HELLO FOODIE FRIENDS! How was your weekend? Mine was spent figuring out where is the best place to eat wagyu. What better way for a meatilicious dinner is at Rengaya for the ALL YOU CAN EAT WAGYU for $69 per person. It is best to make a booking before heading over there because you may be three times disappointed when the kaiwaii Japanese waitress tells you that there’s no available seats, especially on weekends. Don’t think you can manage all that MEAT?! No need to worry! They’ve also got rice dishes, soup, salad, sashimi and even soba noodles.
Whenever I go to a Japanese BBQ joint it’s just so good that hygiene comes first before sighting on the menu.
Hot hand towels are served before we begin our feast!
Had to start of with some salmon and avocado salad that includes chunky pieces of chopped salmon, teaspoons of golden cavier, scoops of avocado, sliced onion and mixed salad. Then served with soy french dressing to add an attention-grabbing flavour. So much healthy goodness in this bowl that the balance tastes so right.
Salmon and Avocado Salad
Let’s not dwell on the grossness of how this Beef Rib Porridge looks but rather how awesome it tastes and had TONNES of flavour that we accidently ordered three large bowls for the table. The ribs gave the soup an incredible flavour that it didn’t require any additional salt or pepper. It was INSANELY addictive and bare in mind there were heaps of rice buried down there.
Beef Rib Porridge
The menu definitely has salted special ox-tongue which become meltingly tender in texture when it is cooked quickly over high heat. We managed to devour this twenty serving of thinly sliced meat <5 minutes. Then seconds later guess who ended up ordering another twenty servings? Hehe.
A HUGE plate of Salted Special OX-Tongue.
Like a good steak, you are only required to flip these bad boys once on the barbecue. I’ll admit it’s just so ridiculously addictive to continuously keep adding meat to the hot pan and flipping them over every single second. It was tough focusing my eyes onto the grill as thick heavy smoke kept heading my direction but nuuuu that didn’t stop me from cooking or eating!
Ox Tongue slowly melting…OH YEAH!
A selection of raw wagyu meat just may of killed your mood to eat this but hey think of all that drool worthy fat that’s about to head your way soon. The size of the plate was twice the size of my head. The sight of the meat must of been at least 2kgs! There goes the thought of detoxing…haha.
The meat was extremely extremely marbled. Just imagine the lines of white running through the thick slices. It was super easy to get these meat burnt, so a quick toss and turn and your ready to eat.
Liking the view? 😛
And if you’re heading to the restroom do expect a wooden cat to greet you.
One way to take a break from the meaty world is ordering the Chinese cabbage kimchee filled with pickled vegetables. It is a great stable side dish for any BBQ with a peppery and briny flavour. The slices of chopped cabbage had a deep and complex texture that tastes fresh.
Chinese Cabbage Kimchee
What weirded me out was reading wagyu rib finger and it turned out to be the second best meat for the table. It was truly juicy and marinated to perfection. This is finger licking good!
Wagyu Rib Finger
We only managed a couple of pieces of the wagyu rib finger…only a couple of pieces…cough four servings cough. Tehehe.
Look at that juicy greasy meat! Can you handle it?
Before we could catch our breath, the wagyu yukke arrived and for some this may be an extraordinary experience because it is served 110% raw. This was superbly chewy with a lovely creamy feeling from the yolk. Yeah this will blow your little taste buds away!
Just when it seemed that I couldn’t handle another slice of wagyu, the outside skirt was brought to our table and we were off to grilling this. The ultimate tenderness that actually taste beefy.
Wagyu Outside Skirt
Of course the night is not over until we order a bowl of salmon flake rice that contains sprinkle of salmon flakes over the rice with seaweed. You may find fish foe hidden between the steamed rice that tastes even better when it bursts.
Salmon Flake Rice
Straight to the good times you might want to add a few slices of wagyu onto the rice. It is the most common kind of method to let the rice soak the wagyu’s juice to create a new flavoured rice.
Medium rare wagyu outside skirt goes so well with steamed rice.
Besides wagyu, Rengaya offers sashimi and trust me it is hard to avoid ordering fresh salmon. Hmmmmm…so good!
Yes I was making friends with fresh scallops. I was easily fooled by their size when they first arrived at our table. By the time these pepper grilled scallops were cooked it shrunk to the size of a dollar coin. But that didn’t ruin my judgement of the taste. It was rich and slightly buttery with a hint of sweetness.
Besides eating boiled prawns, another way to cook it is grilling them over the pan. The secret to great-tasting prawns lies in how fresh they are and let me tell you they were fresh indeed.
Sometimes the perfect way to end a 90 minute wagyu marathon is finishing it off with edamame or for others dessert is the only option.
I’m still a sucker for Rengaya’s premium meat even after a year and a half of visiting them. Click here. Some may question is it worth $69 per person and I’d say “Are you kidding me?” I only wish I could arrange this buffet for all my readers to experience this wagyu marathon.
Looking very traditional Rengaya Entrance.
Photos by Vanny Tang
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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.
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.
How hot is the electronic stove? They’re installed into the tables.
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.
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.
Spicy beef soup (additional $2)
A variety of fresh greens
Continue the veggie madness!
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.
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.
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 lamb, fish, clams, bean curd, quail eggs, pork blood jelly, handmade noodles and mushroom.
Round 1 tray
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.
Prune drink and Chinese traditional (Wang Lao Ji) drink ($4 each)
Got to pace yourself with buffet hot pot.
Must try the handmade noodles, so tasty.
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.
A HUGE bowl of tofu pudding with red bean.
Rice cake at the hot food section
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.
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.
Noodle with Tofu Pudding ($10.80)
The tofu pudding is so silky and smooth.
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.
AGAIN, Simon surprises us with a large bowl of fresh cut watermelon with herbal jelly.
Table for one ? Sure, MINI POT can do that.
OH MY GOD! It’s…it’s dessert hour. (Excuse the facial expression) 😀
Don’t feel like hot pot? Then there’s plenty of seats for À la carte diners.
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.
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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Thank goodies this week is over for me. I’ve had a really tough week and I don’t know where to begin. Let me just say I’ve been in tears throughout this week because one of my goals that I’ve dreamt since forever is not coming closer to me than what was planned. It seems like the doors are closing on me. But I do know there is hope. With the support and comfort of friends and family I managed to recharge myself all back to a normal again.
Besides my rollercoaster week and the cooler weather coming closer than expected I ended up at KOH-YA (Shop 1, 9-17 Young St.,Neutral Bay NSW 2089) celebrating the joy of this week finishing.
This restaurant is one of my most favorite in my list because it gives me the freedom to eat as much as I like within one and half hours time frame. I recommend to go for the banquet ($39.90p.p), it is a fair bit , but for what you pay, you can select a lot from the menu and service is provided that they bring it to your table straight away. It beats having to line up around the buffet . ( Click on the first image and it will direct you to their website)
Oh! And if you have a sweet tooth, it includes desserts as well.
I had a craving for something soothing and Seeweisse Beer for ($4.50) did the trick. The beer rich, sweet and earthy flavour that blends so well with the BBQ.
Food arrived so quickly even though it was a full house on a Friday night. Beef sashimi was demolished in seconds because it was that good.
I was committed to order something healthy at a BBQ place and glad I did the right thing. This plain looking spinach salad seemed to be popular at our table. So fresh and crisp with sprinkles of almond with a dash of unknown dressing that made me order a few more.
Who can forget the famous Yukke (raw beef with egg yolk). That almost made me forget their was a BBQ happening.
So pleased that night because “Special of the day” was salmon and tuna sashimi. By judging the waiter’s expression of amusement I think I had ordered a fair amount of sashimi to the point the chef may of giving me large chunks rather than regular size sashimi pieces. I may of eaten more than one kilo of raw fish. Insert high pitched squeal haha.
Under beef tongue arrived and straight away cooked because the seasoning smelt so good and yes it was tender and juicy when cooked to medium rare.
I haven’t forgotten the best part of this place OX TONGUE. We ordered ten serves for starters and slowly ordered another ten then five and finally two serves. So total twenty-seven serves between three peeps isn’t soooo embarrassing.
Tip: Order a bowl of rice and let the meat sit on top of the rice so the rice can absorb the oil and seasoning. And there you have it rice with meaty seasoning. Rice and meat goes really well together. Especially for cold windy nights coming closer.
Such shame my tummy couldn’t fit as much food as I would have wanted. There is so many variety of food to choose from. This is just a quarter of what I had ordered for the mains. As for desserts six scoops of green tea and a plate of mix fruit completed my belly.
If you’re smart don’t wear anything fancy because your most likely going to come out downright smelly and dirty. On the other hand satisfied and filling.
Photos by Vanny Tang
Raw raw meatasaurus Ness has arrived! So when word got out that RENGAYA is offering premium wagyu buffet, YES premium wagyu! marble score 9+ for $69 per person my brain just automatically calculated how many order’s I’d make to eat all of those wagyu. It took me by surprise that this restaurant offers buffet because a few years back they provide minimum selections of its finest wagyu and servings weren’t that pleasing for my wallet.
When the orders came out, I just couldn’t wait to get my chopsticks straight into those meats and quickly dunk it into the BBQ pan. Whilst it was cooking, I started my appetizer ‘Yukke’, which is beef tartar. It tasted so delicious, I ended up not sharing it.
To whine down and keep me feeling energize from the over load of wagyu i had ordered Choya Plum Wine (Osaka). It was indeed refreshing. Soon after, a round of Asahi Super Dry on tap beer came filling up the table.
Halfway into eating glorious juicy meat, I noticed beside my other dishes of meat was beef rib porridge. The appearance did not win me, but the flavor of it won my taste buds.
Our last order was up and to finish it off to a lovely meal was dessert. My stomach felt like it was about to explode but I always seem to have a extra space in my tummy for my sweet tooth.
I could not resist to eat WA Plate by myself even though I felt my pants were about to burst. Luckily it was a ideal choice because it was incredible. The sweet black syrup drowned the warabimochi so well together. And green tea cre’me brulee was a finishing touch along with organic green tea. And don’t forget the red bean soup, marvelous .