Sunday, 19 April 2015

Akiba - Civic, Canberra

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Newcomer Akiba is all about modern asian share dishes.  The space is modern and trendy, with plenty of outdoor seating; perfect for a sunny day lunch. 

The dishes at Akiba are best described as modern asian - the menu has a mix of flavours, inspired by Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai etc. It's a hard decision to choose what to have for lunch; everything on the menu sounds delicious.

Kimchi and Angasi pancakes

The pancakes were tasty, served with the spicy kick of Sriracha and kewpie mayo. The Angasi was barely discernible though. 

Beef short rib

Perfectly cooked short rib that just falls to pieces with a nudge of the fork. The flavours are lovely with the addition of tamarind caramel and Thai basil. 

Yellowfin tuna

Served with organic japanese soy and wasabi panna cotta. Good produce does not need much fancying up, and the tuna speaks for itself. The wasabi panna cotta is an interesting concept, though is quite mild and does not really add much in the flavour department. 

Cocktails - Summer Spritz and Gaijin Fizz

The Summer Spritz was a refreshing blend of sake, bubbles, lychee and coconut - very easy to drink. My Gaijin Fizz included Tanqueray gin, aloe vera, pandan and bananas; sounding great on paper, but this combination just did not work for me. 

I left wishing I had room for more dishes and dessert as there were quite a few dishes I had my eye on - definitely will be back again! 

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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Celsius Dessert Bar - Chatswood, Sydney

I was pleasantly surprised to find out the Chatswood Interchange had recently been transformed with many new shops added. It's such a great idea, as the space was previously not used to it's full potential. 

One of these new shops is Celsius Dessert Bar, offering freshly made liquid nitrogen gelato. 

As well as gelato, there's various hot and cold drinks on offer too. The gelato menu changes every month, reflecting what is fresh and in season. 

Watermelon Splash

Watermelon and raspberry sorbet with honeycomb pieces. The Watermelon Splash was very refreshing and fruity, with pieces of raspberry throughout.  The honeycomb added a nice crunch and helped to balance the tartness of the raspberries.

Tweetie Sweetie

This was my favourite out of all four. Tweetie Sweetie has sweet corn and blackberries, which sounded intriguing and I wasn't sure what to expect. The sweet corn was blended into the creamy gelato so there weren't actually any pieces of corn - it did add a wonderful flavour and sweetness though, unlike anything I've had before. 

Monkey Magic

Loved the presentation of this with the caramelised banana on top. Also can't go wrong with banana, Nutella and peanut butter chocolate chip cookie.

Coffee O'Clock

This espresso, gelato also has candied almonds, Nutella and coffee brittle. One of the coffee lovers out there.

Definitely keen to try the popsicles next time and also see what new flavours the team at Celsius will come up with next!

missklicious & B attended this gelato tasting thanks to Jen, Cynth and Irene at Celsius Dessert Bar

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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Frugii Dessert Laboratory - Braddon, Canberra

I've probably mentioned this before, but I'm literally always amazed at all the cool new places that seem to constantly be popping up in Canberra. I hadn't visited in a fair while so needless to say, I had a long list of places to try.

One of those places was Frugii Dessert laboratory, claiming to have the world's best ice-cream. Frugii ice cream is organic, with no added colours or flavours.

Frugii is located in the Ori building located in the newly jazzed up precinct in Braddon - the same building houses a retro barber shop and a handful of small boutiques. 

Choux pastries

As soon as I walked into the shop, my eyes diverted to the cabinet full of these beautiful choux pastries. Indecisiveness kicks in and I end up spending a good fives minutes just trying to narrow down my choice.  

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Orange and praline choux

I end up choosing the orange and praline combination and it was divine. The citrus flavour cuts through the richness of the praline. The lovely girl behind the counter actually recommended the lemon meringue flavour, so I'll definitely be trying that next time.

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Salted butter caramel ice cream

I definitely couldn't leave without trying some ice cream, so I decided a on a scoop of the decadent sounding salted butter caramel. I can see why Frugii touts itself on having the best ice cream - it's smooth, creamy and the caramel flavour is lovely. Not sure if this one's a regular flavour, but highly recommend getting it! 

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Sunday, 5 April 2015

O-San Ramen - Haymarket, Sydney

All this rainy weather we've been having lately only means one thing - it's ramen time!

Ramen O-San is a relatively new addition to the Sydney ramen scene. Chef O-San has won the "Top 3 ramen" award in Kyushu, Japan and his signature dish is the Tonkotsu ramen.  

 Ramen O-San opened in the Dixon Street Food Court in February.  The setting is no frills, located in the crowded Chinatown food court. 

Original Kyushu style Tonkotsu ramen

I enjoyed the soup at Ramen O-San very much - flavoursome and rich, but not too thick. I could actually finish the bowl of noodles by myself as it wasn't too heavy. The noodles were cooked perfectly. 

Pork & Dashi Soy ramen

The broth for this ramen is made out of fish and chicken, which makes it a lighter soup, but still packed with flavour.

missklicious & B dined at Ramen O-San thanks to SD Marketing and Washoku Lovers

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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Penny University Coffee Roasters - Kingston, Canberra

Penny University is possibly the cutest venue in Canberra. Sure, it's a bit hipster, with the mismatched furniture and retro decor. Check out the adorable animal decals on the wall! 

It's a busy Saturday morning and all the inside seats are taken; we manage to get a seat inside the enclosed courtyard area which was great as it was a chilly Canberra morning and a tad too cold to brave the elements outdoors. 

Penny University menu

The breakfast at Penny University is on offer until 3pm - perfect for those lazy weekend brunches.



The coffee at Penny University is strong and smooth. Just what the doctor ordered when waking up at a crazy hour to watch the Balloon Spectacular. 


There's a range of tempting baked goodies on the counter that are hard to resist, including the delicious beignets. 

Miso snapper II

The menu is imaginative and different to your usual stock standard breakfast options.  My mum and I opt for the miso snapper to share.

The baked miso cod is topped on a toasted bagel with a fried egg, asparagus and corn puree. I enjoyed this dish immensely - the flavoursome charred corn and the perfectly cooked asparagus. It's not often you see fish (besides smoked salmon) on a breakfast menu, so it's a nice change.

Caramel and macadamia beignets

These were heavenly!! Not too sweet, and filled with little pieces of macadamia; it would have been even more amazing if these were served warm, but that is just a minor detail. 

Overall, I loved Penny University and could not fault our breakfast here. I'm jealous of all these fabulous cafes and cool restaurants that are popping up in Canberra - mental note to visit more often! 

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Messina Milk Bar & Black Star Pastry x N2 Gelato - Spectrum Now, The Domain

After seeing my Instagram flooded with all the amazing sweets at Spectrum Now festival markets, I made it my mission to go check it out one evening. 

The Messina stall is fashioned into a old style milk bar - very cute! 

All the ice creams on offer come in a bar and there are also thick shakes. It's hard to choose as all the ice creams look delicious. 

Messina The Bounty Hunter and Fully Sik Picnic

I decide on the 'The Bounty Hunter' due to the coconut and lychee combination. A milk and desiccated coconut  layered on coconut gelato and lychee mousse. The strip of tart passionfruit jelly in the middle helps to cut through the richness. 

I try a couple of bites of the 'Fully Sik Picnic' and it's heavenly. Gianduia Bianco gelato (white chocolate and hazelnut) with Dulce de Leche, hazelnut crunch base and Gianduia chocolate layered on top. 

Since it wasn't enough of a sugar overload, we wandered over to the Black Star Pastry x N2 stall to see what they had on offer. 

Plum Slinger

Such a pretty dessert, though all the flavours did not quite do it for me. The sandalwood pastry was nice and crisp, but the ginger lychee sorbet, freeze-dried plums, frankincense sugar and mint gel did not really go well together.

I have my eye on the cake smash gelato next time (strawberry watermelon cake in N2 form)

Spectrum Now is on from 11-29 March at The Domain.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

All Good Things Eatery - Kingsgrove, Sydney

On a recent wedding supplies procurement venture, we stopped at nearby All Good Things Eatery for a fuel stop. 

The eatery is a lovely and spacious light filled venue with ample seating inside and outside. It's a rainy day so we opt to sit inside. 

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Heirloom carrot salad

A colourful collection of shaved heirloom carrots, radishes and farro

Hand cut chips with aioli 

Avocado on toast

Overall, a very enjoyable brunch. I couldn't go past the chunky hand cut chips - just what the doctor ordered on a cold rainy day! 

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