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Chur Burger, Surry Hills, Sydney

I have heard wonderful things about this place and I am always on the hunt for a good burger in Sydney! (in fact anywhere really. Love a good burger!) Warren Turnbull is the man behind Chur Burger and this is where the Assiette used to be. Chur offers diners $10 burgers which is a steal. The menu is quite simple 6 different types of burgers and you can add extra pattie, bacon or cheese and sides – chips, sweet potatoes and coleslaw.

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I quite like what they have done, open kitchen, small bar where you order the food and drinks. I have heard people waiting for an hour or so but thankfully, we can early and found a seat straight away. Came with my brother, F and friends, and we pretty much tried the whole menu.

F couldn’t go past the grilled beef, cheese, tomato jam, mustard mayo, pickle and extra bacon. The beef was cooked to perfection, melted cheese and who can say no to bacon and mustard mayo all served on a soft bun?

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I didn’t have the fish burger but M claimed that it was potentially one of the best fish burgers she has had – crumbed fish fillet, pickled cucumber, lemon mayo and dill.

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M had the grilled lamb, mint sauce, feta, red onion and aioli. I am not a huge fan of lamb so this wasn’t a hit for me, but M seemed to have enjoyed it.

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I really enjoyed my pulled pork, chur bbq sauce, red slaw and fennel mayo. The pulled pork was tender and sweet, I was expecting a smokey taste to it but still really enjoyed it.

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Dragon had some of the marinated grilled chicken, hot sauce, minted slaw – well just the chicken. I asked if they could separate the condiments and they did. She really enjoyed the tender chicken, and the burger itself was quite tasty.

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Unfortunately they didn’t have any chicken wings and I was gutted! I really wanted to try some bbq chicken wings with blue cheese dressing.

The chips with chilli salt were tasty, especially when hot.

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We couldn’t go past the milo and strawberry milk shake – seriously sweet, seriously sinful and seriously delicious.

Was it the best burger I have had? It was pretty decent and for $10 how can you say no? For me, Dan Hong’s lotus burger is still my fav and not to mention Shake Shack! But Chur burger is not too shabby at all!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Chur Burger

48 Albion Street

Surry Hills 2010

NSW, Sydney

Ph: +61 2 9212 7979

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Devon Cafe, Surry Hills, Sydney

Pretty much everyone I know has been to Devon Café – the ‘newish’ café on Devonshire Street in Surry Hills. So on my visit to Sydney, I knew I had to check it out and see what all the fuss was about! I have been deprived of the café scene in Hong Kong so was very eager to have a nice brunch here.

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Seriously what’s not to love about this place! I love the vibe and the friendly staff and not to mention the menu! I really wanted to try everything but I knew that would take a while! The café is a lot uberbigger than I had thought, there is actually a back area which is uber cool and relatively big.

We started with some coffee – ‘very good’ according to my bro.

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The smoothie was seriously tasty, not too sweet and even Dragon had a sip or two.

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F and D couldn’t go past the breakie with the sakuma’s (23) – miso grilled king salmon, smoked eel croquette, 63’ egg and kewpie mayonnaise. Wow – it looked absolutely amazing, SO amazing that neither of them offered if we want some! HA! F said that the salmon was cooked to perfection, and he loved the 63’ egg. The smoked eel croquette was good but preferred the salmon.

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I couldn’t resist the Devon ultimate toastie (25) – sourdough open grilled with assorted mushrooms, fontal cheese, fried egg and western Australian truffle. It was the biggest toastie I have ever seen! The assorted mushrooms and truffle were excellent, and who doesn’t like a toastie or fried gooey egg?

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M ordered the citrus cured salmon and it was excellent, again the goo-ey egg and the smoked salmon was delicious.

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Service was polite and friendly. We also got a couple of their banana and nutella muffin – I didn’t take a photo of it but trust me when I say that they are wickedly sinful and excellent! Can’t wait to go back and try their lunch menu. *sigh* I have truly missed the café scene in Sydney!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Devon Café

76 Devonshire St

Surry Hills, 2010

Sydney, NSW

Ph: +61 2 9211 8777

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1/5 Neuvo, WanChai

1/5 Neuvo on Star Street has been around for a while now. I have been here many times for drinks but never really to eat. It is opened by the Elite Concept Group who also owns ye Shanghai, Quemo, He Jiang and Nanhai no1. 1/5 Neuvo serves diners Spanish food and for lunch, we were offered lunch set menu which consists of entrée and a main.

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The restaurant was relatively busy for a Friday. We started with some bread – toasted. I do prefer to eat bread fresh, straight from the oven.

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V couldn’t go past the shrimp and grape fruit salad. I didn’t have any of this but V thought it was light and refreshing.

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The spinach soup was creamy but was a little bland.

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V had the grilled calamari with saffron. It looked good, and V did say it ‘wasn’t bad’ but thought the calamari was a little chewy.

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I couldn’t go past the grilled chicken with Cajun which was tender and pretty tasty I thought.

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We decided to share some tiramisu, it was light and fluffy and was the perfect size for the both of us.

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Service was friendly, however, food was a bit of a hit and miss. Company was good though which is the important thing.

GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10

1/5 Neuvo

9 Start Street

Wanchai, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2529 2300

Masu Robatayaki & Sushi, Central, Hong Kong

I love Japanese food and would eat it almost every day. Unfortunately for me, I am still on a no seafood band as Dragon is allergic to it. I don’t have a confirmation on this, but I know that she touched ‘The Mother’s’ mouth whilst he was eating fish and she broke out in hives!!! Poor girl. Thankfully, there are other dishes I can eat besides sashimi or fish!

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Like most lunch set menus, started with some salad and appetizers.

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R ordered the sushi platter and oh my, what a generous serving! Over a dozen sushi and I was told they were fresh and delicious.

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G ordered the sashimi and wow it looked good. Yes I am seriously craving sashimi. G said it was deliciously and one of the nicest around Central.

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I couldn’t go past the wagyu beef and it was excellent. The beef was tender, succulent with the right amount of fat to meat ratio.

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Masu has an extensive lunch set menu on offer, ranging from sushi, sashimi, bento boxes and many more. I have to admit, it’s not cheap (for lunch) but it is good quality. Service was friendly and it was definitely good.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Masu Robatayaki and Sushi

Shop A, UG/F, On Hing Building,

1 On Hing Terrace

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2537 7787

Ajijiman Japanese Restaurant, Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong

There’s really not a shortage of restaurant in Sai Wan Ho. ‘The Mother’ and I eat lunch at Sai Wan Ho quite frequently on the weekend, as we go swimming in the area. There is a public pool at Sai Wan Ho and my uncle lives there and we sometimes use his club house – which is only open in the summer unfortunately.

Anyway, we have walked past this restaurant many times and thought we would give it ago. The restaurant offers diners set lunches, and with every main dish, you get soup and some appetizers. We started with the miso soup and pickles appetizers, nothing to rave about to be honest.

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‘The Mother’ couldn’t go past the sashimi – freshly cut of different types of fish. ‘The Mother’ absolutely loved it and wanted more.

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I couldn’t go past the beef, which took quite a while to come actually. ‘The Mother’ had finished his sashimi and was still waiting for my steak to come. Was it worth the wait? No, not really. It was good and tender but it wasn’t worth the extra 30 mins wait.

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Service was a bit slow at times, my steak was average but ‘The Mother’ seemed to have enjoyed his sashimi. Would I go back? Maybe to try the ramen, it seemed like everyone ordered the ramen!

GA’s ratings: 6 / 10

Ajijiman Japanese Restaurant

Shop GB18-20, Phase B, 45 Tai Hong Street,

Lei King Wan, Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2539 0098

 

Classified Mozzarella Bar, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

I really like this Classified restaurant which can be found on Star Street in Wan Chai. I love the high ceiling, the communal dining area – reminds me a bit like Sydney cafes. I love the large glass display cabinet of cheese. I should have known that it is a Mozzarella bar! I didn’t even realise until now! DOH and I am kicking myself for not trying any of the cheese, no doubt that we will be back as ‘The Mother’ really does like this place.

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We came here after Dragon’s swimming lesson and I have been craving eggs all week so couldn’t resist the scrambled eggs with mushrooms. The eggs were deliciously creamy and the mushroom a wonderful addition.

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‘The Mother’ was craving toasted sandwich, a simple cheese and toast sandwich and that is what he got. It’s hard to get good bread in Hong Kong and this was excellent, thick and crusty and fresh and the cheese – well, ‘The Mother’ absolutely loved it.

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‘The Mother’ enjoyed the coffee, he said that it is one of the ‘better ones in Hong Kong’ and I couldn’t go past the organic dry rhubarb soda – yum!

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Service was friendly, the place does get busy and it is not a very large café. I will definitely be back and try some of the cheese – burratta and the not!

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Classified Mozzarella Bar

G/F, 31 Wing Fung Street, 

Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2528 3454

Wang Jia Sha, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong

The one thing I love about Taikoo Shing is that there are a lot of restaurants nearby, the bad thing are that most of the restaurants are chains and not all of them are that fantastic! So even though there are a lot of restaurants to choose from, we still tend to go to Tin Hau, Tai Hang, or even Causeway Bay to eat. It was pouring one weekend, and thought we would stay in the area and try one of the restaurants in City Plaza. One of them being Wang Jia Sha, a Shanghainese restaurant.

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The restaurant was quite big and there are four branches across Hong Kong. ‘The Mother’ couldn’t go past the xiao long bao, it was a decent size, bigger than the ones you get at Din Tai Fung or Crystal Jade. I thought the skin was a bit thick. It’s all about the skin isn’t it? The inside wasn’t too bad but I still prefer the ones at Din Tai Fung, Paradise Dynasty or Crystal Jade.

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The sweet and sour pork glistened. It was surprisingly better than I had anticipated. Crunchy and the pork were quite tender.

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‘The Mother’ also wanted the pan-fried dumplings, explosives and can burn your mouth if you are not careful. I, unfortunately, burnt my mouth with all the soup inside but it was worth it. This was definitely much better than the xiao long bao.

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The smoked duck was a generous serving. I thought the duck meat was too salty, and the duck was a little dry. Had it been tender and less salty, I think it would be a very dish! One of our favourites if it’s done correctly.

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Service was polite and friendly. Most of the waitresses kept Dragon entertained which was nice. She did enjoy the pan-fried dumplings, only the bun not the inside unfortunately – more for us I guess.

Food was ok, I think I prefer Crystal Jade or Din Tai Fung.

GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10

Wang Jia Sia

Shop No.101, 1/F, Cityplaza II

18 Taikoo Shing Road

Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2560 3668