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Tazio Birraria Pizzeria & Cucina

Recently, I was lucky enough to be invited to a large dinner for Weekendnotes writers at Tazio – an Italian restaurant located on the corner of Flinders Lane and Exhibition St.

Another writer volunteered to write the review on Weekendnotes, but I thought I’d love to add a few more non-Asian restaurant posts to my own personal blog. Did you know I’ve only ever posted one Italian place on my blog?

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The idea of the night was to showcase their large tables for functions. The table seated 24 people, thus 12 writers and their plus ones. It was great to meet some of the writers who you see post so often on Weekendnotes, and finally find yourself able to match faces to names.

With the function already catered for us, we were provided with a special Weekendnotes banquet menu (above). The good thing about Italian food is that it is perfect for sharing, thus the menu was designed for exactly that.

20140716_191938They also provided cocktails at a special price ($12.50), but as we were both driving, we chose to have mocktails – Safe Sex on the Beach and a No-jito ($9.50 – these were not included in the banquet). Service was great because we arrived a bit later and as we sat down, someone was already over to check what drinks we would like.

I enjoyed that you could have drinks similar to your usual cocktails but without the alcohol, as I’m not a big drinker anyway, it feels like you’re not left out and don’t miss out on the great flavours! 

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Whilst everyone arrived, chatted and settled in, the table was served with antipasto – including cured meats, feta, olives and herb bread. I guess I haven’t been exposed to antipasto much in my life to judge it, and found myself eating the usual meat and bread.

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Meanwhile, the chef came out to speak to us about Tazio’s concept of simple Italian food and talk us through our dinner menu and plan. He was a bit quiet and not loud-spoken, but we appreciated that he made the time to come out to talk to us at the start and end of the meal.

20140716_200153There was quite a break in between the entree and mains, which could be because they were allowing us time to get to know each other and chat, or also because they wanted to ensure everything came out at the same time.

Sides included patate fritte or chips with roast garlic aioli and salads – I don’t think you can go wrong with aioli but the chips were nothing special. Pictured below is the rucola – rocket, radicchio, parmesan and balsamic, a simple dish, usually $7.50, to lighten up your intake of pizza and pasta.
20140716_200258But this was only the beginning. After this our mains began to appear rapidly. Below is the classic margherita – I once heard someone say that it is best to judge an Italian restaurant on their margherita. These pizzas were thin and simple, herby and flavourful, but this was not the most memorable pizza.
20140716_200400The Della Mare – prawns, spinach, mozzarella (below) looked interesting, but I didn’t feel the prawns suited the pizza. I feel like there needs to be a little more topping to compliment it or something added to the sauce to make it work.
20140716_200503I did enjoy the last two pizzas more than the others, the Veneto – roast peppers, goats’ cheese, pancetta (Italian cured pork belly) and Treviso – crushed oven dried tomato, caramelised onion, basil.
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The Treviso felt like a more exciting vegetarian option than your classic margherita, with its extra dimension of flavour from their caramelised onion, feta and herbs.

The Veneto was also a simple meat option for a pizza, with a good amount of goat’s cheese. A suitable creation to represent an Italian restaurant with goats’ cheese and pancetta, a sort of Italian cured meat similar to bacon/ham.

20140716_201031Many people fell in love with the prawns, tomato and lemon zest risotto, but I have always found risotto tends to be too creamy for my liking, and this was one of them. Eating too much of a creamy or cheesy meal usually does not sit well with me after a while.
20140716_201102Meanwhile, the penne amatriciana – chicken, pancetta, chilli, garlic, napoli – did not seem that different from a similar dish my mum usually whips up at home. The sauce at Tazio does taste slightly different and more authentic, but still does not warrant any exclamations that it is the best dish.
20140716_201423Overall, the night was more for a good catch up and chat, full of getting to know people and enjoying food surrounded by people you usually aren’t surrounded by. The food was good, with some pizzas earning my tick of approval, but generally not outstanding.

Image taken from the official Weekendnotes write up by Nadine

It did, however, stick to the its concept of simple, Italian food. It is also a nice, classy atmosphere with good service, so drop in if you are after a sophisticated yet affordable Italian meal.
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Tazio is located at 66 Flinders Lane and is open 12pm-late weekdays and Saturdays from 5pm. Find their menu here and book online here.

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Mon’s Adventures was invited for a complimentary banquet with eleven other Weekendnotes writers and friends – all to promote their function table.

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Insiders of the Month: May

If you haven’t seen, I’ll be featuring recommendations from people each month. The plan was to feature one recommendation, but now I’ve realised a compilation would be better, so my readers can have the same variety of options as me! Check out my Insiders below!

Kay has recommended Zombie Burger in St Kilda as it has yummy burgers! Although I work in St Kilda, it’s not close enough for me to visit on lunch but it’s definitely on the to-go list.

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Jennie has suggested Camy Shangai Dumpling in Chinatown. You pay $15 for All You Can Eat with no time limit. You need at least five people to have All You Can Eat and they just keep on bringing out dishes!

Camy Shanghai Dumpling on Urbanspoon 20140507_190246 Banoiboy can’t contain his love for Jinda Thai, all he can say is, “Jinda Jinda Jinda!” Luckily Jinda happens to be on my train line. I managed to try it yesterday night, and it’s so popular as of late I was lucky enough to receive dish recommendations from Never Too Sweet and I Eat Therefore I Am. A post will be coming on it shortly!

Jinda Thai Restaurant on Urbanspoon

I would love to mention a few more but I also would like to try them out myself and provide everyone with a review. Keep recommending me places by emailing me or commenting on my blog/social media, and it might be featured next month! This month’s features will be up on the side bar of my blog soon. In the meantime, here’s a roundup of some of my latest articles on my other websites: Rue & Co A new eating spot on the Paris end of Collins St. How can you resist the combination of St Ali cafe, Masterchef George Calombaris’ Jimmy Grants and Chin Chin’s head man, Chris Lucas, with a taste of his new Korean restaurant Kong. I’ll probably be writing more of a review on the food soon, but for now click here to read more on the place itself!

American Restaurants in Melbourne
Similarly I’ve written about some of these restaurants before, but if you’d like a little summary and to see more recommendations from my Weekendnotes readers, read on!

Round She Goes Preloved Fashion Market, Box Hill After the last amazing event in Coburg, this unique market will have its next round at Box Hill. The lovely founder Emma personally approves each stall so the market is full of quality and variety. For more, click here! Ice Hockey
If you’ve had a taste of this intense sport in North America, well it’s now coming on tour to Australia. Witness a match exhibiting the serious rivalry between USA and Canada and their iconic sport at Rod Laver Arena. Read the article here.

The trailer is having some issues in my article, but for now you can check it out here:

There are more articles not listed here, so check out my Weekendnotes and Livlicious profiles if you’re interested. Thanks for all the support in the past months. I’m currently ranked in the top 25 writers on Weekendnotes whilst this blog is continously growing, reaching new personal bests for site visits this month!

Merry Weekendnotes!

It’s that season where you finally get to have a break and enjoy your time off. In the spirit of spending your time doing fun things and not working, here’s a Weekendnotes update if you haven’t had a chance to see my latest articles.

Host a Charity Dinner for the Philippines: article
To do our part and assist the Philippines in their time of crisis, we held a small charity dinner that managed to raise $1500 in donations. In the midst of trouble, we shared Filipino culture with those who are not as familiar with it and managed to aid those in need, providing a fun night but with sincere thoughts going out to those in need.

Secret Forest Walks in Daylesford: article
If you want an adventure and you’re not usually a hiker, here’s a challenge. Walking in a secluded forest in Daylesford with a GPS to guide you through a scenic walk, Secret Forest Walks will lead you to places that other people don’t really go. You may or may not be physically challenged whilst you can allow nature’s silence to engulf you.

How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Melbourne: article
If you’re looking for a relaxing night or a night that isn’t just full of drinking to welcome 2014, here’s a few ideas. As a person who isn’t a heavy drinker, it’s always nice just to spend the night with good friends and appreciate the year that has passed in good company.

Ayomo Frozen Yogurt Cafe: article
Ayomo, standing for “A Yogurt Moment”, is a fairly new place on Clarendon St in South Melbourne. It provides unique flavours of frozen yogurt, their signature flavour being macadamia. In addition to this they make nutritious juices and smoothies, and even serve up some amazing waffles, so check it out for some healthy late-night dessert!

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Where to Relax, Read and Dine

If you want to know where to dine with some amazing views, what’s a relaxing place to enjoy a read or what’s on next weekend, my latest Weekendnotes articles will tell you all that. Simply click the links below or visit here. You can even show me your support by clicking “Like” or “Subscribe to Monique N” in the left hand corner of that page!

Philippine Fiesta 2013: article//website

If you didn’t get enough of Filo culture in my last post, did you know that each year there is a Philippine Fiesta in Melbourne? You can witness some amazing cultural performances, from singing to dance and wrestling matches. Meanwhile, you can venture through all the food stores and sample their amazing BBQ dishes.

If you look out, some Filipino groceries are selling presale tickets to the event or you can just rock up on the day!

Top Places to Read a Book in Melbourne: article

Need I say more? Sometimes, you just want to enjoy your latest novel and block out everything else. However, it’s always nice to do so in a peaceful atmosphere, whether it’s a beach or a park. Read my article for my favourite spots, including a little sneaky treat at the end.

Melbourne Dining Spots with a View: article

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Here you will find some conventional places that you may have heard of, within the greenery of areas such as the Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges. If you’re wondering what will be nice for someone’s next big occasion, if you want to explore or if you simply just want to treat yourself, these places are perfect to drop by!

Great Ocean Road

erskine-falls31The Great Ocean Road is something that everyone has to do. It fits perfectly into the cliche, that says that the journey is more important than the destination.

Along the scenic drive, you can embrace your spontaneous side and decide to take a stop wherever you find a breathtaking view.

You’ll find that these will be mainly beach views as you take in the turbulent ocean and the small hills and cliffs around the coast.

I haven’t travelled the full road but even travelling for a part of it will give you scenic views that you can’t find in Melbourne. The left picture is of Erskine Falls in Lorne, a popular destination about 20 minutes from the famous ocean road. It’s a short walk from the carpark to a platform where you can observe the 30 metre drop from above.

The bottom right picture, is part of our first spontaneous stop to admire the foggy, mysterious and empty coast around the beginning of the drive. Despite the gloomy weather, having a whole beach to yourself to walk on and enjoy the air outside city life can be quite a reality-check.

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If you want to read my full story in detail about my Great Ocean Road trip, complete with a good burger spot and bonus dolphin show, visit this link and feel free to leave me some comments on where to go next time!

Weekendnotes: http://www.weekendnotes.com/the-great-ocean-road-victoria/

 

Come Away With Me

If you’re looking for a mini-getaway from Melbourne, check out some of my latest Weekendnotes articles for some ideas of how to escape. Click titles/pictures for links to my articles!

Picture This Ballooning: 
Hot air ballooning and breakfast in Yarra Valley

Mazes in Victoria
Getting lost in various mazes in Mornington Peninsula

Horse Riding
Learning to ride horses in the bush and on the beach

The Trailer Park Returns!

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During August and September, Village Melbourne in St Kilda held a Trailer Park each weekend, and rotated various food trucks.

It was a successful event with a warm and charming atmosphere. It also provided a great solution for food truck enthusiasts who eagerly check their Twitter to find out where all the trucks will be that night. If you missed out, don’t worry, as the Trailer Park will return for one full week in November for The Age’s Good Food Month.

Click here to read about the event and my past experience at the Trailer Park on Weekendnotes!

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