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

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Yama QVB

We stumbled upon Yama Japanese restaurant last year while bringing my cousin, who flew in from Melbourne, out for a bout of Sydney shopping. Unfortunately we only had tea that first time which I wish wasn't the case cause we've been missing out all this time on Yama's delicious food.

H and I met up with Dr MC for what was suppose to be a quick coffee/tea catch up before she headed down to Wagaya for dinner with her doctor friends. But I was feeling tired and famished from donating blood 30 minutes before which was why we decided to head up to Yama; tea for Dr MC and dinner for us.

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Once Dr MC had a look at the menu she couldn't resist ordering the Salmon Sashimi - Entree Size ($9.90). The salmon sashimi here was sooo good. They were so very fresh and sliced just right - not too thick but not too thin either. Yummy!

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I had ordered the Yama Bento Box w/ Teriyaki Chicken ($24.90). The bento box came with a mix of Salmon and Tuna sashimi, assortment of nigiri sushi, miso soup and teriyaki chicken. The salmon sashimi was as delicious as the ones served to Dr MC. The tuna sashimi however was slightly dry and not as fresh compared to the salmon. I loved the Tamago nigiri as the rice was nicely flavoured and the egg - simply delicious! The teriyaki chicken was yum too. It was pretty salty but one of those things that you just can't stop eating.

H had ordered the Teriyaki Dinner Set ($29.80) which made up of a whole lot more then my Bento Box for an additional $4.90!

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First to arrive was the Gyoza and Miso Soup. Yama's Gyoza was delicately flavoured with smooth silky skin. A pity some parts were slightly burnt.

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Agedashi Tofu - I found this to be pretty average but H loved it.

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Sashimi Plate which had a mixture of Salmon and Tuna sashimi and the lone oyster. Look at that smooth glistening flesh of the oyster! This dish didn't disappoint!

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Final dish - a substantial serve of Teriyaki Chicken.

What a great find! I'm so excited to go back to try out some of their other dishes. The table next to us were raving about the desserts as well but we were stuffed just eating the ones we've already ordered.


Yama QVB
Shop 2-4, Level 2,
QVB Building,
455 George St
Sydney NSW 2000

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Se Jong Korean Restaurant

Se Jong Korean Restaurant was a hard place to find, especially if you don't know your way around Campsie. It's tucked away next to Woolworths so you can't really see the place until you're almost in front of it!

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SY and I felt greedy tonight and ordered 3 dishes to share between us two. The first to arrive was the Yukhwe - Shredded Raw Beef w/ Fresh Vegetables in Special Sauce ($15). Sadly the shredded beef was still semi-frozen when it arrived. I know it's suppose to be served chilled but frozen meat that hurts your teeth when you eat it is not a nice feeling. However, after letting it thaw for a bit the dish was much tastier. The seasoning was tasty and I love the addition of freshly sliced yam bean as it adds sweetness to the dish.

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Next was SY's must have Korean dish which she judges all good Korean restaurant by and that's the Kimchi Chigae. Se Jong's was called Tofu Chigae - Hot Pot of Soft Beancurd, Seafood Mix w/ Chilli Paste ($10). Hmm I don't recall seeing any seafood in ours as it was only beancurd / vegies and sliced pork! Maybe we were given a different dish.. We both found the soup slightly bland compared to the ones you can get in the city but SY still finished the bowl clean. This girl just loves her Kimchi Chigae.

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Last but not least was the Dolsot Bibimbap - Rice w/ Beef, Vegetables, Egg & Chilli Paste ($13). I found this was the weakest dish of the lot. Flavour wise it was pretty bland and the stoneware bowl wasn't hot enough to crisp up the rice.

All 3 dishes including a fanta and tea for 2 came up to $41 which was pretty good for a decent meal. I might go back to try the BBQ next time as that seemed pretty popular amongst the other diners.

ps. Apologies for the poor quality pics. I had forgotten my camera so pics were taken from my iphone.

Se Jong Korean Restaurant
68-72 Evaline Street
Campsie NSW 2194

Tel (02) 9718 4039


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year! & Belated Xmas Dinner 09 post

Happy New Year everyone!!
Here's hoping to another year of good food, good friends and a sizeable pay rise! hehe
I know. I know. I've been really slack at posting this month but I promise I'll try to post at least 4 post a month. New year's resolution? ah no..

~~~ Xmas Dinner 09 ~~~

Our annual ritual when it comes to Xmas is to have a pot luck dinner and kris kringle followed by drinking games and a not-so-surprise birthday cake for SY who's birthday is on the 26th. This time round we all headed up to the newlyweds first home in Carlingford (love your new place!). And since this is the first time we actually have a tiny backyard (we all live in apartments - how sad is that?) that fits a BBQ we decided to include BBQ chicken wings and beef / vegie skewers to our xmas food list.

But first, a pic of the xmas pressies.

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I got Jenga (thanks Santa!) which we all played and had loads of fun with until a knock on the door from a neighbour for us to quiet down... eik!

Back to the food...

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Brie w/ Olives and Sun-Dried Tomatoes in Oil and Crackers

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Cheddar Cheese w/ Cabanosi and Crackers

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Beef & Veg Skewers

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BBQ - Chicken Wings, Skewers and Sweet Corn. We also had BBQ Prawns which are not in the pics.

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From bottom left; Prawn Salad, Brownie, Roast Turkey, Potato Salad, Crispy bread to be used with Smoked Salmon Spread

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Crispy Bread w/ Smoked Salmon Spread

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Nam Neung - Pan fried cause we were too hungry to skewer then BBQ them

For drinks, we were supplied by Mr Ed's own cocktail (mocktail for those who were driving) creations.

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Some alcohol and mixers on display.

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Drink #1 - Mr Ed's own Hibiscus, mint and lime cocktail

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Drink #2 - Vodka Sunrise

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Drink #3 - ??. Due to my inferior brain power and alcohol I can't seem to recall what the last 2 cocktails are called. Sorry Ed!

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Drink #4 - ??.

So there.. that's our Xmas 09. Hope you guys had a great one too.