Showing posts from June, 2012

Lock 'n' Load

Lock 'n' Load, West End
A meeting with an old friend lead to brunch in Lock 'n' Load. Walking past the bar-like entry, we stepped into a more relaxing environment, the courtyard. Unfortunately, no seats were available up in the verandah.
I had my usual skinny flat white and it was all right. It did not make any lasting impression on me but bear in mind that I visited this place more than a month ago.

Michael ordered the Vege loaded:
The 'vege loaded' meal was pretty huge with poached eggs, avocado salsa, hash brown, haloumi, mushrooms and relish.
As for myself, nothing in the breakfast menu jumps up to me and finally I ordered the field mushrooms on sourdough, poached eggs, spinach and hollandaise.

Well, at a glance, I knew that they have overcooked my poached eggs! The yolk is no longer orange-y in colour but yellow. I was disappointed. Each individual components were put together nicely but they lacked in flavour. I need more hollandaise sauce!
Nice atmosphere, good…

The Vietnamese

The Vietnamese, Fortitude Valley
Together with SaC, we visited The Vietnamese after giving an opposite restaurant a flick due to its emptiness. Glancing around, we noticed that this restaurant seemed to be quite happening. It's not your high end restaurant but a simple, bustling place ... maybe too close to your surrounding diners. You can't even escape the 'plumes of smoke' when someone ordered a sizzling dish.
Anyway, we ordered Vietnamese spring rolls for entree:

The rolls were pretty good, simple and delicious. The dipping sauce is quite different from what I used to have. The consistency of the sauce was thicker than usual and I like the addition of the crushed peanuts, giving it a crunchier texture.
For mains, we tried one of the traditional Vietnamese dishes:

I've certainly haven't tried any Vietnamese claypot before and could not make any judgement. It was a 'so-so' dish, with quite salty gravy base and lots of mix vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, …