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Speights Alehouse, Queenstown, NEW ZEALAND

Speights Alehouse is modern gourmet pub food for the discerning customer. We were drawn in by the lunch specials and the tantalising menu. They offer information about providence, where the lamb came from, how the fish was caught, sustainable farming, gate to plate produce.

And the food tasted good. Really good. Tender, succulent, rich, simple. We ate here several times through our week in Queenstown and discovered that you should come early in the evening as it becomes quite popular later on. It’s a family venue celebrating history all over its walls. (And free wifi-!)

Bangers and mash, catch of the day, roast lamb and potatoes. Treat yourself to a hearty, locally sourced meal.

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Cafe Notturno, Lygon Street, Melbourne, Australia  

This café was a great find. We went wandering down Lygon street to experience the Italian sector and came across this gem. We shared a supreme pizza, chicken and mushroom risotto and caesar salad. The food was hearty, flavoursome and good value for money. Not much ambience wise, but it seems very accommodating to families with kids and big groups. My only disappointment was that the caesar was advertised to be served with anchovies but didn’t come with any. Aside from that I was delighted with my Italian meal.

.Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Saigon Kingdom, Queenstown, New Zealand

We stumbled across this place in the hopes of finding an affordable and tasty lunch. A lot of the restaurants down by the water are quite pricey so we were stoked to find this Vietnamese restaurant. It was filled with people, so we knew it would be worth trying. And the food! My lemongrass vermicelli noodles were fresh and flavoursome, with herbs and heat. Mum had lemongrass chicken stir fry on rice and said the meal was to die for. My drip coffee was authentic over condensed milk. I’ll be back for sure.

Maxim’s Palace Chinese Restaurant, Hong Kong

For the ultimate traditional Dim Sum experience in Hong Kong, you must go to Maxim’s. This restaurant is like a banquet hall, it could easily hold over 600 people with stunning views of Hong Kong. The ladies push silver carts, weaving in and around the tables of laughter. They offer you chicken feet and egg tarts and xiao long bao and all the good things I can’t pronounce. The food is so delicious and tastes authentic, rather than the gimmicky tourist traps you stumble across  elsewhere. It’s hard to find, but you’ll know you’re in the right place from the queues out the door. Leave yourself plenty of time if you can. And don’t fret, the menu is offered in Chinese and English,  otherwise just point and nod and you’ll have a delicious time anyway. A little pricey, but totally worth it.


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The Coffee Academics, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

The Coffee Academics in Wan Chai, Hong Kong is an excellent brunch spot. The cafe is super trendy, a safe haven for individuals seeking solace in their laptop and wifi. They specialist in a million different coffee brewing methods. Their gourmet coffees are inspired by places around the world and, much to my delight, they actually remind me of those places, like Okinawa with sugar, New Zealand with manuka honey, and Java with pandan and coconut. 

Their brunch menu is to die for. Butterscotch pancakes with espresso butter, or croque madam with aged iberico ham. Delicious. While it’s a little pricey, it’s worth it. I only regret not trying everything off the menu. If I lived in Hong Kong, I’d make this my regular haunt.

**Hit the link for delicious pancakes !


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Love Scene, Bangkok, Thailand

Love Scene is unassuming. To be honest, it’s not a place I would have chosen myself, considering it’s location just off Soi Cowboy and it’s grunge appearance from the street. Went there on a recommendation with a local and honestly, worth it. The food tasted totally authentic and didn’t hold back on spice or flavour. The papaya salad has a real punch and it does Thai Cuisine perfectly. Well priced and great value; It’s one of those hole-in-the-wall restaurants where you shouldn’t worry about decor or location because the food transcends. 
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Din Tai Fung, Central Embassy, Bangkok

Din Tai Fung in Bangkok is excellent. I’ve been to a few Din Tai Fungs across Sydney and Asia, but the Bangkok restaurant has to be my favourite. There’s a great selection of delicacies and they’re so delicious. The xiao long bao are to die for, the Dan Dan noodles are peanutty with a hint of spice and they claypot chicken rice is so flavoursome. Reasonably priced and great value.
Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.