Saturday, June 24, 2017

Melbourne - To Eat 24June2017 GJ Grill

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GJ Grill
recommend by Darren
This place came recommended by other. Traditional Philippine barbecue cuisine and the place is located right behind the Hotel through a narrow alley! What a great hole in the wall find. 
 Ordered On:
Half Chicken AUD11.50
*Pretty decent charcoal grill barbecued chicken, with a sweet marinade exterior. The chicken is a little on the dry side though and we struggled to finish the half chicken.*
Small Lehon (Meat Only) AUD15
*More worth while order as this is a serving size for two. The large lehon order can serve 4-5. Juicy, barbecued crisp pork with an amazing sweetish-sour sauce which is made from Pork Pate. Superb combination to have with the rice and is a highly recommended to order.
Garlic Rice AUD4
White Rice AUD2.50
*Stick with the plain rice. The garlic rice doesn't carry the aromatics or distinct garlic flavors. In fact the rice itself is a little salty so just stick to the plain rice.*

Total Fed 2 16.50AUD Each 
What's also great is that the place serves complimentary water and/or jasmine tea which helps cut through the beautiful, fatty crispy pork.
Great, honest, traditional charcoal barbecue meats and fish that's located in the narrow ally way. Great value eats for the best of Philippine cuisine and a clear mark of authenticity as the place was completely filled by Filipinos at 12.50pm. Their babequed fish looked really good to. Value, flavor and nearby eats! A simple trifactor. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

London - To Eat (09June2017 Riding House Cafe, Workshop Coffee (Fitzrovia), Steak and Co)

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Riding House Cafe
Originally we had wanted to try out Dolloway Terrace (pictured below) but the place was fully booked out on a weekday lunch when we arrived as off 1130am.
Thus Riding House Cafe was pretty highly ranked as a googled alternate at 4.1 out of 401 ratings, hence we gave this place a try.
Click here for ABBA location of Riding House Cafe, 43-51 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7PQ, UK
Small plates to share are served in portions of three.
Ordered On:
- Poached trout, pickled cucumber, horseradish £7

*One could easily replicate this simple dish at home. Nothing special. Poorly seasoned and please give this order a pass*
- Salt beef reuben croquettes, spicy mayo. £7
*One cant really taste the properties of the salt beef. The spicy mayo didn’t add much to the entire dish either. Simple and over priced. Even the fried leaves were a waste of time.*
- Confirt lamb borek, smoked aubergine, rose harissa £8
*none of those elements were really picked up and the smoked aubergine tasted more long the line of tandori spiced puree. *
- Slow-roasted pork belly, cumin salt £8
*One can’t really taste the cumin salt. The roasted pork belly was well prepared but it failed on the all important crispy top. Better crackle would have been better. A good dish but not amazing*
Roasted duck breast sweet potato, pak choi, pickled ginger £18.50
*The star and dish which came recommended. A nice mordern-ish take on the dish. Nicely salted crust with a rarely seen, medium rare cook on duck breast. One could really taste the use of star anise and sesame oil. The sweet potato helped balanced the dish nicely, a nice Asian take as opposed to cranberry or citrus fruits..*
Man and Cheese tried from other table

 *Their mac and cheese was very well done. Great textures with some cheese crumble and fried berries of sort sprinkled on top! A good main order choice at 13.50pounds.*

Fed 4 at our table at £16 each.

The guy's verdict. Neutral/neutral/Good/Neutral
Pretty alright dining with nice decor with descent, albeit, a little on the pricier side. Located just across from The Attendant (Victorian male toilet converted into a dining cafe with good eats).

Click here for ABBA location of Riding House Cafe, 43-51 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7PQ, UK

Workshop Coffee (Fitzrovia)
recommend by others as their fav coffee joint located
just around the corner to Riding House Cafe reviewed above.

Recommended order is their Latte.
Click here for ABBA location of Workshop Coffee 80 Mortimer St, Marylebone, London W1W 7FE, UK
Am personally no barista and I can't really tell what makes a great coffee, but the way this artisian shop prepares your coffee so caringly adds to the experience.

A splash of cold water to quench one's thirst whilst preparing your coffee.

We ordered a Hot Chocolate (an okay only order but best Hot Chocolate still from San Churro's and the order is the Hot Cold.), Shakerato (One shot espresso mixed with Orange flower essence which didn't really shine through), Latte and Ice Latte. Drinks go for about 3pounds and a bit.
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Steak and Co
located 120m from Gloucester Hotel
Their lunch deal set

Steak and Co's signatures are pretty much their hot stone steak cuts. Their lunch deal set for steak and sides is a really good deal and for the quality maybe better priced than flat iron. Wild Wood located across the road also offers value for money lunch sets and menu prices aren't steep either!
Ordered On:
Lamb Cutlets 17.50pounds

*An okay serving of Lamb Cutlets, the rolls royce of the lamb cuts for the price is actually a very fair deal. The medium rare cook was a bit lacking but it is still an okay serving of the lamb.*
10oz Fillet 23.50 poundsSweet Potato Fries 3.50 pounds
Onion Rings 3.50 pounds

*They can cook the steak for you, but here the same gimmick is the same as the Lava Stone in Singapore. The waiter sells it that the condiments and hot stone makes the meat taste much better. Probably the only upside is that you won't have cold steak. Down side, is that the place ventilation isn't that great so your clothes would probably smell after that. The seasoned salt was however quite enjoyable.*
Fed 2 at 25pounds each with tip.
Okay steak that isn't wow in a nice dining environment. Their lunch deals are probably better pick if you're hanking for steak.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Singapore - To Eat 03June2017 (District 10 Suntect City Branch)

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District 10 - Suntec City Branch
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came recommended by others
District 10 is a chain restaurant, with this branch being the only one serving dry aged beef. Located at Suntec city tower2, District 10 is a bar and bistro located outside of the building around the fountain of wealth.
Having never had proper dry aged beef, this place came recommended by others for a try. The place itself is relatively small with both indoor and outdoor seating.
Ordered on:
Nice, warm artisan breads served with good olive oil and balsamic to start of the meal.

 Truffle Mash 14SGD
*One of the better Truffle Mash that I've had. Its not just using truffle infused oil but the real deal with truffle bits mixed into the mash. An elegant touch to that compliments the steak nicely. The micro chives are lovely over the top.*
800g 45Day Dry Aged Florentine SteakSGD19/100g
with minimum order of 800g order.

*Since I’ve never had proper dry aged meat, might as well go for the max 45day duration they had to offer.

Overall verdict based on taste alone...
it was a beautiful piece of steak. They cooked it over a flaming char grill which gives that distinctive flavor and done a beautiful medium rare. The condiments were nice and especially liked the lightly dressed salad and salt mound.

Was the dry age worth it? The dry aged did add to it but without an immediate side by side comparison its very hard to say how much more significant. The meat is tender-er and flavors I'd saye f slightly more concentrated. The meat does have a deeper red to it. The fat distribution does help enhance the flavor and it being a grain fed cut, has got lots of flavor layered between the meat. The probably down side to dry aging is that you may have more jerky, gamer like cuts nearer to the bone and along the aging crust. The change in flavor may be offsetting and thus go unconsumed.

Probably going for a longer dry aged beef would be

Fed2 at 166.07 less 15% discount from credit card promo.
Price point wise, one may wanna give District 10's aged T-Bone steak a try over the standard T-Bone at Wheeler's Estate Steak. Both of which are priced similarly. The only difference is the dry aged steak over at District 10 which has a higher minimum order at 800gms. I'm not too sure by way of dry aged price index if its over priced or about there, but I wouldn't call this place a proper steak house. Beef weren't served on warm plates nor with the correct cutlery. The place offers dry aged beef of up to a max of 45days in a casual bar and bistro environment. The hunt to find out if dry aged is really worth all the hype is still on though. Perhaps a longer dry aged beef would justify the premium and more complex/umami flavors.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Seoul - To Eat (31May2017 Kkanbu Chicken)

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Kkanbu Chicken

Located across from Sheraton D Cube ground floor 깐부 신도림 . kkanbu chicken . 깐부치킨 South Korea, Seoul, Guro-gu, Sindorim-dong, 337. Nearer to the stair case up towards crew joint, located on the ground floor through the building.
There's another more traditional Chicken and beer place located opposite to this hip joint. Free wifi available on-site and the place closes only at 2.30am. We tried for a reorder at 1.15am but their kitchen was closed. 
Ordered On:
31May2017 at 12.30Am. Usual crew join was closed.
Max Draft beer, side serving of fries and spicy chili chicken
 *Beer is a given good. Nice malty flavor as opposed to Cass or Hite beers. A nice fry on the chicken and chips The chicken however felt more like processed karage-like chicken. Spicy sauce. Nothing great but one of the few places that are still open at the time.*
Fed 2 at 33000Won total

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

LA - To Eat (30May2017 Outback Steakhouse)

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Outback Steak House
240m walk away form Wyndham Hotel
An Australian chain steak house that's located across  the road with a full fledged bar.

Ordered On:

Blooming Onion USD8+
Summer pale Ale.

Steaks come with their signature potatoes and choice of sides.
13Oz Ribeye and 12Oz Sirloin Cut 23USD+-24USD+ respectively

*The meats pretty okay prepared. Nothing phenomenal. I felt that the seasoning was a little heavy handed on the salt. The actual fat distribution of the meat was disappointing and the texture of the meat itself was firm and not as tender as hoped. The sirloin was similar but with more flavor from the fat strip at the top. Their signature jacket potato was huge and only could work through about a quarter of it. The blooming onion was the filler. Sweet onion fried to a oily crisp. The petal ends were nice and crispy but the bases soaked up much of the oil which made it heavy to finish. Good to share among at least three to four individuals.* 

 Total: 77USD fed two
 "Don't Bother/DWT (Don't waste time)" - Han. Disappointing for a steak house really. Maybe the slow roasted prime rib or 22Oz (623gram) bone-in rib eye would have been better, but if coming here, order their massive steaks to share or try the tried and tested Morton's just further down the road (1.5km walk).

LA - To Do 28May2017 (Disney Land)

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Disney Land
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Getting there:
ree shuttle provided

- 1/2hourly scheduled transport starts from an hour before doors open and half hourly returns an hour after parks closes.
- Always go for the fast passes and check you're getting the right ones. Fast pass are issued from machines at the rides which allocate a time for you to return for a ride. However take note that due to multi-purposing of the place and adding to original standing structures, make sure you get the right fast pass for the correct ride.
The original Disney Land that started it all. A nice throw back to this nostalgic place for the humble beginnings as the original Disneyland. 

The age of the place is starting to show slightly as Disney constantly tries to renovate the older attractions, updating them to newer themes with their expanding licenses. This can also be seen with the lack of themed dining halls to serve up food and beverage and the revamped structures to accommodate the huge following and tourist influx. Even the parade vehicle haven't changed much since years back and are starting to show their age through the paint work.

You never know if Jack might make another apperance.
Stand-outs were their Starwars depot with the Jedi training academy and meet and greet sessions with the members of the Dark Side and rebel alliance. 

Many of the ride are very familiar to those familiar with Disney parks. Where this place would be superior to its neighboring variant California adventure which caters more to the older age group of teens and up would be here is more character driven. Cast members show up periodically around the park for great photo ops, meet and greets.

Their stage shows are good and even the kiddy folk tale readings are a good laugh with live piano music and shouldn't be missed out.
Try to stay for the night scene in Disney Land as really the whole mood and atmosphere changes. They could have updated the roster roll for the parades and their electronic light displays with more future tech. 

The finale at the end gives a solid 20mins worth of fire works display which is always a huge crowd pleaser. 

For more kid friendly rides, much more meet the characters opportunities, and a walk down this historic park of what started it all, Disneyland is the place to go. For more grown up rides, and modern build, California Adventure Disney is the one to go to.