I really like this place. Food is nice and always quick service. Its also nice that the staff and customers are from an array of different backgrounds. They should get licenced soon as its only byo at the moment which is a bit annoying and they should make the garlic plates a little bigger. I also love the complimentary bread and pickles they give at the start.
We visited Jasmin1 in Leichhardt after hearing rave reviews for a similarly named restaurant in Punchbowl. They are independantly owned, but supposedly started by the same guy who sold off these businesses.
We ordered the $25 banquet menu which came with a start of pickles, bread and baba ganoush and hommus, and felafels. The meal then continued with fattoush and tabouleh and a meat platter with grilled chicken, a lamb and a beef sausage thing with garlic and chilli sauces. For dessert, we were given a cinnamon tea and baklava.
It was a really enjoyable meal, given that I am not a huge meat eater. The service varied according to who was serving - there was a really lovely guy, but some of the other newer staff didn't know their way around the menu and were a little bit awkward to talk to. I'd come back if I had to satisfy a lebanese food craving, or check out the other similar restaurants in Punchbowl or Bankstown.
Went here on a recommendation and were lucky enough to get vouchers for a 7 course degustation. On arrival we were asked whether we wanted to sit at the bar or at the window. We missed out on the last corner seat facing out into the street, but managed to get a spot by the door. I'd read other reviews about customers feeling ripped off for being 'shafted' to this area, but it was a relatively mild night so it didn't matter too much. Hubby ended up being the door-man as people didn't quite know how to shut the door! Anyway, the courses came out and we were a bit doubtful about whether we'd be making a through a Maccas drive-through or not. Starters were pretty light on: cucumber & black fungi salad and steamed pork & prawn wontons (we only got two, hence the nervous scepticism). The beef short ribs on sesame leaves were san choy bow like and went down well with the house beer. The deep fried tofu and spatchcock were served with a modest amount of rice (both which were happily scoffed), followed by THE BEST caramelised beef ribs we had every eaten. They were so good that I let my hubby have one of my slices, to show him just how much I loved him. Seriously. The only let down on the plate was the gelato, which didn't seem to fit with the rest of the courses: it was a mix-mash of berries and had a strange, unpleasant after taste. Other than that, service was fantastic, ambiance was great and Head Chef Hamish proved, once again, why Bar H is a hatted restaurant.
ps make sure you visit the loo - there's an adorable framed photograph of Hamish and his sister as children.
Great little wine bar/ restaurant in Surry Hills. The menu has a great selection of modern Chinese/Asian dishes which are sublime. The food looks and tastes a little like Bill Kwong. They also do a good happy hour between 6-7pm where the cocktails are $10. They had a really great pomegranate cocktail. The only downside about this place is the table we were sitting at was a little wonky and made me paranoid I was going to spill something all night. Service is friendly and attentive.
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.
A new favourite local! Funkier than most other cafes in the area, this place draws a crowd. Love the style and the food is delicious and beautifully presented. My mushroom and poached egg on sourdough was massive - and so yum! Seating is limited so visit on a weekday if possible. Another suggestion would be to stay away from the organic cola :P
Great cafe in west ryde. It stands alone as one of the trendiest places to have brekkie on the weekend in the area. Not much seating and there is usually a line but the food is delicious and the drinks are served in cute ways.
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.