Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Chai Shop, North Sydney

For Indian Flavours but on the lighter side, I ordered the chicken tikka, naan bread and small salad combo at the Chai Shop in North Sydney.  The Chai Shop is located in North Sydney's Greenwood plaza in the upstairs food court. It's always bustling and I always see massive trays of curries and satisfied customers.

The chicken and plain naan went very well together. He also gave me to dollops of sauce which were very chili. Maybe too spicy for me. Nice for a lighter, quick Indian lunch at $11 with a bottle of water. Maybe one day, I will get the larger trays of curries with naan.  It just seems like a very large meal!

Prices: $10-14 for lunch

Location: Upstairs at Greenwood Plaza located at 36 Blue St, North Sydney

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Kefi Souvlaki and Pizza Bar, Kingsgrove

Gyro. Pronounced "yeeros", the very popular and brother of the kebab will send all sorts of foodgasms throughout your body.  Kefi's is located nearby the Kingsgrove Train Station so it's very accessible if you're on the train or car parking isn't too bad in suburban Kingsgrove.

Bloggers will talk about former chefs of Perama and Xanthi bringing their special touch to Kefi's. I never had the pleasure of tasting the pork belly, baklava flavours at Perama but I'm very fortunate to enjoy the pork belly baklava gyro at $9.50.  What a unique sounding gyro!

The pork belly baklava gyro (bottom left) had slow roasted pork belly, a date and pistachio paste and parts of baklava goodness. There is a light mayonnaise that brings everything together.  Delicious and unique!!!!!

Nothing beats your traditional lamb gyro. The $8.80 lamb gyro (bottom right) was mouth watering and so satisfying on so many different levels. I am obsessed! Slices of flavoursome lamb, garlic mayonnaise, chips, tomato, parsley on beautifully soft and fresh bread. I love the food here. I would venture out all the way to Kingsgrove for the food.

Prices: $8-10 for Gyros

Location: 1/231Kingsgrove rd, Kingsgrove

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Monday, 20 October 2014

The Famous Berry Donut Van, Berry

Fresh made donuts are warm, slightly crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside and full of cinnamon, sugary flavours. The Famous Berry Donut Van delivers this in Berry. The donuts are very tasty but are probably comparable to fresh donuts from Donut King.  Both are very delicious.  But the difference is that the Famous Berry Donut Van guarantees fresh donuts even if that means a long wait.

But it's all about supply and demand and given there are no other competitors; the famous Berry Donut Van is famous!  People are willing to line up and wait for these donuts!  I only bought one donut for $1.20 with a lime drink.

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Sedap, Sydney CBD

Sedap is a cheap, cheerful outlet and I completely disagree with the rating on urbanspoon. At a current like percentage of 51% - this is completely unfair and out of context for this outlet.

I really like the Char Kuey Teow and ordered this again at $12. Delicious flat rice noodles. prawns, tofu, chinese sausage, beansprouts and a side of chili was a dish that was very easy to eat. I always feel guilty thought because it's a very high carb, fatty meal. 

I also tried the fried chicken at $25- a piece.  I'm not sure if there were any malaysian influences but the chicken was perfectly cooked in a slight crumb.  Not bad.

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Masuya Japanese Restaurant. Sydney

Masuya is a fancy Japanese restaurant ideal for that special dinner with that special someone.  I've been here several over the years and I've enjoyed every experience.

The Masuya restaurant has great ambience with great lighting, jazz music in the background and decore that shouts "a bit posh". The Masuya menu has a number of traditional Japanese dishes.

To start off with, I had the "Sashimi Ocean 5" at $16.80.  This beautiful dish had tuna, kingfish, salmon and two varieties of fish of the day served on ice.  The sashimi is fresh and nicely sliced in a thick slab.

For main, I ordered the Karaage Chicken at $17.80 which was a deep fried marinated chicken thigh fillet with soy and mirin served with sweet chili garlic sauce. The chicken was nice but not the amazing kind of Karaage I've had at other restaurants such as Ryo's in Crow's Nest. I also prefer a mayonnaise rather than a sweet chili sauce. I would probably give this one a miss.

I also had the Wagy Beef Miso (230g) at $34.80 which was a marble score no.7 sirloin with miso paste sauce. The beef was perfectly cooked with a touch of pink in the middle. It was very tender and juicy. I loved it. The miso sauce was ok but the meat was beautiful.

Prices: 30-40 per head

Location: 14 O'Connell St, Sydney

Masuya Japanese Seafood on Urbanspoon

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Blu Bar on 36, The Rocks, Sydney

The best views can be seen from Blu Bar on 36 at the Shangri La, Sydney. Get there early at 5pm for  a spectacular view of the Harbour Bridge or the Opera House. It's the beautiful backdrop for a romantic date or a nice girly catch up.  You will see a mix of tourists and stylish people pandering around enjoying the view. Wow, look at that view!

The staff are highly attentive and the cocktail list are sophisticated and delicious.

The cocktail (below on the left) is the Apple and Dill Mule at $19. It's described as "The Moscow Mule was created when three salesmen trying to market their individual products combined their items to sell as a cocktail. We infuse 42 below Vodka with fresh dill and serve it with lime and ginger beer." The cocktail on the right was very fruity and tasty.

Prices: $20 per cocktail

Location: 176 Cumberland St, the Rocks, Sydney

Blu Bar on 36 on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Sydney Noodle Markets, Part 2

Hello, Sydney! Back to the noodle markets (early this time) to show you my favourite picks this year.

The very popular and fragrant Hoy Pinoy has bursted into full flavours at this year's Noodle Markets in Sydney.  For $10, you can get two mouth watering skewers with $3 rice being optional.  Your choices are the specially glazed chicken or the pork belly. Hoy Pinoy is a pop-up / market popular favourite with massive queues!

Last year's craze was the Ramen Burger and it does not disappoint this year. The Ramen burger (I choose beef) was perfection. I'm not sure how else best to describe this. The meat was so fatty and tender and melted in my mouth - it has a slight kick of chili to it - perfection. The noodle patties were soft and crunch which provided variety in texture. The small salad and watermelon were perfect sides.

The rice burger was also delicious (in pork) with heavily marinated flavours that were beautifully cooked. I got the combo (both Ramen and Rice burgers for $25) which did not disappoint. Saliva is coming out of my mouth as I am now thinking about both burgers. Awesome work guys!

Tea Bar and Grill were the producers of this year's ramen burger and will be opening late this year.

Prices: Most main dishes are about $12-$15

Location: Enter via Corner of Park and Elizabeth st or Market and Elizabeth streets, Sydney. If you are looking for the Ramen Burger from Ramen On then enter via Park St and Elizabeth St entrance.

Opening hours: 
Mon – Tue 5pm – 9pm
Wednesday 5pm – 10pm
Thursday - Fri 5pm – 11pm
Saturday 4pm-10pm
Sunday 4pm – 9pm