Monthly Archives: October 2013

Casa Del Amici - Supremo Pizza

Casa Del Amici – 29 Oct 2013

One is always going to compare restaurants and if I compared Cafe Nocello to Casa Del Amici, Cafe Nocello wins hands down across all dishes which I’ve eaten at both restaurants. Having said that, Casa Del Amici isn’t horrible by any stretch but I believe if you want Italian food in a relaxed environment, then Cafe Nocello is a more worthy choice. Casa Del Amici presents a warm friendly atmosphere and I liked the fried bocconcini balls and the chilli jam to start off with. The pink snapper fish limoncello was cooked perfectly, soft, tender and moist but I would have loved some more of that delicious butter sauce, and please, please add dressing to a salad because it is very dry and tasteless and gives salad a bad wrap. The tortellini was delicious but a little dry at times but the odd portions of pancetta infused fat added some lovely flavours to the dish. The pizza was a little disappointing to my mind. The base and flavour of the pizza was lacking compared to what a pizza can deliver. The small taste of tiramisu was excellent but the profiteroles were too firm and crunchy instead of being soft and moist. The light custard and gooey warm chocolate sauce only just saved the dish. It’s a lovely venue, obviously very popular, just a few small tweaks and the quality of the food can rise to a level worthy of honouring Italian cuisine in all it’s greatness. They’re not too far off the mark.

Thousand Spices - Butter Chicken & Yellow Rice

Thousand Spices Indian Restaurant – 26 Oct 2013

The flavour profile of Thousand Spices Indian Restaurant is very different to any Indian restaurant I’ve eaten at. I’d say the food takes a south Indian / Sri Lankan origin so it was interesting to experience something different. The portions are generous with lots of protein and curry. The curries are tasty and carry great flavours. I really loved the lamb palek gosht which had a lovely blend of spices mixed in with tender lamb and spinach. This is a solid restaurant serving tasty curries at excellent prices. The locals obviously love it as the restaurant was packed out and there was a constant stream of customers collecting their takeaway orders. The restaurant is also featured in the Entertainment Book with a coupon for 25% off the bill up to $20.

NYC Pizza - Broadway Vegetarian

NYC Pizza – 25 Oct 2013

Like the pizzas I ate in America, NYC Pizza is an excellent representation – big, bold, generous in size and flavour. You will notice the names of each pizza variety take their name from New York City – Brooklyn, Broadway, Soho, Union Square, Central Park, Manhattan, Grand Central, Wall Street etc – it’s a who’s who of typical places in New York, many of which I visited. The combination of ingredients are a little adventurous as I have never seen pumpkin on a pizza but they pulled it off with supreme confidence pairing it up with feta and semi dried tomatoes in the Broadway Vegetarian variety. The Bronx BBQ Chicken and Bacon is typically American with the distinctive taste of BBQ sauce pairing well with chunks of flavoured chicken and salty bacon. So delicious, the huge slices, thin crispy base, flavour combinations, and lunch time specials make it all the more appealing to come down and enjoy pizza by the slice for lunch. They also do catering so if you like their pizzas, then grab them whole. They also sell breakfast and what is typically New York? Bagels.

The Cutting Board Eat House - New York Cheeseburger

The Cutting Board Eathouse – 14 Oct 13

After my first visit I had to come back to try the New York double pattie cheeseburger and it didn’t disappoint. Perfectly cooked beef patties, well seasoned, great flavour and I love the cheddar slices. The burger holds well together and is not messy but just tasty. I love the bun and the mayo was lovely. I’m really enjoying the menu offerings and have to come back for some more delicious dishes served by friendly people in a lovely setting. To boot, the menu offerings are reasonably priced and offer excellent value.

Blackbird - Caramelised Pear

Blackbird – 10 Oct 2013

I really enjoyed my dining experience at Blackbird. The service was warm and friendly, constantly topping up our glasses of water, and the kitchen was quick and efficient in delivering our meals at the perfect pace. The portion sizes are on the generous side and well worth the money given the quality of the dishes. Despite having a 50% discount off the food bill, I thought the dishes were easily value for money at normal prices. The European dishes were something different to what I’ve eaten and I really enjoyed the flavour combinations starting the the caramelised pear salad with those lovely blue cheese filled beignets and the mains of confit chicken with stuffing was super tender. The Israeli cous cous was something very different and was really enjoyable. I was fortunate to get a taste of the other dishes and the quality and flavours were consistent and well executed.

The Cutting Board - Pulled Pork, Gravy & Chips

The Cutting Board Eathouse – 8 Oct 13

I was really happy to try the slow cooked pulled pork roll, a reminder of my recent travels to the US. This roll was excellent but the only thing missing was the flavour. I had a few versions of pulled pork on my travels around the US and it either carries a very smoky imparted flavour, or is cooked in mild sweet spices to give that flavour kick. If they add that in to the meat, they’re on to a winner. The meat is perfectly cooked, soft, tender, succulent, juicy. This is the way pulled pork should be. There’s a more than generous amount piled into the large roll and with chips and gravy, makes for an excellent meal at just $13. I’ve got to come back and try some of the other items.

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