Monthly Archives: May 2013

Mosman: Mino

oGGCjR1368442321521 Military Road, Mosman NSW 2088
(02) 99603351
Mon – Closed, Tue – 6pm – 10pm
Wed – Sun 12pm – 2:45pm and 6pm – 10pm

Love Mino.

Really think this place is great value for money.

5dlMhI1368442250I regularly come here for a nice dinner or special occasion. These photos were taken on our mother’s day brunch. It was $35 per person for 4 courses, inclusive of Japanese green tea.

Dinner is a little more $43 or $59 per person for the set course dinner. Every bit as beautifully presented, and mix of delicate and packed flavours. The service is always impeccable and the décor is minimalistic, simple and lovely.

The tea is such good 4pWvpf1368442289quality(and has been either green or sencha tea each time I visit).

This time we went the courses were all excellent, like every other time I’ve been here without fail.

The prawns were delicate and the broth and seaweed go so well.


In the next course the corn soup was so flavoursome. The seared pieces of salmon were so well cooked, as well as the HkXhxc1368442976kingfish in a creamy sauce backed with slices of celery (which I normally hate and always pick out, but I found quite palatable – very unusual for me). The sashimi was fresh and tender. The star of this plate though was definitely the sushi rolls. This had avocado on the inside, wrapped with rice and seaweed and topped with a slice of very lightly seared salmon and a sweet, sticky soy sauce and some sesame seeds, it was truly mouthwatering and all the flours just sung on the palate. I could eat this over and over again and not get tired of it.

Of the normal dinner Kaiseki sets I normally order the Goshu out of the Goshu and Mino options. I love the Tempura asparagus and duck with blue cheese miso and the deep fried soft-shell crab with green tea salt.

For this particular menu it had side options at $5 a plate. WE ordered the goza with 4 pieces and vegetable tempura. Bother were very good.


The mains were ordered were the:
Sukiyai hotpot (wagyu beef):fvy2Nl1368442469
Assorted tempura:k76jV31368442398
Grilled ocean perch with sweet miso sauce:maLckP1368442437

The dessert at lunch time was just a single scope of ice-cream or sorbet, which is more than sufficient. I love the black sesame – one of my clear favourites. All their ice-creams and sorbets have such an intense, concentrated flavor, this is what makes it so special.

XPTP0Y1368442364During the dinner Kaiseki course menus, dessert normally consists of a chocolate, a soy bean powder panna cotta, sorbet/ice cream and fruit pieces.

value for money: 10/10
food: 9.5/10
service: 10/10
ambience: 9/10
overall score:38.5/40

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Camperdown: Runcible spoon

Posted on May 11, 2013
27 Barr Street Camperdown NSW 2050
(02) 9519 2727

Getting to Barr Street can be a bit confusing, because if you miss the turn into Barr Street, a series of one way streets makes it difficult to find your way back around. BUT, once you get to Barr street the parking is quite easy. There is a lot of off-street parking available.wj6VFB1377447904NvzowM1377448018

Barr street is semi-industrial looking, there are some flats and warehouse fronts with graffiti and art artistically place down the street. Runcible spoon has a great feel to it. It has welcoming décor–bohemian, eclectic and relaxed, makes you feel right at home straight away.fqyhk41377447751

We ordered the Crisp Potato Roesti with slow roast tomatoes, poached eggs and bacon ($16.5); Thai Style Fried eggs w/jasmine rice, tomato, coriander, nam jim and pork belly ($18) and coffees.

The crisp potato roesti was a wedge ofTiczqL1377447827 potato which was fried on each side till it was crispy. This was well seasoned with salt and pepper, and I was hungry so I tucked in. I am not sure a wedge of potato works as well as the normal potato rosti roughly round patties you typically get. The poached eggs on the two plates were unfortunately not very well done. There seems to be almost no egg white to it, there was no vinegar in the water they poached the eggs in, so the eggs had a bit of a watery hint to it. Reading other reviews on other blogs I am inclined to think the chef was just having a bad day. The avocado and tomatoes were nice, but I am not convinced the meal was something I would write home about. The coffee was o.k.

OtvcUy1377447973My friend who orered the thai style fried eggs said it was okay, but jokingly said she might have a mini heart-attack from it! Everything was deep fried, from the pork-belly to the eggs. The eggs looked very pretty though.

We also shared the banoffee pie. It looked good. But I think you could go into a ip3XGC1377448063hypoglycemic coma from this from eating a whole piece by yourself! It’s made of whipped cream, caramel sauce, bananas and a crust. The crust was extremely thick, would have been nicer a tad thinner, caramel sauce was yummy. This was okay in small doses, but again, I definitely could not eat the whole slice. Even after 1/3, I felt a bit sugar sick later..

All in all, if I was in the area and needed a place to eat at, I would go back out of convenience, but I don’t think I would go out of my way to drive to this café.

value for money: 6/10
food: 6/10
service: 6/10
ambience: 7.5/10
overall score: 25.5/40

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Flemington: Pho Toan Thang

Shop 9, 90-95 The Crescent
Homebush West
NSW 2140

Pho Toan Thang, as mentioned in the BBQ One post is on the favourites “don’t feel like cooking and just need a cheap, no frills place to eat” list.

Love this place. IT closes early by 8pmm on most nights. It definitely has no need to open later than this, as they frequently have lines out the door and do a roaring, non-stop trade whilst they are open.

I have never had a bad YzF1Yq1368268765plate of food here. EVERY dish I have gotten has been piping hot and freshly prepared (unlike Burwoods Canton noodle House, which has some great dishes that are freshly prepared, but I have also experienced getting luke-warm foo – not one wWKf0H1368266710of my most pleasant food experiences).

My favourites are:
Tomato rice with pork ribs/Crispy chicken
Fried lo mein with beef/crispy chicken
Fried hor fun
Beef Pho soup noodles


The dishes are usually below $10 – typically between $8 – $10.

Definitely had no qualms highly recommending this place.

Happy eating!!

value for money: 10/10
food: 8/10
service: 8/10
ambience: 6/10
overall score: 32/40

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Marrickville: Lai Shing Dim Sim (Dumpling factory)

RVvjJl136826804553 Marrickville Road Marrickville
NSW 2204
(02) 95171611

This dumping factory and bakery at the back of the building supplies to hotels, restaurants and functions.

mIBQ7M1368268178It is a very quiet street. Very close in proximity to the Marrickville: Bourke Street Bakery.

The front door almost give s the impression that the establishment is closed. It says to please press the bell. Don’t be discouraged if it takes a little while for someone to come to the front. I went around the back to let someone know I had rung the bell, and a lady came to the front fairly quickly. It is clearly not build for small time shoppers like me who just wanted to sticky beak and buy a few items. Perhaps it is a little more worthwhile buying in bulk. Also I am not convinced that it is that much cheaper than buying dumplings from the Chinese shops structure for the layman person in the suburbs and shopping centers. To be fair, there is a little more choice, and you can buy more yum cha style foods.MSRRbe1368268129bepUxX1368268219Kdq4fG1368268410Gezi3w1368268260

vZEDLy1368268374We bought the frozen scallop and chive gow gee, vegetarian gow gee, shark fin gow gee and prawn siew mai to try.

I thought their dumplings were very good. Good quality meat and nice to pop in a wok and steam when you’re too lazy to cook.

Eastwood: BBQ One

181 bbq1 1Rowe Street, Eastwood NSW 2122
(02) 9874 5332

BBQ One, like Flemington: Pho Toan Thang and Ashfield: New Shanghai is one of my quick eat, don’t feel like cooking, quick eat places. It is no frills, extremely efficient, great, fresh, fast food from a tiny hole in the wall bbq1establishment.

Everything is cooked in a flash on premise. The roast meats typically hang in the window and if you order this with rice, it can come to my astonishment the first times I ordered it, in less than 100 seconds.

I am always received with the ‘lai tong’ (house soup) which is given free. bbq1 6It is one of the best lai tongs, as their broth has been boiled perhaps all day to become a very concentrated and flavoursome soup. IT is typically made from pork bones, Chinese herbs and vegetables. IT never feels like it has been watered down or that it’s just something they don’t care about and dish out for free. It is consistently good.

bbq1 4The deep fried cod, with creamed corn is one of my favourite dishes. The cod is smooth and melt in your mouth, I have never in all the multiple times I’ve ordered it every found a bone. The creamed corn sauce is tasty and perfect complement in contrast to the deep fried fish. This goes really well with rice.bbq1 5

The beef brisket noodles, has big meaty chunks of well cooked brisket. The meat is tender and flavoursome.

The combination chow mien always comes, like all the other dishes, piping hot. The chicken and beef is always super tender. The vegetables are fresh, and I particularly like the broccoli heads, because they have soaked up all the gravy. The middle noodles have normally softened slightly and soaked up all the gravy, and the edges are always nice and crispy. Very nice. Recommend it.bbq1 3

value for money: 10/10
food: 9/10
service: 9/10
ambience: 5/10
overall score: 33/40

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