October 11, 2013

The Smoke BBQ | New Farm

As the name of this restaurant suggests - everything here is pretty much off the BBQ grill. Very American, and very delicious. Urbanspoon has a mixture of positive and negative reviews. My experience here was definitely towards the positive side.

The Platter is definitely a good choice if you're stuck between choosing and want to try a little bit of most of the meats, and also a good size if you're planning to share with someone. The platter consists of the Texas Beef Short Rib, Memphis Pork Belly & North Carolina Pulled Pork served with fries & coleslaw. This is the second time i've had the platter with someone, it's a bit of a win or lose with the ribs i find. The first time i had it, the ribs were generous in terms of actual meat on there versus fat and sauce. I mean yes, ribs obviously won't be all mean, but sometimes the ratio can be a bit ridiculous you know? Anyway this time around i found that the ribs were still delicious with the hickory sauce, but lacking a bit in the actual beef department. In terms of the sauce, that's what makes it quite the signature, the smokey flavour that it has. The pork Belly is served grilled and generously dusted with the 'Memphis' seasoning. They got the texture of the pork pretty perfect - very tender and very 'melt in your mouth' kind of texture with the fat from the pork. My favourite from this platter is probably the pulled pork - it's cooked in this vinegar based sauce; really tangy and salty at the same time. The chips were a perfect accompaniment with the pulled pork... the tender and tangy flavours with the salty crunch of chips! There's nothing 'light' when it comes to this platter.

If you're a fan of meat in general, because they don't offer too much variation, then it should be on your places to try list! It has a very casual vibe to it and is perfect for the occasions if you're feeling like a carnivore.

The Smoke BBQ on Urbanspoon

Ippudo | Sydney CBD

Ippudo Pork Bun

Ippudo; rated as one of the 'tops' on urbanspoon; hard to argue against as the ramen was delicious. The soup base adequately salty, ramen was generous enough and toppings also generous. So while i've commented that the ramen from Ippudo is delicious - and you should order it when you go there. I would like to point out that, personally in my experience there, rather than remembering the taste of the ramen, the Ippudo pork bun probably stole the show. So now onto my rant as to why i enjoyed this more than the ramen! It's basically this delicious little bun topped with mayonaise, lettuce and braised pork. The photo is pretty deceiving as to how delicious it actually tasted; the proportion of mayo, lettuce and pork is just perfect with the soft steamed bun - the braised pork is tender and saucy, combined with japanese mayo - well... it's just great. I could probably eat ten of these. They are just the perfect size to eat as an entree with just the right amount of each ingredient. The buns are super soft - very much like the buns from The Bun Mobile in Brisbane! Words and photos don't do it justice, but this is a definite recommendation if you happen to go there! Now.. if only they would bring this chain up to Brisbane....

Ippudo Sydney on Urbanspoon

October 10, 2013

Opera Bar | [Sydney] CBD

This was a very impromptu breakfast/lunch stop - it was our last day in Sydney and coming to Sydney as a 'tourist' so to speak from Brisbane, it's sort of an obligation to see the Opera House etc. I mean it's like going to a Steak House and not ordering Steak. We only really stumbled upon here because we were much too lazy to go too far for food!

Despite the wait for these baked eggs which both the fatty and i ordered - the wait was very well worth it; i can definitely rate it as one of the 'top baked eggs dish' i've had. The portions were generous - served in a hot pan with a generous amount of delicious home made tomato baked beans and served with 4 slices of crusty toast and butter. Compared to other baked egged dishes which can be more 'soft' in texture with the yolk still runny - these eggs are literally baked into the dish itself - it's definitely a hearty serving.  I guess it's the whole presentation of this, but there's definitely a very home/rustic sort of feel to it, even taste wise so to speak - i mean this in a positive aspect, but there's nothing 'fancy' or 'obscure' about this baked eggs dish, it's just really straight forward. You order baked eggs, you get baked eggs. Unfortunately i can't comment on what the other food here is like, but this breakfast dish left me with a positive opinion about this place (even with the long wait).

**urbanspoon actually doesn't list it with it serving breakfast - so unless it's a new thing they're trying or it was a brunch menu... i can't really clarify, but i am fairly confident this is where we got these baked eggs!

Opera Bar on Urbanspoon
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