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: Sydney Opera House Phone: 02 9240 8000
Price: Slightly high/High ($130 per person, 2 course option available but wouldn't be filling)
02 9240 8000
Southern Australian line caught squid, house made pasta, summer squash, lemon, sea blight
Spanner crab, soft polenta, young corn, creme fraiche emulsion, sunflower, popcorn
Crisp suckling pig belly, slow cooked carrots, black and white garlic
Roasted master stock duck, fresh currants, kampot pepper, ume, shiso, pink turnips
Creme caramel vs mille-feuille
Rose, pistachio, vanilla, raspberry
Overall satisfying. Didn't push any boundaries but was solid, well cooked, good quality food. The spanner crab entree and dessert really pulled the score up.
Spanner crab entree was very tasty
Squid and pasta a bit boring. Couldn't tell between Squid and pasta
Both mains a bit dull, didn't really offer anything out of the ordinary here
Both desserts were great. Rich, hard hitting flavours. Really pleased we picked these instead of the "Chocolate cake from across the water a.k.a Quay's 8 texture chocolate cake from 7+ years ago. Even if it is a great cake, it belongs on the other side of the quay.
Lucky desserts were a decent size because we were still hungry after mains.
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: Four Seasons Hotel 199 George St Sydney Phone: 9250 3160
Price: OK/Slightly high (ended up being over $50 per person...might have been the wine)
Service: Pass, very attentive
Raspberry and passionfruit pavlova
2 years after our first visit, they're still serving the same honeycomb and sorrel dessert. Quay with its much more infamous Snow Egg manages to change it up, why can't Pei Modern?
Maybe we had the worst dessert on the menu but why have 6 desserts on the menu if you've given up trying after the fifth?
We expect better from a 1 hat restaurant.
On the bright side the company was great and the chacuterie was good. Interesting enough for us to eat the whole platter even after a full dinner.
Location: 12-14 O'Connell Street Sydney Phone: 02 9235 2717
Price: OK ($40 per person)
We're not sure why it took us so long to get here...
Good sashimi...possibly really good.
Surf and turf was a bit of a rort...not much of either surf or turf.
Unagi was ok (we're not fans of unagi but one of the others were)
Katsu was nice and juicy
Overall solid and worth visiting...and revisiting.
Location: 535a Sydney Road Seaforth Phone: 02 9949 9004
Price: Cheap/Cheap but not too cheap ($25 per person)
Chicken katsu bento
Good value, no nonsense local Japanese restaurant.
Tasty and generous serving size, popular amongst locals, it's a fairly small place that gets full pretty quickly.
Location: 2-10 Kensington Street Chippendale Phone: 02 9281 6668
Price: Slightly high ($75 per person)
Crabe Royal facon Thermidor - King Crab baked with mustard creamy sauce
Entrecote frites, sauce Bearnaise - O'Connor grass fed scotch fillet with fries
Selle d'agneau "Bultarra" et legumes racines - Bultarra saltbush lamb saddle with root vegetables
Charlotte aux poires et cannelle, sorbet chocolat - Charlotte with cinnamon and chocolate sorbet
We were reminiscing about the fact that 10 years ago one would have struggled to find a good French bistro but now there are a plethora to choose from. Although there are still plenty of bad ones too.
Bistrot Gavroche is up there. Maybe not as good as Le Bouchon or Cafe Lyon but pretty close.
Crab entree was good, lots of crab flavour
Lamb main was generally good. Could have done more with the ring of fat to make it tastier.
Beef was good but chips not crunchy enough
Tart tartin was a bit too sweet
Charlotte was good
Location: 2 Phillip Street Circular Quay Phone: 02 9259 5624
Price: OK ($40 per person - mind you we had one main each a shared a dessert between 3)
Service: Pass (but kitchen was ridiculously slow)
Duck - Not soft like we expect confit duck to be but not too bad
Pasta - Too sweet. Sauce tasted like tinned spaghetti sauce.
Beef - Ok but uninspiring. Didn't feel like there was much marbling. Could choose a better cut and cook it better at home.
Gratin - Really needed either more cheese or more flavour
Fries - Half fried. Too much salt. Fail.
Opera Cake - Would have been better if they paid attention to making the cake four times larger, less coffee and actual ganache instead of making white chocolate sails.
We had heard Ananas was getting good again and were keen to revisit.
Then we discovered they moved to Cafe Nice's location and were now called Cafe Ananas. Suspicious but we'll run with it.
We realised why everything was so underwhelming when we saw Fartelli Fresh on the bottom of the bill. Cafe Nice was underwhelming but it was better than this.
Maybe they were understaffed but it took insanely long... Two course meal in 2 hours.
Have been here a couple of times.
A fairly standard suburban Vietnamese bakery made fancy. However they differentiate themselves with a full cooked menu and some decent baguette rolls. There is a traditional Banh Mi (Vietnamese Pork roll) for $9.50 or something but we don't buy Banh Mi for more than $5 (even that is twice the price Banh Mi in Cabramatta). Lemongrass Beef delivers consistently for us.
Good smoothie, nice and thick.
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