November 18, 2012

Mizu | Teneriffe [Newstead/New Farm]

Maguro Tataki -
seared fresh tuna slices, daikon and salad mix with ponzu sesame dressing
Wagyu Tataki -
 seared wagyu beef slices served with house made ponzu sauce and yuzu paste
Sashimi (small)
Special - Ramen Salad

Buri Shioyaki - grilled sea salt flavored fresh kingfish, soba, wild rocket, carrot  and walnuts salad, wasabi lime mayonnaise, topped with salmon caviar
Sea Bass Saikoyaki -
grilled miso marinated Australian sea bass, fried eggplant & zucchini with saikyo miso sauce, topped with wild rocket  and crispy julianne salad
**Teneriffe/Newstead/New Farm - depends on who you ask/locals i'm sure it'll be one of these. According to google maps it is Newstead - but is also referred to as Teneriffe now that it is a recognised suburb and if you're lazy like me, i just sort of refer to the whole general area as New Farm along the river - lol.

The Fatty and I dined here for dinner Saturday night. Unexpectedly we scored a table without making a reservation (but we were told we the next reservation would arrive at 730 - so we had about 45 mins to eat which was plenty of time - well for us anyway - and the food didn't take long to come out as well!). The last few times i tried to eat eat here it was either closed or fully booked. Again this is one of the places i always go pass but never tried.

The choices on the Menu is more traditional Japanese rather than fusion. The Maguro Tataki is my absolute favourite dish out of everything we ordered. I could eat plates of this! Loved the tenderness and the ponzo dressing from the salad that it was drenched in!! It's the perfect dish for a warm summer night! I really thought i would enjoy the wagyu tataki more though.. but the slices were just a bit too tough for my liking. The sashimi was still good, but it didn't have the 'wow-factor' which makes you have a preference over other sashimi... I really enjoyed the Buri Shioyaki, but i found that some parts of the fish was a little bit dry(?) not sure if it's supposed to be like that? Loved the soba salad it came with - again somehow because the flavours in all the dishes we chose just had a light and fresh feel to it, perfect meals for summer! Not too sure about how i feel about the Sea Bass though... the way it was cooked was perfect - the fish was really warm and tender, however personally i'm sort of undecided on the flavour of sea bass.. i don't dislike it, but i also don't like it either! Maybe it's an acquired taste over time.. (definitely doesn't taste like other fish to me!). 

 Compared to other Japanese restaurants (ie: Sono & Sake) i've been to, this one definitely has more of a 'home-y/traditional' taste/feel to it. This place has been blogged mostly about their traditional breakfasts, so a re-visit is definitely on the tables!

Hm. I did enjoy the food here - that is i really enjoyed the Maguro Tataki - however i'm still sitting in the middle about this place. (but definitely leaning towards the like rather than dislike scale!!)

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November 10, 2012

Brisbane Food & Wine Show | Brisbane Convention Centre

actual apples! they're not from the tin!
Went to the Food and Wine show at the Brisbane convention centre today; and if you are wondering where all the photos are well i couldn't do the whole food taking thing - when you're walking around trying samples of everything, with people bustling and pushing around to also get there share of food, and also trying to look at every single stall making sure you don't miss out on anything; you just really can't stop and snap appropriately! I did manage to get a few pictures of the cakes we had - they were amazing. S had the Pistachio and I had the Apple Crumble Cake - I love it when you can actually 'see' the actual main ingredient on a cake - the fact it taste like an actual pistachio cake and you can see pistachios! Same goes for the Apple crumble. They're actual fresh apples and not from the tin, you can definitely taste the difference as soon as you bite into it as well as see it!

Stuff we tried: beef jerky, different chilli dips, cheese, fresh made bread and pizza, various olives, duck, noodles, pasta, smoothies, german sausage, various ciders, wine, different flavoured liqueurs - white chocolate, caffe, fruity ones, jaffa flavoured etc and  blue champagne. We covered pretty much everything we could get.. not to mention we also managed to get a picture with George from Masterchef :D

November 5, 2012

Comfort at My Table | Milton

One Pan Fry Up - cheese kransky, bacon,  roasted chats, thyme mushrooms, 1 fried egg, spinach, farmhouse chutney, seeded mustard, toasted rye
Savoury Mince - a nod to tex mex, corn tortillas,  poached eggs, avocado, coriander & fennel seed yoghurt and grilled lemon (also asked for extra mushrooms!)
Comfort at my Table - named rightly so. It has a girly, home-ish, feel to it when you first see it; it has the flowers, a few vintagey looking tables for 2 outside, pink chairs and cute decor. Some have described this place as full 'vintagey' however i disagree. It has more of a 'girly'/canteen/cafeteria feel to it...   the 'vintage' decorations sort of go half way then sort of stops and becomes 'modern' - i suppose it's like it became confused whether or not it should be vintage/cute or new/modern. i mean it has its charms but what i mean is if you compare it to Dandelion & Driftwood - you can tell that they put there 100% into the whole vintagey theme.

For a Sunday morning, this place was busy and a wait line had already started. Mind you, this was also only 830ish in the morning! i also noted that tables were actually reserved ahead of time.. so if it gives you any idea, this place is pretty popular that even early appearances doesn't always assure you a table!

Food! I was drawn instantly to the display of cakes... i didn't end up trying any, but the display of cakes and slices were very distracting when one is trying to read a menu.. Being my adventurous self, i went with the Savoury Mince (which isn't very adventurous in fact! hah!) and S went with the usual 'Bacon and Eggs' in the form of the One Pan Fry Up. While i have no complaints about the mince (it was saucy, flavoursome and very mincey - the ratio of sauce to mince was higher - a warning for those who prefer a 'chunkier' style mince! It's a pretty saucey explosion of flavour in your mouth) but the real standout here has to be the mushrooms and the egg - the mushrooms being requested as 'extras' - i have to say they were pretty much cooked to perfection, tender & flavoursome (note: I LOVE MUSHROOMS; these mushrooms were pretty heavenly!) and the eggs perfectly runny. So in having said that... the tortilla were a bit too 'soft' for my liking.. so it didn't really make a good accompaniment with the sauce and poached egg.. a crustier/toasted bread would have suited this dish more considering how saucey it is! You can't exactly use the tortilla to 'scoop up' the mince unfortunately! 

The One Pan Fry Up is presented in a rustic sort of way in a pan, but as S commented when she was eating.. it wasn't so practical to eat out! As you can see, it is a much meatier option in terms of the breakfast choices from the menu. The servings are quite generous so you don't have to worry about not being full after it... The menu in general is a non-traditional sort of breakfast menu; which is always a refreshing change for the adventurous persons! To be honest i'm sort of sitting on the fence with this one; i really did enjoy eating the food here, and do like the cafe in general, but unfortunately it also did not leave as big of a lasting impression as i would have hoped compared to other breakfast joints! The most comparable places would be Double Shot & Pawpaw Cafe - both in which i would prefer if i had to choose for breakfast!

(I will however, come back here from Lunch as The Fatty has mentioned that he far prefers the lunch menu than the breakfast! As well as something from the cake display that i just couldn't keep my eyes off!)

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