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Kamikaze Teppanyaki

Kamikaze Teppanyaki, Westfield Garden City

Anyone reads the free weekly Chinese newspapers that can be collected in Sunnybank? Although I cannot read Mandarin and barely speaks Mandarin now, I enjoy looking through the advertisements particularly regarding opening of new restaurants or even what is up on offer!
Ahhaha, thanks to my MIL, Kamikaze Teppanyaki had a voucher for 'Buy 1 get 1 free' for bento, ramen or udon meals. After dropping off Grace at the in-laws, Mr and myself made our way to Garden City to have lunch at Kamikaze. As we were there right at the lunch opening hour, we were the first customer to arrive. A menu was given and I so want a bento set and ordered the unagi, and the prawn tempura ramen.

Sitting outside, we could see one chef getting the teppanyaki table ready and soon after could see him performing 'fire ball'. Well, he was entertaining other guests with his culinary fire skills. 😊 

Our meals arrived shortly and I was happy with the unagi bento s…

The Newmarket Hotel

Newmarket Hotel, Newmarket
It is really lovely that Mr and myself get to go for dinner dates almost weekly now since the in-laws are able to look after Grace. That also means visiting more restaurants! As Grace has an early bed time around 7pm, we had to have dinner around 5 pm (ya, it is pretty early..) but we do not mind. 😀
This time we visited Newmarket Hotel and I am excited to see what will be in store for us over the next few weeks once the new building is completed! Anyhow, back to Newmarket Hotel. I have not been here before and this place is bigger than Brunswick Hotel (comparing the bistro/restaurant size). As it was fairly early for dinner, we were one of the two occupants there. Service was prompt and quick.

For starters, we tried their Newmarket Calamari ($15). It came with garden salad and garlic aioli. The calamari was tasty and tender. We certainly wished there were more pieces on the plate.

Mr had the Graziers Rump ($35), in which his 400g Black Angus steak was cooked to…

The Stuffed Badger

The Stuffed Badger,Bowen Hills
In the blink of an eye, a year has passed and Grace turned one year old...and what a better way to celebrate then having lunch with da-da during his lunch break? The Stuffed Badger is so conveniently located opposite his work place, and so thankful that we managed to find street parking that day.
Our lunch time is unpredictable and it all depended on Grace's nap time. We arrived around 11.30 and were the first there. It is quite a tiny restaurant, with only three workers (including the chef). Considering that, the flow and service of The Stuffed Badger were smooth and impeccable.

Now, let's talk about the food. It is mostly tapas style with some mains. Firstly, we had a flat white and a chai latte, both good. Making sure that Grace will have some lunch, I ordered spaghetti bolognaise for her, and this little one just keep slurping the noodles asking for more. I had a taste myself, and indeed a damn good spaghetti bolognaise but probably a touch oily…

Bris Bean Cafe

Bris Bean Cafe, Enoggera
It is nice to have some cafes around the suburbs as I really miss my previous old place where I could just walked out across the road and visit one. So when I realised Bris Bean which is not too far away from home, we went there for a short lunch. 
Ordering is at the counter and seats were plenty (whether indoor or outdoor). I ordered a flat white for myself and it was decent. I enjoyed the brownie that came with it. What a nice touch!
As for lunch, we had the Brisburger which came with spiced beef burger and beetroot relish. The beef burger was quite moist, and not dry at all and quite delicious with the beetroot relish. It was a decent burger. 
Besides that, we tried the scrambled eggs in avo. The cheesy scrambled eggs were served on top of avocado and ciabatta. I thought those eggs were cooked quite well, with crispy bacon bits. The salad do look a little dull though... 
Overall, quite a good effort from Bris Bean cafe. The coffee was enjoyable and the meals re…

The Brunswick Hotel

The Brunswick Hotel, New Farm On a weekend off when Mr does not need to work, we drove ourselves to New Farm for lunch at The Brunswick Hotel followed by a leisurely walk at the park. Gosh, love those strolls along the river!
Anyhow, back to our lunch... It was our first visit and quite enjoyable. For a Saturday lunch, it was relatively quiet and only one waitress on site. Nevertheless, she tried her best to serve us and thank you for that. While waiting for food and trying to settle a hungry baby, luckily there were board games available and Grace was pretty entertained by the Connect Four! Phew!

We had quite a feast that day and may have over ordered 😅. To start with, we had the onion rings and it was moreish and generous in serving. Delicious! As Grace is now eating solids and particularly like noodles, we ordered the spaghetti for her. Well, my baby is pretty fussy and I think she gave two thumbs up! I was busy feeding her throughout the lunch, and so thankful of the finger friendly…

Gerbino Pasticceria

Gerbino Pasticceria, Ashgrove
One day I was craving for some baked goods particularly the dessert kind and after noticing that Brewbaker is closed on a Monday, I found Gerbino under my radar. Quickly with the little one while she is still awake, we drove there. Parking is by the street and thankfully quite adequate.
Walking into the shop, you would not expect a lavish shop. Rather, it was quite old and I was quite comprehensive at first. They sell mostly Italian baked goods like biscuits of different sorts, to hot pies, quiche and even some cakes. There is also an ice cream stall attached next to the shop with a connecting door, and I wonder whether it is part of Gerbino's?
Anyhow, that day my eyes were attracted to the dessert especially the different types of cannoli (chocolate, vanilla and ricotta). I chose the ricotta cannoli and I became a happy mommy. The pastry was flaky and crunchy and the filling was just delicious! Not overly sweet as well. As for my second dessert, I order…

Mundo Churrasco

Mundo Churrasco, Bardon

I have to admit, I sometimes eat like a horse! Anybody out there? 
Well, with a crawler at home, life sometimes can be busy that I do not have the time to eat. When the in-laws suggested that Mr and myself go out for dinner while they look after Grace, I took up the offer and found Mundo Churrasco. This restaurant specialises in Brazilian Barbeque and it is sort of like a buffet, but served personally to each of the tables carrying a big skewer of meat and carved in front of you to your personal plates. It was certainly interesting and new for us.

Firstly we were given some sides that include garden salad, Brazilian potato salad, four grain salad, Brazilian cheese bread and cassava chips. I thought they were all right. The potato salad and four grain salad certainly tasted better than they looked. It was our first time trying out cheese bread and it was quite good.

Once that is done, we were served with lots of selection of meat skewers and since we were the first …

Smoked Paprika

Smoked Paprika, Paddington It is on rare occasions that we get to leave the house and have brunch especially with the little one! Gosh, I miss my good old times when I can just go out and have brunch without trying to find the right time aka not a nap time, baby is not cranky or tired, etc...
Well, once we hopped into the car, we drove to Ashgrove/Paddington and made our way to the undercover parking for Smoked Paprika. Despite being a weekend, thankfully it was not busy (because it will not be fun for a baby to wait). As it was close to lunch time, we ordered one meal from the breakfast menu and one from the lunch menu.
My well deserving coffee aka flat white was just perfect and I could not be happier. Mr's smoothie of strawberries and banana hit the spot as well! 

Looking through the menu, I just could not skip past the baked eggs with chorizo and feta cheese. My taste buds began to tingle just looking at the dish! It was creamy, tomato-ey, cheesy and everything you wanted in baked…

Motto Motto

Motto Motto, Chermside

Oops.. a burger on its own at Betty's Burger was not filling enough for us so we went to Motto Motto for our second dinner. Hehe! In comparison to Betty's Burger, it was not as busy and service was quick and prompt.

The paper menu is easy to read and finally, we ordered a pork katsu curry with seaweed fries and the wagyu beef bento set (addition of miso soup, edamame and chicken karaage for an extra of $7.90).

The curry sauce came separately, which is a good option as you can pour as much or as little as you want. However, the serving of the pork katsu was pretty small and after a few mouthful, there is certainly some leftover rice.

In comparison, the wagyu beef was more generous, and was tender. I enjoyed nibbling on the rest of the tidbits of edamame, seaweed fries and the chicken karaage. 

Motto Motto is a pretty modern Japanese restaurant and next time I would like to try their Japanese rolls.

Betty's Burgers and Concrete Co

Betty's Burgers and Concrete Co, Chermside

After hearing so much about Betty's Burgers and the opening of the new part of Westfield Chermide, together with the family of three, we went out and explore the new area! Oh my, the new section of the mall is so beautiful and exciting. Now, I cannot wait to bring Grace there again for more (window)shopping.
Orders are made at the counter and paid first prior to receiving our food. Reading through their simple menu, we ordered the Betty's Classic ($10) and the Pork Belly ($11), with a side of French fries ($5). 

The first thing I had to try was their fries. The shoe string fries were cooked to perfection, still crunchy and may be a bit better than the McD's fries. The burgers were wrapped in a leakproof paper making the process of eating less messy! I had few bites from both the burgers and would have to say they were quite good. I prefer the beef burger over the pork belly (because the flavours were not as good as the beef patt…

Kinn Thai

Kinn Thai, Upper Mount Gravatt
After so long, I managed to have dinner at Kinn Thai to celebrate Father's Day! We had to celebrate it a week earlier as my in-laws had to fly to the States for their niece's wedding. I am always excited to have Thai food because it is so different from my usual home cooking, which tend to be more mild in flavours.

What did we order? To start with, the chicken satay ($8) and 'Golden Tofu' ($6). The tofu was mediocre, and unlike other fried tofu that I had tried. The batter of the fried tofu is more of a sticky texture rather than crispy, making it less desirable. The chicken satay was okay, with quite a nice peanut sauce.

While the coconut chicken salad($18) was fresh, after a few bites I was not keen to have it further. It is probably because the amount of herbs in the meal was just too overpowering.

But luckily, the following few dishes were more impressive. The tom yum prawn ($13) was sour and spicy which is how I like it. The one serving …


Brewbakers, Albion

Since re-locating to the North Side, I have been wanting to try out some new bakeries and finally located Brewbakers at Albion. As I am still new to the north side, I had to take few turns to finally find the entrance of the parking lot (in front of Brewbakers). You had to drive further past the building complex, turn left and go behind the buildings to get to the parking lot. Makes sense?? Hehe..
Well, I read that their bagels were really good so I opted for the poppy seed bagel sandwich, together with some random delicacies which include a sourdough doughnut, chocolate chip bagel and a blueberry custard like cake.

The service was warm and friendly, always so patient with the indecisive me. I really enjoy their bagels whether it's savoury or sweet, and the mini cake was so moreish too. Well, I am looking forward to returning soon. 

Flour and Chocolate

Flour and Chocolate, Morningside
I heard that pregnant ladies have cravings and some people have extremely weird cravings! Luckily I did not have any crazy cravings except for the occasional hunger for desserts. So, I made my way to Flour and Chocolate in Morningside and got myself some goodies.I had to resist myself to finish all and await Mr from work so he canhave his share.

If I hadn't had GDM (gestational diabetes), I would have bought more! Everything is just so tempting in Flour and Chocolate. Finally, after much deliberation, I bought a pistachio eclair, custard doughnut and an almond cake with raspberry.

My favourite among those would be the custard doughnut. The soft pillowy doughnut with the smooth custard was just so yummy! While the eclair was good, I just found the pistachio flavouring to be a touch artificial. The almond cake was good as well. As I am writing this, I co