Gourmet Taste Seafood restaurant, Beverly Hills, Sydney

>> August 21, 2014

Guest blogger edition

The main strip of Beverly Hills located on King Georges Road is known to some as 'Eat street'. An entire street dedicated to restaurants from a wide range of cuisines, ranging from German to Chinese to Italian to Greek to the recently opened Korean style coffee shop.

Despite how busy the area can get on a Friday and Saturday night, this doesn't stop the crowds descending en masse to Eat street to satisfy their cravings. On this occasion, we ventured down the street, undecided on where we wanted to eat but wanting to try somewhere we hadn't been before.

We decided to try one of the many Chinese restaurants - Gourmet Taste. Walking into the restaurant, the staff were polite and quick with their service, promptly finding us a table, bringing our complimentary tea and nibbles of nuts,pickled radish and carrot.

Complimentary salted roast peanuts and pickled vegetables

Complimentary Asian style soup of the day - today it was a vegetable, pork bone and carrot soup. I love the complimentary soup you get at Chinese restaurants, they're usually light, but have nice flavours, just enough to whet your appetite for the upcoming dishes (although some people say these soups are full of MSG).

Shan dong chicken -$18.80- a relatively standard dish for a Chinese restaurant, but it seems to be done slightly differently at each one. Here the chicken is cooked to perfection - crispy skin on the outside, moist tender meat on the inside and best of all de-boned! Furthermore, the punchy Shan dong sauce, with its signature shallots and chillis came in a separate bowl. This meant that you could control the amount of sauce on the chicken and at the same time preserve the crispy skin - ingenious! 

The Shan dong sauce

Beef cubes with wasabi sauce - $22.80 - a fusion type of dish combining Chinese style stir fry beef with Japanese wasabi flavours. In this interpretation, hunks of tender beef is coated with a layer of wasabi flavoured sauceon a bed of snow peas. On the side is some light mayo for dipping. I found this dish to be pretty tasty, but I love the taste of wasabi so would have liked the sauce to have a bit more of a kick to it.

Complimentary dessert soup to finish the meal - pumpkin and sago - yummm. They also gave us a small dish of fruits - watermelon and orange. The perfect palate cleanser and a great way to finish the meal.

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Mooberry, Neutral Bay, Sydney

>> August 18, 2014

Guest blogger edition

Mooberry is a yoghurt and dessert chain that originated on King Street in Newtown, but has since expanded to Rhodes as well as more recently, Neutral bay. I was invited to taste a sampling of their menu items which I gladly accepted. So on a sunny winters day, we went fishing at Clifton gardens in the morning and then proceeded to Mooberry for our sampling session.

Having not caught a single fish, we weren't in the best of moods but stepping into the Mooberry shop, the manager (John) was so cheerful that we couldn't sustain our grumpy moods.

He gave a quick run through of the menu and the items we were tasting today and then off we went to explore the place and await our food and drinks.

What was surprising about the place was just how spacious it was! You can't really tell from the outside or even when you step in, but the place is split over 3 different levels, with seating and tables on all levels. Perhaps this could be something they mention on the front window as passer bys peering in might think the place was full!

Although they usually have 6 frozen yoghurt flavours, unfortunately 2 were unavailable that day as they were cleaning the machines. The flavours were pretty unique compared to the other froyo shops and we ended up going for passionfruit and salted caramel.

As with all froyo places, there were a multitude of additional toppings to choose from. I've always thought that frozen yoghurt toppings should be soft and easy to chew as it is placed on top of the yoghurt and I always eat it all in one mouthful. However, as I watched other people enjoy their froyos, I noticed that they had a variety of toppings that I would normally never consider given their texture (i.e too crunchy/hard to eat with the yoghurt). For example, gummis bears, tim tam pieces and m and ms. But I see now that one way to eat these is to pick them out of the yoghurt and enjoy them separately! It's like adding an additional level to the froyo! Must try this next time...

Passionfruit frozen yoghurt topped with passionfruit, strawberry/lychee/green apple pearls and mochi. A very refreshing froyo with the familiar passionfruit tang made ever so much nicer with the real passionfruit sauce. The pearls popped in your mouth creating a fruit salad in my mouth, haha. The mochi, whilst not as flavoursome, gave me something to chew on as I enjoyed the yoghurt. Colourful and delicious.

Salted caramel frozen yoghurt with coconut jelly, almond slivers and lychee pearls. The more bland looking of the two but not bland in taste! The salted caramel froyo was decadent bliss with the toppings providing extra flavour elements.

From the top level you can grab a counter seat and gaze out on to the bustle of Military road or across the way into the people working out at the gym, hehe.

After a short wait, we received two hot chocolates. One normal Belgian hot chocolate and one salted caramel hot chocolate. Whilst both were nice, the salted caramel hot chocolate was definitely the pick of the two. John informed us that the salted caramel used in the hot chocolate was the same as that used to flavour the froyo- no wonder we liked it so much =)

Lastly, we finished with a Belgian waffle, drizzled (more like drowned!) in a mix of milk and dark chocolate topped with fresh strawberries and banana. Sooo rich and morish.....mmmmmmmm

In addition to frozen yoghurt, waffles and dessert, Mooberry also serves breakfast and coffee (the prices looked pretty reasonable too) Will have to try that next time I'm in the area. Hopefully, before or after some more fruitful fishing!

The Food Book dined as a guest of Mooberry

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Hoang Gia, Homebush, Sydney

>> August 14, 2014

Guest blogger edition

Hoang Gia is located in one of the small alleyways off Flemington, a little bit hard to find, but if you walk around the main shopping area with all the other Vietnamese restaurants and Asian grocery shops, you're bound to find it.

Arriving at around 2pm, we had just beat the lunch time rush and were able to quickly grab ourselves a table. Tea is complimentary as per most Vietnamese restaurants and served in a thermos on the table. We quickly browsed the plastic folder menu but we had pretty much already made up our minds as to what we wanted to eat.

Crispy Skin Chicken with egg noodle - $12- a simple but tasty dish. Crispy skin chicken served separately to a big bowl of egg noodles with some greens. I don't know how they do it, but the chicken meat is still so moist whilst the skin is so deliciously crispy.

Beef and beef ball pho - $9  - It's hard to not order a pho whenever you go to a Vietnamese restaurant as you can be pretty sure it's going to be super tasty. This one is no exception, beautiful noodles, juicy beef balls and flavoursome broth. So good.

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