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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tempura Eggplant ($8.5)
Tempura eggplant is fried in a light, crispy batter, the eggplant itself silky smooth.
Having spent the first 10 or so years of my life growing up in the west, Lone Star was always known to me as that funky looking house we drove past on the way to the shops. Not that I’d ever set foot in this Texas-inspired restaurant, but I can never forget its unique exterior. So when I realised there was another branch just 10 minutes away from work, I was keen to give it a go.
Wild West Wind Beer Battered Onion Rings ($7.95)
A quick online search tells me that Lone Star was actually once large chain with 180+ stores in the US, now dwindled down to 4. And although Lone Star has also closed many doors in Australia, it seems to be doing better, with some 8 branches in NSW- including the Blacktown branch that I remember clearly.
Saucy Biddy ‘Chicken’ Wings ($9.95 for 6)
The Winter weather has well and truly arrived. And as much as I loathe cold wintery mornings, it does mean perfect weather for hot pot!
Seriously, is there anything that screams warmth and comfort quite like a pot of hot soup bubbling away right in front of you? (If there is, I’d love to know!)
We’re loving the abundance of hot pot options that have popped up over the past couple of years. One of the newcomers in this area is Yuan’s Hot Pot. And because hot pot is not complete without good company, we’re here with a group of fellow passionate foodies that is the FCBA for a delicious lunch feed. And we sure left feeling satisfied!
For those of us hanging out in the ‘burbs, it’s not often that we get up to anything exciting after work- we don’t get the luxury of walking out of the office on Friday night, straight into the night life like the city dwellers! So when Left of Field announced their ‘Queen’s Feast’, a dinner collab with N2 Gelato, we couldn’t get out hands on those tickets quickly enough!We’re used to Left of Field by day, but with Queen tunes blaring out of speakers, and a dinner set up complete with tablecloths and blankets, it’s a completely different vibe at night!
Freddie Mercury Chilly
Sydneysiders who love Japanese food will no doubt have tried Yayoi. For those in need of an introduction, it’s a restaurant chain that’s come from Japan, where they already have in excess of 300 restaurants. So it’s no surprise that it was quite popular when they first landed in Australia.
I first visited their Yayoi Galeries branch when they were newly opened and the wait was excessively long. And though the crowds have died down, as they do, the beautiful presentation of the food an standout freshness is reason enough for me to make a visit from time to time. So when I received an invite from FCBA Australia to try out their newly opened branch in Westfield Sydney, I was only too eager to go!
Although the menu is largely the same between their different branches, there are some slight differences. And one big drawcard for the new Westfield location is their Umeshu (Japanese Plum Wine) offerings. If plum wine is your thing, you’ll definitely wanting to make a visit soon. Even if it’s not, you’ll want to check out their extensive umeshu menu- you’ll probably even find a new favourite!