Tuesday, 20 November 2012



As some of you know, I'm a big fan of Masterchef (I still have a bit of a soft spot for Gary :P) and I've seen Christine Manfield appear a couple of times with some amazing dishes. Then in the Season 4 finale, she brought out the Gaytime Gone Nuts, which of course I HAD to try! So this was the next stop on our Sydney Food Trip.

We were a little full from our huge meal at Momofuku, so we made dinner reservations for 8:30pm, although when we got there, it was still very packed and busy. One of the first things you notice when you walk in is that everything was pretty much red! Mostly because of this huge red light wall, I don't know how to explain it but it was cool. I also liked how over the bar area they had these cute cut out letters that hung from the ceiling.

On to the food!! We were advised to order 3 main dishes and then a dessert. We only managed to order 2 dishes each otherwise we wouldn't be able to fit in the dessert and we couldn't have that! The waiter also said that because the flavours in each dish are very delicate that we shouldn't share them, although we still sneakily did.

Of course I had to make another video of this place so here it is!

We had a great experience dining at Universal, the atmosphere was comfortable for fine dining, the cocktails were interesting and the food was delicious. Can't wait to try it again, even if it's just for the Gaytime Gone Nuts hehe! Hopefully next time I'll get my photo with Christine Manfield too!

Happy Eating!

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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Momofuku Seiobo at The Star

Angel had I decided to have a little food trip weekend in Sydney and one of the places we had to go to was Momofuku! Angel had already tried the one in New York and said it was amazing so I couldn't wait to give the one in Sydney a go. Lucky for us, you only need to book online 10 days before your intended date, some other restaurants were crazy where you had to book 6 months in advance! If you aren't able to make a reservation at Momofuku, there's always walk ins available where you can order from the bar menu.

Everything about this restaurant was really hip and trendy. I even liked the hidden door with the simple peach logo on it. The interior was simple and intimate but didn't feel crowded. The music was pretty funky too. The staff were all very friendly and informative about each dish, they even kept our water glasses topped up and wiped away any messes we made.

I won't go into detail about every single one of the tasting dishes otherwise I could be here forever, but here's a video I made of what those dishes were.

The whole tasting menu tied in together really well, we even noticed this yummy green sauce (couldn't really figure out what was in it) that appeared in a couple of the dishes so it felt like there was an overall theme. The menu may change according to what's in season and they also cater to people who have any particular dietary requirements.

I loved my whole experience at Momofuku and would highly recommend it to anyone. Price wise I would say it's similar to most degustation/tasting menus, we paid $100 for our delicious lunch, so for me that's pretty reasonable for such a well known restaurant.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did and let me know which was your favourite dish!

Happy Eating!
Joanne :)
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PS. We left our complimentary kimchi in the hotel :(...for those that have tried it, was it good?? Actually don't tell me...I might cry.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Comfort at my Table

Another place I've seen a lot of my friends try is Comfort at my Table, 23 Cribb St, Milton. It is another perfect place for brunch on the weekend, or weekday if you're one of those lucky people.

I loved the decorations and furnishing inside, another quite girly place but not as much as Tea and Niceties where men would feel uncomfortable in. I saw quite a few guys there looking quite relaxed and happy. There were lots of flowers, some very artsy looking photos and wall stickers (I love wall stickers!!). They were able to balance the decorations out with some simple wooden tables with accompanying Ikea chairs, which could accommodate for big or small groups.
Onto the food! I chose the classic breakfast dish, Eggs Benny with Smoked Salmon (who else loves smoked salmon as much as I do?) It was a pretty nice dish, the only thing I wasn't happy with was my toasted sourdough, I think they must have toasted it too long or something but it was pretty flat and very hard to cut into. It still tasted pretty good though. It must have just been my dish but I saw another person that had ordered the same and they had a nice thick fluffy piece of sourdough :( 

My friend ordered the One Pan Fry Up and I admit I got a bit of food envy. This really had nearly everything, and if you didn't want the meat in it you could swap it for baked beans and avocado. I had a few bites of the roasted potatoes with chutney and it was delicious! Next time I go I'd probably order this dish hehe!

Even though I wasn't completely happy with my Eggs Benny, that still won't stop me from going back to Comfort at my Table. The food was still pretty good, the tea was nice, pricing was reasonable and the environment was very relaxing and like the name says, comfortable.

Most brunch places are pretty busy on the weekend, so for this place it's a good idea to book ahead. Also if you happen to have the Brisbane Entertainment Book, there's a voucher for it in there :)

Happy Eating!

Joanne :) 

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Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Tea and Niceties

Over the past couple of years I've seen so many of my friends post up pictures on Facebook of this high tea place up in Mt Tambourine called Tea and Niceties that I've always wanted to give this place a try. So when one of my friends came up with the idea, of course I said yes!

Tea and Niceties is at 1/21 Southport Avenue, Eagle Heights and took about and hour and a bit to drive to from Brisbane or from the Gold Coast. It's very close to Gallery Walk and The Polish Place. There isn't much of a view from the outside but the interior is just beautiful! Everything from the table settings, chairs, music and even the pink sugar matched perfectly. There was so much attention to detail.

Here's a video I've made on my experience at Tea and Niceties, enjoy!!

The food was delicious and the tea selection was amazing! Pricing is pretty reasonable at $40 per person for the Traditional High Tea or $45 for the Elegant High Tea.

I haven't tried many high tea places, but this is definitely one of the best places I've tried and would love to go back again. Just make sure you make a booking before hand and check their opening times.

Please let me know of any other lovely high tea places I should try :)

Happy Eating!!
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Monday, 17 September 2012


It was one warm spring night after work, a long awaited catch up was due for four friends. Well it had only been three weeks since they were all last together but so much had happened between then. The destination chosen was a restaurant named Public at 1/400 George Street, Brisbane. Unfortunately, for various reasons all four were running late. Ricki quickly rung ahead to make sure the booking was not canceled and the restaurant kindly hung onto the arrival of the four.

Once inside the restaurant, the atmosphere was very relaxed, made intimate by the candles on the table and the quirky lights hanging from the ceiling. A perfect place for a catch up. The music that was playing was a bit loud, but that didn't stop the four from chatting and laughing the night away.

Drinks were ordered and dishes were decided. The food at Public is designed to be shared, where each person choses between two to three plates.

The first dish that came out was the Prawn, Chorizo, Pequillo. Usually the dish was designed to serve three but the restaurant was able to add an extra prawn, it did come with an extra charge. The prawns were cooked perfectly and the accompanying sauce was delicious!

Next came the dish that Donny chose: Quail, Cashew, Masterstock. The quails were succulent and very tender.

Both Ricki and Yenface had to pick the Truffle Mac n Cheese, there's something about truffles that just draws these two in. The dish came out in a cute little pot, although it was a bit hot. Sadly, neither could taste very much of the truffles and overall, the Mac n Cheese was a little floury.

Moona liked the sound of the Barramundi, Saffron and Jamon. The fish came apart very easily and the jamon had a light citrusy flavour to it. A perfect combination.

The four also wanted to try something new, so Emu, Jerusalem Artichoke and Beetroot was chosen. Each found the emu to be surprisingly meaty and delicious but agreed that a full steak of emu would be a bit too much.

Alas, disaster struck, there was one more dish to come out, the much anticipated KFD - Kentucky Fried Duck, but the waiter or kitchen had forgotten. Not only that, but the table the four were dining at was booked for another group at 8pm, so the quartet were asked if they could move to the bar area and have their dish there. 
The maitre d' was very kind and tried his best to make the four comfortable by finding chairs, although mismatched, for them to sit at the bar area so they could finish off the remainder of their meal. Poor Ricki who sat on the tall bar stool would have looked strange to another person on the other side as it looked like she was laughing to herself and chatting to the floor. She would have soon look to have disappeared (or have fallen on the floor) as another chair was quickly produced so she could join the others.

When the KFD came out, it was a slight disappointment, although the skin was nice, the duck was a little tough with not much flavouring. The accompany sauce, however, was very delicious and quickly disappeared. Luckily, because of the mishap, the KFD were on the house.

It was an enjoyable night for Donny, Moona, Ricki and Yenface, each left feeling full and satisfied, their second stomach usually for dessert had also filled up. They parted their ways with smiles on their faces knowing that the next catch up would not be too far away.

Happy Eating!
Joanne :)

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PS. I thought it would be fun to write this review into a little story, so let me know what you thought about it :)

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Strawberry Picking

There's something cute about strawberries, I don't love them as much as my sister but when you're in a field full of strawberries they're just so fun to pick and look at and they smell so delicious as well! So on our trip back from the Eumundi Markets we stopped by Strawberry Field which is across from the Ettamogah Pub. www.strawberryfields.com.au  (I think in summer they say you can pick your own watermelon?! How awesome is that?!)

There's no entry fee, you just pay for what you pick, I think we ended up with 6 punnets and it cost around $70. Not cheap, I know, but if you think about it, you get to pick all the big yummy juicy ones AND you're guaranteed that all the strawberries in your punnets will be good. Not like when you buy a whole bunch from the supermarkets and some turn out squished. Still yum though :P

I had heaps of fun looking out of weird mutated ones.

This was the mother of all mutated ones! Unfortunately I didn't find it, it was in the shop and they said it was found that morning, It's like 6 strawberries merged into ONE MEGA STRAWBERRY!!

We finished the day by having some of the strawberries we picked and this delicious strawberry parfait. Ah the combination of strawberries and vanilla ice cream is the best!!

What's your favourite strawberry combination?

Hope everyone is enjoying the warmer spring weather!

Joanne :)

Monday, 3 September 2012

Eumundi Markets

This past Sunday was Father's Day but my family decided to celebrate a day earlier on Saturday by heading up to the Sunshine Coast and checking out the Eumundi Markets or "Ya-mun-day" as my cousin and I would pronounce it hehe :P  It took us about 1.5 hours to drive there from Brisbane so we left pretty early that morning, at least I got to nap in the car hehe. They are only opened between 7am and 2pm on Saturdays and 8am to 1:30pm on Wednesdays.

Gosh the markets were huge and there were so many people!! There were stalls for so many different things such as: clothes, jewellery, soaps, kitchenware, decorations etc.

One of the stores had some really beautifully painted bowls and plates from Turkey.  Mum bought one of those heat mat things you put under pots, what are they called again?

I loved the tea towels in this store haha! I want the lemon, or the dog towel. 
Maybe I'll get one the next time I'm up there.

Ok, for those that know me, I'm terrified of frogs, geckos and anything slimy, but for some reason these were really cute! I kind of want a colourful gecko with a big comical smile on it's face haha!

Of course I had to check out what type of food was there. They had heaps of fresh produces and a couple of different of cuisines from around the world. Off the top of my head there was German, Japanese, Spanish, Mexican and French.

We munched on some curly potato chips. These were actually more like fries and were kind of chewy which was pretty nice, apart from the fact that they were a bit oily.

Dad bought some German sausages and a potato pancake.

and...to add something Spanish, we got a plate of "A Little Bit of Everything". There was couscous, chicken, mushrooms, black beans, roast potatoes and potato salad. Wow we had a lot of potatoes that day! I guess we needed it for all the strawberry picking we did afterwards haha! Stay tuned for that post!

So, what are some other markets I should check out?

Happy Spring time everyone!!

Joanne :)