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

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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

 
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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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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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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Chimmichurri Bar & Grill, Darlinghurst

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

Average Price
Entrée: $11 – $28
Main: $18 – $55
Dessert: $15-$17
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: No BYO, fully licensed
Cakeage: $4 P/P

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Dark
Noise Level: Normal
Waiting time for foods: 10 mins – 15 mins
Booking time require: 1 week
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

http://www.chimmichurri.com.au

Earlier this year, I bought some vouchers to dine at Chimmichurri Bar & Grill for half price ($45 for 2 people all you can eat Brazilian BBQ Churrasco) , the idea of having hot BBQ food served on a skewer stick got me excited and it proves that I’ve made the best decision to come here with my girls. This is a fantastic place with nice fancy décor, there is also a bar area near the entrance for a few drinks before having your dinner. All the meat was flavoursome and juicy using BBQ style cooking with natural wood fire and charcoal, few of the times we saw some fire flame through the kitchen window. Extra points was given to the impeccable service! Like Like Like!

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Sangria 500ml, $14

To start the night, we ordered some Sangria and it taste really sweet. I am not an alcohol drinker but I like this one.

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We had some herbs rice and a really delicious tomato relish on the side for those who needs some carb and greens.

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creamy potato salad

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Chicken wrap in prosciutto

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Pork Neck

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nicely roast beef steak

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Pork belly, Chicken thigh, Chicken wrap prosciutto, steak

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Spicy pork sausage

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Ham

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Garlic Prawns

The garlic prawns were my favourite, it was serve on a wooden board with lots of herbs and garlic. It was fresh and plump.

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Mussel in tomato sauce, too bad only 4 left Sad smile

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Chicken Heart

First time tasting chicken heart, it was a bit chewy and taste nothing like a chicken liver, in fact, it taste a bit like duck kidney. After some research, I realised it was Brazilian favourite.

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Grill pineapple

This is totally new to me, I never eaten grill pineapple, it was full of chorcal flavour but however it was bit too sour for my liking.

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Love you girls!

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Pandan & Durian ice-cream with coconut jelly and red bean

Dessert is a must after a nice hearty meal so we head back to china town for some more goodies – passion flower for ice-creams.

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Black sesame ice-cream with sticky rice ball

 

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Address:

23 Ward Ave, Daringhurst
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 18:00-late

Ph:+612-9331-1992
Web: http://www.chimmichurri.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Ward Ave/King Cross Road

Train Station: Kingcross

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Cafe Jolly, Leichhardt

Rather than trying my favourite Italian restaurant Portofino, we decided to give Café Jolly’s a go which is just few shops next to it. Everytime when I walk pass, it is always packed full of people. This place was famous for its fast service and piping hot food, however some feedback I read was that people didn’t like the main to be coming halfway through the entrée, make sure you let the waiter know if you prefer to have you meals one course after the next.

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Ratings
Food: 6/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Average Price
Entrée: $3.5 – $12.50
Main: $15.50 – $24.50
Dessert: N/A
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: BYO wine only, fully licensed
Cakeage: $1
Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Normal
Waiting time for foods: 10 mins – 15 mins
Booking time require: 1-2 Days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

 

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Garlic Bread, $3.50

The bread was simple by amazing, crunchy crust on the outside and a soft chewy inside.

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Garden Salad, $8

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Salt & Pepper Calamari, $12.50

Calamari for me was a disappointment, it was rubbery and hard to chew. I’d prefer they cut it into smaller pieces.

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Veal Bomb – Crumbed veal & chicken fillet pocketed with fresh ricotta & spinach, in a wine cream pepper sauce with wedges & vegetables, $24.50

I like this dish very much, the veal still has a slight pink in the middle and the creamy sauce was like match made in heaven, especially if you soak up the broccoli with the sauce.

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Penne Pollo – Chicken pieces, pesto, mushroom, white wine, in a tomato sauce with a touch of cream, $15.50

Pasta was al dente with lots of fresh herbs however the chicken was a bit dry.

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Spaghetti Marinara – King prawns, calamari, fish fillets, mussels, garlic in white wine and Napolitana sauce, $16.90

The spaghetti marinara was served pretty quickly after the entrée arrived, pasta has more seafood than pasta which I thought was fantastic!

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Address:

158 Norton Street, Leichhardt
opening hrs: Mon – Fri: 10:30 to 15:30, 17:00 to 23:00 Sat – Sun: 8:30-0:00

Ph:+612-9560-2434
Web: N/A

Getting There:

Parking: Macauley Street/Carlisle Street

 
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Petaling Street Malaysian Hawker Food, Sydney George Street

Happy New Year guys! Hope you had a fantastic break with your family and loved ones. I truly had a relaxing and lazy long break, other than the 3 days working through the Xmas break, only other things I did was eat, sleep and watch TV hehehe…

My bad that I should have catch up on my blog post, so here you go: Petaling Street Malaysian Hawker Food, my latest discovery during my break, such a great find! It is situated on George Street right next to an Adult shop… I mean next to Crocodile Senior Thai near the Central station. At lunch time it is quite packed already given the store only open on Christmas day, come night, it turns into a popular dessert place with over 10 pages worth of dessert menu to choose from, oh and also it open til 2am! Another option of Passion flower, I just love variety and competitions.

www.petalingst.com.au

 

Ratings
Food: 7.5/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Service: 6/10
Value: 8/10

Average Price
Entrée: $6 – $10
Main: $10 – $20
Dessert: $10 – $15
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: N/A
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 – 20 mins
Booking time require: walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

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Apparently Petaling Street has 6 branches and five of them are located in Melbourne. When there are so many branches of one food store, it gotta be a good one and it proves me right.

When we first walked in, we see a lot of food menu and pictures hanging on the wall, what a tricky way to make you salivating before even seeing the food, we walked downstairs for a bigger seating. The menu has a lot of variety, ranging from some street food entrée, noodle soup, congee, steam fishes, rice dishes to dessert. (Dessert in a separate menu worth 10 pages long! )

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Steam rice roll, $6.80

I really like this dish, HK have a similar kind of food which we usually eat for breakfast except we don’t put fish ball and bean curd one top.

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Fried Koay Teow, $9.50

The fried koay teow is more on the spicy side, I was sweating and tearing a little when I ate this dish, it has a lot of wok hey and it was piping hot straight out from the kitchen.

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Hainannese Chicken Rice, $10.50

It has all the essentials that a good Hainannese Chicken should have, tenderness of the poached chicken and a good fragrance of the rice. If you are not a big fan of spicy food, this will be a good option for you.

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Petaling street style short rice noodle in claypot, $11.50

I am a big fan of fat and chewy noodle, this fat glass noodle is chewy and absorb all the sauce. On the top it has a big chunks of fried onion, pork mince and Chinese mushroom. Also another good option for the non spicy lover, on the down side is, this dish is more oily compare to others because a larger amount of oil is needed to keep the noodle from sticking together.

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Ice Teh Tarik, $3.50

A reasonable priced drinking menu in here, the cup is large compare those one in mamak village and it wasn’t overly sweet.

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Kopi Ice, $3.50

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Chicken Laska, $9.90

Firstly, the laska came with two different type of noodle so I believe that is the authentic way of how a laska should be. Secondly, the soup was rich and packed with lots of spice and aroma, but however, it was lacking a bit of sweetness but overall it is still not bad.

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Roti Canai with chicken curry, $10.80

I strongly don’t recommend ordering Roti here, I believe it is not their specialties. If you like fluffy roti MaMak is still the best place. The curry and chicken was nice but the roti was too dry and hard. Some part was still a little bit raw when I bite on it.

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Dessert Menu www.pcwdesserts.com.au

Such a great find! Even though a little bit disappointed on the roti but still a good experience. Next time, I am going to try the fish head or steam fish, I heard some good feedback with their fish dishes.

 

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Address:

760 George Street, Sydney
opening hrs: Sun – Wed: 11:00 to 23:00, Thur – Sat: 11:00 to 02:00
Ph:+612-9280-1006
Web: www.petalingst.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Kent Street or Pitt St
By train: Central Station

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Engagement & Christmas at Aria

It’s been more than 2 months since I last blogged. I am terribly sorry my lovely readers! I have been trying hard to write again but seems like finding time was the hardest thing on earth. Things was crazy and multiple things happening at the same time, also my laziness made things even worse =(

Allow me to explain some of the things that happened. Well, firstly and most importantly, I got engaged! Yay! And prior do that JC moved house so meaning lots of packing and unpacking happened during the past months. It was a huge exercise for us because he has been living in the old place for 4 years so you can imagine how many junks there were, some are still remain untouched now and safely sitting in the balcony hehe.

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So yeah, back to engagement bit, on August 6th it was on our 2nd year anniversary of dating, we planned to go to Quarter 21 for dinner to celebrate this special day. But because of the sad news about my grandpa, the dinner didn’t eventuate and postponed to September after I came back from Hong Kong. The poor JC even booked a hotel room and was planning to give me a pleasant surprise but that part of the plan was ruin…. Anyway…

On the day, we went out to the city spent the day doing some shopping. He suggested to go to observatory towel as he has never been there, I immediately rejected the idea because I thought it was a bit of a waste of money (I’ve officially ruined the first proposal plan A), then it’s finally our booking time for dinner, nothing happened during the dinner as JC thought proposing in the restaurant was too ordinary (Plan B didn’t happen). And then, after dinner we walked back to Pyrmont where we parked our car, he suggested to take a monorail as it’s getting late. Luckily, I said yes (or else I will ruin the Plan C) as my feet hurts as a result of all the walking today.

Up to here, you can pretty much guess what happened! In the monorail, only two of us in one carriage, things started getting weird, JC started talking about relationship and the time we have been together in a not so fluent Chinese…one knee on the floor with a ring in his hands, and me burst out laughing but happy and shocked at the same time, he proclaim his love for me and was asking me to marry him. Of course I said yes and we are getting married in May =)

So you see, I was absent from blogging for a good reason. To make up my bad, I promise I will try my best to keep blogging for good restaurants and recipes. As you know, Christmas is coming, I would love to share some of my favourite dishes I tasted in Aria during my work Christmas party last week. If you have followed my older post, I have been to Aria in June and it didn’t disappointed me, food is still amazing.

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We were given three choices for Entrée, main & dessert, it was a clear choice because I’ve tried some of the things on menu in the last visit.

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Oyster – freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters served with mignonette dressing

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Pork Belly – Kurobuta sweet pork belly with pork croquette and caramelised apple

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Barramundi – Crisp skinned fillet with grilled cuttlefish, apple, green olives and a horseradish sauce

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Lamb – roasted lamb fillet with ricotta gnocchi, pumpkin and mustard fruit puree and a sage and balsamic sauce

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Apple and almond crumble – calvados ice-cream, caramelised apple, almond crumble and apple sorbet

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Cheesecake – strawberry cheesecake with strawberry sorbet

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Chocolate delice – chocolate delice with raspberries and vanilla ice-cream

The best thing for me was the crispy pork belly and barramundi, it was cooked perfectly with a nice crispy skin. The dishes were in reasonable size and I can still fit dessert without feeling overly bloated.

Have a Merry Christmas and a happy new year guys ! XOXO

 

 

 

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The Dip, Sydney CBD

 

One of the good things of being a food blogger is the privilege of using an excuse of food blogger catch up to try some new restaurant. The Dip featuring American goodies such as pulled pork, hot dog & nachos has recently opened in the CBD, hidden within the Goodgod nightclub. I am not a really big fan of hot dogs and this sort of foods but I must say their hot dog are awesome, melt in the mouth pulled pork… oh… thinking about it makes me want more now.

 

Ratings
Food: 7.5/10
Atmosphere: 6.5/10
Service: 7/10
Value: 6.5/10

 

Average Price
Entrée: $6 – $8
Main: $12 – $15
Dessert: $4 – $10
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: Fully licenced
Cakeage: N/A

 

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Hard
Brightness of restaurant: Dark / Disco lighting
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins – 20 mins
Booking time require: 1-2 Days
Child friendly/High Chair: Not suitable for kids

http://thedip.com.au/

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10 of us crazy foodies had a strategic approach of what to order, We had one main each then order few different side dishes to share on the table. Mel and I share our main again so that we get a taste of everything.

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Lev’s Dawg – smoked kosher hot dog with chipotle mayo, fresh tomato salsa, grilled yellow peppers and American mustard on a steamed bun, $12

Big hit of the night, most popular choice amongst most people, I absolutely love it. The sausage was flavoursome with a chargrill flavour, I especially love the steamed soft brioche bun topped with heaps of mayo and tomato salsa. I regrets I didn’t order one more of those.

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Southern Smoke – 12 hour smoked pulled pork sandwich with bbq beans, apple & cabbage slaw and spicy bbq sauce, $12

The slow 12 hours cooked pulled pork was smoky and tender, though I had a mess eating it as the sauce just dripped everywhere.

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Pulled pork nachos – corn chips topped with pinto beans, black beans, chipotle peppers, tomato salsa, lime cream and cheese, $14

The Nachos was HUGE! Enough to feed 10 of us, and it was still hot after all the photo sessions. The corn chips are so different to the one I’ve eaten before, it was much thinner and lighter that you just keep eating it without feeling guilty.

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Grilled corn – on the cob, with lime mayo and chipotle salt, $8

I love corn, I can eat it everyday and don’t feel bored. This corn is more on the expensive side but the taste was gorgeous. It has a nice chargrill flavour but not overly burnt, the highlight for me was the mayo, I almost drown my whole corn cob in the sauce, it is THAT good!

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Snow peas, $8

We decided we need some veges to balance out our meat, so we ordered some greens. Snow peas was crunchy and seasoned well.

Slaw, $6

By the time I’ve had a chance to taste this dish, it is nearly polished by everyone. It has apple and cabbage unlike the ordinary coleslaw. It was refreshing and cleanse the palate to ready for dessert.

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Salsa Fries – hand cut fries with fresh tomato salsa and cheese, $6

This was the 2nd favourite dish of the night, I have a weakness in hand cut fat chips, extra fresh tomato salsa and cheese was a bonus! I even dipped it in the mayo too.

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Ice cold Guac – sweet avocado ice cream, strawberry salsa and waffle chips, $10

Ice cream doesn’t really taste like avocado probably because I had too many avocado shakes in Cabramatta and so used to the strong taste, this ice cream has a mild avocado flavour. the waffle was more on the small side which shocked us a little bit that it was just a piece of biscuit.

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Cookies N Cream – Salted caramel ice cream between two chocolate molasses cookies with hot chocolate fudge, $10

I didn’t try this dessert but majority of people kept nodding their head and raving how good it was.

This place is really fun and lively, It is best to drop by on a Friday night after work, have a few drink of beer and a quick bite. On the down side, this place is very noisy and almost impossible to talk, I nearly lost my voice at the end of the night.

 

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Address:

55 Liverpool St, Chinatown
opening hrs: Wed – Thur: 17:00 to 23:00, Fri: 17:00 to midnight, Sat: 18:00 to midnight 
booking: do@thedip.com.au 
Web: www.thedip.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Kent Street 
By train: Town Hall station

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Aria Restaurant, Circular Quay

 

If you follow this season’s Master Chef, you will notice Matt Moran was one of the guest judges on the judge panel. I was over the moon when I heard that our business partner BTIG is bringing us to Aria restaurant located opposite of the opera house for lunch. The whole time during one of the pressure test, where contestants have to recreate Matt Moran’s duck consommé dish with abalone, I would rave about how creative it is to have a dish that has Asian influence but in a form of soup that made by a non-Asian chef.

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

Average Price
Entrée: $36 – $42
Main: $44 – $56
Dessert: $24 – $28
Degustation: $160-$176 (w/o wine), $260-$286 (w/wine)
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: Normal
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins – 20 mins
Booking time require: 2-3 Days
Child friendly/High Chair: No

 

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When we first walked in, the receptionist greeted with a friendly smile and took us to the table. The restaurant was very “corporate” style, I wouldn’t say it’s a very nice décor and most people were having a business lunch as you can tell by their corporate attire. We were given a seated close to the window with fabulous views of Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

We decided to go for the 2 courses for $68. As much as I would love to try the dessert too but I think my little stomach will struggle a little bit.

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A complimentary amuse bouche is served to us to start off, it is a wild mushroom and asparagus soup. Although I am not a big fan of asparagus but I couldn’t taste any of it, but instead I can taste a dash of sweetness that came from the mushroom.

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Peaking duck consommé with duck dumplings, shaved abalone and mushrooms

As mentioned before, how can I go pass a dish that has been feature in a Master Chef pressure test? So I opted for the duck consommé. The bowl came out to the table covered and once it is placed in front of me the waiter lifted off the lid allowing the aroma to come through the nose. I can’t wait no more! First spoonful was boiling hot with intense flavours. Floating on the top was some coriander and herbs which further raise this soup to a whole new level. The dumplings itself was a bit soggy but overall was very nice. I wouldn’t consider this as a traditional Chinese dish because I’ve never taste anything like that before.

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Scallops – spiced and roasted with glazed witlof, pistachios, and dried apricots

Nadia ordered the scallops and she claim that it was cooked perfectly. I didn’t try this dish but from the look of it, I can tell the scallop was just cooked through with a nice brown surface.

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Truffled potato mash, $15

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Borlotti bean, cotechino sausage and rocket salad, $16

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Cured New Zealand salmon with kombu and earl great tea, yuzu tapioca and avocado puree

I never thought you could put a tea together with a salmon. But the presentation was very beautiful, almost too beautiful to eat. Down side was a bit small to feed a big eater.

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Pork Belly – Kurobuta sweet pork belly with pickled watermelon and crackling

Few other people ordered the pork belly, the skin looks perfectly crisp. At the end of the meal I noticed that most people left the watermelons on the plate unfinished.

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Braised beef cheek with red onion choucroutte, roasted chestnut and puff wild rice

I ordered the beef as the main. Despite that I was half full already but I still managed to finish the whole dish. Because it is just so good!! I didn’t know what purpose the puff wild rice served initially but after a bite of the meat I understand that the puff rice can lighten the richness of the sauce and offer some crunchiness to the dish. The meat itself was tender and fall off the bone.

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Barramundi – Crisp skinned fillet with grilled cuttlefish, apple, green olives and horseradish sauce

I rarely ordered fish as my main in a restaurant, purely because none of them impressed me but this one in Aria totally changed my view. It is very hard to cook a fish right but Aria did it. The fish was moist and juicy. It felt like it melts in the mouth. The skin was absolutely amazing and crispy.

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slow cooked lamb neck with a potato gratin, Chinese artichokes, nameko mushrooms and wild asparagus

All of the people on the table either order fish, beef or lamb. I didn’t get a taste of the lamb but it looks perfectly cook still with a little bit pink in the middle.

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Conclusion: Unbeatable location and excellent food. The service was impeccable, they gave us attention to our needs throughout the meal. I would definitely order the dessert next time when I come here because it looks absolutely delicious looking at the table next to us.

 

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Address:

1 Macquaire Street, Circular Quay 
opening hrs: Mon – Fri: 12:00 to 14:30, 17:30 to 23:00, Sat 17:00 to23:00, Sun 18:00 to 22:00 
Ph:+612-9252-2555
Web: www.ariarestaurant.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Macquarie Street, Pitt street 
By train: Circular Quay

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