Joanne Lee Phin Local Star

I like rainbows and long walks on the beach.

Joined 18 February 2009   Sydney, NSW

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  • Eastwood Gardens Peking Restaurant

    ***NOT*** the stewed pork and preserved vegetable dish we ordered, despite a waiter brushing us off and insisting it was. This is number 70 on the menu

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  • Mr. Wong

    Balmain bugs, pork mince and vermicelli cooked in an XO sauce. Mr. Wong's take on "fan xi" in more traditional Chinese restaurants.

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  • Mr. Wong

    Mushrooms and greens are a staple on Chinese restaurant menus but this one blows all the others away.

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  • Mr. Wong

    The Peking duck is usually amazing but was only above average on this occasion

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  • Mr. Wong

    When siu mais don't play fair - this scallop siu mai at Mr. Wong is steamed to perfection.

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  • Mr. Wong

    Chinese mushroom dim sim

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  • Mr. Wong

    Prawn toast topped with crunchy almonds; even better than the way Asian mothers do it.

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  • Papi Chulo

    Smoked wagyu brisket - it's the kind of stuff dreams are made of

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  • Papi Chulo

    Curly fries

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  • Papi Chulo

    House made pickles

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  • Papi Chulo

    Fish sandwich - like a fillet o fish on roids

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  • Papi Chulo

    BBQ baby octopus - deliciously tender and smokey

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  • Eastwood Gardens Peking Restaurant
    Restaurants    Eastwood, NSW

    After having loved this restaurant for years, we ordered some takeaway tonight, only to have an incredibly disappointing and frustrating takeaway experience.

    My husband placed an order for 3 dishes - the snow crab, the pork spare ribs Peking style, and the stewed pork belly with preserved vegetables.

    He drove to pick up our order and before he left, checked the dishes and told the waiter that we didn't receive the right dish - the stewed pork dish wasn't right. The wait staff insisted that it was the right dish, so he took the wait staff's word for it and came back home.

    When we opened up the takeaway box, it most certainly wasn't stewed and there wasn't any preserved vegetables. There was lots of capsicum and tofu with sliced pork in a chilli bean sauce.

    We called up to complain and asked for a refund, and despite a frustrating conversation with the person on the phone who asked "so what you want to order?" 3 times, staff was nice enough to agree to a refund. The problem was that the husband had to drive back out to get it.

    It really sucks when staff don't listen to customers - regular customers - and brush them off instead. Pick up your act!

  • A Tavola
    Restaurants    Bondi Beach, NSW

    Serving fresh hand-made pasta, A Tavola has always been the real deal. The long communal/pasta-making marble table in the Darlinghurst restaurant makes an appearance in the Bondi restaurant. You can't go past the stracciatella unless you're allergic to dairy. The wagyu beef pappardelle is another signature dish that is rich, decadent and all round amazing, but the seafood linguine is a sure way to my heart.

  • Kam Fook Seafood Restaurant
    Restaurants    Chatswood, NSW

    So what do you do on Australia Day? Go for yum cha, of course.

    Admittedly in have avoided yum cha here at Kam Fook Chatswood because of the crowds, but we came at 11 and a friend managed to get us a table for 7 adults, 2 children and a pram.

    The restaurant is huge and it filled up pretty quickly. The steamed dumplings at Kam Fook were really good - generous portions without skimping on seafood, while other dishes like the "yong tau foo" (tofu and eggplant stuffed with fish paste) aren't spectacular. (other restaurant in Castle Hill do a great job with that one.)

    Service is decent, but they charge $3 a head for tea. That's $21 for cheap tea leaves and hot water.

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  • Tiaraaaaa Local Star  reviewed Dural Terrace Chinese Restaurant
    Sadly a little disappointing considering they are the only local Chinese restaurant. Being a Wednesday lunch I would have thought it would be busier given the location but it was practically empty (knowing from prior outings that this means the food can go either way). Our wait staff was friendly and efficient when we first arrived but seemed to become less interested throughout the meal. As there was four of us we ordered a selection of entrees and mains to share - mussels in black bean sauce, king prawn & chicken sizzling in garlic sauce, combination & vegetables and seafood combination. Whilst the food was cooked very well, the sauces were bland and lacked any flavour, particularly the traditional flavours I long for from a local suburban Chinese restaurant. Of all the food the san choy bow was the signature dish and sadly the serving so small. To sum it up, it is definitely not the best chinese i have ever had but okay. The drinks, particularly the wine list and the general is pretty pricey but not unusual for the area. Such a letdown :(
  • Ella.Bee Local Star  reviewed Biota Dining
    I don't often say this - but NOM-DIGGITY!! For a little restaurant out in Bowral, Biota Dining certainly does its town proud! The food was superb and the service fantastic. Had we booked earlier we may have stayed at the accommodation hooked into the restaurant, but alas, we weren't so lucky. I'm from Sydney and I'd definitely recommend the drive down to dine here. Well worth the trip!

    6 months ago - 18/10/2013

    • Joanne Lee Phin Local Star 
      You don't often hear "nom-diggity" too. :) Looks like it's worth saving to the to-do list!

      6 months ago - 22/10/2013

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  • Daves2074  reviewed Sagra
    Superb Italian food! The recently opened sagra restaurant in Darlinghurst is a must of anyone interested in fresh, modern Italian food. The meals are exciting, tasty and well priced. I highly recommend it.

    6 months ago - 10/10/2013

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