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October 10, 2018

Bach Dang Vietnamese Restaurant, Canley Vale

Bach Dang Vietnamese Restaurant, Canley Vale

Prawns Coated on Sugar Cane ($17)

There’s no shortage of good Vietnamese restaurants in Canley Vale, and though we tend to stick to our favourites, we’d been past Bach Dang so many times we thought we’d give it a try too.

It’s much larger than it may first appear, there’s even a function room tucked away on the side, and the place is bustling with large groups when we visit on a Saturday night. Menu-wise, it is quite similar to next door (Hai Au Lang Nuong), just with a slightly nicer ambience and modern décor.

Bach Dang Vietnamese Restaurant, Canley Vale

Papaya, Prawn, Jelly fish salad ($17)

We start with our favourite papaya, prawn and jellyfish salad which comes with thin strips of crunchy fresh papaya in a light, tangy sauce. Prawn chips add a pleasant crunch. It’s delicious on its own but we actually find it a great addition to our rice paper rolls too!

Bach Dang Vietnamese Restaurant, Canley Vale

Prawns Coated on Sugar Cane ($17)

Prawns on sugar cane are always a crowd pleaser, the prawn mince fresh and bouncy, a delightful sweetness imparted from the stick of sugar cane in the middle.

Bach Dang Vietnamese Restaurant, Canley Vale

Prawns Coated on Sugar Cane ($17)

There’s three sticks per serve, but once cut up and incorporated in a rice paper roll, it serves plenty.

Bach Dang Vietnamese Restaurant, Canley Vale

Seafood Spring Rolls

Make sure you try their seafood spring rolls, which are unlike any other spring roll we’ve tried before. They’re massive deep fried balls packed with seafood, in the form of prawns, calamari and fish, coated in a crispy batter that is slightly sweet and reminiscent of Korean corn chips.

Roast Quails $14
Roasted quails are super crispy, as always a little fiddly to eat but worth it for the tasty tender meat.

Bach Dang Vietnamese Restaurant, Canley Vale

Vietnamese Sour Soup (Canh Chua) with whole Fish

The Vietnamese Soup soup with whole fish comes as a hot pot. It does take some time for the soup to heat up and then to cook the fresh fish pieces but its well worth the effort for a tasty sour soup. It’s a little more on the bland side compared to the version we’re used to next door.

Bach Dang Vietnamese Restaurant, Canley Vale

Claypot Caramel Fish

For a hit of flavour, go for the caramel fish which is a little on the salty side for our tastes, but is also equally sweet.

Bach Dang Vietnamese Restaurant, Canley Vale

Mud Crab with Tamarind Sauce

The mud crab is definitely something different, stir fried in a tangy tamarind sauce.

Bach Dang Vietnamese Restaurant, Canley Vale

Stir Fried Snow Pea Sprouts with Linh Zhi Mushrooms ($22)

We’re disappointed when the snow pea sprouts turned up as snow peas, but the Linh Zhi Mushrooms are something different, served in a savoury glaze, almost like a vegetarian abalone.

Bach Dang Vietnamese Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

In -, Dining on
October 5, 2018

Darband Persian Restaurant, Auburn

There’s no shortage of delicious eats in Auburn, from the many Asian restaurants to the very popular Jasmin. Lesser known though is Darband, a small, no frills Persian restaurant tucked away in the quieter streets across from the station.

Darband Persian Restaurant, Auburn

Kashk-e-Bademjan ($5)

It starts off quiet when we visit on a weekday night, but the restaurant quickly becomes packed with locals who obviously know where to go for a good feed!

We start off with the Kashk-e-Bademjan, a creamy eggplant dip topped with whey that is served with flatbread, onion and mint. At $5 it’s an absolute steal.

Darband Persian Restaurant, Auburn

Shahi ($15)

The mains mostly consist of Persian kebabs- a plate of rice, grilled tomato and your choice of meat. It’s a very substantial serve so we’re sharing the Shahi today, which comes with a skewer of joojeh (lemon marinated chicken) and koobideh (lamb mince with onion). Both are super tasty and the meat is nice and juicy.

Persian food is fast coming one of my go to favourites, and Darband is one I’ll be visiting more frequently, with great food and extremely reasonable prices!

Darband Persian Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

In -, Café, Dining on
September 25, 2018

Three Beans Cafe, Castle Hill

Three Beans Cafe, Castle Towers
Matcha Latte ($4.50, large)
There’s no shortage of brunch options in Castle Towers, with the opening of multiple cafes in the past year. But if you’re after a quieter spot for a quick bite, there’s also Three Beans Café, one of the older cafés in the area.

Three Beans Cafe, Castle Towers
Mocha Frappe ($6.50)
We’re visiting on a weekend, and though its busy, it’s not difficult to grab a table. Service is quick and efficient, and our coffees and meals are served very shortly after ordering at the counter.

Three Beans Cafe, Castle Towers
Smoked Salmon on Rye
There’s a generous serving of smoked salmon and guacomole on the Smoked Salmon on rye, although we’re a little disappointed there’s only one egg! It’s a simple combination, but we felt like it could do with a bit of sauce for flavour and the rye a little more toasting.

Three Beans Cafe, Castle Towers
Corn and Zucchini Fritters ($13.90)
The Corn and zucchini fritters are an impressively low energy (calorie) option, with a serve only being 1010kJ. Part of reason is that the serve size is notably smaller than what you might find elsewhere, but it’s great for a light lunch. The fritters are lightly pan fried, they’re thin and soft and tasty although nothing to rave about.

Three Beans Cafe, Castle Towers

Nourish Bowl ($14.90)
The menu consist mostly of your typical brunch staples (think eggs on toast) but what captures my attention are the selection of veggie packed bowls. And I’m not disappointed by the fresh veggies in my Nourish Bowl. It comes filled with grains, peas, kale, avocado, red cabbage, carrot, onion, coriander and egg with ginger dressing.

Three Beans Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

In -, Dining, Dinner on
September 25, 2018

Contrabando, CBD

Contrabando All you can eat Tacos

How many tacos can you eat in one seating?

The answer is probably more than you think, so if you’re a taco lover like me, you’ll want to check our Contrabando’s all-you-can-eat taco deal.
The rules are simple, you can order two flavours at once, and once you’re finished you can order again and again until you’re full. There’s 7 flavour of tacos on the menu which are about $6-7 each, meaning you only really need to have 4 tacos to make your money’s worth (or they do $3 taco Tuesdays which makes it 8 tacos!).

Contrabando All you can eat Tacos

Crispy Fish ($6)

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In -, Dining, Lunch, Modern Australian on
August 30, 2018

The Butler, Potts Point

The Butler, Potts Point

Blink and you’ll miss it. The Butler’s entrance is as inconspicuous as restaurants get, a tiny green building nestled between two town houses which would easily be mistaken for a residential building. But it’s anything but once you’re inside, a beautifully decked out venue with a panoramic view of the harbour. Just check out their pics on Instagram and you’ll see what I mean.

Whilst the rainy weather when we visit means that the view isn’t the best, its a great venue with a casual vibe. We’re here today with colleagues so we go for the banquet menu, at $60 a head, we get to sample a bit of everything.

The Butler, Potts Point

Petuna ocean trout, lightly cured and smoked, apple, habanero, citrus

Menu items are anything but mainstream, and though some of the ingredients used can be a bit polarising, it is refreshing unique. The ocean trout is light and freshing, lightly cured with a slight kick from the habanero and a touch of freshness from the cubed apple.

The Butler, Potts Point

Hiramasa aguachile, orange, cherry tomato, pasilla infused dashi

Don’t ask me how to pronounce this dish, but the Hiramasa aguachile is a mexican style ceviche. It’s in some ways similar to the ocean trout, with a spike of chilli from the pasilla infused dashi and some citrusy zing from the orange.

The Butler, Potts Point

Salt and sugar baked beets

The baked beets are a sizeable serve, the combination of the sweet beets and coconut cream works well.

The Butler, Potts Point

Chicken empanada

The empanadas are easily the crowd favourite, beautifully golden fried pastries, encasing a tasty filling of Chicken, Kale and salsa verde.

The Butler, Potts Point

Spicy buttermilk chicken slider

The chicken sliders are also a clear winner, crispy buttermilk chicken sandwiched between fluffy burger buns, blue cheese range, sweetcorn slaw and jalapenos.

The Butler, Potts Point

Lamb Barbacoa

For the main event, we have lamb shoulder which is meltingly tender and delicious spiced with adobo, green olives & coriander.

The Butler, Potts Point

Quinoa, pickled red cabbage, cucumber, mint, orange & labneh

The side of quinioa with pickled red cabbage is beautifully coloured and a welcome side to the lamb.

There’s also desserts on their blackboards, at the bar.

The Butler, Potts Point

The chocolate mousse cake is decedent and chocolatey, and we have not trouble mopping up all the chocolate cookie crumbs with the vanilla ice cream either.

The Butler, Potts Point

The panna cotta is super jiggly, and very rich so definitely one for sharing.

The Butler, Potts Point

My favourite has to be the black sesame terrine, although I did wish there was more of a black sesame flavour.

The Butler Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato