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Cheeky Poke

Cheeky Poke, Newstead
If you were pregnant, what do you think you will most likely crave of? The list can be never ending, but I think the most common answer would be sashimi or some sort of raw fish... Agree? This is probably true for me and when I got an offer to dine at Cheeky Poke via Zomato Bne, I could not resist the offer!

Mr and myself both went there for lunch one day and were keen to get things rolling. First off, we started with their 'Taro crisps' which can be served with either wasabi mayo or beetroot hummus. We chose the wasabi mayo and it was well balanced, not overly spicy from the wasabi. The taro crisps were so addictive and we nibbled them all in no time.

Now to the mains! How could we not order a poke bowl in a Cheeky Poke bar? You can choose either their signature poke bowls or 'Make your own' poke bowls. When it comes to choices, I rather choose one of their signatures because I would not be able to decide on which proteins, bases (rice vs vege), sal…

Snag and Brown

Snag and Brown, Annerley
Like it's name, Snag and Brown focuses on sausages and hash browns/potatoes and who does not like this combination? I used to live around this area and seriously have not been to this cafe until when Mr and myself were down south to do some errand.
As it was on a weekday, it was not too busy and street parking was easy. They do have outdoor seating at the back of the cafe but as it was fairly warm and sunny, we just stayed indoor. They do have some basics in the menu but some obviously with snags (with vegan option as well) and browns. 

Mr chose the 'Snag of the day' that came with their specialty hash brown (2 options to choose from), poached eggs, sourdough and some tomato and onion relish. I could not remember the flavour of the snag but I think it was beef based and he went with their original hash brown. The sausage was very flavourful and not overly dry. Their hash was amazing! It was so crispy and I have always enjoyed a housemade hash rather t…

Udonya Tokoton

Udonya Tokoton, Sunnybank
I have walked past this Japanese restaurant but have never actually set foot until recently. I surely have been missing out on this little gem! It took some time to figure out their ordering system but it is really pretty straightforward. 
You can start by deciding whether you want rice or noodles (soba vs udon) with the size of either Medium or Large and then proceed to adding some side dishes if you want to. The side dishes are all ready made and you can choose and pick whatever you like (obviously with additional cost for each item). 

We took the in-laws that day and they are more interested in the side dishes and they chose some soft shell crabs, prawn tempura, kakiage (vegetable tempura), sweet potato tempura and also some fish cake like tempura. Who does not like tempura or fried food? They were all pretty tasty and still retained the crispiness.

As for the main meals, I ordered the large Karaage chicken rice bowl and a large beef soba noodles. With the add…

Southside Bistro

Southside Bistro, Sunnybank
On a rather early weekend, Mr and myself visited Southside Bistro prior to visiting the in-law. We normally visit the Asian breakfast places in Sunnybank and this time decided to give Southside Bistro a go, especially when we can utilise the Entertainment book voucher.

Their menu here is very enticing with Asian influenced dishes. I was definitely keen to try a few of them and in the end, I chose the 'Breakfast Puffle' just because I want some egg puffles! It is a fusion Asian breakfast (oolong egg tea, rice with Kimchi and also some pork floss) and was topped with deep fried youtiao (aka fried chinese bread stick). It all does sound good right?

But I was quite disappointed with this dish... The puffle does not taste like it was freshly made, the rice was not warm enough (more like lukewarm for me) and overall, quite a dry dish with the sauce being only mayo. Hmm... my excitement has definitely dwindled down after this dish.

On the other hand, Mr had th…

Yuan's Wok

Yuan's Wok, Kelvin Grove
I have walked past Yuan's Wok multiple times and they are usually busy with most diners being student. One day, I decided to give it a try while on the way back home. While Mr parked the car at the underground car park (free for 2 hours), I made the order at the counter.

Their menu is quite extensive and I was not too sure what to order, and in the end decided on the 'sweet and sour fish' with rice; and also the 'minced pork with pork belly' with the addition of pork meat ball soup.

The meals arrived so quickly and Mr has not even arrived yet. You do wonder at times how did they prepare the meals so quickly (whether they have been pre-made or cooked on order). The vegetables (chinese cabbage with carrots) do looked like they have been pre-made.

The pork dish was not too bad, and I would say they are better than average. The sweet and sour fish was all right, the flavour on the milder side. Overall the meals here were okay and the price reas…

Little Red Dumpling

Little Red Dumpling, Newmarket
The Newmarket Village has gone through a big transformation (well, a while ago now) and currently houses some decent places to eat. We have visited Sushi Edo there multiple times and on a lazy night, we decided to give Little Red Dumpling a go. Once seated, we were introduced to their ordering system via a tablet as it was our first visit. 

The menu is pretty straightforward and to get things going, we ordered the chicken noodle soup for Grace. The portion was fairly generous and the chicken base soup was all right. Grace really enjoyed their noodles and could not stop slurping. In the end, we added a portion of noodles to our order so that we adults can have some as well.

Unsure what to order, we tried their banquet which came with entree of spring rolls and mixture of dumplings. We did not read the menu properly and thought we would have more entree serving! Imagine our disappointment but thankfully each of the entree was satisfactory and delicious. 

As pa…

Deery's Restaurant and Smokehouse

Deery's Restaurant and Smokehouse, Kangaroo Point
It is better late than never! Well, when it comes to blogging it seems that I have a cycle of stagnancy (due to work obligation) and the engine starts to rev again when I have some free time...

Mr and myself visited Deery's Restaurant back in February for early Valentine's Day celebration. With the in-laws looking after Grace, we took this opportunity to treat ourselves to hopefully some good food and let's see how our visit went at the Deery's.
One of Mr's favourite food is oysters and we ordered some that night. We went with both the natural oysters and the Kilpatrick version (for me). They were indeed fresh and lovely, and Mr was so satisfied (he certainly wished he ordered more!). Another of Mr's favourite is duck liver pate, and when he saw that on the menu, he could not resist it at all. Poor me, just watching him devoured the whole pate of his own and he was just smiling throughout.

Not missing out on ent…

Banh Mi Now

Banh Mi Now, Brisbane CBD

Banh mi, the 'Vietnamese subway' is my go to comfort food or snack especially when I am pregnant. Well, I just order those without the pate, to reduce risk of listeriosis. I have been to Banh Mi Now multiple times, even the Mr knows to take away some when he drops by in the city.
We usually order their Crackling Pork belly banh mi because they are so damn delicious!  I love the balance of their pickled carrots and radish, and sometimes think that is the best part in a banh mi. They give generous amount of the vegetables. Their crispy pork belly is flavourful and good as well. Overall a good combo in a fairly crusty baguette. Therefore, expect some crumbs on your clothes when you bite onto them! :)

My Street Food - Taste of Vietnam

My Street Food- Taste of Vietnam, Woolloongabba
When you search hard enough, you will eventually find the right place for a delicious banh mi and it is located at My Street Food. One day, after dropping off the Mr in the southside, I made my way there. Parking was horrible as I did not know there was onsite parking. My persistence for parking finally paid off and I am so glad that I came here.
As it was still early (mid morning), there weren't any customers yet but you can straightaway sense that they are going to be busy once the rush hour arrives. They were busy preparing fresh vietnamese spring rolls and one of the chef was busy grilling heaps of grilled pork/pork chop!

As it was more for 'morning tea', I ordered their M.S.F. lemongrass grilled pork banh mi($7.50) and immediately devoured them outside the shop. The grilled pork was flavourful and the overall banh mi was delicious. I did not save any for the Mr but bought some fresh spring rolls (the lemongrass pork) ($6.50…

Two Black Birds Cafe

Two Black Birds Cafe, Brisbane CBD
We chanced upon this cafe after Grace's swimming class back in early January when most cafes are still having their holiday. While Mr finds a parking spot, I ordered 'The Butcher's Block' for him, and a ham and cheese croissant for Grace.

I was interested in their Matcha Latte ($5.50) which is made of coconut milk with sprinkles of cinnamon. It is definitely not the usual matcha latte that I had previously, this one more chai based... and I thought it was okay. Certainly much prefer the usual matcha latte. 

The croissant came toasted and was quite good. Grace managed to have a few bites and we gave it a pass. The Butcher's block aka Big's Breakfast was generous. I like it that it came with house made baked beans and it was flavourful. The scrambled eggs were creamy and cooked to perfection. Overall, a very fulfilling meal.

They have other interesting dish on their menu that day, and this is one place that we most likely will retur…

Flour and Chocolate

Flour and Chocolate, Northgate
I was excited to know that Flour and Chocolate has opened another branch over in Northgate! Since moving over to the northside, I have not got the opportunity to return to the Morningside branch as it was relatively further away.
This time, their shop is way bigger and you do not need to worry about parking at all, as they have parking on site. It is also a cafe based, if you want to enjoy some drinks and pastries on site. That day, my aim was to try some goodies and bring them back home.

I initially wanted the ham and cheese croissant but one of the workers quickly took the last one away for the other customer. I think this can be tricky as they are serving multiple customers at the same time. In the end, I had their chocolate croissant which was good as well - the pastry flaky with generous amount of chocolate.

I got one of their mushroom and feta quiche and it was delicious. The pastry thin and flaky which is how I like it. Before I left, I bought their c…