Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Hu'u Bar & Grill - Seminyak, Bali

On my recent Bali trip, I was actually supposed to land at 10PM at night, which meant that we would miss out on dinner.  The flight ended up being cancelled, so I changed to an earlier one which meant we were able to get into Bali at around 4:30pm. Score!

After checking into the Yubi villas, it was off to find some food nearby. Seminyak is a treasure trove of nice restaurants and boutiques, especially on Jalan Petitenget, where we stumbled upon Hu'u (the famous Ku de Ta and Potato Head are also located on this strip) I would definitely recommend staying in Seminyak instead of Kuta, as it is a nicer and quieter area.

Beautiful outdoor dining area at Hu'u with plenty of comfy looking lounges

Inhale... Imbibe... Indulge


Cocktail time - as with most of the bars in Bali, the cocktail list is impressive

'The best damn cocktail' - vodka, raspberry liquer & puree with muddled cherries and topped lemon lime & Coconut Cooler mocktail

A little appetizer to start off the night - grilled aubergine

We weren't totally ravenous, so just ordered a few small tapas like dishes to share

hot and sour scallop and prawn risotto - with a kaffir lime and shellfish reduction

The sweet and sour flavours really packed a punch in this, I really enjoyed the fresh, juicy prawns with the asian flavours against the risotto

Crisp pork belly - on mango salad with coriander puree

Cajun corn fritters - grilled corn and sweet pepper with a chilli thyme remoulade

Dessert cocktail time - The Forbidden Milkshake

Dessert platter - my favourite was definitely the pandan and palm sugar pancake thing, so yummy!

Fantastic atmosphere, especially for a few cocktails. I love Bali, will definitely be back for another visit as soon as possible. 

The villa I stayed in Seminyak was fantastic too, pics below:





They upgraded our villa and were so welcoming and friendly, plus 24 hour room service and basically anytime you need, they'll drive you to anywhere in Seminyak (and then catch a taxi back at your leisure)


Jalan Petitenget
Seminyak, Bali

Jalan Raya Petitenget 123 Seminyak,
Kuta, Bali

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Dan's House - Haymarket, Sydney

Having heard about the new peking duck place on George street, Dan's House, I knew I had to give it a try. Tucked upstairs, the space is relatively modern, and is fairly empty on a late weeknight visit. 

The menu is described as 'Artistic Conceptual Cuisine' or in simpler terms, modern Chinese

The menu is fairly extensive with lots of pictures for those visually inclined 

Five spice pork knuckle - this isn't my pick, and is a little too strange, cold and gelatinous for me (but I suppose that's how it's supposed to be!) I like the little jelly cubes though. 

Stir fried snake beans with pork and prawn - this dish always goes down well, especially with rice. 

And of course, we couldn't come without trying the so called signature dish, Peking Duck:

I liked how they had a dish with a few different sauces to accompany

Warming duck broth that came with the Peking duck

Verdict? 

Pretty presentation, the dish is served with a lot of duck meat - I would've liked a bit more crispiness to the skin though. 

Not bad - I wouldn't mind trying some other dishes next time, instead of the Peking duck. 

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Sunday, 17 June 2012

Potato Head Beach Club - Seminyak, Bali

Potato Head Beach Club. Delicious cocktails and day beds in the sunshine, what better way to kick off a tropical paradise holiday then paying a visit to Potato Head.

Potato head has a nice casual vibe, with a whole strip of day beds near the beach - we came for lunch and a couple of cocktails, but most people were there to have a dip in the pool and sun themselves

Extensive cocktail list

Pretty flowers on our table


Indonesia iced coffee

Cocktail time! The cocktails in Bali are fantastic, cheap and there is endless variety

This is the Bells & Whistles - crushed, zesty miniature mandarins and lively citrus and mandarin vodka, churned with rich palm sugar plus explosive passionfruit and lemon juices and a gorgeous orange liquer

Was a zesty and refreshing cocktail, perfect for the hot and balmy Bali weather

Pork Tenderloin - Roasted U8 Pork Tenderloin served with honey peppered and red wine vinegar sauce, apple wedges, mashed potato and mesclun salad

Pork and apple are a match made in heaven, and I really enjoyed the almost crispy wedges of apple, paired with the juicy tenderloin. 



Chicken Cordon Bleu - pan fried breaded chicken breast filled with Emmental cheese, sauteed mushrooms, confit leeks and serrano ham, served with grain mustard greens, sauce and french fries

Coconut pannacotta 

Loved the presentation of this cocktail!

Pistachio martini - A heavenly blend of fresh rock melon and vodka shaken with melon liquer then finished with a nitrogen charged pistachio foam with a side of pistachios and homemade pistachio sorbet

Papaya nectar - A totally tropical blend of sweet, succulent papaya balance with bursting lime and apple juices, enriched with luscious coconut cream

A great place with fancy pub style food and a lovely way to relax the day away with a cocktail or 2 (or 5!)

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Chanel Coco Blue nail polish swatch

On my recent trip to Bali, I took advantage of Duty Free and picked up a couple of lovely Chanel polishes.

Chanel Coco Blue - a really nice baby blue colour

Such a pretty pastel shade, and Chanel polishes paint like a dream!

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Kitchen By Mike - Rosebery, Sydney

Having a car for the weekend for a road trip down to Canberra meant that I managed to try Kitchen By Mike, a place that I've been meaning to go to, but is a little bit inconvenient to get to by public transport. 

Inconspicuous entrance, had to do a double take before realising that this was where it was. Inside is an amazing transformed warehouse space - one side is the bustling cafe with rustic style, communal seating and on the other side is a space selling furniture and knick knacks.

Honeycomb!


Breakfast is a order off the blackboard menu affair, with a couple of extra offerings in the displays too - such as tempting looking meringues that I had my eye on.

We quickly order, as we are in a rush, nd are given this wooden table number




Rustic cutlery holders

Baked beans with bacon and poached egg - perfect comfort food for the cold, drizzly day it was

These were heavenly! Sourdough pancakes with lemon curd. I could've eaten spoonfuls of that delightful lemon curd!! Eating it with the pancakes was like eating soft and fluffy mouthfuls of lemon meringue pie.

Had a wander around after brekky:

They had all this cute wombat stuff <3

Knitted catcus

Stuff to take home


If I wasn't headed straight for Canberra, I would've picked up some of that lemon curd. So yum! 

Wish this was closer, as I'm keen to try out the canteen style lunch (menu changes daily)

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Thursday, 7 June 2012

Tetsuya's - Kent St, Sydney

Tetsuya's is one of those special occasion restaurants that you just have to tick off your 'food bucket list', my birthday was a good of an excuse as any to go for a long and leisurely Saturday lunch.

Lovely sourdough to start the meal off with the infamous truffled butter slathered on for good measure. 

Amuse bouche - 
Chilled pea soup with bitter chocolate sorbet

This was an interesting concept, I liked the flavoursome chilled pea soup, but did particularly like (or get) the bitter chocolate sorbet component. 

Overlooking the beautiful Japanese garden outside the restaurant

Savoury custard with avruga

This on the other hand, was amazing. The custard was like silk and melted in my mouth. 

Salad of kingfish with blackbean and orange

Fresh sashimi of kingfish paired nicely with zesty orange flavours

New Zealand scampi with chicken liver parfait and walnut vinaigrette

Confit of Petuna ocean trout with fennel, unpasteurised ocean trout caviar

The signature Tetsuya's dish.

Steamed tian of Queensland spanner crab with curd, foie grais, junsai

Roasted breast of quail with quail leg rillettes

Seared fillet of grass-fed Cape grim beef with wasabi and braised mustard seeds

Pear sorbet, Bread and butter pudding

What's better than one dessert? 2 in 1, of course! 

Floating island with praline and creme anglaise

This was such a heavenly and light dessert, with fluffy meringue under the delicious praline and creme anglaise

Latte

Petit fours - truffles and pink macarons

I don't know if it's the extremely high expectations I had for Tetsuya's, but I'm not quite sure it lived up to them. The meal was great, and the service was impeccable, but I wasn't blown away.

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