Tuesday, October 20, 2009

[Brisbane] Freestyle Tout

Freestlye Tout
50/1000 Ann Street
Fortitude Valley, 4006

Brioche dumpling@Freestyle Tout
White Chocolate Raspberry Brioche Dumplings with liqueur raspberries, vanilla bean ice cream & your choice of white/dark chocolate dipping sauce

Brioche dumplings were a tad oily and a bit of sugar overkill. Just look at that thick sugar coating. I managed to pry some away and got my fingers oily in the process. An appetite turn-off moments with messy, sticky and oily fingers.

However, the filling was hot and tasty and oozed out when you bite into the dumplings. Princess loved them but left me even messier (possible??) and this time the fillings and sauce got onto my palms and then trickle down the arm. Worse when she requested MORE MORE MORE chocolate sauce! Walao!! Smoke coming out of me ears by now.

Orzzzzz, loys of bad words buzzing in the head. Calm, calm, amitaba. Gosh, while eating also need to chant %$@#. Si beh kanasiao.

White choco cheesecake@Freestyle Tout
Baked Cheesecake with white chocolate sauce & honeycomb semifreddo (gluten free option available)

Cheesecake has a good creamy texture but tasteless?!? Forgot to put sugar?

Not a big problem as the chocolate sauce is sticky and sweet and for you to dunk your cheesecake in. The pairing is good. I don't wanna say awesome. Later people suan me again, lu ho chia, wa bo ho chia.

Semifreddo was creamy and er ......... creamy =]. I don't wanna say again, later people say lu bo ho chia, wa ho chia, lu beh hiau chia.

All in all, a nice dessert cafe (not many of these around) to while away a free arvo.

After eaten these lovely desserts (哈,才怪), the tummy was full till the next day. 其實都不消化這次肯定撐死又肥死. 賠死($$$)氣死(wasted calories).

Both desserts are AUD14.90.
這可是間西人人氣店. Wa beh hiau chia lor.

[Brisbane] Sunnybank Oriental Restaurant

Sunnybank Oriental
Sunnybank Shopping Centre
68 Mains Rd
Sunnybank 4109 QLD

Braised chicken@Oriental
Claypot herbal and rice wine chicken

Sweet n sour fish@Oriental
Sweet and sour fish

Plus soup of the day, plate of vegetables (garlic/oyster sauce) and plain rice made up the set menu for two for AUD38.90.
The place was a bit quiet for a Sunday night, only 4 or 6 tables were occupied.
Princess was happy with her white rice alone. Go figure.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

[Brisbane] Nudo's on Mary

Nudo's on Mary
62 Mary St
City, 4000

Nudo's on Mary
Only al-fresco seatings available.

The place was deserted when we arrived, around 13 15 for lunch.

What, no crowd? The food must be so so, I thought to myself. The 'good food is where the crowd is' sensor is ON.

But I was super hungry and parking was tricky.

OK, let's give it a chance before my legs bring me over to Jackpot/the Korean place nearby.

The menu was short and looked very similar to your neighbourhood takeaway.

Disappointed, I couldn't make up my mind as to what to order.

Now the chefs has won a gold medal in some cookery contests and lauded with their innovative and tasty dish. Maybe there were only 3 contestants (hehe), no no, my bad, just joking.

Decided to stick to our all time favourite.

Fried kway teow@Nudo's
Char kway teow (stir fried broad rice noodles)

One taste and I was smiling. Decidedly a better version of all the Malaysian/Chinese restaurants (here in BrisVegas) I have been to, this one is full of wok hei (breathe of wok) and chock full of ingredients including seafood, chicken and lup cheong (chinese sausage). Seasoning was also to my palate, not too salty nor bland.

I rate it very high though I cook a mean fried kway teow too.

With high anticipation, my order came.

@_@, very big portion, as you can see from the photo, the salad covered the noodles!

Noodles with shredded chicken and jellyfish

This is perhaps the most interesting item on the menu. It is normally two separate dishes, tossed noodles and chicken & jellyfish & cucumber salad. It's a novelty to marry the two.

The noodles was done to my taste too, springy and just the right seasoning. The shredded chicken tender and moist (though it is chicken breast), I believe, the chicken rice will not be too bad too.

Only gripes, the jellyfish smell a bit and not too crunchy.

All in all, still a value for money dish.

I can recommend this too if you can stomach jellyfish.

While we were eating, the chef was cooking curry paste in the kitchen. The smell wafted to our noses and kind of whet the appetite. The paste smell delicious and I made a mental note to try the curry next time.

[Redcliffe] Morgans Seafood

Morgans Seafood
Bird Of Passage Parade
Scarborough boat Harbour, Redcliffe QLD 4020
(07)3203 4592

Morgan's Seafood @Redcliff
Morgans seafood market and takeaway

Inside Morgan's Seafood
Seafood counters

Morgan's Seafood chippy counter
Takeaway counter with selection of seafood

Sydney's Coffin Bay Oysters from Oysters Bar

Fisherman's Basket@Morgan's
Fisherman's basket/variety pack

Selection include pineapple fritters, calamari, surimi stick, vegetable springroll, fish bites and chips.

Fish and bug tail@Morgan's
Hake, bug tails and scallops (underneath the fish fillet)

The place was super busy on sunday and our order took around 45 minutes! The drive from Brisbane to Redcliffe, though not really far, took a little over an hour.

Outdoor seating was plentiful but a clean freak will probably, well, freak out. I scrubbed the tables and chairs with tissues doused with hand sanitizer. I almost fainted when the tissues turned BLACK instantly upon contact.

Not a pleasant experience for me, especially when the fish smell a bit and Princess refused to eat after one bite.

If you are hankering after some decent seafood alfresco style, I highly recommend you head to Mooloolaba. Though the chairs and tables (either at the deck above Mooloolaba fish market or those outside Fisheries on the Spit) looked tatty and old and scruffy but they are surprisingly clean. You might have guessed I did try wiping/scrubbing the tables and chairs before sitting down.

There are better ways to spend a lazy Sunday.