Thursday, July 8, 2010

A Lunchtime Walk through the Preston end of High Street

Today saw a short jaunt to High Street in Preston to drop off F's sewing machine at the sewing machine shop for its annual lube job and a new set of piston rings.

While there we collected menus for a number of enticing restaurants, predominately Chinese and Vietnamese and visited the most extraordinarily crappy $2 shop. We also dropped into the oddly-named "Bread Top". Bread Top is a franchise that specialises in asian-style buns - the sort that always look beautifully presented and taste, well, unexpected and usually sweet. Having seen Bread Top pop up around Melbourne's CBD, and often having wondered about the food, we did a test run.

Clockwise from top left - sausage inna bun, strawberry cream bun, bamboo charcoal bun, raisin brioche, custard tart and chicken puff

It was pretty much what I expected. Unnervingly sweet, they all look perfect and beautiful, although in a slightly unsettling way. Oh well, we live and learn. On the other hand, I got a good price on both a Jesus and a Ganesh.

Jesus and Ganesh; window buddies


  1. Just had to let you know that I have just found your blog and I LOVE it! I'm a Resa girl and shop at Preston Market every Saturday morning, but I rarely eat on High Street. I recognise all the places you post about though, and it's great to know where you're talking about. I'm definitely going to be reading your archives and making a little list of places to try.

    I too have seen the Bread Tops around the city, and have even been inside, but I just can't bring myself to buy anything. That custard tart looks pretty good though...

    By the way, if you want some really good Chinese food, try the place at the back of the walk-through to the market - I think it's Golden Chopsticks? It's Golden something anyway. My family will often go there for yum cha if we don't want to schlep out to the eastern suburbs. As well as the restaurant upstairs, they have a little shop downstairs, where you can get hot steamed buns and deliciously wobbly custard tarts.

    Okay, forget the Bread Top custard tart, I'm going to Golden Whatever on Saturday!

    By the way, it's not a real 'sausage inna bun' if it's not from Cut Me Own Throat Dibbler.

  2. Thanks Jess - we really appreciated your comments! A few people have mentioned Golden Chopsticks (usually described as "that big Chinese place upstairs") and we're keen to give it a go so expect some words soon. In the meantime, I can't tell you how pleased I was that someone picked up the CMOT Dibbler reference!