Friday, April 25, 2014

The Gaya Applecross - Revisited

It was a few weeks after we came back from our holiday in Bali, that I've invited his family to come to The Gaya Applecross for dinner.

After the first visit back in November, I was eager to show the family what a great place The Gaya is, though a bit far for us Northern peeps to get to but once in a while really was worth it! Smiley
Complimentary Rice Cake
Since there were 7 of us, we've decided to order some entrées and one dish each of the main to shared.
His parents ordered the Salmon Gravlax to shared. The Salmon Gravlax was marinated in gin, salt, sugar plum, dill and served with wakame and tobiko mayo $14 GF.
I ordered the Arancini balls served with basil pesto, pan-fried kimchi and berry sauce ($12 GF VG) and they were delicious Smiley
MM's sister is a fan of 'anything' chicken and could not skipped past this dish: Gaya Chicken, which were deep fried chicken thigh with Korean style batter, the Gaya special sweet and spicy sauce topped with roast peanut $14.
MM and his brother ordered the Gaya Maki, which has sushi rice, snow pea sprouts, mushrooms and topped with caper and tobiko $12 GF

Next were the mains (and below are what we've ordered) - some dishes were the same but I guess that's where 'great mind thinks alike' huh?Smiley
Kallguksoo (3 colour Korean noodle, king prawn, zucchini, leek, carrot, onion, tobiko) served with spicy prawn bisque and vegetable topped Japanese cavier and king prawn $26.
Side dish for our Mains - pickled cabbages, oyster mushrooms and shredded potatoes.
Seafood Stew, as you know from my previous post, has prawn, scallop, squid, fish, capsicum, zucchini and crunchy sticky rice to dip into the broth $28 GF.
Most of us went for the house made Matcha Green Tea ice cream for dessert. The green tea ice cream was just right, not as overpowering as some other places we visited.
except for MM, who decided to be different and ordered the Gaya Ho-Tuck to try. Though it was delicious when MM finally got his hands to it after a long long wait; we had to ask the waitress a few times as to where his dessert was, since most of us have already finished my green tea ice cream ages ago.

Overall the family enjoyed their meals. MM's mum even commented that 'she will be returning with her friends for sure' and that's a good sign indeed!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rộlls at 996

I discovered Rộlls at 996 via the leaflets they dropped off at my workplace, upon discovering that they sell Vietnamese food, I was instantly excited. 

I was hoping that they'll be selling something different to Mama Tran, City Provisions or Caddy's Lunch Bar ...but sadly they weren't! 

Rộlls at 996's menu (luckily fall under the "$10 Cheap Eats") sells pretty much the same kind of items as City Provisions, Caddy's Lunch Bar and Mama Tran, with slight variations to suit various diners, especially vegetarians.
If you are wondering about the name "Rộlls" - it's actually just a fancy logo and has no specific meaning in Vietnamese, other than a straight translation from "rolls = cuốn / bánh mì"

William, the shop owner, used to be an Engineer working for GHD, quitted his boring desk job late last year to pursue his love for food and hence that's how Rộlls at 996 was born.
Rộlls at 996's shop has a basic and clean layout with a single painting highlighting images of Vietnam on one of the walls.

Rộlls at 996 sells mostly baguettes, rice paper rolls (traditional and variations) and salads. Their prices range from as low as $4.00 for ½ a roll of baguette to as high as $9.00 for a Sun Dried Tomato & Pickled Capsicum Salad.

Being Vietnamese, I am extra fussy with any Vietnamese food I'd come across and of course the first thing I usually try are the 'advertised' traditional dishes and Rộlls at 996 was no exception. 

The first item I ordered was the Traditional Vietnamese Salad with pork belly, prawns, shredded carrot, cucumber, green pawpaw and crushed peanuts. The salad came with nước chấm dressing and prawn crackers. For $8.00 I had expected the portion to be bigger than what I was served with (in a takeaway container).
To eat this kind of salad, you'd need to eat it in a bowl so that you can have room to toss the dressing into the salad to combined the flavours otherwise it'd just tasted bland and unappealing.

The second time I visited Rộlls at 996, I'd tried their Pork Belly Baguette (full size) $7.00. The pork belly was quite bland; the roll however, was too flaky - every times I chomp down on the roll the crumbs would get messier and messier, which annoys me quite a bit.
I also tried their Vietnamese Coffee $4.50, to which I have asked them to make it less sweet for me, the coffee itself however has no taste (flavour wise) other than (to me) feel a bit washed down. I was disappointed.
I do like Rộlls at 996's basic approach to their lunch menu and hope that they will do well. 

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Monday, April 14, 2014

When "life give you lemons"...

Well in my case, my mom gave me limes and way too many of them Smiley

So I decided to juice them, then pop them into these ice cubes tray (this one come with a lid from Kitchen Warehouse) and freeze them for later use.

12 limes were just enough for the 16 cubed tray; with 4 cubes equates to about ½ cup of juice, so 2 cups all up Smiley not bad huh? I might get some more trays this weekend and juicing 'em all!