Chef’s Gallery, Sydney ($$)

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Address: Shop 12/ 501 George St,  Sydney NSW

Tel: Shop 12 Ground Floor Regent Place Shopping Centre/501 George St, Sydney NSW

Website: http://www.chefsgallery.com

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Chef’s Gallery is a place I have tried previously and enjoyed so I was pretty keen to return again.  On my previous visit I left my phone at work and so Kiwi Kompanion used hers to take photos of the food. Unfortunately on her trip to the Blue Mountains said phone was lost and along with it, my photos of the Mixed Dim Sim Sampling Platter and Kiwi Kompanion’s Noodles with Chargrilled Wagyu.  This time, my friend Mademoiselle Mel and I headed over to Chef’s Gallery for a long awaited catch up.

Mademoiselle and I had gone to uni together and in the meantime, she had gone to live in France and had only recently returned.  We had bumped into each other in Westfield Sydney one lunch time and decided to organise a lunchtime date.

Atmosphere

The atmosphere at lunch time is often busy and buzzing with diners rushing in and out in their breaks.

I’ve never booked when going to Chef’s Gallery, but always seem to find a spot to squeeze into.  However, I would suggest making a booking if you are going with more than one other person as it does get quite busy.

Service

The first time I went to Chef’s Gallery I accidentally mistook another diner for a waiter as he was wearing a suit similar to the one the staff wear, and was standing by the door.

Embarrassed by my mistake, I apologised and quickly turned to the staff to find a seat.

The staff are always well-dressed and this, combined with the antique looking decor and modern finishings, makes Chef’s Gallery look like an upmarket restaurant, despite the Chinatown prices.

Service is quite good and although some of the staff do not have great English, pointing to the menu seems to do the trick.

Food comes out quickly and efficiently and before you know it you have eaten, paid and are walking out the door.

Food

Mademoiselle and I both ordered the delicious Prawn and Pork Wontons in a Spicy Shanghainese Sauce with Noodles.

The wontons were perfectly cooked, with a slightly slipper skin and bursting with juicy filling.  The noodles were moist and not too soggy, and the sauce had just enough spice to give it a kick.

I ended up adding a little more of the chilli pieces to my dish, and thoroughly enjoyed the delicious meal.

I think this spicy soup is one to rival Din Tai Fung’s!

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Pork and Prawn Wontons in Spicy Sauce with Noodles, $12.90

I also ordered a Lychee and Mint Juice, which was refreshing and cooling, compared to the spicy meal.

Mademoiselle ordered the Lychee and Mango Juice and said she really enjoyed the sweet drink.

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Lychee and Mint Juice, $5.90

Overall a great meal and I will return again for more dumplings and wontons!

Rating:

I would rate my experience (out of 10):

  • Service- 7.5
  • Food- 9
  • Ambience- 8
  • Value – 8

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Kipling’s Garage Bar, Turramurra ($$)

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Atmosphere

Kipling’s is a bar which is located in a converted old 1950’s garage.  It has given locals a sophisticated and modern alternative to the local pubs and restaurants, and a more convenient option for drinks, compared to the city bars.

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The front of the bar, where the old Michelin tyre shop used to be

The interior at Kipling’s is a mix of the walls and roof of the original garage and the funky modern decor of a vintage-styled bar.

ClareBear and I loved the fireplace and comfy armchairs, which we thought would be a really nice spot to enjoy a coffee and read a book on a cold, rainy day.

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We also liked the look of the bar, with funky lights and an extensive range of wines on the back wall.

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Overall, the location, in the former Michelin garage, combined with the modern fit-out and funky touches give Kipling’s an exciting and fresh feel, a new life for an old building.

Service

Service at Kipling’s is what I would describe as rushed yet friendly.

All the wait staff were very polite and friendly when they stopped to help us, but getting their attention is an effort!

When we finally did get their attention, ClareBear ordered a Rose ($10.00 a glass) and I ordered a Hills Cider.

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Hills Cider, $7.00

Kipling’s is named after Rudyard Kipling who once said, “A man can never have too much red wine or too many books…”

To reflect this, the range of wines is varied so as to complement various items on the food menu, but the actual wine list is not very long, making it easier to choose (for those indecisive people like myself).

Food 

We were excited to try out the food menu and opted for a number of tapas-style plates to share.

First up, we ordered the Trio of Dips- hommus, taramasalata and blue cheese with nuts.

They dish was well-presented and came with some pepper crackers. There were plenty of dip and crackers to keep us nibbling throughout the evening.

The taramasalata was salty and slightly pink, the hommus was rich and creamy, and the blue cheese dip was sweet, with a drizzle of honey on top.

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Trio of Dips, $10.00

Next we ordered Chorizo and Jalapeno sliders.

ClareBear took the jalapenos out of hers before eating.

The sliders were very small, and I had expected to get at least three, which I think looks better when presented on a plate.

Tastewise, the chorizo was tasty but could have done with a nice chimmichurri or salsa, and the buns were a little hard.

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Chorizo and Jalapeno Sliders, $12.00

Next was the Salmon Pizza.  It was a cheese and garlic pizza base topped with some thin salmon slices, mascarpone cheese, beetroot and capers.

It was quite a small pizza and we gobbled it up in a few bites.

I wasn’t a fan of the salmon, which was a little too dry, and it felt as though it had been just added on top of a cheese pizza as an afterthought.

There was also an obvious lack of mascarpone.

Despite the above, the beetroot went well with the salmon, and I think if there was a little more beetroot and some mascarpone, the pizza might be a bit better.

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Salmon Pizza, $12.00

The Crispy Chicken Wings with Peri Mayonnaise was a bit disappointing.

I expected deep fried Southern-style chicken wings with a thick, KFC skin and a creamy peri mayo.  Instead what we got was dry pieces of chicken, with barely any battered coating and an oily peri peri mixture which did not resemble mayonnaise at all. It was a bit disappointing.

Despite that, the actual flavours on the chicken were alright. I think if the chicken was a little less salty and the mayo was creamier then it would be a nice dish to nibble on over a few drinks.

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Crispy Chicken Wings with Peri Mayonnaise, $12.00

For dessert we ordered a plate of macarons.

The macarons were tasty and were presented on a cute plate.  A nice and simple way to finish off a meal.

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Macaron plate, $10.00

Finally, the latte was served with a cute little biscuit on the side, a nice touch. It was well-made and well-presented.

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Latte, $3.50

Note: the menu has changed since I visited so, for a more updated menu see: http://kiplingsgaragebar.com.au/menu/ 

Rating:

I would rate my experience (out of 10):

  • Service- 6.5
  • Food- 6
  • Ambience- 7
  • Value – 6

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Address: 2 Eastern Road Turramurra NSW

Tel:  (02) 9440 4088

Website: http://kiplingsgaragebar.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KiplingsGarageBar

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Recipes: Sri Lankan Fish Pastries

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Thousands of Sri Lankans descended on the SCG on Sunday night, with no idea of what an amazing cricket game we were in for. The Aussies did fantastically to put up a score of 376 and Sri Lanka put on a great chase, staying ahead of Australia in runs and wickets up until the 43rd over. A nail-biter!

Sri Lankans love food and cricket. And when the cricket comes to the SCG, we love to bring our food to the cricket, to share around with family and friends! It’s just tradition. So I spent Saturday night preparing Sri Lankan rolls and pastries for the game!

Some of you might have seen my instagram pictures of the delicious pastries I had made to take to the cricket.  These slightly spicy little fish pastries are perfect for a quick bite or an afternoon snack and are pretty easy to make too!

I cheat a little by using puff pastry instead of making my own pastry, but it makes for a pretty light and flaky exterior, which I enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 3 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 medium sized brown onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tin tuna or mackarel
  • 4 medium sized potatoes, peeled, cubed and boiled until soft
  • 1/3 cup frozen peas
  • About 4-5 sheets of puff pastry
  • The leaves from 2 sticks of curry leaves
  • 1.5 Tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 Tsp turmeric
  • 1 Tsp curry powder
  • 2 Tsp chilli pieces
  • 1/2 Tsp cumin (bashed in a mortar and pestle)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

1. Remove any bones from the fish and put it in a bowl. Mash it up with a fork until it is nice and flakey.

2. Put oil in a medium sized pan and wait for it to heat up (on high heat).  Once hot, add curry leaves, diced onion and sliced garlic and cook until slightly browned.

3. Add cumin, chilli pieces, turmeric and mustard seeds and stir until they are all mixed in.

4. Add fish and stir until well combined. Break up boiled potato into small pieces, then add to the fish mixture and stir in.  Add green peas and mix.

5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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6. Take mixture off the stove and allow to cool a little, Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200C for about 10 minutes and take the puff pastry sheets out of the freezer to thaw slightly.

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7. Cut one puff pastry sheet into 9 squares (3 x 3).

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8. Put a teaspoon of the fish mixture on each square.

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9. Fold diagonally to form a triangle then press down edges to seal.

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10. Use a fork to press the edges down and create a pattern. This will also help the pastry stay sealed whilst cooking.

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12. Allow to cool a little and serve with sweet chilli or tomato sauce.

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Wagaya Sydney, Chinatown ($$)

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“Izakaya” is a Japanese word which refers to a casual drinking place where you can enjoy a drink served with food.

TW and I recently visited Wagaya, an Izakaya restaurant located in Chinatown, and reviewed some of the items on the extensive menu.

We visited Wagaya on a Tuesday night after work, heading down to Chinatown and stopping only to buy some delicious Emperor Puffs from the hole-in-the-wall Dixon Street shop!

The restaurant wasn’t very easy to find but we eventually located it, across the road from the Qantas Credit Union Arena, and around the corner from Paddy’s and Oporto.

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Atmosphere

Opened in 2011 and true to the style of many Japanese Izakaya restaurants, Wagaya has relaxed and modern atmosphere, with dark wooden features and mood lighting.

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The restaurant contains mainly booth-style seating for up to 6, and ipad screens from which one can order food and drink, or request service.

There is also a sushi train on one side of the restaurant.

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Food

I started off with a delicious grapefruit, pineapple and peach juice. It was super refreshing and I loved the tall glass and presentation.

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Our first dish was a half serve of the soft shell crab sushi roll.  The crab had a crunchy shell and soft interior and the rolls were dressed with a tangy, spiced sauce. The presentation was simple but colorful.

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We followed this with more sushi, which was topped with renkon (lotus root) chips and fish roe.

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Next were the yakitori chicken skewers. At $6.80 they were a little pricey for two small skewers, but they were very tasty. The skewers had a soy marinade, and the chicken was crispy on the outside and well-cooked through the inside.

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The seafood miso hot pot was next.

Out came a portable gas burner and a hot pot brimming with delicious sea food including fish, scallops, prawns, calamari and crab.

The seafood was extremely fresh (perhaps from Paddy’s Markets across the road?) and went well with the miso broth, which was delicious and comforting. We also enjoyed the noodles, mushrooms and carrots at the bottom of the dish which added some extra texture and flavour.

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I have only been to hot pot a handful of times but I must say I do enjoy it and TW and I had a bit of fun cooking our own seafood soup and watching the seafood gently turn from white to pink, and become more opaque.

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Some pork gyozas were a great way to finish off the savoury part of our meal. They were pan-friend to perfection- crunchy and golden but with a soft, perfectly cooked centre. Very flavoursome and a great portion size as well.

20150303_183334Finally, we ordered the “WA” assorted desserts, with green tea cheesecake, black sesame ice cream and a mochi and red bean cake.

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Mochi is a chewy marshmallow-like cake made of glutinous rice.  The cake was fun to play with, as we tried to cut off bits of it with the spoon (with great difficulty).  It was also quite tasty and had a slightly doughy, chewy texture. The red bean centre was sweet and a great filling for the soft cake, adding plenty of flavour.

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Although it is quite a shocking colour, TW and I both loved the delicious black sesame ice cream, with its coolness and sweet, nutty texture.

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Unfortunately the green tea cheesecake was not that great, although the presentation was quite nice. That said, I am not really a cheesecake fan so perhaps others might enjoy it!

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Overall, we had a super enjoyable time at Wagaya, we liked the atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious items on the menu. The best was the hot pot- great value at $14, and the gyoza, with its tasty filling.

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Address: 1/78 Harbour St, Haymarket NSW

Tel: (02) 9212 6068

Website: http://www.wagaya.com.au/

Opening Hours:

Open 7 days
Mon – Sat: 17:00 – Late
Sun: 17:00 – 22:00

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High Tea @ ABODE Bistro, Park Royal, Darling Harbour ($$)

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Reviewed by TW for TCFB.

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ABODE is a bistro and bar located in the Parkroyal Hotel at Darling Harbour, Sydney.

I visited with the TCFB not long ago when she last reviewed it, and this time around I visited with RW to review their new menu.

On both occasions I enjoyed the atmosphere and ambiance of the bistro/restaurant, which has a modern and fresh look and is casual yet elegant.

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The new menu was developed by ABODE Head Chef Ryan Hong and the famous entrepreneur/chef of Flying Fish fame, Peter Kuruvita.

Peter Kuruvita is someone we were really looking forward to meeting as he has a Sri Lankan background like us, and we enjoyed his TV show, “My Sri Lanka”.  We were lucky enough to be able to meet him at the event and found him to be very pleasant, friendly and down to earth.  I knew that Peter’s knowledge of seafood and spice, combined with Chef Hong’s knowledge of Asian flavours was going to be a hit!

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Food

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On arrival we were served a selection of Sri Lankan themed savouries/entrées, which had a mild touch of spice.

The Sri Lankan savoury rolls, one stuffed with sweet potatoes and the other with meat, were served by the waiters in bite-sized pieces and were a hit!

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These were accompanied by either a non-Alcoholic beverage of mini Peach iced tea bottles or a Moroccan mint tea & Hendrick’s Julep cocktail. Very refreshing.

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The guests were seated shortly after the canapes and cocktails, in groups of 2 to 4, each group sharing a three-tiered serving tray.

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The menu featured a mixture of asian and western dishes, featuring various tea-inspired items, which really complemented the high tea theme.

Lively lime and orange tea infused duck rillette pots served with parmesan crostiniThe duck rillette was a sort of oily, loose pate that was quite nice, served with the crostini’s which looked like deep-fried bread.

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Rosemary with peppermint tea infused slow cooked lamb shoulder pie with mashed pea – a miniature tart/pie base with lamb and topped with a pea mash. Was quite nice flavoured but was too small to be a pie, was more a petite vol au vent. Cute presentation!

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Earl grey poached chicken herb aioli – the chicken was quite moist and the sandwich was very delightful. Subtle earl grey taste in the chicken and tangy aioli.

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King prawn salad with lemon & dill aioli –  divine – my favourite of all the sandwiches. It had well-balanced flavours and tasty prawns which retained their bite and flavour.

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Crab and avocado salad. Ceylon dust in baby gen lettuce cups –  shredded crab with avocado served in a baby lettuce leaf. Very fresh and tasty, interesting presentation. 

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Finger rolls of extravagant l’artisan brie, smoked ham, dijon mustard and olive dust – the finger roll was quite tasteful and you could taste each of the elements: the smoked ham and mustard and the brie. Only negative -portion size was miniature, could have been a bit bigger.

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Dilmah’s Brilliant Breakfast and Supreme Ceylon tea were great with these savoury items. Very strong teas, so milk and sugar are a must!

 

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Mini apple mille feuille rose and French vanilla cream – this looked like a Baklava. It was tiered with filo pastry layered with apple and vanilla cream-  flaky pastry and sweet apple paste.

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White chocolate and spiced chai fudge – a dice-sized treat, spiced with cinnamon, cloves and cardamom, this while chocolate cube was super sweet!  Great for those with a sweet tooth!

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Bitter chocolate mousse pots sable and hazelnut crumb – out of the sweets, this was my favourite, Not too sweet, deliciously creamy, and the hazelnut crumbs on top were a delightI would have liked to have another one!

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ABODE opera cake – a layered chocolate and sponge moist cake. Quite nice, moist cake and light icing.

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The green tea, earl grey, jasmine and mint teas were great with the sweets and balanced the sugar in the sweets, but my favourite was the almond tea.

 

 

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The top tier of the tray had macarons – lemon, pistachio and almond – after the second tier of sweets the macarons seemed to be a bit of an over-indulgence, but they are a must when it comes to high tea!

TCFB says: #whatwouldzumbodo?

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To finish off we were served the individual Eton mess with blueberry and pomegranate jelly. A great portion, nice and fresh with the yummy berries and light cream.  A great way to finish off the tea.

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TW & RW dined courtesy of ABODE and the Park Royal.  All opinions are, however, our own.

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Address: Park Royal Hotel, 150 Day Street, Sydney NSW

Tel: (02) 9260 2945

Email: rsvp@abodebistro.com

Website: www.abodebistro.com 

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Burger Project, World Square Sydney ($) – Before & After

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Rockpool’s amazing Neil Perry opened up a burger joint a few months ago and I had heard mixed reviews about the food from some of my friends and fellow bloggers.  I had to check it out for myself and see if it was worth all the hype.

I ended up going back again another time as I had heard that things were a changin’ and the burgers were better at BP!

Atmosphere

The Burger Project is about 5 minutes away from my office and is located on level 1 of World Square shopping centre, near Din Tai Fung and The Cidery. It’s not a very large spot but still comfortably fits about 90-100 diners both indoors and out.

Featuring pastel colours and bright yellows, small, white tables and brown chairs, the restaurant has a very modern and streamlined look but lacks personality and is a little boring.  While I did enjoy the music on my second visit, there wasn’t much else that caught my eye.

Service

Minimal service involved: you order and pay at the registers, take a buzzer and pick up your food when it is ready.  No Rockpool fancy-scmancyness here.

Food

We had to line up for about ten minutes the first time we waited and disappointingly, it was not worth our time.  The food was also quite average and I didn’t think I would return.

However, the second time we visited (having heard that there had been changes to the burgers) we really enjoyed the food and decided we would definitely visit again.

The first time ’round I ordered the Spicy Chicken Burger and some Crispy Hot Wings.

The wings were pretty crunchy and quite spicy but they were very oily and (being wings) there wasn’t much meat on them. They also had little wing hairs on them which was quite unappealing.

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Crispy hot wing, $3.50

The Chicken Burger was also disappointing. The bun was too sweet, and too soft. The chicken had skin on it and the skin wasn’t even crispy.

The chilli factor consisted of a chilli smashed against one side of the bun which was neither flavoursome nor spicy.

The “coleslaw” was hard and contained chunky bits of cabbage which were too large for a burger and too bitter.

I was not a fan.

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Spicy Chicken Burger, $9.50

KiwiKompanion ordered the Cheese Burger. She said she quite enjoyed it although she thought the bun was a bit “fake” and the meat a little dry. KiwiKompanion also enjoys subway sandwiches…. make of that what you will.

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Cheese burger, $8.90

Unfortunately although we wanted to try the Chips that day they had sold out and so we had to go without.

On my next visit I decided to try the Classic Burger and Mandarin Soda.

The Classic burger was delicious. This time around the buns had changed and were much firmer and crisper. The meat was 36 month grass-fed Cape Grim beef-  juicy, perfectly cooked, moist and flavoursome. I loved the fresh veg and devoured the whole burger. Amazing.

The Mandarin Pop was also great – very refreshing and light- and an unusual flavour.

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Classic burger, $7.90 and Mandarin Soda, $4.50

I also shared a side of chips with KiwiKompanion and loved them – they were lovely and crunchy, thrice-cooked, well-salted and a generous serving.

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Chips, $4.90

Recap

Overall, my first visit was a disappointment but I was pleasantly surprised by the burgers and chips second time round. My next visit will be to try the pork burger and sundaes! YUM!

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Address: World Square, Level 1, 644 George St Sydney NSW

Website: http://burgerproject.com/

Opening hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm daily

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Five Rivers Cuisine, Darlinghurst ($$)

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Five Rivers is a North Indian restaurant on Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.  The name, “Five Rivers” symbolises the northern Indian state of Punjab, as “Punj” means five and “ab” means water; and there are five rivers that flow throughout Punjab.

While it has a great location, lively decor and scrumptious food, what makes Five Rivers special and exciting for me is the fact that it is owned by one of my work colleagues, Ash, and her husband, Ram.  This meant that I was able to have some insight into how a restaurant is set up; the considerations that go into design, IT, staffing and menus, including the ups and downs of finding suitable premises, hiring chefs and obtaining a liquor licence. The end result is a fantastic menu, some helpful and friendly staff, a super-talented chef and an excellent Indian fine dining experience.

Atmosphere

Five Rivers has warm red and pink walls, which give it a warm and exotic feel, and the fact that it is located on Oxford Street means it is close to other great spots including bars, cafes and dessert spots.

Service

Nik, one of the waiters at Five Rivers is a quiet but efficient worker. You wouldn’t even notice he was there, but he always knows you are – filling up your water, laying down napkins, clearing plates. He is a true professional!

Food

While I may be a little biased, I can honestly say that the food is fantastic. There is something to please everyone and I have never had a dish from here that I didn’t like!  We often pre-order our food and visit in our lunch break – the food is usually ready when we get there and we can be back at work within the hour!

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Super yummy samosas are crunchy on the outside and full of cumin and turmeric goodness on the inside- slightly spicy and very moreish. 20141113_202310

The naans are soft and great for soaking up the curry!

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The garlic naan is my favourite!

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The dosai with sides such as lentil soup, gravy, chutney or mint, is a fantastic way to try enjoy south indian food. It is beautifully presented and the portion size is very satisfying.

The tandoori chicken is another excellent starter, a generous serving too and great for those who don’t eat a lot of red meat.

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Saffron rice is colourful and fragrant, a great alternative to steamed rice.

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Lamb korma- a classic indian dish of lamb cooked in a mild cashew nut sauce and flavoured with garam masala.

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Five Rivers’ butter chicken is one of the best I have had. It is very rich and smooth and has a lovely sweet and nutty taste.

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Rogan josh was a winner with MC- spicy and chunky sauce made of tomato with spices.

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For vegetarians, you can’t go past a good dhal!

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And spice lovers will enjoy the hotttttt vindaloo!

Recap

This is one of the yummiest places to enjoy Indian food. Although the normal menu can be a little expensive for work lunches, there is a special lunch menu available too for those looking for a quick/inexpensive feed.  Also a great place for events and birthdays- you can call the restaurant to reserve a table.

Rating:

I would rate my experience (out of 10):

  • Service- 8
  • Food- 9
  • Ambience- 6.5 (it wasn’t a busy/particularly exciting night when we were there)
  • Value – 7.5

TCFB dined courtesy of Five Rivers. All opinions are, however, our own.

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Address: 147 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW

Tel: (02) 9368 0345

Website: http://www.fiveriverscuisine.com.au/

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Whitewater Restaurant, Manly ($$$)

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On Sunday last week, MC and I visited Whitewater Restaurant in Manly with a bunch of other food bloggers including Excuse Me Waiter, Food Diary By CK, Nessy Eater, Mademoiselle in Sydney and The Kawaii KitchenIMG_0718

Whitewater is located opposite the beach and has a stunning view of the water. It’s super convenient to get to although you should plan to get there early to find parking on sunny days like the one that we visited on!IMG_0623

Atmosphere

Whitewater has a very bright and modern interior with white ceilings and a wooden roof, exposed brick walls and beautiful beach-style accents such as shells and nets. It has a fresh and inviting look and it’s sleek design suits the Modern Australian menu and beachside location.

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There is a large bar on one end and a pretty decent cocktail list to go with it!IMG_0630

The restaurant also has a great private dining area for larger groups, with its own air conditioning unit, a TV and a separate bar counter.

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Cool giant crab shell!

Overall, I thought the restaurant was very tastefully decorated and had a great modern look.

Service

The staff were very attentive and always made sure our water glasses were full and our plates were cleared when we were finished.  They checked if we wanted another drink and asked how our meals were.

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All our dishes came out on in good time without any errors or issues at all. A fuss -free dining experience!

Drinks

As it was a very hot day I decided to go for the Coco-Mango Daiquiri.

The Daiquiri featured Havana Club white rum, Malibu, mango liqueur, mango puree and lime juice. It was quite sweet (the way I like it) and had a good amount of alcohol in it- enough that you could taste it without being too overpowering. It was also icy and cold, so great for summer!

Others ordered Somersby ciders, Pimms & lemonade and a Kryptonite, a very green Wicked-like cocktail which I hear was quite strong!

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Food

Entree

For entrees we shared a number of dishes with those sitting nearest to us. We started with the Summer Corn with chilli, lime and truffle parmesan. The corn was charred and delicious, with a very smoky taste and sweet, juicy kernels.  It could have done with a little more parmesan (I love my cheese) but otherwise, very tasty.

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Summer corn, $6.95

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Next was the squid. It was described on the menu as “Five Spiced squid served with Asian fried noodles, chives, baby radish, shallots, fried chilli with a lemon and lime aioli” and sounded too good to resist!

We loved the crunch of the squid and the EXTRA crunch of the fried noodles. The chilli spice made the dish and I enjoyed the tangy aioli and sweet soy.

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Squid, $18.95

We then feasted on the fresh witlof salad with avocado, mango, feta and crumb dressed with a citrus vinaigrette.

The avocado was soft and creamy and the mango was chilled; combined with the crunchy witlof (eaten like san choy bow) and the tangy feta, it was a match made in heaven. The balsamic and crumb finish off the dish adding sweetness and a slightly buttery taste.

One of my favourite salads- ever! (BIG CALL I KNOW)

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Witlof salad, $14.95

Mains

Mains were also a treat. We enjoyed a number of dishes, again shared so we could taste a bit of everything.

The Whitewater homemade fettucini marinara (fish, octopus, prawns, calamari) with napolitana sauce was a favourite of mine. It was full of seafood flavour and rich tomatoes. There was a lot of seafood as well- prawns, calamari, fish; and juicy cherry tomatoes.

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Seafood marinara, $27.95

The saffron infused chicken risotto was our next choice. Risotto is difficult to get right but this one was pretty good. I enjoyed the creaminess of the risotto, the delicious saffron and the chunky chicken and peas. The dish was also quite a generous serving, and even between four we couldn’t finish it off!

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Risotto, $23.95

Some of the others ordered the crumbed Lamb loin with olive and pistachio crust truffle mash and a lamb jus. The dish was beautifully presented and looked super appetising. Great for lamb lovers or meat eaters in general. IMG_0672

Lamb, $27.95

You cannot come to Manly, or any beach town for that matter, and not eat seafood.

The seafood plate featured freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters, king prawns, tuna tataki, marinated octopus, smoked salmon and prawn cocktail, served with lemon wedges.

MC and I expected a hot and cold seafood plate or a basket so we were a little surprised when this one came out. However at $44 it is pretty good value for seafood and has a lot of variety!

Nonetheless, the seafood was very fresh and we enjoyed everything on the plate (except I didn’t have octopus- yuck!).  The tuna tataki was something I hadn’t tried before and I learnt that it consists of soy-infused tuna, sprinkled with sesame seeds- it had a smoky taste and was quite salty- very unusual!

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Seafood plate, $43.95

Finally, I tried some of the 40 degree ocean trout with watercress salad and a horseradish mayo. The trout was quite rare, very flaky and pink on the centre. It was a little fishy but I think that added to the flavour.

I enjoyed the addition of red grapes in the salad, along with the cherry tomatoes, avocado and rocket.

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40 degree trout, $26.95

Dessert

I started with an affogato – a shot of coffee poured over vanilla ice cream. Very strong coffee – great for those who like the bitterness, although I would have liked a little less coffee or more ice cream :)

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Plain affogato, $8

For dessert, I couldn’t go past the chocolate ganache, with salted caramel sauce, chocolate spiral and mango and carrot sorbet.

The ganache was super sweet – the stuff my sweetest dreams are made of. It was great with the bitter chocolate on top, the crunchy nougat-like pieces in the base and the salty caramel sauce. I liked the freshness of the mango sorbet, although I didn’t really notice the carrot in it.

A fantastic dish- would definitely recommend and I will be dreaming about this for the rest of the week!

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Ganache, $17

MC ordered a tropical dish featuring a chocolate biscuit base, mango sorbet, mousse centre and a creamy dollop of ice cream, dressed with passionfruit and strawberries. Very summery and not too heavy for those who don’t want as much chocolate as the ganache! IMG_0700 IMG_0701

Tropical dessert, $17

The lemon tart sable brereton with lemon financiere and italian meringue was a pretty light and fresh dish. The dish was nicely presented and was very bright and tempting. The lemon was pretty sour (read: perfect), the meringues crunchy. The base was soft and sweet and altogether the dish was very enjoyable.

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Lemon tart, $17

Yvonne from Excuse Me Waiter ordered the creme brulee and we were all shocked by the size of the dish.  You can’t really tell in this photo but the creme brulee was HUGE! There was also a giant strawberry and a long piece of shortbread on top- great value.

The creme brulee had a nice crunchy top and a creamy, silky custard interior. YUM YUM YUM.

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Creme Brulee, $17

As a special surprise, we were given a yummy tasting plate full of various goodies including macarons, the lemon tart and brownies.

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Awesome way to end the meal.

Recap

Great, friendly staff, modern atmosphere, yummy food. Great place for birthdays and events- take advantage of their private function room and great cocktails!

Afterwards we headed to the beach for a nice walk to work off those calories!

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Rating:

I would rate my experience (out of 10):

  • Service- 7.75
  • Food- 7.5
  • Ambience- 7
  • Value – 7

TCFB & MC dined courtesy of Whitewater Restaurant and The Platinum Group. All opinions are, however, our own.

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Address: 35 South Steyne, Manly NSW

Tel: (02) 9977 0322

Website: http://www.whitewaterrestaurant.com.au/

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