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Mix - 28 Aug 2015

Mix - Korean Tacos

Mix presents a fusion of Korean and Mexican cuisine through tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. I had 3 tacos with fillings of beef bulgogi, spicy chicken, and pork. I also had the option of choosing a salsa and got tomato, tropical, and cucumber. Each bite was delicious and full of flavour. There’s a bit of a chilli kick and the salsa’s add additional flavour while the sour cream cools things down. Really tasty, service is quick but the eating is messy! Serviettes provided are much needed. A cheap eat that hits the spot. . . . → Read More: Mix – 28 Aug 2015

De Cribs - 23 Aug 2015

De Cribs - Pork Ribs

I thought De Cribs offers a good range of dishes at excellent prices compared to what one would normally pay. I really enjoyed my pork ribs which were tender and delicious in the original sauce marinade. I also liked the dressing on my garden salad and the chips from the other dishes were really delicious. I also had a taste of the lamb ribs which were even more tender and were covered in a spicy sauce though it is a tad spicy. I think De Cribs strength is in their mains as desserts were above average. I enjoyed my New York cheesecake and I had a taste of the red velvet which is a little heavy, though the key lime tart had a nice tart flavour, it was quite gluggy. A really lovely venue to enjoy some lovely American fare. . . . → Read More: De Cribs – 23 Aug 2015

Wild Duck - 19 Aug 2015

Wild Duck - Salmon Trio

I thought the Wild Duck degustation was excellent, starting off strong but falling away towards the end. The Amuse bouche tomato marshmallow and Parmesan custard was an interesting starter. The seafood chowder was exceptional delivering lots of flavour and comfort, not to mention that perfectly cooked melt in your mouth scallop. The salmon trio was the standout dish of the night, the chef’s showcasing their skill in superbly presenting salmon three ways each as delicious as the other. The salmon mousse comfortably shaded the confit salmon and salmon Gravalax. The rich salt and pepper squid was effectively paired with a refreshing Asian salad and a delicious chilli jam with some kick. The slow cooked pork belly just cut like butter and was really enjoyable, as too the crunchy crackling. After the raspberry sorbet which cleansed my palette, the next two dishes fell short of the standard set. The crispy skin duck breast didn’t have too much crispy skin to enjoy and while the duck breast was tender, it lacked flavour and juiciness. Instead, a delicious duck jus and salty speck added much needed punch. Knowing what duck can deliver, I thought the dish restricted the duck from being the hero on the plate. Dessert is what people look forward to and the eggs on toast didn’t deliver the bang or grand finale to the meal. While clever and deceiving, it didn’t really deliver enough flavour to leave me satisfied. A very enjoyable meal in comforting surroundings, excellent service, and quality food. . . . → Read More: Wild Duck – 19 Aug 2015

Whisk Creamery - 15 Aug 2015

Whisk Creamery - Caramel Sandwich

The desserts are a bit pricey but that’s the price you pay for indulgence. The caramel sandwich is delicious, a lovely cronut sandwiching the smooth creamy salted caramel gelato which goes down a treat. The whipped cream with salted caramel sauce is delicious and the dessert, while filling, is not sickening or dominated by too much caramel. I can see this being a hit in summer but any weather is good for gelato, right? . . . → Read More: Whisk Creamery – 15 Aug 2015

Southern Star Modern Vietnamese Cafe and Restaurant - 11 Aug 2015

Southern Star Modern Vietnamese - Roast Duck Lychee Red Curry

I guess the name of the restaurant says it all – “Modern”, not authentic, Westernised Vietnamese cuisine. While disappointed not to be eating the real thing, the fusion or mix of dishes from neighbouring countries, provided several dishes with interesting flavours. None of the dishes were poor, each one flavoursome and characterised by a sweet dressing of sorts which added further flavour. I particularly enjoyed the roast duck and lychee in red curry which was excellent. A close second was the Saigon chicken with crispy skin and tender flesh. The beef salad had a bit of kick and was quite fresh and the entrees of rice paper rolls and fish cakes were a lovely way to kick the night off. My steamed banana and sticky rice dessert in coconut milk was pretty good too. A lovely restaurant with a range of tasty dishes, wide open space, friendly service and takeaway also available. . . . → Read More: Southern Star Modern Vietnamese Cafe and Restaurant – 11 Aug 2015

Poppo Korean and Japanese - 6 Aug 2015

Poppo Korean & Japanese - Beef Bulgogi

It’s a little unusual to have a restaurant serving two completely different cuisines in Korean and Japanese but it gives the diner more choice. I went with the Korean seafood pancake which was light, crispy and delicious with the slightly salty sauce. I really enjoyed it and it was quite a generous serving. I was pleased to see that the seafood, in particularly, the squid, was very tender. For mains I chose the beef bulgogi which was excellent. The steamed rice helps to mop up some of the marinade and meat juices but the soft tender flavoursome beef is an excellent lunchtime meal for the cold of winter. It does become very meaty and rich due to the onions, but the miso soup, spicy kimchi, and refreshing pickled vegetables help to create balance and take the edge off. The crispy and slightly sugar coated seaweed was an interesting element too. . . . → Read More: Poppo Korean and Japanese – 6 Aug 2015

Ribs & Burgers - 31 Jul 2015

Ribs & Burgers - Lamb Ribs with Chicken and Beef Sliders

I chose the lamb ribs with a herb and lemon baste and also got beef and chicken sliders. The squeeze of lemon made all the difference to the ribs, the acidity balancing the meatiness and slight intensity of the marinade on the tasty tender lamb ribs. They were enjoyable, but not as good as the baby backed ribs. The chicken and beef sliders were tasty but lacked seasoning which let them down. I also chose the butcher’s salad which is very generous and contains plenty of dressing. A good choice along with the ribs. I’ll have to visit again to try the burgers. . . . → Read More: Ribs & Burgers – 31 Jul 2015

No 4 Blake Street - 30 Jul 2015

No 4 Blake Street - Pork Costals, Cauliflower Puree & Florets, Lardo

No 4 Blake Street is Tom Randolph’s vehicle to showcase his creativity in the kitchen. This is clearly on display through the 7 course degustation. On Sunday’s, a long table is held instead where new dishes are displayed and tweaked, influenced by feedback, some of which make their way to the main menu. For something less relaxed, a wine bar with tapas is available at Next Door at No 4, which is literally next door to the dining room. For tonight’s 7 course degustation, I particularly enjoyed the potato risotto which substituted rice for small rectangles of under seasoned potato, allowing the salty flavours of the sea and tender crab to shine through. While I normally avoid eggs, the 35° smoked hen’s egg with pearl barley for some meatiness to the dish and tuna Benito for seasoning was a dish that surprised on the upside. The pork costals was another highlight of the night, presenting tender succulent rib meat with a pork intensity off the scale. It needs an acidic element to balance out the meatiness and flavoursome lardo, but I loved it. It’s hard to pick a winner, especially when the night finishes strong with a fantastic dessert! The pistachio ice cream was a standout element amongst the Vahlrona chocolate soil, chocolate mousse, chocolate shards, and pistachio sponge. I also loved the sour dough bread and particularly, the duck fat spread. The creativity did deliver a few misses with some dishes that need a little balancing in my opinion, but I’d rather take creativity over safe and there were enough hits to leave me a thoroughly satisfied diner. Don’t let the rain keep you away when you can enjoy quality, creativity, and deliciousness in a comfortable soft ambient setting. . . . → Read More: No4 Blake Street – 30 Jul 2015

Public House Kitchen & Bar - 24 Jul 2015

Public House Kitchen & Bar - Pulled Pork Burger

Public House Kitchen & Bar are constantly offering different specials on different days of the week and they’ve decided to shake things up with Pop Up Friday’s. Here, patrons get a plate for just $18 from the alfresco kitchen. Today’s offering presented a delicious succulent pulled pork burger with yuca fries. The pulled pork was excellent, and I particularly loved the humming chilli sauce which brought out the flavour of the pork and helped tie the coleslaw like salad together. The toasted bun had a nice crunch on the underside and the yuca fries just keep you coming back for more. This was a really tasty meal and I left satisfied. . . . → Read More: Public House Kitchen & Bar – 24 Jul 2015

East Village - 17 Jul 2015

East Village - Reuben Sandwich

After a slightly disappointing New York Cheeseburger on my last visit, East Village redeemed themselves with a fabulous Reuben sandwich. I’ve not eaten a Reuben before but after the first bite I was sold. What a delicious sandwich! The toasted bread felt soothing in winter as it warmed my hands. The tender chunks of corned beef oozed flavour. The acidity from the pickles and saukraukt cut through the meatiness of the pork while the Swiss cheese rounds out the sandwich with it’s unique flavour. The Russian dressing is an important component in keeping the sandwich moist and it does the job tieing all ingredients together. I was really hungry and it is a mission to get through but I succeeded and enjoyed every bite. They also include a salad so I ate that too. It’s not necessary in my opinion as the sandwich is well packed and has some salad in the sandwich, however, the salad is a nice end to the meal. Unfortunately, way too full to even consider dessert. . . . → Read More: East Village – 17 Jul 2015