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Joined 10 July 2011 Northern Beaches, NSW
This is a Thai restaurant where I would return in a heartbeat. It has my favourite dish which is hard to find in Sydney and am so glad that not only do they serve it, but it is as authentic and tasty as in Thailand. I can still remember the first taste!
With a cute tuk tuk on display at the restaurant, you can't miss it. And not to mention the array of freshly made desserts at its frontage; very eye-catching!
The service is fast, no matter how busy they are. In fact, they are always busy even on a weeknight. It is evident the restaurant is popular judging by their fleet of Thai staff, and the many ever faithful Thai and foreign customers dining there.
The taste of Thai dishes is rarely subtle but with flavours in full force, be it fish sauce, coconut, lime or chilli. The one dish I cannot miss there is the spicy papaya salad with crab and anchovy, a full-on fishy and heady recipe not for the faint-hearted. A small point to note is a flaw with their curries is the amount of coconut cream which masks the spice flavours.
Another dish I would rave on about is their BBQ beef tenderloin. It is cooked to perfection, flavoursome; sweet, salty and slightly tangy, still pink on the inside. This is one taste I cannot forget.
The Pad Thai is great too. I'd say I've had a fair share of mediocre Thai stir-fry at various locations but this one will put a smile on anyone's face. Sweet, it is no doubt but it is cooked well; noodles still firm but cooked enough and beef is tender. Love the crushed peanuts on the side but the lone wedge of lemon is usually not enough for my liking, so I have to ask for more.
The prices are reasonable on the whole and definitely worth travelling for. YUM!!!
Last night, my son and I were scouring the streets of Sydney CBD looking for a Japanese restaurant. After a long tedious hunt, we finally settled for Yasaka Ramen and so glad we did. Here's why:
The ramen noodles are made on the premises, assuring customers of the freshest noodles. There is a gallery at the entrance where you can see the making of the noodles, which is pretty cool. Their ramen bowls are kept warm in a contraption with hot water in it so you know your noodles will stay piping hot for longer.
We sat at the counter where the kitchen is in full view, where you can witness the kitchen staff meticulously prepare the food, much like many small restaurants in Japan. They were busy but it was a relief that none of the staff members were stressed out or yelling at one another. Quite the contrary, they were orderly and organised, spoke in courteous manner.
We ordered the most spicy ramen in the house, crispy chicken cutlets on rice, teriyaki tofu, lotus root chips and pork dumplings as well. It would be difficult to pin-point which dish was the best because they were all good. Yes, all of them were good. The chips and chicken were crisp, crunchy and flavoursome, the tofu super silky on the inside but crunchy on the out; they were really delicious! The pork dumplings were simply excellent; they were succulent and we could just taste its freshness too. Lastly, my ramen! The texture of the noodles was just right, slightly firm with a little chew and not too thick, definitely not soggy. The broth was spicy, slightly bitter as you can expect with the bowl filled with mostly chilli, even then the miso flavour could still be identified. The ramen was of generous portion with a thick slice of rolled pork, corn kernels and a sheet of nori. I also noticed that the broth was only mildly salty, just ample so you can taste the ingredients in the bowl.
The bill was a humble one even though we ordered more than we could manage. I must say that my son and I had one of the best Japanese dinners last night, no different than the restaurants in Japan. Yasaka exceeded our expectations in taste, professionalism and cost and given these reasons we're bound to return soon.
We all know what Coles are about but today, I'm writing a review about their service, something I've been meaning to do so for a while now and today just warrants it!
I should commend on the attitude of the staff members whom I have interacted with. They are from but not limited to the bakery, deli and dairy, they are always happy to answer my questions and help me with my requests even if it means going round the store to look for the appropriate person for assistance. Today I've had the pleasure of dealing with a young gentleman who provided me with such excellent service, whose work at the Asian food aisle was interrupted by me, diligently went hunting down a staff member from the dairy department so I could have the products I needed. Now I wish I took notice of the name of the gentleman who did all the legwork!
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