Kampong Boy, Hurstville, Sydney South

>> September 20, 2015

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Apparently Kampong Boy has been sitting in Hurstville for a while now. Located towards the library/north end of Hurstville, its right on Forest road - an area which used to be quite dead, but lately has seen a huge number of new restaurants open up, which hopefully I'll get to try at a later stage. Walking over, I can see that Lim's charcoal BBQ - an old familiar is still around but there's also some new Chinese, Korean and Taiwanese restaurants opens around there.

Having dinner at around 8pm on a Saturday, the restaurant wasn't too busy but it wasn't as busy as I might have expected. One of the firs things I noticed when at the table was that it was fairly cold in there- especially on a cold night like this, I think they really need to invest in some climate control devices. Otherwise patrons would just be shivering whilst eating.

Inside the decor is made to resemble the local street food stalls that you find in the suburbs of Kuala Lumper which is nice.

Teh Tarik - $4.00 - wonderfully frothy as you can see in the picture below

Fried seafood hor fun with eggy gravy - $13.80 - a runny gravy of egg white soaks the hor fun noodles and the medley of toppings, including asian greens, shallots, prawns, fish cakes and pork.

Lotus crispy fish -$19.80 - One of the specials of the day. The crispiness of the fish was somewhat reduced by the lather of sauce over the top. Although the sauce was itself very delicious, I would have preferred it to be separated to maintain the crispiness of the fish. A tasty dish nonetheless

Sambal eggplant with pork mince -$13.80 - My favourite of the dishes of the night. Eggplant cooked to perfection and the mince pork had the perfect amount of seasoning. Matched very well with a steaming hot bowl of rice.

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Shaw St Espresso, Bexley North, Sydney

>> August 24, 2015

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Still remaining in the local area, this time we found a place that serves a pretty decent cup of brew and the breakfast is not bad either.

Rocking up to Shaw St Espresso (which is located just a few shops down from Ken's sushi bar dining) on a Saturday morning and the place was abuzz with locals coming down for the morning caffeine hit.

Most patrons were there to grab a quick takeaway coffee and a muffin/bacon egg roll to go, but there were also a few tables inside so ventured in, ordered our coffees and perused the breakfast menu.

Service was quick and there were morning papers to read whilst we waited and before you know it the food was out.

Regular coffee ~ $3.50

Pesto mushrooms - sauteed mushrooms with pesto sauce on sourdough with also a poached egg and marinated feta - $14.00 - Piles and piles of marinated mushrooms which went beautifully with the crusty sourdough. The poached egg was perfectly runny on the inside and provided an extra 'sauce' for the dish.

Salmon stack - 2 slices of gluten free toast with smoked salmon, sauteed spinach, poached eggs and a slice of lemon - $15.00 - Pretty reasonable price for the simple yet satisfying dish. Again, the eggs were poached perfectly and the smoked salmon matched very well with the spinach.

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Sapore De Napoli

>> August 15, 2015

Guest blogger edition

It seems that these days all I ever eat at is locally, in particular in Kingsgrove! After trying out One Clementine and Kefi Souvlaki bar we now have moved on to Saproe De Napoli.

Located in the same precinct as the others, Sapore is an Italian restaurant which has as one of its specialties, wood fired pizza. The staff were a bit slow this night and we were left standing at the front waiting to be seated for a couple of minutes which is a bit awkward. We eventually got a table and from then it was smooth sailing.

Spaghetti Gamberoni - $23- Big, fat, juicy prawns with a thick tomato sauce. Spaghetti was fresh, chunky and al dente. Topped with a garnish of freshly chopped parsley, Great tasting and there seeed to be a pretty decent number of prawns too.

Boscailoa Pizza - $23 -  Italian sausage, mushrooms, rosemary and potatoes on a tomato base. Wood fired pizza base gave it that lovely smokey flavour. A tad burnt as you can see in the photo below but I barely noticed. Sausage meat was wonderfully tasty whilst the potato flavour was somewhat lost. Disappointingly the base was a slightly soggy towards the centre where as I prefer a more crispier a base.

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