back door leading to the bathroom.