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Malay Chinese Takeaway revisit – Hainan Chicken

Hainan chicken

Hainan chicken

Chicken rice! The chicken was served cold and was nice and tender. The chili wasn’t laced with enough ginger though. Quite nice.

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Ramen Zundo – revisit

Ramen Zundo rich black garlic

Ramen Zundo rich black garlic

I turned my back on this place too soon! Seriously, it’s a great broth (still don’t like the gritty mouthfeel) but the flavour is there.

Check it out!

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Arima Sushi

Arima Sushi

Arima Sushi

These are upside down – it doesn’t so the fillings or size of the rolls justice. Three of these big boys for $7. The purple rice has avocado and salmon – I highly recommend the purple rice. The spicy tuna was great fun, on the spicy side but not too hot, just tasty. The brown rice held chicken avocado. It was a little dry.

I’ve also heard that Akasaka sushi, two doors down, is the pick of the two – I will have to try them soon and get back to you. I was pretty happy with Arima – can’t wait to try somewhere that is even better!

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Bo 7 Mon Thanh Tam, Market City

Pho bo tai and ka phe

Pho bo tai and ka phe

It’s been a while since I’ve had pho – last time would have been Adelaide Pho. The setup here is a little different to most places I’ve been, as it’s in a food court. You have to load up on your hoisin and chili before leaving the counter!

The broth was sweet with a nice flavour, the beef was not predominant. I ordered bo tai but the meat was quite grey, even at the beginning, and was already sitting under the broth. There were fewer noodles in the bowl than I’m used to and the ka phe is not on par with anywhere in Vietnam (not enough condensed milk!) but was decent. I found the second half of the bowl pretty difficult to get through as the flavour got a little “same same”.

Still, overall a decent pho that is worth the trip, and the set ($11 for that and the ka phe) was good value.

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Taste Baguette

Lemongrass Taste Baguette

Lemongrass Taste Baguette

I love my lemongrass. This was pretty good, but I’m sure I’ve had better from Taste Baguette – maybe it was a different store? Wholemeal bread isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, either. Overall, the experience was disappointing and left me wishing I’d spent me $10 elsewhere. There are better things to be dropping a $10 note on in Sydney.

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Strand Espresso (It’s a no go!)

Strand Espresso hot chocolate

Strand Espresso hot chocolate

The hot chocolate was pretty decent!

Strand Espresso filthy teapot

Strand Espresso filthy teapot

The stained yellow teapot and what is (in my opinion, after visiting around 10) the most expensive cup of tea in the CBD and surrounds let it down. I will never go back. Too expensive, too dirty.

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Kingsley’s Australian Steakhouse

Kingsleys Australian Steakhouse chorizo

Kingsleys Australian Steakhouse chorizo

Kingsley’s Australian Steakhouse. Hiding in an alleyway off of King St, it’s a charming two level building. The extensive menu is dedicated to beef, from all walks of life. There are some scrumptious share plates and entrees to start with. We got the chorizo, which was fantastic.

Fillet steak

Fillet steak

I ordered the fillet steak, rare, with a side of chips and béarnaise sauce. This was a winning combination. The fillet was tender and perfectly cooked, the béarnaise sauce complemented the meat well, and the chips were lovely and crisp. My partner’s steak, in comparison, was nowhere near as exciting – slightly overcooked, and less exciting. I like going for quality over quantity – you get less, but it’s more enjoyable!

I’d highly recommend Kingsley’s for dinner, if you’re into steak.

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The Cat and Fiddle, Balmain

The Cat and Fiddle pub potato skin nachoes

The Cat and Fiddle potato skin nachoes

The Cat and Fiddle have taken the nacho and tried out a little improvement. Instead of corn chips, they use potato skins.The dish was good, and filling. I missed the crunch of the corn chips. I also missed the freshness of a tomato salsa. The filling in this was much closer to a chilli and not a salsa.

Give it a try – there are heaps of great dishes on the menu here!

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Sourdough Panini Bakery Cafe

Sourdough Smoked Salmon

Sourdough Smoked Salmon

Just thinking about this makes me feel slightly ill. It wasn’t the roll – it was the insides. The smoked salmon was over plentiful, and the balance of fillings was not correct. The sourdough was fantastic. I’d like to try a different filling, but I don’t think I’d bother going back. Try out Encasa Deli on Bathurst Street for a fantastic “boccadillo” that you wont regret.

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Yummy Thai Food

Yummy Thai Pork Leg Stewed

Yummy Thai Pork Leg Stewed

Usually a trip to Sussex St food court isn’t complete without eating at Ramen Ikkyu. I’ve branched out! I love ramen but after eating it once a week for around three months straight, I found I need something new. Yummy Thai had some positive reviews online. Check out some of those pictures – much more visually appealing. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to choose, but I love tender, melt in your mouth meat, so I decided to go for the pork leg. I’m glad I did.

It was amazing. The pork was stewed in a rich broth of star anise, cardamom and other sweet, pungent ingredients. It was finished with coriander and complemented with a small saucer of chili vinegar. I ate this meal with a fork, no need to use a knife as the meat just fell apart in the nicest way. The broth at the bottom mixed with the plain rice and was yummy. The chili vinegar was fantastic with the meat.

This was an enjoyable meal – I’d highly recommend checking Yummy Thai Food out! Go go go!

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