Korean Fried Chicken at Red Pepper

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So tell me dear readers…what is the best method to encourage one to exercise? For me, the only manner that’s worth exercising is my intestines at Strathfield Sports Club. Here at the club, magic finger licking starts with some Korean Fried Chicken at Red Pepper. You’d be keen to try this fry chicken joint as it offers over 10 different flavours.

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Explore the Spring Onion Chicken (Half $18) with satisfying fried crunchiness with nothing but a light drizzle of wasabi sauce and a small puddle hidden underneath the bed of chicken. There’s a generous amount of happiness floating around your tastebuds when the sauce touches your tastebuds and oh you won’t forget about that crispy satisfaction. Do you see a pile of green spring onion? Made me feel less guilty for eating this dish.

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 Spring Onion Chicken (Half $18) 

Soy Sauce Chicken (Half $17) is made for you if you simply just enjoy soy sauce on its own. This is the best KFC version for sticky delicate, crackly crust on the skin. It is marinated so well with a sugar snap of sweetness. The trick to make this perfect is having it all to yourself. Teehee.

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Soy Sauce Chicken (Half $17)

MmmmMmm do you want cheese with that? The Snow Cheese Chicken (Half $18) is grated and dusted with cheddar cheese power. Everything together was kind of not what we expected, however it was tasty though.

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 Snow Cheese Chicken (Half $18)

I have a thing for foods that have a hint of sweetness and you can bet the Sweet + Spicy Chicken (Half $18) was a winner in my eyes. HOT DAYUM! Each bite delights with rich spicy flavour and sprinkles of roasted garlic. It’s deliciously simple you wouldn’t want to miss this!

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Sweet + Spicy Chicken (Half $18)

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Are you liking this close-up shot? 

Who is counting calories when there’s the original Fried Chicken (Half $16) to think about? The hunt for the perfect golden battered fried chicken may be over…or not. A birdie told me that Gami is still number one. All I know is this delightful crispy chicken sure wasn’t at all oily. The beautiful deep fried coating tastes as great as it looks.

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Fried Chicken (Half $16) 

Give into temptation with the Spicy Chilli Chicken (Half $18) – It’s glazed in super spicy sauce and yes dear god your tongue will BURN! Warning: you may be in tears, so if you’re a guy, try to stay strong. Haha. These do look finger-lickin’ good, don’t cha think? I have discovered I do have a weakness for chicken and overtime been a fan for fried chicken. The sauce here at Red Pepper is delicious and you’ll find yourself demolishing the entire menu if you had a spare stomach. It’s worth the calories!

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Spicy Chilli Chicken (Half $18) 

Photos by Vanny Tang

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SoCal Sydney #Social Event, Neutral Bay

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For a Southern Californian-style restaurant, SoCal in Neutral Bay is the perfect spot to hang if you’re looking for a casual bar with a sunny rooftop that invites enjoyable nibbles and drink offerings that take inspiration from Mexico. The restaurant is in an unusual upstairs space in Neutral Bay, but the ambiance can’t help but make you want to relax. It was SoCal first ever Sydney #Social event for 20 food bloggers and it was an intimate sit-down dinner hosted by the fabulous Head Chef Zac Smart and Bar Manager Joe Worthington.

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Starting the night with some some Mexican.

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 Can you spot SoCal? A hidden bar restaurant.

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 Behind this door, there’s a party happening.

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 SoCal #Social Menu

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 I am liking this  bright wall look.

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 Well what do we have here? :D

On arrival classic margarita cocktails were being served and Corn chips with Pico De Gallo, Guacamole and Salsas ($12). It’s a fun starter to share with a group of food blogger friends. The margarita sure doesn’t disappoint and instantly reminded me of summer.

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 Classic Margarita

For our course 1, Crab and Sopressatta Tostadas was personally delivered by Head Chef Zac Smart. The crisp tostadas shells are layered with finely chopped jalapeño, crab meats, sundried tomatoes, red onion and grated zest of lime. It’s quite a supreme version of modern-day nachos and makes the perfect appetizer as it is served individually.

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 Corn chips with Pico De Gallo, Guacamole and Salsas ($12)

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 SoCal Head Chef Zac Smart

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 Crab and Sopressatta Tostadas 

Before we devour this delicious bite-size tostadas, Joe Worthington performs a ‘Super Amazing Mystery’ interactive cocktail experience at his mini mobile bar. The demonstration contained a lot of vibrant colours, particularly orange, so it wasn’t so hard to guess what the main ingredient in this cocktail contained.

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 Bar Manager Joe Worthington

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 Super Amazing Mystery’ demonstration

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 How adorable is this?

Look who do we have here…Chicken Sliders (4 for $20) – We’ve got our eye on these heavily marinated chicken breast with avocado and chorizo mini buns. Bursting with intense flavours and alluring aromas, I am sure you’d want to use your hands to touch this glazed brioche bun that’s evenly sprinkled with sesame seeds. All the ingredients combined together taste exceptionally good, making it so tender and juicy in your mouth.

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 Chicken Sliders (4 for $20) 

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 Tempting, isn’t it? 

To pair with the sliders, the Frisco Pisco that contains Chili infused Pisco, egg white, elderflower liqueur, lime, sugar and muddled cucumber is a funky favourite of mine.

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 Frisco Pisco

We move onto our course 3, Seared Salmon ($20) with broccolini, chili and coriander salsa verde. A very pleasant and healthy plate for a protein choice dish. Though the salmon was slightly more seared like heading towards being fully cooked, however the magic off course is the flavour and that took center stage. As for a bed of green broccolini it offers a lovely crunch and to add flavour the salsa was spot on with flavour. If you closely examine, paper thin slices of sweet potato chips made this main even delightful. This main dish matched with Dry Creek, Fume Blanc, Sonoma CA.

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 Seared Salmon ($20) 

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 Dry Creek, Fume Blanc 2009, Sonoma CA

There are plenty of share plates at SoCal and for course 4 -Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder ($22) with faro, freekeh, quinoa and kale, you’d be blown away on how utterly delicious this dish is. What makes the meat juicy and succulent is the cooking time. It seems like there are many steps to this dish as the quinoa has a long-lasting flavour and I may have snuck in seconds and possibly thirds. With a matched wine to go with was the Bliss Pinot Nior, Mendocino CA.

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 Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder ($22)

 

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 Bliss Pinot Nior 2010, Mendocino CA

For our final savoury main, course 5, we were served with Scotch Fillet ($24) with Chimmichurri. Kids, this fillet was seasoned and cooked to perfection for the medium rare fans. It was a sensational dish that kept please the meat lovers. You’ll savor every bite with matched wine with Dry Creek ‘Heritage’ Zinfandel, Sonoma CA. With a spread of chimmichuri, the texture complemented the beef so well. A slice of lemon is optional for those who like to enjoy that extra zesty kick to the dish.

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 Scotch Fillet ($24) 

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Dry Creek ‘Heritage’ Zinfandel, Sonoma CA

Mushroom salad works brilliantly well with the scotch fillet, lamb shoulder or even the seared salmon as it offers fresh mix green spinach salad, Mexican beans and a generous portion of wild flavours of mushrooms. It is so appropriate to have this salad on its own.

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 Mushroom salad

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 What a combination of scotch fillet and mushroom salad.

A joyful evening ends with Chocolate, Pistachio and tequila brownie with chipotle cream. You’ll feel some heat with this treat as the chipotle cream is spicy. The tequila brownie will knock your party socks off with the visible pistachio and it adds crunch. The texture of the brownie is soft and moist inside with an outside layer of crisp edges.

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 Tequila brownie

Party doesn’t end, unless you’ve been greeted with salted caramel expresso martini ($16)- A blend of  Ketel one, Galliano ristretto, salted caramel and expresso with honeycomb. It’s a cocktail that’s between salty and sweet. This fashionable cocktail is full of surprises with flavours that create a twist on the trendy treat. The crowd at SoCal is well dressed and ready to take on a drink or two. If you are California dreaming , then this restaurant is a winning hot spot with sandy vibe and feel. The chicken slider, scotch fillet and mushroom salad is a thumbs up for me. As for the salted caramel expresso martini, it’s a cocktail and dessert all in one!

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 Salted caramel expresso martini ($16)

Photos by Vanny Tang

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended as a guest to SoCal #Social Event thanks to Pendulum Communications. Opinions are however, Nessy Eater’s own.

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MINI POT Chatswood Soft Opening- Buffet Hot Pot Deal

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There’s not many places in Sydney where restaurants offer hot pot buffet and doesn’t break the wallet. This winter, MINI HOT POT has just opened up in the heart of Chatswood and it is just perfect timing to visit when Mother Nature is being so damn cold. Instead of standing next to a heater all night to keep myself warm my thoughts turned to ALL YOU CAN EAT HOT POT. The hot pot buffet prices for Monday to Thursday dinner, $26.88 per person or Friday to Sunday $28.88 per person. If you’re a keen bean and can’t wait for dinner then during lunch hour from Wednesday to Sunday $20.88 per person. There’s a fair bit of novelty, so keep in mind to only bring an empty stomach. Besides all you can eat, their buffet is 2 hours limit, so you don’t have to rush stuffing your face with a mixture of foods.

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Ready to take on the ALL YOU CAN EAT hot pot?

Just look how practical it is to have your own electronic stove. What’s even more cool and high-tech is there are 3 buttons for you to adjust the boiling levels (small, medium and large). I seriously wouldn’t mind having one of these at home. Teehee.

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 How hot is the electronic stove? They’re installed into the tables.

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Spacious seating at MINI POT Chatswood

The original chicken soup base comes with the buffet package, but if you wish to challenge your tastebuds or try other soup base flavours then it will cost extra, depending on what you order. The key to a successful pot of chicken soup is adding different ingredients and making sure the chicken is properly seasoned. The chicken gives the soup base its distinctive character. Here at MINI POT, the broth is the soul of the hot pot.

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 Original chicken soup base

Spicy beef soup was fragrant with spiciness but the chopped chili was horrifyingly hot and can only be wanted for the chili lovers. To compare its very own sister restaurant, CQL MINI POT spicy beef soup is better as it contains more herbal elements. Overall, this soup is perfect to order when Mother Nature wants to provide a crazy windy weather outside.

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 Spicy beef soup (additional $2)

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 A variety of fresh greens

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 Continue the veggie madness!

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 Not every day you get to see kelp and black fungus on the menu.

So like, how many frozen scrolls of thinly sliced lamb, beef or pork can you handle? I mean these cook ridiculously fast that you’d question if you ate some or not. It’s super easy to cook and goes so well with any sauce. It seems every single time I try to refill my plate, the meat section seems to never end.

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MEATASAURUS Vanny is here!!! (Lamb, Beef, Pork)

Are you ready to make your own sauce? If you don’t know where to begin, I think it’s vital to at least grab a small bowl of soy sauce. There is no secret to creating an awesome sauce as MINI POT provides friendly advice to create your own mixture. There’s so many sauces to choose from such as peanut butter, black bean, soy sauce, sesame, hoisin and many many more.

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 Create your own sauce at the sauce bar.

My plate was full and it’s so great you have the opportunity to try a bit of everything. Starting from left we have sliced lambfishclamsbean curdquail eggspork blood jelly, handmade noodles and mushroom.

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Round 1 tray

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 Quail eggs and clams are great for hot pot.

If you’re feeling thirsty, they have really traditional Asian drinks that I highly recommend giving a go. The Chinese prune drink ($4) is a very mysterious beverage in many restaurants. It’s not your ordinary prune juice as it provides a tangy flavour to it but it does contain a sweet after taste. For the Wang Lao Ji ($4), it’s one of the super popular drinks in mainland China. It’s a drink that you’ll love forever as it has a unique sweetness with just a mildly characteristic herbal taste.

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 Prune drink and Chinese traditional (Wang Lao Ji) drink ($4 each)

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 Got to pace yourself with buffet hot pot. 

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Must try the handmade noodles, so tasty.

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 Noodles are ready to eat.

Almost reaching halfway through to my hot pot, the owner of MINI POT, Simon greets us with dessert. A massive bowl of tofu pudding with red bean ($6.80) arrives at our table and it’s just so satisfying to see dessert was ready and waiting for me.

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A HUGE bowl of tofu pudding with red bean.

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 Rice cake at the hot food section

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 Spring onion pancakes are ready to eat.

Besides hot pot, noodles is on the menu. You’d be head over heels with the Dry Noodle with Minced Pork ($12.80) as the noodles was a perfect cradle for the porky sauce. This dish radiates with the vibrance of spring with the green bok choy and chopped spring onions. Oh boy it is filling when you’re having it with hot pot as well. Please note: the portion we ordered is not the exact one as we requested a smaller version.

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Dry Noodle with Minced Pork ($12.80)

It’s such a brilliant way to spice up boring tofu with noodles. So the Noodle with Tofu Pudding ($10.80) is remarkably delicious and it will leave you satisfied. It’s a triumph of textures and flavours and a touch of sweetness from the tofu. Please note: the portion we ordered is not the exact one as we requested a smaller version.

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 Noodle with Tofu Pudding ($10.80)

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The tofu pudding is  so silky and smooth.

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Feasting for close to 3 hours is FUN.

At first glance, herbal jelly for some people might scrunch up their nose to eat  this, but the taste is pretty unreal. With a mash up with fresh cut watermelon and bite-sized pieces of herbal jelly it is a great way to end a Chinese hot pot meal.

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AGAINSimon surprises us with a large bowl of fresh cut watermelon with herbal jelly.

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Table for one ? Sure, MINI POT can do that.

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 OH MY GOD! It’s…it’s dessert hour. (Excuse the facial expression) :D

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Don’t feel like hot pot? Then there’s plenty of seats for À la carte diners.

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 Outdoor and function seating is available at MINI POT.

The service at MINI POT in Chatswood is attentive and friendly. It’s so close to the station that if you’re belly is extremely full and you don’t feel like driving, then training it home is the safer option to go. For dinner, I think $26.88 per person on weekdays or $28.88 per person on weekends is pretty reasonable, so it won’t hurt your wallet too much. I’ve come across some hot pot places and they charge by the plate for the same kind of foods for $5 or more. Don’t forget this buffet package also includes hot food and desserts which is WIN.

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 Photos by Vanny Tang

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended with a guest thanks to MINI POT Chatswood.

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Ferry Nice to be at Papi Chulo

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Located right on the Manly Wharf, Papi Chulo will change the way you think about barbeque and meat. This place is not your usual American smokehouse as it intertwines with Brazilian and Latin American. Their menu is fantastic for the meat lovers and if you have any intention on ordering the entire menu, go ahead! However it’s best to bring at least seven foodie mates along, well at least we did. Ok, it felt right to organise another food blogger’s event with the opportunity to overlook Manly Wharf during the day.

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Finally made it to Papi Chulo’s in 30 minutes flat from Circular Quay wharf.

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Here at Papi Chulo the view is fabulous.

The only time you’ll notice me sitting in silence is when the Smoked wagyu brisket (300 gm) ($34) arrives. It’s too damn delicious and has abundant marbling that moistens the meat from the inside. Be sure to taste the natural smoked juices and yes you’ll know there is a difference. Reality is that their wagyu servings has limited availability for seven people but overall they were mighty good.

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Smoked wagyu brisket (300 gm) ($34)

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Just look at the brisket closely, it’s so hypnotising.

My eyes were also interested in the Smoked hot wings ($16) with comeback sauce. I must confess, I ate three out of nine. It was so hard to stop grabbing the entire bowl of mid-wings for myself because they were the most popular appetisers on the table. Let’s face it- the wings are crisped and create the perfect combination of smoked madness. It’s really wings that everyone will love.

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Smoked hot wings ($16) 

Curly fries ($9) tasted heavily on the tongue, but I personally liked it best when it’s bathed in the creamy spicy comeback sauce. They are somewhat twirly, if you dive your fingers into the basket and there’s so much fun when dunked into the sauce.

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Curly fries ($9)

Although I didn’t have the opportunity to try Irene’s Zalamero smoothie ($8) because well her blog name already says it all (Irene’s Getting Fat). I can already imagine this tropical shake to be constant with creamy coconut milk and fresh passionfruit and mango sorbet. To confirm, you’ll have to ask Irene. Haha!

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Zalamero smoothie ($8) 

Love a bit of pea-NUTS in your beverage? Then the El Mani ($8) will probably be the best nutty treat everyone will love. Sorry to the peeps who are allergic to peanuts, you’re really missing out with rich peanut butter that is super thick and creamy, finished with Pringle shaped chocolate chips containing nuts, off course.

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El Mani ($8)

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So awesome to witness what Papi Chulo was cooking.

We were all in desperate need for some more protein so we had to order their signature dish, Papi Chulo BBQ platter (serves 2-4) ($86) – I don’t think there is a marriage more perfect than the one that exists between half rack lamb ribs, 150gm each of sliced wagyu brisket, chopped spicy pork and sliced pork belly . Another glorious fact is that they serve it along with a bowl of colourful pickles and super soft bread. I must say it does look tremendous on the camera. They key to devouring this platter is that there is no key. You’ll be in a race amongst six foodies to fight for the caramelised tender pork belly, smoky barbecue lamb ribs, shredded pork that is well marinated and slices of more wagyu brisket. All the meat falls apart so easily and does create a perfect intense pit barbeque flavour. As for the bread rolls, I ate three. In all seriousness, their rolls are well made with that fluffiness texture. I can guarantee that they won’t last long once served to the table.

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Papi Chulo BBQ platter (serves 2-4) ($86)

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Colourful sides of vegetable pickles

We know the main attraction here is the barbecue meet, so I guess the “Sloppy Joe” ($18) wasn’t a star at our table. Containing pulled kurobuta porkpit beans, jalapeño, nacho cheese on two soft buns. You’ll  be loving this if they didn’t serve Papi Chulo BBQ platter.

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“Sloppy Joe” ($18) 

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What’s next Chef?

Arriving fashionably late, Amy from milkteaxx orders Papi Chulo burger ($18) With grain fed beef, baconAmerican cheese, tomato, lettuce, pickles and hugged by two honey- coloured soft buns. Seeing Amy’s hungry reaction, I think you’ll really enjoyed it.

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Papi Chulo burger ($18) 

I don’t think the #FoodiesatManly were going to just leave without ordering the entire dessert menu. Look who we have here, Banana Split ($14) with fresh split banana, chocolate fudge, peanut praline, banana ice cream, peanut butter ice cream, and cherry jam, whipped cream and glace cherry. A bit too ordinary, but we managed to finish it. I was expecting something extreme, for example maybe 100s of 1000s? Or maybe dressing it up with almond flakes and light sparkles? Yeah, I know…a bit extreme :P

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Banana Split ($14) 

There is something special about the Warm chocolate chip cookie ($14). I don’t know if it’s the scoop of vanilla malt ice-cream or the drizzling butterscotch sauce or maybe it’s the crumply macadamia brittle. But this famous classic American cookie is warm and chewy and goes so well with a glass of cold milk.

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Warm chocolate chip cookie ($14)

I thoroughly enjoyed the Pear and rhubarb cobbler ($14) with ginger crumble, crème anglaise, orange and ginger ice-cream. Can you smell the smallish chunks of fresh pear and rhubarb? It certainly had my attention with the perfect combination of flavours. The ginger crumble and ginger ice-cream kept multiplying with its own textures.

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Pear and rhubarb cobbler ($14)

Papi Chulo is a great place to relax and enjoy the lovely bright casual atmosphere. It’s not hard to see why this restaurant is obscenely popular. Hospitality here makes it more welcoming place for everyone. I highly recommend you to catch the Sydney Ferries at Circular Quay because it’s difficult getting to Manly by car if you are not familiar with the area. As a bonus, you get to see the amazing Harbour Bridge and water views.

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Catch the Sydney Ferries to visit Papi Chulo.

Photos by Vanny Tang

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Devon by Night: Modern PersuASIAN Pre-Launch Tasting

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Already known for its gourmet breakfast including their signatures ‘Breakfast with the Sakumas’, ‘Devon’s Ultimate Toastie’ and the ‘Little Lost Bread’. The incredibly popular Devon Café is now open for dinner. SAY WHAAAAT? Devon does dinner now? It’s called ‘Devon by Night’ and it starts today. Since opening in 2013, Devon Café has pretty much warmed many existing to new foodie souls and devotees cannot Instagram enough snapshots to show their appreciation. You can find some incriminating evidence on my Instagram account here, where I record 63’ egg porn. I bet you didn’t think I’d record porn did you? EGG PORN, I mean. Teehee.

The story of Zachary Tan started at the age of 21, where he initially pursued studies in pharmacy, but soon focused his interest in learning French cuisines meant he quickly commenced training at Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney. Feeling home away from home, Zach focuses each dish on his home town of Penang and the famous Hawker Street Food with a touch of French. In keeping with the café’s influence of Asian cuisines, and a mash-up with French techniques, head chef Zach Tan (who’s a former chef at Bistro Guillaume, Guillaume at Bennelong and Pier) will expand his trademark style and draw influences from Peninsular Malaysia with some Japanese charcoal barbecue features too. I can tell you the menu is ridiculously fun with exciting and creative categories like snacks, solo, larger plates and more. There’s a range of Asian and local beers and wines for the keen foodies who may have a thirsty sweet tooth. We’re offered top-ups of drinks and I’m most excited that it compliments the spiciness and robust flavours of each dish.

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Devon by Night menu

Wahhhhh the prices for ‘Devon by Night’ will remain pretty reasonable, with its fine-dining approach to casual café food. Foodie fans are able to dine for around $30-$45 per head, depending on your stomach’s desire. For the indecisive foodies, just order everything! I think my Instagram pics last night was enough to arouse your appetites, so enough chit chat and let me start with snacks and we have two bamboo cups filled with Roasted peanuts ($3) with Indian-flavoured fried noodles that look like short toothpick sticks and Kacang kuda ($3) – That’s spiced crispy chickpeas. It seems like the table were more fascinated over the chickpeas because I don’t think any food blogger has ever tried CRISPY CHICKPEAS before.

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Roasted peanuts and Kacang kuda ($3 each)

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Look how crispy the chickpeas are.

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Maybe have a glass of Baby Doll Pinot Nior ($9) to go with the snacks?

You’ll notice as you read on, majority of these dishes are made to share, so if you have intention on being greedy, surrender now and no one gets hurt. The Yellowfin tuna sashimi ($16) arrives with six chunky slices of tuna resting on tomato jelly, avocado droplets and sprinkles of chives to decorate. Strange idea that the crystal clear tomato jelly actually works well with the tuna, the effect is deeply aromatic.

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Yellowfin tuna sashimi ($16)

There is plenty of earthy green colours in the “Prawn and scallop wontons” ($16) served with a generous portion of crispy wonton slices. The peanuts offer a crunchwhen paired with the scallop and prawn ceviche, green mango, peanuts and nahm jim. Each bite provides a refreshing comfort. This little tapas-sized package does require hands on. It was fun watching other guests try not to make a mess.

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“Prawn and scallop wontons” ($16)

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Pretty delicious

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Look how crisp the wonton sheet is.

Just begging to be Instagrammed is the Lobster Roll ($15) – A food lover’s dream come true to try this roll before Devon by Night opens tonight.  A unique flavour experience with house-made brioche roll, inside slices of perfectly cooked lobster, topped with baby radish, tatsoi and a drizzle of kewpie. The buttery bun is heavenly delicious, but it was be the smell and taste of the lobster that was intoxicating. It’s easier to eat as all the finest ingredients are glued onto the bun with kewpie mayonnaise. I don’t think anyone was going to leave any traces or evidence of eating this roll. You’ll have to taste this baby to believe it!

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Come to Mama Lobster Roll ($15) – What you see is probably half a kilo of lobster.

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 Behind the scenes and I snapshot Philip from Philsosophyy.

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 Being a food blogger is hard work.

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Baby you’re so fine!

An interesting take on was the Chargrilled corn ($5 each) with coffee miso butter- This sweet and soft baby corn is something I didn’t expect. Flavours of the miso butter impart a rich texture and combined together with coffee powder creates a new palate.

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Chargrilled corn ($5 each) 

There’s a new Korean style fried chicken in town and it’s called KJI fried chicken ($15- 6 pc). Here, these chicken wings are firstly dusted in flour and then bathed in hot oil until golden and arrive to our table crisp. There’s plenty of room to smother these bad boys with go chujang and peanut sauce.

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KJI fried chicken ($15)

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That wing!

Chargrilled Jumbo prawns ($29) is an impressive dish. The prawns are no doubt jumbo and juicy and with Penang Hokkien mee flavours add a bit of spice and tanginess that stands out.

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Chargrilled Jumbo prawns ($29)

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Another glass won’t harm me. It’s Juniper Cabernet Merlot 2011 ($12)

The concept of Mum’s Chinese egg custard ($28) is very new and exciting to me, despite my cravings for it now as I type this. You’ll notice shitaki mushrooms, black fungus, yellow needle flower, goji berries and since it is winter there’s fresh shaved WA truffle. Aside there is Chinese deep fried bread sticks that provides a crispy crunch. This dish has the potential to become a wintertime staple at Devon. The slices of truffle perfumes the dish. As for the custard, it’s silky, soft and sweet. Each bite more delicious than the last.

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 Mum’s Chinese egg custard ($28) is Devon-nately delicious.

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Do you have a few thousand dollars to spare for WA truffle?

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Spotted Irene from Irene’s Getting Fat.

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Zach is so generous with the truffles.

Here’s a trend that is worth witnessing is the Aunty Tulia’s beef short ribs, tomato & basil relish ($28). You won’t see me denying the importance of devouring the beef ribs. The beef is indeed tender and flavoursome. It does not require a knife as the meat slowly peels off if you’re using a fork.

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 Aunty Tulia’s beef short ribs, tomato & basil relish

Now, what’s inside the foil you ask? I’s Cultivated Mushroom parcels ($10) – There’s plenty of Asian mushrooms that is prepared with soy sauce, a slice of lemon zest and butter. A vegetable treat guaranteed to make any food lover drool.

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Cultivated Mushroom parcels ($10)

For dessert, intense flavours of the Tamarind chilli popsicles ($5 each) was immediately obvious. A mix of sweet and sour makes this popsicle unique. For some guests, it turned out to be not the perfect treat. I personally enjoyed the spicy kick and oddly this dessert reminded me of a Chinese plum candy (Li hing mui). It had a strong distinctive flavour with a little tanginess. I think my childhood memories are coming back, thanks toDevon Café.

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 Tamarind chilli popsicles ($5 each)

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Childhood memories, thanks to head chef  Zach.

Along with owners Derek and Noni Puah, Zach and his team hope to provide a sophisticated twist to each dish, making Devon the go-to for a thrilling exciting evening. Devon by Night runs during Thursday to Saturday 6pm-10pm.

 You can also read my brunch at Devon here.

Photos by Vanny Tang

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended as a guest thanks to Wasamedia. Opinions are however, Nessy Eater’s own.

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