The Cut Bar and Grill, The Rocks

I love steak and can never resist a good piece of steak, when my friend told me she wanted to shout me for my belated birthday dinner at The Cut Bar and Grill I was so excited! She said the 4 hours slow roast Wagyu was to die for, and it didn’t disappointed me at all. The restaurant is located at heart of the rocks right next to the Sake restaurant, parking there can be quite hectic so best to dine in early or catch a public transport.

I was a bit worried firstly because of deem lighting in the restaurant, which is greatest enemy of my food pictures. Thanks to my hubby who bought me a new Cannon EOS M and it behaved so well that even without flash, the picture still looks great! All the pictures in the post were taken by my new EOS M.

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Ratings
Food: 8/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Service: 9/10
Value: 8/10

Average Price
Entrée: $12 – $36
Main: $35 – $70
Dessert: $9 – $14
Degustation: N/A 10% surcharge for groups of 10+
Corkage: No BYO, fully licensed
Cakeage: Free

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Dark
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 10 mins – 15 mins
Booking time require: 3-4 days
Child friendly/High Chair: No

 
1-The Cut Bar & Grill
 

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Prime beef tartare with melba toasts, $24

There wasn’t a lot of options on the menu, which is good and bad…  Sometimes less is better. I let my friend picked most of the dishes and she suggested to try the beef tartare. For someone who always like their steak to be cooked medium suddenly was offered to try raw beef could be a bit too adventurous for me, but it wasn’t that bad after all! It was chewy at the start and slowly melts in your mouth, you eat it with the different spices and condiments which I believed were capers, fresh herbs, pickle and Spanish onion.

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4 hour slow roast sher F1 Wagyu standing rib, standard cut 300g, $45

I was looking forward the most to try this piece of steak, it looks a bit too raw when the waiter brings us the dish, but when I cut it with my knife and try my first bite it was so delicious and tender, full of flavours and there was a lot of the juice on the plate to keep the meat moist. Both me and my friend ordered the same main course, both huge and we could barely finished half of it.

 

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Garlic mushrooms, $7

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Green bean, kipfler and tomato with soft duck egg and garlic croute, $9

I choose this salad because I’ve never tried a soft duck egg, it tasted slightly richer than chicken eggs and was a perfect match with the garlic croute.

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We would love to try the dessert but was just too full. There is always next time!

Service was awesome. They frequently checked on us but not too pushy. We dined for 3.5 hours but we were never rushed to finish our meal. The manager also gave us 2 glasses of complimentary champagne, I definitely hope to come back someday.

 

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Address:

16 Argyle St, The Rocks 
opening hrs: Mon – Fri: 12:00-15:00, 18:00-23:00

Ph:+612-9259-5695

website: www.cutbarandgrill.com/

Getting There:

Parking: Argyle St

Train Station: circular Quay

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Taipei Trip Part 2

Day 2 and 3 was more relaxing compare to the first day, we finally have a chance to visit some local attraction such as their natural hot springs. It’s only a short MRT ride before we arrived Xinbeitou station from the centre of Taipei. After a short walk from the station you will reach the Hot Spring Museum where you can learn about the history of hot spring.

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We then headed to the Millennium Hot Spring, it is the only open outdoor public spa there. There are many other private hot spring and beauty treatment inside hotels at a dearer cost if you prefer that way, just remember to bring your swimmer and the longest soaking time is 15 mins each session to avoid from getting dizzy.

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The last stop before we head to XiMenDing is Thermal Valley, it is an interesting and beautiful place given the amount of sulphurous steam this place produces.

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Once we reach XiMenDing , we felt so grateful that finally we are here, feeling youthful again ! XiMenDing is well known for its fashion, many clubs, pubs and cinemas.

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Love love love this place! don’t know which street it is but their pork ribs are so tender and flavoursome

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Silken tofu with thousand years egg

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Deep fried pork ribs rice noodle soup

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Bitter melon juice with honey

After XiMenDing we went back to our hotel to take a nap before heading out for more delicious food.

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Braised beef noodle soup

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Garlic and chilli clams

Taipei Trip Part 1 + Apology to my readers

Sorry about the lack of posting, but when your website is constantly being attacked by virus, it is not fun at all! Ever since I’ve moved out from Worpress hosting I have experienced several virus attacked incidents and causing me to be blacklisted by Google. It was heart breaking because it also affected my subscribers, regular viewers and food bloggers friends which I would like to apologise to them. After some research and work, I found out that it was my theme that is actually causing the issue, so I’ve searched for a new theme and hoping this will give me a new start. So far so good, no more incident until now.

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Last few weeks, I took 2 weeks off to attend my best friend wedding in Hong Kong and spent 5 days in Taipei. It was strictly a girl’s trip and probably is my last girl trip Sad smile (international) after I got married. I had a really great time with Miss E, Taipei is the land of night market and street food. I still look at the food pic every now and then to refresh my memory.

A dedicated food blogger like me must always start with plane food. I flew with Qantas in the afternoon so we had the lunch menu and afternoon snack. I also had the privilege to experience the new airbus A380, it was awesome!

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Open chicken pie with mash sweet potato and green beans, cookies and cream mousse, greens with balsamic vinegar and olive oil & Cup noodle as afternoon snack

Once we arrived Hong Kong, we took the connecting flight straight to Taipei, don’t want to waste one more minute, we were offer a light dinner in the flight to Taipei which is a mini vegetarian pizza with fresh fruit and tea.

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Taipei Taoyuan international airport

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Our hotel – New Stay Inn, clean and reasonably priced, highly recommended

The next day we went to National palace museum, Xinyi Place shopping centre and Wufenpu commercial district which is a shopping haven for the ladies. Before heading to Wufenpu we needed to refresh ourselves with snack from the food court in Xinyi place.

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Breakfast – Chinese roti with egg, basil leaves and homemade chilli sauce

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Lunch – Gravy beef handmade noodle soup and greens

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Snack – T.K.K Fried chicken wings and rose tea

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Wufenpu shopping haven

We end the night at Raohe Street Night Market, my favourite night market because it has full of foods! A lot of funky foods that I’ve never heard of tried. First stop is the famous pepper pastry, it is easy to spot and right next to the entrance. One of my favourite food in the whole trip.

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Famous pepper pastry with pork filling

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Crème brulee in egg shell & BBQ corn

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From top left clockwise – BBQ suckling pig, black sugar tea, fresh fruit, chicken thigh fillet skewer

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Deep fried milk

We lined up for this deep fried milk because all the travel blog was raving about it, the oil looks really clean and it is deep fried to order. It was piping oil and doesn’t really taste like milk, rather it taste like melted cheese with a hint of sweetness.

We were all exhausted and was carrying too many shopping bags, we took a taxi home then took a rest. Not long later we were starving and walk over to another night market which is just few street away from our hotel for our 2nd dinner.

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Ning Xia Road Night Market

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Oyster pancake, pork liver soup, pork meat ball with poach egg, Taiwanese minced pork rice

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