Zeta bar - Apres ski, Hilton, Sydney CBD

>> July 29, 2014

Guest blogger edition

Think about all the things associated with a luxury cabin lodge high up in the Swiss alps, perhaps the kind that the rich and famous would go to for their annual skiing holidays..... this is what the Zeta bar hopes to bring to life at their Friday night events this winter.

At their rooftop bar each Friday, the Zeta is transformed into an apres ski themed event, complete with its own open fires, toasted marshmallows, roasted chestnuts and mulled wine. The perfect place to warm yourselves and your buddies this winter.

Backdrop of snow capped  mountains and wait staff getting dressed with the theme, hehe, cute :)




Roast Pork Buns - Crunchy bread rolls with slices of roast pork and coriander (and other ingredients I can't remember). A real stomach filler, thin and tender pork combining nicely with the freshness of the coriander. Reminded me a bit of Vietnamese pork rolls but with a Western twist.


A huge bowl of marshmallows ready to be dipped in the chocolate fondue or gently toasted in the open fire.



Freshly sliced strawberries- also for dipping into the chocolate fondue.



Open log fires, hot enough to warm even the coldest hands. I don't know why, but just the smell of a wood fire is already enough to start warming me up. It also doubles perfectly as a marshmallow toaster and a chestnut roaster.


A hot pan of chestnuts roasting.


Apart from the chocolate fondues, they also have cheese fondues with crusty hunks of bread and vegies for dipping. Also, they had some gourmet prawns, natural oysters and garlic mushrooms -mmmmm.







One of the many cocktails created for the theme - a vodka based cocktail frozen to the consistency of a sorbet with lime flavours, ginger and garnished with mint. Very refreshing.



Homemade lollipops, dipped in chocolate in a glassful of fairy floss- makes me feel like a kid again!




The Food Book attended as a guest of Zeta bar and SBPR.

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New Dong Dong Noodles, Kingsford, Sydney

>> July 21, 2014

Guest blogger edition

Over the years, I've found that restaurants located around university campuses are usually the best place to find decent grub at lowly student prices. Back in my youthful days attending UNSW, I remember going to Dong Dong Noodle house after classes to grab a quick dinner with my buddies before heading home.

Fast forward some years and Dong Dong's is still there! Although the name has changed slightly to "The New Dong Dong Noodles", I was glad to find food and prices were still pretty much what I remembered.


Salt and pepper chicken wing s- $11.80 - a heap of chicken wings deep fried to perfection and coated in that salt and pepper flavour that we all know and love =) Only comment - too many drummettes and not enough wing sections! arrrghhh


Fish fillet with sweet corn on rice - $10 - Another old favourite - goujons of fish lightly battered, fried and covered in sweet corn puree on an enormous mound of rice. We finished the toppings but there was no way of finishing all that rice...such great value for students as rice can easily make someone full, hehe



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Diamond Cafe, Hurstville, Sydney

>> July 15, 2014

Guest blogger edition

Located on the main eating strip of Hurstville, next to the Commonwealth bank and opposite the 85 degrees bakery is the Diamond cafe. Related to the Diamond bakery next door, this restaurant is like a small Taiwanese snack cafe. It serves a good variety of small snacks and meals that you would normally associate with Taiwanese cuisine as well as some bubble tea varieties.

It was quite busy when we arrived but luckily the turnover is quite quick as customers tend to chow down their meals and then leave rather than idle around like at some other restaurants. It's quite a small space though so don't expect any tables larger than 4 or so. We ordered at the counter and waited for our food.


Fried chicken with noodle soup - $12 - the noodles and the chicken comes out separately so that the crispy fried chicken isn't made soggy by the noodle soup. The noodle and soup are fairly standard with a bit of Chinese broccoli floating around to add a bit of texture, but the real star of the dish is the chicken....mmmmm.... It must be quite a close contest between the Taiwanese and the Koreans to see who has the best fried chicken, haha. This version is definitely a contender - thin crunchy batter with a hint of sesame coated on chunks of chicken meat- delicious.



For an extra $2 with any meal purchase, you can get a glass of cold ice tea - basic but refreshing. I thought I'd ordered 2 but the waiter only brought out one - the owner then said he'd give me another one for free. Great service!


Stewed duck with noodle soup - $15 - An interesting dish that I hadn't tried before. A stewed duck maryland piece with meat falling off the bone sitting in a lovely herby broth (kinda reminds of buk ket teh flavours) alongside thin angel hair like strands of noodle. The soup was the highlight of the dish. The black cubes you see there are like rice cakes.





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