Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Izayaka Yebisu (۶* ‘ꆚ’)۶” // Little Japan in Sydney CBD

Izayaka Yebisu is an authentic izayaka-styled Japanese restaurant and I was invited by Washoku Lovers to come try out their menu. For those wondering what an “izayaka” is, it is a type of informal Japanese gastro-pub, for casual dining after work. 

At Yebisu they offer small portions so you can enjoy a wider range from their selection on their menu. Additionally, they have a great variety of drinks with more than 100 items to select, such as sake, shochu, cocktails and non-alcoholic mocktails too.

As I haven’t been to Yebisu to dine yet, I decided to take my mate TonyLion to join me on this food adventure. We had a voucher of $80 to spend at the restaurant, so we made our dish choices wisely~ We ordered a few sushi’s, gratin, gyoza,

Of course we had to start the night with some drinks, so we got long island and a mojito. 

While we were drinking and chatting away, the dishes we ordered started to appear on our table and the first being the Chawanmushi(AUD$6.80). The chawanmushi was soft, smooth and tasty too, but I did find the price for this a tad overpriced, because ingredient-wise, it is just egg.

Next we tried the Chilli Pork Dumpling (AUD$9.80). We couldn’t really taste the spiciness from the chilli, so was a little disappointed, but the filling of the dumpling was quite juicy and delicious in taste. 

We heard the sushi at Yebisu were fresh, plus they have toro too and not a lot of places sell toro sushi. So of course we had to order a few sushi's. 

I absolutely love my scallops so, of course, I had to try their Aburi Scallops (AUD$6.50). This was one of my favourite dish of the night, definitely the scallop sushi! They served 2 full scallop per sushi, which was very generous, as many places tend to slice the one scallop in half for sushi.

We also ordered the Aburi Scallop & mentai (AUD$6.80) sushi too, which was delicious! The scallop was fresh and sweet, whereas the mentai added a cream-like texture for smoother texture and richer in taste.

As mentioned earlier, Yebisu does have toro sushi so how could we not order it, right? Not a lot of Japanese restaurant's in Sydney offer Toro, so once I saw that they have it available on their sushi menu, I order them. Once again the fish was fresh and the toro was quite delicious and soft in texture. 

We also got their Ootoro, because I meant why not!! This is fattier than the plain toro, and it was just lovely~ Although I cannot compare them to Japan's toro, it still satisfied my craving's.

The next dish we got was their Broccoli & tomato mayo gratin (AUD$9.80), which was pretty average in my opinion. It was definitely overpriced but it was quite nice as I did enjoy it regardless, but I must say, but I'm sure you could make this at home.

The last dish we ordered was the Tom Yum Goong Sushi Roll (AUD$15.80). Tony and I had high expectations for this dish where it did not meet our standards. I could not taste any tom yum flavour at all! I was really disappointed, especially for what you pay for. 

The food used at Yebisu are fresh and tastes quite nice, but the prices are a bit overpriced based on the flavours and ingredients, in my opinion. However, I do like how they come around with a trolley of sake and you are able to try a few from their selection and you can order if you want some too. 

I tried these the two sake in the photo above and they were both quite strong yet delicious. 

Overall my first experience at Yebisu was quite a nice one and their staff were friendly and they have quite a huge selection of foods and drinks, but I don't think I would go back anytime soon as the pricing is quite expensive.

Shop 7-10, 501 George St, Sydney , 2000
Opening Hours: 
Sun-Wed: 12pm - 11pm
Thurs-Sat : 12 - 11:30pm

Ph: (02) 9266 0301

Yebisu Izakaya Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Launch Party at Zhu Canton // Yum Cha Party! o(≧∇≦o)

On Monday 22nd August, I was invited to attend the opening launch of Zhu Canton, located in the Randwick Club, Level 3. Zhu Canton shares several meanings including host to join together and express good wishes. The new restaurant is offering diners a thoroughly 21st century take on Asian cuisine in a luxurious and relaxing environment.
135 Alison Rd, Randwick, Sydney
(Level 3, The Randwick Club)
Opening Hours: Tues- Sun: 11am - 10pm
Ph: (02) 9399 4188

I took my leo pals, Stephanie and TonyLion to the event with me and we were quite excited not only for the food there but also the fact that we could dress up as there was a dress code, which was COCKTAIL.

We arrived a bit past 6pm that evening and we were greeted by the PR Company, who had invited us, and also the staff of Zhu Canton. We then took our seats anywhere we liked and started our night with some champagne. Throughout the night finger food were being served, which mainly included popular dimsum’s such as har gao, siu mai, etc.

Overall, I was quite impressed with the quality of the food that was served to us that night, as there was quite a huge crowd to cater for so consistency can be an issue at these sort of functions. The Har Gao skin was thin and not sticky at all and the prawn was fresh too.

Our favourite dish of the night would have to be the Peking duck, as the meat was tender and juicy, plus the skin was super crispy too.
We took our time eating, taking photos and mingling with a few of the other guest that night. I was surprised to find a lot of other foodies and bloggers were present that night, but I didn’t manage to see most of them, maybe it was because I was too food-focused as I was really hungry that night.
The service was wonderful, as the Zhu Canton staff were super friendly and helpful too. My friends and I could speak Cantonese, so at times we would make request or thank the staff in our language and it just made the whole experience that much better.

To complete the whole event, they had also prepared a lion dance performance to welcome the new restaurant on the premise. It was lovely to see our culture being embraced by many and enjoy the performances. I, of course, tried to snap a few photos but it definitely came with its challenges.

My friends and I left shortly after dessert was served with the mango pancakes, cookies and black sesame filled balls (jian duo). I cannot wait to come back again as I most likely will have yumcha here before my graduation ceremony to catch up with all my friends and family. 

Sorry that I haven't been uploading much this month, it is my company's end of financial year month so I've been a it busier and tired than usual! But after that I should be a little more free to update my blog more often!! 

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Monday, August 29, 2016

FCBA x MonteAltoRoasters // Casual Dining with fellow instafoodies! (*⌒▽⌒*)θ~♪

On Thursday, 11th August, I was invited by FCBA community to join them and a group of other foodies for a feast at the newly opened Monte Alto Roasters located in Crows Nest. They have been up and running for just over a month now and they have been expanding their good food, drinks and music with many of the locals. They are opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as offering a unique drink menu from the bar. 

Monte Alto Roasters is two-storey restaurant and bar, with a very simplistic yet cosy café-like interior. The dim lighting is perfect to set the mood for the evening, and there is enough sunlight to come through and light up the whole place, which is perfect for, us, foodies who like to take photos of their meal.

We began the night with getting to know one another, over drinks before the meal. We shared who we were, what we did when we're not eating around Sydney ad where we blogged or shared our photos. We all ordered our own drinks and I took a few photos of some of them.

Salted Caramel Espresso Martini (AUD$18), made with Salted Caramel Vodka, Kahlua and Espresso.

I ordered the Japanese Slip-up (AUD$16),  which Harry, who is the director of  Monte Alto Roasters, whipped up himself. He used melon liqueur, orange liqueur and fresh lime juice. The cocktail had a light and refreshing taste, but I was informed that it might taste light but it's actually quite strong! So I had to pace myself to ensure I didn't get too drunk before the meal.

We also had the chance to try their Cold Drip Coffee (AUD$5), which is made by slowly dripping cold, filtered water through lightly roasted ground coffee for a period of ten hours using a cold drip system. The result is a full flavoured coffee that retains the unique flavours of each coffee bean without the acidic oils typically found in coffee extracted at higher temperatures. 

We started off our meal with their Smoked salmon accompanied by Grape seaweed (AUD$16). I have never tried grape seaweed before and it was also very intriguing at how it looked. Once I took a bite I was very confused as to how the grape seaweed taste…it was somewhat like little burst of slightly salted-water exploding into your mouth. It was a very interesting dish to both look at and eat.

Next up was their Tempura Zucchini flowers with four-cheese stuffing (AUD$16). I love eating zucchini flowers, I don't know why specifically but maybe it's because the last few times I had eaten them, the stuffing was just amazing! As for these one, they had a light crispy layer on the outside and the melt-y cheese filling was really good too!

The next 2 dishes that arrived was their salads, which were their  Pear and quinoa with asparagus, rocket, feta, walnut, homemade dressing  (AUD$12) and their Mango prawn with mix leaf, tomato, cucumber and Homemade mango dressing (AUD$16). Starting off with the pear and quinoa salad, it was quite refreshing and filling too, plus you can also add grilled chicken for a filling lunch at an extra $5 on top.  The mango prawns were delicious as it had a beautiful buttery taste which went very well with their mango dressing. I thoroughly enjoyed their salads as our appetisers before the mains started coming out.

When their Crab burger  (AUD$14) made its way onto our table, a few of us were drooling because we wanted to just take a bite out of it.  It has soft shell crab, lettuce, tomato, coriander, tamarind fish sauce and a bun to complete it. The crab was cooked to perfection, as the crab meat was quite juicy and tender, plus it was easy to rip apart to share amongst us.

The last main dish that arrived on our table that night was their Grilled Atlantic salmon fillet (AUD$22). Now this dish was just amazing as tasted just as good as it looked. It was served with mashed sweet potato, spinach and honey soy sauce and, of course, it was topped with some crispy curls of sweet potato too, which made the dish look incredible. As for us foodies though, we had a hard time deciding to see which angle was the best way to portray this beautiful and tasty dish for our instagram feeds. I tried to just to take a few snapshots quickly so I can feast on this while it was still warm, because I love salmon (cooked or raw!).

To end the night we had a little pot of mystery waiting for us. We were served a panna cotta with fresh fruit, topped with crumbed oreo. It was a light and delicious sweet treat, which we finished off real quick and apparently their secret ingredient was imported special chocolate. 

I had a lovely time meeting all the new foodies and also the food too!! I cannot wait to come back to have the salmon dish again with friends, and try out the rest of their cocktail menu! 
Hey guys, sorry I haven't been able to be blog as much as my computer died 2 weeks ago, and thought I'd get one of the IT guys at work to check it out but results came back end of last week and it's dead. So I'm back onto my old laptop for now, while I hunt and wait for bargains on laptops. I have been looking into a few brands and all which will suit my needs so please bear with me until then. I will try and get some videos up soon as I know you guys have been waiting for them, but my old laptop is slow, so gotta be patient with it. Until then, enter my giveaway if you haven't already, it closes in 2 weeks!!!


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