Flew over to Cuckoo Callay’s Summer Nest

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Hello foodie friends!!! :D :D :D

Some of you may or may not have noticed I haven’t been posting any of my food adventures on Nessy Eater Blog for the past month. I sincerely apologise. I’ve been receiving emails and been asked “Where is Nessy Eater?” or “When is Nessy Eater next posting?” Thank you for your concerns, we are gradually returning soon. Having Nessy Eater is almost as important as knowing my house keys are in my pocket, so FYI I won’t be leaving this blog anytime soon. Moving on I hope you brought your appetite along because this post has got a feast in store. Don’t panic if your belt has burst along the way, I’m sure somewhere down the road you’ll find it.

Man, it’s no secret that I lost the plot at Cuckoo Callay earlier this year and to be honest I lost the plot again, but this time a four legged creature had to join the party and witness my reaction as well. It is incredible this Modern Australian café in Newtown has gotten so much attention. Not because it is seconds away from Newtown Station, but their brunch menu has gotten people talking about it. Their trendy menu is proven to be unique for a lot of foodie friends, especially the #Hashtag Brown and with good reason Cuckoo Callay has decided to welcome the #Hashtag Browns 2.0.

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Cat fight started when the Salted Caramel Milkshake ($7) arrived looking super adorable in their coloured glass milk bottle. It was quickly demolished before our feast began. This salted caramel beverage will knock your socks off with a magical sweetness that is not overwhelming and it tastes indulgent with that subtle hint of saltiness.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (1)Salted Caramel Milkshake ($7) (Note: This is not the actual serving size.)

If you’re feeling a little bit cheeky during brunch hour, then Cuckoo Callay has got you covered with their cuckootails menu. The Bloody Cuckoo ($12) contains Vodka, tomato juice, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce and heavily garnished with slices of pickles, green olive and a strand of fresh celery. Now that girlfriend is how you kick start the day!

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (2)Bloody Cuckoo ($12)

Birdy Nom Nom (vegan) ($15) owned the stage when it arrived looking super healthy. Jam packed with coconut quinoa that looked like pearls of sago and date bircher, I think this is the simplest, yet most delicious and nutritious way to start the day. It’s also served with chunks of fresh mango and house made blood orange marmalade that totally looked like slices of red capsicum. The texture of this dish turns out light and chewy, however it leans towards a creamy like porridge consistency. The flavour of the coconut quinoa seduced me good…real good. It is a very super earthy dish for those who like it all natural.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (3)Birdy Nom Nom (vegan) ($15)

When I was a child, I remember fairy tales had happy endings and for Cinderella’s story if she didn’t leave the party before midnight, her carriage would turn back into a pumpkin. Well that’s just one side of the story, whereas Cuckoo Callay can argue Cinderella had to leave before midnight because she needed to prepare Cinderella’s Breakfast ($17) the next morning for Newtown commuters. Don’t expect the pumpkin to turn into a carriage as it will only be served as pumpkin fritters with house cured salmon, poached egg, house made basil pesto and fresh heirloom tomatoes. The fritter was bursting with intense flavours and alluring aromas of pumpkin scattered around Newtown station. You’ll lick your plate clean when you continue devouring the salmon and poached egg that had a sensational gooey texture. You won’t be able to resist not ordering this dish for summer because who isn’t a big fan of Cinderella? The only downfall about this dish is they didn’t offer a glass slipper…I really wanted to know if I was right for Prince Charming…Oh well! Maybe next time. Haha :P

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (4)Cinderella’s Breakfast ($17)

If you have ever looked at an egg and thought, “HOT DAAMN chook, that looks good,” you should know that you are not alone my friend.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (5)Cinderella’s egg porn

Cuckoo Callay also have an extensive menu for the pets and their most popular pick is the pupachino ($3) that contain goat’s milk. We asked Ziggi to test it out for us and his response “I Woof-ing love it!”.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (6)Woof Woof Pet’s Menu at Cuckoo Callay

There were a lot of puparazzi watching Ziggi express his love for his pupachino. It’s impawsible not to grin when you see this furpaw dig his face into his beverage.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (7)Ziggi enjoying his Pupachino ($3)

My little foodie wildling came out when the Bubbles that Squeak ($18) arrived at our table. The bubble and squeak pattie tastes very much like mashed potato. The outside is almost a lovely golden brown, maybe just a bit over the golden colour but I avoided judging a book by its cover because it turned out amazingly delicious. The smell made it even more desirable to eat with the inside being it all spaghetti cabbage. EHRMAGHERD!!! And if you thought that pattie was good in your books…wait till you try their duck sausage served with house made chilli chutney and a poached egg. It’s not a party until the sausage comes out. From the first bite you’d know the sausage uses premium ingredients as it had its own flavours. It felt like meat candy to me because I may have had a few more slices than others…

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (8)Bubbles that Squeak ($18)

It was nice to meat you Black Forest Smokehouse duck sausage. I hope to see you again soon so we can catchup with the poached egg. Yes, it’s another one of those Instagram worthy videos of egg porn.

I thought it was fun to see a butterfly presentation in the Speedy Gonzalez ($18) or perhaps I was imaging things. Back to planet Earth and this dish includes two breakfast burritos with sliced chorizo, turtle bean relish, fried eggs, marinated avocado and sour cream & chive dressing. Now if that’s too hot for you to handle then Ziggi is more than happy to help you demolish the entire dish.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (9)Speedy Gonzalez ($18)

Oh no! I maybe now facing a prison sentence for showing you too much egg porn. For now I better end this egg porn business here and at an appropriate time show you some more soon.

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What also grabbed Ziggi’s attention and mine was the pupples ($2) served in a pink sterling silver bowl. I think when someone mentioned to me about the pupples biscuit I may have raised my hand for one. Excuse me while I woof-it-out with Ziggi…

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (11)Pupples ($2)

Can confirm Ziggi enjoyed his treats and got table service too. Now that is showing commitment to pets and pet owners. I give an extra brown point to Cuckoo Callay for that!

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (12)What did Ziggi think about those pupples? He said “I WOOF it!” 

Mary Had a Little Lamb lends itself to parody very well with one of Cuckoo Callay’s lamb dish- Beeting the Sheep ($19). This Lebanese inspired dish has got full flavours of Lebanese spices. It’s the curiosity that makes me want to know more about Mary’s little lamb. This dish includes slow cooked lamb in pastry served with goat’s curd, toasted pine nuts, pickled beetroot, radish and snow-pea tendrils salad. Embrace the madness of this lamb because not only is it tender but it’s quite homey and comforting. With the added crispy paper thin pastry, I was thoroughly entertained by this dish. The curd, nuts, relish and salad fit so well together that this dish was flawless.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (13)Beeting the Sheep ($19)

Was this the Best.Chips.Ever ($9)? Errrrr….well….err…I thought otherwise. I think it was the Best.Presenation.Ever because each chippie was MASSIVE, like MASSIVE! To compare the length of those chips, I’d say it’s the size of a highlighter but longer. Please note: there’s nothing sexual about this. No sexual connotation was involved! Teehee. Besides the length, the chips turned out to be not as crunchy as I pictured in my head, however the flavours were there.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (14)Best.Chips.Ever ($9)

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (15)Look at the size of this thang?!

Laughter is the best medicine, so is the Dr Salmon ($19) if you have a salmon fetish. This dish really has become one of my all time favourite. It consists of citrus cured salmon, black quinoa, avocado, fennel, blood orange, French radish and snow-pea tendrils with a lime and ginger dressing. The salmon had a refreshing citrus flavour and a pleasing red colour. Not only is this dish healthy but extremely versatile for summer brunch.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (16)Dr Salmon ($19)

I want to see you again Mother Ducker ($22) because I didn’t think it was physically possible for me to eat the green lentils, shallots and shaved asparagus all in the one plate. You should have seen the look of my eyes when the plate had vanished from my table. I was also blown away by the savoury pulled duck and poached egg with chilli jam. I really wanted to eat the desired amount however it wouldn’t be lady like of me…maybe next time.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (17)Mother Ducker ($22)

Do you want to build a Snowman in Summer ($16)? If you desire salad for lunch then this won’t disappoint your tastebuds. Generously served with marinated Dutch carrot salad with blanched kale, avocado, toasted pepitas and lemon yogurt dressing.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (18)Snowman in Summer ($16) 

There’s nothing more refreshing than a glass of Homemade Lemonade ($5) on a warm day during summer.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (19)Homemade Lemonade ($5)

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (20)Quirky interior design at Cuckoo Callay

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (21)Could Ziggi be the next Dogue model? This little fellow is such a poser!

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (22)Espresso with milk ($3.50)

For those with a sweet tooth the Berets, Stars & Stripes ($15) is the perfect  finish to a meal. This brioche French toast includes maple bacon, peanut caramel, whipped ricotta, cornflakes and maple syrup. I believe this will be another Instagram worthy dish that must be shared. The brioche is quite a flaky, buttery crust that crumbles just as you bite into it. As for that juicy strip of maple meat, well it was BACON ME CRAZY, even after I left the cafe. Overall owners Ella and Ibby have got my attention once again. They’ve transformed ordinary breakfast and lunch to something that’s Alice and Wonderland for Nessy Eater Girl. It is truly a cafe you wouldn’t want to miss in Newtown.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (23)Berets, Stars & Stripes ($15)

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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Vapiano Sydney Spring Menu + Giveaway Competition

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With over 135 restaurants globally, Vapiano Australia is part of an acclaimed international casual dining restaurant covering Europe, Asia, USA and the Middle East. For Australia, Vapiano has spread across Gold Coast, Melboure, Brisbane and Sydney. To match the Aussie attitude, Vapiano’s fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs are sourced locally in each market. They pride themselves on fresh flavoursome food to match their cheekily fresh attitude. And if you didn’t know already, Vapiano makes new pasta and pizza dough every day in their see-through glass manifattura within the restaurant. Also their basil grow fresh at every table. Click here. Feeling hungry? Then I got good news for you readers! Keep reading for more details because Nessy Eater is running a COMPETITION to give you and a plus one a chance to dine at Vapiano Sydney.

Vapaino pulls in crowds during dinner with its freshly made pasta, but did you know for spring, they make their own pumpkin soup? I know winter months have passed, but the Classic Pumpkin Soup ($6.90) contains LOADS of different flavours. I’ll warn you now that this is not to be shared. The soup is a tad on the thick side, but boy it is smooth like a baby’s bottom. OKAY, that was a joke, but close enough! This soup has a deliciously sweet flavour that it is hard to say no to. It is generously topped with some large garlic croutonsbasil and sprinkles of parmesan that brightens up the soup.

Vapiano Spring Menu_Nessy Eater (C)Classic Pumpkin Soup ($6.90)

What’s next was the Pizza Porporano ($19.90) that features homemade tomato sauce and mozzarella base topped with premium Aussie air-dried salted beefrocket, shaved Parmesan and a drizzle of Truffle olive oil. It’s fascinating that this pizza has quite a tasty offering. The key to a really good pizza is, of course, the dough and I was impressed it was made fresh at Vapiano. The base was super light and thin, the edges were indeed crisp and that’s how any pizza lover would like their base. *Nudge nudge*

Made of prime beef meat, bresaola sure is considered an antique product for this pizza. The staff at Vapiano massages the meat first then baptise it with a lot of salt. Next they carefully spice it up so the flavours penetrate every fibre of the meat. Vapiano’s bresaola is naturally fermented and air-dried (or aged) for 10 weeks. During the drying process for this gorgeous piece of meat it loses 40% of its original weight! That’s so COOL! It makes losing weight sound so easy. LOL

Vapiano Spring Menu_Nessy Eater (D)Pizza Porporano ($19.90)

For all beer drinkers the Premium House Lager ($7) went smoothly with the rest of the meals. Named a winner at the 2014 Australia International Beer Awards, it makes sense why the blokes like it. It contains a remarkably refreshing flavour with a crisp bitter finish.

Vapiano Spring Menu_Nessy Eater (E)Premium House Lager ($7)

So apparently the Villa Maria Arneis ($46 Bottle) can be also interpreted as Arneis little rascal in Italy. It can be an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, as it has a light bite on the back of the throat.

Vapiano Spring Menu_Nessy Eater (F)Villa Maria Arneis ($46 Bottle)

To the mains and we’ve got Pasta Gamberi Con Rosso ($19.90), which is freaken made in house including the pasta made from scratch. You’ll love the rich flavor and firm texture of  prawnschillisemi-dried tomatoes and sun-dried tomato pesto. It’s a big, flavorful pasta that you can feel good about eating. Look closely at that pasta, it’s so squiggly!

Vapiano Spring Menu_Nessy Eater (G)Pasta Gamberi Con Rosso ($19.90)

Our final main we had Risotto Pollo Levanto ($19.90) that was fresh, generous, and prepared to perfection with awesome ingredients including chickenbaconred oniongarlic and chilli. It’s a true taste of risotto at its finest and brushed with parmesan and basil to enhance natural flavors. Do expect it to be creamy and filling.

Vapiano Spring Menu_Nessy Eater (H)Risotto Pollo Levanto ($19.90)

It was no big deal that everyone each received White Choc Cheesecake with Salted Caramel + Honeycomb ($5.90) to finish off the spring specials. NO BIG DEAL AT ALL! It was totes like a deconstructed layered cheesecake. You get creamy white chocolate cheesecake buried underneath a generous layer of gooey salted caramel sauce and topped with honeycomb crumbles. There was difficulty digging my way to find the pieces of cheesecake, so I recommend swirling it first, then you’re set to spoil yourself.

Vapiano Spring Menu_Nessy Eater (I)White Choc Cheesecake with Salted Caramel + Honeycomb ($5.90)

There we have it kids! Vapiano’s Spring Menu and is only available till the end of this month. Vapiano is great for casual dining for couples or even large groups. It’s worth the visit as their pizza dough and pasta are made fresh from scratch every day. Keep scrolling down for more details about Nessy Eater’s Vapiano Competition!

Vapiano Spring Menu_Nessy Eater (A)Vapiano’s gift pack with the giveaways!

Photos by Vanny Tang

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

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***VAPIANO GIVEAWAY TIME***

For my readers, I have “4 X Spring Menu Vouchers for two” and will give away to four lucky people. That’s right, FOUR LUCKY PEOPLE! The vouchers are valid before 31 October, 2014 at Vapiano Sydney only (No booking required). Best of luck to everyone who enters and make sure you like Nessy Eater’s Facebook page or follow her on Instagram (@nessyeater) (if you have not already) .

The voucher entitles the WINNER and their GUEST to:

A choice of Pizza Poporano; Pasta Gamberi con Rosso; Risotto Pollo Levanto, and Pumkin Soup (one each)

White choc cheesecake with salted caramel + honeycomb (one each)

How to enter: Easy! Just leave a comment about which favourite Italian dish you would want to try at Vapiano and why.

How to win: Nessy Eater will judge the four most delicious entries, so START COMMENTING :D

Announcing winner: Saturday 25 October, 2014 at 10pm. Winners will be contacted ASAP, so please make sure you respond within 24 hours.

****THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED, THANKS FOR ALL OF YOUR TASTY RESPONSES!****

CONGRATULATIONS TO ANDREW, JENNY, MISSEMZYY & TERRY

AZUMA- East meets West Dessert

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It’s fascinating how it’s that time of year again for GOOD FOOD MONTH. With over 100 food events happening throughout October, I honestly don’t know where to begin. With a series of cafes, bars and restaurants showcasing their own version of food celebration, it is vital to be the first to get those knifes and forks dirty. My first stop this year was AZUMA‘s “Let’s do Dessert. For ($20 per person) with the choice of AZUMA’s Special Blend Japanese Green Tea or glass of Yalumba FSW8B Botrytis Viogni, you’d be ready to start partying with a few harlem shake moves.

Azuma Sugar Hit 2014_Nessy Eater (1)AZUMA’s Dessert Bento Box ($20 per person)

I spent more time on the Umenoyado Fruit Sake Taste because it was ridiculously addictive with yuza. This shot of Japanese fruit wine came from Nara, Japan. I’ve been a great lover of all things fruity. Apart from the alcohol, this captivated me instantly at my first sip with the degree of citrus taste and sourness.

Azuma Sugar Hit 2014_Nessy Eater (2) Umenoyado Fruit Sake Taste 

Japanese Baumkuchen looked impressive with the different colours of layered cake and chestnut cream. I do believe this is the king of cakes for high tea as it provides a light, moist texture. The cream added an additional texture making it more desirable one bite after the other.

Azuma Sugar Hit 2014_Nessy Eater (3)Japanese Baumkuchen

Matcha Dark Chocolate are the candy green tea lovers have been waiting for. These indulgent two piece dark chocolate looked like they were generously rolled in matcha powder. It was hard to tell if it was chocolate when I first glanced at it. For my first observation I thought it was green tea marshmallows. Each square piece contains an incredible bittersweet and slightly bitter flavour.

Azuma Sugar Hit 2014_Nessy Eater (4)Matcha Dark Chocolate

I refused to keep playing these games with the Plum Sorbet as it contained full of the Japanese ume plum in sake syrup. The flavours and textures marry so harmonise well together and it was perfect in so many ways. This brightly flavoured fruit sorbet freshened a few food coma faces. The toothpick that marks its territory with a pitted plum intensified the flavours even more in a delightful way.

Azuma Sugar Hit 2014_Nessy Eater (5)  Plum Sorbet 

Mango Yokan was really decent, it wasn’t overly sweet to the point of intoxication, however you can sense some sugar rush going down your intestine. The pudding like texture was kinda firm and bouncy at the same time. This Japanese jellied dessert was made of mango puree and sugar. This dessert wasn’t a wow factor for me, but it was very satisfying in its own way.

Azuma Sugar Hit 2014_Nessy Eater (6) Mango Yokan

Look at the lovely face of the Chocolate Truffle Cake, though I liked the presentation but when I first tasted it, this made me cry because it was a little bit dry. Lucky for me, that pipped whipped cream atop and slice of fresh strawberry saved the day. Served at room temperature I honestly hoped they’d provide a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. Just saying! :D

My overall verdict for AZUMA’s East meets West Dessert is DO GO. I personally think this is so worth it. This bento box is so fun that it contains 6 dessert assortment and it comes with either green tea or dessert wine. The sweet things are always the best things!

Azuma Sugar Hit 2014_Nessy Eater (7) Chocolate Truffle Cake

Photos by Vanny Tang

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IPPUDO Central Park Opening- Japanese Ramen

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Just days ago, IPPUDO just opened its second restaurant in Sydney to the newest hotspot of Central Park. Super close to UTS university, I predict this restaurant will be flooded with kids, I mean, uni students. We know Japanese ramen offer different flavours and varieties in a bowl. The traditional basic broth is either pork, chicken, seafood or beef and then it is seasoned with your choice of soy sauce, miso or salt. A simple bowl of ramen with toppings such as yakibuta (roast pork) and ni-tamago (soy sauce flavored boild egg) are also what makes IPPUDO a popular taste for individuals.

Ippudo Central Park Opening_Nessy Eater (10) Keep a lookout for more IPPUDO photos. 

Ippudo Central Park Opening_Nessy Eater (1) IPPUDO has just opened in Central Park.

Ippudo Central Park Opening_Nessy Eater (12) IPPUDO loves their spoons, so why not decorate it on the walls. 

Besides ramen, IPPUDO offers their own version of Fish and Chips ($14)- Consisting of battered fish that is salmon fillet, chips and ni-tamago (soy sauce flavored boild egg). My salmon was no doubt fresh and heavily battered, but still maintaining its light crispiness. This is my very favourite way of eating salmon. The chips however didn’t break through for me because it was just a tad uncooked. It didn’t offer the chips feeling like I wanted. I was extremely impressed with how evenly the tempera flavoured egg was fried, and how effortless it looks. Can you believe it…the egg is still runny?!?

Ippudo Central Park Opening_Nessy Eater (2)IPPUDO Fish and Chips ($14)

Tempera fried egg turns out to be heavily delicious. IPPUDO keeps the tempera skin to be surprisingly light for something battered and deep fried. You may have to shake off a bit of calories after demolishing this dish.

Ippudo Central Park Opening_Nessy Eater (3) That egg yolk is insanely incredible. 

Ippudo Central Park Opening_Nessy Eater (11)Add some additional flavours to your ramen.

Seared Salmon Sushi ($13.00) consists of only two main ingredients but is still hands down incredible. Over a naked flame, you can notice seared markings on the salmon and it slightly intensifies the flavour of the fish. This bite-sized temari salmon sushi is also served with mentai mayo sauce and cube chunks of avocado.

Ippudo Central Park Opening_Nessy Eater (4)Seared Salmon Sushi ($13.00) 

Ippudo Central Park Opening_Nessy Eater (5)Don’t leave it to salmon else.

Those who have had Akamaru Special ($24.00) can guess that it is probably good for us. It’s a gut feeling. Well, not exactly in your gut, but close to that area. This bowl of ramen can impact upon more that what you’d expect. Apart from the obvious findings of simmered pork belly, flavoured black mushrooms, flavoured bamboo shoots and spring onions, you’ll also received additional toppings plus Akamaru with flavoured egg and roasted seaweed. In between ordering ramen, the staff at IPPUDO will ask you whether you’d like it “soft, medium or hard”. Know that it was a difficult choice to make minus the sexual thoughts. The bottom line appears to be that this gigantic bowl of Akamaru Special can be a great recommendation for those who have a starving stomach. The noodles have a great springy texture and intense flavour of its own. To continuously sip the soup is easy because it’s fairly obvious that IPPUDO’s secret recipe meant to be a fantasy with the miso paste and garlic oil . It’s quite savoury and is combined with a hint of cloudiness rather than creaminess.

Ippudo Central Park Opening_Nessy Eater (9)Akamaru Special ($24.00)

They key to enjoying the additional topping platter is having a bigger stomach size. Just make sure you don’t miss out on the flavoured egg, it’s another highlight for IPPUDO with that center yolk being so yellow and gooey.

Ippudo Central Park Opening_Nessy Eater (7)Specials comes with MEGA TOPPING PLATTER!

It was such a pleasure to have this steaming bowl of Miso Tonkotsu Special ($25) in front of me. You have to get your hands on their tonkotsu broth, it’s such a rich, smooth and well balanced soup. With the miso flavours it adds an interesting kick to this bowl. Got to love their pork slices as it was quite generous in size. The pork was very tasty and all basics in this bowl are just right with hidden scoops of corn and bamboo shoots. If you can’t find it, that’s ok…IPPUDO provides that topping platter with every ramen special.

Ippudo Central Park Opening_Nessy Eater (8)Miso Tonkotsu Special ($25)

My thoughts on IPPUDO’s ramen hasn’t changed at all in my previous post here. IPPUDO certainly knows how to maintain their friendly, informative customer service, even though Nessy Eater girl attended their soft opening. Unfortunately we missed out on their pork buns that day because the piggies knew how to run and they weren’t allowed to serve alcohol just yet. So hopefully my next visit I brush my fingers on that IPPUDO Pork Bun whilst sipping on a bottle of sake. *Fingers and toes crossed*

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This is how the internationally-acclaimed ramen brasserie IPPUDO makes their ramens. CHECK THE CLIP BELOW!

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater plus guest attended the IPPUDO Central Park Opening, thanks to Sana from SD Marketing.

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Cho Cho San – Japanese small things and raw things

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Friendship was born at Cho Cho San in Potts Point with another food blogger’s catch-up. There were a few pretty colour languages running through my head when I finally had the opportunity to sit with Michael from I’m Still Hungry and The Lady, Yvonne from Caramel Love and Shirley from The Hungry FoodTech. Usual guests always had to include Isaac from iFat, Irene from Irenes Getting Fat, Amy from Milkteaxx and Annie from The Random Foodie. At Cho Cho San expect Japanese cuisine with an interpretation of the Tokyo Izakaya. This newish joint is covered with black polka dots on a cream layout. Bar seatings are available or for larger groups you’re most likely be located to a rounder table.

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 Cho Cho San, are you ready for us Food Bloggers?!

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 As you enter Cho Cho San, make sure you turn left.

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 Sake shower bar

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Patiently waiting for the others :)

Thrilled to welcome Fried Eggplant Miso ($10) and normally I wouldn’t recommend eggplants to any one because it’s not my thing. But this has got to be the best vegetarian fried dish I’ve ever encountered. The outside coat is golden with a crisp texture and inside, imagine a gooey overflow of warm eggplant waiting for you. The flavours aren’t over yet, when it’s generously sprinkled with sesame seed, chopped spring onions with a small puddle of house made sauce buried underneath the delicious fried eggplant sticks.

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Fried Eggplant Miso ($10)

My chopsticks carried away when it first touched the Fried Chicken ($14) because of its juicy succulent chicken hidden inside the batter. There was a light satisfying crunch that is enough for you to the whole bowl away just so you could eat it alone. Just don’t forget that spicy creamy mayo sauce that involves a large portion of wasabi.

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Fried Chicken ($14)

When Nicholas Wong exited his kitchen and entered the plating/sushi area, you should have seen Irene’s face, it was gold! Her eyes enlarged and it was glowing. It was as if she won the lottery or something. LOL

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 Head Chef Nicholas Wong who preciously worked at Billy Kwong, Bodega and Ester.

You’re irresistible Hokkaido Scallops ($18) with corn and house-cured katsuobushi. For some, it wasn’t the most wanted dish on their list, so it’s my duty to eat on their behalf. Tee-hee NE WINNING! The Hokkaido was known for its huge, flavourful scallops. These plump raw scallops were extremely fresh with a tender, sweet and creamy texture. I loved the shaved katsuobushi because one bite combined with the mashed corn enhanced the natural flavours.

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Hokkaido Scallops, corn, house-cured katsuobushi ($18)

I just wanted you to know the Tuna ($22) combined with avocado puree and pickled eggplant was incredibly fresh. Massive chunks of cut tuna with sesame seed atop was my highlight in this dish. The smooth green puree matter so much to me tastebuds as well with soy based sauce to dress up.

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Tuna, avocado, pickled eggplant ($22)

MY INNER FREAK CAME OUT when the Beef Tataki ($18) arrived. Here’s the thing, looking at it, your stomach might not want it. But when the long super thin slice of beef touches your lip you’d be ready to pounce and get your claws out. Buried underneath the layers of melt in your mouth seared beef tataki was wild rice and ginger dressing. It was quite demanding, even for the foodies who don’t like raw beef. It was tender with the perfect balance of sweet and the beef was indeed good-quality.

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Beef Tataki, wild rice, ginger dressing ($18) 

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 Wild rice and ginger hidden underneath the beef tataki.

We were on shuffle mode and next for me was the Pentuna Ocean Trout ($20) with black pepper and wasabi – A simple dish with a rich sauce of soy sauce that is a perfect backdrop.

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 Pentuna Ocean Trout, black pepper, wasabi ($20)

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Head Chef Nicholas Wong impressed us with his skills.

Save your breathe for the Calamari ($16) with lime ponzu – These tentacles was successfully grilled or perhaps marinaded, who knows. It was perfection on a plate and I was hypnotised by the chewiness. You’d be distracted at the first bite with the hit of tanginess.

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 Calamari, lime ponzu ($16)

We had fun with the Udon noodles ($15) that contains small shreds of pork and chilli. I couldn’t keep up with the level of affection and attention that the other foodies felt. The udon showed its slippery side and it was insanely chewy. I was faced with the patch of whipped tofu that looked like mayo and that was mind-blowing.

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Udon noodles, pork, chilli ($15)

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 And the food porn begins! Photo Credit: I’m Still Hungry.

You’d be stressing if you couldn’t get your hands on King Crab Omelette ($28) with Japanese Curry. This omelette makes a delicious savoury trinity of noticeable pieces of king crab. Better treat yourself to the super crispy edges that can easily snap because it’s so light. The center is unbelievably fluffy with a nice gooey texture. There’s no denying the flavour of the curry, it was heavily included along with chopped shallots. This dish goes so well on its own or even maybe a bowl of plain rice. You MUST MUST MUST order this because you’d go crying out the door if you forgot.

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 King Crab Omelette, Japanese Curry ($28)

Silken Tofu in Tomato Dashi ($4 Each) was sharp on the tomato taste, although it knew how to mask itself. As for the silken tofu, I’d say it was a tad rough.

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 Silken Tofu in Tomato Dashi ($4 Each)

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You wouldn’t believe this contains tomatoes.

I was capable making love with the Miso Cod ($40) with the flower garden celery and ginger. This grilled cod itself knew how to entertain us with its flavours, although I wasn’t too sure were the ginger was in this dish.

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 Miso Cod, celery, ginger ($40)

I got my battle scars on my chopsticks after rescuing a piece of Soy glazed Angus beef ($36). It was a struggle to get my second piece. I now know I should never ask “does anyone want the last piece?” because someone always answers “yes”, especially when it’s a gang of foodie bloggers on the same table. The beef was bloody brilliant with a tender outcome. It was A+ for me!

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Soy glazed Angus beef ($36)

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The beef came with three types of sauce: Mustardwasabi and chilli powder.

Who would mind having another piece of the Tempura Pumpkin ($12)- It was not a  deceptively simple dish because each thick slice of pumpkin was coated in batter and deep fried. It tasted might good! Seriously a favourite thing to eat with a wonderful mixture of flavours and textures.

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The Cho Cho Snow ($10) was editable shaved ice that included apple custard. Quite flavoursome with that jelly texture magic happening.

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After all that, you’d think we’d say no to dessert, hell no. I couldn’t control it any longer because the feelings are to strong when I saw the Banana soft-serve cone ($7 each) with crushed peanut and swirls of caramel. Oh My God…this was freaken smooth and surprisingly not overwhelming sweet, although I really REALLY wanted the green tea, but I instantly forgot about it when this baby was in my hands. As for the waffle cone, I absolutely loved it! Smelt so good as if they were made to order.

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 Banana soft-serve cone, peanut, caramel ($7 each)

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Feeling BANANAS because of you!

It felt electric when I saw the Steamed Yuzu Pudding ($12) even when on top it included a scoop of sour cream. This innocently sweet dessert had a zingy flavour with a spongey texture hidden underneath the glazed sugar.

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 Steamed Yuzu Pudding ($12)

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Till next time food lovers <3 Photo Credit: I’m Still Hungry.

Overall, Cho Cho San had some incredible dishes, but it was a little bit pricey as well as the portion may seem petite for some. For a table of nine, we had no option but to order seconds for some dishes, so you’re better off going with a group of four. I was glad walking out with a full stomach because it costed roughly $55 per person and we didn’t order any beverages, not even sake. I am still keen to return and perhaps seat at the bar area, so if anyone is interested, let me know.

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 Cho Cho San’s entrance. 

 Photos by Vanny Tang

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