Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ton Ton Regent Place

Wednesday night - I was feeling tired from lack of sleep and was looking forward to a nice dinner of salmon sashimi at YAMA to make myself feel better but unfortunately Yama was closed! That'll teach us to not plan ahead. H and I then cracked our brains for another Japanese eatery that was close by that would also not tear a hole in our wallets to bring Ms SIA (our visiting friend from Singapore). We thought we'll try out Ton Ton Regent which was only a block away from QVB.

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We started with Pork Gyoza ($6.60). The skin was nice and silky but the meat inside was bland. We needed the soy sauce to add taste to the dumplings.

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Ms SIA loves her garlic so she decided on the Garlic and Shrimp Fried Rice ($9.80). On first taste this tasted like Yong Chow Chau Fan (Chinese Fried Rice). The fried rice was tasty but definitely not Japanese garlic fried rice.

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Another dish with garlic for Ms SIA, Garlic Yakisoba ($12). Heavy handed use of soy sauce in this dish and again tasting like Chinese fried noodle instead of Yakisoba.

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Spicy Nira Ramen ($12.80) - Tonkatsu flavoured noodle soup w/ spicy Tobanjan (fermented soy bean paste) and miso topped with chives. I didn't like this dish one bit. The consistency of the broth was thick and gooey similar to that of Mabo Tofu (Chinese again!) and the taste; an overly sweet aftertaste that taste OK for the first few mouthful but one too many later makes me wanna gag.

I don't want to sound like I'm picking on Ton Ton Regent with all my negative comments as the dishes we had could have come from a mediocre suburban Chinese take-away. I've been to the one in Chifley and I know they can do so much better.


Ton Ton Regent Place
Ground Floor, Regent Place
501 George Street
Sydney NSW

+61 (02) 92671313

Monday - Sunday, 11.30am-10pm

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