Ozeki Sushi, Hurstville, Sydney

>> September 26, 2014

Guest blogger edition

Opposite the Hurstville Westfield shoppingtown is the relatively new Ozeki sushi. It's located on the western side of the Westfields, close to the Hurstville Arcade and below the RSL style club there. Luckily, there is a separate entrance to the restaurant and there is no need to sign into the club.

If you have a entertainment book then there is a coupon for this place that gives you 25%. Unfortunately we had forgotten ours but decided to eat here anyways. On a Saturday lunchtime, it was pretty and so we took a number and sat down in the designated waiting room. Yes, there is a room just for waiting which seems to suggest that this place may get quite busy during peak times.

Fortunately we didn't have to wait too long to grab a seat at one of the counters. You can order from the menu or grab straight from the train (prices are the same, but there are more options in the menu in terms of other dishes to choose)

The glossy menu - they do sushi as well as hotpot and other Japanese/Korean dishes

Prices are not cheap - especially compared to the places in the city that offer sushi trains for a flat $2.80 - $3.00 for all dishes. However, the variety here is fantastic and so is the quality.

Scallop sushi - $5.80

Salmon and tempura prawn sushi - $5.80 - a real delight to look at as well as eat- check out the single fish roe in the drop of mayo!

Snapper sushi - $3.80

Prawn and soft shell crab roll - $5.80 - a really good combo of two of my favourite sushi options

Scallop and salmon sushi - $5.80 - another great combo of sushi train favourites!

Beef hot pot - $9.80 - a stomach filling hot pot choc full of beef and noodles.

Ox tongue - $5.80 - super thinly sliced beef bbqed to perfection.

Ozeki Sushi and Hot Pot Train on Urbanspoon


Fast Pho, Ultimo, Sydney

>> September 24, 2014

Guest blogger edition

I've previously talked about how one of the best ways of finding cheap, decent food is to eat near where there are universities. This observation again held true when I ate at the cheap and cheerful Vietnamese restaurant - Fast Pho.

Located near Broadway in the city and a very short walk from the University of Technology, is this simple but satisfying restaurant. They're open for lunch and dinner and we dropped by for dinner on a Wednesday night.

Despite the proximity to the main Broadway strip, there wasn't much of a crowd and the menu was short so we were able to quickly grab a table and make our orders. Not sure if the place gets more busy during lunch times though.

The 1 page menu - simple Vietnamese classics that you can hardly go wrong with. And checkout those prices!!

Beef noodle soup - $8 - that's right- $8! A pretty decent serving of beef pho for such a low price. The soup may not be the best there is, but the noodles were soft and slippery, there was sufficient pieces of thinly sliced topped off with the ubiquitous parsley and onion that made the dish so satisfying. The value for money of this dish is astronomical.

Spring roll with vermicelli salad - $8 - another $8 dollar dish and another satisfied customer. Look at those chunky pieces of spring roll sitting on the mounds of vermicelli and shredded vegetables. Again, maybe not the best of the best vermicelli salad I'v had, but for $8, it was pretty darn good.

Water is self serve in the corner and I think they accept cash only.

25 minutes and $16 later, 2 people walked away from Fast Pho patting their bellies. There are only three words to sum it up - Bloody good value!

  Fast Pho on Urbanspoon


Sun Ho Restaurant, Rockdale Sydney

>> September 21, 2014

Guest blogger edition

In a world where restaurants seem to open up and close down as frequent as the sun rises and sets, it's always a nice surprise when a good restaurant stands the test of time. It's been almost 5 years since thefoodbook blogged about the Sun Ho Yum Cha Restaurant in Rockdale and so it was a pleasant surprise to visit this place once again.

Sun Ho is located on top of one of those small RSL/pokies type clubs and serves Yum Cha 7 days a week. They have a continuous special where they give you 20% for Yum cha Mon- Fri and 10% Sat-Sun.

They no longer have the price list on the tables like they did 5 years ago, but luckily I took a phot of the menu 5 years ago and I had a quick check of the prices then and now.

Small dishes are $4.60 (previously $3.50), Medium dishes are $5.80 (previously $4.70) Large are $7.40 (previously $5.70) and Extra large are now $8.10 (previously $6.50).

So there has been some price increases, but not too bad I guess. Understandably, costs do increase and there is always inflation which means that it's only natural for prices to increase. The good news is that the taste of the dishes has not diminished!

Prawn dumplings - 5 to a steamer - good value!

'The king's' siu mai - pork siu mai dumplings but topped with scallop and prawns

Vegetarian rice noodle (Churn fun) - the famous noodle dish but with no filling. A lighter choice

Chinese hot dog buns - steamed Chinese bread with a Chinese sausage inside (Lap Cheong)

Chinese chive dumplings

Steamed beef balls - an old favourite, drizzled with Worcestershire sauce, the best part is the beancurd sheets at the bottom that has soaked up all the juices.

Deep fried wontons

Beancurd wraps - inside is mushrooms, pork, prawns and some other vegetables.

Sticky rice in lotus leaves - the leaves impart an unmistakable herby smokey flavour to the rice

The sticky rice inside

Beef rice noodle 

Black pepper veal ribs

Chicken feet

Fresh hot, crispy egg tarts to finish off the meal

Sun Ho Restaurant on Urbanspoon


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