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March 27, 2014

Mengen Sofrasi Turkish Kitchen, Glebe

A friend’s suggestion of eating something a little ‘exotic’ and subsequently a short coupon search after, we end up at Mengen Sofrasi Turkish Kitchen at Glebe on a nice Saturday afternoon. I know Turkish is probably not one’s definition of exotic but seeing as neither or us had been to a Turkish restaurant before, it seemed exotic enough to us!

A cute little restaurant, fitted with unique, colourful decor, it certainly fits our description of different and exotic and the nice squishy sofas, soft cushions, street view and attentive service makes it a very comfortable and enjoyable experience.

Turkish Bread and Dips

Our voucher offer entitles us to a ‘Turkish Feast’ which we assume is just a bit of marketing as the food described, whilst seemingly enough, did not really seem plentiful enough to describe as a ‘feast’. Boy were we wrong!

We started with a seemingly harmless entree of Turkish bread with an assortment of dips.We liked the beetroot dip for its colour (the last time I had anything so colourful was probably in primary school when we decorated cookies with coloured icing!), the babaganoush for its mysteriousness (we could taste the yoghurt but not the eggplant!), the hummus because we could easily tell what it was, but our favourite was definitely the carrot dip (which didn’t actually taste like carrot!). The bread was great- the perfect amount of thickness, softness and chewiness, quite unlike the Turkish breads we’ve had from the supermarket. The basket of bread plentiful (and looks deceivingly smaller than it actually was!), and had we ended our meal there, we would have left quite happy, full and satisfied.

Mucver (fried zucchini fritters)

But of course, there was more!

The zucchini fritters were an interesting mix of thinly shredded zucchini, carrot, dill, shallots and parsley deep fried in a light crispy batter. We like the mix of vegetables, and although the herbs make it taste a bit strange at first, the taste grows on us quite quickly.

The meal also come with a small side of vegetable salad of mostly lettuce and cabbage with a slight tang given by the light dressing.

Iskender kebab

It might not look it in the picture, but the iskender kebab was massive, with a generous serving of lamb served with plenty of Turkish bread (as if we hadn’t had enough already!) and a drizzle of yoghurt on top (we noticed that the Turkish must love their yoghurt- it’s in just about everything!). The meat is sliced wide, and just the right thickness to get a perfect texture, without being to dry or chewy- it tastes great on its own, and even better with the tomato-y iskender sauce. The bread is buttered and toasted, but we’re too full to stomach more bread (unfortunately!).

We take our dessert home with us  (I chose a rice pudding, which was amazing!) as we’re much too full, but the lengthy walk from the restaurant to the station helps us digest a bit of the huge feast we had! 🙂

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In Asian, Dining on
July 13, 2011

Mamak Village

I’d been meaning to try out Mamak Village for a while (especially after Alison recommended it!), so when my friend revealed that she had never been to a Malaysian restaurant before, I quickly suggested we come here for our next lunch together. A short walk from uni, we find ourselves at the entrance, looking at a closed sign. It’s strange to think that I ate lunch at 11 in the morning when I was at uni- I only wake up at that time now! Just as we begin walking away however, the blinds are opened and the restaurant is opened- yay!

Roti canai ($4)

We couldn’t come here without ordering the roti, of course, and we chose the most basic roti canai to share between us. It is crisp and flaky, though not quite as much as Mamak’s (is it even possible not to compare any roti with mamak’s?), but every bit as exciting and satisfying! The curries were also delicious, though we couldn’t quite figure out what the middle sauce was, and we had no problem mopping just about all of it up!

Mee Siam $9.50

The rest of the menu was a little more difficult to choose from, only because of the large variety of dishes on offer. Luckily, they have pictures on the back of the menu, and I automatically go for the Mee siam. The vermicelli stir fry is nice and dry, with big chunks of prawns, crunchy bean sprouts and lettuce to accompany the tasty noodles.

Nasi Lemak $10

We decide to order the Nasi Lemak because we wanted something with rice and this had a thumb next to it on the menu 😀 We ordered it with chicken curry (instead of beef rendang) which comes as a tasty drumstick which is tender enough to be easily split into two halves by a spoon. As surprising as it may seem, this is my first taste of Nasi Lemak- and I loved it! The coconut rice was delicious enough to enjoy by itself and I loved trying out each of the accompanying components to see which one I liked the best (I think it would have to be the anchovies!)

We leave feeling full and satisfied- and me with intentions of coming back here more often! If you have any suggestions for good restaurants near Sydney uni, leave a comment- I can’t wait to try more places when the next semester starts (just about the only thing I’m actually looking forward to about uni….) 🙂

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In Asian, Dining on
May 31, 2011

$5 dining in Sydney

Ever since I discovered cheap lunches near my uni, I’ve been eating out relatively often, and I have quite a few restaurant I need to blog about now! A couple of months ago, the Sydney Morning Herald had coupons for $5 dining deals in Sydney, I couldn’t resist trying them out! So here I present you with the cheapest of all the lunches I’ve had so far this year (in Sydney)!


Chicken Pad Thai- $5 (normally $8.90 on the lunch menu)

My first trip was to Home, though I had no idea where it was and ended up taking a lengthy walk down Sussex street. To be honest, I was expecting some cheap food court like place- afterall, the coupon was offering a pad thai for $5! So I was surprised when we arrived to find a really nice restaurant which was already packed but we were lucky enough to get a small table straight away and had our order quickly taken by the waitress….with an ipad!!

The prices on the menu itself were also pretty low, and there were many items on the menu I’d love to come back to try. I salivated over the satay skewers and the beef salad the table next to us had ordered, and wowed at the beautiful dish served in banana blossom that we saw taken from the kitchen.

My Pad Thai was equally as tempting, with its beautiful presentation and its taste did not dissappoint either! I would have liked it a little sweeter, but I do like my pad thai’s to be very sweet, but I still loved these noodles!
Malacca Straits

Deep Fried Tofu with Minced Chicken- $5

I’ve walked past the Malacca Straits sign many times when walking down Broadway and after reading about it on many food blogs, I was looking forward to trying it out. We arrive quite early (as we usually do), to find the restaurant empty, but luckily, open. It could really do with an open/closed sign 😉

The coupon for this restaurant was a for a fried hand-made silken tofu with minced chicken dish. It’s something I wouldn’t have ordered if I’d seen it on the menu, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The dish arrived so hot and steaming that I couldn’t manage to take a picture without the lends fogging up (hence the ugly picture!). The tofu was deliciously unique- it was extremely soft and silky though not to the point that it didn’t feel like tofu and had a distinct tofu taste. It tastes a lot better than the packaged tofu we usually buy from Asian supermarkets! The sauce and the vegetables were a great accompaniment, but I didn’t notice the chicken mince until we’d almost finished the dish!

Garlic Prawn Stir Fry $11

After deciding we didn’t want chicken (since the above tofu dish already featured it), we decided on seafood as the best alternative, since it was nothing like chicken, and settles for the garlic prawns. A generous serving of prawns, accompanied with a selection of vegetables nicely stir fried with plenty of garlic, there was nothing not to like about this. I however, found it a little ordinary- I guess was expecting something a little different, after reading some interesting dishes on food blogs. Oh well- I guess I’ll have to try out other dishes another time!

La Casa Pasta

Spaghetti Bolognese- $5
Lured by the promise of a $6 pasta, I decided to take my friends to try out La Casa Pasta. Though the website showed various locations, we arrived at each only to find they were no longer in business, and ended up taking the long walk down Glebe Point road to find this store- which looked more like a take away shop than restaurant, but we’d made it so far, we went in anyway.

The pasta turned out to be $5, which was even better though just judging by the looks of the place, we weren’t really expecting that much. We ordered anyway (and paid at the table….which I found quite strange) and waited. And then we saw a cockroach on our table……

My friends ordered a spaghetti bolognese which was okay, though the pasta was a little soft and it was not really flavoursome enough.

Primavera ravioli- $5
My primavera ravioli was a little better in terms of taste- the primavera sauce was not too bad, and more flavoursome than the spaghetti bolognese with its hint of garlic and herbs. The ravioli however, was definitely overcooked and was much too soft- my friend thought it tasted like a dumpling 😉

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