1918 Bistro and Grill, Barossa valley, South Australia

A short weekend escape to the Barossa Valley in South Australia recently saw us visit a number of pretty decent eateries, one of these being 1918. Located in the heart of the town of Tanunda, this restaurant is set inside a pretty historic looking house.

There's outdoor seating the front courtyard which is looked pretty nice for a warm summer's evening, but we were afraid of mosquitoes so decided to venture inside. Stepping into the restaurant feels like you're walking back in time into the house of an well-to-do family from Australia's early settlement years. Sandstone walls, wooden floor boards and intricate ceilings were just a few of the decor items which caught my eye. There are few rooms with a number of dining tables which reminded me various rooms of a house. The largest room being the living room had the most tables but there were a number of smaller rooms which held a single larger table- perfect for a big group.

Arriving fairly late on a Saturday evening, we were lucky to get ourselves a table without a booking. They have a fairly extensive wine list here, but after tasting wine all day, we thought it best to stick with the table water.

 Fish of the Day -$35  - The fish of the day was list lovely piece of Atlantic salmon fillet with a squid ink sauce and cherry tomatoes sitting on a bed of asparagus spears. The fish was perfectly cooked to a  lovely pinky colour inside whilst remaining quite moist. Although not terribly appetising to look at, the squid ink sauce added a additional dimension of flavour.

300gm scotch fillet -$35 - Cooked to a medium rare state, this steak exemplified the farm fresh produce of the region. The meat was melt in your mouth and the accompanying vegies of mushrooms, carrot, peas and chimmichurri sauce completed the dish.

1918 Bistro & Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Korean Cultural Office, Annual banquet

Around 3 years ago I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Korean Cultural Office's Banquet event which showcased Korean food. It was a great experience learning about the different flavours and tastes of Korean and even better to have been able to do this with a whole bunch of food bloggers and aficionados. 

Fast forward a few years and lucky for me I received an invitation to their annual banquet again! Having had such a great experience last time, it was a no-brainer that I would accept this invitation.

Heather Jeong again designed a fantastic menu and there was a brief presentation about the history of Kimchi - did you know you can tell which part of South Korea someone is from just by tasting their Kimchi? Or that the South Korean government every year issues the Kimchi Index - a data table which specifies how much Kimchi each South Korean household needs to make to feed their family?

Luckily not too long after the presentation the food started coming and it kept coming! And so without any further delay - see below some pictures of the banquet event below.

Bo ssam - Slow cooked pork belly with home made tofu and chili 

100's of cabbages and kimchi flavouring ready to be mixed! Everyone had a chance to make their own Kimchi and take it home to enjoy at their leisure

Good old KFC - Korean Fried Chicken - can't go wrong - especially when it's boneless!

Gogi mari - Wagyu beef with vegetable filling with ssam jang and mixed grain rice

Yang jang pi - potato noodles, pork and vegetable with sweet fermented mustard. This dish was so beautifully plated it felt like a shame to have to mix all together :( Tasted so good though!

Seasonal Hwe (Korea style sashimi) of abalone, salmon, kingfish and cuttlefish served with kochujang (chili paste)

Assorted Jun (Korean pancakes) of kimchi, oysters, mung beans and zucchini served with salad kimchi and soy based pickle

Assorted ban chans - a couple of interesting ones here including the brown jelly cube which tasted a bit nutty, the mushrooms which I've never seen as a ban chan before and the meatball which also seemed a bit strange for a Korean ban chan.

Gaeran jjim (Korean steamed egg) with crab and salted shrimp

Air dried medley of Korean vegetables

Ojinga and yachae twigim (Calamari and vegetable tempura) - the batter was so light and the calamari so fresh - yumm

Tteok and hangwa - rice cakes and traditional sweets - the little cookie things were my favourite - kind of like a honey biscuit

Pat bingsu (shaved ice) with red bean and berries - the last time I had this was in Eastwood with some old uni friends - ah the memories

Thanks again to the Korean Cultural Centre and chef Heather Jeong for the wonderful night!


Post Cafe, Marrickville, Sydney inner west

I went to Post cafe years ago but haven't been there for ages - partly because I had thought it had closed down! But apparently not - in fact it has just been refurbished and is now under new management. We arrived pretty early at around 930am to grab breakfast and the place was already buzzing with locals.

The staff were friendly and took our orders promptly and it wasn't too long before we got our food. They serve Campos coffee- one of my favorites as the flavour isn't too overpowering.

Coffee $3.80

Grilled haloumi $19 - They have a regular menu as well as a specials menu and so we decided to order one from each. From the specials menu we ordered the grilled haloumi which came with a brown rice salad. The salad reminded me a light thai fried rice fusion with brocolli, tomato and beetroot lightly tossed in a frying pan.

Post Brekkie $17 - I always tend to lean towards the 'big breakfast' type options when I'm starving, so here it was called the Post Brekkie. Two slices of buttered toast, 3 mini beef sausages, a pile of bacon and 2 eggs cooked how you like (sunny side up for me). There was also a side of tomato chutney but I'm not a big fan of sauce so didn't use this much. All up, this was a lot of food and by then end of it, I was well and truly stuffed.

We lazed around in the cafe for a bit longer, finishing off our paper before we headed up to Banana Joe's.

Post Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

New Shanghai, Westfield Centrepoint, Sydney CBD

A new 'New Shanghai' has just opened up on the lower ground floor of the Westfields on Pitt street in Sydney's CBD. Because its still relatively new, and not many people know about it, it's a great place to satisfy any dumpling cravings you may have without having to wait for a table - even peak hour on a Friday night.

The service is impeccable and the dishes come out so fast it makes you wonder if they have prepared these dishes.

Crab meat and pork dumplings - $12 - Although many dishes often say they have crab meat, a lot of the time I find the crab flavour lost amongst the other flavours, or the crab meat is just so subtle you can barely taste it. Not so for these dumplings, where the pork meat and crab meat are locked into these little dumpling parcels and them steamed to create piping hot soupy concoction loaded with crab and pork flavour.

Shanghai fried noodles - $11 - Somewhat oily and could do with more pieces of shredded pork, but a crowd favourite nonetheless. 

New Shanghai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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