Monday, 28 November 2016

Eats and Drinks in Adelaide, SA

Ah, Adelaide.
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.

La Moka signage

Baristas in action

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



Rating: 3/5 (Worth the try)



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.

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.

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

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

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

Banana fritter with coconut ice cream ($12)


Rating: 3/5 (Worth the try)



309 North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000
(08) 8227 0799

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


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.

Panacea, Adelaide

Panacea interior

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!

Cappuccino ($3)

Eggs benedict ($12)

Yolk porn

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


Rating: 3/5 (Worth the try)



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.

Hanhdorf street signage

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.

Warsteiner Lager

The Breeze Langhorne Creek moscato ($33)

Homemade pretzel ($4)

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.


Hanhdorf Inn interior


Bottoms up


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



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

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


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.

The Fisherman's Basket ($15.95) from 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.

Pork dumplings - $9.8



Rating: 3/5 (Worth the try)



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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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Next Door, Sydney CBD

Pizza and cocktails. 
Pizza, pasta, and cocktail from Next Door

Yes, please.

Now. I'm sure every Sydney-siders would be familiar with Made In Italy - the popular alleyway pizza place that always sees people lining up and leaving with stacks of pizza boxes. Well, now they've decided that it is a good idea to get a fancier spot to both enjoy the pizza & pasta, with a couple of cocktails on the side.

And what a good idea it is. Welcome, Next Door.

Next Door interior

The interior is a food-blogger's nightmare but a couple's heaven. Dim lights and dark bar just delivers a quite romantic and that Saturday-night kind of ambiance. Our waiter of the night was Maurizio, who was super friendly, active, and funny, and always keen to offer you the recommendations.

Maurizio behind the bar

The cocktails are $16 per pop but they also have beers, wines, and ciders. Two most favourited cocktails arrived on our table; Made At York Lane and Girl Next Door.

While the former has stronger alcohol and a little bit more acidic, we fought over the Girl Next Door that has delicious sweetness and fresh aroma that lingers.

Made At York Lane - rosemary infused Bombay Sapphire Gin, Aperol, fresh lemon with rosemary sprigs ($16)

Girl Next Door - cucumber infused Bacardi Carta Bianca, fresh lime, watermelon, with fresh cucumber ($16)

The best part about Gamberi is the plump prawns. Albeit not very big, they are precious morsels that have been nicely spiked by the fragrant oregano and flavorful spicy sauce.

Gamberi - fresh prawns, oregano, chilli, garlic, parmesan ($18)

I love my carbs. Pasta is just one of the best god send.

Mamma Mia has a great balance between creamy and tart, especially from the tomato. The mushrooms are popping excitement, and the fact that the fetuccine is cooked to perfection just makes the plate even better.

Fetuccine Mamma Mia - Italian sausage, mushroom, cream, and chilli in napoletana sauce ($18)

No seats at Made In Italy? No need for take-away, just go to Next Door. Literally.


Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)
Great pizza & pasta and also drinks selection, service is friendly and quick, price is reasonable, ambiance is comfortable.

Disclaimer: Irene's Getting Fat! and guest dined at Next Door as guests of the restaurant. All opinions are based on personal taste.



33 York Lane
NSW 2000

Phone: (02) 8317 4918
Web: Next Door

Next Door Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Sydney Night Noodle Markets 2016

Ah, another year, another Night Noodle Markets.
Gelato Messina: Matcha Do About Nothing

Despite the complaints of the long queues, high prices, gimmicky food, and lack of proper seating, Good Food Month's Night Noodle Markets (NNM) seems to maintain its popularity. The crowd is still massive - especially on weekends, and the queues are just as long, if not longer, and the food is just as gimmicky as ever.

You know what? It's still heaps fun.

The lines are long, but this year they seem to mover quicker thanks to the 'card-only' policy. It is, however, easier to lose track of your spending because you're just tapping your cards on every single stall.


Nuttie Donut stall

I did my research and only went to the ones I really wanted to try. For a better coverage, go to I'm Still Hungry thorough post of NNM 2016.

You really can't skip Hoy Pinoy. The smoke lingers up to St James' station, and it just gives you more reason to grab some of those perfectly charred skewers. Although the Inihaw Na Manok (chicken skewers) are juicy and smoky AF, Inihaw Na Baboy (pork skewers) with its succulent pork are winning still. I was told the chicken adobo fries is worth the try too.

Hoy Pinoy: Inihaw Na Manok (chicken skewers)

Bao Stop have been flooding Instagram with their 'Trifecta' - braised pork belly bao, fried chicken gua bao, and peking duck gua bao. The pork belly is definitely way better than the other parts of the triplets.

Bao Stop: Trifecta baos

The peking duck fries has also been very popular; crispy, shoestring fries topped with shredded peking duck, peking sauce, and spring onion. Tasty, but I would love more sauce for the rather bland fries.

Bao Stop: Peking duck fries

Talking about loaded fries, there sure are lots of loaded fries this year. From chichi fries (Poklol), peking duck fries (Bao Stop), lobster fries (House of Crabs), chicken adobo fries (Hoy Pinoy), chilli mayo fries (Mama Made), and crackling pork belly fries (Mr. Bao).

I admit I only bought this one for Instagram purposes: Octodog from Harajuku Gyoza. It's $9 worth of three fried sausages capped with corndog batter. Cute, but not scoring high on the flavour department.

Harajuku Gyoza: Octodog

Gelato Messina has to cover your dessert time. From the 'Very Very Good Lucky Fortune Bar', I pick Turron Not (fried banana & brown sugar gelato wrapped in filo pastry, ube cream, and kalamansi puree with coconut crunch) and Matcha Do About Nothing (milk chocolate and matcha gelato with white chocolate and pistachio crunch in green tea waffle cone).

Gelato Messina's stall

Gelato Messina: Matcha Do About Nothing & Turron Not

The best part about the Turron Not is the superb fried banana and delicious brown sugar gelato, although the Matcha Do About Nothing is still preferred because of its absolutely luscious milk chocolate gelato and the milk chocolate & pistachio top. The matcha flavour is slightly bitter but not disturbing at all.

Gelato Messina: Turron Not

Gelato Messina: milk chocolate gelato in Matcha Do About Nothing

They're only here for another week, so move quickly if you want to join the lines for the loaded fries.




Hyde Park, Sydney NSW 2000

Good Food Month 2016
Sydney Night Noodle Markets 2016

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