A-Team’s Kitchen

4/52 Rooty Hill Road North, Rooty Hill NSW

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Located along Weston Lane, you’ll find ample parking and it’s less than a 3 minute walk from Rooty Hill station. I believe A-Team’s Kitchen has been at the current location for 2+ years, however have re-branded and re-named the restaurant. I liked the relaxed feel, simple interior reminiscent of food eateries in the Philippines.

Specialising in authentic Filipino meals, desserts and has a coffee-maker for coffee lovers! I would have loved to taste their own version/creation of taho. The mass-produced taho lacked in sweetness and freshness. Though can’t complain, it melds well after a heavy feed. You will find all the classics here, from rice meals, main dishes and BBQ meat sticks! It was glossing in oil and surprisingly it didn’t taste oily at all, it was sweet and tender. Just scroll through the glorious food below, try not to drool.

Averagely priced, it has positioned itself as an ultimate food stop, when you’re craving for that comfort food! I highly recommend their turon, it was amazing! Sweet whilst being soft inside and it’s a decent size. A-Team’s Kitchen is the type of restaurant you’d come back to again and again.

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Harajuku Gyoza

1/14 Darling Dr, Sydney


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Not too far away from some of the main attractions in Darling Harbour, Harajuku Gyoza is a welcoming spot for lunch or dinner! Offering a variety of Japanese gyoza, make sure to try them out and it’s great that it gives you either the option of grilled or poached. For a pack of 5, the price ranges from $8.30 – $11.80. My favourite is the crispy fried cheeseburger gyoza. They weren’t playing, as it literally tasted like the real deal! It was perfectly fried, crispy on the outside and soft in the inside. I forgot what filling the poached gyoza was, but it had the perfect moisture level and was super clean. Their menu has other traditional items, such as dons and izayaka sides.

Ordered the recommend soufflé, which was not only soft but had the perfect amount of sweetness which was exciting after each bite. The colour was blinding, do you see that yellow? But I honestly liked their Nutella gyoza compared to their soufflé, just because who does not like Nutella? Plus, it was incased in a delicious crispy fried casing.

Service was perfect, everything came out quickly! Ample amount of seating inside and out and their interior was awesome. It had this playful but also traditional look.

La Mesa

Level 1, 19 Goulburn St. Haymarket, Sydney NSW 2000

First thing you’ll notice is the entrance, it honestly looked so secretive. Steep stairs upwards and in a way it reminded me of home entrances in the Philippines.

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A friend remarked how it reminded him of a Filippino home, with it’s wooden , mis-matched furniture and distinctive interior. You’ve got long, short tables with couches with some. I was truly amazed at how bustling this restaurant was! In Sydney, I find that Filippino cuisines have more difficulty breaking into the foodie market. La Mesa makes me hopeful.

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On a busy night, I believe maybe they should’ve placed more wait-staff due to the wait time some patrons experienced. Our orders, came though unluckily one of my mate’s order was forgotten… At the end, I’ll like to say thank you so much for letting us do the spilt billings!

The food was great, my particular favourite of the night was the Kare Kare dish that came in a cute black bowl. I had a few spoons of the peanut sauce and it imprinted an ever-lasting memory haha. Wide variety of traditional dishes, some even I have never heard of. Prices are moderately priced. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

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RATE: 3/5