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In Asian, Dining, Lunch, Restaurant on
September 11, 2016

Chef’s Gallery, Town Hall

If you have ever been to Town Hall, you would no doubt have walked past Chef’s Gallery. With it’s big glass windows showcasing the mastery of their well trained noodle chefs, it’s quite hard to miss, as they transform their pieces of dough into beautiful strands of noodles. There’s something particularly mesmerising about the process, the speed at which a thick piece of dough becomes elongated and multiplies right before your eyes.

I’ve always wanted to learn how to make noodles myself, so when the opportunity came up to attend a short noodle making masterclass with chefs at Chef’s Gallery, I didn’t hesitate to sign myself up.

To avoid the bustling crowds, visit in the morning just past opening and you’ll find yourself in a pretty quiet restaurant (it doesn’t take long for the restaurant to fill up though!). There are usually only a handful of seats by the kitchen where you can watch the action, however there’s no need to fight over a nice spot today, with the chef wheeling the cart over to pull his noodles right in front of us.

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In Dessert, Dining, Lunch on
March 16, 2016

Hakiki Ice Cream, Newtown

I’ve come across Turkish Ice Cream a couple of times during my holidays in Asia, where the bright ice cream stand stood out like a sore thumb alongside endless numbers of Asian snack vendors. Although it would be the last place you’d expect to find Turkish Ice Cream, it always seems to draw quite a crowd with their fun tricks.

Having never tried it myself, I was excited when a Hakiki Ice Cream popped up last year in Enmore- although minus the crowd drawing show.

Turkish Coffee ($3)

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In Asian, Dining, Lunch, Restaurant on
February 29, 2016

Ryo’s, Crows Nest

Some month and a half since returning home from holidays, and still suffering from mild post-Japan depression, I thought I’d treat myself to some ramen. Even if the recent 30 something degree heat was more a salad kind of weather.

I’d been meaning to try Ryo’s, having driven past the bright orange building and the long queues numerous times. It’s not exactly located in the most convenient place, but after driving around the block in circles for a while we eventually found street parking and breathed a sigh of relief when we saw that the queue wasn’t as long as we had expected.

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In Australia, Café, Dining, Lunch, Travel on
December 6, 2015

Travel | Broken Hill: Temptations Cafe and Dessert Bar (2)

Continuing on with my overdue Broken Hill posts is another one on Temptations Cafe which seems to be the only one where we’ve managed to say that we’ll come back and have actually done so on numerous occasions is Temptations. A total of 4 times actually!

We can’t help it- the opening hours are so much more convenient than every other place, and their dessert selection is, well, tempting.

 Flourless Orange and Almond Cake ($6.90)


Our second visit was a quick dessert stop where we actually got a chance to have a look at their dessert selection properly- it’s located at the back section of their shop which was booked for a function the first time we visited.

Iced Chocolate ($6.90)

And while we’re at it we thought we’d explore the drinks menu a little further as well as we’d quite enjoyed their drinks last time. Unfortunately, the ice chocolate was rather disappointing- a rather bland mixture of chocolate topping and milk.

Coffee Frappe ($6.90)

The coffee frappe on the other hand wasn’t quite as bland, with a nice mix of sweet, milky and bitterness of coffee. It was a bit of a shame that it was made using a coffee syrup rather than a real shot of coffee because it would have tasted much nicer!

Vanilla Slice ($4.90)

I couldn’t go past the Aussie classic- vanilla slice with a nice thick layer of creamy custard sandwiched between two layers of puff pastry. It was a little on the overly sweet side, and the pastry wasn’t as flaky as it could have been, but it did make for a satisfying dessert.

 Flourless Orange and Almond Cake ($6.90)

They had the labels in the cake fridge placed incorrectly, so my friend’s order of flourless orange and almond cake was not exactly the one she was after but she did enjoy it, even if it was a little dense.

Strawberry and Banana Smoothie ($8.90)

A week later, we’re back yet again for a late lunch,  and as usual, the place is pretty quiet. We take another stab at the drinks menu with the strawberry and banana smoothie, which proves a much better option than the iced chocolate/coffees we tried previously.

Mocha $3.80

And of course you can’t go wrong with coffee!

Tandoori Chicken Foccacia ($10.90)

I had eaten breakfast and a sausage sandwich earlier so I was after something light, so I chose the Tandoori Chicken on Turkish Bread (which ended up coming as foccacia instead)which seemed like it wasn’t too big or heavy considering the price and the description.

Let’s just say it was much bigger than I had anticipated!

Veggie Foccacia ($10.90)

The veggie foccacia was quite similar, with a roasted vegetable filling instead of the chicken. Both were delicious, with the bread toasted til nice and crispy with a nice balance of salad and warm chicken/veggies for the filling.

Turkish Baklava ($4.90)
 
And because we weren’t sure if we’d have time to revisit before leaving Broken Hill, we thought we’d try one more dessert, even if we were feeling quite full after the sandwiches. The baklava seemed the smallest dessert on offer, although in hindsight it probably wasn’t the lightest. But what’s not to love about paper thing filo pastry and lots of nuts soaked in syrup?
 

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In Australia, Café, Dining, Lunch, Travel on
November 30, 2015

Travel | Broken Hill: Temptations Cafe and Dessert Bar

Apologies for my lack of posting over the past couple of months- they’ve been quite hectic and stressful, trying to put everything we’ve learnt over the previous year into practice within a short time period of 10 weeks. But it’s over now, and I can finally say that I’ve finished uni for good this time.

I haven’t had a chance since I got back from Broken Hill to properly finish my posts from then, so I thought I’d quickly put them up on my blog before I forget, starting with one of my favourite Broken Hill cafes, Temptations.

The problem with staying up late on Friday night in Broken Hill is that you end up waking up late on Saturday morning, so by the time you cycle your way into the main street of town, most of the cafes and shops are just about closed.

I can’t say we’re too fond of the 1-2pm closing times, because it leaves us with little time to explore and not much to do in the middle of the day. Luckily, Temptations Cafe is open almost all day, and this so we end up here for a late lunch when almost nothing else was open.

Mocha (Lge $4.50)


We’d been meaning to visit Temptations since the first week we’d arrived in Broken Hill, being the only dessert bar in town but we hadn’t really considered visiting for lunch as their menu didn’t seem quite as exciting as everything else on offer in town.

Housemade Strawberry and Dragonfruit Iced Tea ($4.50)

Their drinks menu was quite exciting with a selection of smoothies, shakes and teas in addition to the standard coffees. The house made strawberry and dragonfruit iced tea was surprisingly good, a refreshing drink with a hint of strawberry and dragonfruit. There’s no dragonfruit used in the tea of course so its flavour is quite subtle.

Steak Sandwich ($16.50)

The menu mostly consists of your typical cafe fare- burgers, sandwiches and pastas. We’re not sure what to pick so we go for the waitress’ suggestion of the steak sandwich.

And boy are we glad we did!

It’s an unexpectedly impressive steak sandwich, with so much filling it is not possible to eat it without a mess! It’s a delightful combination of steak (of course!), bacon, egg, onion jam, tomatoes and salad between the two lightly toasted pieces of Turkish bread. It’s quite similar to my all time favourite steak sandwich at my local cafe and I must say, it does come close to being my favourite!

Caramel Macadamia Cheesecake ($12.90)

And we can’t leave a dessert bar without trying their desserts, so we pick the caramel macadamia cheesecake of their specials menu. There’s also a dessert display inside the restaurant, but most options are on the menu anyway.

The caramel macadamia cheesecake was a one off special, we’d been trying to order it again for a few weeks after but they didn’t make it again 🙁

Caramel Macadamia Cheesecake ($12.90)

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