Friday, 31 October 2014

Sushi of Masuya - Haymarket, Sydney

Masuya is one of the first places the Mr and I first went on a date, so I was keen to check out Sushi of Masuya when it popped up where Musashi used to be, near Capitol Theatre. 

Deluxe sushi platter


Sashimi platter

Just like Masuya, the sushi and sashimi here is of high quality and fresh. 

Deep fried oysters

The deep fried oysters come out freshly fried and are extremely moreish. We end up ordering a second round of these. 

Definitely a nice sushi spot for a bit of pre-theatre dining. I'm keen to check out some of the bentos too, which are only available during lunch. 

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Long Men Lou Vegetarian Restaurant, Chi Lin Nunnery - Diamond Hill, Hong Kong

A world away from the hustle and bustle and skyscrapers that Hong Kong is renowned for, lies the Chi Lin Nunnery.



Chi Lin Nunnery is a large temple complex, was established in 1934, and houses Buddhist relics, lotus ponds, and the Nan Lian garden, a beautiful and scenic public garden.

There is also a vegetarian restaurant at the Chi Lin Nunnery, Long Men Lou, which offers dishes that are free from MSG, plus low in fat, sugar and salt. 

Mixed entree platter

Their signature appetiser dish is a taste of five small dishes, all with quite interesting textures. 

Braised shitake mushrooms 

Stuffed bean curd rolls

Sweet and sour bean curd

A bit like a vegetarian take on sweet and sour pork, with plenty of capsicum scattered throughout the dish, along with fresh chunks of pineapple.

Walnut dessert

Quite enjoyed this creamy and sweet dessert soup. 

Overall, a lovely and fresh buddhist vegetarian meal in the nice surroundings of the temple grounds. 


Chi Lin Vegetarian - Long Men Lou
60 Fung Tak Road
Chi Lin Nunnery
Diamond Hill MTR exit C2

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Let's do Dessert - Good Food Month - Ananas, Sydney

One Good Food Month I always end up attending is Let's Do Dessert, or previously known as Sugar Hit. This year is no exception, besides the fact that October is almost over (it's flown by crazy fast!) I do end up getting to the tempting Ananas offering. 

What I loved most is that Ananas had a full dessert menu to select from, along with the Let's do dessert option.

Let's do dessert - Les Desserts 4 Play

Including an exploding black forest (in a cherry form), banoffi pie eclair, mango passion and coconut entrement, and a triple chocolate fantasy tart. This plate was perfect for those who like to taste a bit of everything !

Not sure if the banoffi pie eclair description on the menu was correct, as we thought the eclair was some kind of violet/earl grey combination.


Trio of eclairs

Ananas 4 ways with coconut mousse

Yve's Apple

A refreshing combination of granny smith apple sorbet, champagne foam and coconut pannacotta. So light and fruity, this was the favourite dessert of the night.


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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Pyrama - Pyrmont, Sydney

Pyrama is a nice little Pyrmont cafe, offering all day breakfast on the weekends. The menu consists of all the standard breakfast items one would expect - a big breakfast; eggs Benedict; bacon and egg roll; muffins, and the list goes on.  At night the restaurant is a contemporary restaurant, with a tempting  sounding Modern Australian menu.

Mocha

Macchiato

Of course, coffee is a must to any breakfast - the coffees are decent, but nothing amazing.

2 eggs on toast with bacon

This dish came out and I immediately thought it looked like a face haha, not sure if that was intentional. 

Sweet corn fritters

I could not go past the fritters; served with a winning combination of crispy bacon, avocado salsa, sweet chilli & sour cream. At first glance, I thought there was too much sweet chilli sauce, but I did end up soaking it all up whilst eating the fritter.

Pyrama use certified organic free range eggs, a massive plus!

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Saturday, 11 October 2014

Cho Cho San - Potts Point, Sydney

After reading so many reviews on Cho Cho San, I was excited to be finally trying it out. Located in Kings Cross, it is a lively venue, and packed even on a mid-weeknight. 

The space is simple and elegant, with minimalist white walls, and a long bench with bar seating taking centre stage. 

Unfortunately the seating is on the cramped side on said bar seating, and I end up getting elbowed by the animated person sitting next to me more times than I care to remember. All is forgotten as soon as the food started coming out:

Fried eggplant miso

Miso and eggplant are a match made in heaven. Cho Cho San's version is a bit different from your typical Japanese restaurant variety nasu dengaku, as there is a layer of crisp fried batter rather than grilled. The sweet and caramelised miso sauce is topped with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and shallots.

Tempura pumpkin

Whenever I order a mixed tempura, pumpkin is always one of my favourites; so when I saw the tempura pumpkin on the menu, I definitely had to order it! Definitely a great bar snack dish to order to have with drinks.

Hokkaido scallops, corn, house-cured katsuobushi 

The raw menu options were quite tempting, so it was hard to narrow down the choices. After seeing the various instragram posts on the lusciously thick pieces of ocean trout; oh, but the tuna sounds amazing too! I was torn. Decisions, decisions! We finally made a choice, comforted by the fact that we'd try the others 'next time' - a line I often use to justify my order. (haha)

Back to the point, the Hokkaido scallops were pretty fabulous. What impressed me the most were the intense smoky flavours in the house-cured katsuobushi. 

Brown rice, shiitake mushroom, egg

This rice was ordered as a filling side dish, so it was a nice surprise to discover that it was a star in it's own right. The brown rice gave the dish a nice and nutty hint; shiitake mushrooms are a great addition as they always enhance the flavour of any dish.

Japanese charcoal chicken

A generous portion of chicken; perfectly cooked and so tender, though I was bursting by this point in the meal. Having said that, there's always room for dessert...

Banana soft serve cone with peanut and caramel

After seeing all the posts on the green tea soft serve, I was looking forward to getting my hands on one. The flavour has since changed to a delicious banana caramel flavour. 

I can definitely see why Cho Cho San is so popular - superb food and service; the only minor downfall was the squishy seating, so best to book early!

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Monday, 6 October 2014

John Smith - Waterloo, Sydney

During my walks and explorations, I often wander past places that I've previously put on my never-ending 'to eat list'.  John Smith, located in a sunny corner spot in Waterloo, serves up great coffee, tempting brunch options, and of course, the ever popular cronuts (or should I say Brewnuts now?!)

We manage to get in early, just before a queue starts to form. Service is friendly and seating is pretty casual in the small cafe- there's a row of bar style seating on one side, and some vibrant and colourful booths. We end up sharing one with a couple, and end up ordering the same dishes, freaky coincidence!

Latte & macchiato 

At John Smith, they roast their own coffee under the Rebel Roasters label. 

Coffee wheel with the different flavour and note profiles. Pretty cool!

Avocado, goats cheese on sourdough with fresh lime, coriander and chilli jam

Somtimes the simple things are the best. This dish takes avocado on toast to the next level with a pop of flavour from the chilli and coriander. 

Vegetarian breakfast special

As I was dining with my vegetarian buddy, we naturally gravitated toward the vegetarian breakfast option on the specials menu. Was super glad we did, it was absolutely delicious! Two perfectly poached eggs on top of a polenta/veggie slice. 

It's hard not to be enticed by the overflowing cabinet of various Brewnuts, temptingly (dangerously!) located right in the middle of the store.
I was impressed by the food here- the dishes had some really lovely, fresh flavours, without being heavy or stodgy. Will definitely be back to try out the other breakfast options!

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Nomad - Surry Hills, Sydney



After having my birthday lunch here at Nomad, and subsequent re-visits, it's definitely made it to my list of favourite restaurants. With a huge and inviting warehouse space, it's the perfect spot to grab a glass of vino and some pretty spectacular food to dine on.

The staff are absolutely lovely and are more than happy to share their enthusiastic recommendations on what to order. It's all about share dishes here, and the staff will give guidance on how much to order so that everyone gets a taste - especially important for some items which are a bit tricky to split. 

Scallops with cauliflower puree, lardo, anchovy



Perfectly cooked scallops, sitting on a bed of creamy cauliflower puree. Love.









Goats cheese churros with truffle honey

These freshly fried churros, paired with sweet truffle honey goats cheese are extremely addictive. Even though I'm a super sweet tooth, I would take Nomad's churros over the dessert version any day!

BBQ wagyu tongue, mojo verde

The super tender beef tongue had a lovely charred flavour. 

Nomad Jersey milk haloumi, BBQ zucchini, pinenuts, raisins

One of my favourite dishes, I've ordered this during every visit to Nomad. Can't really go wrong with a huge disc of delicious haloumi!

Wood roasted pork, charred cabbage, sweet potato 

Cheddar gratin

Such a great comfort food dish - hearty slices of pork, crisp pork crackling and a side of sinfully creamy gratin. 

And then onto the desserts...

Pedro Ximinez magnum

Good things come in small packages - this is the perfect dessert for when you are close to bursting but still would like something sweet. Don't be deceived by the small size though, this little magnum is quite rich and decadent. 

Bunuelos with cardamon cream

The  bunuelos (doughnuts) come out fresh and warm. Though nothing special by itself, the doughnuts are fantastic when paired with the fragrant cardamon cream. 

Highly recommend Nomad for the amazing food and extensive wine list, in a great venue with superb service. 

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