I like rainbows and long walks on the beach.
Joined 18 February 2009 Sydney, NSW
Great addition to the new-ish Westfield Sydney food court. I like the plates which consists of felafel, haloumi, meat or fish, along with tabouleh, red cabbage, all the dips/sauces and a side of pita bread. It's a pretty big serve, so if you're a small eater, find someone to share with.
My usual order, however, consists of half of the roasted cauliflower and avocado salad and half of the edamame and chickpea salad.
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.
One of my favourite Sydney restaurants. The food is excellent and the service genuine. It's not showy or pretentious, yet the vibe is great.
They are known for their meats, but ironically, my favourite dishes here tend to be vegetarian / seafood dishes. (I am also not a huge meat-eater though.)
Come early (it opens at 6pm) or book if you are coming in a group of six or more.
Oh, and the cocktails are excellent. Try not to have too many.
We ate in this restaurant on Saturday night with a group of friends. I would have never come here on my own as it is in a quiet part of Parramatta. The restaurant itself was pretty quiet for a Saturday night. We were the largest group there and there were a couple of other tables of two or four.
We ordered a number of dishes and the food was pretty decent, good Thai food. I'm quite a harsh critic of Thai food (I have a Thai mother-in-law). The dishes were tasty but not as authentic as they get. Price-wise, I don't think you'd get much cheaper. Our meal came up to a grand total of $12 a head after some discount that we'd received.
Service is good but the food is a little hit and miss. I had a roasted vegetable and raw asparagus salad which was great and right up my alley (not a fan of meat usually), whilst the husband had the slow cooked lamb and kipfler potatoes and it looked and tasted really bland. We had a couple of other friends order the same dish and the feedback was the same. The roasted veggies were $17 and lamb $26, so it's not exactly cheap.
Pastries looked great but I wasn't allowed to try any. Boo.
I once wrote a rave review for Joe Black. Unfortunately, things have gone downhill over the years and especially more recently since management has changed.
I popped in last Friday for a solo lunch, hoping for it to be a relatively quick one. The cafe was empty other than a couple of other girls who were already seated and another couple who came in after I had ordered.
I ordered a slow cooked lamb salad off their specials menu and an iced coffee, but not before I was chided by the waitress for having coffee whilst pregnant.
My iced coffee came out 10 minutes later and lamb salad came out 20 minutes after I ordered. I couldn't work out why it took so long considering how empty the cafe was.
I had mixed feelings as my salad was placed in front of me - relieved as I was absolutely famished, disappointed as it looked pretty dismal, yet somehow hopeful that it wouldn't be as bad.
One bite confirmed it - the lamb was mushy and yet strangely sweet. It tasted like what I imagined baby food to be. Beetroot was canned and the goats cheese, which was the best thing about the salad, was but a tiny morsel.
The iced coffee was icey and bland. All up it was about $20 for a pretty hard-to-swallow meal. I won't be back.
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.)
It's pretty shocking that I haven't reviewed this business before. I've been coming here regularly over the last 4-5 years and whilst I've had minor hiccups with service on previous visits years ago, the quality of the food is pretty consistent.
Old favourites are the scallop omellette hand roll, the spicy grilled salmon nigiri, the grilled scallop nigiri and scampi nigiri. Seeing as my diet has been vastly restricted by pregnancy, I've been forced to try other cooked sushi options. The crumbed prawn and eel and egg nigiri have been my new go-to options, along with the soft shell crab hand roll.
Great place to come on your own or with someone else, but in a larger group it just gets messy.
I've moved off macarons a little bit but have rekindled a love for Cafe Cre Asion because of their breakfast options. The toast with avocado and preserved lemon is delicious, even though I couldn't taste the preserved lemon in it.
They offer a couple of sweet muffins and a savoury option. I gave into temptation and had a sweet muffin for breakfast, and I can assure you I had no regrets. I have a love-hate relationship with muffins, they often look so appetising when you purchase them, but lack any substance once you've eaten the muffin top. Not these babies. They are moist and tasty all the way through, and the top is encrusted with a little sugar which just takes it all the way to the next level.
GIVE IT A GO. It rocked my world.
I mentioned in a previous review that this space has gone through several transformations. Well, since my last review, it has gone through a couple more. They were offering wood-fired pizzas before, but that seemed to have fizzled out.
When we walked past last Wednesday, we were greeted by a friendly Italian man handing out a new pizza menu, saying they had "just opened last night". I looked at the name and menu and asked if they had anything to do with Via Napoli in Lane Cove. He said that he used to be the pizza maker there, and I asked if Luigi (the owner at Via Napoli) knew about it. Anyway, apparently he does.
I suppose that's not what matters - it's whether or not the pizza is any good. With a pizza menu that strongly resembled Via Napoli, it had some expectations to live up to. I promised our friendly pizza man that we'd order some the next night, and that's exactly what we did. I called back on Thursday night but it took a long while to get through to the phone number (mobile number) advertised on the flyer, so the husband drove over. Eventually, I managed to call through and ordered the chefs special, the margherita and a salami / prosciutto / italian sausage on a 1 metre pizza.
The husband came home with a 1 metre pizza which was more than sufficient for us and 3 others. The pizza was good, probably not as great as Via Napoli, but it was pretty damn amazing for takeaway pizza.
I am so glad that a good pizza joint has opened up in the area after some terrible experiences with other local pizzerias.
In the morning, they serve coffee and have several breakfast options, but I haven't tried any of the breakfast options recently.
Great spot in Surry Hills across the road from Longrain. I popped in for lunch a couple of weeks back and then again today for breakfast. Both times, I failed to order anything healthy or nutritious. What I can say though, is that the brioche french toast and peanut butter waffles are delish. Not great if you are meant to be cutting down on your sugar intake, but awesome if you are feeling like a cheeky meal. The coffee is great too. The "Mecca" is nice and citrusy, and the "Small Batch" - which I ordered in a piccolo - was perfect, something I'd happily have everyday.
I was introduced to Inflames last night by some friends. We came here unannounced as a big group of almost 20 people. Staff were really accommodating and set up some tables for us pretty quickly.
Our table decided to order a set menu for $18 per person including dips (baba ganoush, hummus, fried bread, olives and a tomato salsa), grilled chicken, Lebanese bread, garlic sauce, pickles, chips and salad. We also ordered a couple of jugs of lemonade. The food was great and great value.
Several times throughout the meal, staff came to check on us to see if everything was okay. They were really friendly and didn't mind a bit of banter.
Will definitely come back.
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.
We ordered takeaway one Sunday night when were too lazy and felt like eating in. The restaurant was a lot larger and nicer than expected, and surprisingly quiet.
We ordered and picked up three dishes. The food was good, and worth a revisit (or a re-order).
Still good after all these years, but the same dishes seem to differ each time I come back. On my last two visits within the space of four months, the emerald duck dish seemed to lose a lot of duck.
Would like to come again for dinner or supper as some of the desserts are only available in the evening.