A bunch of fresh fruits with different varieties in the box and some tiny floral on it with cute pink ribbon that surrounds, makes the person you gave feels so special. This is where my friend recommends me whenever I have only a minute for a party or in any special occasions.
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.
I must confess that this is my first yum cha at Kam Fook as I rarely have yum cha in Australia. Glad now that I've been.
The restaurant is of decent size with the usual Asian trimmings and I must say that although it was busy, this place isn't too noisy, no acoustic like many modern outfits.
The food is great; plenty of choices from steamed, fried to braised, they're all great. The waitresses are generally friendly and happy to assist.
One thing to note though, the waiters aren't all that eager to assist and only after a few attempts with different waiters did we receive the condiments we requested. It is true; it isn't an easy task to catch the attention of any waiter or, is it purely our luck that day? I shall find out when I dine at Kam Fook next time.
Despite the reluctant service and their prices not exactly affordable, I still will return for their food is fresh and good. Having a great company to dine with certainly helps!
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.
I had my baby 5 weeks early via emergency c-section at the San and Dr. Des Cohen was the referred paediatrician. Dr. Cohen took great care of our little one and was on the phone with every large public hospital to secure our premmie daughter with a CPAP machine to help her breathe and develop her little lungs. Since then, the follow up care Dr. Cohen's given us in the hospital when she was in special care and after that as an outpatient has been great. We're so glad to have "found" a great paediatrician without having to look around for one.
His Hornsby practice is a little far from our home, but it's worth the trek.
Kind, professional, approachable. Really listens to both parent and child to get the whole picture. He also has a nice way with children and my son who is normally very shy really liked him. Highly recommended.
This is easily the busiest spot on what is otherwise a quiet strip opposite the station. Have been here a few times now and the coffee and smoothies are fantastic. The food is creative and delicious and the baked goodies are always a treat. It's nice to go to a local cafe for brunch instead of trekking to Surry Hills. It gets a little crazy on weekends and you can see that the staff are trying to keep up with the popular demand.
This cafe is a breath of fresh air for the area. I hadn't been to this end of West Ryde in years, so I was surprised to hear from a friend about this new cafe.
Ryedale Road in West Ryde is littered with small suburban shops from another generation, so the addition of this edgy cafe is a nice sign of the changing times.
The coffee is decent (but not great), and the standard and specials menu choices available are great.
We came as a group of four adults and two kids and placed our orders at the same time, but received two meals much later than the first two. Coffees came out pretty promptly, but our friends had already finished their meals by the time ours came.
It didn't matter so much, we enjoyed the company we were with, and the dishes we ordered were delicious. I'd happily go back, and was telling my husband how great it was to have a decent cafe in the boring old suburb of West Ryde.
Would be a great spot to catch up with friends over coffee, and though the cafe is small, there are a few small tables outside for when the weather starts playing nice.
Wow. I might just have had the best meat pie ever here. Yep, I think it was. Light flaky pastry with big meat chunks that melt in your mouth. I was a fool, and added sauce - old habit - and totally not needed.
Lorraine Godsmark is a Lorraine godsend. The tiny little patisserie smells divine and it's great to see that they've dedicated most of the space to the kitchen. A small little counter and window displays on two sides of the shop boast a selection of perfectly crafted cakes and pastries.
I pick up a lemon tart and the Bert's Beef Pie - technically not from Lorraine - it is an Alex Woolley (of est.) creation that is available across a number of the Merivale establishments.
Both are absolutely delicious. The beef pie has a perfect pastry with a soft, tender beef filling. No soggy bottoms for our mate Bert. I got tomato sauce with it but it really didn't need it at all.
The lemon tart is not too sour or sweet - just the way life should be.
Pretty amazing thai food. We've noticed the lines outside this restaurant but didn't know what the fuss was about. We decided to go and try it out and we were not disappointed. First thing to do is grab a number from the paper sheet, this will secure you a spot in the 'invisible line'. The staff at the front will take your mobile number and will call you when your table is ready....hence the line is probably longer than you think. We ordered 5 dishes amongst 4 of us, 30 Massaman 24 Sticky pork ribs 20 crying tiger 21 Salt and pepper calamari 39 Pad see Ew 26 green curry. Everything was delicious but the highlight was the crying tiger which is a perfectly cooked piece of steak, with a rich semi tangy dipping sauce. The ingredients used are fresh and a peek into the kitchen give you a glimpse into the professionalism of the staff. No shouting, or stress, just well trained staff, churning out some of the best food in Sydney. Will definitely come here again!
I'm just going to come right out and say it upfront. This is the best Thai restaurant in Sydney.
Pla's dishes remain true to traditional flavours, but desserts and daily specials do take on a modern spin. The Hor Mok (a fish mousse) is a nice light "whippy" consistency but packs in flavour. The tongue dish is perfectly cooked and is paired with a tangy dipping sauce.
I'm not one for asian desserts but the black sticky rice with milk tea ice cream, jackfruit and sago pearls is enough reason for me to come back.
The restaurant is tiny and the locals are wishing that all the media write-ups about Khao Pla never happened. Be prepared to share a table, but you can book in advance if you come in a group of six or more. (Such a Merivale thing, which I suppose isn't surprising for an ex-Merivale chef.)
This place only opened a few month ago and is already proving to be a destination for North Sydney-siders to grab a bake treat. They have lunch combos and also have late afternoon specials. The pastries are super crispy and the glazing is hard to beat. Try it as the perfect accompaniment to a morning coffee.
The already popular German bakery has just recently opened their store in the busy Greenwood Plaza at North Sydney, giving the greater population to experience their awesome offerings.
Having visited this store several times, I totally understand why a lot of people love Baeckerei. Everything is prepared fresh, and they all look delicious I sometimes find it difficult to make my decisions. They also cater for a more health-conscious people who would rather eat less portions by introducing mini sizes of almost many of their foods.
Not only do they look delicious, they also taste delicious, although in some instances they can be a little overwhelming, such as their Greek spinach and feta strudel that was quite peppery to my liking.
The staffs are very attentive and extremely friendly, a kind you would rarely find in a mini take-away shop such as this. They do have a few seats in the store if you want to grab a quick bite and eat in.
It's amazing what a difference some fancy wallpaper can make to your doing experience! This is the newest addition to the Asian food hub that is Eastwood. The lines are a bit long during dinner but the churn seems to be quick - we waited about 10minutes for a table. I ordered the specialty (the crispy chicken) which you can order about 8 different ways. With noodles (dry), noodles in soup, tomato rice, plain rice etc. the portions are large and the service is fast! My chicken was definitely crispy skinned, but still juicy and moist. Lots of noodles and a side of soup cane with my meal as well as chilli. The food is currently my favourite in Eastwood and i hope they maintain the standard. Come here for a casual meal with friends.