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Gypsy Dining Experience at The Emporium |Parramatta

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This year Parramatta has transformed typical quiet urban spaces into a magical vibrant world of colours, sounds and tastes. The Emporium is one of many restaurants that invite people to experience unique nightlife and for food lovers enjoy everything from European inspired delicacies to Middle Eastern flavours. The vibe is rustic style eatery and has a classy edge – draped in greenery and filled with natural light. With three separate dining areas including two alfresco spaces, a coffee roaster and a bakery, this place caters for all guests.

The Emporium_Nessy Eater (1)This is what I call enchanting courtyard party at The Emporium.

The Emporium_Nessy Eater (2)You’ll notice handmade furniture imported from Venice.

The Emporium_Nessy Eater (3)People of Parramatta you better strap yourselves in to get a glimpse of the Mediterranean Feel.

The Emporium_Nessy Eater (4)Born in Italy, raised in Australia, the Purezza sparkling water

To start we had albacore tuna tartare with miso, corn and a generous spread of avocado with squid ink puffed rice paired with St Clair Gruner Veltliner 2012, Marlborough NZ. To satisfy the omega 3 lovers this may have been ridiculously addictive, we just kept dunking the puffed rice into that gloriously fragrant smell of corn and miso. I took great delight in seeing who could grab the biggest piece of tuna. Teehee.

The Emporium_Nessy Eater (5)Albacore Tuna Tartare

General manager Dominic Borel (ex-Gazebo and the Local Taphouse) shares his tales of how he was contacted by the owners John and Sam Ayoub, who are also behind the successful chain The Coffee Emporium.

The Emporium_Nessy Eater (6)Domonic Borel

Next we have waygu beef tartare that’s finely plated with kohl rabi, eggplant, black garlic, salt and vinegar tapioca puffs paired with Soumah Savarro Savagnin 2014, Yarra Valley Vic. To add that extra texture egg yolk puree was in the house. This was a pretty entree and had a perfect rare centre. The egg yolk had me swiping the plate clean of that precious liquid puree. What surprised most guests was the droplets of black garlic that seemed to twist a lot of people’s taste buds.

The Emporium_Nessy Eater (7)Waygu Beef Tartare

The Emporium_Nessy Eater (8)Stunning Italian-villa inspired garden.

How could I resist Petuna ocean trout with a healthier option that includes thin slices of fennel, radish, apple and raspberry matched with a glass of Chateau Riotor Cote du Provence Rose, Provence FR. It is clear the highlight of this dish was the splash of pink salad. Yeah I don’t know how that happened on the one plate but I’m sure I enjoyed this. This has got to be the perfect spring colour dish. The trout was reasonably cooked and the salad married so well with the flavours. I loved the crunchy bits of the fennel and apple. It made this plate more exciting!

The Emporium_Nessy Eater (9)Petuna Ocean Trout

On a heavier side we were served with pork hock that was slow cooked for hours and HOURS in secret master stock and matched with a glass of Jed Malbec 2013, Mendoza ARG. The pork was juicy enough that it didn’t really need anything else.

The Emporium_Nessy Eater (10)Pork Hock

That GLORIOUS side view of the pork hock had my heart skip a beat. My god how GOOD was the skin?! That fat could quietly kill me. The hock was so satisfying with the candied chilli and green paw paw salad but me thinks it was missing something. Coming from an Asian background I felt like I needed to order a bowl of plain white rice. Perhaps it was the salad taste that got me wanting rice. It was evident that I enjoyed this dish because I scraped the plate clean.

The Emporium_Nessy Eater (11)There’s a hulk in my pork.

The menu, in the hands of Head Chef Robert Cannon (ex-Pony Lounge & Dining) is contemporary Australian with a Mediterranean taste. Trained in the UK mastering classic English dishes, Rob brings a wealth of experience and skills to The Emporium.

The Emporium_Nessy Eater (12)Rob Cannon 

In addition to the mouth-watering savoury menu, The Emporium has a range of cheeses to get you into the mood for the cheesy side of you. The delice de cremier had a rich, indulgent triple cream cow’s milk texutre with a soft, sweet and buttery flavour. To accompaniment there was quince paste, dried sultans, granny apple slices and gourmet wafers. The refreshing and clean taste of Walnut Block Pinot Noir 2010, Marlborough NZ was epic.

The Emporium_Nessy Eater (13)Delice De Cremier

Dessert time and we had chocolate cremeaux paired with a lovely glass of Piggs Peake Suckling Pig Sticky Shiraz 2014, Hunter Valley NSW. We were SUPER cheerful to see this sweet treat however none of us wanted to share. I believe I fell in love with the honeycomb ice cream or maybe it was the chocolate soildulce de leche and espresso gel. Every spoonful I ate had a much more intense flavour and that espresso aroma was intoxicating in a good way.

The Emporium_Nessy Eater (14)Chocolate Cremeaux

The Emporium_Nessy Eater (15)Front Entrance of The Emporium

The Emporium_Nessy Eater (16)Parramatta’s European inspired restaurant.

The Emporium is the perfect addition to Parramatta’s thriving food and cultural scene and might I add it’s a must-visit food destination with an enchanting courtyard party full of gypsy swing tunes, sights and scents of thriving romance! The menu is designed to be shared amongst friends so you better bring your angel side along.

In other news The Emporium will be celebrating Melbourne Cup in style on Tuesday 3rd November with surprise guests, best dressed awards, sweeps, screens, hats, heels and many more. Spoil yourself with canapes and champagne in Erby Place for $50 per head or champagne and sit down lunch in The Emporium and garden courtyard for $75 per head.

The Emporium_Nessy Eater (18)Now that is what I call food styling.

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended Gypsy Dining Experience at The Emporium, thanks to Stellar.

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Munching on Meat District Co. at King Street Wharf

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With summer fast approaching the kings of Meat District Co. owner Garry Simonian and his brother Coco has made people screaming for RIBS, BURGERS AND COCKTAILS at King Street Wharf. This two storey restaurant with water views, a room that displays cured meats and outdoor seating is the venue for everyone to dine at. It’s an ideal spot for those who like to celebrate TGIF and feed those who have a love affair with meat. Garry who also operates the Sydney-based Platinum Restaurant Group has plans to schedule another Meat District Co. in the Western suburbs of Sydney-Parramatta in 2015. When I first walked into Meat District Co., my eyes was already captivated by the industrial design and downstairs the open kitchen. Also not to mention that spectacular view of Sydney’s harbour whilst sipping on a cocktail or eating is breathtaking.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (1)There’s a bar area at Meat District Co. 

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (2)Spacious seating at Meat District Co. 

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (3)At last a see-through charcuterie room!

We started to check out MDC’s bar which promises to deliver an ever changing molecular cocktail special. This cocktail will not be wasted as it is the kind of addiction you’ll be pleased to have in Sydney. It’s certainly unique for Nessy Eater girl and never have we come across this type of cocktail before. A spectacular start for the party season!

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (4)In the process of making molecular gastronomy cocktails

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (5)There’s a lot of steps to making molecular gastronomy cocktails

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (6)Mixologist Mirko Cacciola plating these cocktails up!

Disguised as delicate pearls the molecular cocktails ($M.P) will blow you away by their refreshing foams and be amazed by their edible spheres. This epic art of cocktail is inspired by the art of molecular science and has extremely taken to new heights of an ordinary cocktail in a glass. These spoonful of alcohol knows how to play innocent especially when they remind me of a particular method of remedy. Haha.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (7)These molecular gastronomy cocktails are dangerously addictive.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (8)Ready to feast your eyes?!

So it turns out actor Firass Dirani from Underbelly: The Golden Mile decided to join us for lunch at MDC. Hey I’m not complaining, it’s just I was so shocked a celebrity was centimeters away from me. You really can’t forget a person’s face, especially if you’ve repeatedly watched The Golden Mile three times on a television set and almost remember every scene his played in. Too my disappointed I didn’t get a selfie with him because I was too embarrassed to admit I loved watching him in Underbelly.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (8B)Is that Firass Dirani from Underbelly: The Golden Mile joining our table?

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (9)A glass of Catching Thieves Semillion Sauvignon Blanc

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (10)Happy waitress at Meat District Co.

Grilling makes almost everything taste better, however the grilled artichoke ($7.50) wasn’t our thing. We had a bit of difficulty on chewing the layers of artichoke. I felt like my jaws was in the same motion of a camel chewing plants. Besides the texture I certainly enjoyed the fantastic open flamed flavour and saltiness from the sprinkles of sea salt and if you zoom in a bit closer with your eyes the gribiche sauce together is simply divine.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (11)Grilled Artichoke ($7.50)

Hot days call for juicy grilled watermelon salad ($8.50) paired with fresh flavours of goat cheesesumac and dusted off with hazelnut. These pizza slices of watermelon are great for more than just a quick toss on the barbie. Their texture changes and simply screams summer sweetness, making it a great starter for pretty much any backyard affair. This is one unique and fabulous elegant twist to a summer salad.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (12)Grilled Watermelon Salad ($8.50)

Unexpected and a real summertime crowd-pleaser is the beet salad ($9.50)– This may be the new salad to eat this summer as it provides a roasting fruit caramel flavour. I was impressed by the intensely flavoured thinly sliced roasted apples as well as the goat curdradishwatercrest and walnut pesto. Whoever thought of roasted apples in a salad is a GENIUS. I was looking at this dish as if it was whipped cream on jello if you know what I mean. Hehehe *Wink Wink*

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (13)Beet Salad ($9.50)

I suggest you should make your body useful to the cured meat platter ($34 for 4 people)– The pungent smell of the generous selection of premium cured meatsolives and a smudge of creamy Greek skordalia is a stunner on a large wooden board. This plate knew how to lure me in so that my eyes, and inevitably my belly can feast on the slices of salty treats and be accompanied by the sweetness of fresh red grapes . It’s hands-down that I believe every table should have one! I was guilty of almost eating this entire board alone.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (14)Cured Meat Platter ($34)

This charcuterie plate is a great trick to have up your sleeve MDC! It was a delicious way to start a meal and one of the great things about this board is it comes with triangle shaped olive bread, lavosh and grisini.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (15)Now that’s a good selection of premium cold cuts.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (16A)Love the printed designs on the walls! 

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (16B)What a view whilst eating at Meat District Co.!

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (18)Don’t get chopped by this butcher knife shaped menu.

When Meat District Co. is so close to the water in Sydney, it’s essential to have a colourful display of cocktails/mocktails menu for the ladies. The chill out charm mocktail ($10) looked like a rockstar that attempted one lady on our table to order. With fresh and fruity mix of orange juice, strawberry purée, fresh lime and mango purée it makes sense why one would order this. Served on a tall glass and garnished with fresh slices of strawberries and orange it’s a real classic mocktail treat.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (18B)Chill Out Charm mocktail ($10)

After a full day of slicing fruits on “Fruit Ninja” I get hit by fruit ninja combo cocktail ($10)–  This absolutely delicious refreshing fruity drink is perfect to serve those who are addicted to slicing fruits on their iPhones, but must be over 18+ to get a taste of this. Sweet with subtle fruity hints of mixed Passoa and Malibu strengthened up with Smirnoff Vodka, finished with pineapple juice, passionfruit and dash of raspberry cordial it’s no wonder this gets people shaking their hips.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (18C)Fruit Ninja Combo cocktail ($10)

The crispy battered onion rings w. truffle aioli ($7.50) was driving me mental as the batter puffed up around the sliced onion ring was so well made that they are the most scrumptous things to eat. I couldn’t resist crunching on one ring as they were very crispy and didn’t show evidence of being too oily. They certainly were well seasoned and the outside layer was divine! And about that truffle aioli it enhanced the flavours a lot with the added garlic flavour.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (19)Crispy Battered Onion Rings w. Truffle Aioli ($7.50)

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (20)Cause if you liked it, then you should put a ring on it!”

By now I was high on eating a lot of starter dishes and the sweet summer corn ($7.50) was added to that list too. It’s crazy how this corn can be dressed with chilli flakes, lime juice and truffle parmesan. You can really enjoy this tasty juicy corn alone but I do encourage you to share at least one chopped slice because the melted cheese is quite filling.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (21)Sweet Summer Corn ($7.50)

Now if you ladies are going to leave the boys at home then I highly recommend ordering the brie burger ($14). The surprise knockout about this burger is the MDC beef patty with double cream brie, cranberry sauce, radish, rocket and horseradish mayo. The burger hits the spot of every ingredient and you must test the firmness of the bun. The added brie and cranberries does do a lovely combination of flavours and textures and you can easily be obsessed with this burger one the first go.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (22)Brie Burger ($14)

I tried getting the 250g sirloin ($29) some alone time with me as it was crazy smokey that got me a little insane, but totes had fun eating it. This steak did not disappoint and I must confess it was beyond what I imagined. It almost headed to the direction of being wagyu in texture, but just missed it by a bit. It was slightly on the chewy side, but easily managed to melt after a few rounds of working my jaws. Served with red wine gravy I seriously think you are better off having this steak on its own so that you are able to concentrate those smokey flavours.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (23)250g Sirloin ($29)

This may be the biggest hunk of steak I have ever tastiest for while and the smell of smokey meat had the table sniffing the air and continually drooling whilst I cut the steak into thick slices.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (24)That medium rare smokey steak

My last name must be Robbins because the lamb hook ($31) rocked my world when it arrived at our table. I was so upset I didn’t order this signature meat on a skewer dish, but was lucky enough to see it to believe it was on a hook. I may of snuck my fork to grab a few pieces of lamb when the person who ordered it wasn’t looking. This is absolutely a winner dish, especially when the lamb was well marinated and insanely tasty with that smoky sweet flavour explosion and yeah it was juicy alright. Meat District Co. should be proud of introducing this unique dish, it will seriously get you hooked! This lamb was just the right amount for one person as it also comes with fries or a side garden salad.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (25)Lamb Hook ($31)

Pretty impressed how fast this lamb hook arrives at our table considering the flavours are so in depth. It’s like the sauce was glued to the lamb for years! I’ll definitely be back for you little lamb.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (26)Hooked on a feeling…Teehehe

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (27)There’s two levels at Meat District Co.

Oh my! Super popular meal of the day was desserts and what do we have here…something healthy for the BIG kids was the fruit platter that includes white chocolate ice-cream, blood orange sorbet and banana gelato with freshly cut rockmelonorange and handful of grapes.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (28)Fruit Platter

Moving on and we were covered with caramel tart that contains MDC’s caramel filling, salted caramel popcorn, crushed peanuts and banana gelato. This precious tart was a tad too sweet and my attempt to demolish it well…I failed you my readers. I’m sorry, but after eating half the tart I wasn’t too keen to continue as it made my tastebuds feel more dehydrated. I did end up finishing the entire scoop of the banana gelato as it tasted hectic.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (29)Caramel Tart

I’m not a couples counsellor but I seemed very happy to be with the cookie & cream cheesecake as it had white chocolate ganache, chocolate soil and white chocolate gelato. The cheesecake sits in my HAVE TO EAT AGAIN category as it was just perfect. It wasn’t at all overly sweet and I gamely continued to eat this whole slice of cake till my very last spoonful even though my food baby bump was showing.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (30)Cookie & Cream Cheesecake

Let’s face it, when you’re at a pretty restaurant and welcoming ambiance, you’re probably thinking “Jeez my wallet is going to be sore today” or “The food wasn’t that great…for that price“, well not at Meat District Co.. This restaurant knows how to satisfy Sydney’s hungry stomachs at a really REASONABLE AND AFFORDABLE PRICE and still manage to serve high quality food. You’d have nightmares if you haven’t visited this place and compare other restaurants that serve up similar burgers and ribs. Trust me you will NOT REGRET visiting Meat District Co.! I promise you’d be MIND BLOWN by their cheap cocktails<$10 starters, their epic sirloin AND their effing burgers. I’ll definitely be needing a V.I.P card from Meat District Co. because this place is now listed as Nessy Eater’s chillaxed regular hang outs.

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended Meat District Co. launch (opportunity provided by Polkadot PR). Opinions are however, Nessy Eater’s own.

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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Chefs Gallery (Metcentre) Opening- A Noodle Show

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There are a lot of areas around Metcentre in Wynyard Station that is packed full with food joints. One in particular that is new and intimate is Chefs Gallery Jamison Street. To demonstrate noodle making action, patrons can witness through a glassed in kitchen. Their signature noodle show takes centre stage as balls of flour dough are quickly kneaded in a haze of hand movements, then stretched into twisted plaits. To finish, the Master Noodle Chef, Chef Panda transform the delicate noodles into a lengthy unbroken noodle skipping rope, then into silken strands. It looks super easy and effortless but it does take at least 23 years of practice.

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 Welcome to Chefs Gallery Metcentre Opening.

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That’s how Chef Panda attracts the patrons. 

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Freaken amazed by how thin these noodles are made by hand.

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23 years of practice making handmade noodles paid off.

I, for one, could have stared at the fun entertaining noodle show for hours but it was time for me to enter the restaurant and be welcomed by a whole batch of Deep Fried Wonton Sheets that has been heavily savoury seasoned. Usually stuffed with tasty meat and then boiled, however Chefs Gallery is being creative by being simple with these so called FRIED WONTON CHIPS. They are good, addictively good.

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 Deep Fried Wonton Sheets

Besides fresh handmade noodles, give Tataki Wagyu Beef with Sichuan Style Spicy dressing a go. The taste of the seared beef is condensed with ginger, a hint of vinegar then wrapped with fresh mint leave. There’s good quality in the wagyu beef as it offers a pink fine marbling through the meat, it is tender and has an intense flavour of the hot dressing even whilst it’s been served cold. Seriously satisfying for the sashimi-grade manner.

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 Tataki Wagyu Beef with Sichuan Style Spicy dressing

You know what would be good in your belly? Spicy Prawn and Pork Wontons– I love the silky layer of the wonton skin that is beautifully balanced with spicy garlicky dressing. Greatly filled with chopped succulent prawns and pork that’s subtly marinated in oriental spices. The spiciness doesn’t stick to your tongue, instead, to the kissable red lips.

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 Spicy Prawn and Pork Wontons are hot in the house.

The presentation of the Vegetarian Spring Rolls instantly reminded me of birds nest and delivered a good dose of crispiness. A very delicate roll that is easily a favourite dish for the vegetarians.

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 Vegetarian Spring Rolls

Piping hot Vegetarian Steam Buns are not new by any stretch to the Chinese but definitely have a go at loving these buns as they are filled with cabbage, mushroom and minced spring onion. The buns are soft and chewy with fatty veggie filling, however I found the buns skin to be slightly tough.

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 Vegetarian Steam Buns

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 Speech time and founder and owner Kaisern Ching tells us his story about Chefs Gallery.

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 Time for Chef Panda to show us some more moves. 

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 This is fully twisted!

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 Seconds later, a ball of dough transformed into noodles.

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 Special guest Natalie Tran from Community Channel in the house making noodles.

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 Well done Natalie! She almost took over Chef Panda’s job, almost. 

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 Maybe one more photo, but this time with the Master Noodle Chef.

Gorgeously trimmed and cut into 3cm cubes, the Wagyu Beef cubes made sure it was doused with pepper sauce that studded with a few fresh mixed salad leaves. The rich marbled texture of the beef sure is succulent. The peppery sauce perfumes this dish and may overwhelm your tastebuds. One cube at a time with a glass of red wine makes it even more powerful.

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 Wagyu Beef cubes with pepper sauce 

The best thing about Handmade Spinach noodle Spinach noodle with bamboo shoots and carrot sticks is that the spinach gives a lovely bright green colour and nutrition to your meal. Don’t say I don’t eat my greens mama! There’s something about handmade noodles that makes me even happier to attempt seconds…

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 Handmade Spinach noodle 

As square platter of Chef’s own Handmade Egg and Spinach Tofu gradually made its way towards me. I just happen to take a photo of Natalie Tran’s personalised tofu plate. Oddly these deep fried tofu tiles reminded me of mah-jong, you want to play? I wouldn’t say it is nutritious as they happen to be fried but it does have the perfect protein boost for vegetarians and vegan. The ideal beginning of devouring the tofu is biting through the lightly golden battered skin to find a firm, yet silken custard with a layer of chopped spinach crunch.

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 Chef’s own Handmade Egg and Spinach Tofu 

My ultimate goal for the night was to get my hands on the Macanese style mini Pork Burger. It’s a chunky piece of culinary masterpiece that’s generously filled with pork fillet, pork floss, lettuce and a sweet chilli mayo dressing. The man-tou so crunchy you can hear it gently break. It’s flaky and oily that crumbles just as you bite into it. I had a porky face while checking out the mini burger and I give it a thumbs up!

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Macanese style mini Pork Burger

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 Something about me and taking side shot photos of buns. Tehehe

Did I forget to mention Natalie Tran from Community Channel on YouTube decided to waste most of her evening with me on her birthday? I turned into a crude five year old when she turned around and said hi to me. Inappropriate behaviour and awkward conversation started and I sincerely apologised after. I guess trying to remove a drool from my face was harder than I thought when I was standing next to my favourite YouTube star.

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 Nessy Eater Girl with Natalie Tran from Community Channel.

Chefs Gallery is drawn on the four most traditional Chinese schools of cuisine: Sichuan, Guangdong, Shandon and Su. This restaurant features true Chinese dishes combined with a modern twist. The dining venue is casual, yet intimate in its structure. I can’t wait to revisit Chefs Gallery to properly try their memorable dishes and perhaps match it with a glass of wine.

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Didn’t leave empty handed, received Chefs Gallery gift bag: $25 gift card, fortune cookies and pamphlet. 

Photos by Vanny Tang

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended as a guest to Chefs Gallery (Metcentre) Opening thanks to Whiteworks Public Relations.

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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) 😀

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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.

Opinions are however, Nessy Eater’s own.

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