Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Ricardo's Cafe - Jamison, Canberra

It's hard to keep on top of all the new restaurants in cafes that seem to be popping up in Canberra. After picking up a copy of the Canberra Weekly, a freebie magazine, I was drawn to a feature on Ricardo's Cafe, mainly due to their gorgeous looking cakes.

Ricardo's is located in Jamison, which used to be a bit of a dive, but has been refurbished and looks pretty slick as of late.

Pretty cakes on display

I came here for lunch on a Saturday afternoon and it was quite busy. The cafe itself is pretty casual - grab a table, have a look at the menu, go up to the counter to order and they give you a table number.

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Mango and berry smoothie - my only complaint was that this smoothie was quite heavy on the yoghurt,  making it very thick, without enough fruit to balance it out.

Parmesan truffle fries - so crispy and delicious, with just the right hint of truffle.

Wagyu truffle sliders - so cute and delicious!

White truffle wagyu beef with red wine caramelised onions, truffle aioli, and gruyere cheese

Despite having a hard time choosing from all the beautiful cakes on offer, I couldn't go past this adorable apple cheesecake. Cracking into the inside revealed a surprise of some kind of apple and cinnamon filling.

The swan choux pastry and mango cheesecake are definitely on my hit list for my next visit down to Canberra!

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Dragon Boy - World Square, Sydney

There's been so many new Japanese noodle bars popping up, it's hard to keep track of them all! The latest addition to the family is Dragon Boy, located in World Square.

In addition to bowls of udon, they also have rice options too.

Oden options - traditionally a Japanese winter dish comprising of various boiled ingredients. On offer that day were fish cakes, tofu, boiled eggs and sausages.

The deep fried selection offers nice variety including croquettes, tempura and takoyaki.

Fridge selection of side dishes

Zucchini, corn and pumpkin tempura + croquette

I really enjoyed the variety and selection of side dishes here. 

Chicken teriyaki udon - this was my choice, and whilst I enjoyed the noodles, I thought the chicken teriyaki was average, made worse by being watered down in the broth.

Chicken curry udon

Vegetable kakiage and crab stick tempura

Oden selection

I think I'll stick with the simple bukkake udon next time to avoid disappointment, as that seems to be the safe option to order at these Japanese noodle bars. 

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Monday, 29 October 2012

LAN - Crown Towers, Macau

 LAN is the lobby lounge and bar at the Crown Towers in the City of Dreams complex in Macau. Since we were watching the House of Dancing Water show at the City of Dreams, it was the ideal location to grab a bite to eat.

 The refreshing tea cocktails caught my eye, with sexy jasmine, oolong mojito and berry jasmine

Chic decor and comfy lounges to relax on

We opted for the high tea set, which included the traditional three tiers, plus some more sweets on the side, and choice of two teas

 Raisin and plain scones - these were quite dense and cake like, as opposed to light and fluffy

 Lovely sandwiches

 My favourite were these salmon and cucumber ones

 Sweets selection

 Creamy cheesecake topped with a chocolate biscuit base and topped with fruit

This was a fluffy, marbled chiffon like cake

 Chocolate overload! Opera cake and mini fruit tarts

 Chocolate and raspberry mousse

Berry iced tea

Iced white ginger and Japanese pear tea - a refreshing blend

My berry jasmine tea cocktail

After the afternoon tea, we walked over just in time before the House of Dancing Water started

Such an amazing show by Franco Dragone, with a specially designed theatre with a stage pool that can hold 3.7 million gallons of water. Highly recommend watching this if you are in Macau (though beware if you are in the first few rows, you will get wet!)

Level 1, Crown Towers
City of Dreams
Cotai Strip, Macau

Friday, 26 October 2012

Bitter Sweet Cafe & Sobremesa - Taipa, Macau

Bitter Sweet cafe in Taipa, Macau is famous for their Serradura cake - a popular Portuguese dessert made with Marie biscuits, that is sometimes known as 'saw dust cake' due to the crushed biscuit layers.

The cafe is located on the busy main strip of Taipa with endless restaurants, cafes and shops selling the usual fare in Macau such as meat jerky, almond biscuits and Portuguese tarts.

Bittersweet cafe has quite a few different selections of tea and coffee, in addition to the regular offerings 

Dessert menu

Blueberry iced latte - this sounded appealing on the menu, but really didn't translate very well. 

Iced Macau coffee

The famous Serradura cake - it was light, layered and fluffy, with the biscuit giving an extra dimension

More desserts - I had no room for it, but the fresh cheese cake looked pretty good! 

Bitter Sweet Cafe
92 Rua Do Cunha
Taipa, Ilhas, Macau
Ph: +853 2883 0289

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Le Salon de thé de Joël Robuchon - Central, Hong Kong

After spotting the gorgeous high tea set at Le Salon de thé de Joël Robuchon after my lunch at L'Atelier, I knew I had to return for afternoon tea. 
The salon is a open plan cafe, with the same striking red features of the restaurant, albeit in a more casual setting, some tables overlooking the Landmark shopping centre.

They offer an extensive menu with lots of lunch options and more importantly, cake! 

I choose a fragrant peach tea to pair with the afternoon tea - I really like how they offer variations on the high tea menu. You can either order just the sandwiches or just the cakes (both sets come with the scones) but who wants to do things by halves?

 Scones and sandwiches - the sandwiches are so pretty and perfect, especially the smoked salmon rosettes, that I almost don't want to eat them!

 Homemade natural, lemon and raisin scones, served with Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry jam

Sandwiches - tuna and poached egg, Lobster flavoured with tarragon, premium ham with mustard seed, and Norwegian smoked salmon with caviar


 The cakes included exotique, paris-brest, mont-blanc, macaroon ganache and blueberry cheesecake

Loved how the cakes were perfectly portioned, allowing you to be able to fit a taste of everything

A lovely spot to drop in after some serious shopping in Hong Kong - lunch tends to be quite busy with lines as they don't take bookngs, though it does seem to quieten down after the peak period. I was able to get a seat straight away on a weekday at 3pm for afternoon tea.