Friday, June 28, 2013

Super Bowl Chinese Restaurant

Super Bowl has been in Chinatown forever. However, after nearly 10 years here, this was my first try. They were the only place open that early in the morning. As there were only two of us, we opted for Breakfast Set D ($7.80), which included a bowl of preserved egg and pork congee (we swapped this with chicken fillet congee), a plate of steamed rice noodles (cheong fun), a plate of fried noodles and one Chiu Chow dumpling.

Honestly, I could not see why they are popular. The waitstaff were rude, the menus were sticky from the layers of oil and what not, the food, well, just average.

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Super Bowl Chinese Restaurant
41 Dixon Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9281 2462
Open daily 8:00am to 2:00am

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Minh Hai BBQ

Strategically located just across the road from Market City, I have never noticed this small restaurant and have always mistaken it for a takeaway place.

I was pleasantly surprised by the modern interior. They were clean and had Jay Chou songs playing in the background.

Like iTaiwan, we placed our orders through a touch screen.

We ordered our favourites - roast duck and roast chicken (XW had to have her drumstick).

Comes with complementary soup.

For a quick no fuss meal, I will consider coming back again. Lovely roast and barbeque they have.

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Minh Hai BBQ
92 Hay Street, Haymarket, NSW 2000, Australia
Tel: + 61 2 9281 9720
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Mamak Chatswood

Seems odd that I do not include a post on a place I frequent. Maybe because I dine here pretty often that I think, why bother, right? And they already have made their name. Oh welllllsss.....

It is always this crowded, especially during weekends.

Most people who come here only have their rotis. Very few know that their other main dishes are pretty good, too. Take their nasi lemak ($8.50) for example. Add fried or curry chicken/fish/lamb/vegetarian for $3 or sambal prawn/cuttlefish for $4 and heaven!

This is my must-have - their mee goreng ($11.50), wok-tossed Hokkien noodles with eggs, prawns, fish cake slices  and fresh bean sprout. Other than the ambience and price, it is exactly what it is like back home.

Similarly, I also recommend their Maggi goreng ($11.50). Just like the above but using Maggi noodles instead. Sometimes, I wish they had Indomie goreng, too.

In Sydney, I still think they make the best rotis. All their rotis are served on stainless steel plates, just like those back home and with standard fish curry (which I absolutely love!), dahl and a dollop of sambal at the side.

The original Roti Canai $5.50

Roti Planta $6.50

Roti telur bawang, the classic egg roti with sweet red onion $7.00

Roti tisu, an extra thin, extra crispy, extravagant version of roti canai $9.50
Roti kaya served as dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream $7.50

I think the ais kacang ($6.00) and cendol ($6.00) desserts need no intro here.

And all Malaysian drinks on their menu are priced at $3.50 per mug. I almost always ask for teh halia (ginger teh tarik).

Depending on the team on duty, service can be responsive while at times, not so. Be prepared to queue on weekends, although I still wonder why they would rather have a few tables left empty to have a longer queue outdoors. Winter now, so hopefully they won't make diners wait in the cold when there are tables indoors.

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Mamak Chatswood
Shop P9, 1-5 Railway Street, Chatswood, NSW 2067, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9411 4411
Open daily 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5:30 to 9:30pm (10:30pm on Friday and Saturday)
*Reservations not accepted

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Istana Restaurant

It has been a while since I last visited Istana up in Thornleigh. The first time was probably 6 years ago, and even then the place was as packed as a sardine can.

This time, we were there at 5:30pm and were fortunate to get a table for three immediately. I suppose smaller tables are always easier to get.

Otak-Otak ($6.80) started off the meal. The cod fillets seasoned in spices and grilled in banana leaves were fragrant with just the right texture.

We also enjoyed the Belacan Kangkung ($17.80), water spinach stir-fried with garlic, shrimp paste and chilli, especially the kick from the belacan.

We felt that the Curry Kapitan Chicken ($17.50) was average. Not lemak enough, perhaps, which was why it was not as oily as we expected.

The deep-fried King Salmon cutlets with spicy salt ($20.80) was a nice surprise. The deep-fried cutlets had us all thinking the same thing - we will pack this to bring home if we are too full to finish it!

If you are willing to pay the price, Istana serves good Malaysian cuisine. They are just a stone's throw away from Thornleigh Station and definitely serves the huge population of Malaysians and Singaporeans in the Hills District.

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Istana Restaurant
238/230 Pennant Hills Road, Thornleigh, NSW 2120, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9481 8855, Fax: +61 2 9481 9699
Open daily 12:00pm to 3:00pm, 5:00pm to late

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Welcome BBQ

Do not be fooled by the humble appearance of this restaurant. There is more than meets the eye.

The Korean ahjuma that runs this place is super friendly. She leads us to the back of the shop where more tables were. Yes, the deception includes a comfortable open backyard, too. And promptly after taking our orders, those little dishes are served.

The seafood pancake is fragrant and not too oily. Like.

The most fun part comes in the form of the barbeque. Have to admit that they have the cleanest barbeque grill I have ever seen in a Korean restaurant!

We all eye the spicy ingredients to wrap with the meat...

... and to down all that Korean solids, a bottle of Korean liquid!

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Welcome BBQ
94 Rowe Street, Easwood, NSW 2122, Australia
Tel: +61 2 8065 9881
Open daily from lunch till late