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Mamak Tandoori House

Mamak Tandoori House, Camp Hill

It has been so many months since I last had Indian food! I particularly have not attempted to cook any Indian dishes or curries due to their complexities in terms of the amount of spices used. Together with Simco and Symo, we went to Samuel St in Camp Hill to try Mamak Tandoori House which specialises in Malaysian and Indian dishes.

The prices are really reasonable ranging from about $15.90 for the main curries. There are so many to choose from and we finally decided to have two curries, one briyani and one naan. So, what did we have?
Bare in mind that all the curries 'heat' level start with medium and above! 
First up, we had the lamb 'kapitan' curry which was the house specialty. I am not a big fan of lamb but this curry surprised me! The lamb was really tender and the curry just tasted so authentic. 
You will not miss the curry leaves and the 'blame-my-poor-spices-recognition' in the curry. It was really good! 
For our second curry,…

Malt Dining

Malt Dining, Brisbane CBD

Dear readers,
I am back for real this time! My final exams are over and results have been released! It is way forward from now on! After so many years of study and obstacles, I have finally achieved my dream. The long journey will not be successful without much perseverance, optimism and encouragement from my loved ones...
~ ~ ~
During my study, I am lucky to know a very loving and kind couple! As their pre-wedding celebration, a dinner was organised at Malt Dining. The restaurant arranged a table for 20 people down in their wine cellar. The ambience was really nice! 

As there were so many of us, the dinner's entree and main meals have been decided prior! We were given complimentary bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar dip. The bread was warm and good.

For entree, we had either the options of seared scallops or duck tart tatin. Ahah! I was lucky to sit beside JaW and we agreed to share the entree, so i get to try both dishes. 

The scallops were seared to pe…

Yamasakura, Surfers Paradise

Yamasakura, Surfers Paradise

Day trips to Gold Coast for both of us means lots of eating and walking! I am actually quite amazed at the variety of food offered in Surfers Paradise. The best time to eat is the pre-dinner time when there are lots of offers available... possibly because there are lots of competition among the restaurants and cafes.

Anyway, I have found a good spot to satisfy my Japanese food cravings. They were delicious and prices are really reasonable and affordable. Yamasakura offers lots of set meals and we took quite a while to decide what we want!

Set menus are available from A-J!!! 
The perfect combination for me was 'J' which include a bowl of ramen and a small bowl of unagi rice. For $12, I think they are indeed a good deal. The ramen broth was delicious and the unagi did not disappoint either. Yummy!

The other dish we had was the crumbed oyster with rice, accompanied with miso soup. Oyster is certainly Mr's favourite and he does look very satisfied! 


Cup Coffee

Cup Coffee, West End

Dear readers,
I am back! I had to take a break from blogging for a while due to my busy rotation and I was less motivated to blog over the past few weeks due to stress... However, hopefully I will be able to write more food reviews when I procrastinate from my studies (like now!). :)
So, back to the real topic here which is food, of course!
Klin and myself visited Cup at West End when I returned from Mackay. This is many months ago now! We were able to catch up over coffee and some meals at Cup. There are plenty of street parkings available especially on a weekday. 

The meals available at Cup are rather simple, cheap and small in portions. Klin had one of the specials of the day while I had their chorizo beans.

Her dish was simple and fresh and the egg was poached to perfection. Not bad!

The chorizo beans were quite flavoursome with soft cooked mixed beans (consisting of kidney beans and maybe adzuki beans?). One toast is certainly not enough! An extra piece of toast may…


Hanwoori, Brisbane CBD

Hmm... after wandering around in the city looking for Korean food, we finally walked into Hanwoori for an 'All you can eat BBQ buffet!' for $30 per person. We did not make any bookings but luckily a couple of seats are available. Each table has an electric grill with a 'bell' button on the side. 
Not to worry if you don't know where to start! There is an instruction sheet available to assist. :)

There is a cold, hot and meat section organised at the corner of the restaurant. The raw meat consisted of different types of pork and beef with some seafood such as octopus and prawns. There is also the option of marinated meat.
While waiting for our meat to cook, we started on some of the hot food available such as fried rice, chicken, honey pork, spring rolls, sushi and not to forget their 'jap chae'. I really enjoy eating the 'jap chae'! I reminded myself not to over-indulge in their cooked food... the aim is for their BBQ meats!

I gues…


Cirque, New Farm

Cirque was one of the first few cafes recommended by Grace when I started food blogging years ago. My memory of Cirque was faint and I decided to visit it again (after two years!) with Yeelin and her sister.

We went there on a weekend and were little afraid that we had to wait long due to Cirque's popularity. Contrary to my belief, we had seats among the shared table upstairs. After much discussion and peering over at neighbours' food, we have made our decisions! 

What seemed very popular that day was the sweet corncakes! AL could not resist it and ordered this meal with extra bacons on the side with cirque relish.

This dish is definitely worth ordering! The corncakes were delicious and quite 'fluffy', with crunchiness on the edges and the batter was not too heavy or dense.  They go perfect with the tomato salsa and avocadoes as well as the special relish. Not too forget, the bacons for some saltiness and protein to this meal.

As for Yeelin, she decided to…

Lab Bar

Lab Bar + Restaurant, Brisbane CBD

This is a very belated birthday dinner post for myself!
Haha, my birthday celebration was months ago! Last year 25th September was on a Tuesday and I had to celebrate it two days earlier! But it does not matter, as long as I was spending my birthday with THE ONE....

I had no idea where the dinner was going to be until I was driven to the city and whisked into the Treasury Casino, walking into Lab Bar Restaurant. I was ecstatic. The ambience was calming and the waitresses were very polite and welcoming. I am sure the menu would have change now but I would like to share my sweet memories then...

Browsing through the menu, the Lab Bar has so much to offer (making decision-making quite difficult), especially for a Libran known to be quite indecisive. Anyhow, some words like scallops, pork belly, duck and lamb popped out to me!
We were given an amuse bouche to start with: 
As far as I can remember, I think it was a croqueta with pork filling. It was pretty goo…


Brew, Brisbane CBD

At this moment, I am about 970 km away from Brisbane... I cannot believe it but I am going to say this: I miss Brisbane! I have only been away for a week but this boredom is killing me softly (with the music as the background). :)
Well, I visited Brew (which has been on my wishlist since 2011) quite a while ago after finishing up an errand in the city on a weekday. Walking into Brew does brought me memories of my time back in Melbourne, with cafes in lane ways. 

Prior to entering the cafe, people are already queuing for take-away coffees here:

As for myself, I just made my way into the cove like restaurant, walking past the bar on the right. There are plenty of seats available depending on your comfort of choice whether you prefer wooden chairs, comfy sofas or even benches. Luckily I arrived before 11 am which meant that breakfast was still available!
Looking through the menu I was really contemplating of either the baked mushrooms with brie or the corn fritter with halo…

Haoke Chinese Restaurant (Revisited)

Haoke Chinese Restaurant, Sunnybank Hills

Quite a while ago, we visited Haoke for dinner. I have been to this place for dim sum and I think the dim sums here were quite reasonable in terms of flavour and price.
This time, however, we tried their set dinner which consisted of six to seven dishes of Chinese food. 

What should I say? 

Some type of clams cooked in XO sauce I think. Hmm... the sauce was spicy and I don't think it was XO sauce. I don't really like it.

Our tofu dish of the night. I thought this was all right, but my other three companions said otherwise. To be truthful, it really lacked the 'tofu flavour'. It is probably more of a steamed egg dish.

The steamed fish in soy sauce was all right. Well, certainly cannot be compared to the 'freshness' of a live fish but this dish was a pass. 

This was our vegetable dish of the night. It was more like a soup-y vegetable dish than a simple vegetable stir fry garlic; which I think will be much tastier than that. Hmmm…