Archive for the ‘Eating’ Category

China Doll

June 3, 2007

For your own sake, go and eat at China Doll, Wolloomooloo!
We ate there the other week for Dee’s going away lunch and it was one of the best meals I’ve had in Sydney ever. We took the banquet and were assaulted with a variety of dishes that each had their own exquisite taste. The pork belly was amazing and far too rich.

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Nu’s in McMahons Point

January 15, 2007

Had a great dinner at Nu’s Thai Restaurant last Thursday. It opened up relatively recently in the home of the old Thai Tanic and is certainly now at the upper end of the Thai scale. All the dishes were great especially the pork and the stripped beef.

Highly recommended!

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Lo Studio, for good food and decor

October 31, 2006

Lo Studio was the venue of choice for Friday’s dinner. Your Restaurants gave mixed reviews, but the main issue seemed that it was quiet, and when we arrived it was. However, it quickly started to fill and by the time we left the place was pretty much full. One of the standouts was the decor. The clean, simple, and white with touches of brown and black really appealed to me.

My Moscow Mule was made with rum instead of vodka, but I survived. The scallops for entree were nice, but the highlight was the main. My thick ribbon pasta came out with mussels, pippies and some nice prawns all wrapped up. It tasted great and was the perfect size for me that night.

We didn’t hang around for dessert, nothing looked that tempting. Instead we wandered around the corner to Mars Lounge for a couple of drinks and some great tunes.

Apparently, Lo Studio just won the ‘Best New Italian Restaurant’ award at the 2006 Restaurant and Catering Awards. Congrats!

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Noodle Markets in Hyde Park

October 12, 2006

Dropped into the Noodle Markets in Hyde Park tonight.
It was a great Sydney summer evening, a warm breezy dusk and lots of people out and about. The park was lit with red laterns and there were lots of stalls to buy a wide range of Asian dishes from Sydney’s proprietors.
I had the Roast Duck on Fried Rice from the Zilver stall. It was pretty good.
Sitting on the grass with D, T and J eating and listening to tunes.
We then wandered through the Sydney Life outdoor photography exhibition which is very well executed.
Followed up with mini pancakes and K&D joined us.

Nice night out in Sydney

Dee’s Photos:
Oliver on Train to Noodle Markets Centrepoint from Hyde Park at Dusk Hyde Park Noodle Markets Oli and Dee at Hyde Park Noodle Markets
Centrepoint in the dark Laterns at Hyde Park Noodle Markets Sydney Life Photo in Hyde Park

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Glass at The Hilton (Sydney)

October 4, 2006

It was Dee’s birthday last month and given we were both flying this way and that around the globe, it wasn’t until last night that we finally got to catch up for her birthday dinner. I decided on Glass at the Sydney Hilton. It got refurbished and is pretty impressive. I went there for EM’s birthday drinks in Zeta Bar, but this was my first time to Glass.

It surpassed expectations. The service was friendly and efficient and knowledgeable (though there were certainly a lot of them). And the food was close to perfect. I had the Tuna 3 ways for entree which was nice. Dee had the vegetarian tasting plate and really liked it. We both had the Barramundi for main and it was absolutely brilliant. The flesh was perfectly cooked and the skin was crispy. It was on a bed of pea puree, lamb shank and potato that created an amazing combination of flavours.

Desert was amazing. I had the Passionfruit and Lychee souffle with lemongrass ice-cream. I have never eaten such a perfectly cooked souffle, it is truly an art (even better than Aria’s old one and bigger as well 🙂

The decor also deserves a mention. The place has a very interesting fit out that has a lot of unique elements, but they work really well together.

Win, Win, Win!

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Red Pearl Kitchen in Hollywood

October 1, 2006

Last Saturday night in L.A. we went out for dinner at the the Red Pearl Kitchen on Melrose Ave, Hollywood.

Sal had heard about it on Daily Candy and was lucky enough to get a reservation. This was a very impressive restaurant experience; a friendly Matrie De, a friendly, knowledgeable (and georgous) waitress, as well as amazing chinese food. The decor was very impressive with a golden floor and the expected red theme. The place even has a pool table in an outer bar, which kind of makes it sound cheezy, but it isn’t.

Steve Sal Oliver at Red Pearl Kitchen L.A. Oliver at Red Pearl Kitchen L.A.
If you go be sure to have the Jade Mistress, it’s a wonderful cocktail with Thai basil, chilli, apple and vodka amongst the ingredients. Highly recommended!

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New York in 24 hours

September 19, 2006

Left Helsinki at 3pm, 8 hours flight to New York getting off at 4pm local. It was great to catch up with Mike at their new flat in Brooklyn and take in the view from his roof top (photo below). Jessica and her friend came home about 8pm and we headed into Manhattan for dinner at Agozar on Bowery. Good Cuban food. I had the pulled pork, plantains, rice and black beans which was nice. At about 11pm I got very tired, so we headed back to Brooklyn and bed.

This morning I woke up early, but did some web-surfing and then had another rest before getting up about 9am. For a quick breakfast we headed down to the local little park and had an apple danish and croissant and iced tea. We were sitting in the park when I got my NY celebrity spot – Gabriel Byrne and friend came wandering through. The weather was great, in fact New York was really hot for the rest of the day, slightly too hot for my tiredness.

We all headed into Manhattan again on the subway and went to check out the new 5th Avenue Apple Store. It’s pretty impressive and Mike’s company was involved from an engineering perspective, so that’s cool. I bought a 5G video iPod as a souvenier. Also visited the Nokia Flagship store (OK – Actually, better than the one in Helsinki) and Niketown (very disappointing – no Air 180s or black and red Moires!).

NY City Skyline from Mikes 5th Ave Apple Store across street Apple Logo 5th Ave Apple Store inside
5th Ave Apple Store Great Glass Elevator Inside Nokia Concept Fire Hydrant in Brooklyn

It was then time for lunch with Tony and his wife Sina. The place was called Joe’s Shanghai in China town (9 Pell Street, off Bowery). It’s famous for it’s soup dumplings which were very good. It was great to catch up with Tony and he just got an award for his Comedy Central mobile application at CITA (he works for MTV Mobile), he’s also just been to Burning Man, so it was great to hear about all of that.

Jessica, Mike and I then wandered to a local cafe (past the pickle festival!) and had a drink and then I ducked into American Apparel to pick up a plain green t-shirt. We headed back to the flat and it was time to pack and go catch a plane. I jumped a cab, but the traffic was insane, so I got out and jumped the train. The subway sucks, trains were far apart and nothing seemed to be going right. I was already late because I expected the cab to be faster and had almost resigned to having missed the flight to L.A. Anyway, all turned out OK and although I got there late, I got my luggage on and got a seat.

Farewell NY, I’m sure I’ll be back someday.

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I’m liking these

August 2, 2006

mmmm Liptons Herbal Infusions
Great range of flavours! Favourite is Lychee, Lime and Passionfruit, though I haven’t tried the Blackcurrant and Lemon yet.

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OK Italian

August 2, 2006

Sooo D & I went for dinner at La Sala in Surry Hills tonight. Nice decor and good atmosphere. We were surprised at how busy it was for a Wednesday night, by about 7:30 it was full. The service was very friendly and started well, though it got a little slower toward the end of the meal, but still friendly.

My food was OK. I had the Polenta al nero di seppia – polenta, slow cooked cuttlefish, cuttlefish ink, tomatoes & basil for entree, Pollo – ½ organic chicken, prosciutto, fennel, sorrel, chilli & lemon butter for main and an Affogato for desert (disappointing).

D was very very happy with her Bessie Rossa cocktail and her spaghetti and had a wonderful time with her Chocolate Nemesis River Cafe, which I also agree was pretty impressive.

I might go back, but there are a lot of other restaurants to try in Sydney, and old favourites to frequent first.

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Breakfast at Bills 2

July 23, 2006

Perfect Sydney morning today, so after a morning walk around the harbour, I popped into Surry Hills for breakfast with Dee at Bills 2. Those sweet corn fritters are sensational.

Marvelous photo by Dee

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