Ang Ang results in angst angst

scallops hoi an at Ang Ang May 2017

The scallops hoi an at Ang Ang Malaysian restaurant in Eastland, Ringwood, Melbourne, pictured above, were delicious; the vegetarian dumplings, lemon grass chicken, soul prawns, and company proved superb too.

Sadly, the manager’s loud, rude behaviour, our food arriving in drips and drabs – it took 10 minutes for the last chicken dish to arrive after the first three dishes were already being consumed to prevent it from getting cold – and deliberate clutter and packing up of chairs to get the message across we needed to clear out by 21h30 when we only arrived at 19h00 for dinner, proved a dampener on our much anticipated dinner with special friends. The restuarant does not accept bookings either, so, we rushed to get there, a 30-minute drive for both couples, to secure a table for four.

Not a Friday evening we’d like to repeat. Pity, as the food is really scrumptious. Suggestion to too many restaurants not investing in soft furnishings, resulting in a noisy atmosphere: We’re on the prowl for eateries with soft seats, rugs and drapes for easy conviviality to complement delicious dining and wining. Life’s short.


Five-star service, ambience, vista and food at Bistro Guillaume

Crab salad and confit of duck at Bistro Guillaume.

Easter Sunday 2017 in Melbourne proved a problem to book a delectable dining experience with friends visiting from the UK as most intimate restaurants were closed for lunch. A member of the couple has had cancer and follows a no-dairy diet. Not being a lover of big hotels, after much deliberation, I decided on Bistro Guillaume at The Crown, where the chef caters for special dietaries by arrangement. This proved a superb choice as our friends could enjoy lovely vistas of the Yarra River in autumn, superb service by professional staff, most with charming French accents, an accommodating chef, a warming ambience as we felt we were all back in Paris. The cuisine was delectable. My crab salad with avocado starter was a triumph in presentation as well as flavour; the fish of the day, prepared in olive oil instead of butter for our friend on the non-dairy diet, the confit of duck, soup of the day (gazpacho), and medium-rare steak with béarnaise sauce all proved scrumptious. Highly recommended.

Superb afternoon with friends at Oakridge Winery in Coldstream

Our foodie friends from the UK who travel the globe to savour delicious food and wine were not disappointed when we took them to this Yarra Valley gem. From the smoked trout starters to mains including Rainbow Trout, Wallaby Rump, Dry Aged Duck Breast, to (my) Slow Roasted Beef Oyster Blade, pictured above, not a morsel remained on our plates. The side of hand cut chips with house-made mayo proved a further winner – no room for dessert but washed down with Oakridge red and bubbles, we were ready to throw in the towel but lingered longer to savour the sublime vistas of vineyards and the beautiful Yarra Ranges. The unpretentious, attentive service, location, cuisine and wine scored a perfect 10 on our visit in February 2017.

Take me to church – lunch at L’Auberge, Lilydale

During my return visit to this French-inspired café in an old chapel in Lilydale, my friend had smashed avocado and egg, moccha chocolate mousse and a cappuccino; I had the crocque madame with smoked salmon, a green salad (pictured above), and hot chocolate. A perfect taste of France on a chilly, wet autumn day in May 2017. The service was attentive, the cuisine superb and reasonably priced. Leave space for the French patisseries, you won’t be sorry. Word is they’ll be licensed in a few weeks, when a glass of wine will be the perfect accompaniment to another convivial dining experience for this Francophile.

During my previous visit in February this year, the duck pie was light, fluffy, and flavoursome, as any self-respecting French pie should be, served with a fresh, crisp green salad; my friend loved her turkey baguette with salad and for sweets, on a cool summers day, the iced white chocolate drink took me to church, or rather, to this charming old chapel in Castella Street. I’ll be back.

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