Restaurants Chatswood, NSWNow called 'King fook' this place has good yum cha but is often very crowded. The dim sum is steamed fresh and the ladies pushing the cats are pretty convincing sales people, you may find yourself ordering something new. Lots of tables but expect to wait a few minutes.
Hardware Stores Balgowlah, NSWA great Bunnings with plenty of products for your home and garden. Spanning across two levels the staff here are also extremely helpful and friendly. We ordered some spare parts from special orders and it was a smooth process. There are great storage solutions too which help when you are doing some spring cleaning!
Hairdressers Manly, NSWDecked out with old 60's furniture, rock and roll blaring in the background and a well dressed skeleton sitting at the entrance... captain Sip sop is a funky hipster barbershop that also sells clothes, the horse watches and sunglasses. A very eclectic feel, the staff are very warm and welcoming and the ambiance is fun.
Venues & Event Spaces Brisbane, QLDA great function venue that is modern and bright. The servers are so polite and the food is amazing. The view overlooks the Brisbane skyline and there are lots of spaces for mingling including an open balcony and a wide reception area. There is a private bar and the area is very open with no pillar intruding on any views. Would highly recommend for your next function.
Department Stores Brisbane, QLDThought this David jones has only 4 or 5 floors (compared to the two buildings across 7 floors each in Sydney!), this DJs is very large. Their range is extensive, with all the brands and designers within reach from Chloe to Loubinton, I really enjoyed walking around as the merchandising was on point and the shelves and rack neatly laid out. Lots of staff greeted me and offered Em assistance in every single section. From women's clothes, to kids wear to bedding. David jones has certainly improved their customer service. Had a peaceful and enjoyable time here and will be back!
Restaurants Brisbane, QLDDumplings, fresh 'old era' themed styling and attentive service are all traits of this great casual but stylish restaurant next to the food court in the Queen St mall. The place is super popular and every table was still packed at 2pm, but after a short wait I was seated. The menu is on little paper table mats and you order via numbers to makes sure your order is correct. Their soup filled dumplings and the main attraction as well as the pan fried which are more hearty and have a fluffier casing. I ordered the white tea and unless you don't mind tea leaves stuck to your teeth and drinking the occasional tea residue, maybe order something else. They really should provide a strainer with this drink, but the flavour of the white tea is deliciously delicate and lovely. Overall great service and food and I'll be back with friends!
Hotels Melbourne, VICA slightly renovated basic hotel that has a great location near Melbourne central and the Queen Victoria Markets. The skybus from the airport is a cheap and efficient way of getting here. The staff are a little blunt, and even after asking for a quiet room, I was out near the elevators and didn't get much sleep due to noisey guests slamming doors and talking loudly. After a terrible nights sleep and having to work a full day I requested a transfer and was luckily given a much better room at the end of the corridor. Rooms ending in 7,8,9 are ideal. The second room was bigger, quieter and I managed to sleep very well. I would only stay here again if I would be guaranteed a room at the end of the corridor, if not, be prepared to not get much sleep.
Takeaways Mascot, NSWThey sell sandwiches and fresh juices here. The juice is a little pricey at around $10 and their bottles of water are $4! I was happily enjoying my fresh NRG juice until I saw them making one and noticed they leave the stickers on the apples when they juice them... Eww... Put me off my juice straight away.
Takeaways Mascot, NSWA quick lunch option when you need food before your flight. There don't seem to be many red roosters around these days so it is always nice grabbing a quarter pack or Tropicana pack as a little treat. The chips are always so good with the delicious chicken salt, but the chicken is a little on the over salty side.
Prices are around $11 for a meal, which is a reasonable option at the airport where all the cafes and restaurants are a little overpriced.
Specialty Food Melbourne, VICVery popular at lunch. This Japanese restaurant has plenty of seating, though it gets crowded the turnover is pretty fast. Order at the counter and grab a number. The portion sizes are huge, and you will know I'm not joking when you receive your order. The food is tasty and hearty, I ordered the gross and they were pan fried to perfection. The most popular dish here is the is tongue, seems to be a very well known meal item.
Cafes Mosman, NSWWe love coming to this healthy food inspire cafe with a warm rustic feel and a fresh unique menu. You know this is a special place when you grab some water from a bar made from crates and notice they also offer chlorophyll to drink. The smoothies are delicious and come in large servings.
Their eggs and toast options are always popular but I really love their Bircher and porridge. Not your run of the mill oats and milk, their porridge has beautiful complex fruit and nut flavours with a bit of spice and served with warm soy milk.
Their coffee is great and the service is warm and friendly. Parking is to the left of the shop in the avenue rd carp ark.
Clothing Retailers Sydney, NSWThe second Sydney store has finally opened. The crowds are definitely here with many people hovering through the aisles looking for cheap on trend pieces. The clothes range from $30 to $80 for dresses and skirts, tops are around $14-30 so everything is pretty affordable. The kids area is pretty well merchandised, it is bright and colorful. The result surprise was the homewards sections which has cushion covers for under $10 and many accessories you would expect to pay old ounce for elsewhere.
Restaurants Cammeray, NSWCame here for an impromptu lunch with the family and really loved it. Super fresh ingredients and really interesting menu items. Popcorn prawns, miso cod, teriyaki salmon, everything was delicious. They are a sister restaurant of Sake but in a more relaxed setting. I will definitely be back!
Restaurants Coogee, NSWA fun family friendly venue with a huge section at the back for kids to play. The food is delicious and though the 'grill' items take 45 minutes it is so worth the wait. We ordered the black pig ribs and it was a perfectly cooked loin with a little side of ribs. The accompanying gravy and apple and watercress salad made the perfect partners to this moist and salty sweet meat. I also had the apple tart for dessert and it was amazing. Crunchy pastry, soft cinnamon apples with a dollop of fresh coffee ice cream. I will definitely be back. Meal for two was around $80 including beer.
Specialty Food Surry Hills, NSWI do love them. Crunchy, sweet, textured and just yum, these apples are a n amazing treat. The flavours are delicious and they use high quality Belgium chocolate. I recommend cutting it up rather than buying them straight off the stick so you can enjoy the right chocolate to apple ratio. I have had 3 of these (on different days!) and I loved every mouthful...
Clothing Retailers Mosman, NSWA great local surf show full of swimwear, thongs, surfboards and everything you need for a beach ready summer. There is plenty of street parking but they also have their own parking at the back of the shop. The staff are helpful and one of the sales girls helped us choose a beach umbrella, even taking them out of the packaging to show us how best to use it and pack it away. They also have some skate gear upstairs! Worth a visit if you need to stock up on some summer essentials.
Cafes Alexandria, NSWCame here for a garden wedding the this place really knows how to stand out as a beautiful garden venue. It was a pity it was raining so t made it uncomfortable for some guests as rain was coming in forming he sides as there is only a basic covering for roofing, no side walls.
The food is beautifully presented as a buffet style spread. They really know how to style everything to make it rustic and organic looking. The staff were attentive and helpful.
I am sure it would have been more enjoyable had it not been raining but we still enjoyed ourselves.
Restaurants Sydney, NSWWent for a casual yum Cha today and the renovations are nearly complete. The place was full for a Thursday lunch and the staff were very busy. Given that the service was a little lacking today and I waited about 40 mins to get some dumplings, seems as though the trolleys were getting emptied faster than they could steam the food.
Restaurants Neutral Bay, NSWA great homely, local Japanese restaurant. It is always busy and many people line up before it opens at 6pm. The food is so fresh and the food is authentic and delicious. We order the shiitake mushrooms, pork entree, tempura main, and the teriyaki squid. The tempura was crunchy and perfectly cooked, the miso was a beautiful complex flavour and the squid was soft and tasty. The flavours were quite sweet so order a side of rice.
We spent $88 for two and left very full and happy. Will definitely be here again. A great place for a family dinner, a catch up with friends or a casual date.