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Chalkboard Cafe, Waterloo, Sydney

This post is long overdue. I was in Sydney a couple of months back and was catching up with a couple of my favourite peeps, and i suggested this place. Thesuzchef, Uncle and I all have kids, so we need somewhere that is child friendly and big enough to fit prams. Unfortunately, none of us brought our prams but this cafe was definitely spacious. It is located in Waterloo in PYD design centre in Sydney. The cafe was quite spacious and I love the open space, great for Dragon to run around. The menu was vast, all day breakfast and lunch started at 11:30am.

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I really wanted eggs, but Dragon is allergic to eggs. So opt for her next best thing, and her favourite also – Crispy Fried Chicken with tortilla and tomato chilli jam. The fried chicken was surprisingly tasty, crispy skin and tender.

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thesuzchef ordered the blueberry and buttermilk pancakes served with blueberry compote and vanilla cream. Unfortunately it was a true and utter disappointment. It wasn’t fluffy or soft, it was rock hard and cold.

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Uncle had the open fillet steak sandwich with sautéed mushroom, salad and red onion marmalade. It looked good but from memory, Uncle thought it was just ‘ok’. (photo by my Uncle)

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The brioche French toast with caramelised banana, bacon and maple syrup was infinitely better than the buttermilk pancakes. (photo by uncle).

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Overall food was a bit of a hit and miss, which is a shame. I really wanted to like this cafe as I liked the vibe. My fried chicken was pretty good but I don’t think everyone enjoyed their meal. Service was friendly and polite. It was lovely to see you all – I have missed you dearly!

GA’s ratings: 5 / 10

The Chalkboard Cafe

PYD Building

197 Young Street

Waterloo 2017

Sydney, Australia

Ph: +61 2 9698 2553

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Fu Sing Shark Fin Restaurant, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Can you believe that it has taken me about 1 year to go Fu Sing for dim sum? I am definitely spoilt for choices when it comes for dim sum in Hong Kong, there’s the fancy dim sum like LKH or Man Wah (which I have to admit, I like) or the cheap dim sum like Tim Ho Wan. A friend was visiting from Tokyo, S and she wanted some Chinese food, and what better than have dim sum?

We started with the bbq pork – one of the best I have eaten, fatty and incredibly delicious. Even Dragon couldn’t resist.

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The chicken was tender and ticked Dragon’s palate.

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It was hard to eat just one cheung fan cooked with xo sauce. It was wonderful aromatic and tasty.

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The har gow – prawn dumplings was plump and moreish. The pastry silky smooth.

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You can never go wrong with pan fried dumplings.

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The char siu bun was another favourite of Dragon.

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We couldn’t go past the chicken feet – one of my favourites dim sum dishes.

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The pork with black bean sauce was good but I have definitely had better.

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S enjoyed the radish cake which was slightly deep fried.

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We had mango pudding and mango sago for dessert which were great.

The food I really enjoyed, but then again, I haven’t really had bad dim sum in Hong Kong. Decor not so great but the service was polite and friendly. Would definitely be back to try their other dishes.

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Fu Sing Shark Fin Seafood Restaurant

1/F, 68 Yee Woo Street

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2504 4228

Enomod, Soho, Hong Kong

Enomod stands for Enoteca Moderna is a newish restaurant on Elgin Street which promotes the social dining concept. The idea behind social dining is inspired by a cultural movement that emerged in 1930s America which is reflected in the decor in the restaurant. I quite like the vibe and the open space, and the lounge area which is good for drinks with friends or colleagues.

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We were here for lunch and opt for the lunch set menu. The menu I liked, brass copper and it was quite sexy I thought. We thought we would share and ordered one of each salad, pasta and main.

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Started with some tapas – choice of 3, there were 4 of us so we pretty much ate everything on the menu. We had the buffalo mozzarella, black forest ham, smoked turkey breast, spanish paprika sardines, salmon gravadlax with crackers and capers relish, octopus and olives Moroccan salad, homemade sundered tomatoes in olive oil, capsicum mint and lemon, zucchini ‘escabeche’, eggplant spicy marinate, hummus and crackers, marinated roasted pumpkin. I have to say, my favourites were the hummus and crackers, salmon gravadlax, and sundered tomatoes.

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The riccia, frisse, cheery, brown anchovies salad was ok, nothing too fancy I thought. It was light and refreshing

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The penne genovese meat and marsala parmesan sauce was rather ordinary. Lacked umph and flavour.

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The pan fried chicken breast with fresh tomato basil sauce was surprisingly tender and full of flavours

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However, our favourite would have to be the homemade Mediterranean beef burger on foccacia. It doesn’t look much in the photo below, but the beef pattie was tender and the foccacia a nice touch. It was a rather small serving though, that we had to order TWO!

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The place was relatively empty for lunch. I thought the food was OK, the burger was probably the best thing but I have definitely had better burgers. Shame though, as I was expecting more and my fellow diners were also disappointed. Service was friendly and pleasant.

GA’s ratings: 6 / 10

Enomod

1/F, 1-5 Elgin Street

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2555 6065

Nepal Nepalese Restaurant, Soho, Hong Kong

I am always keen to try new restaurants and new cuisine. It was a colleague’s farewell and we decided to try this Nepalese Restaurant in Soho. It’s quite a cosy restaurant, all the tables are quite close to each other. Thankfully we sat by the door, we wanted some ‘al fresco’ dining! HA! The menu was vast, lots of soups, dumplings, grilled meats, vegetables and countless curries!

Started with some bhenta tareko – fried eggplant marinated with fresh Nepali herbs (HKD66) was tasty.

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We all loved the momocha – fresh home made dumplings with your choice of minced lamb, chicken or vegetables, steamed or deep fried (HKD78). From memory we had minced lamb and it was steamed. The dumplings were a little lamb-y for my liking but my fellow diners definitely enjoyed it.

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The hass-ko sekuwa – barbecued boneless duck marinated with fresh light Nepalese Herbs and Spices (HKD158) was exceptionally tender and delicious. Could not stop eating it.

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The kuhura-ko sekuwa – barbecued boneless chicken marinated with fresh light Nepalese herbs and spices (HKD118) was good but the duck was infinitely better.

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We couldn’t resist the ramtoria – okra cooked with chopped onion, tomato and fresh ground spices, garnished with ginger (HKD95). I don’t eat okra very often so when I see it on the menu, would normally order it.

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I can’t remember the name of this, but we got some bbq mixed meat – chicken, lamb, fish – came out on a sizzling hot plate and they were tasty and delicious.

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And of course, Naan – a combination of plain naan, garlic, and onion! Delicious!

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I have to admit it was a rather heavy lunch and I had serious food coma. Overall I thought it was quite good, some of the dishes were quite tasty, especially the okra, the duck and the momocha. Will definitely come back to try their other dishes.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Nepal Nepalese Restaurant

G/F, 14 Staunton Street

Soho, Central

Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2869 6212

Bouchon Bistro Francais, Soho, Hong Kong

Bouchon bistro can be found on Elgin Street in Soho. I have wanted to try this cute little French bistro for a while now, so when my cousin IW came to town, and we were walking around Soho, I suggested this place. The place was relatively small, lots of booths and high chairs, which to be frank wasn’t ideal when you are eating with a baby.

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The lunch menu was quite reasonable 2 courses for HKD118, or 3 courses for HKD138. ‘The Mother’ and IW had 3 courses each, unfortunately nothing on the set menu Dragon could eat so opt for just a la-carte. We started with some bread, warm. crusty and fluffy inside. Dragon had at least 3/4 of this loaf by herself! Yes she loves eating bread when we are at restaurants, she knows that it is nicer than the ones I buy!

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Dragon and I had the Poulet Roti (HKD188) – Half roasted chicken with truffle jus. The chicken was incredible tender and tasty, even Dragon enjoyed it – yes, she ate at least half of it!

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‘The Mother’ had the mushroom salad which was underneath the mountain of rocket.

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IW had the spinach soup which he thought was very ‘spinach-y’, a little too creamy for his liking.

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Both ordered the steak frites served with bernaise sauce. The steak was incredibly tender, and the bernaise sauce was a wonderful complement.

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The chips – we all loved!

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For dessert, ‘The Mother’ opt for tarte jour which was chocolate brownie with walnut and vanilla ice cream. The brownie was quite dense, and the vanilla bean ice cream a wonderful complement.

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IW had the creme brûlée and it passed the tapping crack test! it was creamy and delicious.

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Service was good and food delicious. Reasonably priced too for lunch which is always nice.

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Bouchon Bistro Francais

G/F, 49 Elgin Street,

Soho, Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2525 9300

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Ole Spanish Restaurant, Central, Hong Kong

‘The Mother’ loves Spanish food – he is always on the hunt for good tapas in Hong Kong. He’s been talking about Ole Restaurant which is located in Central for a while now so finally, one evening on Saturday, we decided to have an early dinner and went to Ole. The place was relatively empty when we rocked up at 6.30pm. We were presented with the menu and some bread, olives and nibbles to start. Everything on the menu sounded wonderful, I wanted to eat everything.

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‘The Mother’ couldn’t go past the garlic prawns. I didn’t have any of this, but he said it was one of the best he has eaten – big call i know. He said the prawns were cooked to perfection, it was garlicky and the butter sauce was tasty.

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The traditional spanish iberico ham was quite tasty. Eaten by itself or with some bread… hmhmhm delicious

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The jamon ham croquettes were pretty good I thought, even Dragon enjoyed it and she is not usually a fan of croquettes

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The dish of the evening would have to be the suckling pig – tender pork meat, crispy skin, it just melted in my mouth. I am pretty certain that I could have eaten the whole thing by myself if we didn’t order anything else! IT WAS GOOD!

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For dessert, ‘The Mother’ opt for caramel flan. I was surprised he didn’t choose the churros but he wanted something different. The flan wasn’t for me, it was too ‘firm’ for me, I would have preferred it to be much softer and silkier. Shame, as I really wanted something sweet.

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Overal service was good and tentative, they kept giving us bread as Dragon would not stop eating it! When we are out at restaurants she would happily sit and eat bread, as she knows they are the ‘good stuff’. I buy the crappy cheap ones according to her!

The waitress and waiter loved Dragon – kept her entertain whilst I indulge in some suckling pig!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Ole Spanish Restaurant

1/F, Shun Ho Tower,

24-30 Ice House Street

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2523 8624

Torihana, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

We stumbled across Torihana as we were walking down Irving Street in Causeway Bay. To be frank, I can’t even remember what we were looking for, however, I do remember that it was where Dragon got sick! It wasn’t from the food at Torihana, but it is how I remember the restaurant to be. Torihana serves Tokyo style Chicken broth noodles, very popular in Japan but the 1st time it has arrived in Hong Kong. There are several branches, including Tsim Sha Tsui which opened first. The Menu was vast, lots of different types of ramen, chicken karaage and rice dishes.

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Edamame to start, you can never go wrong with these.

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Chicken karaage, oh how I have missed thee! The chicken were tender and succulent, and dipped in kewpie mayo sauce was delicious.

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I wasn’t really up for ramen, so opt for the pork katsu curry. I have definitely had better curry, like CoCo Ichibanya or Izumi Curry. The pork was tender and I loved the crunchy exterior.

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‘The Mother’ couldn’t go past the ramen, I can’t for the life remember which one – think it was the most simple one and he said it was OK. He still prefers Ippudo or Butao ramen.

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Now, I mentioned earlier that Dragon was sick, her face was so red and it was the first time in a LONG time that she vomited on me! Projectile vomit! She had a stomach bug, and we took her to the hospital that evening but I still associate Torihana as the restaurant that made Dragon sick! She really has no luck with Japanese food. Always allergic to something or get sick! ha!

Overall I thought it was ok, I am not sure if I would go back. Judging from ‘The Mother’s’ reaction to the ramen, doubt I would give it ago. The chicken karate wasn’t too bad though! Service was good, especially after we made all the mess! Sorry!

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Torihana

G/F, 1 Irving Street

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2808 0956