Sunday, May 27, 2007
I thought that the party would be KFC or steam boat but boy was I in for a surprise....Master Chef Allan had put together a 12 course sit down menu. I've known this guy since I was 16 who knew he could cook!??!
The dressing that Allan made for the salmon sashimi was spectacular! He could give some of the fancy restaurants a run for their money.
Salmon and Tuna sashimi
I am going to get Phyllis' dressing recipe off her...it tasted really good, similar to the one they make at Masuya that is on the salmon and avacado salad.
Frozen Sake granita with a hint of lime
The night started at Privilege Bar where I bumped into people I hadn't seen in over 8 years, it was a bit of a shock to the system because the crowd was very different to those who frequent Opera Bar. After a couple of drinks I headed over to Crystal Bar on Martin Place to Celebrate Joel's 25th.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
The whole process is overwhelming; there is just so much choice and prices range anywhere from $600 to over $10,000. Then there are things like colour (who knew there were so many shades of ‘white’), the style of the dress, lace?(if so China or French), no lace, crystal, no crystal, boof, no boof and so on. After a while all the dresses start to look the same, what looks good on the long bodies of the 180cm models in the magazine isn’t necessarily going to look good on me (I’m just under 170cm without shoes and 175cm with heels).
So there I was on a Friday afternoon with my Mum standing at Abbey Bridal in the Dymocks building looking at gowns by Maggie Sottero. I had no idea what would suit my figure so I picked out 1 design that I liked. It's not as easy as grabbing the gown and putting it on, you pretty much need to strip to your underwear as the consultant goes into the change room to help you put it on.
Once the dress was laced up she led me to the mirror where I just stood there a little speechless…speechless because it felt so weird! She asked me what I thought and I ended up doing this goldfish thing where I opened my mouth to say something and quickly closed it again because my mind was just blank. My Mum finally spoke up and said ‘I think it’s too big’, which was actually very true.
After trying on another 2 dresses I had enough (it’s extremely tiring) and the consultants can be a little pushy. I am going to take my time to shop around, you can find some good deals - it's just time consuming.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
At one point she realised that our table had not been given the specials menu and she quickly rattled them off the top of her head. When we asked her to repeat what she said you could clearly see how annoyed she was, when she repeated the menu to us we found her tone really patronizing.
Just when we were ready to give this place a big thumbs down, the owner popped by to check on us; he was quite a character. He was really loud and full of energy (he kind of took us all a bit by surprise), he knew a few words of Greek and cracked jokes at my Greek friend for most of the night. It's really hard to describe what the atmosphere is like here because it was so different depending on who served you.
Now the food, the flavours here is nothing like your Indian take away at your local Westfields. The curry is less heavy, not as oily and you can really taste the different spices, this isn't necessarily better or worse - just different. The dishes do look small when they come out but at the end of it you will feel very full. The bill came to $200 which was $40 per person (which included tip + soft drink).
Garlic Naan $4.00 Rice - Pilau with saffron $2.50pp
Maachi Chola $26.90
Kingfish with chickpeas, tomato, roasted cumin seeds and chaat masala
Murgh Muntaj $24.90
Chicken fillets marinated in tandoori spices, grilled in the tandoor, then sauteed lightly in a creamy cashew and butter sauce
Bakri Gosht $24.90
Milk-fed goat curry with coconut and ginger
251 Victoria St
Tel: (02) 9360-3650
Fax: (02) 9331-3701
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Mum is a big fan of Japanese food so I wanted to take her to somewhere a little different for Mother’s day. After some googling I realised that Rise Restaurant has a 30% discount for their Omakase 7 Course Degustation Menu on Sundays, making that $42 per person – perfect!
I was dead tired after work, the store was really busy with people buying last minute mother's day gifts. I was looking forward to dinner all day long, and my shift couldn't end soon enough!
The restaurant is really small and exudes a feeling of comfort and intimacy. The service is amazing and it’s really exciting to watch the chef prepare the dishes on the bench top near by. The only source of light came from small tea light candles, as a result it was extremely hard to get good photos (I usually turn off the flash as I don’t like to interrupt other people who are enjoying a quiet meal).
The portions are small but the flavours are powerful and is just enough to leave you craving for more.
The fried oyster in this soup is just sensational!
We also ordered some hot Sake $12 for 180ml and a few Asahi beers $7 to have with our meal
Dessert - pannacotta with persimmon compote & granita
Omakase Degustation Menu (30 % discount, Tue, Wed & Sun Only -$42/per person)
A la carte on other days
I know it's suppose to be mother's day and all, but some how I ended coming home with all these gifts that Mum had bought for me at a sale. A pair of Sass & Bide jeans, a dress by H&M, Estee Lauder Lip gloss & Skin care set, a Bobbi brown make up travel brush and a new winter suit from Events.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
I finally gave in today, I was in no mood to cook after getting a flu shot in my arm. When I opened the box I was pleasantly surprised to find that it actually did look like the one featured on tv.
Gravy, cheese, mince, diced tomatoes, peas covered with a square of pastry and a swirl of tomato sauce.
If you think that a meat pie pizza sounds a bit crazy check this out, when my friend Wendy went on a holiday this is what the boys made for dinner.