Friday, 29 June 2018

Devon Cafe, North Sydney

Truffle time!
Omurice from Devon North Sydney.

I seem to always missed truffle season at Devon every year, but this year I made it my resolution to make my way all the way to the other side of Sydney to try their omurice and a couple of truffle dishes.

I usually go to the OG Devon in Surry Hills, but Devon North Sydney is just as cosy and inviting.

Devon North Sydney.

We started with the incredible truffle egg sando, which reminded me of a pillow. The truffle omelet was extremely fragrant and velvety, it was very soft and pleasant to eat. We scraped the plate for the shaved truffle bits.

Truffle egg sando - truffle omelet, shaved truffle, mushroom pate

The truffle fries were very great too - the invincible trifecta of melted cheese, crispy fries, and aromatic truffle.

Truffle fries - fries, three types of cheese, truffle

Our omurice was as good as we expected it to be. Silky smooth omelet blanketing perfectly cooked tomatoey rice and a cutlet of fried chicken on the bottom. The sauce was very tasty too.

You can choose between fried chicken, bacon katsu, steak or crumbed prawn. I don't even think it matters too much.

Omurice - tomato & garlic butter rice, mushroom, omelet, demi glaze sauce with fried chicken

For dessert, we chose the kakigori although it was about -30 degree Celcius outside. That day it was pandan and coconut kakigori, very refreshing with pearls of  pomegranate and freeze dried mango.


I don't want the truffle season to ever end!


Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)
Really cosy ambiance, great food, friendly service, affordable pricing.



36 Blue St
North Sydney

Phone: (02) 8971 0377 

Web: Devon Cafe  
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Sunday, 24 June 2018

Chin Chin, Melbourne

This is the OG.

Chin Chin is originally from Melbourne, but they've expanded to Sydney. Last time, we had a really great time in Chin Chin Sydney, so we were very keen to see what the OG is like. It turned out to be an amazing dinner in Melbourne on our last day.

The interior was very lively, dimmed light with quirky decorations. The open bar area was welcoming and the pink neon rabbit was hard to miss.

Chin Chin, Melbourne.

We were seated on the open kitchen, and watching the chefs flying around making entrees was very entertaining. We did note though that there were more ingredients that were pre-made than we thought.

Open kitchen.

We started off with drinks: my pomegranate som (Thai style drinking vinegar) was refreshing and very tangy, reminded me of apple cider vinegar. The winner between the two drinks was the Mademoiselle Lychee, however, with pretty rose petal sphere in the delicious and smooth lychee concoction.

Mademoiselle Lychee ($21) and pomegranate som ($6.5)

The crunchy school prawns were everything they described on the menu, they were crunchy and addictive. The tomato & turmeric nahm prik paired really nicely with the raw veggies.

Crunchy school prawns with roast tomato & turmeric nahm prik & raw veggies ($19.5)

Our BBQ baby back pork ribs with sriracha peanut caramel was delightful. The meat was tender and the sauce was sticky with a little bit of that spicy kick, and overall finger-liking good. The banana blossom salad was crunchy and such a great accompaniment.

BBQ baby back pork ribs & sriracha peanut caramel & banana blossom salad ($35.5)

We wished that there was more of that crispy soft shell crab on the soft shell crab & green curry fried rice, although the rice was cooked really nicely with a pungent, fragrant green curry flavour.

Crispy soft shell crab with green curry fried rice & thai basil ($28.5)

The crispy barramundi and green apple salad with caramelized pork would be so perfect with a bowl of steaming rice.

The barramundi bites were indeed crispy, the sauce was gooey and delicious and we enjoyed the cubes of caramelized pork. The fresh green apple sticks helped cut through the heavy flavours.

Crispy barramundi & green apple salad with caramelized pork, peanuts chilli and lemongrass ($31.5)

To finish, after a quite heated argument, we settled on the coconut sago with sweetcorn ice cream. I have to admit, the thought of sweetcorn ice cream was weird for me and I was very skeptical. But I loved this! The variety of textures in this glass was very enjoyable, and the sweetcorn ice cream was sweet and lovely. I'm glad we chose this.

Coconut sago, sweetcorn ice cream, praline & puffed rice ($20)

In the end, we agreed that we enjoyed our time more in Chin Chin Melbourne, but really, Sydney or Melbourne, they both are very recommended.



Rating: 4.5/5 (Very recommended)
Great dishes, friendly service, cozy ambiance, price on the higher side but worth it.



125 Flinders St
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Phone: (03) 8663 2000
Web: Chin Chin  

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Thursday, 29 March 2018

Chin Chin, Sydney

Not your everyday takeaway Thai.
Stit fry prawn, bug tail, egg noodle, garlic chive, hellfire chilli oil ($33.5)

Chin Chin in Surry Hills is a sister restaurant from the original one in Melbourne, and Amy and I were there to compare.

We fell in love with the interior and set up as soon as we set foot. Big, spacious area with lots of seats, bordered with a big open kitchen and prep area, which was very interesting to watch. Quirky neon signs were scattered around the area, and the service was swift and friendly.

Chin Chin Sydney

The menu promised us a wild and flavoursome ride, and they deliver exactly that.

We started we a cocktail each because it had been a hectic day at work for both of us with lots of eye rolling. Her Raspberry was amazing, fresh, fruity, smooth, with a little exciting notes of pandan. My Mango Lassi was slightly stronger and heavier although still delicious.

Raspberry ($18)

There was an option of 'Feed Me' where your waitress just choose a couple of favourite items if you can't actually decide, but decide we did.

We started off light with pork 'roll ups' of slow cooked pulled pork pancakes, slaw, and plum sauce. The combination was tasty enough but I wish the pork had more flavour. It was very tender though.

Pork 'roll ups' ($22.5)

The chilli salt chicken wings with sweet fish sauce & lime was the winner between the two entrees, crunchy chicken skin enveloping succulent bird innards. The sauce made it even more addictive if it was even possible.

Chilli salt chicken wings ($19.5)

My favourite dish of the night was legit the stir fry prawn, bug tail, egg noodle with garlic chive and hellfire chili oil. Despite the name, the dish was not fiery enough for me to reach for more cold water. It had just enough chili to awaken the tastebuds even more and every strand of noodles was cooked perfectly. The morsels of prawn and bug tail were treasured, but I honestly can eat just the noodles and the sauce.

Of course we had to get something from the BBQ section: twice cooked beef short rib with shaved coconut salad and prik nahm pla. The huge piece of meat was packed to the brim with flavours from the marinade. The salad was a good pairing with the zesty prik nahm pla sauce.

Twice cooked beef short rib ($36.5)

By this point we could not move and our skirts were uncomfortably tight. But of course we over-ordered as per usual.

We could barely touch the Massaman curry of braised brisket, kifler potatoes, peanuts and shallots but it was creamy and got a little bit heavy in the end, or it was just us being super full. The brisket fell apart by a touch of a fork and the roti was perfect to scoop the delicious sauce.

Massaman curry ($28.5) with roti ($4)

And of course we finished with a bang. Their Vietnamese iced coffee pannacotta with cashew praline was one of the best desserts I've had in my life. It was beautifully jiggly, the pannacotta melted in my mouth and the coffee flavour was not too strong to overpower other elements. The crunch from the praline took it to a whole new level.

Vietnamese iced coffee pannacotta ($15.5)

Next stop, Chin Chin Melbourne!

P.S. All photos taken by my phone! Excuse the quality.


Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)
Amazing food, great service and ambiance, slightly on the pricey side.



69 Commonwealth St
Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2000

Phone: (02) 9281 3322

Web: Chin Chin Sydney

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