We ordered four dishes to share:
1) Xiao long bao -$5.80 for four. It was so juicy. It was sally’s favourite dish.
2) Jelly fish- $5.90. This was so bland and it had no chilli in it which we found strange. No salt in it as well. Not going to order this again.
3)Stir fried udon- $9.50- This was my favourite and it was the star of the meal. The beef was really tender and the noodles were flavoursome.
4) Pork bun- $5.20. It came really late why? It came 10 minutes after all the other dishes arrived and we were really full. It was so slippery when it is meant to be pan fried. It was a little bit bland and there was not enough meat in this. I expected more.
In the end we didn’t finish this dish.
With the food being sub par at most I really don’t know why there was such a big queue to get in the door. Maybe next time (and thats if I do come back) I might just try the rice meals and the bentos as they looked really attractive. Maybe they were just having a bad day after all?
But the good news is that they have opened another one in Box Hill. So a few hours after lunch Sally and I met up with another friend at Movenpick.
Now Movenpick doesn’t have any bathrooms- they are inside Centro shopping centre.
But it is here that you can choose what sort of flavours that you like as Movenpick has many.
There isn’t a lot of table service but there are some helpful staff members at the front counter that can assist you in decision making.
Movenpick is a brand of ice cream from Europe and Asia. Seeing as they are European I have high expectations of them and they did not disappoint.
At 3pm it was not busy and there are plenty of seating inside and out.
We had the endless fondue ($21.95) and my friend got an iced coffee ($4.50 for such a big glass). Extra stuff for the fondue is about $5. I also had an iced tea ($4.50)
The iced tea came in a big martini glass which I thought was cute. I loved it today
We all loved the fondue and agreed that the fondue is much better value than the one at Max brenners. For $18 at Max’s it doesn’t have a lot of things to it. In fact most of the things are dried or really hard.
Where as in here we had heaps of fun with this. Here they had yummy creme brulee ice cream and lovely raspberry sorbet. The waffle was a little bit dry but the fruits and ice cream made up for it. The fruits were fresh.
I loved the marshmellows in this. Lovely and they melt in your mouth where as the ones at Max brenners are store bought and really dry.
My friend didn’t like his coffee that much. It was a little bit strong for him.
Now why can’t the west have a Movenpick like the East do? Why do we always have these crappy chocolate places. Please please have a Movenpick in Highpoint rather than the ever so expensive Max Brenners. Oh and the ever so expensive San Churros. People would appreciate this. I will return someday to this place.
They don’t have much fashion shops there, but they make up for it with all the foodie places.
There isn’t much in terms of Entertainment either. All the entertainment things such as cinemas are in Doncaster which is an easy bus ride away.
They do have housing and a lot of Asians live here. Many of my friends said that Box Hill is a great area to live in.
But the only downside to this is the public transport and the travel time to uni which is 30-60 mins on tram or by train. There have also been a few assaults here too so just beware
There isn’t much service. You order and you pay at the front counter. It’s cash only. And then you go get your own cutlery and tea and condiments.
The waitress greeted me with a frown when I asked her to help me to carry my bowl to the table. It would be ideal for the waitress to at least serve the tables rather than call numbers and people get their own. That is what they are there for.
I ordered their famous “Yong Tau foo” for $10.50. You choose six things from the display (all of which are yong tau foo items I’m told), your choice of noodles and soup. I chose the rice noodles, chicken soup, dumplings (two kinds), seafood stuffed tofu, fish cake, dried bean curd sheets and I can’t remember the other one. At $10.50 this is pretty cheap.
I loved everything except for three things:
* The soup had too much MSG in it
* The seafood stuffed tofu tasted like powder- not fresh at all.
* The dried bean curd skin was too dry and really hard to eat.
But I loved the rice noodles and the dumplings. Oh and the fish cake. The bok choy was just ok.
Next time when I come I would go for all of the above except for the dried beancurd skin, the chicken soup and the seafood stuffed tofu. I would love to try the laksa which smelt good. Only this time I didn’t because I didn’t want to end up with bad breath all throughout the afternoon
Whilst waiting I got to check out the bathrooms. As there was only one cubicle there was a bit of a wait. Whilst inside I took a picture of their hand cream which is from Aesop. Cool hey!
I sat at the bar. At the bar you can see them pouring drinks and making coffee. And boy they do a stellar coffee!
I also checked out all the cakes. They looked lovely!
The toast and preserves was lovely. The preserves are homemade. Yay!I absolutely fell in love with the blueberry one. And so too is the yoghurt. I can taste all the vanilla in there. Yum. I normally don’t like rhuburb because of its boring taste, but today it was lovely and sweet.
I sampled some of the salt place on my table and I got to say that this is the best salt ever. Now I wish that more cafes had this sort of salt from the Murray.
The egg was done brilliantly. Now I have never had hard boiled egg in a cup since I came to Melbourne six years ago. Now if only the waitress explained to the international students that visits Cumulus how to eat the egg that would have been great. I had watch another table eat their egg and boy it’s fiddly. All the yolk came out. I had to use my hands to peel the skin off the egg.
I know that there were some haters of Cumulus but I’m not one of them. In fact I liked them today and will be back to sample more of the menu.It’s a good place to take your International guests and tourists as it represents the best of what Melbourne has to offer. The only other gripe I have about this is that they take card, but if you order less than $20 worth of food and drink and pay on card they charge an extra $0.50 surcharge for the card. In other stores I have not known for this to happen. At least they should have explained that on the menu so that one can withdraw some funds before coming. Luckily I had enough to cover me. The nearest atm is in Collins place just across the road.
I sat at the bar and I saw them making lots and lots of cocktails for people. They don’t champagne but they do Mexican style cocktails and tequila.
The atmosphere was lovely. At 4:30pm when I arrived it was quiet and I could easily get a seat by the bar. But 5:30pm everyone came and the place was packed.
The guys behind the bar were friendly. Unlike some other bars these guys were really friendly. They also knew their customers which helps. They also know their foodstuffs and if they don’t just ask the chef, unlike some other places.
They have an open kitchen so I got to see everything that they made.
Everything on the menu is gluten free which is great and they also cater for vegetarians. You can also ask for variations if need be. Eg such as no dairy etc and they will happily accommodate for you.
Here I had their famous fish tacos which everyone loves. And their street style corn. I also added in another taco that was vegetarian.
All up my bill came up to $20.90. Tacos are priced between $5-$7 each.
With it came some salsa. This one didn’t have tomato in it, but still I loved the onion and the cucumber which adds to coolness of it. It only comes free with tacos
I didn’t like the fish one as much as the vegetarian one. The fish one was a little bit bland. The vegetable one was flavorsome and full of freshness. I loved the red cabbage in this. When I saw the pictures of this it tantalized my taste buds.
The street corn was quite nice today. It was char grilled. I loved the spices in this.Yum! I loved all the cheese on top. I wish I had this instead of the cold tacos at Taste of Melbourne.
I would love to come back again to try their quesedilla, something which I didn’t get to try because I had other plans for dinner back home. Students and tourists alike this place is a must visit when you come to Melbourne
I went on opening day and was cordially invited to try their burritos. Their burritos are huge!
There was a line just to get in the door. I got here at 11am and already there was a big queue. Several times I considered being really rude and push right in as I was in a hurry. Like other restaurants, they should invite the bloggers in before the rest of the public so that we can take as many pictures as we like without people blocking us.
Not only do they do food, they also do drinks as well. They do have Mexican drinks as well as canned soft drinks, margaritas, sangritas etc. If you buy a burrito you also get a can of soft drink for $1.
What’s more you also can put as much sauce and toppings as you like. I loved the jalepinos. You don’t get this anywhere else in Melbourne CBD. I also was a fan of the Spanish onions.
Normally a burrito here costs around $8 or $9 but today I got it for free. And I loved the veggie one. Nicely done with all the rice and veggies inside. Yummo. A burrito is a Mexican tortilla wrap filled with yummy goodness inside and rice as well. Here you can choose either meat or veg and I chose veg.
You line up, go inside and order your burrito and they’ll call your number when it is ready.
Also they gave out some free corn chips whilst my friend and I waited in the queue. The wait was 20 mins long.
Many thanks to Guzman Y Gomez for this. You really made our day. I wasn’t much of a fan of the balloons nor the moustache painting on the skin. My skin like all Asians skin is very sensitive and I didn’t know how it would react to moustache being painted. Some people like myself are a little sensitve of balloons. How about no balloons or opening it earlier for the bloggers to visit before the rest do?
I’d happily visit again and pay full price for my yummilicious burrito.