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Little Creatures Dining Hall
Add: 222 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Melbourne
Tel: (03) 94175500
Hours: [Sun-Thu] 10am~11pm [Fri-Sat] 10am~midnight
Price: [snacks] 3.50~14AUD [larger dishes] 10~19 AUD [desserts] 7~10AUD
Visited on: 2012-04
We popped our heads into Little Creatures, and were instantly stunned by its sheer size. This massive concrete-and-steel warehouse has 260 seats in total, and in all imaginable permutations too: bar stools, high tables for two, spacious booths, and long communal tables. What people come here for are the beer (there are no spirits and only a limited wine list) and the food, which involved some all-time favorites like pizza, fish & chips and nachos, as well as some Australian specialties like grilled kangaroo. Despite its size, this ultra popular beer hall is often packed and does not take reservations, so be prepared to line up should you come on a weekend evening.
Cafe des Stagiaires
Address: 54 Yongkang Lu, near Xiangyang Nan Lu / 永康路54号, 近襄阳南路
Tel: 3425 0210
Hours: [Tue-Sun] 10:00am~midnight
Price: 20~30 RMB/coffee
Visited on: 2012-02-04
For a little piece of France, visit Cafe des Stagiaires, a cozy bar and cafe on Yongkang Lu. What’s on the menu: coffee, beer, wine, charcuterie from their boucherie Les Garcons, pastry from their bakery La Boulangerie, and pizza from their neighboring pizzeria Pizza Peppone. It’s all very, very French.
Click here to see my second visit.
“I do not get drink – I get awesome.” Werd.
The menu is a single sheet of paper, folded.
A lovely cup of Cappuccino (30 RMB) in a cute tin cup.
A La Mort Subite
Address: Rue Montagne aux Herbes Potagères 7, 1000 City of Brussels, Belgium
Tel: 02 513 13 18
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00am-1:00am; Sun 12:00pm-12:00am
Price: [Beer] €3.50 and up
A La Mort Subite, literally “Instant Death”, is a 1920s-style beer hall just a short walk from Brussels Central Station. Long rickety wooden benches, tall ceilings, raucous and cosy atmosphere, and haphazard service. Great place for a glass of beer (or two).
A La Mort Subite
Grand Place, comic walls, Mannequin Pis, Liege-style waffles, Chinese tourists, beer, more beer, and more beer, sausage + cheese, mussels, and fries. Whew!
Comic walls, very characteristic of Brussels.
Address: 25 Yongkang Lu, near Jiashan Lu / 永康路25号, 近嘉善路
Tel: 6418 8400
Just launched last month, Cheers In is a small but ambitious beer boutique that boasts more than 200 references from over 30 different countries. Beer lovers, read on.
On my visit, Cédric the “beer hunter” – one of the four French guys who started Cheers In – was at the store and introduced me to a number of very interesting beers. The Estrella Damm Inedit was a particularly memorable one. It’s developed by El Bulli’s sommeliers’ team in collaboration with other brewmasters, and is the first beer specifically created to accompany food. According to its website, Estrella Damm Inedit is “born from the conviction that a beer that could be paired with the utmost respect to the best cuisine was necessary.” Haute beer, if you will. You can read more about it here.
Cheers In also carries a few types of chocolate beer. CHOCOLATE beer!
I also really liked Duchesse de Bourgogne, a Flemish red ale with a characteristically sour fruity flavor. You can read more about this beer on the Cheers In blog.
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Boxing Cat Brewery
Address: 82 Fuxing Xi Lu, near Yongfu Lu / 复兴西路82号, 近永福路
Hours: [Mon-Thu] 5pm-2am, [Fri] 3pm-2am, [Sat-Sun] 11am-3am
Price: [Brunch] 50~100 RMB/person, [Dinner] 150~250 RMB/person
Having gone to school for four years in the South (of the US of A), I have developed an affection for buttermilk biscuits and everything deep-fried: fried chicken, fried mac ‘n’ cheese, fried oreos, fried cheesecakes, fried burgers, and the list goes on and on. While Boxing Cat Brewery can’t compete with Southern state fairs in terms of deep-fried food variety, this homey restaurant does offer some decent Southern comfort dishes worth your time and stomach space.
Bar on the 1st floor
Coffee and bread with sweet butter
All brunch orders come with a drink (coffee, tea, or juice) and toasted whole-grain bread with sweet butter. There are some temping items on the brunch menu (see them here), but most of us ended up ordering something on the sandwich/burger/salad menus. Here’s what we got:
Grilled Steak Salad, 65 RMB
Mixed greens, blue cheese, grilled mushrooms, fried shallots, roasted baby tomatoes
and buttermilk roast tomato dressing
You are definitely getting the American portion here at Boxing Cat. For 65 RMB, you get a huge pile of mixed greens with slices of grilled steak and other miscellaneous ingredients as listed above. The salad is overall satisfying, though the steak is a bit too tough to chew.
BCB’s Burger Masterpiece, 80 RMB
Grilled mushrooms, sauteed onions, roasted tomatoes, guacamole, cheddar and garlic aioli
The burger wasn’t bad, but I much much much prefer the burgers over at Bistro Burger, which are juicier, more flavorful, and not to mention better looking. The thick cut fries, on the other hand, are excellent and come automatically with the burgers (whereas at Bistro Burger you have to order fries on the side).
Reuben the Almighty, 80 RMB
Lean brisket, sliced and stacked up high on rye bread with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut
homemade Russian dressing & whole grain mustard
Too salty. I will not order this again.
Fluffy Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes, 50 RMB