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Brickfields, Chippendale

Brickfields is a new bakery in the backstreets of Chippendale. They make their own bread and supply the sourdough to Cornersmith, Love Tilly Devine and Flour & Stone. I love the feel of this café, it is quite small though, a few tables inside and outside and the menu is very limited and if you like variety, then you might struggle but I think there is always something for everyone.

We started with this wonderful drink which for the life of me can’t remember the name of. However, it was incredibly refreshing and delicious – even Dragon wanted some but it was a little too sweet for her.

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I have heard wonderful things about their beef brisket sandwich with radish, anchovy mayonnaise and chili, unfortunately they don’t make that anymore. When asked why? They want to change the menu – spice it up a little. I can’t remember what they replaced it with but I couldn’t go past the egg, eggplant, tahini and zhoug on sourdough – OMG YUM! The bread was deliciously fresh and the zhoug – fantastic! My only gripe would be that it is a small serving, I would happily eat another serving!

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‘The Mother’ couldn’t go past the chorizo, spiced cabbage and chili. It was good but mine was definitely better. The chorizo was nicely spice-y but the zhoug – oh my!

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Service was efficient, I can imagine this place extremely busy on the weekend. We went on a weekday and we got the last table available. I have heard the coffee is also good but I am still on a non-drinking coffee ban. Oh wells, next time.

I have really missed the café scene in Sydney, will definitely be back for more when I am in town next.

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Brickfields

206 Cleveland Street

Chippendale, 2008

Ph: +61 2 9698 7880

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Kazbah, Top Ryde

My first visit to Kazbah wasn’t a memorable one. The food didn’t live up to the expectation and the service was horrid. This was about 2 or more years ago now and I have not returned until recently. I was catching up with the lovely suzchef, and I suggested we go here. To be frank, we didn’t really care where we went; it was a LONG overdue catch up! I have yet to see suzchef tummy and believe me, she was looking absolutely radiant! They say some women looks well when they are pregnant whilst others might not and she is definitely one of those women that looks extremely well whilst pregnant!

We didn’t have any entrees, went straight to mains. I couldn’t go past the char-grilled grain fed scotch fillet, asparagus, Moroccan butter, chips with Kazbah seasoning. The steak was a little thin but cooked to perfection. The chips were a little soggy for my liking – I am not a huge fan of soggy chips unless I am drunk and the Moroccan butter was a wonderful complement!

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S couldn’t go past the tagines – chicken, chermoula, lima beans, potatoes, green olives served with a choice of carrot steamed couscous or rice pillaf. The tagine was tasty – the chicken tender and full of flavours. It smelt absolutely divine which made the dish even tastier!

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I have to admit, the meal was better than what I remembered it to be. I don’t know if it’s the location, or the fact that it wasn’t super busy, but service was pleasant and good. I didn’t have high expectations in the first place so that may have helped! Ha! I am willing to give their breakfast another go.

We were too full for dessert, and I had a very restless and bossy Dragon with me!

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It was so lovely to catch up with you S! Can’t wait to meet the little one.

GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10

Kazbah

Pope Street, Top Ryde Shopping Centre

Ph: +61 2 9555 7067

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Le Paris Go Cafe, Bondi Beach

We have been pretty lucky that the weather in Sydney has been awesome. Sunny, and although it was a little cold at night, you can still wear shorts during the day. ‘The Mother’ and I wanted to take Dragon to the beach, we wanted to show her the beach, Bondi Beach and not those man-made ones in Hong Kong. I had originally wanted to eat at Bondi Hardware but didn’t realise that they were only open for lunch from Thursday onwards! DOH!

We probably could have gone ANYWHERE in Bondi – so many good cafes but Dragon was getting a little antsy as it was almost nap time so we picked the first café we saw which was Le Paris Go Café, opposite Bondi Hardware.

The café was busy, and they were a little short staff but surprisingly the food came relatively quickly and although it took a while to order, the service overall wasn’t too bad. I have read on urbanspoon how service was atrocious, that day, it wasn’t bad at all.

The mango frappe went down so nicely, and perfect for the warm weather.

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I couldn’t resist the corn fritters, with bacon, pesto and onion jam. Oh MY – YUM! I have missed good corn fritters, however, I must admit, the one at Bills would have to be my favourite.

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‘The Mother’ ordered his ‘usual’ – bacon and eggs with poached eggs which he enjoyed. It was simple and tasty he said.

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Service wasn’t bad, it was slow at first but we got our food not long after. There seemed to be a lot of diners at the time, so it can’t be that bad.

After lunch, we had a quick walk on Bondi Beach. Dragon wasn’t as excited as I had hoped. I think she was scared at HOW BIG her bath tub was and like me, she wasn’t a huge fan of sand! HA!

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I do miss Bondi Beach!

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Le Paris Go Café

38 Hall Street

Bondi Beach, 2026

Ph: +61 2 9130 6753

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Fook Yuen, Chatwood

It’s definitely been a VERY long time since I have been to Fook Yuen. Fook Yuen has been around for as long as I remember, even when I used to work in Chatswood which was at least 10 years ago! Fook Yuen can be found on Help Street, just near the station. The restaurant was relatively big, and it was quite a busy evening especially on a week night. We were here for Dragon’s birthday, it was more for the adults than anyone else really. I left all the ordering to ‘The Mother’, which is VERY RARE! However, I was pleasantly surprised how well he ordered – again VERY RARE!

We started with free pork soup – clear broth of pork bones which was a tad on the salty side for me.

The pipis in XO sauce was a hit – I didn’t have any as I am still not eating shell fish but my fellow diners absolutely loved it. Full of flavour, and the chili gave it a nice kick.

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The black pepper stir fried beef was wonderful. Tender chunks of beef with lots of black pepper, mushroom and sugar snap peas – one of my favourites!

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I can never say no to sweet and sour pork and I have to admit, it was good! Tender pork and they went like hotcakes – had to be very quick – we are all pork lovers.

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The tofu hot pot with mushroom and vegetables was simple and hearty.

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King prawns with chili were another favourite amongst the diners. Plump and juicy prawns, the chili were a wonderful complement.

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I was looking forward to the fried eggplant, took one bite and realised that it had prawn paste at the bottom. It was good though, the eggplant was soft and had the right amount of batter.

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I was getting full by this stage but couldn’t resist having some of the crispy chicken. We all enjoyed the crispy skin and tender chicken meat.

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Dessert was red bean soup and a plate of biscuits. We also had a cake for Dragon – I was STUFFED and ready to roll home.

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Service was good, food was surprisingly good! Much better than I had anticipated or remembered. I have to admit, ‘The Mother’ really ordered well! It was nothing fancy but everything we had was good and delicious.

Happy Birthday once again my sweet Dragon! Love you to bits!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Fook Yuen

7 Help Street

Chatwood 2067

Ph: +61 2 9413 2688

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Kepos Street Kitchen, Redfern

I really enjoyed my first visit to Kepos. Even though my zucchini fritters were on the salty side, I still really enjoyed it and have wanted to come back to try more of their menu.

It was a Sunday and we went after the lunch time rush, at 2pm and even then, we waited for a good 30 minutes before seated. Any longer, I would have walked away but I am glad that I did wait a bit longer as the food was absolutely fantastic!

The apple and cherry cooler strawberry rosewater fizz was absolutely refreshing.

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So was the pomegranate virgin mojito – I have to say, it is my favourite drink here.

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I couldn’t go past the falafel, hummus, tabouleh, mint, schiacciata bread ($16) – oh my, exceptionally tasty! The falafel were deep fried, very herby and crisp on the outside and deliciously moist inside. The tabouleh was a wonderful complement that I wanted more.

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My brother really enjoyed the steak sandwich, caramelised onion jam, wilted spinach, aioli, and roasted tomatoes ($19). He said that the steak was tender and cooked to perfection.

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The wagyu beef burger, pickled eggplant, walnuts, watercress, harissa ($18) was also wonderful. Tender wagyu beef, the pickled eggplant was a wonderful complement.

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Once we ordered, food came out relatively quickly! It is the waiting for a table that took a while. We also got some desserts to take away, the brownies were deliciously chocolate-y and moist.

Hoping to come back one more time before we head back to try their other dishes, but the falafel were pretty darn tasty that I actually want some more!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Kepos Street Kitchen

96 Kepos Street

Redfern 2016

Ph: +61 2 9319 3919

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Dragon’s 1st Birthday

I can’t believe that Dragon is one years old! Where did the past 12 months go? On the weekend, we celebrated Dragon’s birthday. It was really more for the adults than her really, an excuse for the adults to have a get together and eat good food, and indeed we did have good food!

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I’d like to thank Angie, who made Dragon’s brilliant birthday cake! I think when I first asked her about it, she was a little shocked or sceptical. I am pretty sure she thought I was MAD! She wanted me to make balls of cakes? But she was brilliant, and I was SO happy with the end result so THANK YOU again! It was absolutely delicious also!

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Here’s what we had to eat…

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Started with chicken spring rolls and spinach and ricotta triangles

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Yummy quiche Lorraine

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Ayam telor bali, chicken and egg Balinese style

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Perkedel – mashed potatoes with spices such as shallots, garlic, and white pepper

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Empal daging, spicy beef

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Ati ampela – now this is not for everyone but definitely my favourite!

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You can’t have a birthday celebration without noodles for longevity

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Ikan ibis, which I couldn’t have but definitely a favourite of mine!

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The tupeng – yellow turmeric rice with vegies and meat. You take the top one for the birthday person.

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And I didn’t take a photo of mum’s rendang as well as the bakso goreng which were a hit!

My favourite dessert, kelepon which a dear friend of mum’s made! I love these!!! Can’t remember how many of these I ate, but definitely enough to go to the gym every single day (twice a day) this week!

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Apple strudel which was served with ice cream!

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There were plenty other desserts which I forgot to take photos off, including pudding and other Indonesian desserts! And of course, the birthday girl’s cake – chocolate mud cake! It was absolutely superb! The reaction on Dragon’s face was unforgettable and absolutely epic! It was the reaction that we all wanted, so many thanks again Angie for the awesome cake!

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Happy 1st birthday Dragon – hope you had a great time and thank you to all my family and friends for celebrating this special occasion. And a BIG thank you to my uncle for the photos!

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Hope you all had an awesome weekend!

NaruOne Korean Restaurant, Sydney

I’ve heard so much about this restaurant, especially their fried chicken – claims to be the best in Sydney – that I had to try for myself. Who doesn’t love a good fried chicken? And I don’t mean the KFC fatty ones! Can you believe that I have not found KFC – Korean Fried Chicken in Hong Kong yet!!!!

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NaruOne can be found on Pitt Street, just near where Madang is. We were here for one thing, but started with some banchan – it wasn’t a lot, most Korean restaurants have more but I loved the kimchi and Dragon loved the cucumber! Ha!

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We ordered the kimchi pancake – it was ok I thought, definitely have had better.

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The fried chicken we ordered half half, half normal and half sweet and spicy sauce. Oh emmm geeee it is undoubtedly one of the BEST Korean fried chicken I have ever had, especially the normal one! It was crunchy and the chicken meat was moist and tender – I could have easily eaten a whole plate on my own, I kid you not. The sweet and spicy sauce was nice, but the normal was definitely my favourite!!

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We also ordered the braised beef short ribs which come with a choice of either mild or hot sauce. We opt for the mild version and it was absolutely delicious. The beef ribs were tender, and the sweet potato noodles were a wonderful compliment. Underneath all the ‘greens’ there are actually beef short ribs!

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Service efficient, and although they do not take reservations we did not have a problem in getting a table. Food came relatively quickly and most importantly, the fried chicken was finger licking good! Definitely will be coming back for more KFC!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

NaruOne Korean Restaurant

375 Pitt Street

Sydney, 2000

Ph: +61 2 9261 2680

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