Location: Food court. Macquarie Centre
Price: Cheap $9.80
Service: Pass (takewaway)
Waffle with green tea ice cream
Good curry, a bit salty on this eating. Didn't seem to have any sambal.
Disadvantaged because we ate this take away and left it sitting there for 30 minutes but still good.
Waffle was good, much better than the HK place upstairs.
Milo dinosaur didn't have enough milo
Location: Cinema level. Macquaire Centre
Price: Cheap but not too cheap
Service: slow but pass
Roti Pisang (banana roti)
Did have sambal but that's pretty much where the benefits of this Nasi Lemak ended. Pretty but didn't have that much flavour.
Roti Pisang was decent, not as good as Mamak Village.
Teh Tarik was a bit weak
Location: Shop 5, 33 Barangaroo Avenue, Wulugul Walk, Barangaroo
Price: Cheap/Cheap but not too cheap (on this visit $15 per person)
Chicken tenders with macaroni and cheese. Non spicy version.
OK, we know it's called Belles Hot Chicken so we probably should have ordered spicy chicken but we t didn't.
Overall it was ok just not worth the $20 that it cost.
Will maybe go back to try the chicken and waffles. Don't know what is so hard about making them available outside weekend lunch times.
Location: Food court level, Chatswood Chase Phone: 9413 2228
Price: Cheap/Cheap but not too cheap ($20ish per person)
Service: asleep but pass
Ngoh Hiang Roll
Kreta Ayer Spicy squid
Stir fried garlic shoot with belacan chilli paste
Deep fried home made tofu with prawn mince
Black sesame ice cream
Decent Malaysian food, some dishes e.g. tofu, garlic shoots, chicken, desserts were better than others.
Overall would try it again. Probably try some of the standards to see what the level is like.
Location: 96 Longueville Road Lane Cove Phone: 02 9420 1101
Price: Cheap but not too cheap/OK (around $35 per person)
Fettuccine alla ragu
Risotta ai funghi porcini
Some friends told us that this place was pretty good so we went to check it out.
We were a little worried because it was pretty empty but we saw the queue for Via Napoli and knew we wouldn't get in there so stuck to the plan.
Luckily our friends can remain our friends... Pasta was house made, ragu was similar tasting to what we cook at home but we use a Pendolino recipe that takes 3 hours so tasting the same is not necessarily bad. Mushroom risotto was good.
Tart was great, hard pastry but worth the effort trying to break it into bite sized chunks.
Pizza had some awesome mozzarella, the crust is a little different to Via Napoli but still good, the sauce a bit sweet but not bad.
Location: Level 5, RhodesWaterside, 1 Rider Boulevard, Rhodes, Sydney
Phone: 9739 6628
Price: Cheap but not too cheap ($37 per person - which we think is high for yumcha but we ate 34 dishes...)
Highlights - all the traditional yum cha dishes, mango pudding
Good to eat a decent yum cha after such a long time all the old school dishes were good.
There were some newer ones (e.g. prawn mince surrounding pineapple covered in almond slivers and fried - middle photo) which were tasty but we're not sure why they bothered.
Mango pudding was very good, really strong mango taste.
Seems expensive given 6 of us ate 34 dishes...but that's about $6.64 per dish which is about right...we just ate too much...
Over the last few years it seems the Cantonese have been losing the battle for Chinese food supremacy. The introduction of Shanghainese/Taiwanese places such as New Shanghai and Din Tai Fung and other mainland cuisines seems to have shifted the customer away from Cantonese. On top of this there's been a decline in quality, Fook Yuen in Chatswood was sold and isn't as good, Tim Ho Wan lost their Head Chef in a matter of months and has stretched themselves thin opening 3 stores in a short space of time. Hopefully the players like Marigold and East Ocean are still decent...the Phoenix group is generally good.
Location: 52 Albion Street Surry Hills Phone: 9188 2985
Price: OK ($60 per person) - could be cheap if one just orders ramen
Score: Maybe 7/10? We think we'd go back but not sure...
Torched honey bugs nigiri, avocado, white soy
Yellowfin tuna, watermelon, mustard seeds
Kingfish, yuzu, soy, ginger, avocado
Prawn toast okonomiyaki
Tiger prawn bun, pickles, chilli mayo, watercress
Duck Shoyu ramen - duck and soy broth, duck breast, king brown mushroom, bean sprout, pickled onion, shoyu egg
Smoove honeycomb, almond & chocolate bar
Black sesame, popcorn, passionfruit & meringue
It's early days, the produce is good but we're confused and we think Salaryman is too.
There's definite potential here with Flying Fish's Stephen Seckold at the helm. Bold flavours that generally work well together (except the black sesame dessert), quality ingredients and good execution.
Liked the honey bugs - would recommend eating the rice separately on this one
Yellowfin tuna and kingfish were both very well done
Prawn toast okonomiyaki - layering on kupi and fish flakes an okonomiyaki does not make (i.e. it's not okonomiyaki)
Tiger prawn bun - tasty
Duck ramen - good
Smoove honeycomb - standard and safe but tasty
Black sesame - each individual element was tasty but not gestalt.. Could have amped up the black sesame a lot and eating the all the elements on one spoon just leaves one confused.
We ate the duck ramen ($25) and tasted the other two (pork and pippie and shitake mushroom & kombu). All had clear, well made broth. Definite disproportionate amount of noddle vs topping in the shitake and mushroom (way too much noodle), pork and pippie and the duck ramen had decent amounts of topping. The duck meat was very well done.
Here is why we're confused. The top quarter of the menu is "designed to share" Movida/Sokyo/Sake-esque fine dining. The second quarter is fairly cheap jazzed up ramen (cheap relative to the me- 1 bowl of ramen $18 vs 2 nigiri for $15). The third quarter is Chacobar-ishnew school robata and the last quarter is a standard dessert and a possible homage to an Eaton Mess but we're not sure.
Location: 7 Wilkes Avenue Artarmon
Price: Cheap/cheap but not too cheap ($20 per person)
pulled pork sandwich
Took ages for the food to come out, maybe 30 minutes.
When it did it was decent overall. The pulled pork tasted a bit too sweet and Asian for our liking. The burger was tasty with good brioche bun.
Location: 417 Pacific Highway Crows Nest Phone: 02 9437 5285
Price: Cheap but not too cheap (about $35 per person)
Broccolini and avocado tempura
Lamb yuzu mayonnaise
Wagyu potato nest
Overall good, better than its predecessor. Good quality ingredients well executed and with slight twists to be different from standard Japanese food.
Grilled mackerel was tasty, the broccolini and avocado tempura were a bit strange but tasty. Usuzukuri was good. Lamb was tasty and Wagyu potato nest tasty.
Worth a revisit.
Location: Shangri-La , Level G 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney Phone: 9250 6000
Price: Cheap but not too cheap
Ate: "Rushing around like nuts" - milk chocolate and banana mousse, passionfruit caramel and peanut crunch
Every so often we venture out of our self imposed Sugar Hit/Rush hiatus to see what's cooking.
Not exactly sure why it's called "Running around like nuts" when the main component is banana.
Overall OK, good technique, similar/same caramel as the 2014 champion and only released in 2015 carrot cake but nothing spectacular. Yalumba dessert wine was tasty.
Having said that, for the price we'd rather get a proper dessert.
We'll go back into hiatus now.
Location: Bather's Pavilion, 4 The Esplanade Balmoral Beach (Mosman) Phone: 02 9969 5050
Price: Cheap but not too cheap / OK
Marmalade French Toast with orange zest, ricotta and dates
Revisit after a few years after being turned away from Public Dining Room (apparently Public Dining Room closes between 10.30 and 12pm to set up for lunch - also we were dressed as bums).
Eggs Benedict was traditional and good
Marmalade French toast was nouveau and worked pretty well. Probably not as good as the traditional but then you can get a really good traditional French Toast with berry compote at Bean Drinking for half the price so good thing Bathers did something different.
Belgian hot chocolate was a bit sweet but good, cheaper than we remember (maybe last time we ordered the bowl).
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