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Chik and Kent - 7 Feb 2014

Chik And Kent - Butter Chicken

Chik and Kent is a small cafe specialising in coffee located inside Cinnamon Club City which is the restaurantI serving Indian fusion cuisine. Both are new having opened in late December 2013. I chose the butter chicken for $20 which came with a salad, papadum, rice, and naan. Unfortunately, the butter chicken was tasteless, lacking spice, tomato, sweetness and the typical flavour one expects of butter chicken. It was a real shame as there’s plenty of tender chicken and curry provided, but the curry is just creamy and rich, more on a western style sauce. Maybe that’s what they’re going for. The naan was delicious, a soft bread that pulled apart easily and had a lovely flavour from the ghee. There’s more than a generous serve of food and after polishing off the plate and using the naan to sop up any remaining curry, I was comfortably full. I’d like to come back and try one of their other curries to really see what their food is like. But if you’re after a really good butter chicken, I’d say steer clear based on my dining experience. . . . → Read More: Chik and Kent – 7 Feb 2014

Casa Del Amici - 29 Oct 2013

Casa Del Amici - Supremo Pizza

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. . . . → Read More: Casa Del Amici – 29 Oct 2013

Pie Face - 18 Apr 2013

I’m not a pie expert but if you’re in the mood for a savoury pie, I think a stop at Pie Face is worthwhile. The flaky puff pastry is delicious as too the filling but just need to watch the intenseness. As for the other pastry items, I can’t say I was impressed. Pie Face is a bakery and not a patisserie serving fine French made pastries. Having said that, apart from the danish which was on par with Miss Maud’s, the other items were ok. The chocolate mini pie was poor though. If you want sweet pastries, stick with Miss Maud’s – you know they’re tasty. . . . → Read More: Pie Face – 18 Apr 2013

The Shack - 10 Nov 2012

The Shack - Gourmet Burger with Swiss Cheese

I really liked the open spaced venue which took on a real summer feel on a bright sunny day. The venue has a real inviting and relaxed vibe shared by the plain clothes staff but are anything but relaxed in their approach to service and customer care. I enjoyed the gourmet burger which had a tasty beef patty and I liked the melted Swiss cheese. It’s a simple burger, not exactly gourmet, but it delivers a solid result. I liked the hot crispy chips with their blend of interesting herbs. Good meal, great price. . . . → Read More: The Shack – 10 Nov 2012

Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar - 29 Oct 2012

Crust - Heirloom Tomato Upper Crust

If I hadn’t visited Crust before at Brookfield Place, after eating the pizza’s from the Vic Park store, I wouldn’t be back in a hurry. There was a major difference in quality. The pizzas at Brookfield are fresh and tasty, but those at Vic Park, albeit eaten 20 minutes later, were a little stale and a little disappointing. The limp rocket typified the experience. Maybe it’s the store. Still, I’m grateful for the invitation and I hope they keep the Heirloom Tomato Upper Crust pizza on the menu though it could do with more tomatoes. That had great flavour and the burst of moistness from the juicy tomatoes were a delight. . . . → Read More: Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar – 29 Oct 2012

Four Seas - 29 Oct 2012

Four Seas - Large Combination

I’m quite a sucker for deep fried food and my eyes lit up when I saw the honey chicken, sweet and sour pork and fish. The latter contained too much batter relative to the contents, but were okay with nice sweet and sour flavour. The honey chicken was crispy, crunchy, and had a lovely honey flavour. I really enjoyed it. The simple fried rice and Hokkien noodles were good and went well with the black pepper chicken and lemon grass beef. Simple dishes with enough flavour to get by. It’s a good cheap eat and obviously a favourite among the resident office crowd. Cash only. . . . → Read More: Four Seas – 29 Oct 2012

Grill'd Brookfield Place - 23 Oct 2012

Another burger joint serving up burgers with the freshest ingredients, made to order, Grill’d focus on providing healthy burgers. I enjoyed the flavours of the crispy bacon and cheese burger but found it quite pedestrian. It didn’t wow and in comparison to Jus Burgers or Alfred’s Kitchen, was left wanting on flavour and taste. I did enjoy the herbed chips which were unique and the dipping sauces were good too. . . . → Read More: Grill’d Brookfield Place – 23 Oct 2012

La Brasserie De Paris - 18 Sep 2012

I enjoyed the different dishes sampled over the course of the evening. I was glad to try snails and it wasn’t anything revolting, quite standard actually. The combination of escargot with potato, garlic, bacon and parsley was superb. The main meal was solid without being spectacular. Tasty, great flavours, but I thought it could have delivered more. I really enjoyed the creme anglaise with the caramel sauce and that taste of creme brulee was amazing! I thought the mains were a little overpriced for what was delivered but was reasonably priced otherwise and service was satisfactory. It’s a lovely setting to enjoy a quiet dinner, particularly if you were on a date or a quiet special occasion. . . . → Read More: La Brasserie De Paris – 18 Sep 2012

Good Fortune Roast Duck House - 3 Sep 2012

I thought for $11.50 I received a generous serving of roasted duck and BBQ pork with steamed rice, buk choy, and pickled cabbage which provided a complete meal. The roast duck was tender and moist and tastier of the two, but still lacked the intensity of flavour I was expecting. So too the BBQ pork, which was a little tough. Nonetheless, there’s plenty of dishes to try and dining in to experience an array of dishes would be a better measure of the food served here than one takeaway order. . . . → Read More: Good Fortune Roast Duck House – 3 Sep 2012

Belgian Beer Cafe - 9 Aug 2012

There’s plenty to choose from on the menu with a range of price points. I enjoyed my steak sandwich but the bread was a little too toasted for my liking. The portion of gristle along one side of the steak was a little disappointing but the flavours were quite good and so too the chips. Not a bad meal for the price but one can have a tastier meal at other venues. The surrounds are pleasant if you are interested in heading down here. . . . → Read More: Belgian Beer Cafe – 9 Aug 2012