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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Star Buffet, Seven Hills

 

www.starbuffet.com.au

Ratings
Food: 6.5/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Service: 5/10
Value: 8.5/10

Average Price
Lunch: Mon-Sat: $14.50, Sun: $21
Dinner: Sun-Thur: $21, Fri-Sat: $23.50
Special: Discount for member/senior/Children
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: No BYO, fully licensed
Cakeage: Free

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Easy
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: Buffet style
Booking time require: 3-4 Days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

 
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Before writing up a post on this restaurant, I need to let all my readers know that I am not the biggest fan of buffet. Firstly, I wouldn’t get my monies worth in buffet as I eat small quantity. Secondly, the quality of food is generally poor. Thirdly, I usually lost appetite when I see so many choices in front of me.

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We were here for a post mother’s day celebration dinner with my family and my brother’s in laws. With eleven of us, I suppose buffet would be the best choice to cater for the oldies, young and kids. There were two session with the dinner: 5:30pm – 7:30pm or 7:30pm – 9:30pm, we were in the earlier session so I also get to take handful of pictures of the food before being destroyed by others.

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Star Buffet like most of other buffet is located inside a RSL club, it offers great variety of gourmet food ranging from Australian, Asian, European, even a sushi train, roast BBQ duck/pork plus extensive selection of salads and desserts. I must say this is a really sweet value for what you get if you compare to the Casino Star City Garden Buffet.

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My favourite was the BBQ roast duck as it was freshly roasted in house and not those that bought from supplier. It was tender and delicious and they carve it in front of you.

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Make sure you leave room for dessert because I bet you can only sample a few, although the cakes that I tried didn’t have much taste but I only tried a few things. The focal point was definitely the chocolate fountain as it attracts many kids to line up for it. Instead of dipping the ordinary marshmallow I have substitute with fruits instead and I thought it tasted great!!

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Not long after, the chef starts to bring out some nice tiny crème brulee. OMG , anyone who knows me would know that my favourite dessert is crème brulee and I was very impress that they had it here. I took one back to my table and can’t wait to crack the sugar on top. It was very creamy and fresh but the brulee itself was lacking the punch of vanilla bean and taste a bit too eggy.

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I had a really good night and catch up with my family even though I didn’t eat much, but it was equally enjoyable watching my family demolish about 20 plates of foods.

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Conclusion: The variety of food is quite extensive and you are paying for a buffet that offers a lot of different things. Strongly recommend for big eater or families with kids.

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Address:

Corner Best Rd & William St, Seven Hills 
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 11:30 to 14:00, 17:30 to 22:00 
Ph:+612-9622-9690
Web: www.starbuffet.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Next to the RSL club 
By train: Seven Hills Station

Ichigo Ichie, Sydney Central St

 

Ratings
Food: 6/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Value: 6/10

Average Price
Entrée: $5 – $16
Main: $20 – $35
Dessert: $8.80
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: No BYO, fully licensed
Cakeage: Free

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Hard
Brightness of restaurant: Dark
Noise Level: Normal
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins – 20 mins
Booking time require: 1-2 Days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

 

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One of those weeknights catch up dinner with my girlfriends again. We decided to give the new Japanese izakaya – Ichigo Ichie a try. It is secretly tucked into a laneway on Central Street opposite of George Street cinema. Although it was a chilly Thursday night, the friendly staffs made me felt warm and welcomed.

We took a few minute to enjoy the warm and stylish décor, I especially love their Japanese cherry blossom painting on the wall because it made me feel like I was really in Japan. We took a long time to decide what to order, as we were getting a bit over excited and started to talk louder and louder, I realised the sound of our voice bounces off the wooden ceiling and created some distraction to other customers. The waitress came to us with a big smile and offers her help in recommending some dishes and guidance of how many dishes we needed for two people.

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Medium rare Wagyu beef steak grade 7 (with creamy mashed potato and mixed salad leaves, Served with steak jus). $32.80

The fact that I have such a soft spot for beef, I am not talking about just ordinary beef, but Wagyu beef, so the medium rare Wagyu beef steak was highly on top of our list.

I have eaten a lot of wagyu beef before from different countries; Hong Kong, Japan, Australia but I can say this one in Ichigo Ichie is one of the best that I’ve tasted. It was so juicy and tender that it just melts in the mouth. But if I order this again I would request it to be medium cooked rather than medium rare. It wasn’t bloody but it was a bit too raw to chew. It also came with a small serve of creamy mashed potato, mixed salad and steak jus.

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Spider Roll (Tempura soft shell crab, curly lettuce, flying fish roe & avocado), $15.80

The presentation of the spider roll looks good, lots of sauce and colour which combines well. Soft shell crab is nice and crunchy, rice is of the texture of sushi should.

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Green tea ice-cream with Ariette (sesame sweet biscuit, red bean coulis), $8.80

And for those who would like something sweet at the end of their meal, there are two desserts to choose from. Not a lot of option but hard enough for me to pick one out of the two because green tea & black sesame ice-cream are both my favourite. But since I still got a tub of black sesame ice-cream from Serendipity at home so we opted for the green tea ice-cream with red bean.

It was lovely with the drizzles of condense milk over it, the sweet biscuits pieces pair well with the ice-cream and strawberries. I can have another serve of these.

Conclusion: The service was good, friendly. Ambience was somewhat made me feel like I was in Japan. Value, relatively expensive for a small portion.

 

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Address:

8 Central Street, Sydney
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 11:30 to 14:30, 17:00 to 22:00 
Ph:+612-8008-0600
Web: N/A

Getting There:

Parking: Kent Street/Pitt Street 
By train: Town Hall

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Hokkaido Japanese Restaurant, Circular Quay

 

www.hokkaido.com.au

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

Average Price
Entrée: $5 – $10
Main: $10 – $25
Dessert: Not aware of one
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: $3 p/p
Cakeage: $1 p/p

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Hard
Brightness of restaurant: Normal
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins – 20 mins
Booking time require: 1-2 Days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

 
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Formally known as Lobster cave, located in loftus street in circular Quay area of Sydney CBD. Now this is a real hidden gem because it is secretly hidden under ground with a long stairs. As the door open, you come to one of the best and reasonable priced Japanese restaurant in town.

Hokkaido has an extensive menu for their ramen, udon, soba, don and Bento box. If you are not a big fan of noodle in soup there is always other dish for you such as the Katsu Don, Teriyaki Chicken and sukiyaki for the hot pot lovers.

What I love the most is their ramen and the soup base, which are essentially chicken soup based blended with other natural ingredients such as fish and salt. You can also choose between three type of flavour-base soup: Miso (bean paste), Shoyu (soy sauce) and Shio (dried scallop soup).

 

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Cha-shu (roated pork) Lover’s Ramen (miso base), $15

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Hokkaido Miso Ramen (Miso base), $12

The noodles were a thinner variety, but still perfectly chewy, the pork was so tender it almost falls apart when you pick it up and had a almost sweet, fatty, melt-in-your-mouth flavour. The egg wasn’t as runny as expected but wasn’t too bad.

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Yaki Udon (Stir fried udon noodle) with Karaage (deep fried chicken), $16

Udon was chewy and always come out perfectly with right amount of meat and veges. The portion was so generous that this dish was unfinished even by a male.

 

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Address:

Basement, 20 Loftus Street, Circular Quay
opening hrs: Mon – Sat: 12:00 to 14:30, 18:00 to 21:30 
Ph:+612-9251-8280
Web: www.hokkaido.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Elizabeth Street 
By train: Circular Quay

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Ajisen Ramen, World Square

www.ajisenramen.com.au

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

Average Price
Entrée: $6 – $10
Main: $15 – $25
Dessert: $7 – $10
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: N/A
Cakeage: N/A

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: 15 mins
Booking time require: Walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: No

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Sorry for the non-noodle eater, as promise I have to continue blog about all the ramen around Sydney so bare with me. This time we went to Ajisen Ramen which has two branches in City, one in Haymarket and one near World Square. We dined at World Square one because of its convenient location near the train station.

This place is less impressive compare to all my other experience, it doesn’t taste authentic and seems to have a lot of MSG in the soup. Their noodle is not too much like a ramen, it’s more like a rice noodle to me. What’s good is their menu is very extensive, if you don’t want to order ramen there is always other things to cater your needs. Portion was big at a reasonable price especially with my buy one get one free entertainment voucher.

You will be surprise that they are also having snow ice dessert, which is flavoured shaved ice that is very soft in texture. I tried the snow ice somewhere else so I know how good it is. If you still have room after the main course have a try at the peanut butter shaved ice.

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Tontoro (pork cheek) Ramen, $15

I was looking for something light and not spicy, usually I must order something with an egg but not in here because their egg are just hard boil egg which is not my favourite kind of egg. The Tontoro was very tender and soft. Soup was sweet and with a lot of cabbage in it. However, I must say the service in here was horrible, waitress doesn’t bother to smile and only chat among themselves.

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Chashu Ramen, $13.50

My friend opted for the Chasha Ramen, she finished it in no time so I assume it was good. It was topped with about 4 – 5 slices of thin pork belly, green onions, hard-boil egg and black fungus slice. The soup of hers and mine looks very similar. I think to have a perfect bowl of ramen a salted gooey egg is a must but Ajisen could not deliver this to us.

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Conclusion: The service in here was quick but not attentive, the food is average if you are looking for something quick and simple then give this place a try.

Address:

85 Liverpool Street, Sydney    
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 11:30 to 22:30, (Fri,Sat 23:00) 
Ph:+612-9267-8816
Web: www.ajisenramen.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Liverpool St or Pitt St 
By Train: Town Hall Station  
By Bus:

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Ajisen Ramen, World Square

Sorry for the non-noodle eater, as promise I have to continue blog about all the ramen around Sydney so bare with me. This time we went to Ajisen Ramen which has two branches in City, one in Haymarket and one near World Square. We dined at World Square one because of its convenient location near the train station.

This place is less impressive compare to all my other experience, it doesn’t taste authentic and seems to have a lot of MSG in the soup. Their noodle is not too much like a ramen, it’s more like a rice noodle to me. What’s good is their menu is very extensive, if you don’t want to order ramen there is always other things to cater your needs. Portion was big at a reasonable price especially with my buy one get one free entertainment voucher.

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

Average Price
Entrée: $6 – $10
Main: $15 – $25
Dessert: $7 – $10
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: N/A
Cakeage: N/A

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: 15 mins
Booking time require: Walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: No

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You will be surprise that they are also having snow ice dessert, which is flavoured shaved ice that is very soft in texture. I tried the snow ice somewhere else so I know how good it is. If you still have room after the main course have a try at the peanut butter shaved ice.

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Tontoro (pork cheek) Ramen, $15

I was looking for something light and not spicy, usually I must order something with an egg but not in here because their egg are just hard boil egg which is not my favourite kind of egg. The Tontoro was very tender and soft. Soup was sweet and with a lot of cabbage in it. However, I must say the service in here was horrible, waitress doesn’t bother to smile and only chat among themselves.

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Chashu Ramen, $13.50

My friend opted for the Chasha Ramen, she finished it in no time so I assume it was good. It was topped with about 4 – 5 slices of thin pork belly, green onions, hard-boil egg and black fungus slice. The soup of hers and mine looks very similar. I think to have a perfect bowl of ramen a salted gooey egg is a must but Ajisen could not deliver this to us.

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Conclusion: The service in here was quick but not attentive, the food is average if you are looking for something quick and simple then give this place a try.

Address:

85 Liverpool Street, Sydney    
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 11:30 to 22:30, (Fri,Sat 23:00) 
Ph:+612-9267-8816
Web: www.ajisenramen.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Liverpool St or Pitt St 
By Train: Town Hall Station  
By Bus:

Takeru

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Ryo’s noodle, Crow Nest

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

Average Price
Entrée: $4 – $6
Main: $11 – $15
Dessert: N/A
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: Free
Cakeage: Free

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Normal
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Normal
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins
Booking time require: Walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: No

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My favourite Jap food is ramen, as the queen of ramen I have searched everywhere in Sydney to find the best ramen for my readers, and came up with a list. I will first talk about the no.1 on my list first – Ryo’s in Crow Nest. I know a lot of people don’t like this place because they think the soup is too oily, the flavour is too salty or not enough toppings. But this is what ramen should be; rich soup that is full of flavours and chewy noodle without too many toppings. I did request for less salty this time though because I think the one I ordered was little bit too salty on its original state.

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We arrived at the restaurant on a Sat morning at 11.30am and the restaurant is still not open, we walked around and end up inside an open inspection nearby. When we came back there was already about 6 people queuing up!! This place is small and cosy, shared table and help yourself with water. I never ordered my ramen from the menu because I reckon the special one on the wall always taste nicer as ingredients are best made by seasonal choice.

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Tokyo style soy sauce flavour with roast pork, nori, bamboo shoots and egg, $10.50

JC opted for the Tokyo Ramen, which stated on the board as the top 3 most popular in the restaurant. It has slices of pork, bamboo slices and pink and white fish cakes on top. The soup is a soy base chicken clear broth, not as rich as mine but still flavoursome.

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Ramen noodles in pork and fish stock soup with roast pork, egg and nori (soy sauce base), $14

I ordered the fish and pork soup with roast pork ramen, the name attracted me the first thing I sat down. The thin slices of pork were tender and delicious almost fall into piece when I bite onto it, it has right amount of fat in between the meat. The soup was sweet and beautiful matches perfectly with the gooey eggs. I haven’t find a place that cooked the egg as perfect as Ryo’s.

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Deep fried soft shell crab, $6

Our side dish arrives while we were slurping our noodles. The golden soft shell crab looks fluffy and crispy. It was still boiling hot that almost burnt my tongue.

Conclusion: Best ramen in Sydney, The chicken and pork stocks are intense and full of flavours. Place is small and cramped but offer you an authentic Japanese feeling. What I love the most is the chewy egg noodles.

 

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Address:

125 Falcon Street, North Sydney 
opening hrs: Thu – Tue: 12:00 to 14:30, 17:00 to 21:30 
Ph:+612-9955-0225
Web: N/A

Getting There:

Parking: West St
By Train: No train station near by 
By Bus:

crow nest

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Ryo’s noodle, Crow Nest

My favourite Jap food is ramen, as the queen of ramen I have searched everywhere in Sydney to find the best ramen for my readers, and came up with a list. I will first talk about the no.1 on my list first – Ryo’s in Crow Nest. I know a lot of people don’t like this place because they think the soup is too oily, the flavour is too salty or not enough toppings. But this is what ramen should be; rich soup that is full of flavours and chewy noodle without too many toppings. I did request for less salty this time though because I think the one I ordered was little bit too salty on its original state.
 

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

Average Price
Entrée: $4 – $6
Main: $11 – $15
Dessert: N/A
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: Free
Cakeage: Free

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Normal
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Normal
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins
Booking time require: Walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: No

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We arrived at the restaurant on a Sat morning at 11.30am and the restaurant is still not open, we walked around and end up inside an open inspection nearby. When we came back there was already about 6 people queuing up!! This place is small and cosy, shared table and help yourself with water. I never ordered my ramen from the menu because I reckon the special one on the wall always taste nicer as ingredients are best made by seasonal choice.

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Tokyo style soy sauce flavour with roast pork, nori, bamboo shoots and egg, $10.50

JC opted for the Tokyo Ramen, which stated on the board as the top 3 most popular in the restaurant. It has slices of pork, bamboo slices and pink and white fish cakes on top. The soup is a soy base chicken clear broth, not as rich as mine but still flavoursome.

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Ramen noodles in pork and fish stock soup with roast pork, egg and nori (soy sauce base), $14

I ordered the fish and pork soup with roast pork ramen, the name attracted me the first thing I sat down. The thin slices of pork were tender and delicious almost fall into piece when I bite onto it, it has right amount of fat in between the meat. The soup was sweet and beautiful matches perfectly with the gooey eggs. I haven’t find a place that cooked the egg as perfect as Ryo’s.

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Deep fried soft shell crab, $6

Our side dish arrives while we were slurping our noodles. The golden soft shell crab looks fluffy and crispy. It was still boiling hot that almost burnt my tongue.

Conclusion: Best ramen in Sydney, The chicken and pork stocks are intense and full of flavours. Place is small and cramped but offer you an authentic Japanese feeling. What I love the most is the chewy egg noodles.

 

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Address:

125 Falcon Street, North Sydney 
opening hrs: Thu – Tue: 12:00 to 14:30, 17:00 to 21:30 
Ph:+612-9955-0225
Web: N/A

Getting There:

Parking: West St
By Train: No train station near by 
By Bus:

crow nest

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Takeru, Chinatown

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

Average Price
Entrée: $5-$9
Main: $9-$15
Dessert: $4-$6
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: Free
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: 15 mins
Booking time require: Walk in & queue up
Child friendly/High Chair: No

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Another girls night out, we ended up in Takeru restaurant which is located in the heart of China town. This place is packed with young Asians and Japanese, which made me feel like I am back to uni ages. We know the portion sizes in here aren’t that big so we ordered 1 entree and 3 mains.

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 Agedashi Tofu – Deep fried tofu, $6.20

I am not the biggest fan for Tofu but I do love Agedashi Tofu because of the sweet broth of dashi, mirin and soy sauce that comes with it. So occasionally I will still order this dish for the sake of the sauce (I am a sauce queen remember…) The Tofu in this dish was silky and smooth with a nice crust outside. There were also heaps of dried bonito flakes and scallions on top to compliment the dish.

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 Buta Shogayaki – Panfried pork slice with ginger soy sauce, $10.30

The ginger pork was my favourite dish because it was so tasty and not oily however, I think this dish was overpriced because there was so much cabbage that I almost thought it was the main component of the dish.

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 Unagi Kabayaki – Grilled eel, $14.80

Eel was tender and juicy. The meal set came with a miso soup and steam rice which made it easy if you are looking for a quick feed.

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 Takoyaki Pizza – Seafood puff pizza, $10.90

If you like Takoyaki (Japanese octopus ball) and pizza you probably will love this dish. I personally find this pizza was too bland and lack in flavour. What I love about the pizza though, was the base, it was thin and crispy. As much as it pained us to leave the last piece behind, we were all absolutely stuffed at the end.

Conclusion: I see Takeru as a standard Japanese fast eatery, the service is so so and expect a long wait. I don’t think I will go back there as the waitress spilled the bowl of miso soup while she was rushing to collect our plates as if we are not willing to leave. The overall dining experience wasn’t a pleasant one.

Address:

Shop 10, 339 Sussex Street, Sydney
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 12:00 – 22:00 
Ph:+612-9283-3522 
Web: N/A

Getting There:

Parking: Sussex Street or Kent Street
By: Train: Central/Town Hall station 
By Bus:

Takeru 

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Ocean Room, Circular Quay

www.oceanroomsydney.com

Ratings
Food: 6/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Value: 6/10

Average Price
Entrée: $15-$25
Main: $35-$40
Dessert: $20-$25
Degustation: $90 pp 11 courses / $80 pp 8 courses
Corkage: No BYO, Fully licensed restaurant
Cakeage: No outside food allowed

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Dark
Noise Level: Quiet
Waiting time for foods: 30 mins
Booking time require: 2-3 days
Child friendly/High Chair: No

Valentine’s Day – An annual commemoration held on February 14th celebrating love and affection between couples. For the single people out there, I know I know it’s just an excuse to make you look pathetic. But as for me, I think it is a perfect excuse to dine out at a nice restaurant that is fairly overpriced.

After some extensive researches and unlimited browsing of food blogs with my boyfriend. We decided to go to ocean room. Ocean room is a modern Japanese restaurant – mixing of modern techniques with ancient Japanese recipes.

When I first walked in, I noticed a lot of wooden tube lighting, some oyster lights and a candle on the table. Oh oh.. whenever there are candle on the dining table, You know it is going to be DARK. But luckily, we got to sit right in front of the ceiling window with the perfect view of Opera House. So what more can I ask for?

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Okay! Enough of talk let’s get down to business. We went for the Raita’s Tasting Menu. $90 pp for 12 courses (Tasting size)

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Oyster Duo – Rock oyster with fresh chilli & lemon vinaigrette pacific oyster with shiso basil sorbet and konbu

I’ve never been a huge fan of oyster, especially raw one. The oyster Duo was absolutely fresh and plump. Not those gray and slim looking types. I could pop the whole oyster straight in my mouth without having to worry about the fishy smell at all. The combination of the fresh chilli and lemon vinaigrette matches perfectly with the oysters and I could almost taste the freshness of the sea.

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Tuna Cornet – Marinated blue fin tuna tartare in wrapped nori cornet

This was the most “fusion” dish out of the whole menu, I admired the chef’s creativity. The blue fin tuna melt in the mouth and cornet was crunchy. But the picture looked as big as it might have seemed it is actually size of a fat thumb.

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Anchovy & Sorbet – Marinated anchovy with smoke tomato sorbet

I love anchovy!! The tomato sorbet complimented well with the salty anchovy. But again… size of two small thumbs.

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Wasabi Prawn – Crispy king prawn with wasabi aioli petit wasabi croquette

This dish was like a trademark to Ocean Room. I was actually looking forward to try the wasabi prawn. The prawn was fresh, crunchy and the wasabi aioli was just right and not overpowering.

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Soft Shell Crab Taco – Spiced soft shell crab, pickled vegetables in a taco shell

This dish sounded so Mexico to me! But surprisingly it was nothing like a real taco. The taco is very thin and crispy almost little bit like a rice cracker.

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Sake Jelly Bar Cod –Flame seared bar cod with sake & plum jelly, sheer konbu

I must admitted I was appalled by the texture of this dish, it was very slimy. But it actually tasted better than I expected. There were more depth of flavours than you can see with you naked eyes.

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Tuna Creation – Tuna five ways, with five different condiment

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Wow! This was such a cool dish. The tuna creation consists of 5 cubes of tuna that cooked in different ways with accompanying flavoured salts. They were: – Oil blanched with chilli salt, fresh raw with light soy salt, seared with soy salt (3yrs aged), fresh raw with black salt and marinated with truffle salt. I am a big sucker of spicy foods so I casted my vote on the Oil blanched with chilli salt. The best part of all was the little tasting note that came with the dish, it detailed exactly what you are tasting.

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Saikto Miso Cod – Sweet marinated cod fillet with chilli and spring onion

Fish was cooked to perfect, the chilli powder added a little kick to the dish.

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Prawn Sizzle – Pan seared green king prawn with coriander citurus sauce

The prawn was very flavoursome, I could actually see all the flavours on the body of the prawn. Chilli, pepper, coriander citurus. Now I just wished they were a little bit more generous on the coriander citurus sauce.

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Sansho Pepper Beef Steak – Grain fed rib eye steak with sansho peppercorn jus

Beef is my favourite meat out of all, so I could be quite picky on it. This dish was the best out of the whole menu and it was the biggest! Meat cooked medium rare, tender, juicy with smooth and silky buttery mash. Two thumbs up!!

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Sushi Collection Three – Chef’s daily recommendation three nigiri sushi

In Sydney we are blessed with fresh and large variety of fish for sushi, the quality wasn’t as fresh here and the cut is rather very thin.

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Ocean Room Assiette – classic crème brulee, pink lady apple almond gateau and apple sorbet. Two kind of chocolate ganaches with dark chocolate pipe and orange slices

Mind you, this dessert needs to be shared with your partner/friend. Let’s start from the left. Crème brulee was smooth and silky but the bowl was so tiny that one spoonful it is gone. (Still have to leave half for the next person…). Apple almond gateau and the sorbet was the best it has a really refreshing and fruity flavour. The chocolate was a bit rich for me as I am not a big fan of dark chocolate. But if you take a little bit of the orange slices it will balance it out nicely.

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Conclusion: If your a big eater and looking for value for money then Ocean Room isn’t for you. Atmosphere is great along with the service, dating couples will find this venue fantastic. The food is Japanese fine dine with lots of creative ideas. Worth a try even if it’s only once.

Address:

Bay 4 – Ground Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay West, The Rocks
opening hrs: Tue – Fri: 12:00 to 14:00
Mon -Sat: 18:00 to 22:00 (late night dining on Fri & Sat until 24.00)
Ph:+612-9252-9585
Web: www.oceanroomsydney.com

Getting There:

Parking: Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks.  Clock Tower, 55 Harrington St. The Rocks
By: Train:  Circular Quay Station
By Bus:

bus map

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