Petaling Street is one of the newer Malaysian restaurants that has opened on Anzac Parade, Kingsford. I know Petaling Street because I have previously been to their main branch on George Street, Haymarket. I was very pleased with the overall dining experience at the George St branch, so I was expecting the same dining experience here at the Kingsford branch. Unfortunately, I feel that the Kingsford branch falls short of the George st branch, some reasons are: a few dishes tastes a bit differently like the Nasi Pattaya (below)- the Georget St branch has more flavour and is less dry, the service at the Kingsford branch is much better (maybe we just encountered a tired staff at the George St branch). The atmosphere at Petaling St, Kingsford is much lively and comfortable, the restaurant is much more spacious and newer (obivously :P). The prices are exactly the same.
We ended up ordering the Nasi Pattaya and the combination hor fun- shared between my friend and I. The size of the dishes are quite generous and even though both of us were very hungry we were unable to finish it :P
Nasi Pattaya | Malaysian hawker type fried rice placed inside an omelette | $11.80
The nasi pattaya is fried rice inside a nicely wrapped omelette and I think the most exciting part is cutting it open :D The omelette is drizzled in sweet chilli sauce which is a nice combination with the rice and egg. This is definitely my favourite dish at Petaling St! Note: This dish a little bit spicy.
Combination Hor Fun | Malaysian hawker type rice noodles with seafood, chicken & vegetable | $10.80
The combination hor fun was very disappointing, maybe because I am very used to eating the Chinese style hor fun. I'm not too sure if Malaysian and Chinese style hor fun is meant to be the same or not but I don't remember it tasting like this.
The chicken tasted as if it had been in the fridge for a very long time, meaning it did not taste fresh and I am not a fan of chicken thigh, making it much more less appealing to me.
Also I noticed on the menu is says vegetable not vegetableS, I was expecting more vegetables at least some carrots. But looking back at the menu if it specifically states vegetable I guess I can't complain.
Overall, this dish lacked flavour and ingredients. Quite disappointed with the quality of this combinatin hor fun dish.
Just for laughs: look at number 122- I'm sorry but what is a Michael Jackson drink? :P I was very tempted to order this!
Overall, Petaling Street serves a generous amount per dish but I feel that it is a bit hyped up and compared to the George Street branch it is not as good. The service is very good and the wait staff are very polite.
I'll probably be back to try their other dishes :D Let me know what's your favourite dish :)
Happy eating x
Lox Stock & Barrel is located around 15 minutes away from Bondi Beach and it serves up a variety of dishes. Once again I met up with a friend for a much awaited catch up and she suggested Lox Stock and Barrel- since we always eat around Surry Hills/ City I thought it would be a good change :)
Lox Stock & Barrel is a small and homely cafe located on Glenayr Ave, Bondi Beach. We arrived around 11am and was lucky enough to get parking right outside the cafe! :) The cafe is further away from the main street of cafes on O'Brien St/ Hall St.
There is a breakfast, lunch and dinner (YES DINNER! :) Wednesdays to Saturdays 6pm til late) there is also an all day baked goods menu. Lox Stock & Barrel is definitely pushing the traditional cafe menu, especially with the dinner menu. The lunch menu begins at 12pm.
We ended up ordering two dishes: Avocado smash and Grilled house cured mackerel on toast. My friend and I shared both dishes- each dish was very large and very filling!
Now to the fooddddd :)
Grilled house cured mackerel on toast | w/ avocado, tomato and basil salad | $16
For the Grilled house cured mackerel on toast you can chose any type of bread to accompany the dish, we chose the sourdough rye (as recommended by our lovely waitress). I felt that this dish was a little bit on the sour side maybe due to the dressing. The mackerel was very delicious but my friend said she would prefer if it was fried a bit more so it was crunchy. The sourdough rye bread also works very well with the tangy salad and mackerel.
Avocado smash | w/ fetta, lemon, mint, cherry toms and radish | $16
The mixture of fetta, lemon, mint, cherry toms and radish with the avocado complimented each other very well. But I think this dish was overpriced for the amount you get. However, it was a very delicious dish and it was a good spread on top of the seeds and spices bagel (you can chose whatever type of bagel from the list).
Lox Stock and Barrel definitely sparked my curiosity as to what the cafes/ restaurants at Bondi Beach can offer. The quality of the food was very reasonable, however I think the dishes we ordered a bit overpriced for the amount we got/ what we got. I will definitely go back to try the lunch and dinner menu :)
Go try it out and go for a swim at Bondi Beach will you're at it :)
Happy eating x
As the mid- semester holidays are upon us my friends and I decided it would be a great time to catch up after not seeing each other for a such a long time! I gave my friend a long list of places I wanted to eat at and originally we decided on Kawa (348 Crown St Surry Hills) but as we were heading there my other friend mentioned Devon cafe. I've seen a lot of photos (on instagram :P) and heard a lot about Devon cafe so I was pretty keen to try and check it out.
We were lucky to get parking right outside Devon cafe, which is located on 76 Devonshire St, Surry Hill- very close to Central station. We were also lucky enough to make it in time for the breakfast menu (until 11:30am), we had 2 minutes to decide before they changed over to the lunch menu :P
The ambiance of the cafe is very lively and cozy, it is bursting with life and colour- I especially love the graffiti feature wall and the cute little decorations on the table. The waiter that took care of us was very polite and friendly, and was constantly conversing and joking with us :)
The breakfast menu is not your typical breakfast food, I found the menu to be creative and it definitely took a new spin on the traditional breakfast dishes. I ended up ordering the 'Citrus cured salmon' and my friends ordered the 'Gone bananas' and 'Orge Happy Meal'.
Note: The food does take a while to come out, it even says it on the menu, but the wait is definitely worth it :)
I also don't remember the exact names and prices of each dish- my mistake for not writing it down.
V8 | Watermelon, apple and ginger | $7
Refresher | $7
Citrus cured salmon | Split dill cream, apple, celery, cucumber, fennel, soft boiled egg w/brioche | $17
Gone Bananas | Malaysian style pancakes | Fried banana, pancakes, maple syrup and pandan ice cream
Orge Happy Meal | Ox tongue, cauliflower purée, pickled shallots, hash potato & sunny side egg
Overall, I'm really satisfied with the food, service and atmosphere of Devon cafe. The price is definitely worth the quality and portion of food (the dishes are huge!!).
I definitely want to go back to try Devon's other dishes and the lunch menu! :)
A big thumbs up to Devon cafe for delivering a great dining experience!
Happy eating x
I don't want to be a pie! I don't like gravy.
I've never been a major fan of pies but word has it that The Pie Tin serves up a range of delicious savoury and sweet pies that is a must try! Since I'm on mid- semester break I took the opportunity to catch up with friends at The Pie Tin.
The Pie Tin is located on Brown St (off King St) Newtown, it is approximately a 15 minute walk from the University of Sydney. It is a cute, rustic restaurant with a large share table in the middle and smaller tables to the side. There is a large range of pies and I think I stood at the counter staring at the pies for a good 10 minutes and then I took another 10 minutes deciding what to order :P My friend suggested a few that she had tried before but in the end I ordered the 'slow roasted shredded pork with apple and bbq sauce'. I also ordered it with sides- regular chips with gravy (extra cost). Ordering just the pie ranges from $5.80 -$7.80 and a pie meal ranges from $11- $13. The waitress asked me if I wanted kumera chips and I had no idea what it was.. shortly after discovering it was sweet potato chips!!! Now I definitely need to go back :P There are also other sides like mash potato, salad and baked beans.
The pie is a very generous size, it is definitely much bigger than a standard pie you buy at a food court or convenience store. I was also given a very generous amount of chips, they were even falling off my plate as I walked from the counter to our table. The pie I had was a bit try, there wasn't much sauce inside, which was a bit disappointing. But nonetheless it was very filling and the pastry of the pie was just right- not too crunchy or soggy.
This was the pie that my friend ordered, I think it was a chicken pie. But I just wanted to show you all the different sides that Pie Tin has to offer. I think she really enjoyed it :)
My other friends ordered- lamb, sausage.. I can't remember the others :P
Whipped Lime Pie | $7.50
This whipped lime pie has go to be one of the BEST lime pies I have ever eaten. It was not too sour or overpowering and the lime was very subtle. The top layer is cream so when you mix it with the bottom layer, the lime, you get a fine balance between the two flavours and texture. I highly recommend that you try this one :D
Gooey caramel & white chocolate ganache | $7.50
The 'Gooey caramel & white chocolate ganache' pie was extremely delicious but a bit too rich especially the white chocolate ganache. It tastes like a block of white chocolate with caramel all over it :P After a few bites I couldn't have anymore but for all you sweet tooths out there I think you'll enjoy this one :)
The slices of sweet pies range from $7.50 - $10.50 and you can also have the option to add vanilla ice cream ($1.00 extra) or/ and fresh dollop of cream ($0.50 extra).
Overall, I really enjoyed both the savoury and sweet pies at The Pie Tin. I can't wait to go back and try more pies :P
The place is quite small so I recommend you go earlier before the lunch break rush (before 12ish) or come after 2pm if you want to get a seat. There is always a take- away option.
A great place for pies that provide you with delicious and decently priced pies :)
Happy eating :)
Recently in Kingsford a lot of new restaurants have been popping up, especially Malaysian restaurants- Albee's Kitchen, Petaling St, Kreta Ayer, Malay Village (inside UNSW) just to name a few. I'm definitely not complaining because I loveeeeee Malaysian food, even though some dishes are a bit spicy :P
Out of the new Malaysian restaurants that opened there was a HUGE hype over Petaling St (next door to Passionflower) since the George St branch is such a huge hit. I absolutely love Petaling St (try it out for yourself!) but this post is about Albee's Kitchen and the reason why I mention Petaling St is that when I was hyping it up for my friends and getting ready for its opening in Kingsford, a friend of mine said that Albee's Kitchen was better. My friend said the Albee's Kitchen in Campsie (the main branch I am presuming) was much better than the Kingsford one, so I thought I might give Albee's Kitchen a try :) I can't really be the judge of which branch or restaurant is better but I've got to say Petaling St has a very strong competitor close by.
Albee's Kitchen was quite busy when my friend and I arrived but we were lucky enough to get a seat. Most of the seats are shared tables, they don't have single table for pairs, so if you just have two people be prepared to share a table. We were lucky that we didn't have someone directly next to us, but before we were leaving we had someone sit directly next to us.
Now to the fooddddd :)
We ended up ordering Karipap (chicken curry puffs), Hokkian Style Seafood Noodles and Butter Cereal Chicken.
Karipap (Chicken Curry Puffs) | A small pie consisting of specialized curry with chicken, sweet potatoes, beans and egg in a deep fried pastry shell | $2.50 each
Butter Chicken (or Oat) Chicken | Fried chicken mixed with cereal (or oats) | $15.80
It's like KFC for breakfast :P I've eaten cereal prawns before but never cereal chicken so this was definitely a new combination and I highly recommend you try this :)
Hokkian Style Seafood Noodles | Stir fried noodles in soy sauce with fish fillet, squid, king prawn and vegetables | $12.00
The Hokkian noodles dish was absolutely massive! It is definitely worth the money and it was super delicious! We originally ordered rice but we had to cancel it once we saw how big this dish was.
The service at Albee's Kitchen is extremely good- friendly staff and fast service = a happy customer :)
The food came out in less than 10 minutes.. I think it came out in 5 minutes :P The portion of the dishes are definitely value for money and full of flavour :)
One downfall is that we didn't check our bill and after leaving the restaurant my friend realised we got charged for the bowl of rice we cancelled. So note to everyone- check your bill :P
Overall, I am very pleased with the eating experience at Albee's Kitchen and I will definitely be going back to try new dishes!
Happy eating x
Sorry for not posting in soooooo long!!! I've been busy with a lot of things especially uni!
So I went to Forresters a very long time ago but I think it deserves a blog post/ review but it was just that good! :)
The Forresters is located in Surry Hills on Riley Street (in between Central station and Messina on Crown St). Forresters is a the latest corner pub, which is run by the same guy behind the Abercrombie, Flinders, Norfolk and Carrington.. so you definitely know you're in good hands :)
We came here on Saturday around lunch time and surprisingly it was not that crowded. There are a lot of tables available in the glass house area, the spaces around the pub are usually the more popular areas.
The menu has a lot of different dishes to choose from. They even have a snack menu that is perfect if you want something light to eat. They also have larger dishes such as pizza, schnitzel, pasta and burgers , which I recommend you order to share with friends. We ended up ordering: a pulled pork slider, poppers, meatball pizza and chicken schnitzel. The food is a bit slow to come out considering it was not that busy.
Pulled Pork Slider | w/ Korean slaw & peanut mayo | $5.50
Anything with pulled pork is good so I knew for sure this would be delicious!! and it was! :) However we shared this between 4 people and this pulled pork slider is literally one bites worth (it is under the snack part of the menu). It was good sampling a bit of it but I recommend you just order this for yourself than sharing it.
Poppers | Stuffed peppers w/ chicken, pork & sriracha mayo | $12
Chicken Schnitzel | nap or parm w/ slaw and parmesan fries | $22
The schnitzel is definitely money for value! You are given a generous piece of chicken with chips, cheese and coleslaw, I highly recommend this dish- sharing or not! :)
A meatball affair | Meatballs & smoked mozzarella | $22
The pizza was very disappointing because it lacked flavour and the dough was so thin and flaky that it didn't even feel like I was eating pizza... and some pieces of the pizza didn't have any meat on it...
Overall, The Forresters steps it up with 'pub food' and they have many outstanding dishes that I would definitely go back for. The atmosphere is very chilled and it is a great place to hang out with friends on any day or occasion. The prices are also quite reasonable for the amount and quality of the food :)
Grab some friends and go try it out for yourself :)
Happy eating! :D
This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed at home,
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy went...
I have known of Chefs Gallery for a really long time but I have never had the chance to go eat there, so when a long awaited catch up with my friend came up I knew exactly where I wanted to eat. I actually had quite a high expectation for this restaurant, just because of it reputation and decor (it could definitely pass as a high class restaurant).
We arrived around midday and was lucky enough to get table because around 20-30 minutes later there was a lot of people queuing outside to get a table.
The prices are definitely not worth the amount and quality of food you receive. If you want cheap, large and good dumplings or noodles I would recommend you go to somewhere in Chinatown. We ordered the fried dim sim sampling platter, prawn dumplings, noodles with chargrilled wagyu (we didn't want the Sichuan spicy soup so we got chicken broth instead) and the famous steamed piggy buns (the main reason why I wanted to eat at Chefs Gallery :P).
Prawn Dumplings | $7.90
The prawn dumplings was very standard but 4 dumplings for $7.90, I don't think it was worth it but nonetheless still tasty :)
Fried Dim Sim Sampling Platter | $15.90
- Vegetarian Spring Rolls (2pcs)
- Crab Meat Spring Rolls (2pcs)
- Calamari Wontons (2pcs)
- Fried daikon radish cakes (2pcs)
- Fried mini bread rolls (2pcs)
This fried dim sim sampling platter seemed to have an abnormal amount of oil. I know that fried food is extremely oil but I didn't expect my spring roll to be dripping in it (image above). My friend and I was very disappointed with the quality of this platter, but since we were paying for it we forced ourselves to eat it. I would recommend the steamed platter but if you don't mind the oil then enjoy the fried platter :P
Noodles with chargrilled wagyu beef (instead of Sichuan spicy soup we substituted it with chicken broth) | $15.90
The noodles with chargrilled wagyu beef was very delicious but it was little bit bland, maybe because we didn't have the Sichuan spicy soup. The wagyu beef was very scarce but I guess that's what you get at restaurants for that price :P Out of all the dishes we ate, this was my favourite (besides the piggy buns!).
Steamed sesame 'piggy face' buns | $7.90
If there is one thing that you must MUST must order at Chefs Gallery, it is the piggy buns!!!! Definitely worth it :)
Overall, I think Chefs Gallery is a little bit overrated but at least now I can say I ate there :P The service is very good and the atmosphere is very lively. The quality of the food is not the best and quite standard but if you've never eaten there before then I recommend you go check it out and let me know what you think :)
Kepos Street Kitchen is located on 96 Kepos Street, Redfern. It is a 10-15 minutes from Bourke St Bakery, Surry Hills (we discovered that after lunch, so it's a given that we went there after :P). Kepos St Kitchen is a cute little corner cafe among residential homes. It is actually very, very small so we were very lucky to get a table, because towards the end of our meal I noticed that a lot of people were queuing up/ waiting for seats.
Kepos St Kitchen has a very interesting and extensive menu (they had felafel on the breakfast menu- so we had to get that!). We arrived around 11:30am so we opted for the breakfast option :)
My friend and I ordered two dishes; soft baked eggs and tomato shakshuka, coriander tahini with sourdough ($15) and dad's favourite breaky- felafel, hummus, labneh, dukkah, hardboiled egg, tomato salad with schiacciata bread ($16). The baked eggs were really good because of the spices they put in it, so it definitely had a different flavour to the usual baked eggs. The felafel in the dad's favourite breaky platter had a very unique taste, I haven't eaten that much felafel before so I can't really judge if it was good not but definitely very tasty :)
Soft baked eggs and tomato shakshuka, coriander tahini with sourdough | $15
Dad's favourite breaky | Felafel, hummus, labneh, dukkah, hardboiled egg, tomato salad with schiacciata bread | $16
Overall, I really enjoyed the food at Kepos Street Kitchen and I already plan to go back to try the other dishes they have to offer. I definitely want to try the churros with salted caramel!! :) And of course, the prices are standard cafe food prices- most dishes are above $10. I recommend going around 11am (any time before 12-1pm) because it gets quite popular.
Why was six scared of four?
Because four ate five.
Fouratefive was the first cafe in Surry Hills that I ate at... this was where the love for Surry Hill cafes and cafes in general began :) Located on 485 Crown St among other great cafes sits Fouratefive, a small homely cafe. Fouratefive is one of the cafes I would keep going back to if I couldn't decide where to eat because I know I'll get value for money and the most importantly, delicious and filling food.
Fouratefive was buzzing with people, as usual, but we were lucky to get a table for two as soon as we arrived. The waiters are extremely energetic and friendly, and for me good service is always a big plus! :)
As per usual, the food definitely satisfied my hunger! We ordered two dishes to share; Baked eggs and pulled pork sandwich on sourdough. The pulled pork was a little bit spicy but nonetheless anything pork is good :) The food took awhile to come (maybe because of the baked eggs) but it didn't bother me since I was too busy catching up with my friend.
Baked eggs | Moroccan baked eggs w/ almonds, labne & organic sourdough | $17
Pulled pork on grilled sourdough w/ fresh cucumber, aioli, apple & tomato chutney & rocket (choice of either in sandwich or salad form) | $13
Hot chocolate | $4
Overall, I really like Fouratefive in terms of the quality of the food, and the price is the standard for cafe food in Surry Hills. I have read some reviews saying they had to wait a long time, so I recommend you go on a weekday around 11 or maybe later like after 1pm. Most cafes only get crowded during weekends. Also Bourke St Bakery is located just around the corner from Fouratefive, so I suggest you save some room for their ginger creme brulee tart :)
Bourke St Bakery | Lemon tart ($4.50) & Ginger creme brulee tart ($5)
Surry Hills has definitely become the "go to" place for me for cafe food. After hearing that my friend has never been to any cafes in Surry Hills before I had to take her! We decided to eat at Ampersand Cafe and Bookstore, which is located on Crown st (next to the library). I have never been there before so I didn't know what to expect. This cute cafe is located on the corner and it has a very homely feel to it. It is a two- leveled cafe, the top level is the bookstore/ library- but you can eat up stairs too.
At the entrance is a sign saying "wait here to be seated" we waited for a few minutes but no waiters seemed to be around so we just entered and took a menu from the counter. They have a breakfast (all day) and lunch menu, that is full of variety and caters for certain people e.g. vegetarian dishes. I ended up ordering "The Ampersandian" (which is basically a breakfast plate) and my friend ordered a ham and cheese melt on toast. We also got a hot chocolate each, which was perfect since it was cold. I felt that the dish I ordered was quite pricey for the amount I got- it is $16 + $2 for sourdough bread, but nonetheless I was very hungry so this really satisfied my hunger :)
*You order and pay at the counter*
We decided to sit upstairs, because my friend wanted to :P but upstairs is like a little library, it has a very peaceful atmosphere. There were some people studying there and reading in the library, for some reason I thought of Narnia when I saw all the book and old furnishing :P
At first we decided to sit outside on the balcony but after awhile it started to smell a bit funky, I think it was because the balcony was facing the main street. So we moved inside a comfortably sat at a large table that had a view of the reading area and outside.
The Ampersandian | Crispy potato hash brown with thyme roasted field mushroom, semi dried tomato, poached eggs and asparagus. Served with béarnaise sauce Gluten Free (+ sourdough bread- extra $2) | $16
Ham and Cheese Melt | Ham, cheese, tomato on sourdough bread | $9
Hot Chocolate with Lindt Chocolate | $5
Overall, Ampersand Cafe and Bookstore is a very cute and cosy cafe, but it is quite over priced however the food is quite tasty. I think there may be less expensive places that serves similar dishes :) This is a good cafe to study and relax in :)
(Also thanks to my friend for providing me with some of the photos) :)