Catching up with a girlfriend always require a place that isn't too loud so you can hear each and not have to YELL.
Arrived after 6pm and was asked for a reservation? Of course I didn't have one seeing as it was so early! We chose a table on the border of the inside/outside line. The courtyard floor is lined with fake grass, in addition, they have fairy lights all lined up with some displayed in glass jars.
I would have to say the ambiance is casual with relaxed vibe accompanied by some great tunes. We spotted a DJ deck but by the end of the night there was no one playing, probably stuck with the trusty Ipod.
I started with some pear cider and Emma had Prosecco (i think). To eat we had a selection of dumplings ranging from mushroom, prawn, duck and crab. Each had 4 portions. The BBQ duck is amazing! You must get this.
We were content with our starters and decided to leave mains for now till we were more hungry. Instead we filled up with some beautiful Barrosa Shiraz and when then was nearly finished we decided to share the "Kuila Dadai" which is Malaysian style pandan crepes, caramelised coconut, "laughing donuts" and coconut cream ($10). Mouth watering dessert!
Staff are friendly and attentive. Located upstairs on the mezzanine level, below ‘Hugos Lounge . We were surprised it was not packed?! Indeed this is not one of your average dumpling bars but the food is spectacular.
Get on it!
Address deets can be found here: weeb
What is Gyoza for those that do not know? Its pretty much a fried dumpling or pot sticker. So if you like yum cha you will love this place!
Located on Bayswater Rd just behind the Coca-Cola sign. Harajuku Gyoza is a happy place and they want you to be "happy in the tummy" as their slogan suggests, even the dumpling on the window has a smiling face! They also mention, you must 'Come in hungry like Godzilla"....:P
They do not take bookings so we rocked up around 7pm and there were few seats at the bar or stand alone tables. This place is great for nibbles, lunch, dinner and groups.
The plates are quirky with different pictures of Japanese themed such as buildings, Harajuku girls, scenery and so fourth. This place does remind me of being in Shinjuku.
Any quirky thing is when someone orders a sake (i think could be umeshu) the waitresses start screaming in Japanese. Quite strange but hilarious at the same time!
To get things rolling we got Kirin on Tap and Rising Sun pale ale then for food:
1 x Grilled pork gyoza (5 pieces) $8
1 x Poached duck gyoza (5 pieces) $8
1 x Vege grilled gyoza (5 pieces) $8
1 x Chilli Chicken Kaarage $9
1 x Edamame beans $4
That was for 2 and that was quite filling! We also did not want to fill up too much because we wanted to try out their desserts! For dessert we got the Nutella Banana gyoza with ice cream ($9 for 3 pieces). It was everything you can expect - warm gooey nutella with bits of banana through it. YUM! Pity there was only 3 :(
I give this place a thumbs up.Definitely will be back to try the sake cocktails and the frozen beer....hmm very interesting.
Address details can be found here: weeb
First visit and it was a success!
Took us a few extra minutes to find it as we went down the wrong end of Dixon St, alas, finally walking through a very crowded food court we were starting to doubt ourselves if the place was even in here! .... and then like magic as we veered down the bend there it was in all its glory!
Tucked away in the corner amongst all various Chinese food outlets.
Small queue, so we got our order in i had the Garlic Tonkotsu Ramen Noodle with soft boiled egg and my partner got the BBQ Pork Ramen and gyoza to share.
Wow such a thick garlicy broth with oodles and oodles of noodles! Delicious!
My partner and I both agreed that the flavour of the Garlic Tonkotsu was way better that the BBQ Pork. Gyoza was great too.
Such a cheap and cheerful dinner option. I was indeed noodled out!
Address & Opening hours can be found in my Eat Sydney Page: weebly-
I went on my first visit last week and again today and this post is from where i went last week >
Located on Broughton St of the main strip in Artarmon.
There were only a few customers in there so I snagged a table beside the glass overlooking the street.
I was advised the lunch special of Cooked tuna rolls of the Chicken Katsu for $10 so opted for the Katsu.
Was given a glass of water and after a 2 minute wait go miso soup. hmm love this.
After bout 5 minutes my Katsu arrived.
Very quick and my goodness what a huge serving!
In my head all i could think was this place is already in my good books.
Check out the pictures for the Chicken Katsu, Grilled Salmon Roll and Chicken Karaage
Will undoubtedly be a regular here since they change their lunch specials every week.
Such a positive meal experience to take away your weekend blues! :)
Address can be found here: weebly
When you in the town hall area around 6 ish and feel a bit peckish for dinner. Do not hesitate to walk to Chefs Gallery on Bathurst St just down from the KFC.
Generally if you have the foresight you can book ahead online but alas you can always leave you name with the hostess on the door and wait probably around 5-10 min sometimes its longer and sometimes your're in luck!
As soon as we arrived there were at least 12 people waiting outside so we asked for a table for 2 and the hostess asked if we didnt mind bench seats....um of course not!
Zing! Instant table and we faced the kitchen so we could see the guy making fresh noodles! Awesome
We ordered the Roti Peking Duck, BBQ Fried Noodles and chilli chicken (which we secretly thing should be called KUNG POW Chicken - Its not hot or spicy its just an awesome name!)
Everything as usual was mouth-watering! Teamed up with some iced lemon tea! Delish!
Waiters are friendly and efficient, Food is quite fast too!
Address details can be found here: weebly
The Sydney Festival goes from January 9th to the 26th 2014. The festival village is located in Hyde Park, Sydney.
Free activities include the Sacrilege (Bouncy Stonehenge) as per picture on left and adults are most welcome :) Although, be warned it only goes for 10 minutes as there is a long line however, its definitely a workout! phew! Box wars, City of Sydney - Lawn Library, Jenga and so on.
More details can be found on their website here:
Food stalls include: Food Society, Jafe Jaffles, Woofys Hot Dogs and speciall crafted sweets from Gelato Messina! For the adults there are 5 bars to choose form including the Rekordelig Gazebo.
In addition they have an a huge selection of shows at the The Spiegeltent, Sydney Town Hall, Riverside Theaters in Parramatta. Best to check their website for further info.
We got there around 6pm and it was not busy yet, However, when we left at 8pm there was a line for the entrance as they were at capacity. So plan ahead people!
Overall a great experience for the family, with friends or just with your partner :)
Located at the carriageworks in Eveleigh, this farmers markets has stalls of organic vegetables, flowers, cheeses, breads, nuts, flavoured olive oils and so forth.
In addition, they have the Billy Kwong stall which was the draw card for me as I got to see Kylie Kwong! I have been following her on Instagram for a while and she always posts pictures of their delicious creations they make every Saturday!
I had the Steamed pork dumplings with Ginger and Tamarin = Wow!
Address can be found here: weebly
So we ended up going Friday night instead.
Wait time of about 10 minutes.
We got as follows:
Pan fried pork dumplings
Shredded beef with steam plain bun
Seasonal vegetables stir fry with oyster sauce
I have to say this was the first time we ever saw these cute little buns! They were fluffy and still steaming from the oven! Beef was saucy and went perfectly well with the "fluffy puffs" (Yes I just gave them a nickname!) so all in all a great dish!
I sometimes feel bad taking photos of food in restaurants especially when the staff stare at you! Alas i still managed to get a few below average shots.
Have you visited this place before? Tell me what you think :)
Til next time
Dumplings, Dumplings and more Dumplings!
This place is always busy! So you will expect to wait about 20 minutes plus, although sometimes you get lucky and only have to wait 10! :)
Situated in the food court in the Chatswood Chase Shopping centre, this restaurant is decked out in with an oriental theme with artwork all over the walls!
The menu is also used as your place-mat! Dim sum, Soup, Cold dish, Vegetable, Rice and Noodles are just some of the main areas on the menu you can order from.
We generally tend to order the usual which consists of:
- Pan fried pork dumpling (8 pieces)
- Dried shrimp & shallots stirred with dry noodle in soy sauce
- Beef dumpling (8 pieces)
That's generally for 2 people and tends to fill us up!
We rarely venture away from what we like but I shall be going again this coming Thursday and I promise to order something new from the menu! scouts honour!
Until next time! Ciao
Address deets are here: weebly
I like trying new things, visiting new places and going on food adventures. I keep it short, simple and sweet!