Hawker Chan

Ground Level Entertainment Mall SM Mall of Asia, Pasay, Metro Manila

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Sceptical at first, with its Michelin-star but still insanely super affordable… this all disappeared when our dishes came out! Hawker Chan is a well-known Singaporean quick dine-in restaurant, serving you with popular noodle and rice dishes, but with its own unique flavours. There’s now a number of franchise restaurants around the world, with 6 branches in the Philippines.

Service was quick, the food came out efficiently without loosing any of its flavours. I ordered their season vegetable, freshly steamed and poured with a generous amount of garlic bits and sauce! Our mains was the Char Siew Noodle… I am salivating thinking about this dish. The pork belly was cut proportionally, soaking in the delicious sauce. It was not too oily, just right. I believe they used egg noodle, just because of its fuller and creamier taste. I highly recommend dining in Hawker Chan, the fullness of its flavours, you won’t be disappointed.

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Two By Four Cafe

Fairwater Boulevard Fairwater Sales and Display Centre, Blacktown NSW 2148

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A new local community popped up recently, which has their own lovely cafe. The cafe is surrounded by leafy greens, a waterfront and has a verandah on the side if you prefer eating outdoors! We were fortunate to be eating on a clear, blue sunny day, as the wide windows in the cafe allowed a flood of sun to enter. There’s a mixture of table sizes in the cafe, small and large groups can be accommodated.

Two By Four Cafe did not kid, with the bowls, I was struggling with the size of mine. The chicken strips/cuts and vegetables blended great together, it tasted clean and was not heavily sauced. The juices were cold pressed, which was definitely refreshing. The highlight, that I really want to go back for, is their french toast. It was delicious, dangerously soft and not too sweet.

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Crispy Crib

16 First Avenue, Blacktown 2148

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Operating just over two weeks now, this little food truck will satisfy your love of Korean chicken and chips! You may miss it, it’s a black food truck, nestled cosily in the Asian Food Market carpark and next to a round-a-bout.

Menu is simple, 5 options at the moment, with their chickens drizzled with the most tastiest sauces. Yesterday, we ordered the homemade teriyaki and onion dressing fried chicken and it was addictive! Who knew these two sauces would mesh so well, both sweet and creamy at the same time. The chicken was in great bite-sized pieces, and I loved how it wasn’t too oily and wasn’t soggy. The fries was clean and I believe it had normal salt on them. They have a promotion at the moment, this meal plus a free drink, comes down to only $10.

Service was quick and friendly, they’ve got a cosy eating area at the front. I’ve got my eye on their soy fried chicken next.

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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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Jambo Jambo African Restaurant

93 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW

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Jambo Jambo is an Ethiopian restaurant, serving cuisines that are normally served in Ethiopia. Don’t be fooled with the size of the place, because it actually goes all the way back, accomodating to small-large groups comfortably. The interior was beautifully lavished with colour, quite entertaining actually, seeing works I believe was from Ethiopia and other parts of Africa.

The menu is filled with meat and vegetarian options, meat such as lamb, beef, goat and chicken. There’s actually quite a bit of items that are spicy or hot, which I think really makes their dishes come alive. We ordered the Jambo Course, which allowed us to choose up to 3 dishes, comes with a mixed entree and dessert afterwards. I found this super interesting and enjoyable, got to use our hands to break off chapati and fill it with our chosen meats! I highly recommend you ordering this, which is perfect for 2 people.

Service was quick, efficient, explained what items we had and I recommend you asking the team for recommendations if it’s your first time. The owner came out and kindly checked up on all the customers dinning, which I found was lovely. I’d love to come back, maybe with a larger group next time!

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Burger Head

17/98 Henry St, Penrith NSW

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I just love when Western Sydney picks up its food game! When this little gem opened up, offering burgers, chips, beer, tasty beef  and ample seating, I was super excited. The feel of burger point is similar to food establishments you would find in the CBD, however its menu definitely considers the crowd out west.

I did forget what I ordered, so I’ll give you a general idea of what they offer. You will find 4 basic yet scrumptious sides to start your meal, such as their mash and gravy, crispy tenders, shoe string fries and their liquid cheese. I found their gravy ok, it is more on the lighter tasting side with more mash. I do remember the burger I had was definitely satisfying, the bun used was soft which just paired smoothly with the filling. The beef was done perfectly, was juicy and *sigh* just good. Loved the shoe string fries for sure! You can add extras if you need a bit more and they have smaller burgers for the kiddies.

Burgers are priced from $15-$18 and sides from $4-$8. Food came out within 5-8 minutes, mind you the time we went, it was pretty packed. Make sure to bring your ID if you plan to buy a beer or two.

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Potts Point Hotel

33-35 Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point NSW

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A local pub in Potts Point, that I believe has undergone a recent renovation. The interior looks classy, with the timeless leather booths, dark-moody palette but at the same time there’s plenty of sunshine flooding in.

We booked ahead, because who knows, it might get busy. Stepped into the hotel, a was greeted with a lazy, laid-back atmosphere. It was great! Can eat in peace, people watch, enjoy our company. The service was quick, we didn’t have to wait long for our orders to be made and then be served.

I ordered the $21 crispy pork belly, which looked as juicy and tender as the picture below. The crisp, was not too firm and dry, just the right comfortable balance. It was accompanied with a watercress, radicchio, grapes and pecan salad, which complimented tastefully with the pork belly. I wonder what the sauce was, just because it was the perfect pairing! The other dish was the rump steak which, first off gives you a generous amount, was average in taste. Nothing too special, though is a great feed when you want something easy for your stomach. On the side, the mac and cheese was ordered, a bit runny and I forgot the other. I think it was toasted bread, which E found was a bit burnt. I love pickles, so the ones that were served was delish!

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