Location: 300 Pacific Highway Crows Nest Phone: 02 9966 5833
Vinegared octopus takopon
Assorted sushi smallPork and seafood okonomiyaki
Scallop and prawn in creamy sauce
Not that cheap with these 4 plus one glass of wine coming to $82 but you could taste quality in everything.
Takopon was slightly boring, get something else.
Okonomiyaki was probably the best we've eaten in Sydney to date. Right ratio of cabbage, batter and plenty of seafood (pork was strips on the top, tasty too).
Sashimi... now we think we can tell the difference between good and average sushi even if both are "fresh". These had a firm texture, no sinewy or crunchy bits and still melted in your mouth.
Scallop and prawn simply cooked in garlic and oil or something but very tasty, again quality ingredients.
Want to try the beef but at $40odd for 180g we can't justify it yet...
The Urbanspoon rating is currently 63% but we think that's too low. Go before the groupies catch up.
Location: Shop 110-111, 52-76 Rowe St Eastwood (one of the underground levels under Aldi)
Phone: (02) 9874 4661
Ate: Beef Fried Rice and HK Milk Tea
We wanted cantonese style beef chow mein but wasn't on the menu (in a form that we could interpret) and the waitress suggested other forms of fried noodle (which we didn't want). Opted for something that we could read. Beef fried rice.
This is why Chinese classes should focus on teaching how to read menus before everything else...
It was tasty but a large monotonous quantity so got boring (took half home, enough for another meal).
HK iced milk tea was as expected.
Overall pretty good, not as good as Hong Kong Kitchen type places but it's more one of those HK fusion café (we're not a fan of the HK fusion type cafes).
Location: 225 George Street Sydney
Phone: 02 9247 6744
Ate: Original Morrison Burger and duck fat fried chips
So forgettable we forgot the name of the shop by the time we got home...
Initial bite screamed 4/10, you could get the same buns from Woolworths (other sources say we're being a bit harsh but we don't think so).
The sauce was decent. The meat seemed passable - it was thick, fairly tasty and not overcooked but had those gritty/tendony bits plus had a tendency to crumble.
Duck fried chips bored us and were not worth $8. We get better chips at the food outlets at work (and their chips aren't great).
We almost walked out when we realised it was an off shoot of The Morrison but then thought that was a bit unfair since we'd never eaten at The Morrison. Sean Connolly's previous restaurant Astral at the "old' Star City remains one of the best degustations we've eaten to date - Astral, Forty One and at the Chef's Table at Becasse. Funnily enough it seems that the restaurant needs to be closing for good at the end of the week to make a degustation truly memorable...
Location: 5/37 Ultimo Rd Haymarket Phone:02 9211 8373
Price: Cheap (but similar price to high level patisseries)
Ate: (don't remember the name) layers included rose water and lychee.
Antiblog (ZL): The concepts are very similar to Baroque/La Renaissance but textures and flavours are more interesting. Despite these positives this particular Blackflower cake lacked refinement but overall it was good enough to warrant a future retest.
Location: Hell's Kirchen 366 W 52nd St New York Phone: (+1 212) 582-0052
Apparently 4 stars on Yelp in the middle of Hell's Kitchen. If this is 4 stars then it explains Ippudo's popularity, there's no competition.
Chicken based stock is pretty good, sweeter than the pork one. Noodles (2 different types) are apparently house made and were ok but not spectacular. Don't bother with the steamed bun.
Overall though it doesn't feel like ramen. It feels like an early ancestor from China in the days before ramen became distinctively Japanese.
Location: 537-551 George Street Sydney Phone: 02 9261 8814
$22.60 for 2 hot dogs, 1 drink and chips. Not bad value wise
For the fried stuff they have an issue with heat. The croquettes and fries weren't hot. If they were they'd be pretty good. They have slimmed down the hot dog menu somewhat and now also sell more standard Japanese dishes so may have bough a new fryer.
The ones with Frankfurt's are much better. Get Frankfurt's.
Dog Dog Japon is in the same arcade as Oiden and Mappen. We noticed they gave us Mappen/Oiden moist towelettes too...so we wonder if they're the same company or if they just have stolen a whole stack of Mappen/Oiden towelettes.
If they're the same company then between Menya, Mappen, Oiden (although never eaten there), Chanoma, Tenkomori and possibly Dog Dog Japon that's basically 90% of our CBD Japanese spend going to one company. Although Chanoma has hot dogs so we're not sure why they'd compete with themselves (having said that Mappen and Tenkomori compete with Menya). Branding is totally different to the rest of the group though.
There are a couple of older guys who always seem to be there and we kinda imagine them as the owners who are pursuing their dream (but this is also unconfirmed).
Location: Georgetown 1063 31st St NW Washington, DC Phone: (202) 337-4444
Service: Pass (after the fact "fail" - we thought they didn't offer us a dessert menu because they didn't have one...we just found out they do...)
This place is recommended (by us) place to go.
Still digesting the overly oily Shake Shack burger, frozen custard and Georgetown ice cream, we almost didn't eat dinner.
But we thought since we're in Georgetown we should eat something. And lucky we did, the best meal so far.
Yelp worked in Georgetown (it didn't work do well in DC and NYC) and pointed us in the direction of Il Canali.
We went wondering if we could finish a while pizza despite feeling relatively full.
To our surprise it was a member of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana but we didn't want to get too excited because we've been to other members of the Associazione in Australia and they have disappointed.
These guys do the associazione proud. The tomato sauce not quite Italian but still good. The crust and everything else were great, not too salty. We finished the pizza easily. The salad was simple but good and unlike Australian pizza places, generous.
Location: Penn Quarter 800 F Street Northwest Washington Service: Pass Score: 7/10 (Frozen Custard) 6/10 burger
Ate: Grape Fanta, Chocolate frozen custard, fries with cheese, Shack Burgers
We were looking forward a lot to this place. Disappointing because the burger was too oily
Fries were good but don't get the cheese one, the cheese tastes like powder
Frozen custard isn't a thick shake... It's an ice cream (or we ordered incorrectly) but it was good, smooth like ice cream should be
Location: Downtown 1101 K St NW Washington, DC Phone: +1 202 408 1717
Price: OK (expensive by US standards)
If you must eat here then we would recommend: Full size mussels and full sized scallops both of these were pretty good. Nice huge US scallops
Short rib and fois grois ravioli sounds good but it's a bit boring
Peanut butter waffles were dry
Strawberry shortcake creme brulee felt like strawberry yoghurt not custardy...must be something with the cream in the US... nothing seems right...
Location: King Street Warf, 39 Lime Street Phone: 02 9279 1170
Price: Slightly High
Score: 7/10 if you don't mind paying...6/10 if you do
Ate: Pictured. Good Food Month 50 Years of Spice Good Menu.
Despite our dislike of the Good Food Month (it used to be so much better) we to two events this year and this was the first outing.
If you have access to good Malaysian food, it's not terrible fairly decent and good quality ingredients but probably not worth it.
If you don't mind paying and have no access to Malaysian food then by all means go for it.
Ikanbili's as a dish on its own is an abomination
Mixed seafood was just ottak ottak...they should have used sugar cane skewers not lemongrass
Eggplant, never had this style in Malaysia and it's not really Szechuan style either but it was tasty
Roti was useless but the duck curry (even though we still don't know why you'd waste a good duck by putting it into curry) was decent.
Everthing else was how it should have tasted nothing spectacular