ABOUT GFGM

gastronomy
ɡaˈstrɒnəmi/
noun
  1. the practice or art of choosing, cooking, and eating good food.



Good Food, Good Mood was established after I realised how often I was asking myself the difficult question of "Where and what should we eat today?". The Melbourne food scene truly makes us spoilt for choice, so I am hoping my honest reviews can act as a guide for any occasion - from cheap eats to fine dining, to burgers and pizza on cheat days, to fresh and healthy on cutting days. Recommendations on places to try and review are always welcome, just leave a comment.

All photos are taken with my Samsung Note 4 or Sony NEX-F3 unless stated otherwise. Thanks for dropping by!

- Lisa Pizza xo


P.S. Shoutout to my friends and family who dine with me - thanks for not picking up your cutlery when the food comes out so I can take all my food photos... y'all know my camera eats first haha.

Miss Marple's Tea Room

Sincere apologies to those who have me on Facebook or Instagram (username: badasiandriver), for I am constantly plaguing newsfeeds with check-ins / images of food. I hope you all appreciate my food adventures by living vicariously through this blog (which I alsoooo hope that you are sharing this with your friends and maybe family... haha)!!! Todays adventure was at Miss Marple's Tea Room , a little old shack on Mount Dandenong Tourist Road. Judging by the visual aesthetics of the website, you can tell what kind of place it was... I found myself in Sassafras with no cellular reception, surrounded by tea pots, tourists and elderly people. Seeing Miss Marple's just gave me a burning desire to open my own sweets store/relaxation place far from Melbourne. Sometimes we really owe it to ourselves to get away from the bustling city and appreciate our surroundings. The sunny weather that Melbourne was blessed with today made me feel extremely happy :)

Since the place does not accept bookings, the four blonde waitresses were running around trying to get everyone settled in their seats, serve and clean all at the same time. They had fantastic memory and were very friendly (bar one)! There was about a 15/20 minute wait to be seated which was a bit of a bummer. Menus are placed on the table so there was nothing to look at and drool over while we were waiting, there was no phone service for us to refresh Facebook or Instagram, and it was way too windy to go and browse. We just sat and properly conversed (which we normally do anyway). Technology really brings out the worst in us.

^ Instagram: badasiandriver 
 Lunch is served after a long wait.
 Devonshire Scones, the biggest scones i have ever eaten in my life

The food was relatively mediocre and unreasonably priced. We paid $50 for two main meals, two huge ass scones and two beverages. The quiche that I ordered was far from pleasant... it was soft, ridiculously soggy and flavourless. It wasn't as firm as quiches are meant to be, and I had to ask for tomato sauce on the side to spread over for more zing. The taste was extremely eggy which I did not enjoy. However, the fresh tasting salad and salty fries made up for the quiche! I probably should have ordered the pie though... 

Devonshire scones (either plain or fruity) were Two for $9 buttttt definitely worth it - they were the biggest scones I have ever seen in my life. Be warned, you should go to Miss Marple's on an empty stomach because you will walk out with a food coma. Take caution with the desserts that you order, because they don't hold back on the portion size. They have huge plates of chocolate and strawberry goodness. It made my mouth water every time the waitress would bring it out to the tables around us, but I was wayyyy too full to order it. Perhaps next time I will visit Cafe de Beaumarchais which is located four doors down in Sassafras, then go to Miss Marple's for dessert nomnomnom.

Wish I ordered these, the waffles looked so big and golden.
English Breakfast Tea ($3.95) and Strawberry Milkshake ($5.00)
Fish and Chips - $17.50
Egg and Bacon Quiche - $16.00
The Menu: Separated in chapters.
Homemade jam and whipped cream
Drinking tea to cure my food baby. 
The place was surrounded by many tourists and elderly people. The establishment has been around for many decades and is a hidden gem in the Dandenong Mountains. Victoria has so many special places to see, it's up to you to go and find them. Even though I didn't have an extremely enjoyable experience at the Tea Room, I would recommend you go there for a day trip just to relax and drink delicious tea.

After the tea room, Giraffe and I went for a walk around the streets. This was definitely my favourite place. I can only hope that one day my house will look like this, I'm already starting to have a mini collection of tea cups and tea boxes that will set me up for life!!!

Giraffe tea pots! How cute :)
Really really really creepy toys.
^ vanilla, peppermint, mango and green tea :) - 20c a packet
^ 100g of Mango Tea for $7

So who was Miss Marple? I will be honest... I HAVE NO IDEA. I assume she was an actress of some sort, because the entire restaurant had images, newspaper clippings and more images of the woman. I want a quaint little place that is dedicated to me!!! Overall, I wouldn't suggest you go to this restaurant if you are thinking of eating fine food, but definitely go for the DELICIOUS RANGE OF DESSERTS and to simply enjoy the experience of driving around nature and getting away from the city to a hidden gem in the Dandenong Ranges.


Miss Marple's Tea Room
Address: 382 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Sassafras, Victoria 3787
Contact: 9755 1610
Hours: Everyday, 11am - 4:30pm
Price: $$$


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