Sunday, 30 October 2011

Ant One casual dining - K11, East Tsim Sha Tsui

Day 2 in Hong Kong and we randomly stumbled past this new funky shopping centre called K11, the world's first art shopping mall according to their website. 

They had a cool Tokidoki theme going on whilst we were there, they were all over the shopping centre!

We had a browse upstairs to see what restaurants they had and we decided on a quick meal at Ant One casual dining:

The menu is quite varied, with a range of asian and western dishes

Lychee, honeydew and black cherry frappe

Tasting platter - with deep fried soft shell crab, roasted baby pork ribs with garlic sauce, chicken wings and nachos

Soooo tasty!

Baked rice with cod in honey sauce

The assortment of cakes on offer

Ant One Casual Dining
G/F, 27 Ashley Road
Tsim Sha Tsui

Friday, 28 October 2011

Trevi Fountain - Rome, Italy

Trevi Fountain the next stop on my Europe trip and it was perfect - amazing architecture and gelato in the beautiful Italian summer sun. 

The Trevi Fountain - one of the most famous fountains in the world, standing 26 metres high - an estimated 3,000 euros are thrown in every day (crazy!!) with the traditional legend being that if you throw a coin in, you are ensured a return to Rome.

So I guess I'll be returning one day, soon I hope! 

Gelato time!

Awesome on a hot day

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Sugar Hit 2011 Take 2 - Glass Brasserie, Spiedo & Tomislav

There's still a week left of October, so I'm trying to fit as many Sugar Hits in as humanly possible by the month's end.

So far...

Milk chocolate bavarois, tonka bean creme brulee, caramel sorbet and salted beans at Glass at the Hilton

Although this was quite small, the flavours were quite nice.

Last Thursday a last minute decision was made to do the Spiedo Sugar Hit, but first we lined our stomaches with some savoury food at Stuzzibar, the outside dining area at Spiedo. 

The menu had many tempting options, but we had to try and keep it light, keeping in mind the fact that we had to fit in Sugar Hits. 

Homemade gnocchi  with gorgonzola and green peas - this was very much perfect comfort food with the pillowy soft bites of gnocchi and creamy and extremely filling sauce, probably not the best dish to order if you're trying to fit in multiple desserts afterward! (but it was good!)

Salad of baby beetroot, pumpkin, goat's gorgonzola, mint and walnuts - this salad was lovely, with the creamy gorgonzola a highlight.  I did think it had a little bit too much dressing though

Salumi selection with marinated vegetables, bread and crackers

Pirlo - Spiedo's signature cocktail in a jug - blend of Prosecco and Aperol with sparkling mineral water and finished with fresh orange

Because Thursday is the new Friday...

Spiedo's Sugar Hit offering - housemade buttermilk pannacotta, strawberry granita and basil

Brown Brothers dessert wine - Orange Muscat and Flora

And then off to Tomislav we went: 

The accompanying dessert wine

Unfortunately we got there 15 minutes before the kitchen closed, so they sold out of the other sugar hit offering for the night. But not to worry, the apple crumble was amazing!

Tomislav's very pretty version of the apple crumble, the pop rocks were a nice surprise! The staff were super nice too, we had a peek at the menu and I definitely want to come back and have dinner and try the other sugar hit options too. 

Shop 6004-6005 
Level 6, Westfield Sydney

Enter via 77 Castlereagh St, take the lift up to Level 6
Ph: (02) 8072 9999

Level 2/13 Kirketon Road
Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Xanthi - Westfield Sydney

Last month, after my return from my overseas trip, one of the first food outings I went was with miss J, B and S

Xanthi is located on Level 6 of Westfield Sydney and is a new greek restaurant run by David Tsirekas of Perama fame. 

Greek lemonade - this was a tangy version of regular lemonade which I really enjoyed.

Complimentary bread

Greek salad - all the salad options sounded nice but this was chosen for the delicious chunks of feta 

Honey peppered figs - dried figs with a pepper, honey, balsamic vinegar and spice syrup.

Tarama dip - salted and cured cod roe dip, this was very moreish! Even after we finished the pieces of bread that came with it, we kept going back for more.

Zucchini fritters - shredded zucchini and haloumi with dill, parsley and mint - I love zucchini anything, so these went down well.  I thought the serving was pretty generous too, they were huge!

I think this was everyone's favourite dish of the day - fried school prawns, tossed in a mixture of honey, fish sauce, sesame seed and flaked almond dressing

Pork belly baklava - shredded pork belly with a date and pistachio filling and crackling served with a date and mastic sauce

More crackling please!

250 grams of pig from the spit

Dessert time:

We were pretty full by this stage, but the dessert sounded way too tempting to just order one to share (despite protests from miss J!)

We ended up getting 3 to share between the 4 of us:

Caramel baklava ice cream - this was definitely my favourite out of all the desserts, yummy sliced layers of vanilla bean ice cream, caramel sauce and baklava. So damn good.

Byzantine 'Ekmek' - roasted sliced sweet sourdough brioche served with clotted cream and a spiced honey syrup. This was probably my least favourite, it just tasted like normal brioche. 

This was very visually pretty, almost too pretty to eat! The Garden of Aphrodite is sheep milk pudding served with raspberry and beetroot gel with fresh mandarin segments, crystallised rose petals and ouzo meringues

The crystallised flowers were an interesting, and nice touch to the dish.

I will definitely be back to try some other dishes, and drag my vegetarian housemate along as I've noticed there are quite a lot of vego choices on the menu.  

Level 6 Dining Precinct
Westfield Sydney
Corner Pitt Street Mall & Market Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
Ph: (02) 9232 8535

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