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Monday, April 9, 2012

Flying fish Sydney

I was really excited to try Flying fish and there has been a lot of great review about the food.

I made the booking back in December to try out there degustation menu
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From the menu the selection looked awesome , additionally I orders a sushi carb which was very impressive.

The food was wonderful and interesting however there was a disappointment in the food being very salty .
Maybe I went just before the Christmas holiday however that is not really a acceptable excuse for such a prestiges Resturant . A lot of the dish was overwhelmed with the fast of salt, which was covering up the natural freshness of the seafood.

If I overlooked the excessive amount of salt , the favor combination was great. And impressive .
Some things like goat cheese I don't like at all and would choose to not eat it, however the peach and goat cheese combination was impressive.

The dessert was defiantly the highlight of the meal . It come with a very interesting story.
Basically the Resturant put out A challenge for the cooks to do a rotation. Where they will need to come up with a dessert idea and server it.
The cook which was responsible for the dessert I had actually didn't know what he was going to make and cover a ciggie and ashing into the flower pot he figured he will make a pot with ciggie buds.
Go figure in the presentation lol shocker but dame funnie , but taste awesome !!

Menu: 8/10 for freshness of the food and combination

Food : 4/10 the salt was unbearable , I drank so much water I keep running. To the bathroom ;(
For the price I paid and the actual quality of the cooking I was really disappointed. Com'on who leaves a stupid sue chef that has taste issues to cook the food?? I was pretty much eating half a bottle of salt with each course >=(

Ambience : 8/10 Nice location, guess the main cost of the meal was the view

Service :8/10
The door staff was umm not very friendly and arrogant . Told her in had a booking and she look like she cant find the booking and just wondered off to space and left my party starring after her. Good impression she made before I even sat down to eat.

The staff that looked after my table was very sweet and friendly which compensated on the unfriendly welcome at the door .

From where I was sitting some staff was really busy and others such as the kitchen preparation team and cooks had too much time to joke and do nothing but stand and stare at the customer. Not so comforting when ingot such salty food . Epic fail for Flying Fish !!


cost : 200+

Overall comments :
I would like to try it again when the stupid chef that cook my meal is not there but considering the price and the not so great experience . I can eat at much worthwhile Resturant . So this would definitely be the last place on my list to revisit .




Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Di Stefano Coffee Warehouse, Cafe & Deli ~~ for coffee lovers




Di Stefano coffee warehouse, for those of you who love their coffee in the morning you would have had the roasted coffee beans from Di Stefano. This is where they roast the coffee!!.

This coffee warehouse is a cafe and deli where you can relax and have something to eat.
You can also go for a tour to see how coffee beans are roasted.

Di Stefano is basically a family business roasting coffees and they have grown as a chain supplier.

I am a massive coffee lover and i enjoy and love smooth coffee... rather then getting a burn coffee in the morning when you are waiting for a coffee hit and you have to cover the brunt coffee taste with heaps of sugar. :(  Alright  I am a very picky coffee drinker ...

Di Stefano definitely didn;t disappointing, the barristers make the coffee to perfection.
If you are looking to get a nice Cup then i would suggest if you are near Homebush to pop by.
This placed is very close to Stratified station  only a 5 min drive so it's a must go for all sydneysiders.

Not only do this place have nice coffee, they have lovely simply food as well as cakes.
My friend and i was in heaven when we saw all the different coffee makers and roasted beans you can buy.

Heres some snaps i took below from all the excrement .












































Sunday, March 18, 2012

Toriciya @ Cammeray

Toriciya, Cammeray

 



 
When most Sydney-sider go out and think Japanese food you might head the the main strip and find a popular japanese place or sushi train.
Well you have all been fooled to think that was the best Japanese you have had. Hidden aways in the suburb of Cammeray near Neutral Bay off Military Road is a little Gem and if you blink you will drive pass it.

Known the many locals and ofcos and the Japanese community, Toriciya have been serving up very authentic Japanese food accompanies with a excellent selection of Sake. The food is fresh tasty...
The outer appearance of Toriciya has a more western Spanish villa feel to it , with decors of Saka bottles.

The small entrance door is a very traditional Japanese slide door and once you enter its like being transformed to the back street of Japan where after work all the workers gather to have Izakaya ( snacks and small portioned dishes) and drinks. Izakaya is like a national pass time with Japanese and as a tourist you might have missed the small back streets in Japan which are lined with Izakaya restaurants. I guess keeping with that style Toriciya is also pretty off beat.

Once you get into the restaurant, its very cosy and alot of times keeping with Izakaya style , you might have to share a table with your fellow eaters. So if you are planning to go, book early or you might have to stand outside waiting.
There is only 6 two people tables and the sushi bar which fits four.


I personally have been dying to go try this place and never quite got around to it. The main attraction of this place is not only the Izakaya style food and sushi its also the Sake.

You can purchase from the wide range of Sake by the bottle and if you don't finish it, Dont worry , they will store the bottle at the restaurant for you with you name tag on it. Kind of like those cigar bars where you have a locker to keep them in :p.

 I wanted to try everything on the menu but clearly its not possible so , I went for the sushi degustation with additional order of Oysters , Slow braised ox tongue and extra two skewers of Yakitori.
Didn;t think i was aiming to high and totally though that it was possible to eat it all. Boy was i wrong .
I was so full but i still persisted to finish everything as it was so nice..


 Hand made fish cakes with wasabi flower side dish:

This was definalty not like the usual fish cake you get in a than place. It was tastier no need to add spice to it , just a bit of Soy and it was awesome... yummm...

The wasabi flowers were interesting, initially i was looking at it thinking looks like Choy Sum . It taste like Choy Sum , but it will have the wasabi effect, it definitely cleared out the nasal passages







Fresh bake oysters  :


You don't see it done like this all the time. I was lucky to have been sitting at the sushi bar so i got to see the chef cook the whole time.
It really show how well they pick their seafood as they added nothing to the Oysters and just pop them over the flames and grilled/bakes them off then served them up whole shell.

I felt like a little kid opening a present sneaking a peek at how big the oyster was actually inside and trying my best to open it up with out it flying off the dish :o) .i am very accident pron









Tempura :

Um.. not much can be said it was just a good tempura 
Most Japanese places do this well so i guess i wasn't over excited about it ..
The seafood was fresh ...




Slow Braised Ox Tongue in Miso :







Yakitori - Chicken Skin , Liver and Meatballs

The house specialty is the Yakitori, they where really good and watching the cheft making it and being infront of me ready to eat was very exciting .






The main part of the sushi degustation  ~~ the Sushi....

They have a extensive range of sushi so i might not go through all of them.
The hero for me was the taro and the salmon it was sooo fresh .
Around half way through the sushi mains i need to have a time out with tea and just ask the chef to stop making the sushi for a little while.

Basically this part of the degustation is like when you go to a traditional Japanese sushi bar ( i am not talking about sushi train where its pre-made). To ensure freshness the chefs make each sushi as you eat to ensure that the fish is in perfect condition for eating.
So you basically eat one and they made a new. I personally love these kinda of sushi bars.

The sushi making by the chef was impressive , the portion of the rice was perfect bite size unlike other restaurants. The portion of sashimi and rice is PERFECTION, the only other time i had the great balance is only when i was eating in Japan.

If you are ordering just be warn that the chef don;t really speak english well, so he might start talking one word in English and start explaining the rest in Japanese. So don't be so shocked just smile and node if you don't get it.

 








 The Dessert - Green tea ice cream

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