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Q International Cuisine - 20 Jun 2014

Q International Cuisine - Mix Grill

Q International Cuisine offers something for everyone but has a menu mainly geared towards Middle Eastern, French, Mediterranean and Australian cuisines. I focused on dishes from a Middle Eastern background and started off with a refreshing, moist and tasty baba ganuj enjoyed with pita bread. I particularly enjoyed the addition of the pomegranate seeds adding a touch of sweetness and acidity to cut through the creamy flavour of the eggplant. The hummus had a strong chick pea flavour and also a hit of garlic, but it was carefully controlled to give the garlic flavour without the garlic breath. The fried kibbeh are a very meaty and filling dish. The kibbeh are slightly crunchy on the outside and contain a lightly spiced mince filling which is tasty but not intense in spice. The mixed grill presents a meat heavy dish offering a variety of skewered kebabs. I particularly liked the chicken flavoured Shish taouk and the herby flavours of the Kofta kebab. Once again, lightly spiced, subtle flavours that let the flavours of the meat shine through. The rice, salad, humuus and mayonnaise are additional elements to take the edge of the meatiness. I was stuffed and disappointed I couldn’t squeeze in a dessert. Tasty spice laden flavours without the intensity. Excellent meal in lovely surrounds with friendly staff. . . . → Read More: Q International Cuisine – 20 Jun 2014

USA, Washington DC - Urbana Restaurant and Wine Bar

Urbana - Buckwheat Waffles

A wine bar at night a restaurant serving breakfast and lunch by day. The smart interior is backed by excellent service and array of dishes on the menu to choose from. I opted for buckwheat waffles as something different. I’ve never eaten buckwheat but I didn’t find it all that heavy compared to wholemeal and the waffle was tasty. The compote provided just that hint of sweetness but was more tart in flavour due to the rhubarb. Along with warmed maple syrup drizzled over the top, it’s a great start to the day. . . . → Read More: USA, Washington DC – Urbana Restaurant and Wine Bar

USA, Washington - Zaytinya

Zaytinya - Falafel

Zatinya is a Greek / middle eastern based restaurant with a huge seating area, comfortable and smart surrounds, along with excellent service to boot. An al a carte menu is available or as I chose, a 4 course option for $25 with choices for each course. I really liked the puffed up pita bread which I enjoyed with the bowl of olive oil and pomegranate molasses. I also enjoyed the pita bread with a delicious baba ghannouge which was smooth and light and not at all garlicky. The crisply battered and fried falafel with tahini was excellent. This was topped by the adana kebab, like no other I’ve eaten before, so full of flavour and complemented with the other elements on the plate. To finish, the rather unassuming Greek yoghurt and apricot dessert was anything but. It really surprised with a panna cotta likeness, the smooth creamy vanilla flavour going superbly with the different elements of apricot and the sorbet. Excellent cuisine, perfectly executed and married with elements on the plate to further enhance the flavour. Superb! . . . → Read More: USA, Washington – Zaytinya

Cantina 663 - 16 Feb 2013

Cantina 663 - Fried Veal Tongue

I was really happy to go to this place and was pleasantly surprised – on the upside. I don’t think any dish blew me away, but I really liked the solid consistency, the unique flavours, textual combinations, deliciousness. Ok, this place is a winner and with so much delicious food, how can one not be happy? The service was excellent and the night well paced. A very popular restaurant as there wasn’t a spare seat in the house. Plenty of late night bookings too. I’m glad to experience something different, something unique, flavours I haven’t experienced before. Top job Cantina 663. . . . → Read More: Cantina 663 – 16 Feb 2013

Deevine Cafe

While I can’t fault the generosity of the serving of paella with plenty of chicken and a lesser assortment of seafood, the dish was let down by the lack of intensity of flavour that is typical of a paella. If they up the flavour stakes, the dish will be delicious, albeit, a bit different from a typical paella which is dominated by seafood. . . . → Read More: Deevine Cafe

Part 2: First Trip To Melbourne - Acland Street, St Kilda

Best meal I’ve ever had, another place with an interesting ambience so unlike what we have at Perth. Maybe I haven’t yet found such a place in Perth though. . . . → Read More: Part 2: First Trip To Melbourne – Acland Street, St Kilda