Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ying Thai


Their minced pork with spring onion goes really well with rice.


Pandan chicken.


Seafood tomyam soup - not really that good because I believe they used frozen prawns instead of fresh prawns.


Not very nice thai fish cakes, somewhat overcooked. I think Ying Thai 2 at Lygon Street serves better fish cakes than Ying Thai.

Note : For those of you who can't take spicy food, remember to tell them you want everything less spicy or mild. You wouldn't want to end up drinking water the whole time. (:

Ying Thai
235 Victoria Street,
Abbotsford VIC 3067
Australia
(03) 9419 1225

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Booth Taiwanese Gourmet


I love their minced pork rice. It's quite cheap for such portion, most important it tastes good. Even if you don't order, pack it and bring it home to try.


Some noodle a friend ordered. I'm not a fan of their noodles.


Their chicken is not so good. I love fried food, but not this chicken.. It's a bit too hard to chew (not that I don't have teeth!) probably overcooked.


Bubble tea! I think they serve great bubble tea. Try it :D

The Booth Taiwanese Gourmet
612 Station Street,
Box Hill VIC 3128
Australia
(03) 9899 7666

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Restaurant New Peng Yu


The best pork noodle / zhu yuk fun, even if it isn't the best, it's a good one. The downside is the cook is a bit too calculative. Not enough ingredients (pork). If the soup is a little bit "too much" they'll reduce 1-2 spoonful of soup from the bowl. I think that's not needed.


Pan mee. I love their soup. The mee is a bit too thick I feel. It'd be better if it's thinner.

Restaurant New Peng Yu
Jalan Jejaka 9,
Kuala Lumpur 55100 WP
Malaysia

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Rotunda


Banana leaf rice - rice served on banana leaf with vegetables, papadum and meat.

As for the meat, you pick what you like on the spot, and they'll cook it right away and serve it hot. We ordered fried fish, fried chicken, fried sotong, fried crab and curry chicken. I also saw a huge king prawn inside the ice box but we already ordered a lot, so maybe next time. I think it's pretty good because most mamak don't offer "on the spot services". Rice for 6 with so many dishes, seafood and meat costs only RM115. Quite reasonably priced.

Rotunda
Jalan Kelab Golf off Jalan Tun Razak,
Kuala Lumpur 55000 WP
Malaysia
(03) 9206 3287

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Gurney Drive


Loh bak - not good, tastes awfully weird. It doesn't taste anything like loh bak.


Asam laksa, not good at all. Not the right noodle and barely cooked. You'll know when the noodles are not cooked (not very chewy). I suspect it's frozen noodles... or they didn't cook it well. I won't order that anymore.


Char kueh teow was okay. It's not the best, but it is alright. Of course, the noodles aren't exactly the right one, but at least it carries the char kueh teow taste.

Gurney Drive
284 Victoria Street,
Melbourne VIC 3000
Australia
(03) 9329 6649

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Restaurant Yu Ai


If you're a fan of spicy food, try their tom yam soup. I don't really enjoy spicy stuff so I ordered the normal clear soup (qing tong). You can find prawns, squid, lala, sliced fish and oyster. If you're allegic to any of it you might want them to be removed first. The price is slightly more expensive than any other kopitiams, considering that it costs RM15-18 per bowl, but it's worth it. :)

Restaurant Yu Ai
42, Segambut Utara,
Kuala Lumpur 51200 WP
Malaysia
(012) 335 5563

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Laksa King


Entree - papaya salad, loh bak, curry puff and popiah. Popiah and curry puff was okay. The other two, not very nice. The loh bak carries some funny taste, something that you will never expect to get from a loh bak. Papaya salad? Too sour.


The curry noodle was alright, except a much of coconut milk in the soup. Some people may like it thick. I personally feel it is way too thick and because of that, the curry taste is lacking.


Asam laksa, not a good choice. They are not even using the correct noodle. The noodle tastes something like China's mi xian. Unlike the usual noodle used in asam laksa, it's supposed to be a little see through-ish and chewy. This noodle breaks off easily. Other that than, the soup and ingredients used were alright.


Nasi lemak... not exceptionally good, but still okay. It's probably the taste of the sambal. You might want to try it out yourself. But then again, do not put too high hopes on it.

Do reserve a table because it is always full. You wouldn't want to wait an hour for a table. :)

Laksa King
12 Pin Oak Crescent,
Flemington VIC 3031
Australia
(03) 9372 6383

Monday, June 20, 2011

Passionflower


Gold digger is the name of this dessert. Mango sorbet on top of crushed ice and mango, lychee, orange and syrup. The sorbet was good. But I don't quite get why it is placed on top of the shavings. The shavings are rolled like a ball, it is very hard. I don't think that should be eaten, it is just plain shaved ice. Fruits, nothing special. I would recommend you to order the sorbet itself only.

There are a lot of other choices available. Everything in the menu looks really pretty.. Even I had a hard time deciding which one to eat. But if you can't decide, try the mango sorbet. :)

Passionflower
168 Bourke Street,
Melbourne 3000 VIC
Australia
(03) 9663 0033

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Blufish


Pan fried scallops with chips.


Fish and chips.

The place is very small, can barely fit 10 tables. Not a very great place to sit and chat, but the food is worth it. Very fresh, especially the scallops. Do remember they only accept cash, no cards.

Blufish
16 Center Place,
Melbourne VIC 3000
Australia
(03) 9663 0738

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Japanese Cafe Restaurant J


Japanese Cafe Restaurant J is famous for their sushi burgers. People normally call this place "Sushi Burger" instead of Japanese Cafe Restaurant J. Gosh, what a long name. Even I would call this place Sushi Burger too.


I've tried almost every burger on the list. My personal favourite would be the spicy salmon burger. I also love their kani croquette burger, soft shell crab burger and the teriyaki salmon burger. It's a must try if you're here.


However their udons are nothing special. Their tempura batter appears to be rather tasteless. Sliced beef udon.. normal stuff.


Green tea parfait. I think it's too sweet for my liking.


Their strawberry daifuku is the best mochi I've ever tasted! The sweetness level is about right. Something I would recommend if you're here too. The red bean mochi is normal stuff. I prefer the strawberry over red bean.

Japanese Cafe Restaurant J
167 Exhibition Street
Melbourne 3000 VIC
Australia
(03) 9650 9877

Friday, June 17, 2011

Mart 130


Poached eggs, smoked salmon, spinach and toasted sourdough.

I practically love everything, the thinly sliced salmon and the toast. I was told that their corn fritters are very nice. I will try that some other day if I have a chance.

*Take tram 96 to Middle Park and you'll see it right at the stop.

Mart 130
107 Canterbury Road,
Middle Park VIC 3206
Australia
(03) 9690 8831

Thursday, June 16, 2011

DiMattina's


Pasta


Fried calamari, lightly battered. It was alright.


Chilli prawns, supposed to be served with rocket salad but I requested to change to Caesar Salad. Not a good idea because the chilli sauce didn't taste good with the caesar and cheese. If they were served separately, it would be better.

Overall, I would say this place is worth a try. I would like to go back and try something else another time.

DiMattina's
306 Lygon Street,
Carlton VIC 3053
Australia
(03) 9347 5500

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Dumpling Plus


A friend told me this place serves good xiao long bao. So I purposely came here to try. To be honest I'm terribly disappointed with it. Xiao long bao is known as the bao with soup. Out of 10, 5 probably are dry. I handled them with care, but most of it doesn't have soup in it. The skin of the bao is too thick. However the fillings were alright. I wouldn't recommend their xiao long bao to anyone though. What's the point eating xiao long bao for the meat only. It's the skin and soup that we want to eat. Unless they improve, no way I'm going back.

Dumpling Plus
269 Swanston Street,
Melbourne VIC 3000
Australia
(03) 9663 8181

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ichiban Boshi


I think all Edamame is not very much different from each other. Nothing special, really.


Gyoza? They were okay. Nothing special.


Salmon sushi roll with salad. Nothing special in fact... It's just like any other handrolls you can find in any sushi booths for about $2.20 each. How much are they charging? $6.50. Not worth it at all. The only difference is you see the sushi rolls divided into smaller pieces, a miserable plate of salad, a plate of soy sauce, wasabi and ginger served on a plate. Extra $4 for these kind of decorations? I'd rather spend it on something else.


Macha latte. It was the only thing I enjoyed throughout the lunch.

Given a choice I will never come back to Ichiban Boshi at The Galleries Victoria Sydney. Reasons :

1) Rude waitresses. Not one, but every single one who served us were rude. Not even a smile on their face.

2) Double entrance mislead customers. Waitress told us off for sitting down because we walked from the back entrance and did not know there was a waiting list.

3) Unorganized seats. Before we sat down, waitress told us to move our chair to the other side. Later on waitress said we were blocking the walking path and gave us an irritated look.

4) Rude cashier. Cashier and waitresses also the same, just as rude.

5) Food quality not extraordinarily good but price is slightly much higher than a lot of other Japanese Restaurants.

6) Minimum charge. There is a minimum charge for something that's not even extraordinarily good. A lot of other restaurants do that as well, but some are really worth it. Like Japanese Cafe Restaurant J in Melbourne, the famous sushi burger.

This will definitely be my first and last time. Not unless they teach their staffs to be nicer to customers, then no. I don't want to spend my money getting angry at unnecessary things.

However, Ichiban Boshi in Malaysia is much better than the one in Sydney.

Ichiban Boshi
Level 2 Galleries Victoria Building
500 George Street,
Sydney NSW 2000
Australia
(02) 9262 7677

Monday, June 13, 2011

Shoya Japanese Restaurant


Cocktail tastes alright, one sip burns the throat. Mocktail tastes more like bottled apple juice.


Fresh sushi. You can choose to order in set or individually.


Kani Hotate Fillo Age. No reason to say no to this dish. Great stuff.


I love their Yukke. Raw beef topped with raw egg. You can't even tell that it's raw without seeing it.


Grilled dishes - ribs, sirloin and giant prawns.


I don't think their beef is very fresh, or at least it has some kind of taste. Maybe their seafood is better.


Certainly, prawns are fresh. So if you want to order their grilled food, better pick seafood instead.

I find everything nice except their beef. Also, it costs approximately $140 for two person. Quite pricey. May cost even more if we ordered more food due to the portion.

Shoya Japanese Restaurant
25 Market Lane,
Melbourne VIC 3000
Australia
(03) 9650 0848

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Coconut House


I'm not a fan of curry mee because I don't like the noodle (yellow mee or bee hun). But I love their soup. I think the noodles are sufficient but they should serve more soup instead. The bowl of noodle dries up too fast.


Don't order the mee pok. It may look like mee pok but certainly do not taste like it.

There are a number of things I've tried as well :

1) Chicken Rice - Not bad, not extremely good but it's decent. It used to be better before, not sure why the quality has gone down.

2) Pork Noodle - Worst pork noodle I've ever tasted in my life. Maybe it's the pork.. it has a kind of terrible smell and that smell completely spoils the whole bowl of soup. Any coffee shop in KL can prepare better pork noodle than them. Just, avoid.

They used to have roast pork rice (siew yuk fan) as well. One of my favourite but they no longer serve it anymore. That was the time I liked their food the most.. But ever since they renovated, the quality of their food went down.

Coconut House
449 Elizabeth Street,
Melbourne VIC 3000
Australia
(03) 9329 6401

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Spicy Fish Restaurant


I thought sze chuan soup is supposed to be a little hot and spicy. This entire bowl of thing tastes spicy and it carries a weird taste too (smells like plastic). Certainly not sour at all, don't bother wasting money on this bowl of soup.


Sweet and sour pork was okay. Best dish on the table among all.


Very badly done stir fry beans with minced pork. It carried some kind of burnt smell.


Lemon chicken. I ate the chicken without the lemon sauce at the side. The bowl of lemon sauce tastes like some expired lemon juice. Terrible.

The staffs were not very friendly either. The first thing they suggested was expensive dishes like seafood. When we didn't order seafood, they got sort of irritated and gave us looks and became even more unfriendly. This will be my first and last. Don't let the looks of the restaurant cheat you. It may look grand from the outside, but cannot even prepare simple dishes without getting things wrong.

Spicy Fish Restaurant
209 Little Bourke Street,
Melbourne VIC 3000
Australia
(03) 9639 1885

Friday, June 10, 2011

Cacao Fine Chocolates & Patisserie


They changed their product placement. They used to put their macarons on another side. Click here for the older post.


Even their strawberries and cream looks different now. The older one has two different colours on both sides. Top yellow bottom pink, or the other way round. Nonetheless it still tastes just as good.


They didn't have a box previously. They used to throw 5 macarons in a paper bag instead of a nice box like that.


All these packaging actually makes use consumers pay more. I remember their macarons used to cost $2.20 each. Now it costs about $10 per box of 4. They have it in box of 2, 4, 12 and more than that. The more you buy, the cheaper it'll be.


The one that looks like rainbow on top is their new flavour, French Vanilla.


They also offer a range of handmade chocolates.

They grabbed the title Melbourne's best macarons 2010. Maybe that is also the reason to increase the price. Nevertheless, still worth it. :)

Cacao Fine Chocolates & Patisserie
Ground Level Melbourne GPO
Melbourne VIC 3000
Australia
(03) 9662 4777