Cheeky Chocolate, North Strathfield

 

North Strathfield is definitely a growing suburb, not long ago another Pancakes on the rocks was open and now a new creation of Adriano Zumbo – Cheeky Chocolate has opened in North Strathfield. With about 100 free parking right opposite the dessert place, you never need to worry about finding a car spot (free parking on weekend only). I think this is certainly a good addition to the inner west. Without travelling to the City CBD, you can still find a place for a chat and sweets after dinner with your friends.

 

Ratings
Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Service: 9/10
Value: 6.5/10

 

Average Price
Entrée: N/A
Main: N/A
Dessert: $10 – $18
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: N/A
Cakeage: N/A

 

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Normal
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Dark
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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Upon our arrival at around 8:30pm on a Saturday night, the place was already packed. We waited for about 15 mins before we get a seat and the waitress kindly offer us to go inside to have a look at the cake display and the menu. The menu is not an extensive one, and 3 out of the 7 dine in dessert menu wasn’t available on the night. However, the service of staff was super friendly and also allows me to take as much picture as possible! (Exactly what a food blogger would love to hear!) Absolutely love the Victorian décor inside Cheeky Chocolate, chandelier crystal lighting hanging from the ceiling and wooden furniture are just beautiful.

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After spending a considerable amount of time choosing what to order finally we opted for one dine in dessert and one cake from the window display.

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Will you pash or dash – chocolate fondant with passion fruit centre, toasted white chocolate & orange soaked pineapple, $18

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Fondant was served on a long slim plate which the white chocolate foam was about to spill out, both JC and me agreed that it would be better if it was served on a round plate. We cut the fondant in half and the passion fruit chocolate just oozed out like how it should be. I enjoyed the fondant a lot because it was moist and not overly sweet. I especially love the orange soaked pineapple, as you can see there was lots of vanilla bean in the mixture and that just offsets the richness of the dark chocolate. But what I don’t like about is the ice-cream on the left, it was a bit bland and icy.

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Apricot jelly, white chocolate mousse, almond crumble, apricot and yoghurt creamy and pistachio, $11

I don’t want to be chocolate overdose, so I opted for a fruity dessert on our 2nd options. This dessert was refreshing and tangy. Almond crumble and biscuit on top gives a nice crunchy texture to the dessert.

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Chai latte, $4.90

The chat latte here is soothing and aromatic. The silky smooth texture went down easily, the cup was so big that I struggled to finish it.

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Skinny Cappuccino, $4.90

Coffee here is not bad too!

Overall, this is not a bad place for a called in to get some take away dessert and the service was great even though they were very busy on a Saturday evening. Beautifully presented cakes and dine in dessert.

 

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Address:

11 George St, North Strathfield  
Ph:+612-9764-5966
Web: www.cheekychocolate.com.a

Getting There:

Parking: George Street 
By train: North Strathfield

 

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Sapore Della Vigna, Leichhardt

 

www.italianforumrestaurants.com.au

Ratings
Food: 7.5/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Service: 9/10
Value: 8/10

Average Price
Entrée: $4 – $15
Main: $20 – $30
Dessert: $10.90 – $12.90
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: $2.5 p/p
Cakeage: $10

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 – 20 mins
Booking time require: 1-2 Days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

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It has been a while since I have been to the Italian Forum in Leichhardt, usually I would go to restaurants located on Norton Street such as Portofino. Turn out it was a treasure find. It was a Friday night and we managed to find a parking spot in less than 5 minutes! There is a two level parking underneath the Forum which you can enjoy a 2 hours free parking.

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Sapore Della Vigna has been there for over 12 years, family owned by Kathy and her husband. The place has been renovated and extended ever since taken over by Kathy. Its vast space can not only accommodate large bookings but also small groups for all occasions such as birthday party, engagement, business parties with seating inside or outside.
We were greeted and welcomed by the friendly staff and were asked where we would like to seat. I choose inside as it was quite a chill night and love the idea of sitting under the heaters.

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Staff kindly change our wine to soft drinks

The Food Mornings voucher entitles us a mixed pasta platter for two which includes choice of 3 pasta dishes ($3.30 extra for each seafood pasta dish, exclude risotto and lasagne) and a bottle of wine. The menu has a vast range of selections from entree, pasta, salads and sides and as a result, we couldn’t make up our mind. The friendly staff came over and gave us some recommendation which end up it was my favourite. We opted for Penne Al Pollo – Pan fried chicken, sun-dried tomato & pine nuts in a napolitana and cream sauce $21.90, Linguini Marinara – Pasta with a selection of fresh local seafood cooked in a tomato, garlic, and white wine sauce $24.90, Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli – with a pesto cream sauce & topped with pine nuts $18.90 (staff’s recommendation). 

An Italian dinner is not complete without some nice Bruschetta. We order one of those as a starter. It was so delicious and top with huge amount of fresh tomato, basil, garlic and a sweet vinaigrette dressing. What I love the most was the bread is toasted and warm when it was served.

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Brushetta with tomato and basil – 2 per serve, $7.90

When the pasta arrived it’s presented on a silver platter with three generous serving of each pasta that we ordered. At first we dived into the vegetarian pasta which was packed with heaps of flavour and heaps of creamy sauce. (I was thinking a vegetarian pasta must be bland and tasteless but I am so wrong!) There was blended spinach and herbs piece inside the sauce and the ravioli was cooked perfectly. Secondly, I tried the chicken penne. Chicken meat was moist and tender and the pine nut was crunchy and paired well with the sauce. Lastly, we tasted the Linguini Marinara. I was feeling full already at this point of the meal but still polished half of the Linguini in my stomach. The seafood was fresh and the sauce is delicious.

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From left to right : Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli – with a pesto cream sauce & topped with pine nuts $18.90, Linguini Marinara – Pasta with a selection of fresh local seafood cooked in a tomato, garlic, and white wine sauce $24.90,Penne Al Pollo – Pan fried chicken, sun-dried tomato & pine nuts in a napolitana and cream sauce $21.90,

Conclusion: I had a pleasant dining experience in Sapore. The atmosphere was buzzing, love to see people, talking and laughing, and that’s exactly what Sapore offers. It is a great place to meet up with friends or for a family gathering. Highly recommended!! Check out here for a great deal from . This Mixed Pasta Platter for Two deal is on sale from 27/6 to 2/7 for a limited time.

 

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Address:

The Italian Forum, 23 Norton St, Leichhardt
opening hrs: Mon – Thur: 10:00 to 23:00, Fri: 10:00 to midnight, Sat – Sun: 8:00 to midnight
Ph:+612-9518-0078
Web: www.italianforumrestaurants.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Forum underground parking. Entrance on Norton St 
By train: No Train station near by

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Sitney Thai Restaurant, Parramatta

www.sitneyrestaurant.com

Ratings
Food: 7.5/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Value: 8/10

Average Price
Entrée: $7 – $15
Main: $15 – $20
Dessert: $7.90
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: $2.5 p/p
Cakeage: Free

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Normal
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Dark
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins – 20 mins
Booking time require: 1-2 Days
Child friendly/High Chair: No

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Out of all the the south East Asia cuisine, Thai is one of my favourite. The reason being is the fresh ingredients, spicy yet sour, lovely curries and lovely stir frys in Thai food. They don’t use a lot of ingredients but yet the flavours are complicated and delicate.

Thanks to Food morning, I scored two vouchers to dine at Sitney Thai Cuisine in Parramatta. It’s always such a lovely feelings to be having a good dinner with some lovely food bloggers that live in the same area like Mel and Tammi. But I am even more honoured that Sara made it all the way from South to attend the dinner.

There was endless chatting involved so I went straight in to the menu and said “hey let’s order food I am starving!!” A bit embarrassed by my own words but hey what’s the purpose of a food blogger dinner if there is no food right? Hehe

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Duck Herbs – Popular Thai mini dish of finely chopped roast duck tossed with red onion, mint, sliced shallot, roasted rice and chilli-lime dressing served on cos lettuce leaves.

The vouchers entitle us to order four entrees, four mains and four desserts. At first I thought we must have a lot of leftovers but at the end we cleaned all the plates. As part of the condition of the voucher for entrée, two choices out of the four needed to be either curry puffy, spring roll or satay chicken. We opted for the duck herb, spring roll, Satay chicken and golden money bag.

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Tung Tong – crispy fried pastry and fillings of chicken, crunched peanuts, green peas and served with sweet chilli dipping

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Springs Roll – Golden crispy vegetarian springs rolls filled with mixed veges and served with plum sauce.

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Kai Satay – Grilled marinated chicken skewers served with toasted peanut sauce and cucumber relish.

We all agreed the duck herb was a very good dish with the presentation similar to that of a San Choy Bow. There were heaps of spice and herbs that have been chopped finely mixed in the duck mince such as red onion, mints, shallot, chilli and garlic. I found the chicken was just cooked as I can still see a tiny little pinkish in the middle but I still enjoy it a lot because the meat used for the skewer is a thigh rather than a breast. It was juicy and succulent. Money bag and Spring rolls were piping hot which nearly burnt my tongue. The pastries wrapped outside were both crispy and flaky. I really enjoyed every entrée on the table.

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Pad Thai with seafood – Stir fry of thin noodle tossed with mix of textures including dry shrimp, diced tofu, bean sprouts, garlic chives, crushed peanuts and sliced red onion.

I’ve eaten a lot of Pad Thai including the authentic one from Thailand. A good Pad Thai should not be overly sweeten and soggy. Sitney Thai’s Pad Thai was certainly not one of those. It was generous in portion and tasty.

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Massamun beef curry – with sweet coconut broth and completed with sprinkle cashew and fried red onion

I choose this curry as a main because the weather on that night was cold and windy, the Massamun beef curries was hearty and chucky. It goes well with the steam rice. It wasn’t overly sweet or heavy, strong taste of herbs like star anise and cinnamon really boosted up my appetite.

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Stir fry chicken with limes leaves and peppercorns sauce

This was the dish I thought that is not spicy, but turns out to be the most spicy. I like the vegetables and the flavours but the let down for me was the chicken meat. It was a bit dry and tough to chew.

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Som Tum – green papaya salad with carrot, tomato, green bean, roasted peanut and dry shrimp drizzled with chilli-lime dressing

I actually learnt making this salad in Thailand when I went to Bangkok last year and joined a cooking class. It is simple yet packed with a lot of flavours. The one I made doesn’t have soft shell crab. But this one here certainly is an icing on the cake. It was crispy and fried to golden brown.

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Coconut milk with sago and rockmelon

For dessert there is only one option so all of us had the same thing. This was a familiar dessert to me because in Chinese dessert we cooked a lot with sagos. The only bit I wasn’t used to is the slight salty taste of the coconut milk. It is similar to mango sticky rice where salt will be put into the sticky rice.

Conclusion: Great food, service, and beautiful decor-dim mood light with a modern funky interior. The menu is extensive and their foods are packed with lots of authentic flavours.

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Address:

277B Church Street, Parramatta
opening hrs: Mon – Fr: 11:00 to 15:00, Sat – Sun: 12:00 to 17:00, Dinner everyday: 17:00 to 22:30
Ph:+612-9633-3226
Web: www.sitneyrestaurant.com

Getting There:

Parking: Church Street or Phillip St
By train: Parramatta Station

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas?

 

Only one more week before Mother’s day. I am thinking how to surprise mum with a gift she is sure to love. She is just like me, another food lover, but a health cautious one. She doesn’t like anything too sweet, too salty or too funky. Was thinking about a hamper full of fruits & gourmet fare and sent to her work.   [The basket case] I am sure all her colleagues will envy her with all the envy-ness!!

Readers, what you think about this one?

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Fresh & Fanciful $89.95

I think mum will love the woven reed basket, she loves those things and kept few of them from last year X-mas already. So nothing is wasted =)

Or This?

The Master cook $110

For obvious reason the master chef magazine is for me hehe

My second option was to purchase a Endota Spa [Endota Spa] voucher which includes a foothbath , an organic food scrub, full body relaxation massage and a refreshing facial. I received the same voucher as my birthday gift from a good friend of mine last year. I thought it was the best way to rejuvenate and recharge. What would you pick?

 

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Temasek, Parramatta

 

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

Average Price
Entrée: $5 – $10
Main: $13 – $36
Dessert: $5 – $7
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: $1.50
Cakeage: N/A

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

 
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Every year on father’s day we come here and sometimes his birthday too, because dad loves this place, even though we ordered almost the same thing every time and we still love it. I almost try out 90% items on the menu and only ordered the best out of the best. Despite I hear lots of good feedback about Ginger & Spice in Neutral Bay, which is a sister restaurant of Temasek, I still stayed loyal to Temesek.

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Hainanese Chicken (whole boneless), $38

Back in 5 or 6 years ago Hainanese chicken was less than $30, price increased every year but still couldn’t stop myself from going there. Hainanese chicken seems like an easy recipe but infact it requires hundreds of steps such as leaving the chicken in the boiling water standing then lifting up the chicken and repeating this process to create a tender and juicy result. The Hainanese chicken at first glance looked pleasing to the eye as I really hate those Hainanese chicken that has the skin falling apart and watery on the plate. The bird, sunken in sweet soy showing a little tenderness when combine with the fragrant rice.

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Chendol drink, $4.50

This sweet drink with coconut milk, green noodle and palm sugar is one of my favourite drink. Not the best I’ve tried in Temesek but still good.

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Coconut drink, $3.50

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Sambal Balacaan Kang Kong, $16.80

When I was in Thailand last year I eat this dish almost everyday. I can’t explain how much I love kang kong. As you can see, we ordered two serving here because when it comes to Kang Kong we fight like in a battlefield. The spicy chilli paste is so addicting with white rice.

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Singapore Chilli King Prawn, $19.80

If you ordered Singapore chilli crab in here the sauce is basically the same as the Singapore chilli king prawn dish. So have a try at this one first and see if you like it. The foundation of the sauce is made with tomato sauce, sweet chilli sauce, water and lime juice. You will be surprise how flavoursome these combination turn out to be. This dish is quite spicy and the egg is smooth and just cooked.

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Kecap Manis Sotong (Fried Calamari in sweet sauce), $19.80

This is my favourite dish hence why it is on the chef’s special,  squid is battered and deep-fried, stirred into a sweet honey soy coating. You cannot stop eating rice to go with it.

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Gado Gado (Combination of french beans, bean spout, cucumber, boiled eggs, and tofu served with homemade peanut sauce), $11.80

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Sambal Fish, $23.80

Fish fillet with aromatic Asian herbs, onion in rich coconut gravy. The dish was not spicy and it was very different to my expectation. I was expecting more chilli and veges in this dish.

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Chicken Flat rice noodle with egg white sauce, $17.80

Chicken flat rice was very bland and oily. I reckon this was a wrong dish to order for dinner. Maybe it would be better if it is for lunch. The egg white sauce was way too gooey, almost felt like the noodle was drowning in the sauce calling for help.

Conclusion: For some of the most authentic Malaysian / Singaporean in Sydney, head to Parramatta. Fantastic chilli prawn and chicken rice to be had here.

 

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Address:

The Roxy Arcade 71 George St, Parramatta 
opening hrs: Tue – Sun: 11:30 to 14:30, 17:30 to 22:00 
Ph:+612-9633-9926
Web: N/A

Getting There:

Parking: George Street or rear parking
By train: Parramatta

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Serendipity Ice Cream Factory Outlet, Marrickville

 

www.serendipityicecream.com.au

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Ice-cream or cake? Which one you like more. I really can’t under-estimated the number of people who is a super ice-cream lover in this planet. I personally like cakes more than ice-cream but I don’t mind a scoop of ice-cream next to my cakes especially a good quality one.

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Serendipity is an Australian family business producing super premium natural ice cream and sorbet for hotels, caterers, and restaurants since 1966. Using fresh milk & cream, ingredients are carefully sourced and blended creating multi award winning products. They used to be the supplier for ice-cream in Passion Flower years ago offering Asian-infused flavours like red beans, taro, black sesame, even durian.

Serendipity factory in Marrickville allows you to buy your vice straight from the source. The stuff is cheaper than your average IGA. It comes in all shapes and sizes. So come and grab one in this hot summer!!

There are over 40 flavours to choose from not including those freaky ones. We went for the extraordinary like black sesame, taro and pear & rhubarb crumble.

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The shop is small with only a counter and all the ice-cream are store behind, it is best to decide what you want on the website first and just order and go. Their price are fixed depends on size; little tub $3, 500ml $6, 2 litre $20, 5 litre $45. If you are first timer, it is worth to get several 500ml for different flavours than one a 2 litre. At the end you only pay $4 more but gets to try more flavours. The bad things about Serendipity is they don’t do 1 litre, damn it!

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From top to bottom, left to right: Black Sesame (bought for mum), Fig, Honey & Pistachio, black sesame (again for us), Black sesame (us again because there is no more 2 litre), Taro, Pear & Rhubarb crumble.

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right: Pear & Rhubarb crumble, left: taro

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top: black sesame, bottom left: taro, bottom right: Fig, Honey & Pistachio

My personal favourite are black sesame and the pear & rhubarb crumble. Black sesame are so rich and smooth and you can see real pieces of black sesame in the ice-cream. For the pear & rhubarb crumble, I just can’t get enough of it because of the real fruit piece and crumble in it. It is not overly sweet and made me feel like I am having ice-cream and a real crumble dessert all in one bowl.

 

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Address:

333-339 Enmore Rd, Marrickville 
opening hrs: Mon – Fri: 9:00 to 17:00, Sat : 10:00 to 13:00 (Summer only)   
Ph:+612-9557-8986
Web: www.serendipityicecream.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Enmore Rd or Llewellyn Ln
By train: St Peters

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Albee’s Kitchen, Campsie

 

Ratings
Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Service: 5/10
Value: 8/10

Average Price
Entrée: $5 – $10
Main: $10 – $25
Dessert: $5 – $8
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: N/A
Cakeage: N/A

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Easy
Ease of finding the restaurant: Normal
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Normal
Waiting time for foods: 10 mins – 15 mins
Booking time require: Walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: No

 
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Recently I was obsessed with South East Asian food, like Thai and Malaysian food. Almost visiting and discovering one every week. At a place like Campsie I have found this little hidden treasure which does cheap and authentic Malaysian Hawker style food – Albee’s Kitchen.

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Very small in size, probably can only fit 30 people max, the first time when I was here we knew we are going to come back, but that time I still haven’t have my blog established hence didn’t take any pics =( but Don’t worry readers, I will keep coming back to try more dish and update this post.

Given the terrible 33+C temperature we decided to stick with non-soupy stuff. We were tossing up between picking the Pandan chicken or deep fried nam yu flavoured pork ribs. At the end we choose the Pandan chicken as we have never tired it and it looks quite tasty and unique wrapped in Pandan leaf, we even wonder did the chicken have Pandan infuse into it haha.

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Chendol (House Traditional hawker Green Jelly Ice), $4

As soon as we sat down, we saw the picture of Chendol drink on the wall, and immediately asked the waitress to order two. What a better way to quenche a thirst than to throw down a cold drink full of ice, coconut milk, palm sugar, and chendol (pandan jelly)

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Pandan Chicken, $13.80

As the chicken arrived at our table, it was nicely presented wrapped in pandan leafs held with toothpicks. Our initial thought was what purpose of the pandan leaf served in this dish, was it presentation? But after I bited into it, the chicken was very moist and tasty. We soon realised the pandan leaf probably acted as a barrier to keep the juice from running out.

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Char Kuey Tiaw, $9.50

Char kuey tiaw was not bad but wasn’t the best we had. This dish lacks a bit of taste and punch of spice. However, portion was generous and we struggle to finish it.

Conclusion: A real find. Albee’s kitchen offers many tempting choice, the food here are authentic and reasonably priced.

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Address:

282 Beamish St, Campsie 
opening hrs: Mon – Fri: 11:00 to 15:00, 17:00 to 22:00, Sat – Sun: 11:00 to 22:00   
Ph:+612-9718-9200
Web: N/A

Getting There:

Parking: Campsie shopping centre parking
By train: Campsie Station

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Wine appreciation and canapés with Justine Schofield

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Few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to a wine appreciation event hosted by JP. Morgan, The evening features wines from the Barosssa & Eden Valley regions of South Australia, all have been specially selected and matched to canapés designed by the top 4th master chef in season 1 – Justine Schofield. I was very excited to meet Justine personally, she is so young and lively. Who would have thought a security camera sales would became a successful chef who now own her catering business? After hearing such inspiring story I tell myself to work hard toward my dream too!

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Justine’s mom side is French hence her cooking are largely influence by it. 2009 bought the opportunity for Justine to apply for the first ever series of Master Chef. She made it through to the Top 20 and amazed the judges week after week with her extensive food knowledge and organised approach to cooking. Now, she is starting to do private catering for functions, corporate event, Christmas and New year.

Unfortunately I had to leave early so I didn’t get to taste all the canapés but I will list out the name and matching wines for the readers.

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Antipasto platters: sugar-cured salmon, San Daniele prosciutto, Assorted breads & extra virgin oil.

I especially like the prosciutto and bread with the dipping sauce, the soft bread went well with the flavoursome sauce.

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Antipasto platters: marinated olives, roasted capsicums & eggplant, hummus, babaganoush & caperberries. Assorted breads & extra virgin oil.

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Crostini with preserved lemon brandade with HENSCHKE EDEN VALLEY RIESLING 2009

That’s my favourite canapés of the day! The smooth blended brandade had a sweet cod taste and salty lemon flavour in it. It matches well with the white wine which was light and refreshing.

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Confit cherry tomato, Persian fetta, white anchovies & green olive skewers with PETER LEHMANN “MARGARET” SEMILLON 2005

I really like the presentation of this skewer and I notice the cherry tomato was cut flat on the bottom so it is able to stand straight on the plate, but I found the white anchovy was a bit too strong for me.

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Seared scallops with jalapeno mousse & grated granny smith apples with MOUNTADAM HIGH EDEN CHARDONNAY 2008

Sorry guys this was the last canapés I tried, the concept of combining a spicy jalapeno with a fruity granny smith apple is cool, I had a small explosion on the taste buds. It would taste even better if the scallops were sear a little bit more.

 

Tartlet of artichoke, goat’s cheese & salsa verde with CHARLIE MELTON ROSE OF VIRGINIA 2010

Wild mushroom persillade vol au vents with shredded confit of duck with YALUMBA HAND PICKED MOURVEDRE, GRENACHE, SHIRAZ 2006

Mini lamb, pickled beetroot & capsicum relish burgers with TORZI MATTHEWS FROST DODGER SHIRAZ 2008

I had a great evening and a nice chat with Justine, I wish her best of luck on her catering business and hope to try more of her food soon!

 

 

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Wine appreciation and canapés with Justine Schofield

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Few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to a wine appreciation event hosted by JP. Morgan, The evening features wines from the Barosssa & Eden Valley regions of South Australia, all have been specially selected and matched to canapés designed by the top 4th master chef in season 1 – Justine Schofield. I was very excited to meet Justine personally, she is so young and lively. Who would have thought a security camera sales would became a successful chef who now own her catering business? After hearing such inspiring story I tell myself to work hard toward my dream too!

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Justine’s mom side is French hence her cooking are largely influence by it. 2009 bought the opportunity for Justine to apply for the first ever series of Master Chef. She made it through to the Top 20 and amazed the judges week after week with her extensive food knowledge and organised approach to cooking. Now, she is starting to do private catering for functions, corporate event, Christmas and New year.

Unfortunately I had to leave early so I didn’t get to taste all the canapés but I will list out the name and matching wines for the readers.

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Antipasto platters: sugar-cured salmon, San Daniele prosciutto, Assorted breads & extra virgin oil.

I especially like the prosciutto and bread with the dipping sauce, the soft bread went well with the flavoursome sauce.

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Antipasto platters: marinated olives, roasted capsicums & eggplant, hummus, babaganoush & caperberries. Assorted breads & extra virgin oil.

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Crostini with preserved lemon brandade with HENSCHKE EDEN VALLEY RIESLING 2009

That’s my favourite canapés of the day! The smooth blended brandade had a sweet cod taste and salty lemon flavour in it. It matches well with the white wine which was light and refreshing.

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Confit cherry tomato, Persian fetta, white anchovies & green olive skewers with PETER LEHMANN “MARGARET” SEMILLON 2005

I really like the presentation of this skewer and I notice the cherry tomato was cut flat on the bottom so it is able to stand straight on the plate, but I found the white anchovy was a bit too strong for me.

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Seared scallops with jalapeno mousse & grated granny smith apples with MOUNTADAM HIGH EDEN CHARDONNAY 2008

Sorry guys this was the last canapés I tried, the concept of combining a spicy jalapeno with a fruity granny smith apple is cool, I had a small explosion on the taste buds. It would taste even better if the scallops were sear a little bit more.

 

Tartlet of artichoke, goat’s cheese & salsa verde with CHARLIE MELTON ROSE OF VIRGINIA 2010

Wild mushroom persillade vol au vents with shredded confit of duck with YALUMBA HAND PICKED MOURVEDRE, GRENACHE, SHIRAZ 2006

Mini lamb, pickled beetroot & capsicum relish burgers with TORZI MATTHEWS FROST DODGER SHIRAZ 2008

I had a great evening and a nice chat with Justine, I wish her best of luck on her catering business and hope to try more of her food soon!

 

 

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Hurricane’s Grill & Bar Top Ryde Opening December

 

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Just a quick post here, for the Hurricane’s Grill fans, guess what? I have received an email from the management team the wait is finally over! Hurricane’s Gril Top Ryde is officially open for dinner as of tonight 2nd February 2011.

It will be open for lunch (from 3rd February) and dinner 7 days a week
Lunch: 12:00 – 15:00
Dinner: 17:30 – late.
Please note that they do not take reservation via email. For reservations or booking queries you can contact 02 9130 7101 between 10 am to 6 pm.

A while ago, plenty of advertisement on career website as the new restaurant are still trying to recruit a Restaurant Manager and floor and bar staff. The new Top Ryde shopping centre is located on the corner of Devlin Street and Blaxland Road, Ryde, is at the centre of it all. With options at every point of the compass, public transport at the doorstep, and access to over 2,000 undercover car parking spaces I think you should come and visit the restaurant soon!

 

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Address:

Corner Devlin Street and Blaxland Road, Ryde 
opening hrs: Mon – Wed, Fri – Sati: 09:00 to 18:00, Thurs 9:00 to 21:00, Sun 10:00 to 17:00 
Ph:+612-9808-8816
Web: www.toprydecity.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Top Ryde City shopping centre own underground parking
By Train: No train station near by 
By Bus:

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