Move over Thai and Japanese food, Korean cuisine is moving onward and upwards along the streets of Sydney. Cheap and cheerful KFC (not Colonial Sanders’, but Korean Fried Chicken), Korean BBQ, bibimbap and bulgolgi are loved by Sydney diners, but there really hasn’t been any upmarket Korean food around. Well, that is until now, hello Moon Park!
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There has been just as much hoopla over Three Williams as there has been over Brewtown. Three Williams wasn’t actually our original destination for lunch the day we visited. But it seems fate had decided it was going to be our destination after all. Firstly a parking spot presented itself directly across the road. Then, when sticking our heads in to have a nosey look, we were greeted with a big warm smile and offered a table. What are two girls on a lunch date to say, no?
Is it worth playing the on-line reservation booking game and forking out hard earned cash to visit Momofuku? Undeniably Yes.
Food isn’t the sole factor of importance for me when visiting a restaurant. Of course it is a major aspect, but for me, a memorable restaurant experience involves so much more. Attentive knowledgeable staff is crucial, they know the dishes and ingredients like the back of the hands, they make you feel right and home and welcome from the moment you step through the door.
The staff at Momofuku are this and much more. The food is pretty okay too.
I am a big fan of Sujet Saenkham’s food. Sujet is the co-owner and Executive chef of the Spice I Am restaurants. This may be my first visit to Spice I Am, but sister restaurant, House, is a favourite of mine. I have enjoyed the North-Eastern Thai street food of House many times. The original Spice I Am is located around the corner from House in Surry Hills, and then there are two other establishments of this expanding empire in Balmain and Darlinghurst.
It is the uber cool Darlinghurst establishment that I find myself at. I love the decor, especially the wall of stone pots behind the bar, quite stunning.
The food philosophy at Spice I am is ‘fabulous, innovative and authentic’. They state their team spice up all their dishes with love and a craft of the culinary arts. This is quite true, with emphasis on the ‘spice’. All dishes are quite spiced up with a predominant heat kick. I like the heat of chilli, but if you don’t, make sure to let them know. Read more →
I am a massive fan of mushrooms and they are a staple in my kitchen. When I was approached to be one the official Mushroom Mania bloggers for 2013, saying yes was a no brainer.
What is Mushroom Mania I hear you ask. Each July the Australian Mushroom Growers ask a few bloggers from around Australia to seek out delicious mushroom dishes from local restaurants and cafes. This is in conjunction with a great competition they have running for the general public too, but more about that at the end of the post.
Why am I am fan of mushrooms? Mushrooms are one of nature’s pure and natural superfoods. They are high in flavour and low in kilojoules, that fact alone wins me over hands down. They contain Vitamins B, B12 and D, as well as antioxidants. The Power of Mushroom website will give you the complete rundown of why this superfood is super for you.
As mushies are something we eat at home regularly, I don’t necessarily order them when eating out. Well actually, as I think about it now, I do. Breakfasts and brunches are a must with a side of mushrooms. If I order a pizza, it always has mushrooms on it, always!. Eating at the local Chinese, there is always a stir fried vegetable dish ordered that is generous with mushrooms. I suppose I just don’t actively think about ordering them, they are ordered naturally.
It was quite interesting when I started to seek out places to eat that make mushrooms the king of the dish. When you have a good look, there are amazing mushroom dishes all over Sydney.
Quiet is my new middle name. I have been so flat out on other projects that Belly Rumbles has suffered a great deal of late. To be honest I got the shock of my life when I saw how many posts appeared in June. Two, two!!!! Just two………. I hope you all still love me, and I am happy to let you know that I am back. I have sharpened my life juggling skills, had a time management guru in to coach me, and my dear reader, I am back.
Chur burger re-opened late last month at 48 Albion Street, Surry Hills (past home to Assiette and Albion St Kitchen), after a fire at its old digs in March. For those unaware, Chur Burger is one of Warren Turnbull’s establishments. Born due to Warrens’ love for burgers.
I luuuuurve Warren’s love for burgers, this love has created some very tasty burgers indeed! We ventured there for a weekday lunch, and the place was packed. I mean sardines in a tin style packed. You have the option of eating in or taking away. We nearly took the take away option, but my dining partner fluttered her eyelashes, put on a dazzling smile, and before you know it we are sharing a table with four guys having a business lunch. Read more →
Ippudo is a very popular Japanese ramen restaurant chain. The first Ippudo restaurant opened in 1985 in Daimyo District of Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City. From there restaurants popped up all over Japan, but mainly in the Kanto and Kansai regions.
With Ippudo restaurants securely established around Japan, world domination seems to be on their to do list. Restaurants have opened in New York, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei, Shanghai, and late last year Sydney.
Like most restaurants which open with a big buzz, I take my time to visit, wait for the hype to die down a little. They hype hasn’t really died down, Ippudo is as busy as ever. My recommendation is get there early, they don’t take bookings. We get there early, 5.45pm on a Thursday night and have no problems securing a seat. By six o’clock people are lined up to get in. Read more →
The Mahjong room is operated by Hong Kong born William Hui along with former Red Lantern Manager Drew Kohing. William opened the Mahjong Room with Erika Chan back in 2002, and has been on my ‘to do’ list for a very long time now. Mainly to head there on the last Saturday of the month for their popular mahjong lessons which are accompanied with yum cha. You would think I would have gotten there by now!
My recent visit to the Mahjong Room didn’t see me partaking in a game or two. Instead I visited to try their new Open Rice Open Table menu.
“Open rice” means to start a meal in Cantonese. “Open table” is a popular Chinese term which translates as opening up a table for mahjong. An addictive tile game played in China for thousands of years. And from what I have seen can end up being quite noisy and a lot of fun. Read more →
When Tara from VegeTARAian gave a shout-out for those interested to come along to a vegetarian degustation I put my hand up pretty promptly. I asked both Mac and Josh if they would like to come along. Josh gave an instant excited ‘yes’ and I received an instant ‘not bloody likely’ from Mac. Consequently two, not three places were booked to attend.
The Saturday of the degustation rolled around. Josh looked like death warmed up on the lounge and was in the process of hacking up his second lung. The first one was successfully hacked up earlier that morning. He wasn’t going to be joining me that evening.
I needed to find a solution to this problem as I didn’t want to cancel a place at the 11th hour. I knew this degustation was being specifically prepared for our group. Phone a friend? I could of, but I knew the ones I would of roped in already had plans. My last hope, persuade Mac to come along.
We are no strangers to dining at Restaurant Atelier , we really do enjoy the food and service. Even then, this was a hard sell. After an initial ‘no’, to a ‘do I have to’. I pulled out the ‘I am sure Darren (chef & owner of Restaurant Atelier) will slip you some meat’, I ended up finally with an, ‘okay, if I have to’. Phew, mission accomplished. Read more →
“Ahh, that is where Cafe Pacifico is” I exclaim, another restaurant on my ‘to eat’ list. This exclamation comes as I scour Riley Street for our food destination for the evening, Food Society. After spotting Cafe Pacifico, Food Society was hard to miss, it sits right next door.
We enter the grand entrance of this Eastern European, home-style restaurant, to be greeted warmly by staff. We are led down the red carpeted steps to the cosy basement, and one of many wooden tables with mismatched chairs. Food Society’s style is homely, with lots of bric-a-brac, meets designer chic.
We have an early reservation of 6.30 and the restaurant is basically empty. This all changes around 9pm when the establishment is packed to the rafters and the only seating available is at the bar.
Being of Latvian decent, Eastern European cooking is close to my heart and makes up part of my soul. It is the food my grandmother would make for me. I am delighted to see family favourites on the menu as well as modern light twists. Read more →