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Pho Nam Viet, Eastwood

There are quite a few restaurants in Eastwood. Amongst the Korean, Chinese and Japanese restaurants on Rowe Street, there is one Vietnamese Restaurant, Pho Nam Viet. From memory, this place has been around for a few years now and oddly been. I guess when it comes to Pho and Vietnamese restaurant, I don’t really think of Eastwood. However on this grey and cold day, we (Mum and Dad) could not be bothered going to Flemington or Cabramatta, hence they suggested this place.

Mum and Dad couldn’t go past the large combination beef pho, the broth was light and had the right flavours. It wasn’t the best pho but it wasn’t the worst either. Mum thought it was ‘good enough’ for a pho fix when you can’t be bothered driving far.

I was being difficult and wanted something different. Have recently over dozed on noodles, I wanted something simple but warm at the same time. I noticed they had beef brisket noodles and asked if I could have it without noodles but with tendons. It took a while for the dish to come out as they had to make it fresh but the wait was definitely worth the wait. Both the brisket and tendons were soft and succulent and the broth was thick and warm and perfect for a cold day.

We also had a serving of fried chicken, just the fried chicken and it was crispy and tender.

Service minimal but food was pretty decent and pho and fried chicken came out relatively quickly. There are definitely better pho places in Sydney, but we were craving pho and didn’t want to drive far and Pho Nam Viet definitely satisfied the cravings. Portions are well sized and reasonably priced.

GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10

Pho Nam Viet

142 Rowe Street

Eastwood 2122

Ph: +61 2 9874 0929

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Sakae, Eastwood

June 27, 2012 Comments off

Sakae in Eastwood near the mall has been around for as long as I remember. They have a few branches now, two in Eastwood, one in CBD and the other is in Marrickville. I was catching up with a couple of friends, Dumpling Girl and Cheesecake Boy and suggested this place as I have been craving for Japanese. I was on a sashimi ban for about 9 months due to being pregnant and have been craving sashimi since then.

It’s quite a small restaurant, thankfully DG came early to grab the last table of three which was near the door. The place was buzzing for a Friday night. The menu was vast, sashimi, sushi, entrees and different types of entrée.

We started with a couple of entrees, takoyaki ($6.50) – grilled octopus mince ball served with special sauce. I love takoyaki, it’s a must order when I see it on the menu. I love the creamy innards, the crispy but soft shell topped with bonito flakes and drizzled with kewpie mayo. It was pretty tasty!

Next the gyoza ($6.80) – pan-fried Japanese style dumplings pork and veggies were delicious and absolutely moreish.

DG couldn’t go past the Japanese curry ($8.80) with pork katsu ($3). I thought the pork katsu was a little small, however, it was only $3! I didn’t try any of this but she did say that it was pretty good! I am usually a sucker for curry but was craving various of things instead.

CB had the sakae box ($17.80) – served with sushi (5pcs), salmon sashimi (5pcs), torikara, salad, pickle and Japanese side dish. I had food envy as I wanted the torikara which are crumbed and deep fried chicken – it looked fantastic!

I on the other hand opt for dinner box ($26.80) and it was larger than I thought but had everything that I was craving for. Sashimi (9pcs) which were fresh and delicious, tempura (prawns and vegetables), tonkatsu which was tender and unaju which sat on a bed of rice. A lot of food I know but it was the perfect meal for a very cool evening!

Service efficient and food came out relatively quickly! It was definitely lovely catching up with bot DG and CB! Thanks for dinner, and let’s do Peking duck next time!

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Sakae

138 Rowe Street

Eastwood 21

Ph: +61 2 9804 7420

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Korean BBQ, Jonga Jip, Eastwood

There is really not a shortage of Korean Restaurants in Eastwood. The problem is to choose which one! Mum has heard wonderful things about Jonga Jip, which is located on Rowe Street in Eastwood. It is a fairly new-ish restaurant, I know my old optometrist used to be here before they moved across the street.

Jonga Jip is a Korean BBQ, which means grilling meats directly at the dining table in front of you. Now I am not usually fond of Korean BBQs for two reasons. The first being the smell. As much as I love Korean BBQ, I don’t like smelling like food, and Korean BBQ, well, the smell lingers and your whole body, including hair smells! Secondly, you cook your own food, now if you are extremely hungry (like me all the time!), the last thing you want to do is cook your own food, even after waiting for it to arrive! However, it is a fun way to eat.

Unfortunately Jonga Jip does not take reservations, we rocked up about 6.30pm and had to wait 20 mins before we were seated. The place was buzzing, people queuing outside to go in, a good sign indeed!

There were so many choices, I knew my brother, F, wanted beef and lots of it. My sis-in-law, O, and I wanted at least ONE pork dish!

We started with banchan – which are a number of small side dishes. It consisted of glass noodles (Japchae), potato salad, soybean sprouts, Radish Muchee, Fish Cake, and KIMCHEE which was my favourite!

Only Mum, O and I love kimchee – so MORE for us! I once made kimchee fried rice, and loved it. ‘The Mother’ didn’t though, so no guessing who ate it all!

We ordered two servings of the Galbi – thick cut boneless short rib with marinated sauce. The beef was incredible tender and the marinated sauce amazingly good! This was probably one of our favourites.

The saeng galbi – thick cut fresh boneless short rib, again succulent and tender. Even without the marinated sauce, this was tasty.

The pork belly was probably my favourite. Deliciously succulent with slither of fat, YUM!

We also ordered bulgogi – Korean dish that consists of marinated BBQ beef, mushrooms and onions and was served on a hot skillet plate. It sizzled as it arrived on our table and this was magnificent. Full of flavour and deliciously succulent.

We did order a serve of bibimbap, the word literary means ‘mixed meal’ and served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chilli pepper paste) topped with raw egg. Mixed together and add extra chilli, this was a favourite amongst the diners. Unfortunately, O was too quick in mixing it together and serving it to all of us that I forgot to take a photo of it! You will have to just trust me that it was excellent!

The seafood pajeon (pancake) is also awesome. Thin pancake with lots of seafood, eaten hot, it was just so hard to stop. I think we fought for every single peace!

I love the convenient table service button! The service was efficient and friendly.

I do love the spoon. I have seen this spoon in many K-dramas, and had to buy one!

If you are not keen for the bbq, there are other options, there is bulgogi (which we ordered), bibimbap or naengmyeon (cold noodles soups) on offer. I am definitely keen to go back, the smell was well worth it. The total cost of meal was $100 for five people, which I thought was quite reasonable.

It was a wonderful dinner with family! No doubt we will be back.

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Jonga Jip

87 Rowe Street

Eastwood 2122

Ph: +61 2 9858 5160

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Jeans Chilli Chicken, Eastwood

It’s not very often that I venture out to Eastwood to have dinner, unless I am with my parents. A friend of the family suggested that we try Jeans Chilli Chicken which is located in Eastwood Hotel, in Eastwood. I would have never found this place if our friend hadn’t recommended it. It has been years since my last visit to Eastwood Hotel. The last time would probably be a good ten years ago (I am really showing my age now!) and since then, they have renovated it.

It’s a Korean restaurant with a Western touch to it, as they serve calamari and chips western style, as well as steak and chips – not very Korean is it?

We started with complementary white radish salad – I am not a huge fan of radish, especially when its soaked in vinegar and sugar, and unfortunately this was just that.

The salad I thought was a bit weird, macaroni with apple, cucumber, pear, carrot and corn all mixed together with mayonnaise. I was beginning to think what we got ourself into and what kind of food we are about to consume!

We started with Ginseng Fried Chicken ($32) and my goodness, it was finger.licking.good! It was absolutely delicious, crispy skin, and tender, succulent meat. It was served with extremely hot chili sauce, ginseng and sesame. The ginseng was subtle, and the sesame really gave it that extra flavouring. F devoured this – I lost count on how many fried chicken wings he had!

We were given plastic gloves to eat with our fried chicken! I can’t remember the last time I even used one of these – it was quite a novelty!

Next the Chili Bbq Pork ($32) serve on a hotplate with mash was absolutely and incredibly spicy! It was so spicy that I had tears in my eyes, and F started to sweat. It was good but a little overkill and it wasn’t the spiciest on the menu. The pork was absolutely wonderful, tender and succulent with a slither of fat, it was just stupendous! My mouth was burning, but wow – it was that good!

I couldn’t go pass the Chili Grilled Eel ($30), again served on a hot plate and sprinkled with sesame and spring onion. I love eel – but I have never had chili eel before and was looking forward to it. My goodness, it was as spicy as the pork. The eel was wonderful, grilled to perfection, it wasn’t slimy or fishy, it was SO GOOD! But my goodness, the spiciness of this dish was killing me! I was dying by this stage, my mouth was no fire but I couldn’t help but eat more and more. I couldn’t stop – it was THAT good!

F couldn’t go pass the calamari with chips ($9) – the calamari was good but nothing special, the chili bbq pork and grilled eel were my favourites.

We were given complementary rice ball (usually $10) – glutinous and sticky rice served with seaweed. I think the purpose of our ‘glove’ is for these. Using your plastic glove, grab a handful of rice and make them into ‘balls’ – again quite a novelty and incredibly delicious. My Mum and F thoroughly enjoyed this – don’t know how they managed to finish it all!

I have to say, I was highly impressed, the flavours, the texture, the spiciness – it was excellent. I dare not try their spiciest dish – I think my mouth would not recover!

Jeans Chili BBQ can be found inside Eastwood Hotel, there is an outdoor area for those warm sunny days. We sat inside as it was quite a cool-ish evening. I love family dinners, I appreciate them more as I get older.

There is really not a shortage of restaurants in Eastwood – many Korean, Japanese and Chinese restaurant and plenty more. This was definitely a great find. I don’t even know what was here prior to Jeans Chilli opening but I am glad it is now there!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Jeans Chili Bbq

115 Rowe Street

Eastwood, 2122

Ph: +61 2 9874 1100

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Peking Duck @ Eastwood Garden Peking Restaurant

September 12, 2010 4 comments

It was my brother, F’s, birthday and he was craving for some Peking duck and suggested that we go to Eastwood Garden Peking Restaurant. We have been coming here for a while now, my parents enjoy the food and it’s relatively close to where they live. The last time I was here was in February when I came back to Sydney for work (read review here). I don’t come here as often as my parents as it is a bit out of the way, but tonight was a special occasion and how can I say no to Peking duck?

I was too busy talking to my parents about cholesterol that I didn’t even see the duck come out of the kitchen and forgot to take a photo it!!!! I recently had a blood test and found that my cholesterol was a little high! Not only that but it was higher than both my parents! My Dad’s response was ‘No surprising there, have you seen your facebook photos on food?’ Yes Dad, of course I have, I took them! I was too engrossed in the conversation that I didn’t even notice them cutting the duck until they placed a plate of pancakes and a plate of condiments on the table and before I knew it, they whisked the Peking duck back to the kitchen (I saw the waitress back pushing the trolley with the duck!)

Now the duck, generous servings of duck skins with a bit of fat and meat were placed before me. With my ‘high cholesterol’ on the back of my mind, I picked the biggest and fattiest duck skin and placed it on my pancake, generously slathering it with hoisin sauce, and place one cucumber, wrapped the duck skin and dug my teeth into it. Oh my my, it was good. The skin was crispy, and the bit of duck meat attached was succulent. It was scrumptiously good and satisfied the cravings. Unfortunately, there were only 12 duck skins, so two each. In Hong Kong, they would give you more than that, I remember eating at least five or six of these delicious duck skin wrapped in pancakes. I think two was definitely not enough!

Our second course was not sang choy bao, we thought we would try the noodles with duck. I enjoyed it. The noodles and duck meat were tender and with a little bit of freshly cut chili, it was absolutely divine.

Next was the steamed egg white topped with tofu and assorted seafood. I LOVE this dish. The steamed egg white and tofu were so soft that you didn’t even need to chew! The seafood was a great compliment. It was such a simple yet light and delicious dish. I may have to try replicating this dish at home one day.

The crispy skin chicken with ginger and shallot sauce was scrumptious. The chicken was tender and succulent. The skin was seriously crispy and the ginger and shallot sauce a great compliment. F demolished this, I only managed to eat two pieces!

The special fried rice was good but a little bit oily for my liking.

The sizzling fillet steak was fantastic. The beef was seriously tender and the sweet sauce gave it a flavour and was a great compliment.

Last but not least, deep fried whole fresh fish with sweet and sour sauce was good. The batter I thought was a little thick but the fish was fresh, tender and moist. The sweet and sour was a little too sweet for my liking (and for my Dad) but the fish was deliciously yummy.

It was a great evening with family (except for the cholesterol conversation!) and a great birthday dinner for F!

To my dear brother, Happy Birthday! Thanks for being the best brother in the whole wide world, and for all your support!

And of course… thanks for dinner!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Eastwood Garden Peking Restaurant

167 Rowe St

Eastwood NSW 2122

Ph: +612 9804 1289

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Eastwood Garden Peking Restaurant

After a week of eating western food, I was finally craving for some Chinese food! It was a rainy Friday evening and we didn’t want to drive so far so thought we would go to Eastwood for some good Chinese food. Eastwood Garden Peking Restaurant has been around for a while now and it’s continuously busy, however, the turnaround is quite quick! We rocked up at about 7.30 pm and didn’t have to wait too long for a table – 5 mins tops!

We thought about Peking duck but for some strange reason we didn’t end up getting it. I was craving sweet and sour pork and got mum to order the rest. So we ended up with sweet and sour pork, pork spare ribs Peking style, xiao long bau, pan fried bun with minced pork and shrimp, shredded beef, and fried rice.

The pork spare ribs Peking style was deep fried and it was unbelievably crispy and tender. The chili gave it a nick kick. This was a little oily for me but my brother seems to have enjoyed it – he ate most of this and didn’t deny it!

I loved the pan fried bun with minced pork and shrimp. The bottom was slightly pan fried and the pork bun was tender and moist. I could easily have eaten half a dozen of these on my own.

Same with the xiao long bau – I had to wait until it cooled down before eating these. Dipped (or in my case drenched) with vinegar and chili, I can pop these xiao long bau’s in my mouth. They were unbelievably juicy and delicious.

The shredded beef was sweet and crunchy. Not a favourite of mine but my brother and dad seemed to have enjoyed it.

Sweet and sour pork was definitely a favourite of mine! The pork was deep fried and the sauce was enough so that it didn’t drench the pork, albeit making it soggy! The batter on the pork was light and crunchy – it was definitely scrumptious.

I didn’t have any of the fried rice, but did pick at the char siew. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed the fried rice. I didn’t want to fill up on rice so ate everything else.

It definitely satisfied my cravings for Chinese food. There are many good restaurants in Eastwood – cheap ones too! This one is slightly on the exy side, but still definitely cheaper than China town or anywhere in Sydney.

Great for casual dinner with family and friends. I have had the Peking duck here before and its good! We definitely ordered well – too much pork one might say but was having serious sweet and sour pork cravings!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Eastwood Garden Peking Restaurant

167 Rowe Street

Eastwood 2122

PH: +61 2 9804 1289