Thursday, September 26, 2013

Deli Chicchi

I haven't been back to Deli Chicchi for a while, but the last time we were there for brunch, it was divine!

For a change, MM and I decided to have fruit juice with our meals (instead of the usual coffee fix).
Our drinks - Watermelon juice ツ
Our breakfast/brunch ツ
His - Man vs Breakfast (eggs, bacon, roasted tomato, pork sausage, herbed potato rosti, Chicchi spicy beans served with toast) $25.90
Mine - Herbivores Breakfast (poached eggs, avocado, herbed potato rosti, mushrooms and tomato) $22.90

We must have been extremely hungry, because we devoured almost everything (apart from the rosti) on our plates in less than an hour! Service overall was quick and friendly with a laid back feel to it.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Meet Fresh

I have always been a fan of Asian desserts in particularly Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai desserts, so when I discovered Meet Fresh one day... I decided to give it a go.

The place seems to be packed out all the time, so my initial thought was "it must be good!"
Having looked through the menu, MM and I decided to go for what we usually like - herbal jelly and tofu as a based.
His - Signature Herbal Dessert (Taro Balls), chilled.
Mine - Red Bean Tofu Pudding, hot ...well it was meant to be hot but mine wasn't at all.
I forgot the name of this drink, but the taste was rather strange. I didn't know whether to drink it like that or added the milk in - either ways, I didn't like it.

The serving size for the tofu was tiny and has too much sugary syrup; the taro balls however were quite chewy and tasted artificial too.

MM and I didn't find any of our desserts was that spectacular. In term of taste, the flavours were just average, definitely isn't worth all that hype about.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Silver Seas Chinese Restaurant

Having read so many great reviews about Silver Seas Chinese Restaurant on Urbanspoon, including one from Queen of Bad Timing, one of my favourite food bloggers ツ I was determining to give this place a go, as it is close to where I usually do my weekend grocery shopping.

MM and I arrived close to midday today and we were seated right away, even though the restaurant was quite busy already.

As soon as we settled in my seat, a waitperson came around and ask me "what tea I would like to have" and I like that. It showed initiative that they don't just assume "any" Chinese tea will do for the diners.

For something different, I chose Chrysanthemum tea instead of my usual Tik Kuan Yin tea. (Chrysanthemum tea has many herbal and medicinal benefits in Chinese Medicine such as a good source of Vitamin Bs like choline, folacin, niacin as well as riboflavin. It is also naturally caffeine free).
Chrysanthemum tea, when taken with lunch or dinner especially with oily foods helps ease digestion.

We started off with our usual favourites of....
Fung Zao (fried steamed chicken feet) ツ YUM!
Har Gau (steamed shrimp dumplings) ツ
 Siu Mai (open-toped steamed pork) ツ
This is the Asian way of asking for a hot water refill for your tea pot ツ
Xiao Long Bao (Shanghai dumplings) ツ
Cheong Fan (rice flour rolls) with prawns ツ
Steamed Kai Lan with oyster sauce ツ
Steamed Egg Yolk Buns ツ

We must have been terribly hungry, because the two of us gobbled all of the above down in less than an hour!!!

The food was surprisingly delicious and most of the food was in large portion sizes like many diners before me have said.

The only thing I was a bit disappointed with was the Steamed Egg Yolk Buns; the yolk bit wasn't as runny as it was suppose to be but rather gelatiney and a bit bland too. I asked MM to hold a piece of the Egg Yolk Bun so I can show you what I meant by not "runny"...

The service was great too; overall we were very happy with the service we received. It was quick, efficient and very attentive to diners' needs.

All up for the two of us, including tea was just $41.80 - WOW! We normally pay around $60 for 2 at Dragon Palace!!!

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Uncle Joe's Mess Hall

I have seen Uncle Joe's signage many times, while walking through King Street from Wellington Street Bus Station to and fro work every day and each time I reminded myself to drop by one day and checking it out, but I never got around to ...until one day last week, I decided to brave it and walk in - I am so glad I did!
The first coffee I tried was the Single Origin Skinny Flat White (above) and I love it!
I came back 2 days later, dragging MM with me and got him to try his usual Soy Long Mac ...with the Single Origin blend and he love it too!

Despite the horrid weather on Saturday, MM and I brave it and came into the city to do some shopping, but first thing first was breakfast and guess where we went to... Uncle Joe's of course and they do an all day breakfast too!!!
 Entrance from inside looking out to King Street - those cobble stones lookalike can be quite a pain to walk on, so be sure not to wear any high heels or stilettos if you are going to pay this place a visit  ツ
Doorway into the Mess Hall  ツ
Yummy counter treats  ツ
Barista busy with the morning orders  ツ
Interesting coffee funnels  ツ
Beautiful table decor despite the gloomy weather outside ツ
Mine - Skinny Flat White with Single Origin blend ツ
His - French Press with Soy Milk on the side ツ
His - Salmon on dark rye, poached egg with pickled cucumber & joe's special sauce ツ
 Mine - Vegetarian mushroom ragout with spinach (instead of poached egg) on house made hash brown ツ
Assorted condiments for your meals ツ

Despite the weather, MM & I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Uncle Joe's. Food and Coffees were delish. Service was prompt, very friendly and down-to-earth staff.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Zensaki Sushi & Izakaya

Couldn't decide on what to have for lunch... I took a stroll to Barrack Street to check out what's good to eat around there.

I walked past Zensaki and seeing that it was quite inviting, I decided to stop here and checking it out.

I am not a huge fan of ramen and I wasn't super hungry at the time; hence I decided to try out some appetisers instead.

While waiting for my food to come out, I had some green tea...
and to my delight, Zensaki serves real sencha tea not just tea bags like some other places!
One of my appetisers - Soft Shell Crab Katsu ツ
and Pork Gyoza *YUM!* ツ

Beside dishes you can ordered from the menu, some diners come in for the sushi train and the choices are endless!

Zensaki overall:  Great service. Average food....

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Plenty Thai Restaurant

Plenty Thai on Shafto Lane is fast becoming my favourite lunch destination for its delicious food, great location (about 5 minutes walk from my workplace!) and best of all, value for money... not to mention, excellent customer service as well!

Miss Katie and I have been here numerous times - sometimes 2-3 times a week with other friends! What we  most is the Thai skewer grilled pork with sticky rice (3 sticks for $8.50) - definately a must try!

On this occasion however, I caught up for lunch with Priscilla of PinkPaperPlane. We first caught up for lunch at Dragon Palace (Woodside Plaza), after having met at Billy Law's ATFT Food Photography Workshops. You can read about her blog post on Dragon Palace here.

What I love about catching up to lunch with Priscilla, is that we are both not fussy eaters and we both love seafood, so it was much easier for us to order whatever we wanted to eat.

On this particular occasion, we ordered the following to share:
a dish of Khao neow moo ping - Thai skewer grilled pork with sticky rice with home-made chilli sauce "Nam Jim Jeaw" (3 sticks for $8.50)
a Classic som tum - Thai green papaya salad with prawns $14.50
and a Massaman curry (choice of chicken/pork or beef/prawn) $15.90/$18.50

I'm usually not a curry fan, but I have to admit that the Massaman curry was tastier than I'd expected!

Other times (on various visits) when I came here on my own, I also tried the...
Vegetarian Pad Thai with Tofu
Thod mon pla - Thai style fish cakes with sweet chilli sauce (3 pieces) $6.00
Tom yum - Thai famous spicy soup with mushroom and lime leaves
Plenty bite platter for one with fish cake spring roll, deep fried tofu, grilled pork or chicken satay $8.00

Above are just a few of my favourites. Check out Plenty Thai on Shafto Lane if you haven't already done so - it is well worth the visit

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