Archive | April, 2012

Three Beans

19 Apr

“I think this is too much. Is this for another friend?” asked the waitress as she brought me my food.

Indeed, I do tend to go overboard when ordering with EB vouchers. The discount gives me an illusion of fiscal liberation. It is an illusory emancipation because the total bill not including my EB discount was $29!

Anyway, as I told the waitress, this was for lunch and dinner.

Three Beans Iced Coffee

I was so tired today my cheekbones hurt. This is Panodol without the Panodol

Braised beef, avocado, beans, salad. This was fantastic, it was like a lighter version of a burrito.

Salmon on ryeSaved: $7.25

Three Beans @ Westfield Sydney

Red Chilli Sichuan Restaurant

15 Apr

Must. Stop. Eating.

Hot and sour mung bean noodles

The noodles were like jelly. Mum loved the sweet, sour and spicy flavour so much she wanted to doggy bag the leftover sauce.

A family friend makes this dish and we ordered it to compare; the chicken here doesn't even hold a candle against his. The only point of improvement he could take from this dish was the cold silken tofu which is soothes the burn of the chilli.

Sweet and sour fish

lurve this

Mapo tofu

Regret ordering this and not the sweet potato pork belly so much!

Saved: $17.92

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Sushi Roll

14 Apr

Flying solo on a Friday night.

Golden Butterfly

Golden Butterfly = scallops with fried onions on avocado roll

Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain = seared salmon, scallops, avocado mash and caviar. Two thumbs up!

Eel nigiri

Eel nigiri

Chicken and avocado roll

Chicken and avocado roll

Think this was tuna. I thought the seared & melted thing at the top was cheese, but in fact it was a sugary sauce. There's a salty dairy thing inside the roll that went well with the avocado and tuna

I already had my wallet and EB voucher out ready to call the waiter for the bill when this one came by on the conveyor belt. Against my better judgement, my right hand reached for the plate whilst my left hand put my wallet and voucher back in my bag.

Soft shell crab roll

bad decision!

Must leave now before I do any more damage!

Saved: $8.25

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Le Pain Quotidien take 2

12 Apr

Why is mesclun called mesclun and not salad?

After initial indecision re whether to order the porridge or the ham and cheese croissant (do I get the healthy one which I can knock up at home and not thus worth ordering, or the unhealthy one which cannot be had at home and worth eating out for but risk becoming flatulent during the 9:30am meeting on account of my sporadic lactose intolerance? That was the great mental debate I had in the days prior), we decided to try some mesclun adorned dishes.

Mushroom Frittata

Frittata with mushroom, sundried tomatoes served with pesto, mesclun and bread. Some of my favourite things :)

Salmon Frittata

Frittata with salmon, spring onions and tartare sauce. I thought it tasted like the fish burger at McDonalds. Jess liked it though

My dream. It wasn’t overly sweet which allowed the tartness of the sour cherry to stand out. I just thought it was going to be a custard tart, but it was cakey under the cherries. Still, twas highly enjoyable!

Although what is the fruit tarte in the front row? I thought it was the sour cherry tarte!

Sometimes every little element creates a perfect whole even if they are imperfect viewed in isolation. Like how during our last visit, our mis-ordering resulted in sugar overload which sat uncomfortably in our stomachs. They also didn’t have the sour cherry and almond tarte I wanted. Then I forgot to hand over the EB voucher when paying the bill, which rendered our whole visit completely pointless! Meeting today at 7:30am was pretty painful, add on the chilli autumn morning and the restaurant not opening til 8am and you get a massive headache! But from retrospect, it all worked out for the better.  We didn’t get a discount for our not-so-great cheaper meal, which forced us back and our experience guided us to order dearer but yummier and healthier meals. And they also had the sour cherry and almond tarte I had been covetting!

Saved: $10

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Sushi Tei

11 Apr

Today I wanted to try something different, so I steered away from the sushi and ordered things I normally wouldn’t order.

Squid with fermented beans

I had read natto has a very strong flavour that tastes offensive to the uninitiated. Having never tried it, I was curious to give it a go. It’s very sticky, so when you pick it up there are strands of goo like melted cheese. Its inexplicable flavour, which I can’t really describe (maybe like ash?) hits you after a while. At first I thought it was not bad, but after the second mouthful, I decided it was quite horrible! I had to drown out the taste with a double dose of wasabe and soy sauce, but then it got too salty. Ultimately, I had a headache.

Golden mushroom rolled in beef with terriyaki sauce

This was really delicious – the sweetness of the salmon with the saltiness of the caviar all blended perfectly with soy sauce and wasabe.

I tried some of this because my friend had become too full on her sashimi salad(!!). It was quite yummy, altho I couldn’t really concentrate on the crab. The fish floss reminded me of pork floss, which added a nice nostalgic element. I also desperately needed some fluffy rice to soak up the taste of soy wasabi natto in my mouth.

No…you don’t get a bowl full of salmon roe, underneath is steamed egg,

I can see how the combination of salty, spicy and garlicy kimchi would work with sweet and milky cream. Maybe I’ll try this at home!

I don’t know why the girls ordered this – to be healthy? Perhaps it is just that sashimi with salad is a strange concept to me.

Saved: $24

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Löwenbräu Keller

7 Apr

The meat fest continues!

Pretzel

Overall, we don't like pretzels, I think my mum appreciated the butter more than the pretzel itself

Giant Pork Schnitzel

My dad was shocked at the size of the meat. Because of the cut used, he thought his own pork schnitzel was better on account of it being more tender.

Schlachtplatte

Mum and I shared this. I love the sauerkraut and braised red cabbage.

Lowenbrau beer

Weeks ago when I first suggested coming here or BBC to my parents, my dad was was immediately dismissive of my recommendation for him to order the pork knuckle. However when he saw the plates of pork knuckle being carried to other tables, and he realised it was 蹄髈 he was instantly lamentful of ordering his schnitzel. Mum later commented she like the down to earth-ness of this restaurant, so I think there is opportunity for us to come back here, so at least we can enjoy the atmosphere and dad can try the pork knuckle.

Saved: $35

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Tony Romas

5 Apr
Lamb ribs with TR hot sauce, corn on the cob and baked potato

Yum. I had read that the serving size at TR was small, but nothing could prepare me for just how small the rack of ribs was. However to be perfectly fair, I was very full by the end of my meal, and I didn't eat half of the potato.

As I was collecting the bill, the man said I can come back (with guests) and use my EB gold card to get All You Can Eat Ribs for $25pp (probably for the pork ribs), which is a great deal since it is advertised for $40.

But today, saved $16.95 (two people)

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