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November 17, 2018

Mizuya Japanese Restaurant & Karaoke, CBD

Earlier in the year, Mizuya did an awesome promotion of all-you-can-eat. Including absolutely everything on their menu from sashimi to sushi, seafood, grilled meat etc, it was ridiculously good value at $33.80, and even when it went up to $39.80. Sadly this promo finished in October, so this post is long overdue, but I thought I’d share some of the pics of the great food we’d enjoyed.

Warning: very pic heavy post ahead!

Sashimi

Mizuya Japanese Restaurant & Karaoke, CBD, Town Hall, Sydney Eats, All you can eat

Mizuya Japanese Restaurant & Karaoke, CBD, Town Hall, Sydney Eats, All you can eat
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In -, Asian, Dining on
October 29, 2018

Harajuku Gyoza, Potts Point

Harajuku Gyoza, Potts Point

Back in my uni days I used to take a ‘dumpling tour’ in the Sydney CBD on weekends, and one thing I learnt is that, everyone loves dumplings. Lots of them too!

Harajuku Gyoza, Potts Point

So it’s not surprisingly that Harajuku Gyoza, a cute little gyoza joint in Potts Point, is quite the popular spot for a quick dumpling fix.

Harajuku Gyoza, Potts Point

Pork and Prawn Gyoza with Ginger and Spring Onion Dressing, Grilled ($9.8)

The menu is mostly filled with different gyoza varieties, as well as some izakaya share plates. Pork and prawn gyoza are like your typical Japanese style gyoza, with soft a soft wrapper encasing a delicate prawn and pork filling. The ginger and spring onion dressing is light and tasty.

Harajuku Gyoza, Potts Point

Beef with Shiso Gyoza, Grilled ($8.3)

Beef is a much less common choice of filling, but the beef with shiso gyoza is surprisingly tasty, the shiso imparting an unusual but delicious flavour.

Harajuku Gyoza, Potts Point

Mozzarella Cheese with Semi-dried Tomato Gyoza, Crispy Fried ($9.2)

For someone completely different we also try the mozzerella cheese and semi dried tomato gyoza which is super crispy, with stretchy cheese in each bite.

Harajuku Gyoza, Potts Point

Tempura Eggplant ($8.5)

Tempura eggplant is fried in a light, crispy batter, the eggplant itself silky smooth.

Harajuku Gyoza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

In -, Asian, Dining on
October 26, 2018

Yummy Chinese BBQ, Haymarket

Yummy Chinese BBQ, All you can eat, hotpot, skewers

Our visit to Yummy Chinese BBQ was a little unintentional. We were infact looking for an all you can eat hotpot joint in Chinatown, but these seem to be very scarce these days so when we saw the sign at the door for all you can eat skewers and hotpot, that was about the closest we could find!

It’s a nice setup, and much tidier and cleaner than most other Chinese skewer/AYCE places we’ve visited in Sydney, and there’s a vast spread of pre-skewered meats, veggies and sides on display. We’re sold instantly!

Yummy Chinese BBQ, All you can eat, hotpot, skewers

The idea is that you get a large charcoal bbq in the middle of your table where the meats rotate themself to cook- minimal effort involved! You also get a small hotpot on the side for the best of both worlds!

Yummy Chinese BBQ, All you can eat, hotpot, skewers

We start with the sides where there is a large selection of chilled veggie dishes.

Yummy Chinese BBQ, All you can eat, hotpot, skewers

Then we move onto the meats where there is everything from your typical chicken, beef, lamb to offal.

Yummy Chinese BBQ, All you can eat, hotpot, skewers

Yummy Chinese BBQ, All you can eat, hotpot, skewers

We find somethings work well on the rotating bbq, other things not so much. Like the sausages which were so soft they fell off the skewer, or the unbalanced chicken which would not rotate. All part of the fun I guess!

Yummy Chinese BBQ, All you can eat, hotpot, skewers

You’re also given a net where you can grill unskewered items like enoki mushrooms, corn and garlic bread.

The hotpot selection comes with your typical options of veggies, fish balls, mushrooms etc. Beef and lamb slices are ordered and brought out from the kitchen.

There’s also soft serve for dessert and on the day we visit there’s vanilla and matcha on offer.

Yummy Chinese BBQ 串串香海鲜烧烤自助 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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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 Asian, Dining on
August 27, 2018

Hulu at King Street Wharf

It sounds like a bit of an odd thing to say, but I’ve been waiting for Hulu to open up for a while. Two years actually.

Whilst most people probably know of Hulu at King Street Wharf for its social media presence since it opened a few months ago, I’ve been a fan since they first opened as Bistro Hulu on Liverpool Street. So much so that when I worked as a tour guide for food tours in Sydney, I was one of our first stops.

Chicken & Sweet Corn Soup ($6.8)

Bistro Hulu still exists in Crow’s Nest, but Hulu at King Street Wharf is their latest venture, a more upscale venue with a beautiful view of the harbour. And of course, I had to visit!


The menu itself is impressively extensive, including a handmade dim sum section that spans four pages. You could literally just order off the dim sum options for a yum cha style meal if you wanted!

And we’re loving the creativity with the unexpected addition of cheese in the crispy prawn dumplings, making for a satisfying cheese pull.

Finding Nemo ($16.80)

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