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July 2014

In Café, Dining, South American on
July 8, 2014

Bronte Belo, Bronte

After a booking at another restaurant got cancelled on us last minute, we called up Bronte Belo to see if we could get a table for the night, as we’d just purchased a group deal voucher the day before. Luckily, they were super accomodating and managed to squeeze us in on such short notice!

It’s a small cozy Brazilian cafe/restaurant by the beachside, making it a perfect spot to dine during the summer months when the sun sets later, but perhaps not so much in the cold freezing winter- we notice it is the only restaurant amongst the strip to not be empty!

Chilli and Garlic Prawns with crusty bread $15

Nevertheless, we get comfy snuggled up on the comfy cushioned sofa, with the door closed tightly and the heater on full blast.

The menu isn’t extremely extensive, but does contain a good mix of both classic and Brazilian options. For entrees we try the chilli and garlic prawns, which aren’t actually that hot. The prawns are fresh and juicy, and served alongside toasted bread, makes for a satisfying and filling entree.

Antipasto Board (half) $11

The antipasto board is great value, with an eggplant dip, jarlsberg, brie, smoked salmon, prosciutto, olives and toasted bread.

Coxinha $10

The coxinha are cute little brazilian croquettes with a spicy chicken filling. The little fried balls are soft and fluffy, with a delightful crunch on the outside, and extremely tasty too, although a little too salty for me.

Heart of Grain Fed Eye Fillet Steak $28

Service is friendly and efficient and the mains are brought over swiftly after we finish out entrees. The eye fillet steak at first looks quite small, but is actually a pretty decent serving. It is cooked perfectly (although it was a little cold by the time it was served), and served with a tasty green pepper sauce, a delicious scoop of light, fluffy potato mash and baked vegetables.


Mixed BBQ Plate (with rice, blackbeans and chimichurri sauce) $28

The mixed barbecue plate comes with a wide variety of barbecued meats, serviced with rice, chimichurri sauce and mysterious dark gravy-like sauce which we later learn to be blackbeans. It’s a perfect meal for meat lovers, with a lot more meat than it would seem at first, and great for sharing too!

Spaghetti Marinara $26

The spaghetti marinara is a generous serving of mixed seafood cooked with pasta, although it is a little watery for our liking. We do quite enjoy the tomato based sauce, which is light and tasty.

Wagyu Beef Pie $28

The wagyu beed pie is only served in limited amounts each day, so I was glad to hear that it was still available on the day. It is the perfect winter comfort food, with a deliciously flaky puff pastry lid enclosing a meltingly tender wagyu beef interior. Unlike many pies which I’ve had previously, this one is jam packed full of the tasty meat, making it quite filling, although there is still the inevitable disappointment once you reach then end and realise you’ll have to wait for next time to have it again.

Chocolate Mousse

But the disappointment is quickly diminished as dessert is up next! There are four dessert options tonight, so we decide to try one of each to share. I wasn’t too keen on sharing the chocolate mousse though, as it is amazingly good- decadently rich, chocolatey, smooth and airy, it was definitely my favourite dessert of the night!

Papaya Cream

We weren’t too fond of the papaya cream at first, layers of soft, silky custard amongst a papaya flavoured syrup- it’s texture reminded us of asian tofu pudding. The papaya syrup at first tastes rather strange and artificial, but after the first few mouthfuls, goes surprisingly well with custard and we find we quite enjoy it as a nice, light dessert .

Creme Brulee

The creme brulee is nice and smooth, with a satisfying crunchy caramel layer on top, served alongside a generous serve of ice cream.

Creme Caramel

The creme caramel is soft and smooth, although we find it not rich and creamy enough for our liking. We may just be creme caramel snobs though (I make a version of it myself at home haha).

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In Pastry, Recipe on
July 4, 2014


There are some foods which I am disappointed by every time I try, not matter how many chances I give them. One such food which falls into this category are profiteroles, of which I’ve tried quite a few versions- big, small, chocolate coated, chocolate flavoured, cream filled, custard filled etc…….and am disappointed every single time 🙁

The reason, though kind of silly, is my own fault because I always expect them to be crispy on the outside (because they look like they would be! or is it just me?), so when I bite into them and realise they’re soft and airy, and then remember that the same thing has happened numerous times before, I can’t help but feel disappointed. Chocolate coated ones are slightly better though- at least the chocolate layer is crispy (sort of)! Read more

In Malaysia, Travel on
July 3, 2014

Travel | Malaysia: Johor Bahru

Minature Lego KLIA

It’s been a while since my last holiday post, because searching through the hundreds of holiday photos to find the food ones is just too much work that I just about give up everytime. But the fact that holiday posts are the most fun to reread again makes the time and effort worthwhile 🙂

When we visited Singapore at the end of last year, we only stayed for a day, because we had planned to head over to Malaysia for a couple of days afterwards. With Johor Bahru being just over the border, we stopped there first to checkout Legoland where much fun was to be had. Unfortunately, getting there was not as easy as we’d anticipated on a Friday evening, with literally hours of waiting for the public buses, extremely heavy traffic, huge crowds at immigration, taxi drivers which swarmed us despite the presence of a system for allocating taxis to passengers and taxis which took us through long dark unlit roads which seemed to be in the middle of nowhere. By the time we reached our hotel some 4 hours after we had planned, we were exhausted and pretty scarred by the experience.

Lesson learnt: never travel between Singapore and JB on a Friday night!!


Egg Roti

Luckily that was the only bad experience we had of Johor Bahru, and after a good night’s rest, we were ready to continue with our trip. We’d purchased tickets for a shuttle from our hotel to Legoland, but it was only upon collection of our tickets that we realised the so called ‘shuttle’ was actually a Honda Odyssey, seating 7 passengers, so we missed out on securing seats for the earliest shuttle. With more than an hour to spare, we had a nice chat to the owner of Saffron Cuisine, who suggested we have breakfast at his restaurant whilst we wait.

Nasi Lemak

We weren’t too hungry, so we didn’t order much, but the menu was quite extensive with plenty of interesting Indian options. We went for their breakfast special, of Nasi Lemak, watermelon, orange juice and coffee (there was also a less exciting Western breakfast on offer too, if my memory serves me right!).

The waitress also suggested we try the dosa, and since we couldn’t choose which one to order, we went with the plainest one. We’d only ever had dosa once in Sydney, but this version was quite different as this one was soft, whereas the one we’d had before was crispier- I quite enjoyed this one, especially dipped in the accompanying sauces, although I my parents preferred the roti we ordered, as they weren’t too fond of the slight tang of the dosa.


We  reach Legoland shortly after- I was never much of a Lego fan, but the sight of the brightly coloured Lego blocks was quite exciting!

They even have a Legoland hotel right next to the theme park, with Lego themed rooms which we would have loved to stay at if only they had rooms for 4 people!


I loved the miniland the best, with various minature cities built out of lego. The amount of detail was amazing, though it’s hard to really admire everything when all you really want to do is get out of the scorching sun!


Having only just come from Singapore, I really liked the Singapore one- the attractions were so similar to the real thing!

They even had interactive ones, with dancing figures and spraying water with the touch of a button 🙂

The themepark is actually quite small- we easily visited every ride and attraction within 2 hours. The lack of shelter and the scorching heat also meant that it was difficult to stay there for too long!

Located adjacent to the theme park is the Mall of Medini, where there is an abundance of dining options. For lunch, we chose the first restaurant which seemed to have good air conditioning and an interesting menu, which ended up being Manhattan Fish Market.

Scallop Americana

It’s a nice restaurant, with comfy seating, aircon levels just enough to cool us down, and an extensive seafood menu with prices around the same as you’d expect in Australia……but in Ringgits (: We love how cheap everything is in Malaysia! The Scallop Americana didn’t come with as many scallops as the picture made us believe (they are there, you just can’t see them in the picture!),  and wasn’t too exciting, but the pasta was cooked well.

Seafood Chowder

Service was pretty slow,  and they forgot our seafood chowders until we asked for them at the end. It was nice and creamy, though surprisingly light for a chowder.

Manhattan Star Platter

The Manhattan Star Platter arrived with quite a show,  with the ‘Manhattan Flaming Prawns’ being flamed right in front of us. It’s perfect for sharing, with grilled calamari, fried oysters, poached garlic herb mussels, mediterranean baked fish on a bed of fried rice.

And after a satisfying meal, we head off to catch a bus to KL!

Saffron Cuisine
Lot Ptb 22819, Jalan Skudai, Mukim Bandar, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

The Manhattan Fish Market
G29 Mall of Medini, 79250 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia