We had a couple of friends, J and E from Canberra in town, we have known them for a while now and travelled with them to the Caribbean a while back – one trip I will never forget!
I had originally wanted to go to Makoto, it has been such a long time but the queues as per usual were unbelieveably long and I was too hungry and impatient to wait. I remembered another foodie friend of mine, telling me about this recently opened sushi place, Sushi Tei, Japanese sushi chain which originated from Singapore. There is one at Chifley Square and they had recently opened another branch on Liverpool Street just a block down from Makoto.
The restaurant was new, and relativey empty, which suited us fine. The menu was the same as that from Chifley, it was glossy and gigantic!
It is also self ordering, I can’t remember if the Chifley branch is self ordering, as it has been a while since I went back. It took us a while to figure out what we wanted and even longer to figure out where things were on the order sheet.
We started with the sashimi salad with special ‘Sushi Tei’ dressing. The salmon sashimi were fresh and absolutely wonderful. The salad were also fresh, and crisp.
We ordered a plate of sashimi – salmon, tuna and king fish. We couldn’t get enough of sashimi and wanted more.
Next the salmon and prawn sushi. I personally prefer sashimi to sushi, sometmes I just find I end up eating too much rice and it makes me feel a little bloaty.
The deep fried soft shell crab were wonderful. Unfortunately, there werw only three crabs and four diners. ‘The Mother’ and I ‘shared’ one, but he ate majority as it is one of his favourite dishes. The batter was light, I found it to be a tad oily but it was still tasty.
I can never go pass the chicken karage – still in search for the best chicken karage in Sydney. The chicken was lightly battered and then deep fried, the chicken was succulent and juicy. Eaten with a dollop of mayonnaise it was stupendous!
E and J wanted some gyoza and they were cooked to perfection – browned on the bottom, and juicy on the inside. I had to carefully eat these, as last time, I accidentally squirted the juice on someone’s face and I was highly embarrassed!
Last but not least, agedashi tofu, another favourite of mine. J is not a big fan of tofu, but only cause he hasn’t had ‘proper’ agedashi tofu and we were right. He liked them! The agedashi tofu was slighty crunchy on the outside and soft and delicate on the inside. The tofu was so soft that it really required no chewing – it was delightful.
It was aboslutely wonderful catching up with both E and J. It’s not very often that they come to Sydney and we promise to come and visit you both in Canberra soon.
Sushi Tei is no Makoto, as it is still my favourite sushi place. The restaurant did get busier as the night went on. It is a very casual place that serves pretty decent Japanese food. The watier and waitresses were tentative and price very reasonable.
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
127A Liverpool Street
Ph: +61 2 9232 7288
Every year, our dear friend A makes her famous ham. A is a wonderful chef, and for those who knows her, would agree with me! I have often suggested that she goes on Masterchef as I believe she would do well, however, she claims that the pressure and stress is not something she would enjoy and living with people she has never met before would drive her mad. I would probably have to agree that the pressure and the stress would probably fail me! (Not that I would ever make it to the first rounds of Masterchef anyway!)
So when, S, T, L, and I received an email from A about her Ham night we all jumped for joy, as it is something that we have looked forward to every single year! Last year I missed out as I wasn’t in Sydney, so this year I was determined to go!
A’s ham is just absolutely superb, the smokey flavour, the texture, and the moistness are just wonderful. I remember one year she made mango chutney, and eaten with ham – WOW! Look at the glaze on the ham?
Below is a photo of when it has been slice into pieces – the slither of fat, the shininess of the glaze, I am craving it all over again. It is just wonderful. Thanks for the doggy bag home too – they were a great midnight snack!
Not to mention her potatoes, baked kipler potatoes cooked in duck fat – yes you heard me, duck fat! Crunchy outer skin and soft and tender insider, I couldn’t help but eat at least half a dozen of these! They were that good!
My contribution to the wonderful meal that evening was a rocket, pear and feta cheese salad. I completely forgot that A can’t eat feta cheese, she is pregnant and at the time baby B had not been born. The salad was light and refreshing – I have always loved the combination of pear and rocket, and thankfully the pear was soft – nothing worse than hard pear in salad!
Recipe for rocket, pear and feta cheese salad:
- 300g wild rocket or normal rocket
- 1.5 pear thinly sliced – core removed
- 80g feta cheese
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper for taste
- Wash rocket leaves and draink
- Place into a mixing bowl
- Add in pear slices, salt, pepper, lemon juice and oil
- Add feta cheese and mix well
L made these wonderful apple custard tea cake – cupcake like and they were incredibly moist and incredibly tasty. Eaten slightly warm and with Vanilla bean ice cream they were just to die for!
About a month and a half ago now, A had her baby shower. She invited a few of her closest girlfriends around for high tea. I can’t believe that at seven months pregnant she made all these wonderful dishes all by herself.
Caramel slice, lemon and blueberry tart and magnolia cupcakes (I can’t for the life of remember what flavours they were!).
The savouries – mini meat pies, just as good as those from Bourke Street Bakery and these chicken, corn, salad and mayo mini sandwiches. Both an absolutely delight!
A, congrats on the birth of your son B! I sure look forward to meeting him shortly and seeing him grow up.
Thanks for the wonderful ham night and the high tea – you are truly a wonderful cook! P is certainly a lucky man!