Monday, March 17, 2014

Kreta Ayer

I wonder if this place is normally as packed as the night that we were there or if they are only this packed on days when either Petaling Street and Albee's Kitchen are not open. Oh, that did not sound nice, did it? But I have to be honest with my tastebuds - I would choose those two places over this one any time.

From the outset, we mistook them for a Malaysian restaurant when in fact, they were Singaporean. Well, our two countries are just a causeway away anyway so culturally and in this case, gastronomically, we would be almost similar (to perhaps just some decimal points of a difference). However, since we trip to the island republic, I digress from that thought as I found out that I prefer the taste of the Malaysian versions of the same dish to the Singaporean versions. Somehow, I found food in Singapore more bland in comparison. Do not get me wrong - food was still good, just lacking in flavour, that's all.

This blandness was reflected in the food served here at Kreta Ayer. But this is only my personal opinion - other people may love their food and again, like I said, the food was not bad, it was just not 100% to my liking. Food we had are as follows:

Yam Cake

Chicken Laksa

Pork Mince Noodles

Boneless Hainanese Chicken Laksa

Crispy Noodles wtih Seafood

Milo Dinosaur (or was it Godzilla?)

Red bean soup

Positive points about this place would be that they have a huge menu and is conveniently located a stone's throw away from UNSW. Spoilt for choice, the uni students here.

Kreta Ayer on Urbanspoon

466 Anzac Parade, Kingsford, NSW 2032, Australia.
Tel: +61 2 9663 3888
Weekdays 11:00am to 3:00pm, 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Weekends 10:00am to 11:00pm

Friday, March 14, 2014

Mad Pizza E Bar @ Newtown

I am so glad that I do not live in Newtown or any where near there because if I did, I would run out of cash very easily and would just develop the mentality of "there is no need to cook because there is so much food around us". For me, Newtown seems to be one suburb I do not fail to bring my non-Sydneysider friends to for the vibrant cafe culture.

When a classmate flew in from Singapore, I allocated half a day for a walkabout in Newtown. I originally wanted to introduce her to some Thai food at Newtown Thai but they were not open at the time. Consequently, we ended up at Mad Pizza E Bar.

The place was empty, allowing us to receive undivided attention from the waitstaff. They were very friendly and helpful with the menu, and allowed us to take our time with our orders.

While waiting for our orders to be served, we could play with the crayons provided at the side of the table. More to keep children busy, but hey, no one said adults are not allowed to scribble with crayons to keep ourselves entertained, right?

I enjoyed their cup of hot chocolate ($3.00), which was not too sweet.

We were recommended the Positano pizza ($19.00), pizza with sweet Spencer Gulf prawns with calamari, NZ clams and tomato with shallots, garlic, flat leaf parsley and lemon. They did not recommend wrongly - the ingredients were plentiful and but did not leave us feeling bloated.

There was also ravioli on lunch special that day, and just plainly because I am a big sucker for ravioli, I ordered it. It was the best ravioli for $10 that I have ever had! Lovely texture of the pasta as I chew into each pillow. The flavours of the stuffing inside the pillow married well with the sauce on the outside.

Left feeling very satisfied and relieved that a random decision to walk into an empty shop turned out to be a good one.

Mad Pizza e Bar on Urbanspoon

Mad Pizza E Bar @ Newtown
135 King Street, Newtown, NSW 2042, Australia.
Tel: +61 2 9550 6500, Fax: +61 2 9550 6599


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