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I've spent the last few days in glorious Sunnybank in Brisbane. My olds were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. Those who might be unacquainted with Brisbane may not understand what Sunnybank is. Let me explain. Chinatowns in various cities have sprung up everywhere and I am very happy that they have. Brisbane has a chinatown in the "Valley" but this chinatown is constrained. And Brissy has a huge chinese population. So a new chinatown has sprung up in the suburb where my parents live (the equivalent of Chatswood in sydney?) Anyway I ate at several establishments. \

1. the "Shangri-la" in market square. Lordy it was good. Seafood predominantly in a banquet room. 10 courses (I paid $69 per head but I was paying for the olds in this) Chilli Lobster, salt an pepper crab, scallops with beans in REAL xo sauce, Fish (Coral trout) deep fried with pine nuts and oyster sauce, Sharks fin soup (real) (Sorry I felt a bit dirty after), Jellyfish and a giant salad of pickled veg "man and wife beef", hainan chicken, soy Chicken , Pork in peking sauce and a whole bunch I've forgot.

2. Malay Corner. Market square again. Had to go twice to really get the fact that I pay twice as much for half as much at half the quality in Canberra. Hawker food, Great rendang, chicken curry, Char kway teow, nasi lemak, Nasi goreng, tom yum and kong po chicken. (That's all I tasted - everything looked good and I only had three days)

3. I had tea in a specialist tea shoppe (Chinese) I had a green apple tea with tapioca pearls - I could stand the heat to have that experience at my beck and call.

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What were you forking out for that Malay action? Rotis?

Great rendang, chicken curry, Char kway teow, nasi lemak, Nasi goreng, tom yum and kong po chicken

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What were you forking out for that Malay action? Rotis?

Man, 10.90 for a giant nasi goreng which fed two. $12 for a rendang, same for a ayam gulai (skin on and on the bone genuine style) I hadn't tasted it for several years. I pay $18 in Canberry at Sami's (It's nowhere near as good BTW. But there is no competition.) Roti's akimbo! Crush them slightly before serving. :drool: Oh mama it was good. A restaurant that makes you want to move cities. Did you end up going to that Asada place?

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I know I have written about it here before but now you have started an official resteraunt rating thread I cant help myself.

Anyone who gets to Melbourne or lives there has to try Jims Greek Tavern in Collingwood. You only have to choose fish or meat and they do the rest.

Melbourne really did have an embarassment of riches (nearly as embarrasing as my spelling) when it comes to eating out.

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I know I have written about it here before but now you have started an official resteraunt rating thread I cant help myself.

Anyone who gets to Melbourne or lives there has to try Jims Greek Tavern in Collingwood. You only have to choose fish or meat and they do the rest.

Melbourne really did have an embarassment of riches (nearly as embarrasing as my spelling) when it comes to eating out.

Funny cos i can provide a review on this very restaurant. You're right Tom. They are indeed great. bbq and pick your own. But remember Vlado's et al

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Did you end up going to that Asada place?

It was a Churrascaria, with Rodizio style serving. Best meal outing I've had in ages. I paid 39.95pp and they kept bringing these 4ft long skewes to the table until in catatonic state of fullness I said "nuff".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod%C3%ADzio

Here are some around the country:

SY: http://www.churrasco.com.au/

http://www.braza.com.au/

CB: http://canberra.iprime.com.au/index.php/lifestyle/eat-and-drink/restaurantdesc/mistress-at-manuka,404593

ML: http://www.bluefiregrill.com.au/

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Funny cos i can provide a review on this very restaurant. You're right Tom. They are indeed great. bbq and pick your own. But remember Vlado's et al

How is the coffee.

I remember one night after a work dinner out the front smoking, each time I went out for a ciggie they would come out and give me another coffee shot.

We went out drinking afterward till 2:00AM after getting home I could not sleep and went straight to a committee meeting the next morning. At the time I did not know what the hell was going on maybe my drinks were spiked or something because usually after drinking I sleep like a baby. Anyway it later dawned on me that 4 greek coffees is probably too much. Coffee never has that effect on me usually, but they are real strong stick to 1 or 2 only.

One word of warning if you are a vegetarian don't bother they also get a bit offended if you ask, but for me that is all part of the charm. "You want vegetarian, why you come to a greek restaraunt then?" If you eat seafood but not red meat you are fine however and in fact I would recommend it.

If you are a vegetarian and in Melbourne their is a vegetarian joint at St Kilda, Soul Mama. It is great and I am far from a vegetarian. It is so good I nearly thought about converting! The staff look quite healthy and I suspect they are all vegetarians.

and tin that rodizio sounds like my style fo meal. Shame there is little likeliehood of there being one south of Perth.

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and tin that rodizio sounds like my style fo meal. Shame there is little likeliehood of there being one south of Perth.

No, I can't find a Brazilian Churrascaria or any other type of Brazilian restaurant in Perth on the internet.

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No, I can't find a Brazilian Churrascaria or any other type of Brazilian restaurant in Perth on the internet.

We only have yum cha in the city and northbridge let alone anything like Brazilian in the city or suburbs.

While I imagine Brazilian and Afghan are quite different there are a few afghan resteraunts in Dandy which do kebabs of lamb backstrap over coals and basically you pay $40.00 to $50.00 for all you can eat, though the decor is pretty shabby in most.

That said at those places it is usually better value to get the 4 lamb kebabs salad and breads for $16.00 most do it for around this and the bread is on tap, as much as you want like french joints. The difference here is there is plenty of meal you arent just asking for 3 bowls of bread to get the most nutrition as you do with a french main meal.

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If you are in Leederville try Kublai's Mongol barbecue, the kids will love it!

http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/338/1446879/restaurant/Perth/Kublai-Mongolian-BBQ-Restaurant-Leederville

http://www.eatingwa.com.au/restaurants/kublai/

First went there about 20 years ago. An interesting way to eat!

Also try Hana (Korean in Northbridge)

http://hanabbq.com.au/

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Japanese? I will highly recommend two in Melbourne:

Satsuki Cafe, 458 Waverley Road, Malvern East

- This is a very small cafe-style resuarant...seats ~14 people inside. Bookings are essential. Does a roaring takeaway lunch and dinner. Stick with the hot food (i.e. Niku Udon or Soft Shell Crab). This is a "casual" restaurant with the kitchen in plain view. Absolutely delicious food....excellent value.

Sushi? If you're looking for sushi go up the road to...

Asakusa Japanese Restaurant, 127 Waverley Road, Malvern East

- Top sushi. Sushi Chef Steve knows his stuff. Have taken many a sushi fan there and all agree...top marks. Also casual / relaxed in attire and ambiance. A massive sushi feed w. beers and gyoza and kaiso salad etc will set you back $90.00 for two.

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Question to the forum...who can recommend similar in Sydney?

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Japanese? I will highly recommend two in Melbourne:

Satsuki Cafe, 458 Waverley Road, Malvern East

- This is a very small cafe-style resuarant...seats ~14 people inside. Bookings are essential. Does a roaring takeaway lunch and dinner. Stick with the hot food (i.e. Niku Udon or Soft Shell Crab). This is a "casual" restaurant with the kitchen in plain view. Absolutely delicious food....excellent value.

Sushi? If you're looking for sushi go up the road to...

Asakusa Japanese Restaurant, 127 Waverley Road, Malvern East

- Top sushi. Sushi Chef Steve knows his stuff. Have taken many a sushi fan there and all agree...top marks. Also casual / relaxed in attire and ambiance. A massive sushi feed w. beers and gyoza and kaiso salad etc will set you back $90.00 for two.

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Question to the forum...who can recommend similar in Sydney?

The two that I've been to in Sydney that I would recommend are:

1. Wasavie

Address:

Five Ways

8 Heeley Street

Paddington NSW 2021

Went there about 2 years ago with work mates and had a good time. It's one of those places where you sit at a communal table so if you are at the end of the table and have even moderate social skills you can meet the neighbours. :) Sometimes they are even better than the company you are keeping. Sometimes not. :o The food is great though. Slow cooked pork belly and beef tataki. A couple of bottles of bulls blood from the pub across the road really capped it for me.

2. Tetsuyas

Every dish a revelation. We were there for a wine release for "Howard Park" wines (WA) and both the wine and food were superb. Went with my bro and his wife and sat at a table with a Qld property developer, his ex hostie wife, his builder and the builders wife. Told them I worked for the ATO and had a delightful evening of exchanging barbs with the developer. It was a hoot. Three month waiting list but worth it to experience one of the worlds great restaurants.

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Was my birthday yesterday and in celebration I left the house :)

Went to dinner at a reasonably new french restaurant in Pymble called Ad Lib (http://www.adlibbistro.com/). It is at the site of the Tables restaurant which closed a year or so back after killing a patron[1].

I had Boudin Noir and Cassoulet, the girlfriend had prawns and fish.

All the reviews crap on about how great it is but the portions are "modest" or "too small". I call bollocks on that. Most fancy places you go and get a sausage entree and you get a few slices fried with a bit of fruit and something pretty on the plate. I got a really fat complete sausage about 10cm long which had been poached and was brimful of fatty goodness and a hint of fennel, about quarter of a pear and enough sauce (I hate when the sauce is smeared to be pretty and you don't get enough to eat the damn stuff). I have had mains the size of that. Girlfriends prawn entree was about 5 big ones. Again places charging about the same have served that size as a main.

The cassoulet came with two little "sausage rolls" of picked duck meat and a good size heap of the bean stew. I had grabbed a side dish of cauliflower gratin just to make sure I wasn't starved at the end and didn't end up eating it all. Fish dish was pretty hefty too.

Food was great, service was great. Floor staff looked to be about 1 staff to 3 or 4 diners and they didn't want to have those tedious conversations that some people think count as service. Friendly, quick and brief comments. Didn't get asked once during the meal how everything was going, got asked at the end which is how I like it, the Basil Fawlty style of service makes me laugh at floor staff.

Girlfriend decided we would share a pear tart and ice cream dessert (mostly because pear rhymes with share I expect), I got one mouthful of the vanilla and white chocolate ice cream to show how much better it is than my ice cream and then the plate was firmly moved to her side of the table. Greedy cow and I made the rhyme first anyway.

Definitely not a super cheap place but also (if you don't include wine, was my birthday so went for something exciting) about the same as the Coonanbarra cafe and way better food. I think about $140 for the food. I would say it probably sits at the cheaper end of decent restaurants.

[1] http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=417902

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Happy birthday man. The only bloke nuttier than me. :cheers:

If I come down there I'm staying with you, if not I'll smoke my self supplied 5 Cohibas on your verge, then I'm dead and I'll look silly and so will you :hug:

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Happy birthday man. The only bloke nuttier than me. :cheers:

If I come down there I'm staying with you, if not I'll smoke my self supplied 5 Cohibas on your verge, then I'm dead and I'll look silly and so will you :hug:

The advantage of having a spare house is visitors can stay and not bother the girlfriend easily. I am even allowed to smoke indoors downstairs.

I should be getting a box of 25 cohiba robusto early next week, if I can't get them I am thinking of going partagas. Any recommendations?

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Happy birthday tor. A first rate review. I have made cassoulet a few times. It usually involves a few types of meat like a paella with beans instead of rice. (Lyonnaise sausage, pork chops, chicken and/or duck). I do like trad french. Confit of duck when done well can be very good.

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The advantage of having a spare house is visitors can stay and not bother the girlfriend easily. I am even allowed to smoke indoors downstairs.

I should be getting a box of 25 cohiba robusto early next week, if I can't get them I am thinking of going partagas. Any recommendations?

I do have about 20 left of these bad boys. I prefer them to the Cohibas. Very nice smoke.

http://mattscigar.com/2007/10/16/fonseca-no-1/

(thats a silk wrap, remove band, unroll wrap slit (I slit a V in my cigars with a sharp knife as opposed to a straight cut) and light)

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Happy birthday tor. A first rate review. I have made cassoulet a few times. It usually involves a few types of meat like a paella with beans instead of rice. (Lyonnaise sausage, pork chops, chicken and/or duck). I do like trad french. Confit of duck when done well can be very good.

That Boudin Noir sounds yummo. You do Duck Confit? Man I'd love to be a pooch at your place.

A North American delicacy if you like things bad for you...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPCkYNqi2e8

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That Boudin Noir sounds yummo. You do Duck Confit? Man I'd love to be a pooch at your place.

A North American delicacy if you like things bad for you...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPCkYNqi2e8

You're welcome to stay anytime. :) (Just bring the cognac) Confits relatively easy. You wanna come on a weekend I make tournedos king louis XVI en croute with a bearnaise sauce and artichoke hearts.

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...Confits relatively easy...

get thee unto the thread of all that is holy.

(to be honest confit is something I have read a few times but seems an expensive cock up so a recipe by someone with, shall we say, equally not "chef of the world" skills would perhaps make me less timid.)

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You wanna come on a weekend I make tournedos king louis XVI en croute with a bearnaise sauce and artichoke hearts.

Now you are just messing with my mind. :drool::schmoll:

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Riot squad called to restaurant brawl

The New South Wales police riot squad was called to a restaurant in Sydney's CBD this morning, to help break up a brawl that involved up to 100 people.

The police were called to the Bavarian licensed restaurant in The Rocks around 2:30am, after they received reports people were fighting both inside and outside of the building.

Police say while people were fighting on the street, another brawl broke out inside the venue as attempts were made to remove some patrons.

A police officer was hurt in the fight and has been treated in hospital for facial injuries.

A 29-year-old man has been charged with assaulting a police officer and two counts of resisting arrest.

He will face court later this month.

Police detained seven other men during the brawl, but they have since been released.

Police investigations into the incident are continuing.

I think this counts as a bad review.

I'll bet I know what happened though. Due the number of armchair experts created by Mastercheftm it started with a critique that the strudel wasn't flaky enough to a waiter. The customer went on at great length to describe the technique that he uses at home and how he can make better. The waiter told the chef who has had enough of these bastards and gives the customer a pie in the face... And it's on.

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Went to my first ever revolving restaurant tonight. A restaurant called "Alto" at the top of telstra tower on black mountain. It's called it the "syringe" for obvious reasons.

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We went for the 5 course taster with matched wine. It wasn't too shabby.

3 entrees a "main" (another entree) and a desert. 95 without wine and 140 with.

Food

oysters natural or kilpatrick. I had kilpatrick and they had some zing.

a souffle that they claimed was their signature dish. This was surprising as it seemed like a normal cheese souffle but served in a toilet bowl shaped plate. It was weird. Apparently it had crab in it. It was tasty though and served with a local woody chardonnay (Majura) I miss the woody chardy. Damn your wine fashion.

morcilla (spanish blood sausage) with scallop (just one though nicely cooked) Jamon and a pea puree. This worked. The sausages were like crispy black chorizo.

Pork with pear. this was the main and was pretty good but it was entree size. Spicy cinnamon pear and currents with thrice cooked pork belly. Melt in the mouth stuff.

Pannacotta with nectarine juice and raspberries. A craftsmanlike effort.

Overall: 7.5/10

Service

It started off a bit cool. The head waitress was snooty in an exclusive way. I don't mind snooty but inclusive is better. Anyway I managed to tame her mid way the second course with some dazzling wine speak/waffle. the service otherwise is generally efficient. they took a bit of time with desert would be my only other criticism.

Overall

7.5/10

Ambience

A good night to go as their was alternating lightning storms. Shrouded in cloud and wide vistas. I'd go for lunch rather than dinner, the views are superb. Only got slightly dizzy a couple of times with the revolving thing.

Overall

8/10

If you in canberra and you want a fair effort with the food and amazing views it's worth a go. One caveat is that they weren't busy so go for a mid week night. They didn't look like they'd cope with too much pressure.

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