Sakuratei, Sydney CBD, Sydney

>> September 16, 2014

Guest blogger edition

Close to Townhall station and just behind the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) is a little Japanese restaurant. Hidden inside St Martins building (I think that's what the block is called) is Sakuratei. A gem not that many people used to know about but lately has been more and more popular with the lunch time work crowd.

The best dishes I've found at Sakuratei are are the Japanese curry and the ramen, so at this midday lunch break, we ordered both. The chefs are Japanese as are the wait staff which adds that air of tasty authenticity to the dishes :D

Inside the restaurant at a lunch time - quite packed with both city workers and also people who happen to be in the city and lucky enough to know about this place.

Pork Katsu Curry - $12.50 - They have a couple of katsu options - chicken, pork and prawn. I normally get chicken katsu but this time I had a craving for the pork katsu. It was definitely a good choice. Juicy succulent pork chops coated with a crispy panko crumb batter. The mildly spicy curry was sooooo warming on a cold day, and there was plenty to it to coat all over the chicken.

Chicken katsu ramen- $11.80 - hot miso soup, half an egg, seaweed and chicken katsu. The chicken katsu was super tender but the crispiness of the pank crumbs was lost as the soup made it a bit soggy. Delicious, but may have been better had the chicken been served separately.

Outside the window, you can see the courtyard where, if it was a warm sunny day, it would be delightful to sit outside and enjoy.

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Amici, Kogarah, Sydney

>> September 11, 2014

Guest blogger edition

A rainy Saturday night, without a decent clue of what to eat in sight....pretty poor rhyme I know, but this was the predicament we found ourselves in once again. So we turned to our trusty Entertainment book to see what deals they had for restaurants nearby. 

Kogarah was where the deal was, but when we arrived at the suggested place, it looked kinda dead and the main seating area had been booked out for a function. Luckily for us that when we were driving around looking for parking, we passed by a pretty decent looking Italian restaurant bustling with patrons. I think the general rule that if you don't know any place to eat, the place with a crowd is usually a good bet (unless it's a touristy area). 

So we grabbed a table and looked at what was good to eat. The setting is semi- afresco with tables and chairs set up around the restaurant but covered by proper plastic sheeting and gas heaters. These heaters definitely made the place more snug on a cold night.

Semi outdoor seating

Gamberi aglio, olio e peperoncino - prawns cooked in extra virgin olive oil, garlic, touch of chili served with pane di casa bread ~$16 - I always want to order garlic prawns whenever I see it on the menu. Not exactly the healthiest option with all that oil, but its one of the comfort dishes that I just can't go past. This one was full of succulent prawns prawns but slightly lacking in the garlic and chilli kick. Was still good soaking up the garlic and chilli residue in the oil on the crusty bread though, hehe

Special pasta of the day - crab meat, prawn, fresh tomato, olive oil, garlic and fresh chili - $21.90 - maybe it's the garlic and chili  combination, but I seemed to gravitate to this dish as easily as I got sucked into the garlic prawns. yummmm

Special pizza of the day - Eggplant, Bufala mozzarella, ham and rocket - ~$20 - wood fired with a thin crust. This pizza was soooo good. Nothing else to say.

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Noodles your way, Sydney CBD, Sydney

>> September 2, 2014

Guest blogger edition

Friday night, peak hour for the masses looking for a feed and a drink in the city CBD. Chances are, if you haven't made a booking, you're going to struggle finding a table at the restaurants that you want to eat at.
This happened to us this night and we ended up walking down from Wynyard to World Square, trying to get a table at various restaurants along the way. Sushi Hotaru, Chefs Gallery, Din Tai Fung and Taste of Shanghai were all full.

Eventually we settled for Noodles Your Way - the Taiwanese restaurant next to Nando's in World Square. They still had a few empty tables so we quickly snapped one up.

A fairly simple Taiwanese menu, we quickly ordered as we were starving after all the walking we did.

Drunken chicken - $3.80 - a cold dish of a quarter chicken with a slight rice wine flavour. Moist and tender chicken but the coldness was straight from the fridge and not my cup of tea on a cold night

Pork chop and noodle soup - $12.80 - the classic crumbed and deep fried Taiwanese pork chop. This is basically my go to dish when I don't want to think and just want food ASAP at a Taiwanese restaurant. This version was perfectly coooked, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Came with a tangy tomato sauce to dip in and take away some of that oiliness.

The noodle soup with clear broth and choy sum vegetables and shallots. Nothing special here, just an accompaniment for that pork, hehe

Mushroom and pork noodle soup - $11.80 - a thick broth with smooth fat noodles and shredded carrot. The broth was very flavoursome and reminded somewhat of a hot and sour soup.

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