Back again…

after a hiatus spent in the UK and Amsterdam. My ladyfriend had two UK-based colleagues over so it gave me the chance to check out a couple of places i hadn’t been to, namely the Moroccan Soup Bar in Richmond and the Japanese restaurant Yuu, off Oliver Lane in the CBD.

I have been meaning to go to the former for ages, having been recommended by various persons third hand, and was pleased to get a booking for five persons. The place doesn’t look like anything special from the exterior, but is cosy enough inside. We had tables, much to the disappointment of my colleagues who were dressed for sitting on the floor. We got served by the owner who comes across looking a little like Sideshow Bob off the Simpsons. The food was lovely, vegetarian and cheap at $15 per person. the starters were various dips with bread, then mains of 4 or so dishes to share, the highlights of which were for me the crunchy, yet smooth yet light chickpea bake, and a cauliflower based curry. tTmint tea served on arrival was ok, but I remember having much better and refreshing when I went to Morroco last, about 5 years ago. The sweets were lovely, some baklava type stuff, and a cream puff pastry amongst others. tel: 9482 4240 183 St. Georges Road Nth. Fitzroy

Yuu was a revelation, hidden away on Flinders Lane, offering 3 courses for the same amount of $15. It almost seemed like another world walking down into this basement restaurant, with a table skirting a central area, two tables off to the left, and two private rooms. It was all quiet and serene while we were served green tea (with rice in it) to start. The set menu is available for the whole month in advance, and that is all that is served. We had pickles, a soup with egg and vegetables in it, cold noodles with soy and wasabi to dip it in, and a crumbed beef and potato patty with a curry sauce. The cold noodles were a surprise, but worked ok, and the rest was quite tasty. The presentation was immaculate, the best example of this being the desert, a single segment of orange. This was cut to perfection with the tip of the segment sliced off, and the flesh was cut away from the peel with great precision so that the flesh came away from the peel. It’s times like this I wish I took a camera, but it would seem intrusive in Yuu. Bookings are recommended as it gets full, and they are tight on being on time for bookings. tel: 9639 7073 137 Flinders Lane

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