Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Superior Burger, Wakeley

Finally.
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Superior Burger from Superior Burger

Finally. A legit burger place in Sydney South West. Believe me, before Superior Burger opens, I don't even know the suburb of Wakeley exists in NSW.

Jovan Curic from Pub Life Kitchen, thank you for your brilliant idea.

Superior Burger is only a small spot in the middle of a shopping centre in Wakeley, but it is always packed in the evening, especially on the weekends. 'The Best in The West ' fluorescent sign is probably the first thing you see, along with an open kitchen that show off the burger line production.

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"Best in the West"

Of course I had to try the burger they name the place of. Superior Burger have two most superior parts: the soft, slightly sweet buns and the tender, medium-cooked patty. A wee bit dry that day maybe, but it is a simple yet great burger.

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Superior Burger - beef, cheese, tomato, lettuce, superior sauce, pickles ($15)

The Bird has this magnificent cut of the chicken - golden, dripping with juice, flavorful batter. The other ingredients give freshness and creaminess on every bite.

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The Bird - fried chicken, tomato, cheese, slaw, jalapeno mayo ($15)

I tried Magic Shroom purely for research and I kinda wish I didn't. The juicy, thick mushroom is pretty good, but kinda lacking in the flavour department compared to the other burger siblings. Very filling, though.

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Magic Shroom - confit field mushroom, cheese, slaw, mayo smoked BBQ ($15)

The chips are thin, heavily seasoned, and 100% moreish. Also extra point because they come in paper bag.

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Chips - $4

The fried chicken is more than legit. It is something. Like, you cannot miss it.

The blistering jacket is probably slightly too salty for some, but surely not for me. It is very crunchy, with succulent meat inside. The pickles are there to help cut through the saltiness.

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Fried chicken & pickles - $8

Hot n sticky wings sounds very exciting, but I found the sauce a little bit too sweet. They are perfect size, however, and great company for the burgers.

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Hot n sticky wings (4) - $10

I am forever grateful that a great burger place like this open so close to home.

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Rating: 3.5/5 (Very worth the try)
Good burgers, quick service, great ambiance, pricing is on the spot.






Address:

SUPERIOR BURGER

5/30 Bulls Rd
Wakeley, NSW 2176

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Monday, 19 December 2016

Saint Peter, Paddington

There are many fish in the sea.
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Portobello mushroom & wild black lip abalone on toast ($24)

Less now that Saint Peter has made the most out of them. Them, and other seafood too.

Chef Niland is the helmet of this restaurant, and he is super serious about his seafood. The menu changes daily here, as you can't predict what the sea will give you on day to day basis. Fresh fish is guaranteed, along with great preparation and pairing of each dish.

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Saint Peter interior

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Menu

The girls and I went for dinner and we started with ciders and this pretty and refreshing rose geranium and lime soda.

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Soda of rose geranium & lime ($8)

The menu is good for sharing, and so we went all in. It is sectioned to entrees, mains, and desserts, with some sides to share.

Our first two entrees were out of this world - the portobello mushroom and black lip abalone on toast (first pic) was ridiculously delicious with juicy 'shrooms and abalone, with butter-doused crispy sourdough. Ridiculously delicious.

The fried Hawkesbury river school prawns with aioli and lemon were the perfect snacks while gossiping and trying to catch up on the girls' lives. They were salty, crispy, and the flesh had a lovely sweet tinge. They might poke your tongue and gum, but totally worth it.

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Fried Hawkesburry river school prawns and lemon ($18)

Petuna ocean trout rillettes came as pretty as a picture, with discs of radish put together to resemble scales. Each mouthful was sweet, flavoursome, soft, and the slightly bitter radish leaves made a great vessel.

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Petuna ocean trout rillettes, radish, and almonds ($18)

You know the rubber texture that usually comes with your fried calamari in pubs, like the one that comes from frozen calamari?

Yeah, none of that on the plate of grilled Flinders Island line-caught calamari with celtuce and ink sauce. The calamari was supple, and the burst of freshness from celtuce and delectable ink sauce were a winning combination.

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Grilled Flinders Island line caught calamari, celtuce, and ink sauce ($26)

Now here came the mains. Three mains for four people with three sides - I think we did well.

The Eden wild kingfish was beautiful with sweet flesh cooked to perfection and the slightly crispy and salty coat. The aioli was lovely too.

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Eden wild kingfish, rolled chard leaves, and fennel ($39)

Kiama John Dory had more to offer with plump tomatoes and fragrant roast garlic, with the fish itself having springy meat and none of the fishy smell.

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Kiama John Dory, heritage tomatoes, marjoram and roast garlic ($36)

Nelson Bay broadbill (swordfish) was the least appealing among the three but boy, the flavours just could not lie. It was almost like eating a piece of chicken - the fish flesh was so meaty and juicy, and the tangy sauce made it so moreish.

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Nelson Bay broadbill (swordfish) and 'Zuni pickled' golden zucchini ($36)

Our sides were demolished easily with the fat chips, the super crunchy and satisfying onion rings, and we also had a side of charcoal grilled green asparagus and radish (not pictured) that had a bit too much of the burnt taste and wilt asparagus.

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Chips ($10)

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Salt & vinegar onion rings ($10)

I was a little bit disappointed to find out that the dessert menu does not have a solid chocolate dessert on, but our final choices couldn't be better.

The coconut and vanilla cake with Kensignton mango and lime was my clear favourite, with super spongy cake with creamy aftertaste, sweet and juicy mango slices, and sweet lime juice. YUUUUUMMMMMMM.

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Coconut & vanilla cake, kensington mango & lime ($16)

Their lemon and passionfruit tart was the recommendation and the signature of Chef Niland. Although the others were absolutely in love with this, I found the combination of lemon & passionfruit slightly too sour to my liking. The custard however was very smooth, and the pastry was impeccable.

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Lemon & passionfruit tart ($16)

My only regret is that the sea urchin crumpet is only available on brunch and not on dinner. Oh well. Definitely still on the hit-list!

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Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)
Great menu and seafood items, price is on the high side but the quality is real, service is OK, ambiance is cosy & comfortable.







Address:

SAINT PETER

362 Oxfort St
Paddington, Sydney
NSW 2021

Phone: (02) 8937 2530
Web: Saint Peter

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Monday, 28 November 2016

Eats and Drinks in Adelaide, SA

Ah, Adelaide.
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Pad thai from Golden Boy

It may not be the busy Sydney or the hipster Melbourne, but it still is very lovely.

Anyway, the end of the year is near and from now on, I will post all the pending travel posts that I have backlogged for so long. This one has ratings, but keep in mind that these are only general ratings based on one single visit on each place.

So here we are. Adelaide. Four short days, but it was memorable. I did not really have a solid food itinerary, so we kinda went randomly and we also asked the locals for their favourites. Talking to locals about their recommendations are always fun, you never know what you end up with.

La Moka

La Moka is one of the cafes listed as the must-try cafes in Adelaide CBD. While the place is shining bright with yellow theme and direct sunlight during the day, at night the Aperitivo Bar opens. They do not only offer small cookies and bikkies and baked goods for your coffee, they also have heavier enu that is perfect for a comfortable lunch in the cute alley lane cafe.

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La Moka signage

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Baristas in action

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Cappuccino ($3.5) and hot chocolate ($3.5)

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Rating: 3/5 (Worth the try)

Address:

LA MOKA

6 Peel St
Adelaide SA 5000

La Moka Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



Golden Boy

Recommended by our Barossa Valley tour guide, Golden Boy has sure impressed us. It is a really nice establishment with two dining areas: dimmed lighted bar area and brighter one with communal tables. Both has quirky painting and decors which only accentuates the place's uniqueness.

The food offered is Thai - with contemporary twist. They really don't hold back on the food quality - mirrored by the bill we got in the end.

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Golden Boy interior

Everything we had that night was very satisfying. The entree of deep fried soft shell crab was crunchy and salty, with a spicy kick here and there. Our mains of jungle curry had interesting textural contrast and tingled our tastebuds with its exciting flavours; perfect with rice. The pad thai was not disappointing either, and the dessert of banana fritters with coconut ice cream was simple but very pleasant.

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Deep fried soft shell crab tossed with chilli & sea salt ($16)

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Jungle curry with stir fried sirloin, young peppercorn, chilli, holy basil and cracked rice ($24)

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Pad thai with chicken, tamarind, peanuts, tofu, and garlic chives ($22)

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Banana fritter with coconut ice cream ($12)

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Rating: 3/5 (Worth the try)

Address:

GOLDEN BOY

309 North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000
(08) 8227 0799

Golden Boy Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



Panacea

Panacea was an impulsive visit on our biking adventures to Glenelg Beach. We went past a couple of cafes, but in the end, the colourful wall art of Panacea drew us in. The interior was not less interesting; an open area with a big tree in the middle of the room. It was comfortable and warm.

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Panacea, Adelaide

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Panacea interior

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Tree in the open seating area

Our breakfast was delightful, as we could not fault our coffee and hot chocolate, and the eggs benedict was delicious with a guaranteed yolk porn. My Eggs en Cocotte was warm and perfect with the crusty bread (and butter), but I regret not ordering the other option with jamon in it!

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Cappuccino ($3)

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Eggs benedict ($12)

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Yolk porn

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Eggs en Cocotte - soft baked eggs with chorizo & white bean ($14)

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Rating: 3/5 (Worth the try)

Address:

PANACEA

72-74 Halifax St
Adelaide SA 5000
(08) 8232 3523

Panacea Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



Hanhdorf (The Haus Hanhdorf & The Hanhdorf Inn)

Hanhdorf is the oldest German settlement in Australia, and a massive tourist spot in Adelaide Hills. The trip there is about 45 mins by bus from CBD, and it is worth it. The scenery, the ambiance, and, of course, the beer.

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Hanhdorf street signage

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Giant pretzel

The Haus Hanhdorf is another local recommendation, and sure is a good choice if you ever get a chance to this little unique town. We drank our beer/wine silly and we giggled a lot, but we also managed to finished the warm homemade pretzel and the gigantic The Taste of Bavaria Platter. I really can't pick what I like most from that platter; everything is juicy and tender and has deep flavour.

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Warsteiner Lager

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The Breeze Langhorne Creek moscato ($33)

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Homemade pretzel ($4)

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The Taste of Bavaria Platter - slow cooked pork knuckle, Bockwurst, Bratwurst, cheese kranky sausages, smoked Kassler pork chop served with saurkraut and potato ($59.9)

We had 30 mins before our bus back to CBD arrived so we drank some more. The Hanhdorf Inn is a local favourite as well, a lovely and warm place full with friendly people. The timber/oak theme just makes the place looks inviting and perfect to spend a chilly night in.

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Hanhdorf Inn interior

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Fireplace

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Bottoms up

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Rating (The Haus Hanhdorf): 4/5 (Recommended)

Address:

THE HAUS HANHDORF

38A Main St
Hanhdorf SA 5245
(08) 8388 7555

The Haus Hahndorf Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


THE HANHDORF INN

35 Main St
Hanhdorf SA 5245
(08) 8388 7063

The Hahndorf Inn Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



The Bay Fish Shop, Glenelg
 
We had to Google 'the best fish and chips in Glenelg' and The Bay Fish Shop always popped up on several sites. It was a small take-away shop with very minimal seating, but our Fisherman Baskets, albeit not as fresh as we wanted it to be, were gloriously golden and not too greasy.

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The Fisherman's Basket ($15.95) from The Bay Fish Shop

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Address:

THE BAY FISH SHOP

27 Jetty Rd
Glenelg, Adelaide SA
(08) 8295 2255

The Bay Fish Shop Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



Dumpling King, Chinatown

What to eat in Chinatown that is cheap and tasty? The dumpling houses, of course.

Adelaide's Chinatown is not very different than what we have in Sydney, it still has the magnificent gate, the bustling crowd, and the random shops and restaurants that do not really offer proper service. Dumpling King is clearly one of the most popular joints around the area, and it is easy to see why. Fast and cheap plates of dumplings and bowls of noodles came out quickly to hungry customers and devoured just as quickly. The pork dumplings were pretty nice, with slightly charred surface and juicy minced pork inside. The spicy minced beef noodles was perfectly fiery for the chilly weather with good balance of seasoning.

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Pork dumplings - $9.8

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Rating: 3/5 (Worth the try)

Address:

DUMPLING KING

85 Grote St
Adelaide, SA 5000
(08) 8212 1886

Dumpling King Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



They may look like random eats (they actually are), but our trip to Adelaide was very satisfying and we had so much fun with our own little adventures. It may not be the busiest city, but I would totally be back when I have the chance.


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