4 years at 4 restaurants

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Breakfast / Chinese / Desserts / Dumplings / Italian / Pasta

Simon and I celebrated our 4 years this weekend and coincidentally, we ate at 4 restaurants in the one day. Our plan of attack this year was to try a lot of new smaller places, rather than just one fancy (expensive) place. It turned out to be a great day of food and the sun came out to play too!

First stop was breakfast at Harry’s @ Bondi. Beautiful cafe with friendly service and so many tempting options on the menu. We knew we were going to be eating at a lot of places that same day, so we opted for very light dishes. We got the chicken salad and the tuna sashimi salad. The chicken salad was amaze and the sashimi salad deece.   

 
We also stopped by Bondi Markets (see next post for photos). I love going to Bondi Markets and looking at all the beautiful and trendy food.

For lunch, we went to Pasta Emilia @ Surry Hills. I wanted to try the tortelli with truffle cream sauce and it was amaze. So simple and delicate. Simon had a tomato based pasta. The restaurant was so beautiful and homely. I wanted to buy everything they had for sale, eg pasta sauces, jams, pasta, cordial.   

    
   
We then checked out the Madam Truffles pop up. A nicely decorated little space! I purchased some truffle salt which I want to sprinkle on everything.   

 
Dinner was at Luyu & Yum Yum @ Newtown. Another nice venue! The dumplings were really really good. So fresh and could definitely tell that they put a lot of effort into it. We loved the herb dumpling and the mushroom dumplings the most.   

 
Last stop was Hartsyard @ Newtown for some dessert. We had the pumpkin pie soft serve. It was deece! I love pumpkin pie everything. The pumpkin donuts on the soft serve was pretty amaze, but there wasn’t enough. I would gladly just buy the donuts by itself.  

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Ridiculously good-looking soft serves

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Desserts

Sometimes, food looks better than it tastes. This isn’t the case with the soft serves from Aqua S. They opened last month in Regent Place and they make really beautiful soft serves. They taste so good too.

I tried the sea salt flavour (standard) and the lemon tea (temporary flavour). I had both with all the toppings they had on offer: fairy floss, toasted marshmallow, caramel popcorn and pop rocks. I really really liked the sea salt flavour, which went really well with all the sweet toppings. My favourite toppings were toasted marshmallow and the fairy floss. It gets pretty hard to eat at first, but it’s worth it.

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Australia Day: Sydney Fish Market

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Seafood

My family and I love going to the Sydney Fish Market. So much choice, so much good seafood. On Australia Day, the weather was pretty crappy so we couldn’t do anything outdoorsy. So we decided to eat.

My tip for going to the fish market is to go there really early. We pretty much ate lunch at 10:30am to ensure we got a table indoors and to avoid crowds and long lines. Going for lunch early works every time. People never learn and they always arrive at around midday.

Our favourite place is Peter’s Fish Market. We love picking out fresh seafood and choosing how it will be cooked. Ginger and shallot, salt and pepper, garlic butter… so good.

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Fresh red snappers – garlic butter – cooked to order

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Fresh clams – ginger and shallot – cooked to order

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Mud crab – ginger and shallot – cooked to order

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Mud crab – salt and pepper – cooked to order

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Grilled baby octopus

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Salt and pepper calamari

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Salmon and tuna sashimi

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Seaweed salad

Pretend American

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American / Burgers / Desserts

This is a pretty delayed post about Thanksgiving last year. Thanksgiving doesn’t exist in Australia but I’ve always wanted to experience a Thanksgiving feast, simply because the food looks so good… and because of pumpkin pie.

The Bourbon, an American style pub / restaurant, hosted a Thanksgiving event last year and Tim and I made sure we went. It was a 2 course lunch that included turkey stuffed with cornbread, potatoes, greens and pumpkin pie mousse for dessert!!! The savoury component of the meal was deece, but the pumpkin pie mousse was pretty amaze.

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I decided to make the day American themed and had burgers for dinner at Mary’s. Mary’s is probably my favourite burger in Sydney. Bun and patty are pretty perfect, cheese is melty and the sauce is so good too.

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For the final portion of the day, I really really wanted pumpkin pie so the obvious next stop was The Pie Tin. Pumpkin pie and cream. Yes.

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Izakaya Fujiyama

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Japanese

S and I saw a picture of the teriyaki beef rib dish on Instagram a few weeks ago and we haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. This month, a special occasion came up and we decided that it was the perfect time to try Izakaya Fujiyama.

We try not to order too much, but we always do. It’s just the way it is. We both really enjoyed the dishes from Izakaya, some more than others. Our top picks are the fried chicken, the wagyu sagari, the bean salad and the Fujiyama snickers, all pretty amazing. The rest fall into the deece category.

I would recommend trying Izakaya Fujiyama if you feel like some unconventional Japanese food.

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Satsuma age – house made fish balls with ginger soy sauce 9.5


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Kenji’s Fried Chicken – Karaage chicken with house made Kewpie 13.5


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(special) Zucchini Flowers Tempura


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Teriyaki beef rib – Marinated in signature teriyaki with jalapeno relish 28.5


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Bean salad – Seasonal bean salad with sesame dressing 10


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Wagyu sagari – BBQ Wagyu skirt steak with garlic sesame soy 27.5


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Pina colada – Pina Colada ice cream, Granny Smith apple and caramelized pistachio 13.5


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Fujiyama snickers ‘Get some nuts’ – Peanut butter cake, chocolate custard, Salted caramel ice-cream and peanuts 13.5

Thailand Photo Diary 1: Damnoen Floating Market and Maeklong Railway Market

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Markets / Photo Diary

Thailand was a fun food adventure. It was exciting because you never know which food will give you food poisoning. LOL jokes. Damnoen Floating Market had pretty good food to offer. The pork noodle soup was deece and the mango sticky rice was amaze. Both just $2 each.

The Maeklong Railway Market was a pretty crazy sight. We were there as the train went past and it was so interesting to see how the stalls moved out of the way for the train and to go back to normal life so quickly after. I captured a video of it that I must upload sometime…..

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