Wednesday, October 22, 2014

126 Asian Cuisine

We have walked past this very unassuming little Chinese Take-away for the past 12 months as we have been sampling all the restaurants that Upper Heidelberg Road  Ivanhoe has to offer.

With a small dining area in front, for those that want to stay - we settled into a booth, where we could share a plate or two. And I must admit that I wasn't expecting anything exceptional - I was wrong - very wrong!
Oh my! What have we been missing?

The dumplings were so wonderful (obviously 'home' made).
That they were totally gone before I even thought to pull my camera out.

Then the glistening Prawns in Sweet Chilli Sauce and the Beef in Oyster Sauce followed by some Special Fried Rice.

Prices were very reasonable for the serving size and there was more than enough for 2 to share.

The only disappointing part of the meal was - we didn't have any room left for Banana Fritters and Icecream for dessert!
Something I will have to rectify on our next visit!

126 Asian Cuisine
126 Upper Heidelberg Road
Ivanhoe Vic 3079

Ph:  9499 1689

Open 7 days
Takeaway and Dine in

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Gloria Jean's - Polaris

Situated opposite Bundoora Park and beside La Trobe University at the Polaris Town Centre is Gloria Jean's.

The cafe is small, but bright and inviting and although it can get quite busy, owners Sash and Rosa always make me feel welcome anytime I walk in.  It is also the perfect place to leave DH with a coffee and the paper while you do a spot of shopping at the adjacent supermarket.

On this particular visit they were serving the most gloriously light little "Cakewiches".

Looking like a Sandwich, they seem to be made from Hazelnut Sponge and light chocolate mousse filling, so intriguing I just had to try one. They also come in a "White" variety with Vanilla Sponge, white chocolate and raspberry filling.
Available for a limited time and marketed as "Cake on the Go" I preferred to sit and enjoy mine with a mug of coffee.

(I love these mugs they are so comfortable to hold - and along with other store branded products, they are for sale from any Gloria Jean's if you want one to take home!)

Like other chain or franchise cafe/restaurants that are around all Gloria Jean's have the same menu. 
But it is the staff that makes one more special than another, it is what brings you back, even though it may not be in your local area. This, is my favourite Gloria Jean's. 

Gloria Jean's
(Polaris Town Centre - Off Plenty Rd.)
42 - 44 Copernicus Cresc.

Ph: (03) 9468 5015

Monday to Friday 7:00am- 6:00pm
Saturday to Sunday 8:00am- 5:30pm