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Nuffnang and Yoplait Blogger Day Out


Oh I love blogger events, especially the ones that include friends and family.


Which is why when the nice people at Nuffnang and Yoplait emailed me with the chance to attend this Blogger Day Out, I jumped on the chance! And of course my family came along too.

Heaps of fun activities were planned:

We could make beaded necklaces and bracelets


Get our faces painted


Do some plaster painting


And eat some awesome made to order crepes!


And of course, what else would you have at a Yoplait event?


As much yoghurt as you can possibly stomach!!!

They even have yoghurt tubs as balloon weights!!


How cute is that?

As an avid yoghurt eater, I LOVE these new fruity flavours. Citrus tastes a bit like a lemon cheesecake, and mango is an awesome reminder of summer. But my FAV has to be the Apple and Cinnamon!! It totally tastes like an awesome healthy version of apple pie with ice cream. LOVE IT.


By the end of the day we were stuffed, painted and beaded. The weather was just perfect, and it was great to relax with family. Things have been a little bit tough lately, and this picnic just gave me the break that I needed. Picnic blankets and all the picnic peripherals were provided too! Don’t they just think of everything?

Special thanks once again to the lovely people at Nuffnang and Yoplait for organizing this great day out for my family and me.


Olive Oil Brunch


Sorry for taking so long!! I feel like my poor blog has been neglected because of other things, but never fear, I’m back and hungrier than ever!

Which is why when I got invited to this Olive Oil Brunch (in my head it’s a feast) by Simon who had passed on the invitation from Fouad, I was uber excited. I’ve always loved the celebration of the harvest, and this definitely did not disappoint!

The brunch was held at Efendy, located in Balmain.


The olive oil was served in various ways:




Baba Ghanouj

And all the dips were served with Turkish bread


Seriously, the food was DELICIOUS. Maybe it was because I was really hungry, but I actually think it was just because there was an abundance of deliciousness going around.

The olive oil is from Fouad‘s father’s land, and is organic, hand-picked and cold pressed. The olive oil is quite mild and light, and it made me feel healthy just eating it. I had envisioned women wrapped in finely woven scarves dancing to a primal beat, luring you into the symphony of gorgeous flavours. This oil, for me, is a great carrier of flavours, and seemed to complement and augment the flavours of everything that I ate it with.

As the brunch was winding down, a gorgeous crate of ripe figs came out to play.


I decided to try the figs with the olive oil, and MAN WAS IT TASTY!


The oil carried the sweetness of the figs so well, and gave me a certain kind of creaminess that added luxury to the fresh fruitiness of the figs.

It makes me want to try all my fruit with olive oil.

Many thanks to Simon and Fouad for the invite and the event!! I so need the recipe for that Baba Ghanouj…

The Bellevue Hotel, Paddington


The lovely people from the Trish Nichol Agency and The Bellevue Hotel invited myself and a couple of other bloggers for a tasting session after the big revamp of the upstairs bar. It’s really nice in a gentlemen’s club sort of way. Luxurious leather armchairs, dark wood shutters, and lots of old world charm. The whole setting made me feel like dressing up in a 20’s flapper dress and wear my hair in a short dutch bob – not that it’s flattering on me, but you get the idea. I immediately got the impression that it would be great for a murder-mystery party. It is really unfortunate that the pictures I took of the interior really didn’t do the venue any justice, but the photos on their website gives a great idea of the feel of it.

What I did get photos of though, is the food – what kind of food blogger fail would it be if I didn’t?


We had the Meat Short Board, $35, the Mixed Short Board, $35 and the Mixed Long Board, $45, for maximum variety.

The Meat Short Board had Little Pig Sliders, Veal, Pork and Sage Meatballs, and Lamb Cutlets with Salsa Agresto.



There seems to be quite a lot of debate online as to what a “slider” actually is, but from what I can gather it’s firstly a burger. Many say that it’s a mini-burger, and some disagree, but I haven’t seen a slider that wasn’t some form of burger-type food, so let’s go with that.



The meatballs and lamb completed the line up, with the meatballs carrying a light spice and the lamb nicely pink on the inside.

The Mixed Short Board had Patata’s Bravas, Salt Cod Brandade with Anchovies, Capers & Toasted Sourdough and more Little Pig Sliders.



The Salt Cod Brandade with Anchovies was my favourite of the lot – this is my first time eating a Brandade – it being basically an emulsion of fish and oil – but I’m pretty sure that as a lover of fish, it’s something that I’d be quite happy to try more of in future. And for those who are afraid of anchovies, rest assured that this is not the fishy, overly-oily cheap tinned versions that you find in inconspicuous corners of bad supermarkets. Yes, the dish is still relatively fish-y, but nothing as bad as the rep that anchovy seems to have.

And finally, the Mixed Long Board had Stuffed Mushrooms, Veal, Pork & Sage Meatballs, Garlic Prawns & Tomato Hot Pot and Salt & Pepper Squid with Fennel Aioli




The Salt and Pepper squid was the favourite at the table, and was nicely cooked, with a nice crunch on the batter without the squid being overcooked.

Now, if you’re familiar with the blog you’d be wondering why I’m not going into detail about each dish and how it made me feel. The thing is, the food was…okay. Besides the squid and the brandade, everything else felt slightly under-seasoned. Now I’m a big lover of salt, so take from that what you will, but besides the seasoning, I felt that the food was just a touch..empty. It felt to me like whoever made those platters had a broken heart. Maybe he/she was having a bad day? The sliders – which we heard so much about – seemed to lack a wink in its eye, and the garlic prawns seemed to lack…the garlic. It was nice enough, but not something that would make me walk away planning the next trip.

What would make me want to plan the next trip back, though, was the ever-helpful Ian-the-bartender. I must admit that it might be a slightly biased experience since we dined as guests, but he seemed to be like a genuinely nice guy. He even proffered a great food idea – smoked salmon and baked beans. On a side tangent, it really works! And now you know where that idea came from.

But back to the topic at hand. The conclusion that we had come to at the end of the day was that – in all fairness – we food bloggers are quite a picky lot. We spend so much time dreaming about fabulous food that have been augmented by fabulous memories, that anything short of that does disappoint us slightly. To a regular pub-going public though, it’s got great execution and is great food to pick at with a beer (I’m paraphrasing from Sara since I don’t really drink). Most of our respective partners would be quite happily munching away and polishing off the platters, so maybe it’s just us.

Either way, it’s good to-share food, and the venue’s great for a cozy party. Has anyone else been? What did you think?

We ate at:
The Bellevue Hotel
159 Hargrave St Map
Paddington, NSW 2021
(02)9363 2293

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Tambourine of Insatiable Munchies and the other bloggers mentioned in this post dined as guests of The Bellevue Hotel and the Trish Nichols Agency.

Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

View from Flying Fish, where we had dinner.

Isn’t it beautiful? The lovely people at Wine Selectors and Keepleft PR invited a few bloggers and myself to a wedding – to be specific, the marriage of food and wine.


We were first greeted by little wedding favors – Bombonieres – of sugared almonds. Champagne was cheerfully offered, but knowing my extremely low tolerance for alcohol, I tried to politely defer till dinner. In the meantime, I ordered something else to drink in the meantime.


Behold! The only non-alcoholic drink in the room!

Regardless of my (dis)ability with alcohol, I had a very lovely pre-dinner chat with Chris Barnes – consultant wine educator to Wine Selectors and visiting lecturer in Wine Studies at the University of Melbourne – about the science of wine.


From left: 2005 Chrismont Riesling, 2010 Dandelion Vineyards Wonderland of the Eden Valley Riesling

We started out with two really nice Rieslings. The younger of the two smelled distinctly of fresh pears and apples, and the older had a slightly more complex scent of ripe fruit.

Clockwise from left: Toasted Brioche with Duck Rillettes and Foie Gras Mousse, Cornet of Ocrean Trout Tartare with Chive Creme Fraiche, Freshly Shucked Sydney Rock Oysters with Soy and Ginger

The younger Riesling worked really nicely with the oysters, and the older of the two cut through the richness of the Duck Rillettes and Foie Gras. While I enjoyed the lighter, juicier Riesling more, the more layered, older Riesling worked better with food. I guess what I’m trying to say rather clumsily is that I would enjoy the younger Riesling on its own, but would rather have the older Riesling with food.

We then had a choice of two different mains that we could have, and Simon and I went halfsies!

Roasted Blue Eye Trevalla with Textures of Potato, White Anchovy and Herb Vinaigrette

The fish was marvelously flaky, but the best part of this dish for me was the tasty, tingly vinaigrette! There was such beauty in the way that the flavors sparked my tastebuds and the silky-yet-flaky white fish felt in my mouth that the individual elements didn’t really make that much of an impression. It was just a glorious, light, soul-lifting whole.

Dutton Park Duck Breast & Confit Leg Pastilla with Buckwheat, Quince & Pan Juices

As much as I usually prefer seafood – and that fish was divine – this duck was everything a duck should be. Or any meat for that matter. It was chock full of flavor, juicy, and I finally can say that I understand why there is such a tizzy about duck fat. There was just a certain satiny richness that coated my tongue, mellowed out the sharp saltiness of the pan juices and gave a great depth of flavor to the buckwheat.


The mains were paired with two Pinot Noirs – 2010 Riposte by Tim Knappstein No 1 Pinot Noir and 2008 Tarrawarra Estate Reserve Pinot Noir. To be honest, to a wine novice like me, the reds were just a bit much. I could definitely appreciate the jammy berry scents in the older of the two reds, but as far as the tasting, I was just a little bit lost. I did, however, learn about the importance of oxygen to flavor.

The oxidation process apparently allows for a greater complexity of flavor. Chris likened it to the process of cooking – oxygen molecules are excited and the flavor of the food changes. Hence the idea of letting the wine “breathe”, which apparently is a misnomer as the wine doesn’t exactly go through expiration and respiration. The process of oak barrel maturation was explained to me like this – the wood allows some of the liquid to evaporate, and oxygen is then pulled into the barrel, which then interacts with the wine and brings out a more complex, deeper flavor.

At least, that’s how I understand it.

A final red – 2009 Coriole Vineyards Sangiovese Shiraz – was then poured out for us to enjoy with the cheese platter.


We had two different kinds of cheeses that night – an American Cheddar, and a Delice de Bourgogne. The shiraz had a dark, chocolatey flavor, and the tannins cut through the creaminess of the oozy Delice de Bourgogne really well. It was really enjoyable, although I still felt that there was a limit to which I could enjoy the Shiraz because I couldn’t fully understand it.
But that’s the thing.

In my chats with Chris, what I really learnt from him and this wonderful dinner with the people from Wine Selectors is that you’ve gotta start somewhere. The perception of wine seems either to be that it is intimidating – probably because of a lack of exposure – or that it is pretentious. I’ve come to realize that it doesn’t have to be either. It is a little bit like food, I guess, because you win some and you lose some. I’ve just realized that while I wouldn’t consider myself a wine lover, I do like a young Reisling. And seeing as how I started my love affair with cheese with creamy white mould cheeses and now love a good sharp blue, I’m pretty sure that before long I’ll work my way up to appreciating a nice, full red.

A big thank you to the nice people at Wine Selectors and Keep Left PR for inviting me to this lovely dinner, and the intriguing introduction to wine.

Note: Insatiable Munchies and other food bloggers mentioned in this post dined as guests of Wine Selectors and Keepleft PR.

We ate at:

Flying Fish
Lower Deck Jones Bay Wharf,
19/21 Pirrama Road
Pyrmont NSW 2009
(02)9518 6677

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Mappen, Sydney


“Heaven…I’m in Heaven…And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak…”
Berlin, I. (1935) Cheek to Cheek

I do believe that I have found noodle heaven for foodies on a budget! I know I’m a little (or a lot!) late to the scene, but Mappen is an absolute dream come true in its simplicity.

The concept is simple. Decide what main you’d like to have, order, add sides (or not!) and pay. It’s so simple it’s almost poetic in my book.


The place is always busy, and gives a feel of a cramped, bustling noodle bar, but I assure you that efficiency beats so strongly at the heart of it that you won’t be put out. They feed you with such conveyor belt-type flow that it feels like the perfect place for a eat-and-run lunch.

Signs on every table encourage you not to grab tables without food, but that almost-counter-intuitive move – for what if I should have a tray full of food and no seat? – near-guarantees you a seat when you do have your food.


Since people only sit when their order is ready, their time with the table starts immediately, eradicating the “dawdle while deciding” crowds that seem to happen otherwise. The result, you get your food, you get fed, you leave.


And the food? Amazing. Laura and I had an early lunch there earlier this week.


I had a hot Ontama Bukkake – don’t snigger! I know you people 😉 – with Udon, and Laura had the Soba version.


It’s basically noodles in soup. It’s that simple. We had a wedge of lemon to squeeze over the top, and a creamy, dreamy soft boiled egg.


Look at all that eggy goodness. /drools

The savoury noodles had the citrusy zing of lemon threaded through the strands, and oozy yolk giving them a bright orange coating.


And those sides?

Well I got a Prawn Tempura.


No surprises, no fireworks, just what you would expect – crispy batter, and prawn that isn’t overcooked. It’s lunch that makes you feel good after – not weighed down, not still wanting – and for me anyway, brightens my day.

Oh, and I haven’t mentioned the price have I? My Ontama Bukkake was a regular size and was $4.90! Friggin’ $4.90 lunch IN THE CITY! That’s partially what gets me so excited about the place. Are the portions overflowing? No. But they are good value – I chose the Prawn Tempura ($2.50) cause I was greedy, but I could very well do without. Sean’s favourite – Sweet Potato Tempura – is only $0.80, and while I’ve considered making it at home, I think it’s well worth the price if you are in the city and need some hot food.

Mappen is somewhere that consistently gives me a good, cheap option (I’m not a fan of fast food) smack in the middle of the city. One downside though, it’s not exactly a great source of your 5-fruit-and-veg, since the veggie options are either small or battered and fried. I just bring fruit with me to munch on during the day, and have that while walking to my next destination.

We ate at:

11/537-551 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9283 5525

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Tale of Two Piggies…


…Four, actually, but somehow that didn’t sound as nice.

After the incident the last time we went for Laura’s birthday, Chef’s Gallery very kindly invited us back for dinner. There was much discussion about whether to accept the invitation back and whether to write about it, but in the end I thought that it was really great that they read blogs and that they were nice enough to try and work it out when something went wrong.

And for that, I commend them.

We tried some other food this time – we love variety – and there were some favourites that we had to order again.


The hot drinks came highly recommended, and given that it was a cold, wet, winter night, we tried some. Laura and Mel had the Chrysanthemum, Rose Bulbs and Goji Berry Tea, and I had the Coca-cola with Preserved Mandarin Peel. The Chrysanthemum tea was well-received, with absolutely no complaints. The Cola – and I know that many of you are thinking, “WARM COLA?! You’ve lost your mind!” – was actually not bad at all. Just imagine Orange flavoured cola (like vanilla cola or cherry cola, just citrus-y), but warm. It’s a little difficult to visualize in its entirety, but don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. I quite liked it, but then again I’ve to warn you that I’m a fan of flat soft drinks, so be warned that I’m biased that way.

Clockwise from top left: Wok Fried Water Spinach with Chilli Prawn Paste, Fluffy Chinese Roti with Pork Floss, Barrel Squids with Glass Noodles, Wok fried Spinach Noodles with Seafood and Prawn Roe .

We had ordered heaps of food, so the Wok Fried Water Spinach with Chilli Prawn Paste was kinda the token veggie “healthy” dish. For me, anyway. It was not bad as far as veggie goes – it’s a version of the Sambal Kang Kong that we have in Singapore (a must try if you visit), except with less chilli.

The Fluffy Chinese Roti with Pork Floss was very much Prata, and I found the addition of Pork Floss quite interesting. For those of you haven’t tried Pork Floss, you need to. It looks like cotton wool, but I assure you that it’s much more tasty. It’s pork that has been seasoned and dried, and the sweet threads melt in the mouth. The closest way I can describe it is dehydrated pulled pork. Not the best description, but there you go. The Roti was nice but not the best I’ve had, but the Pork Floss was the “ooh, that sounds nice” twist to it.

We thought that since the poor noodle chefs were standing in the giant fish tank, their every move scruntinized by the hungry public, we should order a noodle dish. And so we had the Wok fried Spinach Noodles with Seafood and Prawn Roe. Unfortunately this dish didn’t do very much for us, the seafood was nicely cooked, but somehow it felt like there was something missing in the noodles. For me, the individual elements were quite nice, but when had together, felt like they didn’t quite gel. Perhaps we should have tried a different noodle dish?

The Barrel Squids with Glass Noodles fared much better, with the soft squid and savoury noodles with just enough bite. It was simple and tasty, and wasn’t devilishly naughty like some of the others that we had ordered.

From left: Fried Eggplant with Olive Vegetables, Fried Eggplant with Tangy Minced Pork Sauce

Like this! Both Fried Eggplant with Olive Vegetables and the Fried Eggplant with Tangy Minced Pork Sauce were divine. The eggplants were firm and not mushy (and not that greasy, for that matter), and were easily the favourites of the night. The dish with the olive vegetables was the lighter of the two (and a good vegetarian option), but I felt the one with the minced pork sauce was the tastier. There was a really addictive quality about it, and something I’d label a must-try if you went.


The Wok Fried Green Beans with Minced Pork was ordered again, but this time with pancakes! The green beans are much the same, but I preferred it with the pancakes, which came in a little steamer basket. I felt that by contrast, the soft pancakes brought out a lot more texture in the green beans, and carried the minced pork better.

And who can forget dessert?

From left: Green tea ice cream with Red Bean Paste and Lightly Fried Sweet Potato Balls, Mango Ice Cream served with Mango Puree and Lightly Fried Sweet Potato Balls

Although it was winter, we ordered two ice creams – Green tea ice cream with Red Bean Paste and Lightly Fried Sweet Potato Balls and Mango Ice Cream served with Mango Puree and Lightly Fried Sweet Potato Balls – and they were a nice end to the meal. The green tea ice cream was creamy and smooth, and the mango ice cream with light and refreshing. The Sweet Potato Balls were, well, interesting. I’m not quite sure why they were there, but I liked them on their own. I liked sweet potato in general, so it was nice.

Oh, and those piggies?


Absolutely exploded from all the food that was consumed! There were some witnesses, but all were too traumatized to come forward. We’ve got someone one the case though:



Note: Insatiable Munchies and other food bloggers mentioned in this post dined as guests of Chef’s Gallery.

We ate at:
Chef’s Gallery
12/501 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9267 8877

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The Dip, Sydney


I’ve had the pleasure to attend yet another successful food bloggers’ meetup organized by the lovely Miss Piggy!


The Dip is a little eatery that’s hidden inside a bar/club called Good God, and there were many frantic instructions and SOS’s on finding it.

But we did all get there in the end!

It was decided that we’d have some things to share, and have a main each.


Clockwise from left: Pulled Pork Nachos $15, Salsa Fries $6, Grilled Corn $8

After much iPhone-lit photo taking, we all tucked in to the food. The pulled pork Nachos had great texture and the Lime Mayo really added a richness to the grilled corn. But my absolute favourite was the salty/tangy/crispiness of the Salsa Fries. Given that I’m a salt fan, it might be a bit on the salty side for some, but the tanginess of the Salsa really helped to balance that and add a certain juiciness to it.

Full disclaimer though, I am a soggy fries kind of person. There! I’ve admitted it.


Left to right: Snow Peas $8, Slaw $6

These two sides-to-share were…alright. The Snow Peas were “grilled, with coriander and vinaigrette”, but honestly, I couldn’t really taste either. All I got was, well, Snow Peas. And I’m not quite sure that I’d fork out $8 for a handful of grilled Snow Peas.

The Slaw was better, with it’s creamy, apple-y goodness. For some reason, that sweet crunch of shredded apple really made this dish addictive for me. Worth getting as a side.

Now on to the mains!


I had the Damn Skippy, $12. Kangaroo mince shaped into a burger patty, sandwiched between two fluffy buns, juicy beetroot and refreshing salad. After hearing all those horror stories about Kangaroo meat being horribly cooked, I was a bit worried about ordering this burger, but it was surprisingly juicy! It wasn’t as game-y as I thought either. The only thing was, when asked about whether I could taste the Macademias, my answer was that I didn’t even know that there were meant to be Macademias. Great burger, though if the nuts were what got you ordering this burger, then maybe you’d like to try something else. =)

Lev’s Dawg, $12, was also reeeeaaaallly good. I loved how once again, the juicy salsa really lifted the hotdog, that also had lightly spiced chipotle mayo, mustard, grilled yellow peppers, smokey sausage and fluffy bun. A definite must-order.

I also had a taste of the Southern Smoke, $12. The pulled pork had a light smokey flavour, but it seemed the general opinion that maybe it could have been just a wee bit more smoked.

After all of that, some of us (me included!) were absolutely craving something sweet.


They were out of Toffee Apples, so we had easy choices! The Cookies and Cream, $10 was all gone as soon as they arrived!! I didn’t get to try them, but I heard that that salted caramel ice cream was just the ticket.

I shared an Ice Cold Guac, $10 with Petra, and I was so fascinated with the idea of the avocado ice cream with the deep red strawberry salsa. The verdict? Well it was a resounding…”Hmmm.” Both the elements were really nice on their own – the avocado ice cream had a lovely creaminess to it, and the acidity of the strawberry salsa did a little dance in my mouth with every bite – but I’m still not entirely convinced that both these elements should really be thrown together.

In all, it was a great evening! Sure, the place isn’t exactly built for dinner conversation, but it was a nice experience nontheless. =)

We ate at:

The Dip
(02) 9267 3787
Good God
55 Liverpool St
Sydney, 2000

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Chef’s Gallery, Sydney


The lovely Laura turned 23, and there was much celebrating going around. =)

Laura, Mel, Marty and myself went to Chef’s Gallery for dinner, and on hindsight, it seemed like we were going for practically everything on the menu!

Clockwise from top left: Panfried Pork and Cabbage Dumplings, Chef’s Own Mini Pork Buns, Crabmeat Spring Rolls

Just because there is SO MUCH FOOD, I’m going to write about the ones that were interesting to me. There wasn’t a dish that we tried that was bad, but they were not all fantastic.

The Chef’s Own Mini Pork Buns were really good. It kind of reminds me of Chilli Crab in Singapore, where deep fried Mantou (buns) are often ordered to mop up all the errant sauce. This offering from Chef’s Gallery has a crispy outer shell and marshmallow-y soft insides. And wedged in it’s pacman-like opening is a slice of fatty pork belly. Om nom nom…

I didn’t say it was good for you. 😉

From top: Spicy Pork and Prawn Dumplings, Wok Fried Green Beans with Minced Pork

I really liked the chilli sauce in the Spicy Pork and Prawn Dumplings, but the filling, or rather, the dumplings themselves didn’t really stand up to it. Similarly, I love the mince in the Wok Fried Green Beans with Minced Pork because I have a weakness for the salty beans that they use in the mixture, but its not a dish that I’d be thinking about going back for.

Clockwise from top left: Seafood Pancake in Creamy Lime Sauce, Seared Scallops with Vinaigrette, Steamed Prawn Dumplings

Meh, this group didn’t really rock my world. It was all alright, but there was something about each that made me hesitate about that. The Seafood Pancake was quite like Prawn Toast, the Seared Scallops were…not very fresh, and the Steamed Prawn Dumplings were much like others that you can find at any establishment that does a decent Yum Cha.


Now get ready for some MAJOR CUTENESS!!!


How cute is that!!!! These Sesame Buns are shaped like little piggies, and each steamer basket gets a boy and a girl. The molten sesame filling inside is yummy, and tastes much like other black sesame desserts, but I really think that this dish is much about the ABSOLUTE CUTENESS!

There is a downside to this tale, though. When I was there, the service was terrible. First of all, they messed up the booking. It was made for 6pm on a Friday night, but Laura got a call on Thursday instead. Even after informing them that the booking was meant for Friday, they still had no records when we rocked up at the door. They did let us in, but promptly informed us that we were to leave by 7.30pm. The food was prompt, but when we requested a tray, we were ignored. When I decided that I had to ask a manager as the food was getting cold, I was met with a brusque, “I will solve your problems later”. Later, when we wanted to order more food at about 7pm, the poor waitress who took our order got absolutely yelled at by that same manager, and she came back to meekly remind us that we had to leave by 7.30pm.

So will I go back? Well, the food is good, but not mind blowing enough to risk being treated like that again. Sure, the restaurant was busy, but we had made a booking, and we went through all the proper channels in our requests. Make of it what you will, but just be wary of what you might get in terms of the service.

We ate at:
Chef’s Gallery
12/501 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9267 8877

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Sitney Thai, Parramatta


How awesome are food blogger meetups?? This one was organized by the lovely Wendy of Obesebaby, and the dinner was courtesy of Food Morning Sydney.

Wendy, Mel, Sara and myself got to eat and Sitney Thai in Parramatta, which is mah ‘hood!! I really love finding out about good places to go near home – it’s great for that sudden, “let’s go somewhere for dinner” decision!

And you know what it means when there are four food bloggers? FOUR TIMES THE FOOD!!!! (And we share and care, so it’s great! Tee hee.)


We could choose four entrées between us, but two of them had to be chosen from the following: spring rolls, curry puffs and satay chicken. We chose the Spring Rolls and Curry Puffs as, as per Miss Piggy’s suggestion, curry puffs are trés bad for you.

For our other choices we picked Duck and Herb, which is really yummy duck mince, artfully seasoned and scooped onto little lettuce leaves. This dish was an absolute winner, and something that I would order again in a snap!

We also ordered Tung Tong, or Moneybags, as they are better known. The inside was hot and steamy (watch your tongue!), and tasted strongly of, well, carrots. Not that it’s a bad thing, but for some reason I couldn’t really taste much else in the stuffing.

The Spring Rolls were very sweet, and the dipping sauce, even sweeter. I personally have quite a sweet tooth at times, so I didn’t mind it, but it was sweet enough to be definitely noticed by everyone.

The Satay Chicken was…I’m sorry to say that it was just a little lacklustre. The chicken was not too dry, but not quite as moist, and the peanut sauce was just a bit creamy for my taste.


We ordered Pad Thai, Soft Shell Crab Som Tum, Massaman Beef Curry and Pepper and Lime Leaf Stir Fry as our mains. The Pad Thai was ordered as the benchmark, and was well, ok. Not too moist, but also not particularly moreish. Although, it is really good that it was not overly sweet, like some of the other Pad Thais I’ve had. The Massaman Beef Curry was quite good, though not a dish for sharing. The sweet potato strips were incredibly moreish, and the beef had a deep, meaty flavour, but the pieces were quite large and hard to split amongst us.

I have a weakness for Som Tum, which is a papaya salad flavoured with lime juice, chilli, palm sugar and dried shrimp, all lovingly pounded in a wooden mortar and pestle. I love it’s salty/sweet tangy goodness, and will most certainly order it whenever it’s available. The addition of Soft Shell Crab just sold this dish for me. The freshness of the salad perfectly balanced the creamy crispiness (I know it’s an oxymoron, but if you’ve had soft shell crab you’ll know what I’m talking about) of the crab. YUM!

The Pepper and Lime Leaf Stir Fry was also good, although just a little strong on the pepper for my taste.


And the culprit? Long strands of pepper fried with the juicy chicken and crunchy veggies. And while they make a pretty picture, don’t eat them unless you have an absolute love for pepper.

We were absolutely full after this, due to the rather large serving sizes, and actually forgot about the dessert!!


A warm, creamy salty/sweet mouthful, the Rockmelon with Sago and Coconut Milk was a mixture of tastes and textures. The sago has a texture quite similar to tapioca pearls that you can find in bubble teas, although less chewy and way smaller.

In all, it was a really good dinner. Thanks again to Wendy for the invite!!!!

We ate at:

277B Church Street
Parramatta NSW 2150
(02) 9633 3226

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