Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Panko and Cheese

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Does anybody here brussels sprouts? Hands up for me because it taste bitter and hard like rock, traditionally the right way to cook this vegetable was to boil it but this will only make me hate this vegetable even more! After some research, I’ve find that by adding little bit of vinegar and roast it with panko (Japanese bread crumb) and cheese actually made me fall in love with this vegetable. The high heat from the oven not only can soften the vegetable but also caramelised and brings out the sweet flavour. Brussels sprouts are so much better than you think, give this a try!

 

Ingredients:

approx. 400g Brussels sprouts

5 slices of bacon, cut in small pieces

2 medium size tomato, chopped in medium pieces

4 button mushroom, sliced

handful of sugar peas, cut the tips

few stalk of rosemary

4 tbsp olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

4 tbsp chicken stock

1/2 cup Panko (Japanese bread crumbs)

1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

1) Pre-heat oven to 200°C. In a large baking tray, toss brussels sprouts, tomato, bacon with garlic, rosemary and olive oil.

2) Spread vegetables in a single layer in a large baking dish, at least 2 inches high. Roast for 15 minutes then add in the mushroom and sugar peas and roast for another 10 mins.

3) Stir in balsamic vinegar and chicken stock, sprinkle with panko and cheese, return to oven for 5 minutes, remove from oven and season with salt and pepper to taste.

 

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Blackwattle Café, Glebe

Ever since my nephew was born, it’s a real mission to find a spacious and pram friendly café whenever we are catching up for coffee. Not far away from Pyrmont there is a nice café inside a heritage building with excellent water views right next to the Anzac Bridge. Despite of the nice view and environment the food and service was not so impressive, menu was very limited and it was a long wait before someone attended to us.

http://blackwattlecafe.com/

Ratings
Food: 4/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Service: 5/10
Value: 5/10

Average Price
Breakfast: $6 – $15
Lunch $15 – $25
Dinner: N/A
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: N/A
Cakeage: N/A

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Normal
Ease of finding the restaurant: Normal
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins
Booking time require: Walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

 

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Baked beans on toast, $10

I’ve chosen the bake beans because it was a homemade bake beans rather than canned one, it was a huge disappointment because the beans was extremely salty, I almost wanted to take it home and reconstructed it by adding small amounts of brown sugar. At the end I couldn’t finish it…

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Cappuccino, $3.3

Coffee was okay, more on the flat side.

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Chai Latte, $4

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Latte, $3.3

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Scramble eggs with mushroom served with toast & roast tomato, $14.50

While the scramble eggs was cooked nicely, the breakfast was very very ordinary, probably would not come back again.

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Scramble eggs with bacon served with toast & roast tomato, $15

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Address:

55 Leichhardt Street, Glebe
opening hrs: Tue – Sun: 8:00 to 16:00, Mon closed
Ph:+612-9692-9785
Web: www.blackwattlecafe.com

Getting There:

Parking: glebe point road then short walk to the park

By Train: No train station nearby

Map picture

 

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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

 
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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

Croquembouche for Warren’s 70th Birthday, Baroque Patisserie

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Turning 70th was a big deal in our office for Warren, one of the consultant who has worked in the office for many many years. To make things extra special, our office manager has ordered a Croquembouche from Baroque Patisserie. It was only a mini Croquembouche with about 30 profiteroles made in the shape of a pyramid with toffee, decorated with beautiful sugar flowers.

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My first ever Croquembouche was this one, it was okay, it was way too sweet for my liking, while I am more of a savoury than sweet person, no surprise I felt that way. The cake was put to fridge in the morning before serving in the afternoon so the toffee turns very hard and almost impossible to cut through, or it was meant to be like that? The vanilla crème filled inside the profiteroles was delicious and give this subtle flavours.

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Croquembouche

Beautiful flowers decorations on the cake.

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Address:

88 George St, The Rocks
opening hrs: Mon – Fri: 08:00-22:30,  Sat: 9:00-22:30
 
Ph:+612-9241-4811

Getting There:

Train Station: Circular Quay

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Dessert cooking class, Mumu Grill, Crow Nest

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What’s your idea of a Hens night/party? Does it always involve crazy drinking and strip party? No, it doesn’t! A dessert cooking class is equally fun and interesting. To celebrate my bestie’s getting married in November, we have managed to score a discounted voucher online for a dessert cooking class in Mumu Grill. We had 18 people in the class and Chef Paul made us feel welcome and part of his family, sharing his knowledge and experience in the kitchen.

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We cooked a variety of things, some baking desserts and some non-baking desserts. You get to taste all the desserts you cooked afterwards as well as a recipe with ingredient and steps, however, the recipe was a bit messy that it has typo and steps missing so it is best to bring you own pen and add notes are you go.

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The best dish I thought was Bread Pudding, it is unlike other bread pudding I’ve ever tasted, it is not soggy and mushy but with a very nice crunch on the top, all the baking dessert are baked with a wood fire oven which can be heat up to 300°C, maybe that’s why it is so tasty!

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We also assembled a rhubarb mess with a layer of cream, baked rhubarb, brushed meringue and fresh berries.

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Other desserts we made are Passionfruit cheesecake and Clafoutis.  Clafoutis is a baked French dessert of fruits ( usually cherries) arranged in a buttered dish and cover with a thick-like batter. Strawberry was in season so we used a lot of those, we also created a dates and pistachio Clafoutis which was delicious!

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Pic of me and Chef Paul with the oven pan!

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Me with my besties.

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Address:

76 Alexander St, Crow Nest 
opening hrs: Fri – Sun: 12:00-15:00, Dinner: Mon – Sun: 5:30pm – late
 
Ph:+612-9460-6877

Getting There:

Parking: Alexander St

Train Station: St Leonards

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Assam Laksa THIS THURSDAY, Malay Chinese

No surprise when I Wikipedia Assam Laksa, It is listed as number 7 on World’s 50 most delicious foods on CNN international, It is a sour, fish –based soup with main ingredients of shredded fish, normally kembung fish or mackerel, and vegetables including cucumber, pineapple, lettuce, onions and mint. The combination may sound weird but the taste is exceptionally good. Assam Laksa doesn’t have coconut milk like the curry laksa and taste very refreshing.

Sadly, Assam Laksa is not readily available in Sydney like in Malaysia/Singapore. Only a few places does it such as Malay Chinese, Petaling Street and Albee’s Kitchen. Lucky I worked one street away from Malay Chinese and that is my “must visit” every month. Since they only make that once a month it is important to be checking their Daily Special to make sure you don’t miss it.

It is available this coming Thursday Sep 27th. Say hi if you see me Smile

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Address:

Shop 1, 50-58 Hunter St, Sydney
opening hrs: Mon – Fri: 11:00-19:00, Sat: 11:00-17:00, Sunday closed

Ph:+612-9231-6788

Getting There:

Parking: Pitt St

Train Station: Wynyard

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Roast Portuguese Chicken Butterfly Style

Who doesn’t like eating a good roast chicken? The more and more I cook, I found myself cooking a lot of chickens compare to other meats, because it is so easy and quick. Cooking chicken is relatively easy, and once you’ve mastered the techniques, you can create more dishes than you can imagine. No doubt about it, for lazy person like me whom is a overworked woman will agree that the oven is probably one of the greatest invention. It enable us to roast a whole chicken without oil splashing everywhere, with enough foil you may even avoid washing the baking tray!

I’ve tried this recipe many many times, but for some reason the inside of the chicken close to the bone is still pink. This time I’ve decided to butterfly the chicken, this not only give me a quicker cooking time but the Portuguese marinated was fully absorb inside the chicken making it even more tasty. A very detail video can be find on YouTube here – How to butterfly a chicken.

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Ingredients:

1 medium size chicken

Marinade

2 tablespoons olive oil

half lime juice

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 teaspoon chilli flakes

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons ground coriander

1 teaspoon sweet paprika

1 teaspoon dried oregano

Directions:

1) First you need to butterfly the chicken by removing the back bone and breast bone, trimming off the excess fat then rinsing under the cold water. Pat dry it completely before rubbing on the marinade. A very detail video can be find on youTube here – How to butterfly a chicken.

2) Pre-heat oven to 200°C.

3) Using a mortar and pestle, mix and crush together marinade ingredients until a paste texture is form. If you do not have a mortar and pestle you can just whisk all marinades in a bowl making sure the garlic are crushed using a crusher.

4) Pour marinade evenly over the chicken and rub all over it, you can stuffed some of it underneath the skin pocket to create more flavours.

5) Place the chicken on a baking/roasting tray elevating with a roasting rack and bake for 50 mins or until cooked through, starting skin side down and turning half way through,  insert a toothpick in the thickest thigh to make sure juice runs out clear.

6) serve with your favourite salad and enjoy!

 

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crushed and mix til the marinade become a paste form

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pat try chicken completely so the skin will be nice and crispy

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rest for 5 mins before cutting

 

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Tori Ichi Sake Dining, Sydney

Being a food blogger means that I am always assigned the task to look for Birthday lunch places, It was a good friend Ms M birthday and she requested some nice Japanese food. We wanted something new and not the nearby Hokkaido Japanese restaurant again. I remember one day I walked pass Masuya, there was a new small Jap open next to it call Tori Ichi Sake. The place looks really buzzing and I have confirmed that it was open by the same owner as Masuya but with a lower price tag. Fantastic! Because I personally love Masuya but just that it always requires weeks advance booking, we were too late and decided to give Tori Ichi a try.

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

 

Average Price
Entrée: $4.90 – $8
Main: $13 – $25
Dessert: N/A
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: No BYO, fully licensed
Cakeage: Free

 

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 10 mins – 15 mins
Booking time require: 1 – 2 days
Child friendly/High Chair: No

  

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Miyazaki’nanban bento – Chicken nanban, Salmon sashimi, rice, miso soup and assorted small dishes, $19.5

The menu was so extensive, over 10 different Bento Box to choose from, just the options of tea took up half a page in the menu. Very impressive. I opted for the chicken nanban, first time I came across with the word nanban, did a quick search on my phone and it means fried chicken in a lightly sour dressing. It tastes kind of like mayonnaise with little bit vinegar, very refreshing indeed. Good looking rolls, decently sized servings of sashimi and efficient service, all of these for a price of under $20.

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Nagoya’unagi’ bento – Eel, Salmon sashimi, rice, miso soup and assorted small dishes, $19.5

I also had a few bites on the eel, Ms M dish had slightly different side dish such as the deep fried chicken and gyoza (Japanese dumplings), I supposed that is because I’ve already had a deep fried chicken as my main.

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Hokkaido bento – grilled salmon, Salmon sashimi, rice, miso soup and assorted small dishes, $19.5

Grilled salmon was cooked to perfection and slightly sweeten soy sauce accompanied it very well.

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Momo peach oolong, $4

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Address:

12 O’connell St, Sydney
opening hrs: Mon – Fri: 11:30-14:00, 17:30-21:00

Ph:+612-9233-8181

Getting There:

Parking: O’connell St

Train Station: Martin place

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