Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Botanica

Botanica, Red Hill
I was intrigued by a shop while walking to Plum Tucker, unbeknownst to me it was Botanica. The wide opened see through glass panel was showcasing beautiful bakeries and delicacies. After the brunch at Plum Tucker, I was tempted and walked into Botanica.

Now checking their website, I just realised that all the sweets are gluten free. Maybe that is why they tasted different. Besides the sweets and some tarts, they do offer fresh salads, and I saw lots of people buying them!

Ordering the sweets can be challenging because there were no tags or labels on them. I had to asked the staff member each of the desserts on offer. Thankfully, she was patient and happy to assist. In the end, I bought a strawberry cupcake, a passionfruit melting moment and lastly, chocolate cake/brownie.

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I really enjoyed the melting moment which was crumbly and that is how I like them. The cupcake was delicious too but I could not make myself finish the icing. I thought the chocolate cake/brownie was all right. Anyhow, I could not wait to return to try their salads next time!


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Plum Tucker

Plum Tucker, Red Hill
A friend has recently moved back from Mackay to Brisbane and it was time for catching up! As she lives in Northside while I am in the Southside, we tried to meet halfway and suggested Plum Tucker in Red Hill. I rarely venture to this area and I found parking to be quite stressful - unless there is parking spots available behind the complex (thankfully I did after a few rounds).

Service was prompt and since there were few seats available, I was able to choose. The seats are all outdoor and it can be quite hot considering Brisbane's crazy hot summer. I ordered fresh juice, if remembered correctly was the 'Ginger Ninja' consisting of orange, ginger, carrot and lemon while Ade had coffee.

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My meal of poached eggs with toast and addition of chorizo arrived. While the eggs were poached to perfection, the serving size was small considering I was eating for two that time. Ade had the burger. I tried some of hers and it was tasty and flavourful. 

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I think Plum Tucker is quite decent, however, parking can be quite difficult at times. 



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Monday, February 13, 2017

7 Palace Yum Cha

7 Palace Yum Cha, Inala
Shortly after the opening of Golden Lane, another Chinese Yum Cha restaurant known as 7 Palace opens in Inala. My MIL who reads Chinese newspaper noted that there will be 10% discount during the first month of their opening (this was last year) and we visited them that time. The restaurant is situated in Inala Plaza and parking can actually be quite difficult to find despite the huge parking lot.

The restaurant is really spacious and open. As it is a Vietnamese Chinese restaurant, the workers don't really converse in Mandarin or Cantonese, except for the manager and a few of the waitstaff. Since we were there for the dim sums, we were quite keen to try what they have on offer. Oh my, we certainly had a lot and even order one fried rice from the menu. 

We had the usual suspects like 'har gow', 'chee cheong fun', 'BBQ pork bun', 'egg tarts' and other dumplings on offer. It is really a hit and miss for us. Some were tasty and some were just average. I found the skin of the dumplings too soft making them tear quite easily. While the egg tart was burnt, I thought it was quite delicious.

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What is so special about this fried rice? Since knowing that 7 Palace makes this fried rice, the FIL has been craving for it and looking forward to trying it in 7 Palace. What made it special was the two different sauces that comes with the fried rice. The first one was a tomato based with pork (which I prefer) and the second one, sort of a creamy based type with prawns. The majority prefer the tomato based sauce.

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I think 7 Palace is a good new addition to Inala. The dim sum here may not be the best but it is probably one of the cheapest in comparison to others in Sunnybank or close by. They are certainly trying during the opening season and hopefully things will get better. 

7 Palace Yum Cha Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato