For Valentine’s Day this year, Bondi Pizza was having a special deal where you can order any 2 pizzas, pastas, or salads for $49.90 and you also get a chocolate fondue as well. With the deal, the fondue is basically free since most dishes there are around $25. The restaurant is located on Church street amidst a bunch of other restaurants. My boyfriend has been to Bondi Pizza a few times so I was interested in trying it. Also, I signed up for their rewards program so you can get a free pizza for your birthday! I love birthday freebies. :)
I was wandering around Chinatown looking for a place to eat and came across Tea Plus. They had a cute robin’s egg blue logo and there was plenty of seating inside so I took my chances and went in. Here you order and pay at the counter when you’re ready and each table has a number on it. Tea Plus is a chain restaurant and they have 6 other locations in Sydney.
After I discovered Happy Lemon, I’ve been addicted to cheese foam drinks. I ordered a Cheese Foam Matcha Milk Tea ($6.80). It delivered on the cheesy foam I so love with a flavourful matcha milk tea underneath. There is also lemon water available if you don’t want to purchase a drink. Continue reading →
Being from Vancouver, we are not usually the first (or even the second) to welcome the arrival of international chains like Pablo, famous for their cheesetarts. Now that I’m in Sydney I get super excited every time I see something that Vancouver doesn’t have. Go figure. On this particular day, I decided to hunt down Pablo for some cheesetarts while I was in the CBD (Central Business District).
The store front is quite small and there is no seating inside. They have 4 different flavours of mini cheesetarts available and some larger ones as well. Continue reading →
I am a fan of mee goreng and I just haven’t had it much in Vancouver (except of the instant variety) so when I saw that Kusuka Cafe offered some fancy versions, I had to check it out. It’s located in a small alley (not in a sketchy way) off Quay Street and super close to Central station. Kusuka Cafe is basically what you’d call a hole in the wall but in a nice way. Their menu consists of rice and noodles bowls as well as all day brunch. They also had really Instagram worthy drinks like a taro latte and pink latte and lattes in cones! I expect that lattes in cones will be showing up in Vancouver any minute now.
I was here for a mid-afternoon snack so I settled for the Mee Pork which had roasted pork belly, greens, butter herbed corn and chilli matah. They asked if I wanted the chilli included or on the side and I said I’ll have it included. The roast pork was sufficiently tender but far from the best roast pork I’ve ever had. The chilli sauce really hit the spot though and at first you don’t notice the heat but it creeps in steadily. It was a bowl of deliciousness and I didn’t want it to end. If you’re feeling hungry they have larger versions available as well for an increased price. I can imagine this is a great spot for students in the area!
I was intrigued by the name of this Korean-run cafe with their bright yellow awnings. The Smelly Cheesecake has 2 locations, one near Strathfield station and one near Lidcombe station. On this occasion I visited the Lidcombe location. They have display cases with full sized cakes and also cakes by the slice. In addition, they also serve coffee and breakfast/lunch/dinner items.
The cheesecakes come in various hues and range in flavours from red velvet to chocolate, berry and mango. They also had a parmesan flavour and a blue cheese cheesecake as well. Maybe that’s why they’re called The Smelly Cheesecake? Continue reading →
The suburb I moved to is called Lidcombe and it is super Korean! There’s a whole bunch of Korean restaurants and shops right around the corner from my apartment. The first one I tried is Fry Zone by Chicken Zone and it’s right across from the train station on Railway Street. You literally cannot miss it.
I couldn’t resist getting some KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) so I ordered the half portion of the Sweet and Soy Sauce flavour. It was a mix of breast and thigh and other chicken parts I cannot identify. The batter was crispy but I think they could have seasoned a bit more or used more sauce as not all the pieces tasted the same and a couple pieces were on the drier side.
My bf had the Beef Burger with Beetroot ($7.50) and added a canned drink and chips (aka fries) for $3.50. Here in Australia it seems common that burgers are not served with fries automatically and they usually cost more. The burger was basic but quite juicy and saucy. The fries were well seasoned and on the thicker side.
We also had a side dish of pickled daikon as well which was refreshing. Wouldn’t mind stopping by again since I live so close! Fry Zone also has a second location in Lidcombe and 2 other locations in Strathfield, another very Korean suburb. There will be no shortage of fried chicken in my future.
On the first week of my arrival I explored the suburb of Strathfield and it was very Korean. There is no shortage of Korean BBQ here and I wonder how they all stay in business. After wandering up and down the block a few times because I’m indecisive, I finally decided to pop into The Mandoo. Not really sure what drew me here compared to the other places. Maybe because it looked small and homey? The menu is small and consists of dumplings and noodle soups.