Clarion Hotel On Canterbury
326 Canterbury Road
Forest Hill, VI 3131
Phone: (61) 3 98784111
Fax: (61) 3 98784199
Adding a Jewish presence to the traditionally Spanish-speaking Johnston Street enclave, this bagelry certainly delivers on its promise to provide- a taste of New York. With four different kinds of cream cheese, toppings consisting of every possible combination of salami, avocado, cheese, alfalfa, lettuce, chicken, salmon and much, much more, this is the place for a healthy and filling breakfast or lunchtime snack. The choice of bagel rolls is equally diverse, from sesame cinnamon to herb to a lot more. Drinks include juices, shakes and smoothies.
Many a group flock to the Athenian Tavern to drink, dance and enjoy a satisfying and tasty feed. Located in Box Hill, this tavern also has a host of options for hosting a private function.
While the decor may be nothing to rave about, the food is something else. Serving up the flavorful tastes of Nonya cuisine, their Char Kuay Teow and Laksa dishes are reputed among local Malaysians to taste as authentic as those back home. There is also otak otak, belacan kangkong, Assam curries and rendangs. A must-try is their kuihs- little steamed pieces of traditional Nonya cakes made mainly of coconut and glutinous rice. Have it with their Teh Tarik, a Malaysian hot tea drink, for a truly Nonya cuisine experience. With friendly staff and delicious food, the Lim’s Nonya Hut is a winner if you can look past the cheap furnishings and worn-out walls.
Chon Thong is a well-kept secret in outer suburbia. A small restaurant cozily sitting about 40 people, this place is popular with local residents as well as those in search of authentic Thai food. With Thai music playing in the background, polite and attentive staff, and genuinely tasty food, this restaurant is worth traveling for. Take note of the chili symbol because when they say spicy, they mean spicy. Leave some room for dessert. They sometimes have interesting ones like apple spring roll as well as their regular banana in pajamas.
Saigon Orchid has been tantalizing taste buds in Melbourne since 1987. Like most Vietnamese restaurants, the choice is endless with an extensive menu. If you’re undecided, attentive waitresses, dressed in traditional ao dai, are always ready to help. The food is very tasty and reasonably priced. Garlic rice (A$5), lemon grass and chilly chicken (A$15), and the simple yet flavorful vegetables in oyster sauce (A$10.50) are definite winners. The decor is fairly basic, but the scrumptious food and excellent service more than make up for it. The menu also comes with interesting snippets on the history of Vietnam, of the restaurant and Vietnamese cooking.
PJ Malaysian Cuisine restaurant successfully combines Malaysian fare with jazz. Decked out with posters of famous jazz musicians, jazz tunes playing in the background, and a Louis Armstrong statue greeting customers at the entrance, this restaurant really provides for a great themed ambiance. They even have the occasional live jazz performance for their diners. The food here is delicious, though some dishes can be a little disappointing. The Spiced Calamari, Butter Prawns and Sultan's Chicken are definite winners. The service is generally prompt and courteous. Overall, a dining experience not to be missed. Call ahead for more details.
Airstream Cafe is big, casual and convenient. It is a great spot for before and after movie meals, a respite from shopping or a leisurely catch-up. Ample meal choices and delicious cakes are available. Service is pretty average but they are working on it, as they seek out feedback in short surveys. The atmosphere is noisy and happening, as the big outdoor terrace overlooks a busy road. Their open concept kitchen, where you can watch and hear the chefs at work also adds to the action. The decor is young and modern with fun colors like orange, red and blue dominating. Check website for their operation hours.
The Mexican Wave may literally be a metaphor for the menu selection rather than a reference to the gesture. Most dishes are generic European-based foods with only a touch of Mexican. Menu items include burritos, nachos and enchiladas as well as a few Tex-Mex combinations such as Tijuana t-bone, chili chicken Caesar salad, Mexican lasagna and the burger and fries "Mexican style". A large variety of seafood is also featured, including calamari rings and oysters. The seafood platter is quite popular.
Yokohama is popular both with local discerning patrons and those who travel further to sample the delicious, traditional cuisine. Simple and stylish surrounds with a hint of Japanese influence. Opt for a table or perch around to watch your meal being prepared. The Teppanyaki Banquet offers a selection of the menu items. Whether you select an entree, main or special serves, you will enjoy tender, delicious seafood of the highest quality.
Situated on a major intersection, this second story restaurant is hard to miss. It’s very popular, and the large Asian crowds that frequent the place is a sure sign the food is authentic and good. Serving traditional Cantonese fare and yum cha during lunch, it is always busy and bookings are advisable. The service is mostly efficient but in a rushed, no nonsense way. The decor is worn and the restaurant looks a little tired, but it is a place you go to purely for the food. Portions are big, and reasonably priced. The famous Cantonese delicacy, shark’s fin soup is definitely worth recommending.
If you were not in the know you would easily think the fluffy barbecue pork buns (red tofu) were the real thing. Chef George Chan was once a cook for the famous Shark Fin Group. Both menu and decor suggest no implication of vegetarian kitchen practices. Even after eating, one still wonders what it was if it was not fish. Gluten, soya products and cornflower are liberally used to appear and taste like meat and fish. Pork comes complete with crackling and layers of fat and lean meat. All the crunch without the cholesterol.
Wine, dine and relax, that is what Daisey's Hotel offers its guests. Sumptuous food accompanied with live music and entertainment, this restaurant and bar delivers best services with great atmosphere. It also boasts its own sports bar, nightclub, play area for children, and two function rooms suitable for weddings, conferences and kids parties. Coming to this place, one can enjoy great food with pure entertainment.