Thursday, August 30, 2012

Noggi: Strathfield (25 August 2012)

So I know I've posted about Noggi already, but just had to put these pretty photos up!

That's right! Two gobsmackingly huge bowls of froyo with toppings... perfect ending or start of any weekend :) 

Previous visits: 
15 June 2012: Strathfield
31 May 2012: Macquarie

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Grill'd Burgers: Crows Nest (25 August 2012)

The weather's heating up and I can finally feel Spring coming around the corner. To celebrate the lovely weather over the weekend, M and I went to Grill'd for some of their mouthwatering grilled beef burgers and their new cider slushies!

Woo slushy time!

Raspberry cider slushy
Mmm I love ciders and I love slushies so I was stoked to find out that Grill'd had started to sell cider slushies. Although they were quite pricey for the small size, it was refreshingly delicious and summery, with hints of raspberries and lime throughout the yummy icy concoction. 

The Almighty
Grilled grass fed lean beef mince patty topped with tasty cheese, crispy bacon, a fried free range egg, slices of juicy beetroot with salad, relish & herbed mayo. A consistent winner that has always been juicy and filling. 

Summer Sunset
Another grilled grass fed lean beef mince patty, but unlike the Almighty it's topped with avocado mash, crispy trim bacon, a sweet and juicy golden pineapple slice, salad, relish & herbed mayo. The golden pineapple slice really topped the burger off for me, and transported me to some Summery heaven when I had it with the cider slushy.  

Hot Chips
 Thick-cut chips fried crispy and topped with a herb mix. 

57 Willoughby Rd
Crows Nest NSW 2065
02 9436 0699
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Monday, August 27, 2012

Tokio Fans: Norwest (22 August 2012)

Located in Norwest business park, near the man-made lake, Tokio Fans has long been a family favourite for Japanese food around the Hills area. Not only is the dishes consistently well-made, the service has always been friendly and relatively efficient. 

Softshell crab roll
To start off with, we ordered the special softshell crab roll which is made fresh to order, with the softshell crab still being slightly warm and extra crunchy within the layer of rice. 

Hand-made gyozas are again delicious, and is crunchy on the base and top without being burnt. The insides are generously filled out, and are bursting with flavour. 

Beef Sukiyaki hotpot
The hotpots are always fun to order since you get to have a semi-cook-yourself experience, but today the beef sukiyaki broth was a little overly sweet.

Raw egg for beef sukiyaki hotpot

Beef sukiyaki hotpot

Chicken katsu 
Moist and tender pieces of chicken is battered and crumbed, before being deep fried to a golden perfection (though you probably can't tell with the terribly purplish quality of photos I took). 

All in all, it was another lovely meal at Tokio Fans. We really should explore more of the menu, and hopefully next time I'll remember to have the camera on the right settings :) Apologies for the purplish photos I took this time round :(

Tokio Fans 
Suite G04 Building 8 
Norwest Central Century Circuit
Baulkham Hills NSW 2153
02 9899 3866
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Ayam Goreng 99: Kingston (15 August 2012)

Serving up cheap and tasty Indonesian dishes, Ayam Goreng can quickly transport their diners to Jakarta with the range of hawker style dishes. There seems to always be a line to get in, but the turnover is quick. Once in, you write your orders down on a piece of paper, and the dishes often start turning up within minutes. 

 Kwetiauw Goreng ($9.50)
The first dish tonight to get delivered is the stir-fried thick rice noodles with eggs, meats and vegetables. It's really delicious with a slight charcoaled taste in the noodles and meat, and there's a generous spread of scrambled egg pieces throughout the noodles.

Ayam Bakar ($6)
The dish that everyone must try is their chicken! Whether it's the deep fried ones or the charcoal grilled pieces, it's always been consistently good. Today we opted for the charcoal Grilled Marinated Chicken thigh pieces, which is perfectly charred on the outside, with tender marinated chicken meat on the inside.

Cah Kangkung ($9)
Stir-fried Onchoy with Belacan, chilli, garlic and onions

Sate Ayam & lontong ($10)
5 chicken satay sticks served with rice cakes, smothered in a sweet brown hoisin sauce and a rich peanut satay sauce. The chicken pieces are perfectly charred and slightly crispy, which is complemented by the deliciously addictive sauces and the chewy rice cakes.

Es Teler ($5)
A perfect sweet finish to the meal - Mixed fruits and jellies are topped with a mountain of shaved ice topped with sweet syrups and coconut milk.

Ayam Goreng 99 menu

Ayam Goreng 99
464 Anzac Parade 
Kingsford NSW 2032
02 9697 0030
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Pho Phu Quoc: Dickson ACT (19 August 2012)

En route back from the snows, M and I were starving and couldn't hold out until Sydney for a meal, so we decided to follow our Canberra friend's advice and try out Pho Phu Quoc. We were glad we did! Simple, unpretentious and reasonably priced Vietnamese dishes are served up at Pho Phu Quoc located in Dickson at Canberra. 

Complimentary prawn crackers
 To start things off, we were handed a complimentary bowl of prawn crackers, which was a nice touch since I can't remember the last restaurant we went to that offered the prawn crackers now. 

Combination Pho
 M ordered the combination pho which was a mixture of beef slices and balls. Although it was leaning towards the smaller portioned size by Sydney standards, it was still very tasty and warming, and had a lovely rich beef broth. 

Condiments for the pho

Stir fried beef vermicelli salad
An incredibly tasty stir-fry of beef and onion slices with a hint of lemongrass flavour tops a bowl full of shredded vegetables and plain vermicelli. The flavours of the beef and onion stir fry seeps throughout the rest of the ingredients so well that I did not have to even pour the sauce that came with the dish through it. 

Pho Phu Quoc
6 Cape St
Dickson ACT 2602
02 6249 6662
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Friday, August 24, 2012

Reuben Hills: Surry Hills (15 August 2012)

Reuben Hills had me at salted caramel milkshake. But then to offer dishes like doggs breakfast (ice cream sandwich with salted caramel), brioches and choc chilli shakes? I knew I had to visit it eventually, and we found the perfect excuse in the form of celebrating K's birthday. 

Flat white ($4)

Strawberry and white choc milkshake and salted caramel ($7)
 Soooo incredibly rich and frothy, the salted caramel milkshake was a flavour explosion in every mouthful. It also comes in a large traditional milkshake cup, so be sure to consider sharing since it's quite a big task to finish for one person.
Tradesmans brioche - eggs, jamon, avo & relish ($13)

Baked corn tortillas, queso, beans & chorizo grits ($15)
A small mountainload of corn tortillas was topped with black beans, spicy chorizo pieces, tomato salsa and melted cheese. Having been baked in the oven, the cheese was evenly distributed amongst the tortilla chips, and offered a good side dish to offset some of the sweetness and richness of the salted caramel milkshake. 

We arrived around 11.30 on a Wednesday and were seated straight away. 

Reuben Hills
61 Albion St
Surry Hills NSW 2010
02 9211 5556

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Sakana-Ya: Crows Nest (11 August 2012)

Sakana-Ya is a traditional Japanese restaurant located along the busy Pacific Hwy in Crows Nest. Meaning "fish shop" in Japanese, it's only fair to expect the restaurant to specialise in seafood dishes, so M and I decided to both order a fish dish for lunch. The fish lunch sets comes with the fish dish you order, a side salad, miso soup and boiled rice. The prices range from around $15-35, which is significantly more than Ju-rin located just a few shops up the street. 

Kingfish belly
 Steamed in a subtly sweet soya sauce, the kingfish belly was delicious! The fattiness of the kingfish belly helped let the meat stay tender through the cooking process, and the subtlety of the sauce allowed the natural fatty flavours of the kingfish belly to come through. 

Simple leaf salad topped with corn kernels with a sweet citrusy sauce

Teriyaki salmon
 Unfortunately we both found the teriyaki salmon too dry and lacking in flavour. 

336 Pacific Hwy
Crows Nest NSW 2065
02 9438 1468
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