Thursday, February 28, 2013

Prime @ GPO

For Valentines the boyfriend tried to surprise me by taking me to Prime on the Saturday. Haha but of course he failed.. surprises for us don't really happen as we get too excited and we can't keep it a secret from each other.

It was a bit hard for us to find the entrance which I find quite funny! The restaurant is underground and opposite their entrance there holds a nightlife of restaurants which has so many colourful lights!

And here is what we ate...

Bread & Olives

Sydney Rock Oysters served with ecshallot vinegar and apple sorbet

Omg this was so good! The apple sorbet surprised us..we tend to order things without reading it properly. It was such a nice flavour. Towards the end we had some left and ate it like dessert!

Full blood Wagyu, Marble Score 9+
Fillet (180g), 600 Days grain fed, Alexandra, VIC

The boy had this, it was ridiculously soft and tender! All steaks are served with spinach and mushroom, which I felt they could have jazzed it up more. Felt like it was too dull to go with this extravagant piece of Wagyu.

Full blood Wagyu, Marble Score 9+
Scotch (200g), 600 Days grain fed, Alexandra, VIC

This was mine. As you can tell mine is a lot wider and flatter. I didn't mind it but the boys Wagyu was much better. I felt like it was a bit chewy still. Better than the average steak at the pub/bistro but not as good for fine dining. I was totally stuffed though and he had to help me eat it. Definitely get the fillet instead of this.

House cut French Fries with Rosemary Sea Salt and Lime Aioli

This was disappointing. My boyfriend is a total chip fanatic. You might ask how that can be.. if you asked him to choose one thing he could eat everyday for the rest of his life it would be chips, Red Lea chips from Cabramatta to be specific. 
This did not taste handmade, in fact I would say it tasted stale, old, and boring. We were expecting alot more... 

Chocolate Souffle served with a Creme Anglaise and Yoghurt Ice Cream

Omg the boyfriend and I were fighting over the Yoghurt ice cream! It was so good, ten times better than those frozen yoghurt stores eg. Moochi, Noggi. 
The chocolate souffle oozed in your mouth..omg orgasm. This is a must get!

Overall, the ambiance was very comforting and pleasant. The waitresses are so funny and helpful! One of them helped choose a good wine, and it was so good we took the name of the bottle so we could purchase it ourselves. Can't really fault much here except me choosing the wrong steak perhaps?

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Nobu @ Crown Casino

On Feb 9th, for the weekend two girls and I went to Melbourne, so I thought i'll make the most of it and do some fine dining!

Our booking was at 6pm and the place is located within the Crown Casino which was decorated amazingly since it was the Chinese New Year.

When we first entered and walked down the stairs we were greeted with all the waitresses saying 'Hello' in Japanese which stunned me, but was a nice welcoming!

Before going in the restaurant I had done my research and knew exactly what I wanted to order and tried out some different things as well.

I read a few reviews saying the service was quite slow when busy.. and I found that is true. We were seated for a while and we had to ask for the menu... which was a bit disappointing.

We were all so hungry so everything was taking extra long!

Yellowtail Sashimi with JalapeƱo

This was so fresh and yummy! Loved every single bite.. Really wanted more! 

Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna

MUST ORDER! The rice was so crisp and the tuna went so well with it. 

Beef Tataki with Ponzu and Garlic Chips

Another delicious dish.. not many faults on this night! The beef was soft and juicy with the sauce.

Black Cod Miso
This dish came out with rice, and thank god it did. I found this really flavoursome that it needed the rice to balance it out. The two other girls enjoyed it on its own.

Seafood Ceviche
I've never had this before. One of the girls was saying how nice this is as usually this dish doesn't come with a combination of seafood at other restaurants, and if it did it was quite expensive, so I was happy with this dish! From what I remember there was scallop, king fish, prawn, and squid?

King Crab Tempura Amazu Ponzu
 This was actually ordered incorrectly but I'm glad it happened! It was sooo good! Soft on the inside and on the outside it was nice and crisp! I think the sauce should have been separate from the crab though as towards the bottom it made it soggy :(
Beef Tenderloin

Served with choice of Teriyaki, Anti-Cucho, Wasabi Pepper Sauce)
We got this with the Wasabi sauce! Loved how there was peppercorns in it, gave it an extra crunch and spicy taste.
Prawns with Spicy Garlic Sauce

Much better than your average garlic prawn. They're really good at making dishes crunchy here! Very flavoursome and a good amount of garlic sauce.
Soft Shell Crab Roll

By this time we were so stuffed! This was better than the average sushi roll, but I was so full I could not remember anything special about it.. really just wanted this out of the way for dessert :)

Dessert tasting platter 
From what I can remember.. It was apple gelato, coffee something (in the white cup), raspberry something.. and the puff pastry had gooey chocolate ! Which was absoultely divine. 

I am very sorry about the poor description as it was a few weeks ago, but everything on that plate was amazeballs. 

For three girls we sure ate alot! The bill came to around $3XX. Which I found reasonable and every dish was good. 

I would definitely come back here.

 I would say the food here is similiar to Sokyo, and on their menu you can find all these dishes as well. So next time I go Sokyo I might order the same things and do a review comparing the restaurants. 

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Chi Chi in Canley Vale

I went here a while ago and was very disappointed with the service, food, price EVERYTHING!

I didn't take any pictures as there was so many things happening all at once and it just wasn't worthy of any.

So our friends had started without us as we we're a bit late, so when we arrived we just ordered some additional meals. The decor in the place is fabulous and it looks like a restaurant in Surry Hills, not Canley Vale.  It was a VERY hot summers day, around 30+ and the whole place is running off a small portable air con which barely does anything. I feel that if your going to open a restaurant in that sort of heat, you need to have air con on. For such a pretty place, which you can tell they put a lot of effort into making look different and unique, couldn't they run air con?

Our waiter was Australian and was helping us order some dishes. He was of no help though, we asked him to recommend us something, but he just said everything was nice and left us with nothing but to choose blindly ourselves.

For the people you are trying to cater in Canley, you either need to have a simple menu, so that when the more traditional elders come in they know what your serving or have waitresses/waiters able to explain it in another language. The customers aren't scared of trying something different, but you have to be able to explain it well and make it sound enticing.

I do applaud them in having the guts to open a restaurant like this in a Vietnamese Community. The menu is very different from what you get to the traditional Vietnamese Restaurant, but I felt like it was too different that I didn't even know what dish had what in it, or what they were trying to portray.

We had many miscommunications with our waiter due to the fact that he wouldn't listen to our orders/ directions when told something, and when he was incorrect and came out with the wrong dishes, he would try and say it was our fault as one person said this and the other said that. You must not ever tell customers that it is THEIR fault for getting a order wrong, fair enough maybe if there was ONE miscommunication but on this occasion there was probably 4 occasions where there was a wrong order.  I felt like the waiter had a big ego and didn't want to ever accept that he was in the wrong. The tone he was speaking in wasn't helping either. Due to this my partner had gotten very frustrated, impatient and angry that he simply had to walk out for a breather.

The owner who came out after noticing that we had a few problems was very nice. She was courteous, and just took responsibility that there was a mix up with the orders, and happy to give it to us for free. We could have avoided this all if our waiter simply just said "Sorry for the mix up, I'll be happy to fix it up for you immediately", instead we got the blame game from him.

The dishes that came out tasted like the normal traditional Vietnamese food but presented more fancy. I don't remember exactly how much the bill was altogether but I remember everyone talking about how ridiculously expensive it was for such simple meals that we ordered. With how much we paid there we could have used that money and gone to eat a seafood banquet for just as much.

I often walk past there and it never seems to be packed, and they seem to be only targeting younger people around 20-25 at the moment as the elders seem uninterested or probably have heard/seen how expensive it is.

I honestly think that they should hire more Vietnamese speaking staff (since it is a Vietnamese community), lower their prices, turn on their air con, and review their menu as well.

I do hope that they do make a few changes to fit a more broader range of people. For such a different and unique restaurant I do hope it matures and it may even turn into the next Ms G's.

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Last night was our Two Year Anniversary and the boy took me out to Sepia !

Parking is very close to the restaurant, there's probably around 2-3 car parks on that road so you don't have to worry about spending a few minutes going around in circles.

When we got to the restaurant we were greeted by a lovely waitress and we were seated right where the mirrored wall was. It's a very peaceful environment, as it should be and some jazz music playing in the background.

We decided to get the 10 course (inc oysters) degustation which is $160 p/p to get a full feel of their menu.

First off the oysters... which is optional, but it is a must as it starts the menu off really well!

The oysters were very fresh and the vinaigrette gave it a very subtle zing which allowed you to taste the freshness from the oysters still which I find is very important.

 Amuse bouche 

This was very different! It was a cherry tomato in some sort of broth and diced bamboo shoots. I found it very refreshing and the tomato was so sweet and juicy. The bamboo definitely gave a crunch to it!

“Sushi nigiri”
Sashimi Tuna, seared smoked ocean trout, poached banana prawn

YUM is the word for this. The sashimi was so fresh and the smoked flavour throughout all three was so pleasant. It was very flavoursome! Wish there was more :)

 Butter poached Port Lincoln squid, barley miso cured egg yolk, lemon, wild woodland sorrel

I have never eaten squid like this before and I wish every time I ate it, it tasted like this! It was so soft and silky and had a subtle butter taste to it. A very clean and simple dish.

New Zealand scampi cooked over Japanese charcoal, sudachi lime, shellfish mousse, Japanese land seaweed

Now this was packed full of flavour and texture. The shellfish mousse was so silky and tasted so yum, fresh, flavoursome, it dances off your tongue! The shellfish definitely gave a hit to the scampi which is perfectly cooked. Together they are a perfect match.  

Charcoal smoked freshwater eel, yuzu curd, toasted almonds, tapioca, licorice, watercress and nasturtium

I had to put that in BOLD. This was the best dish! I have never eaten eel so soft and I've had eel before but I always got this ocean after taste from it. But after eating this it has totally changed my mind about it. The charcoal smoked flavour is so pleasant to the mouth. The boy also said this was his favourite of the night. A must have !!

S. A. Lamb, goat cheese and sake kuzu dumplings, fennel cream, black olive, miso vinaigrette, fennel molasses

This dish was probably the least liked.  The lamb was definitely succulent, juicy and perfectly cooked, but the goat cheese and sake kuzu dumpling didn't go with my taste buds at all. I felt the whole dish was everywhere and there was too many different textures that didn't go well together for me. 

Seared rolled David Blackmore wagyu beef, chestnut mushroom, roasted red onion juice, wasabi
fried potato and kombu crumb, citrus soy

I didn't mind this, Wagyu was good but I felt like the fried potato and kombu crumb took over the whole dish, all I could taste was that, but that might just be me as the boy thoroughly enjoyed this dish

Pre dessert

This had raspberry sorbet, meringue, and lemon curd in the middle. It was very nice and refreshing, not too sweet at all.  

“Summer chocolate forest”
Soft chocolate, hazelnut and almond praline, rose geranium cream, sour cherry sorbet, blueberry jellies
green tea, licorice, chocolate twigs, crystallised fennel fronds

This was such a disappointment. I heard so many reviews raving about how good this way. Too me it was just so bland with different chocolates put together. It had a good texture but was so dull.. the Sorbet was ok... but I felt like it needed more to make it "WOW"

Petit Fours 
By this time we were so full! This was ok nothing special just tasted like ordinary chocolate, orange, white chocolate and green tea? chocolate...

Oolong Tea

This is so good had a milky taste to it which was crisp.. I needed this so much as it was FREEZING inside there. You should probably bring a cardigan in there as I was actually getting goosebumps.
Overall it was a good night! There was more good and memorable dishes than bad so it's definitely a must go. You would need to give yourself atleast 3 hours for the full degustation. The food comes out very quick (compared to my experience at Tetsuya which I was there for 5 long HOURS)
I would definitely go back and recommendd this place to friends and family for any special occasions.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Jamie Oliver's Australian Kitchen on Pitt Street

After work myself and two girls went to Jamie Oliver's Kitchen for our early Xmas dinner. Days before our dinner we did look up to see if we needed to make a booking. On the site it says no bookings unless you come in a group of more than 6. Since we we're going straight from work we managed to walk there, located at 107 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 (located near Wynyard station) and made it by 4:30ish.

When we first got there we were probably one of the first customers. Inside it feels like your in an episode of Jamie Oliver's Kitchen. It's very industrial, architectural, open and has two levels. From pictures the place looks pretty small but it looks like it would cater for a substantial amount of people.

The service was impeccable as soon as we got there. Our waitress was very lovely, had a pleasant smile and was very attentive. Between the three of us we ordered three mains, two sides and two desserts!

Pictures below:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

BellaBox November

This months box I received two days ago! I must say BellaBox has let me down once again. This is the second box I have received, and the previous one wasn't that great, a little better than this months though.

I received lots of creams and ONE makeup item. Mind you the glitter eyeliner by Bloom isn't that great either. When I first joined, I was expecting to get some good brands, brands I would have atleast heard of. Here you see Bioderma, Swisse, Palmolive, Skinmiso, John Plunkett and 4me. Honestly, I don't think I'll be using the creams.

I'm excited to use the new Palmolive strawberry smoothie body wash as it smells amazing! I have tried the mango one already and it's divine... I feel like I could eat it!

The Bioderm Crealine H2O Cleansing water is also another product I would like to try. It's meant to be really good at removing every trace of makeup (even waterproof mascara) so this will go in my makeup bag to go.

There was also meant to be a bonus item which is a Moustache Necklace, but it says you have to purchase something in the BB online store during November and then they'll send it for free? That is not a bonus product..

I have already cancelled my subscription with LustHaveIt, and honestly I am only holding on to BellaBox as I have so much hope that my next one will be better! If not.. I may have to also look at cancellation.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

LustHaveIt November

There are many beauty box subscriptions out there and only recently I subscribed to LustHaveIt and BellaBox. The both I have/will receive my second box and I must admit I have mixed feelings about the boxes.

LustHaveIt is $14.95 p/m, which can be debited from an account every month or you can choose to pay a 6 months subscription or an annual subscription outright. I chose the month to month one as I wanted to be able to cancel if I wasn't happy after a few months. The only downside is that I have to give 30 days notice of cancellation, which I feel is annoying. I feel that in this day in age it should be as easy as a click as a button to unsubscribe or cancel.

I have seen a lot of mixed reviews for LustHaveIt and I am not too impressed with it.. My box last month was terrible. I got all creams and not one piece of makeup. The items were brands I have never heard of. I felt like they just got any cheap items and chucked it in a box.

This month I'm a little happier. It came in a nice blue makeup, unlike the previous one, which was just a flimsy pink tie up bag. I received 5 items this month. One full size makeup item and the rest samples.

I am expecting my Bella Box soon too, so once I receive it I will also do a review.