HELLO FOODIE FRIENDS! So like the weather in Sydney is making me ache for summer already. I sure wouldn’t mind getting all snugged up on the couch with my fuzzy unicorn blanket in front of the TV to watch me favourite food shows. Moving on…look what we found the other day Toshiya located in Cremorne was established by owner chef Toshiya Kai in July 2010. Those who are needing a Japanese hit that is more casual but offers excellent starters and mains for a moderate price then this place is it.
Basically this menu explains its special of the day. Immediately my brain cells told me to order the special assorted entree for 2 ($39). Continue reading to know what other dishes I ordered… 😀
What’s so secret about edamame? It is the perfect little pick-me-up snack whenever I am in a Japanese restaurant. This delightful soybeans in a pod is commonly served when you order the assorted entree for 2. The beans are generously covered in salt to add that extra pungent taste.
On weekends it’s extremely busy here at Toshiya restaurant in Cremone, so I highly suggest you give them a call and make a booking.
HOLY MOLY the special assorted entree for 2 ($39) was one GINORMOUS platter. This dish sure was impressive, 4 assortment of seafood and dumplings. We had a few stares and glares when this mighty SEA-FOOD platter arrived at our table, so I think this entree is winning for presentation. AND WHAT ABOUT THE TASTE?!?!
Special Assorted Entree for 2 ($39)
As expected the thickly sliced salmon in the carpaccio was fresh and packed with a lime and ponzu flavoured marinade dressing. The zestiness was ridiculously addictive that it had us asking for more.
YEAH BABY! Lightly battered soft shell crab was ready for us to devour. Each bite of the hot crab was heavenly pleasing with that crispy outside texture and chewy bite right in the center.
Soft Shell Crab
Loved loved LOVED the grilled scallops. Surprisingly these plumped juicy scallops amazed me. The taste of the sweet soy sauce, grated ginger and spring onion stayed on my tongue longer than it should have. OHhhhhhhh this was SO GOOD!
I’m not too familiar with duck dumplings but look at the crispy skin! It’s fascinating to see it all covered in oil glossiness. Besides the hmmmm… skin the shredded duck filling was tasty, but it’s best to dip it in chilli soy sauce to give these wrappers a extra kick to flavour. It was a shame the dumplings didn’t win my heart after I had devoured it and it wasn’t because of the taste or textures. I felt as though these little ducklings looked a bit misplaced on the platter.
How do you decide between taco and sashimi? Why don’t we have both? *Hooray* I tell you this is NOT YOUR ORDINARY TACO and I do think, NO, I BELIEVE these puts all other tacos I’ve had to shame. The golden fried taco shell was obviously crunchy and sandwiching generous amounts of chunky pieces of salmon, tuna and king fish, then drizzled with special Toshiya sauce, soy sauce and a spoonful of fish roe.
Loving the side view of this sashimi taco. I think I was doing the right thing at the right time and slowly devouring this fun-size snack. One is certainly not enough and if I had my greedy cap on I would have claimed the second taco MINE. Teehee.
So crispy and belly satisfying these sashimi tacos!
It was cold that night so we deliberately ordered the sukiyaki wagyu hotpot ($25). The amount of beef in this pot was pretty generous, each long slice of wagyu piece was juicy and tender. The sweet soup base wasn’t too thick so we could easily wash it down. Remember to order a bowl of rice because you certainly want to drown it with the soup.
Sukiyaki Wagyu Hotpot ($25)
We chose the garlic teriyaki fish ($25) and it turns out we made a good decision with selecting the sauce. Loved the tenderness of the fish and there was no sign of being under or over cooked. For some odd reason the salad and dressing was damn tasty and married so well with the fish.
Garlic Teriyaki Fish ($25)
Decided to go for the sweet miso salmon ($26) and it melted so softly in my mouth. Boy the fish had so much miso flavour but you must take a large mouthful of the fish and red onion slice together just so you can feel the tastebuds scream ITS BLOODY DELICIOUS.
Sweet Miso Salmon ($26)
Last but not least, king fish terriyaki ($25) tastiest the same as the garlic teriyaki fish but the king fish was a bit tighter in texture. I still liked it, no doubt.
King fish Terriyaki ($25)
DESSERT TIME!!! I spy with my little eye something that looks like tastiness! The assorted dessert plate ($14) was my weakness when our waitress convinced us it would be worth it. She told us this would be one epic plate not to be missed and it includes spring rolls, a scoop of ice-cream and green-tea crème brûlée. How can one say no to that?! The ice-cream had plenty of red bean flavour and I was still keen to have another scoop when it all vanished.
Assorted Dessert Plate ($14)
MMmmmm the green tea crème brûlée pretty much says it all and it was awesome. My heart skipped a bit when the hard caramel cracked. Couldn’t help it but I giggled like a kid.
Green Tea Crème Brûlée
Chocolate, fresh strawberries and deep fried pastry is always a winning flavour combo! I was intrigued Toshiya offers sweet style spring rolls. I poured my whole heart to this devilicious dessert and I was well rewarded with this crunchy paper thin pastry that’s wrapped the warm gooey chocolate sauce and strawberries. I think my body just received a few thousand calories! Haha.
Chocolate Spring Rolls with Fresh Strawberries
Toshiya restaurant in Cremone is a must visit because of their signature special assorted entree for 2 and assorted dessert plate. I’m pretty sure I’ll be back for these two dishes as well as the sukiyaki wagyu hotpot for those extremely cold nights.
Photos by Vanny Tang
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It’s hard to believe I was at the beach recently happily diving my toes into the dry cold sand. I struggled to stay away from the sun and knew if I didn’t, I would miss my lunch date with these kids; Excuse Me Waiter, The Food Diary, The Kawaii Kitchen, Milkteaxx, Drool Worthy World, Mademoiselle Mange à Sydney and The Casual Food Blogger. Sun tanning on an empty stomach can be dangerous…so what makes it better? Two little things I would like to share with you, food and more food. Tehehe.
Decisions, decisions, decisions!
When I dropped by for lunch at Whitewater Manly on sunny bright weekend, thanks to Excuse Me Waiter’s invitation, we were lucky to have sat indoor but still managed to face the stunning view of Manly beach, which is right opposite the restaurant. Before we were seated, we had a quick look at the restaurant’s NEW FUNCTION room that caters at least 30 hungry guests as well as it comes with full air-conditioner if ever you’re a host at the party and it’s too hot to handle the guests, just flick a switch and ta-da…breeze.
Inside look at Whitewater’s NEW FUNCTION ROOM
I’m really not used to dining at a restaurant with a picture perfect beach view so I really enjoyed starting with the smallest of things like ordering beverages. I’m really not used to dining at a restaurant with a picture perfect beach view so I really enjoyed starting with the smallest of things like ordering beverages. Forget soft drinks and unwind on Kryptonite ($17) which features absinthe, green apple schnapps, midori, lime juice, pineapple juice and dash of sugar syrup. Seriously a green haven!
It wasn’t a lunch time garden party, but the sparkling pimms ($17) with hendrick’s gin, pimms, sliced cucumber and sparkling adds a fruity look and has a kick that will bring a smile to your face, even by just gazing at it.
Sparkling Pimms ($17)
So I heard that grapefruit juice ($5.50) is ranked among those highest in antioxidant activity and that is why I had to order it. Besides attempting to be heathy I was stuck between either driving to Manly beach or catching a bus. To avoid drink driving I headed straight to the mocktail section of the menu. I also like to point out if you ever plan to drive to Manly on a weekend, GOOD LUCK with finding a car spot. Its torture let me tell you and it cost $9/per hour, so just imagine how many Ben & Jerry’s scoop of ice-creams I could have had. BUT if you are obligated to show off your red Lamborghini at Manly, then I have good news for you. The carparks in Manly are 2 hours free (paid onwards) near Manly Library OR I was told you can ferry ride to Manly, which I totes forgot!
Grapefruit Juice ($5.50)
I think I’m one of a few that sees the words bone marrow on the menu and takes advantage of ordering it. The roasted bone marrow ($9.95) was very rich dish and some could only handle a few teaspoons, whereas I prefer mouthfuls. It’s another love of mine that rarely is offered in restaurants. I was impressed by the seasoning of garlic, parsley, mustard seeds, sprinkles of chili and 3 slices of warm buttered bread.
Roasted Bone Marrow ($9.95)
Next up fish tacos ($17.95)– A joyful jumble of a JUMBO beer battered fish fillet with a cabbage slaw. These two ingredients run and swirl together, amplifying each other’s flavours. As you can see the taco shell couldn’t handle carrying the fish!
Roasted Chinese Duck ($22.95) also known as Peking duck is an interesting take on. A savoury selection pocketed in homemade pancakes and if you wrap it up with shallots, cucumber and splash it with plum hoi sin sauce it be almost the best in town for Manly.
Roasted Chinese Duck ($22.95)Be shore of yourself. Come out of your shell.
During the time of every blogger digesting their heavenly delicious entrees, I had to race back to my car and find another available car spot. Luckily I didn’t miss the mains! Thanks guys and girls for not stuffing your face with my Whitewater seafood plate ($43.95). This is seriously the perfect celebration on a plate. Do you see freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters, king prawns, tuna tataki, marinated octopus, smoked salmon and prawn cocktail? The tuna tataki was seasoned to perfection with a proprietary blend of sweet and salty.
Whitewater Seafood Plate ($43.95)
Besides seafood there’s crumbed lamb loin ($27.95) that’s generously cloaked in olive and pistachio crust for extra crunch. Buried underneath truffle mash and a lamb jus. The crust kicked ass and the lamb was marinated so well. Not at all dry because of the river of jus.
Crumbed Lamb Loin($27.95)
The 4o Degree Ocean Trout ($26.95) was a food lover’s dream come true. It had a soft pink flesh with a delicate refined taste. Very silky and smooth as I cut through it with a knife. Hidden underneath the trout was watercress salad and a horseradish mayo that is versatile with any seafood.
4o Degree Ocean Trout ($26.95)
Feeling overwhelmed with the amount of food we had just devoured. We had to order a few more summer drinks to wash it all down. The Whitewater Juice ($5.50) was a favourite of mine that included a mix of pineapple, grapefruit and orange juice. Doesn’t it look so refreshing?
Whitewater Juice ($5.50)
As I had to face not drinking any alcoholic beverages including the coco-mango daiquiri ($17). I think I can say Mademoiselle Mange à Sydney really enjoyed this summer slushy drink as she managed to quickly finish it before our desserts arrived. This is totes a drink for active people! It features a blend of havana club white rum, malibu, mango liqueur, mango puree and lime juice.
Coco-mango Daiquiri ($17)
Fresh, vibrant, beautiful are the three words I use to describe how I feel after looking at this strawberry Juice ($5.50).
Strawberry Juice ($5.50)
Please don’t claw me Mr. Crabbie.
OH MY GOD! Seating booths…it’s leather alright.MASSIVE open kitchen
Soon enough our vanilla creme brulee ($17) arrived looking very HUMUNGOUS! The photo below does not do it justice. It was basically the size of three to four iPhones put together. Served cold it was a real cool treat. That light egg custard with a GIGANTIC sable biscuit was a great combination. You can taste the eggy-ness with the caramelized and slightly burnt sugar on top. Mmmmmm I’m feeling hungry again…
Vanilla Creme brulee ($17)
Another dessert option included ice-cream ($13) which contains 3 reasonable scoops in a bowl. The flavours include vanilla-almond nougat, baileys and sherry-raisin.
I know that there are mixed feelings about the affogato plain ($8) but having two of my favourite things; coffee and ice-cream put together in one dessert cup is like winning a lottery ticket. The shot of coffee was intense and a powerful taste of bitterness took place. Then something rewarding comes with it…a scoop of vanilla ice-cream to add that creamy quick-melting flavour. It was superb!
Affogato Plain ($8)
How much fun does the lemon tart ($17) look? It contains sable Breton with lemon financiere and Italian meringue. It was magnificent with explosions of zesty flavours of lemon. Loved the layer of light golden-brown shortbread crust.
Lemon Tart ($17)
The proportions of the chocolate ganache ($17) was flawless mainly because it also contained the right amount of salted caramel sauce, chocolate and mango carrot sorbet. It looked so fine I really wanted it to be all mine.
Chocolate Ganache ($17)
To end this fantastic lunch feast at Whitewater’s the kitchen surprized us with a dessert platter, decorated with all sorts of their desserts on their menu. I seriously couldn’t handle another bite, but it’s desserts after all…
Dessert Platter (A mix of desserts)
Whitewater Restaurant opposite Manly beach is one popular restaurant on a weekend. The service is attentive and friendly. While their menu prices are on the dearer end, Whitewater does have its highlights of having first class view of the beach. The dining atmosphere is very laid back and it’s certainly a spot to hang-out after a swim in the ocean.
It’s so packed at Whitewater on a weekend!
Photos by Vanny Tang
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Recently I heard a Chinese whisper go around mentioning Wokking Inn Restaurant is in town offering Chinese contemporary cuisines. On a weekend night the place is packed, taking over the second floor, filled with Asian families and a few Western couples who happen to pass by. Don’t be fooled when you enter the restaurant and witness one table as the real party is upstairs. Overtime it’s noisy but that goes for every Chinese restaurant you’d walk into with chatter here and there and relentless noise of chopsticks. You may not enjoy the squishy seating’s so you will have to do a bit of shuffling to get seated. This place seems to have more elderly than any other generations therefore I highly recommend bring your elders along, I certainly did.
We begin with several dishes from the Specials section and with the help of the owner of the restaurant she mentioned it’s essential to order Battered Oysters ($4.50) each served on a large plate. Thumbs up for this tasty battered oysters!
There’s a variety of texture in the Deep Fried Mango Prawn Rolls With Sweet and Sour Sauce ($6) each, wrapped in a crunchy savory pastry that is stuffed with large pieces of mango and prawns deconstructs deliciously with every single bite. Drizzle a bit of sweet and sour mango sauce and you can imagine your face happily smiling.
Battered Salt & Pepper Whitebait ($18.90) served with mixed salad didn’t pass the crisp category as it turned out to be soggy although our table gave points to having an enormous amount of salt and pepper flavour. Also the size of the whitebait were above most whitebaits I’ve come across.
We weren’t going to miss out the Soft Shell Crab – An entire large crab deconstructed into crisp golden-brown deep fried pieces, coated in adequate salt and pepper plus sliced dried chilli. They were awfully hot and is recommended to wait another minute or so to cool. It is best to eat it without any sauce or dips so you can truly absorb the flavours.
Finally our seafood affair ends with Battered Fish garnished heavily with raw spring onions. Undoubtedly, we all loved this complex dish that produces a crunch with every bite. The fish was nicely golden brown and drenched in sweet soy sauce.
With our chopsticks, we attacked the Crispy Skin Chicken – delicate crispy seasoned skin covered the silky chicken meat. It’s a protein plate and although a number of pieces were dry, dip it into the soy sauce fixes that. Besides white meat they served cooked chicken heart coated in omelet along with this dish. The texture was between chewy and mushy, but it didn’t stop us from eating it rather it was surprisingly addictive.
It seemed like it is the time of year when the birds are the tastiest, the Braised Duck with Taro- a mouth watering dish. I believe the chef has a great deal of culinary skills as the taste of the duck was exquisite, chunks of taro pieces turned out to be tasty and cooked just right. There wasn’t a scrap of duck left when the next dish arrived.
Beef Wasabi ($34.40 *note: we ordered 1.5 serving than regular serving) turned out to be another likeable meat dish. I believe the trick to this dish was the meat- extremely tender and juicy, keeping the centre of the meat medium rare- the flavour seeps into the meat so well. It was unusual to see the sliced button mushrooms soaked in wasabi sauce to disappear first, but that’s because we tried to savor the best for last.
Some ingredients were made to be together, the Black Pepper Beef mixed thoroughly in black pepper, chopped onions and green beans with bean sprouts tucked underneath to soak up the flavour was a brilliant choice to pick in the beef section of the menu. I loved the linger of black pepper in my mouth, adding a hint of spice. We simply couldn’t get over how simple and appetising this was!
As the Braised Duck ($78) arrived at our table, the waitress surgically slices the deboned duck which unravels not just meat but a number of ingredients such as beans and diced dried mushrooms surrounded by cooked spinach that was pleasingly to eat. A very saucy flavoursome dish that can simply go well with plain rice. This dish is very traditional in Chinese cooking and is very popular during mid-autumn Moon Festival season.
Just look at how much sauce they served us. I really wanted to dive into the saucy dish!
A sneak peak of what was hidden inside the duck- Chinese beans and dried mushroom
So unfair I was only given this much of duck meat…KIDDING! I actually ate more than what I have on this photo.
Was I just in the happy mood to have ordered another seafood dish? Fish with Buk Choy ($58) a classic Chinese savoury dish arrived with good quality baby buk choy were rectangular cubed tofu and Chinese mushrooms were placed on top of the fish. The pan fried fish was cooked to perfection. It was a judicious balance of ingredients that allowed the fish and the buk choy to dominate.
To end our feasting night we had ordered the Loftus Leave Rice also known as Hor Yip Fan ($23.90) a common dish at weddings or Chinese New Year. As soon as we unwrapped the warm delicate leave the scent managed to perfume across the room. The freshly cooked stir-fry prawns were pleasingly delicious also if you dig in you may find a few chunks of BBQ pork adding a meaty flavour to the dish.
Unlike lor mai fun, the chef used original rice rather than glutinous rice. I personally prefer plain rice over glutinous as it brings more loftus leave scent to the dish. We all loved the taste and fragrance derive from the lotus leave. It was unusual for rice to be served last because often Chinese people would have rice along with other main dishes but I guess this was served last to ensure we would be well fed. A very thoughtful arrangement made by the chef himself.
For dessert there’s Complimentary Fruit Platter or need something more sweeter? You can order the Papaya Fungus Dessert ($3.00) each– a big portion of cubed papaya and Chinese fungus blended together with sweet syrupy soup. ( Nessy Eater + family received complimentary desserts thanks to Wokking Inn Restaurant)
Service is very efficient and friendly, you will definitely meet the owner of the restaurant as she goes around table to table to say hello and ask if you need to order anything else. If your going in large groups it is essential to book a table and pre-order a few of their recommended dishes. You don’t want to rock up to the restaurant feeling disappointed that their favourite picked dishes are sold out.
Timing was impeccable for me as I was around the Lower North Shore neighbourhood and my rumbling belly was in search for local food.
I wasn’t so sure what I’d expect as I walked past local cafes in Greenwich, but to my surprise we decided to choose Hooked Gourmet Seafood, which from the outside looked like a tiny store with a few simple set-up of tables and chairs placed across outside, plus a heating gas stand.
As you enter, on the right side of the shop has a coffee stall and towards the back is a display of quality fresh seafood, which got my attention to try The Lunch Box ($13.90) which was pretty tasty, a mix of battered crab sticks and chunks of fillet fish, calamari rings and crunchy deep fried hot chips, served with a wedge of lemon and tartar sauce. My fingers constantly picked up one piece after the other. Their shop name says it all, I was utterly hooked!
I was very impressed with the Chai Latte ($4.50) which had a large surface of creamy froth on top and presented in sprinkled cinnamon. It had a rich taste of chai that blends so well with milk. Essential to order for the chai lovers out there!
A classic Hot chocolate ($4) caught everyone’s attention as it smelt very chocolaty across the table.
Check out the stunning coffee art of the Flat White ($4) shaped into a frothy warm heart. It sure recharged someone’s energy level, perhaps it had something to do with the barista? ;P
The location is definitely convenient for parents, nannies and teachers as it’s right opposite the school and if you’re lucky enough to dine on the street pavements, you can see and absorb the local atmosphere.