Sunday, December 26, 2010

Assiette, Surry Hills

This was definitely one awesome Christmas Eve for me since my tummy was definitely satisfied that night thanks to the degustation menu at Assiette. The atmosphere was so warm, service definitely met my expectations and most importantly, the food was fresh and tasty!

Seasonal oyster with Vietnamese dressing and baby coriander

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Taste Baguette, Sydney CBD

If you have an obsession with Baguettes and you haven't tried Taste Baguette, then you are seriously missing out! Taste Baguette tries to combine both French and Vietanamese ideas of food together. They sell some misc. French desserts but the main focus for today is their baguette's!

Sea Bay Hand-Made Noodle Restaurant, Burwood

I heart Hand Made Noodles! Sea Bay Hand-Made Noodles was one of my favourite restaurants a while back until my latest visit. Their noodles are definately hand made since the width of most of the noodles are uneven and besides that, you can definately taste the freshness of the noodles itself. 

Mizuya Japanese Restaurant & Karaoke, Sydney

Some say it is good, some say it is horrible - well here is the verdict that actually counts! The karaoke itself is fairly decent, it has most of the latest songs including a couple of the favorite Glee Hits! *Extra Brownie points there!* The rooms are fairly decent, mainly because it is a smoke free zone which means you wont get any stinking rooms. 

Alcoholic Test Tubes

Monday, November 15, 2010

Leanly Hot Bread, Burwood

Craving a pork roll? Live too far away from Cabramatta? Your worries have now come to an end as I introduce you to a one stop shop for one of the ultimate pork rolls.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Chefs Gallery, Sydney CBD

If you think you need to spend $1K on a plane ticket to Taiwan or China for a good bowl of hand made noodles, think again as Chefs Gallery has hit the city of Sydney. One says that you can judge the chef by the quality of their hand made noodles; the thinner and more even the noodles are, the better the chef. Must I say that the noodles I saw were quite almost perfecto, it was like as if they were produced by a machine! 

The service was quite similar to Ding Tai Fung's where your jackets on the seats had a special cover and you could see the chefs perform their magic! Most of the dishes came out relatively fast except for the dumplings however it does say on their menu that there is approximately a 20 minute wait.

Diced Chilli Chicken with Hand Made Noodles - $12.90

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Makoto Sushi Bar, World Square Sydney

I have always wondered what all the fuss and hype was about when it came to the Makoto Sushi Bar as there is always a long line of drooling customers outside that place. Finally the day came for me to check it out for myself. I arrived at around 8.20 PM on a Friday night and the wait itself was about 30 minutes or so which I personally thought it wasn't TOO bad, considering the fact that we waited for over 1 and half hours at Mamuk. The waitors were very generous as they were serving complimentary green tea to those who had been waiting for a while.

Packed out Makoto Sushi Bar

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Noodle Markets, Hyde Park

Line of people @ Noodle Markets, 2010
When you see a crowd like that with thousands of people lining up for ages, I guess you would want to know what the fuss is all about. Noodle Markets is part of the Good Food Month's festivities each year where most of the popular Asian and Middle Eastern restaurants set up their own little stall to feed their mass of hungry customers at Hyde Park. The festival lasts for about 2 weeks which is awesome for massive foodies out there because you can come once every couple of days!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Cafe d'Or, Burwood

Never judge a book by it's cover is what I always tell people when they are trying out a restaurant! Cafe d'Or doesn't look that exciting from the outside, especially when the place is pretty much almost empty!

Mixed Grilled Platter - approx $24.95

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Sugar Hit 2010 at The Westin Hotel, Sydney

Yes boys and girls, it is that time of the year again, Good Food Month. For most food lovers it is almost like New Years!! This year's Sugar Hit range is unfortunately not as extensive nor is it as creative as last years.

Glasses of Brown Brother's muscato

Subsolo, Sydney

Subsolo was definitely a place that came to my surprise, especially being such a popular Spanish restaurant hidden along King St. I must admit though, I haven't heard much about this place so I was not really sure what to expect.

The atmosphere was really nice and welcoming; I would actually recommend this place for people who are thinking of throwing a birthday dinner because of the atmosphere for starters and secondly, because it is one of a few Spanish restaurants that do not force you to do set menu just because you have 10 people or more.

Kazbah, Balmain

I recently have dedicated myself to a new tradition; brunch every public holiday. One of the places where I have been itching to go was definitely Kazbah. I have heard people rave on about it and so I wanted to go to check out what all the hype was about.

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie, Balmain

Most of us have either seen Zumbo in action either live or on Master Chef but have you actually tried his famous macaroons and desserts? or should I say have you tried anything else besides his macaroons?

Y Frozen Yogurt, Glebe

Over the years, I have always heard DIY Korean BBQ, DIY Hot Pot, DIY Vietnamese Spring Rolls and so forth but it is only recently till I was introduced to the new concept of DIY Frozen Yoghurt.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

TK Something Korean BBQ, Canley Vale

There seems to be a sudden growth of Korean BBQ restaurants in the 'Asian hood' in the West. Eg Cabramatta and Canley Vale. TK Something Korean BBQ was surprisingly really popular however after giving it go, they really should change their name to 'TK Something Vietnamese Korean BBQ'. Last time I checked, Korean food doesn't usually involve Nem Nuong or however you spell it!

The buffet was $26.50 per person (with a two hour time limit) which is a bit cheaper than most other Korean BBQ places however I guess this is because it was not located in either the City, Strathfield or Eastwood.

Different types of sauces and traditional korean side dishes

The food was well marinated, although it will never beat Madang! =P and their range of meat was also quite extensive. This may be because they did offer several Vietnamese meat dishes such as Nem Nuong and Vietnamese Marinated Pork. The mussels were also surprisingly sweet and juicy, as not many buffet places offer such good mussels!

Dessert Bar

There was also self serve dessert bar which had Creme Brulee (and yes it did crack), Raspberry pudding, fruit, jelly, asian jellies and red bean soup.

Service wasn't too bad either - the waiters were easy to get a hold off and their service was pretty fast. You didn't have to repeat your orders a million times unlike Shinara. Overall, I probably would not go back again as it can be a bit far for some and unless you are in the hood with the mood for some korean bbq!

Gotta go eat!!

TK Something Korean BBQ
- Canley Vale Road, Canley Vale.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Adriano Zumbo in ACTION!

It was hot. It was sweaty. It was as packed as sardines but it was definitely worth it. After all these snap shots I am craving to go back to this cafe!

It was so painful to stare at these for over 45 minutes! As sweet as they are, they just looked so pretty!! . . .

Adriano Zumbo creating his Macaroon Tower!


Gotta go eat!!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Baja Cantina, Glebe

While walking along Glebe Point Road, you will notice a tiny Mexican restaurant located right next door to the busy San Churros. From one of the windows, it looks small, quiet and cosy but when you look through their main entrance, it looks so packed and popular!

Fair enough Baja Cantina isn't as popular as your Flying Fajitas further down but they are always fully booked till 9 pm every Saturday night. Since it is my first time trying out Mexican, I can't really compare with other restaurants however the one thing I can say that their servings are HUGEEE!!!!

Baja's Famous Nachos - $10.00. W/ beef - Extra $3.00

The beef nachos came out pretty quickly and it was giganntic, clearly we were not aware that it was served as a main. The Nachos in my opinion were fairly average, the 'chips' were interesting though however I reckon they could have added a bit more cheese and it would of made it the perfect nachos!

By this stage, we already already regret ordering the 3rd dish but it was already too late. The food came out pretty slow but I was definately not complaining.

Steak Fajita - $24.00

The Fajita was HUGE! It smelt so good and the skin was just fried so well. It wasn't too oily and surprisingly since it was slightly crunchy and soft, it made it so perfect! The fillings inside were pouring out because it was so jammed packed inside the Fajita! Even though we ordered the beef, I would recommend that you are probably best off going with the chicken to save yourself $4.00 since there are so many other ingredients in it, you can't really taste it anyways!

Chimichanga with Steak - $20.00

The final dish which we ordered was the Chimichanga which is a DIY tortilla dish. By this stage, we basically had picked off the beef, tried 1 tortilla and packed the rest in a take away box as we were already way too full!

The Steak was really good, it wasn't too tough and it had similar spices to those at a brazilian bbq except less saltier! It came with only three tortillas which I thought it should of came with more as it was barely impossible to wrap all those ingredients in only three tortillas!

An extra bonus for those with the entertainment card as it's a buy one main get one free. If you were to go in pairs, I would suggest you just get two mains and dont bother with the nachos as they only took off $10 from the bill as opposed to $16 or $20. Two mains is probably more than enough anyways!

Gotta go eat!!

Baja Cantina
-43-45 Glebe Point Road, NSW Sydney

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Mamuk, Haymarket & Chatswood

'There is always such a massive line outside it'. 'I waited for over an hour for just a table'.

Yes, those are the complaints that you will usually hear if you want to dine at Mamuk. For me personally, I've waited for over 1 and half hours for just a table of 4 on a typical Saturday night. Was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY! Coming from a family with a bit of a Malaysian background, Mamuk in my opinion is so far the most authentic Malaysian restaurant I have been too in Sydney and it is definitely WAY WAY better than Tamasek and Chinta Ria.

Roti Cannai - $5.00

Their Roti Cannai can be a bit small and pricey however you probably can't find ones as good elsewhere! You may find it to be a bit oily however you do get the light and fluffy texture which is why it tastes so good! Their range of Roti is also quite extensive as they offer both savoury and sweet!

So for those who haven't tried and were turned off by the line? Give it a go, even if it means for you to wait almost 2 hours on a Friday/Saturday night!

- 15 Goulburn St, Haymarket, Sydney
- Soon to open in Chatswood! =D

Gotta go eat!!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Pho Gio Hoi, Haymarket

The city may have all the different types of cuisine you can think of however it is not everyday where you will find restaurants or bread shops selling authentic Vietnamese pork rolls. There are also those that sell pork rolls but in my opinion they lack quite a bit of authenticity!

Pho Gio Hoi sells all the typical traditional Vietnamese meals such as special or no special beef noodles, spicy beef noodles and etc but you can find all those things along George Street. Rather, the highlight of today is our pork rolls - they sell both chicken and pork but they also have barbeque pork roll too for an extra $1.00.

Pork Roll - $4.50

They put in a lot of vegetables, more so than other places, which gives it the extra freshness! The only thing I would criticise is that is they can at times drown it in too much sauce and it is a bit more pricey than most other pork roll places but that's the city for you. Other than that, thats the perfect budget lunch!

Vietnamese pork and prawn rolls - $4.50

Their Vietnamese pork and prawn was quite average but what was more dissapointing is that their servings were SO small it was almost ridiculous! So if you want your value for money, I would suggest for you to try elsewhere as they those two rolls looked like small peices of rolled up lettuce in a tupperware box.

Pho Gio Hoi, Traditional Vietnamese Restaurant
-711 George Street, Haymarket
-230 Canley Vale Road, Canley Heights
-299 Chapel Road, South Bankstown

Gotta go eat!!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Efendy Modern Turkish Restaurant, Balmain

At an award winning restaurant you would think that it is bound to be good, I can tell you right now it sure was - It was the BOMB! The restaurant wasn't as packed out as it was when we arrived (which was around 7:30) but by around 8 ish it was so packed!

There were only a few selections to choose from; either from a $42 course which included 4 small entrees and a main or just a main for $30. We of course went first option and shortly after we had ordered, the entrees came flooding right out.

Turkish Bread

Sun dried tomatoes, eggplant, potato mash covered with a Turkish Yogurt. (I have no idea what the exact name was but I guess they were the main ingredients)

To me, this dish was fairly average as it wasn't anything out of the ordinary however it did go really well w/ the complementary Turkish. Surprisingly, the yogurt was quite subtle and helped balanced out the flavours of all the other ingredients, especially the tomato and eggplant.

Ricotta and Feta cheese balls accompanied with sun dried tomatoes drizzled with olive oil.

THE ONLY reason why I ordered this dish was because I thought it was like the cheese bread balls from Braza. Clearly not. It was really just a ball stuffed with cheese . . as some of my reasons may know I HATE cheese with a passion. Nevertheless though, I did have a try and the cheesy taste wasn't that strong however my hatred for cheese took over. If though, you are a cheese lover like my parnter, you will certainly enjoy this dish.

Shredded pastry rolled King prawns on walnut and capsicum dip.

This was like food in heaven . . . it was so amazing. The king was large and juicy and the shredded pastry added an extra level of crunchiness to the prawns. I could have like 10 of those, it was that good. The walnut and capsicum dip in terms of taste was qwuite subtle which was good because it did not dominate the sweetness of those prawns.

Panfried black sea sardines on tomato Ezme

This sardine dish was the most interesting of all, the sardines were of course boneless and the tomato ezme (which is really more like smashed up tomatoes with asparagus and olive oil) went really well together. The sardines was also still a tad crunchy whic went well with the softness of the tomatoes.

Chargrilled lamb with rice and pickled salad

The lamb was a tad salty however this was balanced with the rice. The rice wasn't your normal asian rice, rather they had added in some other flavours followed with some beans and nuts (I think they were beans or nuts lol). It looked quite small at first however when when you share this and another main - it was definately quite fillling. The pickled salad however was wayyyy too sour and salty for my own liking though.

Lamb meat balls with melted cheese and fried potatoes.

This broth was just truely amazing - As you know I hate cheese but this melted cheese in the broth was just amazing as it went so well with the meat balls and all the other vegetables. The meat balls were a bit fatty but then again anything with lamb will always be fatty. The potato fries were not at all oily gave the broth a bit crunch.

Marash Ice cream served with turkish fairy floss and pistachio - $12.00

As full as I was, I could not resist dessert and I am so grateful that we did go ahead with their dessert. All I can say is that it was SOOOOOOOOOOOO AWESOME!!! It was definately the highlight of the night!! For those who are not sure what Marash ice cream is, it is a creamy, smooth Turkish Ice cream with an elastic texture. Their fairy floss was also a bit chewy but the sweetness of the fair floss went so well with the ice cream. It was just amazing!! I would definately come back here just for their dessert - that is how awesome it was!!

Service was also quite good because the waitor explained to you what each of the dishes were and was also quite attentive. I would say that the place isn't cheap but you are definately paying for the quality of their food. For those whom have an entertainment card, it is definately just an extra bonus!! I would definately come here again and recommend that to those who haven't tried it, please do yourself a favour to try it out; the food is quite amazing and interesting.

Efendy Modern Turkish Restaurant
- 79 Elliott Street (Corner of Darling Street), Balmain NSW 2041

Gotta go eat!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Oceans Food, Drummoyne

'The best fish and chips in the universe' is what they claim themselves to be and to many customers out there, that is what it is! Having won many awards in Excellence for Seafood for 15 years in a row, is bound to be a place worth trying.

Fish and chips - $10.50

In the end we decided to for the basic fish and chips since it was our first time there. The fish wasn't covered in too much batter and there was definitely more fish than batter, or at least a good balance of both. It was like some crap places that served a tiny sized fish covered in mountains loads of batter. The chips were a slight disappointment; quite average really and they drowned in way to much salt which caused a bit of damage to my taste buds.

Grilled fish of the day - $9.95 (approximated price)

We had also ordered a grilled fish of the day; all I can is that you could definitely taste the freshness within that fish however again, it was a tad too salty for my liking. In my opinion, the over powering flavours spoiled the fish because it the saltiness that dominated the whole fish which was again slightly disappointing.

Seafood Salad - $5.95 (Approximated costs)

When I first saw the seafood salad I wasn't too sure of what to expect; It wasn't very different to any other seafood salad but at the time certain ingredients such as the celery and shallots made it slightly unique. The flavours of the dressing and seafood wasn't too strong which was good nor was it salty for a change.

Cold seafood platter - $30.00 (i think)

This was slightly average, mainly because the Hero of the platter being the lobster, wasn't that sweet and hence being a disappointment. The oysters though were just perfect where the meat was silky smooth!

Marinated seafood sticks - $5 -$8 each, approx.

To be honest, I thought that these were a bit expensive but I guess that is seafood for you. Their marinated grill prawns were just de-lish! The sweetness came pouring out as you bit your way through the meat.

Service was good because despite the long queues, the food still came out relatively fast. The only downside however was that they loved to rip their customers off with little things such as their sauces. One small cup of tartare sauce costed almost $5.00 which I personally thought was an insane rip however I guess their awesome seafood makes up for it.

Oceans Food, Drummoyne
154 Lyons Rd, Drummoyne, NSW 2047

Gotta go eat!!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Qui Restaurante Cafe, Five Dock

This is the first time I have actually dined at Five Dock and to my surprise it is actually quite a classy area. Qui Restaurante Cafe screamed out 'North Sydney' to me - even though it wasn't really that popular, the place had a really nice home-like atmosphere and service was almost second to none! The seating area was just below the kitchen so you could actually kind of seem the chefs creating their dishes!

Tuna Carpaccio with chilli - $17.50

Shortly after we ordered, the entree' came out within minutes but it may because of the dish we had ordered. The tuna itself tastes a lot more appealing than the picture looks and please also note that the serving on the plate in that picture is only about one third of the actual entree! The salmon wasn't amazingly fresh but it was fresh enough and it wasn't too salty.

I am not chilly fan but I must say it definately tastes a lot better with a bit (and I mean a bit) of the chilly. The price was a bit expensive for an entree but I guess it is what you expect to pay at such a cafe, especially when it involves seafood.

Pollo Gamerbi - $25.00

A while later came out the Pollo Gamerbi which really is chicken breast and prawns accompanied with a balangense sauce and vegetables. The potatoes were roasted to perfect!!! and the juicy prawns went well with the chicken. If I could comment on anything it would have to be the sauce - personally I think they may have overloaded it with a bit too much sauce.

Gnocchi Bolognese - $20.00

Next came out the Gnocchi Bolognese - it was the first time I had Gnocchi so I really couldn't compare with others. Again they had too much bolognese sauce and the sauce itself was a bit too cheesy for me. The servings for both mains however were quite massive and towards the end of the meal, we were struggling to finish!!

Lemoncello cake roll - $8.00

This was actually quite cheap because again, the serving was quite satisfactory. The gelato went well with the sponge cake and its filling however the cake was a little bit dry. If i was to return, I would definately come back to try their Creme Brulee - IT LOOKED SO GOOD!!!

Qui Restaurante Cafe
4-12 Garfield St, Five Dock NSW 2046

Gotta go eat!!