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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WooHoo! It happened again…walking into a restaurant and skipping the entree, main and just jump straight into the SWEET DESSERT menu. Yes, we pretty much ordered the entire dessert list that Saké Restaurant at The Rocks have displayed. Feeling confused? Click here for my first time 7 sweet sins. Starting with the Miso Caramel Chocolate Fondant ($15) – A warm chocolate pudding with a miso caramel cream cent caramelized white chocolate ice cream. This irresistible rich chocolate dessert is for the most devoted of chocolate lovers. How do you ensure success on this fondant? Well, it’s absolutely fabulous when it’s served hot and intense with a meltingly soft gooey centre. If you want to combined it with something a bit lighter, a little more sophisticated then scoop it along with ice cream. There is a way you have to eat chocolate and this is the way!
Miso Caramel Chocolate Fondant ($15)
For sweet kawaii indulgence, try Caramel Koi Pond ($16) – It is white chocolate and milk chocolate “koi” fish filled with yu miso caramel with shortbread respectively, served with a chocolate and green tea ganache. I love that the koi pond had different types of coloured chocolate fish. This dish totally works as the fish shaped chocolates melts on your tongue and reaches different mild and sweet cocoa flavours. It produces an aroma when it begins to melt and once the piece slowly disappears, a nice crumbly crunch to finish it off. It’s like passion in your mouth, so yes, it’s CHOCOLATE GOODNESS alright. As for the blue pond, it’s an amazing wobbly jelly.
Hey there… Caramel Koi Pond ($16)
The Yuzu Soufflé ($15) with the tropical fruit elements were an eye opener. This steamed soufflé with fresh rock melon and coconut is impossibly delicate and moist, like an airy cheesecake topped with a shiny silky sweet curd. If you examine closely the curd naturally separates at room temperature and creates a fun two-tiered textured dessert. This soufflé may appear lumpy but one spoonful of this result to a texture that is super smooth, pillowy and doesn’t seem to fail us.
Looking bright there Yuzu Soufflé ($15)
There’s a reason why people always end with green tea desserts. If you count yourself as a fan of green tea then the wait is over, don’t hesitate to order the Saké signature dessert, Green Tea Kit Kat ($14) – The green tea flavour is accompanied with layered Valrhona milk chocolate crunch. Beyond the white chocolate and green tea ganache is chocolate wafer. For decoration cherry jelly. Atop, a scoop of earl grey tea ice cream. This is truly one impeccable double sized kit kat. What starts off as quite a pleasant rich smooth flow of flavours develop into an interesting introduction of the sleeky sticky cherry jelly, following the melting scoop of earl grey ice cream. This is heaven on your tongue for the green tea fanatics because the natural flavours has the aroma spot on. A sweet first bite followed by a refreshing bitter tea after-taste is obviously some kind of sign that this dessert needed to be reviewed, right? Hehe.
Bathe me in green tea baby! Green Tea Kit Kat ($14)
It can be pretty hard to shake that kind of dessert imagery out of your head when it comes to “naughty” food, one’s mind automatically turns to desserts. It can’t just be only me, right? 😛 Overall, Saké displays stunning desserts, particularly the Green Tea Kit Kat and Caramel Koi Pond, allowing guests to gain a better insight into Japanese sweet flavours. My next visit to Saké should be at the sushi bar, but I have to first TRY avoid the dessert menu till after my main meal. Tehehehehe
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At Ananas (18 Argyle Street, The Rocks) you’d be having a mysterious extra EXTRA stomach for desserts, that allows your stomach to physiologically make room for one two or seven sugary sweet dishes. In between an episode of sugar rush hour a fancy cocktail to accommodate the sweet madness is only reasonable. Ananas clearly know how to make a statement with their desserts despite the name being French for ‘pineapple’. With their desserts being more playful then others, this French affair is becoming very common at The Rocks, especially the dessert department. When Amy from Milkteaxx , Isaac from ifat, Simone from SimiLicious, Lillian from Weekend Notes and 2 extra guests decided to pig out together one fine evening, it was only fair to also have a sweet treat after dinner. The only reasonable explanation for us to order 7 desserts is because there was 7 of us… 😀
Ananas dessert menu
Hands down for Ananas 4 Ways ($16) – A refreshing dessert that showcases 4 different ways of ananans: coconut mousse, air dried paper-thin pineapple slices, sorbet and pineapple jelly cubes. This is what I call a deconstructed pina colada on a plate . A very irresistible dish that will make your day seem like a trip to the beach. With the display of vibrant colour of yellow, this sweet juicy delight literally knows how to distinct itself from the rest of the other desserts on their menu. I was very impressed of its flavours as it didn’t taste artificial and is perfect for those who have winter blues.
Ananas 4 Ways ($16)
I then focused solely on eating Vanilla Cheesecake Mille Feuille with Exotic Sorbet ($16) because it was too good to miss. My taste buds thank Ananas for the pipped vanilla cream, crispy French pastry, exotic sorbet and jelly cubes. This cheesecake serves a delicious contrast of sweet vanilla and scrumptious conclusion with the fruity sorbet.
Vanilla Cheesecake Mille Feuille w Exotic Sorbet ($16)
The Pineapple Yogurt Popsicle ($9) got me tripping. I just couldn’t get enough of the pineapple yogurt. If you thought the natural pineapple flavour of the popsicle couldn’t get any more wicked then you practically haven’t tried anything yet. Cover that ice-cream with pink or yellow pop rocks and that my friend is what brings back childhood memories.
Pineapple Yogurt Popsicle w Pop Rocks ($9)
Drown your autumn blahs with Snickers Revolution ($18) – A very well deconstructed tempered cylinder shaped chocolate casing filled with creamy peanut butter ice cream bedded on crushed chunks of salted peanuts. Sitting right next to to delicate chocolate bar was milk chocolate ice-cream. Such a magnifique plate I had second thoughts of ordering this again for myself this time. I swear, it looks simple but it’s one sick twisted dish that surprisingly not overwhelmingly sweet or salty. The flavours are consistent with a nice smooth texture of milk chocolate.
Snickers Revolution ($18)
I got to figure out how 7 people ate this fine Trio of Ananas éclairs ($18) – The way the pastry chef’s presented this on stone board is very creative and clearly highlights the 3 éclairs by chef’s selection. Well-sized éclair made with choux dough filled with either salted caramel, lemon meringue and dark chocolate. The idea of deciding which éclair tasted the best is cruel because all 3 tasted DAMN GOOD! A well balanced of sweet and salty flavour. Really appreciated the intense taste for each éclair and the little squiggly marshmallow line on top.
Trio of Ananas éclairs ($18)
Give yourself a chance to be all caught up with Green Apple Variation ($14) – Be impressed with champagne foam, green apple sorbet and apple crisp slices. One very imaginative dessert that is pretty impressive. The sliced apples are crispy and effervescent with a sweet, tart flavour. The glossy green droplets have a hard flesh that makes an excellent choice for this dish. Now I am not so sure if an apple a day keeps the doctor away…not so sure anymore… 😛
Green Apple Variation w Champagne Foam ($14)
Strawberries are a must-have when it comes to dessert time. It’s good to know Ananas offers Strawberries & Cream ($18) that consisted not just a barrage of strawberries but droplets of cream bedded on a cylinder meringue topped with a transparent sugar disc with garnished sliced fresh strawberries. The waiter then slowly pours room temperature strawberry coulis over the dish, adding a combination of red river infusion with bright, sweet aroma. An absolute popular fruity treat that provides a floral sensation with a crispy, tart finish.
Strawberries & Cream ($18)
Ain’t no doubt I was so strung out on the The Cinematheque ($17)– A mix of Zubrowka, elderflower, apple , lime, mint and lychee. This cocktail knows how to illustrate a cool touch with added crushed ice and fresh scent of garnished mint.
The Cinematheque ($17)
Get your caffeine fix with the delicious goodness of Salted Caramel Latte ($17)– One sip of this will get you buzzing. It’s a big mouth twist with all the angostura, salted caramel, vanilla and espresso. Thinking of all that bitter sweetness sounds just perfect. Not your usual morning cup of ordinary coffee because its infused of alcoholic mixture but a thumbs up for an aromatic lift.
Salted Caramel Latte ($17)
Make the most of your dessert stomach at Ananas with their exquisite desserts and indulging cocktails. This ain’t going to be the last time you see me at Ananas because the problem with me is that I am too deep involved with each and every one of their desserts, that it’s playing with my emotions. It’s really got me wanting more. I give 5 stars for romantic atmosphere and sexy unique presentations of their desserts. Ananas know how to easy someones mind for late night sweet treats as it has become a craze for the people who don’t sleep so early at night.
Photos by Vanny Tang
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Sydney’s fascination with Chinese New Year eateries are becoming far more wacky and interesting . I honestly don’t know think that’s a bad thing, given that my taste buds HEART to try new flavours and my eyes like to capture that moment of “love at first sight“. Indeed to celebrate the Lunar New Year, Four Friends have sourced many chocolate recipes from all over the place and have come up with introducing something delightful and different. High tea with Katze, the owner of Four Friends Cafe in Crows Nest decides to take a leap in faith to try out something that they have not partaken in before, their Monthly Multicultural High Tea. A family business that illustrates the definition of courage, hope, love and happiness is kind of a BIG contributor to creating this cafe. With respect to this Spring Festival, Katze takes the opportunity to design Asian fusion flavours to the table. I have to admit, I didn’t know what would be installed for us, but I knew it would be beyond original. She did however state “Bring a plate of Asian food and tell me why you picked it…”. Unfortunately on my end I failed to bring a dish as I didn’t want to upset peoples stomachs. Teehee.
Asian themed high tea
Let’s see up close what Katze and Jimmy whips up…
Our bamboo steamers arrive with dry ice flaring at the bottom to look dangerously cool. For what it’s worth, that’s pretty rare and impressive for presentation wise. Brownie points for dry ice magic. As we take the top lid off, I hear a bit of ” WOOOOO and AHHS”, I believe this is a positive sign that Katze and Jimmy has done an excellent job challenging their minds to make such complex delights to satisfy our tummies. This Asian fusion collaboration has got me crooking one pinkie finger and sipping fine sparkling tea. It is not your typical high tea, that’s for sure. Rather it is delicately made with meaning behind it. Almost each sweet section represents some sort of luck or happiness.
The sweet tier includes:
It was very generous of Katze and Jimmy spending their New Year’s Eve preparing our tea party. I secretly enjoyed the Deep fried cheese wonton not because it represents red pocket, but it was VERY crunchy and wrapped with melted cheese. The cheese overpowered the spring roll wraps, but I liked it like that.
Deep fried cheese wonton
I managed to take a quite snap of the dry ice before it got covered in smoke. Just closely look how quick it freezes the silver bowl. Dry ice can be fun and can create tasty results.
Add H2O + dry ice and you get magical steam flowing out.
Roses tend to be always perfect for every occasion, including afternoon tea. So the Egyptian rose tea is inspiringly aromatic with medium flavour of roses with a hint of fizziness to create a refreshingly experience. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen on the market-fragrant. A very enjoyable tropical fruit and deeply feminine drink that I really wanted to ask the other guests if anyone didn’t want their cup of tea then I’ll take one for the team. Haha.
Sparkling Egyptian rose tea
Frozen carbon dioxide makes quite an interesting substance to use for science experiments and don’t forget observation. But did you know dry ice can make really good ICE-CREAM?
Let’s bring science to the table.
Can you believe Jimmy’s whipping up ice-cream for us using dry ice?!
Jimmy and Katze creating a potentially dangerous delicious ice-cream.
Whilst we engage on eating Jimmy and Katze decides to deconstruct their kitchen and bring appliances upstairs but also a large white foam box and contain it was dry ice. It didn’t take long till we pause nibbling on our treats and move closer to them and observe with our eyes wide open and our mouths gasping every few seconds as the dry ice smokes out of the bowl and onto the table. All of the guests including myself were thrilled and excited to see what they were making. I mean thick pink gloves, a box of dry ice and a silver mixture. Nuff said. Finally, Katze starts scooping chunks of Jasmine ice-cream onto the empty plastic cups that was provided in our sweet tier. At first we looked like guinea pigs sniffing the cups and doing little teaspoons with our spoons to identify the flavour. Luckily, Amy from Milkteaxx managed to guess this one right, otherwise her blog name wouldn’t be still standing here today. ONLY KIDDING AMY! 😛
We were quite fascinated to how this Jasmine ice-cream managed to not melt as quick compared to N2 Extreme gelato and the answer was simple, Katze uses cream rather than milk. Though I didn’t ace my chemistry subjects back in high school but you don’t need much koalification to make dry ice ice-cream, do you?… 😛
Dry ice Jasmine Ice Cream
Sweet olive jelly
Wooohooo this Vegan Salad managed to get in my belly twice! This salad isn’t boring and is one heavens of a delicious tasty savory cup worth sharing. It contains spaghetti strings of vegan tofu made from soybeans, chopped cucumber and a hint of sweet and sour dressing. It’s pleasant on the palate for light and fresh taste.
Oolong tea ganache truffle
It was time to show off some of the guests who brought homemade goodies! And first up Hilda’s homemade pork spring rolls. Look how evenly golden brown these rolls are! Yes, I ate quite a few….just a few….TEE-HEE
Hilda from The Chronicles of Hilda makes homemade pork spring rolls.
Move over homemade savory because Deepa’s Chocolate Dumplings are in town! I am a HUGE FAN of CHOCOLATE and DUMPLING…Why didn’t I think of this?!
Deepa from One Small Pot creates Chocolate Dumplings.
Back to homemade savory and Annie brings to the table Vietnamese Spring Rolls, fancy some of that? Or ALL OF THAT? Yes, I do, I do!
Annie from The Random Foodie wraps up a traditional homemade Vietnamese spring rolls.
No wait, there is one more guest who brings something sweet and it’s Stephanie. A mix of seaweed, sweet potato and coconut milk. It’s a simple Chinese dessert that can be served either hot or cold.
Stephanie from A Little Bit of Tang brings Sweet potato soup from home.
Rare to see an Egyptian rose in a cup. Fingers crossed Four Friends can put this in their beverage menu.
We were near towards the end of our high tea and Katze prepared a special lucky dip. She told us to all write our names down on a piece of paper and she will collect it then draw a lucky name out and that person can claim their prize. I remember telling Amy to write my name because I didn’t have a pen, guess that’s a sign of bad luck but who would of guessed my dear friend Amy gave me luck and I managed to receive 50% Group Dining. Hip Hip HOORAY! Guess who will I be bringing ? :p
Before we left, we all ended up downstairs staring at the clear glass and on the other side it was filled with handmade chocolates that Katze makes for Four Friends. No way was I going to skip chocolate, just NO WAY!
Four Friends chocolate box
A selection of Four Friends chocolates. Chocolates range from ($2 – $2.50(cat, robot, spoon, teddy lollipop) ) per piece.
Four Friends also offers a selection of tea leaves to take home for ($8) a jar and guess who decided to take THREE home? 2 x Berry fairy and 1 x Celebration. Tea leaves are CALLING.
Berry fairy fruit infusion tea jar ($8)
Celebration infusion tea jar ($8) (Please note: Celebration tea leaves are not for sale, however if you nicely ask Katze, I am sure she wouldn’t mind. Don’t tell her I you! :P)
If you are keen for high tea and love something different then Four Friends is the place to be. There is a range of delicious handmade chocolate to decent macarons but if you’re after Asian high tea then you better get here quick! Because next month is a new country theme. Did I forget to mention the price… well it’s $45 for TWO PEOPLE including a cup of tea each. That’s ridiculously a bargain for all of that! And you get dry ice jasmine ice-cream. Hello…what are you waiting for?! GO GO GO
Four Friends High Tea (To celebrate February is Asian theme. Guess what country Four Friends is doing for March?) 😀
Photos by Vanny Tang
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