I’ve been keen to go to Handsome Her since it opened, but I thought I’d wait a bit for the opening rush to die down. I finally got there last week. It was worth the wait.
Looking at the menu I was paralysed by choice. Every dish on the small menu sounds delicious, but I finally settled on the ‘Park Yeon Mi’ (all the dishes are named after notable women).
My dish was delicious, four crispy soy based drumsticks, with a sticky spicy sauce and tofu mayo, nicely contrasted with some pickled vegetables, cucumber kimchi, coleslaw and a charcoal waffle. The drumsticks were not what I expected inside, they’re not solid but a tightly wrapped coil of a sheet of soy mock meat. Delicious anyway.
The food here is so beautifully presented. Each dish I saw come out was a piece of art. I guess this is to be expected when the owner came from The Glass Den where the food is equally pretty.
The coffee is good too. The cakes in the cabinet looked fabulous, but I was too full to try them. Here are just a couple to tempt you.
Ignore the ratings on social media, they are brought low by reviewers, who in all probability have never been to the cafe, objecting to the completely voluntary 18% surcharge to highlight the gender pay gap. I saw no evidence of men not being welcome. The staff were friendly to everyone.
I should really name this post Handsome Her 1 because it is certain that there will be posts 2,3,4… as I eat my way through the menu.
I will be back.
206 Sydney Road
Spring is in the air and the forecast of a couple of days of 19 degrees gave me the idea of firing up the pizza oven. So yesterday I made a batch of no knead dough to ferment overnight.
Today dawned grey and drizzly, not normally the time I’d make a pizza out of doors, but the dough was perfect so I braved the blustery drizzle to cook my pizza. Luckily it only takes a few minutes. Of course it being Melbourne weather it rained precisely for those few minutes! 🙂
I wanted to try out some smoked mozzarella from Damona that I’d bought with pizza in mind. I’d tried the Damona cheeses when they first arrived but the one I had was coconut flavoured so I was unimpressed and never tried them again. They seem to have fixed that. The smoked mozzarella is really good, lightly smoked and it melts well.
I made a simple pizza with olive oil, garlic, fresh tomatoes, the smoked mozzarella and lots of chopped fresh parsley from the garden where it is currently running rampant.
I’ve been meaning to get to Wonderbao for ages. I’ve eaten their food before at the noodle night markets a couple of times, but never at the shop.
it is a tiny place with a handful of seats lined up at the window. It is notoriously tricky to find, made even more difficult at the moment by A’Beckett St being closed to construct the metro tunnel. Still I found it after a circuitous route around some back lane parts of Melbourne I’ve never seen before, which was enjoyable in itself.
There are a few vegan options on the menu, to save thinking I ordered the veggie pack special, a combination of three items: a crispy silken tofu gua bao garnished with peanuts and pickled mustard, a shiitake mushroom, tofu and vegetable bao, and a taro bao. I have a terror of undercooked eggplant so I skipped the eggplant gua bao, but after seeing someone next to me eating it, I’ll be back to try it.
The crispy tofu gua bao was the winner with its delicious combination of flavours and textures. Probably not as great as the slightly cross cultural one at Transformer, but a worthy rival. The shiitake mushroom bao was also delicious, but the slightly sweet taro bao left me cold. I should have known better as I’m not a big taro fan.
I’ll definitely be back to try some of the eggplant and the crispy tofu again. It is a great place with quick turnover that is perfect for a quick meal in the city.
Shop 4 19-37 A’Beckett St