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

 

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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

 
Buffet 1
 

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

Prosciutto wrapped scallops

 

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My mom have given me these nice, big juicy looking scallops, I am dying to use them but don’t know what to make. I want to try a recipe that doesn’t overcomplicate the dish and allows the scallops to be the core ingredient itself. After searching Mr. Google for a while I concluded that simple is the best. So I decided to make some dainty little prosciutto wrapped scallops. Use a better quality prosciutto for superior flavour, it may cost a bit more but you only need a small amount for this dish. They are easy to make and not much prep work.

Ingredients:

8 large scallops  
4 thinly sliced prosciutto (cut into half)   
1 tsp. of lemon juice     
2 cloves of garlic, diced   
pinch of salt & freshly ground pepper to taste 

1 tbsp. of butter 

Directions:

1) Pat dry scallops with paper towel and wrap 1 strip of prosciutto around each scallop. Do not worry about securing the prosciutto around the scallop because the stickiness of scallop will hold it in place.

2) Sprinkle salt and ground pepper on the top of scallop, do not over done here because the prosciutto can be quite salty to take care.

3) In a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat, add a tablespoon of butter and garlic.

4) When butter is melted add the scallops and lemon juice. Make sure there’s enough room between the scallops so that they sizzle rather than steam. That’s the only way you’ll get a good crust. If your pan is not big enough to hold the scallops without crowding, sear them in batches. Scallops only need a few minutes per side to get nicely browned. You can also tilt it aside so the prosciutto will get a nice crisp. Remove scallops from pan and divide among plates.

5) Pour the remaining sauce on top of the scallops and serve hot.

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Pat dry is important so that the scallop is nice and dry when you pan fry them

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Cut prosciutto in half like this

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wrap it tightly around the scallop

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seasoned them gently…

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A good indication to put scallop in is when you see butter started to brown

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