Monday, 28 May 2007
You'll find queues starting from about 11am continuing to about 2pm, 3.30pm after school, and then a fresh queue of faces between 5 and 7pm. It's frequented by local office workers, construction workers, school-kids, kids going tutoring, other business owners, you name it. Their snack pack is one of their major selling points although it has gone up in price noticeably over the years ($4.20). Their chips are infamous as are their whole chickens (although I'm not much of a roast chicken fan to say). If someone where to count the number of chips which I've eaten from this place, they would freak. I tell you...too many and I'm still eating. By the way, they sell the nicest concoction of chicken salt which you can buy for about $4 (the only problem being that it has a tendency to clump up when you keep it at home).
Anyway, I managed to convince J to have chips for lunch on Sunday. We even called up to make sure it was open. For those interested, they're open 7 days but only till 2pm on Sundays. (If you haven't noticed already, I always have chips with my meals and up against all your leading restaurants across Sydney, these are definitely the best!) Let me know if you're around Eastwood and have the craving for chips, it's my shout!
Sunday, 27 May 2007
It took us awhile to decide how to order. Despite offering quite an expansive menu of Japanese dishes including rices, noodles, hotpots, skewers, teriyaki, sushi, salad and more, most servings looked too small to divide in between 8. In the end, most of us decided to order individually but with J, Ken & myself ordering to share. We ended up order 5 dishes amongst us; seems like a lot but we polished it off quite nicely. Personally, I really enjoyed the food and would love to go back to check out the rest of the menu. By the way, they have an assortment of cocktails, mocktails, Japanese spirits which we didn't really get around to. Desserts looked good too but I was too full by the end of the meal.
Anyway, after dinner it was off to the concert. As like any concert, it probably didn't start till 8.45pm despite advertising a starting time of 8.15pm. It's probably been awhile since this group of us have been to a Honkie concert; well not since first or second year of uni so really, it was a good reminder of the old times.
As for Justin (the singer), I loved him! His singing was as I remembered from his last concert in Sydney where he appeared elevated in the middle of the Entertainment Centre singing the song 'Kong'. This time he didn't make that much of a dramatic appearance but again he did appear in the middle of the centre singing a few English songs with piano accompaniment. Thumbs up to both him and the pianist.
What was highly controversial and led to much talk and debate both during and after the concert is captured in the following photo. Funny enough that was one of the better photos I had from the whole night which is a shame really. Pictured is Theresa who was Justin's special guest at the concert.
Despite the controversy, it was definitely 'One Good Show'!
A catch up with the high school girls was long overdue and I proposed to have lunch at Cafe de Amigo at 12.30pm. My mistake; I should've told Emily that lunch was at noon and Mandy that lunch was actually on Friday just so she might remember. Also, I should've kept to the rule that the closest always turns up the latest cause I ended up waiting half an hour for most people to arrive. Fortunately, I bumped into Dobie and chatted with Sarah upstairs at Legends whilst waiting . Can't believe Legends is moving to Beecroft!
Anyhow, for those who missed the catch up, we didn't actually eat lunch till 2.30. Whilst waiting for everybody, we decided on coffee at Centro's and by the time we debated whether to go to Cafe de Amigo (due to assorted negative feedback which people had heard), we finally decided at about 2.ish and still had to wait for a table to seat the 7 of us.
Most of us ordered baked rices. Looking around, it seemed like it was a favourite and usually that's a good indication to me that it's worth trying. We'd gotten wind that their HK Style Milk Tea is really good and I think most of us ended up ordering that in some way or form. I had the Cold Milk Tea and that's definitely got my thumbs up. I love a strong tea and this place makes it to just that perfect amount of sweetness. Emily agreed with me. Here's also the photo of her with her Tomato Stewed Beef (her comments: sauce very watery, beef very rough).
As per feedback I'd got from my aunt, service was slow. There was a definitely a good 15 minute in between the service of the first and last meal. Strangely enough, Mary's Club Sandwich arrived much later than my baked Portugese Chicken Rice. Although I suppose you can put that down to inexperience and really, I think it can be expected that nothing really runs that smoothly in the first 2 weeks of a cafe opening up.
Mind you, by the time we ordered, we were already told that their 'special' was unavailable, spaghetti was unavailable and there was probably something else. Inadequate planning or just too many people going there to try it out? Your call. On the whole, I found the food there to be satisfactory; on par with Macau Cafe in terms of serving sizes and price. I'll probably go back there cause it's another one of those Chinese places to go grab arvo tea or a light meal. Nothing fancy.
Good to catch up with everyone. Glad to see everyone is looking well! Godi, let's go to Melbourne; let me know when you're free!
Saturday, 26 May 2007
Anyway, for anyone interested, there's still one of these at Target, Carlingford. Plenty of smaller ones, although slightly different looking. This big one was retailing at $29.99. As Suze was saying, the stuffing tends to shift around a bit if you try to make him 'dance'. Funny enough, it's like a disease, cause that's what J tried to make him do too once it was in his hands.
Sunday, 20 May 2007
Anyhow, a few of us had been to Genki before so there were no dramas about the change of location. Genki offers a wide selection of Ramen, curry, bowled rices, teriyaki; I suppose some of the more traditional Japanese dishes. Sushi-ya has the sushi and the more fancy dishes like tataki, soft-shelled crab, salads and so forth. Personally, I'm agreeable with all Japanese food and a big bowl of Tonkotsu Ramen was exactly what I needed to feed my hungry and grumbling stomach.
Em's bowl of Ramen with the huge piece of seaweed hanging out of the bowl. I loved Pang's comment: 'I thought that the piece of seaweed was meant to be A3-sized'. Well, Em decided to dunk the whole thing into the soup to make it easier to eat.
Justin's Ramen; from memory, a combination of Soy bean and chilli paste. Yum!
Sunday, 13 May 2007
That aside, Happy Mother's Day to my mum and every lovely mum out there. We had an extremely food-filled family bbq at home and it was awesome to see everyone who turned up. Anyway, whilst shopping for mum's present yesterday, J had the sudden cravings for jaffles after seeing an almost forgotten 'jaffle machine' which was nearby the Helly Kitty toaster which I bought mum. It took a bit of climbing up and down, searching in the depths of cupboard after cupboard at home, where we finally found our 'vintage' jaffle machine still in good-working order. J scrunched up his face as I laboriously cleaned some leftover burnt bits that must've been forgotten but another 10 minutes, we were well and truly ready for the revival of the jaffle.
I remember as a kid, our nanny used to put some mixture of canned meat and tomato sauce to make a savoury jaffle. To tell you the truth, I wasn't a big fan of the jaffle because of this - there was a very distinctive taste to the canned meat which I just couldn't stomach and made me want to throw up just smelling it. I don't think a sweet jaffle had been invented at that time (or maybe our nanny was making sure we ate right) but this weekend, I really had a scrumptious jaffle experience. And all it took was a combination of some Helga's Honey & Oat bread we had at home, a good dollop of Nutella and a generous serving of butter. J tells me that the trick to the best jaffle ever is the layer of butter on the outside of the sandwich before you put it into the machine to toast (I took his advice and made another one today cause it was so yummy!) You see, once the Nutella is heated up; as with any chocolate, it clumps up to a thick chocolate texture. Eat it whilst hot and you've got textures of crispy, sweet, savoury and the melt in your mouth all in one bite.
Thumbs up to the brand 'Tiffany' for their trusty and long-lasting appliances - please don't break down now that I've found you properly again :D
So anyway, it was almost out of whim that Justin, Karan and myself decided to head to Astral on a Thursday night. Seems like a handful of people have good things to say about Astral Bar but few managed to mention anything about the restaurant. Justin had his Entertainment card which meant we were going to get some sort of discount (might I mention, it was probably the smallest discount ever...the discount was only enough to cover the drinks!). Oh and by the way, Karan has officially become my new partner in food...lol..I'll even excuse your lame jokes! Girl, thanks for a great night out and yay, we can eat our way round Melbourne in our upcoming trip!
As I was saying, it was an amazing meal up at Astral! Little did I think that tucked up on Star City would be such an amazing place for food and surrounded by such a picturesque view of Sydney. Each course, each plate, each serve was crafted to perfection; attentive waiters that apologised for mistakes that would've easily escaped our attention, some rather yummy sourdough bread rolls and canapes, and to finish off; the cutest little petit fours! I think it was the closest I got to a degustation and really, I was satisfied. Sean's done a good job with the mix and intensity of flavours; he's even gone the further step of creating new combinations which are likely to challenge your palate! It's definitely worth a visit.
Unfortunately, the lighting of the place was prohibitive to photography. Added to that is that my camera is reaching its use by date and fails to take a decent photo in the dark but here are Justin's photos from his phone.
Entrees: Ocean Trout + Tartare (careful with the Steak Tartare - it's really quite heavy on the stomach or maybe that's because I'm not used to eating such a big lump of raw meat) + Tortellini (But really thumbs up to all!)
Mains: Beef Tendorloin (the BEST! I've never eaten meat this tender!) + Venison (tad salty) + Fish (I forget what it was exactly but oh so crispy!)
Desserts: Green Apple Soup + Banana Souffle (Arguably the best) + Chocolate Pavlova (slightly deceiving)
What would've been a flawless night of dining did actually end with a minor flaw. Of late, I've become a bit of a coffee connesieur and I nearly baulked at the sight of my flat white when it arrived. Lots of that bubbly, fluffy stuff which I believe is called froth. Not sure what happened there but nonetheless, Toby Estate Coffee agrees with me. The petit fours which came with it more than well made up for it. How tiny were the macaroons!
Anyhow, the bill at the end of the night is probably not for the faint hearted. Unless you're planning to spend a bit of money on food, I don't advise heading to Astral. However, for something that's just that bit special (loved ones in particular), give it a go. And let me know if they improve on the coffee!
Sunday, 6 May 2007
This photo hardly does Pat & Stick's any justice but unfortunately, the warm weather we had this Sunday afternoon didn't allow me to take my time with the photos. And well, I was too busy eating my way through mine and most of J's and then eating a few many other things that before I knew it, the goods were eaten and no nice photos could be taken. Here's to the dilemnas of being a foodie; unfortunately I have yet to develop some self control when it comes to food and constantly, I'm being reminded by those around me to take that photo before I dig in.
Anyway, it was with great anticipation that I visited the Paddington markets for the second time in probably a year. The first time I discovered their waffles and going there today, I think it's still the same guy running the store. However, today I opted for Pat & Stick's Ice Cream Sandwiches which I'd seen reviewed in SMH's Good Living awhile back. A few people had mentioned them and how convenient was it to find the store right next to the waffle store! Well, contrary to belief, today I asserted some self-control and decided to only have the ice cream sandwich. J easily decided on the Double Chocolate. Stuck in a bout of indecisiveness (I think the guy behind the store was starting to feel sorry for me) and well, he kindly suggested the Caramel Pecan so I went for that. One word: Yummmmmmmmmy!
I think that probably says it all. I've just gone to google to see if they have a website and here it is for those who might want to check it out: http://www.patandstick.com.au/sandwiches.html