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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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.

Sushizilla

Shop KB01, Lower Ground, 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008

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I love this place, Sushizilla, it’s affordable and sometimes you would think “hey it’s cheap, must be bad quality though…”, this is not the case. I work in the building, so sometimes when I leave early I rush up to get a quick feed here, I eat mostly in the sushi-train area. (hey hey you like the quality? I’ve been using my boyfriend’s mobile)

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You either order through the old-school menu book or the groovy electronic device, I prefer the electronic way. Though I get so wary that since it’s right there, I’ll end up ordering so much.

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We scored a quiet time to have lunch, oh and by the way I was here to take ninja shots of the place for my Japanese assignment. I did not have the courage to go up to one of the staff and ask questions haha.

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Agedashi Tofu $4.90 – Gee aren’t I addicted to tofus!

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Aburi Salmon Ala Carte $6.80 – I couldn’t leave without eating any type of salmon nigiri

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Crunchy Salmon Roll $2.90 – Back to basics, that extra spice-kick was delish

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Scallop Carpaccio $8.80 – We added something fancy and it didn’t disappoint 

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Soft Shell Crab San Choy Bow $6.80 – It truly was true to it’s name “soft” and flavoursome 

RATE: 3/5

Fonda

31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

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I can’t get over food in Melbourne, like seriously all we did was eat! We were feeling something more foreign and we came across Fonda  where it was tucked away on the side of the street. You can easily miss it but once you enter it, it’s all bright and spacious.

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Initially we thought it was table service, but you sat down and once you’ve chosen you go to the cashier, when the food is ready they’ll bring it out to you. Lucky for us it wasn’t a full house, there was a birthday celebration and a group lunch, but other than that we were able to have a conversation whilst having a drink.

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Left: Lemon Gracias $14 – A mix of el Jimador Blanco, lemongrass syrup, lemon and coconut water.

Right: Agua Locas $12 – one of the Aguas Frescas and el Jimador Blanco Tequila (liked this one more)

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His: Pacifico $9 – a Mexican sweet pilsner that contained a lemon zest

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Mex-bim-bap Ensalada $16 – A deconstructed salad contained shaved zucchini, sweet potato, guacamole, corn, baby spinach, quinoa, black beans, pickled onion and cabbage. The brown thing, is yummy soyrizo!

RATE: 4/5

Gelato Messina

279 Church St, Parramatta NSW 2150

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I can never get enough of Messina gelatos! I’m better sure most Australians would agree with me on that. I think after having weeks and weeks of intense study, I like to treat myself once in a while. & what’s a better way, than having a scoop of Messina.

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The range of flavours are also a treat, from your ordinary flavours like chocolate to tiramisu.

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I got myself a scoop of ‘pannacotta with fig jam and amaretti’ which tasted amazing, though I don’t know if it’s the fig jam, but that bit tasted like a medicine I once had. My boyfriend got two scoops, on was ‘dulce de leche’ and the other was the ‘gianuia bianca’. I forgot which flavour it was, but one tasted exactly like ferrero rocher!

RATE: 4/5

Speaker’s Corner Bar

120 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla ACT 2600

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The bar tenders were honestly the nicest, great-mannered I’ve encountered

It was one of those nights, where we wanted to relax and bask in the sounds surrounding us. Speaker’s Corner Bar was located within Hyatt Hotel Canberrra, where we stayed previously for a few nights. I’m very behind on the posts for our mini trip to Canberra.

Before things got a bit messy for me, from over-indulging of wines (I’m a light-weight), I had a taste of their dessert.

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Caramel cheese cake flan $16 – Peanut butter, mango tuile, raspberry

Maybe I was a bit intoxicated by then, but this was the bomb! Put cheese cake and mango combined in front of me and you can boss me around the whole day haha. Seriously though, I wished that the flan was as large as the plate, it wasn’t enough!! The way it melted into my mouth…

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Moet & Chandon Brut (France) $25 // Guinness Draught (Ireland) $12

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I have forgotten what these were… but they were good 

It has a great vibe inside, large leather chairs and high tables/chairs with the bar in the middle. Fast service my the barmen, who kindly offered their suggestions with what drinks we should try and I think one of the barmen made me a drink from scratch (it’s probably the bottom picture on the right).

I say yes, to giving this place another go for their beautiful service.

RATE: 4/5

Yebisu Izakaya

10/501 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000

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I vaguely remember the reason why I came to this place, it maybe because some sale in the city or it was a date, or both. Either way, I wanted to satisfy my Japanese food cravings.

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It was one of those restaurants where you can order via a screen. I do find it much more appealing, firstly because I don’t have to eye-down a waiter (always frustrating) and secondly it’s efficient and cool. There was a variety to choose from, I don’t know about you but I find Japanese cuisines to be so colourful.        

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Drinks: Guava beer $7.5, lychee & orange $7.8 and Okinawa Orion beer tap $8.5

Service was fast, once I tapped something on the screen, I’d say about 5 minutes or else the drinks came out and then about 15 minutes our dishes came out.

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Hers: Teriyaki fish and rice bowl set $13.80 – The fish was tender and the outer bit was lightly crisp dressed with the sweetest teriyaki sauce. Combined with miso soup and other delicious pieces on the set… it was heaven. 

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His: Chirashi sushi lunch set $18.80 – Forgot what was in this, though I was about to get this because it was a vegetarian set. He said he liked it!

I was just looking at posts and I saw a lot of bad reviews for this place. I didn’t have a bad experience, the waiter you delivered the sets was polite and efficient. The dishes were presented great and the quality was lovely as well. I would definitely go back, maybe try out what else they offered and I definitely would like to try something in their dessert menu.

RATE: 3/5