13 Little Collins Street, Melbourne (map)
For the last two months I've been working on secondment up towards the Paris end of the CBD. After 3+ years working down the Beirut end (or as I prefer to think of it, the Delaware end) of town, I'm loving my sudden proximity to places like Chinatown and Cumulus Inc, and lunching with friends who work up thataway. Today I had lunch with Miss M, who took me to a little cafe around the corner from Liaison called Mamma's Boy. How cute is this back blackboard listing some of the cafe's recipes, eh?
Mamma's Boy serves baguettes, toasties and quesadillas but if you visit you simply MUST order this Vietnamese chicken salad ($9.50), containing poached chicken, wombok, carrot, fresh chilli, fresh ginger, coriander, Vietnamese mint and crispy shallots. It's fabulously fresh and delicious and the serving is HUGE (as I mumbled on twitter, I think I ate an entire head of wombok).
Miss M ordered the Thai red duck curry with coconut rice ($14.90), which she loved. I mean to come back one morning for breakfast - I want to order the Afghani eggs served with fresh chilli and lime.
Oh, and GUESS who's popping up again in the city for another few months (a mere 90 second walk from my current building)?
Baker D. Chirico pop-up store
24 Crossley Street, Melbourne (map)
Open Tuesday to Friday, 8am-6pm, from Tuesday 9 February 2010 to Thursday 1 April 2010
Last year, for the month leading up to Christmas, St Kilda baker par excellence Baker D. Chirico set up a pop-up shop in Crossley Street in the city (opposite Gingerboy), selling the insane array of sweet treats you see before you in the above photo.
Thanks to Joyce from the blog MEL HOT OR NOT breaking the news on twitter this afternoon, the word on the street is that the pop-up shop is BACK, starting on Tuesday and open four days a week up until Easter. Read Joyce's comprehensive review of the pop-up shop here.
I love love love their pistachio nougat, and I think their macarons are the best commercially-available macarons Melbourne currently has on offer. OUTRAGEOUSLY close to my office building!