Monday, 22 September 2014

Kepos Street Kitchen, Redfern - Sydney

Best salad ever.
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And it takes a lot for me to say that because I'm usually fussy with salad. Now, you don't get to see me so excited about a bowl of salad.

It's all thanks to Kepos Street Kitchen, a small spot on the corner of Kepos St (duh). It looks unassuming, but there's just so many things that can be loved from this place. Let's start about the cute and neat exterior seating.

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Kepos Street Kitchen exterior

Then the very comfortable interior seating, which is rather small and it will definitely be a struggle to get a table at peak hours. A row of couch is available on one of the corner, but we chose the window seating. Typical food-blogger-finding-the-best-lightning kind of thing.

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Interior

Then there's the super refreshing pineapple juice, tasted like how pineapple should taste like, lifting the taste buds right away with its strong tartness.

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Pineapple juice - $4.5

And it just went uphill from then on.

The Tunisian style seared yellow fin tuna salad with harissa dressing was not only unbelievably picturesque, it tasted mind-blowing too. I swear, I hadn't been this excited about a bowl of salad before this.

Every bite was perfect and full of textural contrast. The tuna was seared perfectly, the cucumber and tomatoes were crunchy yet juicy, I don't usually like eggplant but had no complain about the ones in this bowl, and the egg and potato added heavier substance. The glue that bind them all together was the super tasty, fragrant, herb-y dressing.

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Tunisian style seared yellow fin tuna, eggplant, tomato, cucumber, egg, potato, harissa dressing - $19

Then came the one that made me fall in love even deeper with this restaurant.

The Southern fried chicken sandwich may look dark, but the buns weren't burnt at all. It was just slightly dry but was balanced well with the zingy, creamy coleslaw and the mayo. The fried chicken came in two big pieces, with succulent meat and crispy, perfectly fried jacket that wasn't oily at the slightest. A cup of thick chips were also wolfed up quickly.

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Southern fried chicken sandwich, middle eastern coleslaw, chermoula mayo served with chips- $18

The churros were the only menu item that we could make a suggestion on. The thick logs of sweet Spanish donuts were served in a paper bag, which looked great and exciting, but we just wished there were less of the white sugar dustings. Apart from that, it was all good.

And how sexy does that dollop of salted caramel look?

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Churros with salted caramel - $12

Let me finish with another lovable points; the gorgeous display of baked goodies on the counter and the friendly, attentive service.

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Assorted baked goodies on counter

Kepos Street Kitchen, you will be seeing lots of this girl in the future.

P.S. They've just won a hat on Australian Good Food and Travel Guide! Well deserved, I say. Congrats, Kepos Street Kitchen!

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Currency: $1 = IDR 11,000


Rating: 4.5/5 (Very recommended)
It's only from a visit but it sure left a great mark on my heart. Really great dishes, service is very friendly, ambiance is nice and comfy (but prepare to queue at peak hours), price is reasonable.







Address:

KEPOS STREET KITCHEN

96 Kepos Street
Redfern, NSW 2016

Phone: (02) 9319 3919

Web: Kepos Street Kitchen
Facebook: Kepos Street Kitchen

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Danjee and Kanzi, Sydney CBD

Sometimes, all you need is some good food and laughter.
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Deep fried chicken from Danjee

Trust me, they work wonders.

So the story begins when I have to do a full month of prac at one of the busiest places in one of the busiest hospitals in Sydney. By the third week I managed to get a few blisters on my toes from all the running and standing, cold sores, and aching bones. Also, because I have been living on instant noodles, I was really craving for a proper meal. I needed a really fun and delicious escape even if only for a day.

That's when Isaac, Amy, and Yvonne came to the rescue.

We had a fun and hilarious night that was started by a Korean indulgence at Danjee, nestled on a dark alley that reminded us of Harry Potter's Knocturn Alley.

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Danjee's open kitchen

The first glance can be deceiving. Come inside and you'll be welcomed by such a fancy and modern setup, with warm ambiance and elegant touches. The first thing that caught my sight was the bright open kitchen. I was also surprised about how expansive the place is, they seem to have two separate  dining area, but both look equally comfortable with romantic dim glow.

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Interior

The place is also livened by green plants here and there, and it seems to be quite popular among Koreans and non-Koreans alike.

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Decorations and whatnot

Going with what Yvonne recommended, the fascinating salad was ordered. Nu rung ji salad consisted of a bed of lettuce concealed by handfuls of crispy rice (which tasted and felt like rengginang in Indonesia), completed with bright cherry tomatoes and pumpkin. The combination had a great and thrilling flavour with the tangy perilla seed dressing.

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Nu rung ji salad - crispy rice, pumpkin, mixed greens, perilla seed dressing ($6)

Couldn't decide which jeon or pancake to get, we decided to go all in. Mo deum jeon or assorted pancakes had seven different types of pancakes on the plate, including green chillies, perilla leaves, prawns, chicken, tofu, and zucchini battered with egg mixture.

My favourite was the tasty chicken jeon.

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Mo deum jeon - assorted jeon ($30)

Then the banchan arrived. Cue the arrival of main dishes.

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Banchan (side dishes)

Kimchi deung gal bi jim (pork spare ribs in kimchi stew) was fiery in appearance, but it was much tamer in terms of flavour. The pork spare ribs were everything I dream of; tender, juicy, slightly fatty. Especially with the addition of my best friends: slices of pork belly that didn't give my jaw much workout. The punchy kimchi made us feel less guilty from not ordering any vegetables dishes.

A recommended move with this: order a bowl of rice.

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Kimchi deung gal bi jim - slow cooked pork spare ribs in kimchi stew ($35)

The charcoal soy marinated beef had my eyes welling with happy tears from all of its marvelous traits. Every bite was packed with its uber tasty juice and subtle smoky aftertaste. The beef was incredibly succulent and cooked to utter perfection. It came with some perilla leaves and lettuce, which was great vessels to wrap it with.

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Danjee sutbul bool go gi - charcoal soy marinated beef ($35)

When the fourth hot chick arrived on the table, it was too much for Isaac. His nose started bleeding and he had to excuse himself from all the intense hotness from the table. Three is his limit, apparently.

We were arguing whether to get the main or entree size of the fried chicken, but Isaac and I won with our glutton. The chicken was a legit, delicious version of KFC, with absolutely crunchy batter and juicy meat. Magnify the deliciousness by dipping each piece into either the garlic or sweet chilli sauce.

Amy even reckons that this one's better than Naruone's (SAY WHATTTT??).

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Deep fried chicken (main size) - $35

We just kept eating until each of us complained of sudden tightness of our jeans and how it was getting harder to breathe.

I was so tempted to change the blog name to 'Irene's Getting Too Full' by this stage.

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Feast on.

But dessert. Our bodies automatically made space for some.

We ended up at Kanzi, a cute café acting as a clothes shop at the same time. 

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Kanzi's drinks: iced chocolate, iced peach tea, iced matcha latte

Everyone around us seemed to order the same thing: melon bingsoo. The colossal dessert used half of honey dew as the bowl, filled with shaved ice, melon balls, few scoops of vanilla ice cream, and a stick of Melona drizzled with condensed milk.

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Melon bingsoo

It was epic, sweet, and satisfying. Especially when you add almost non-stop laughter and exciting conversations varying from blood, Dane Deehan, and tight pants.

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Moral of the story: listen to your body. Ease it up a bit when it gets too much or busy. And also, Dane Deehan is downright hot.

Big thanks to you guys three for making my night! Let's do it again soon!

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Currency: $1 = IDR 11,000


Rating:

Danjee: 4/5 (Recommended)
Great selections of Korean dishes with some excellent ones, service is efficient, ambiance is really comfy and nice, price is reasonable.

Kanzi: 3/5 (Worth the try)
The mighty melon bingsoo. Enough said.







Address:

DANJEE

1-7 Albion Pl
Sydney, NSW 2000

Phone: (02) 8084 9041

Facebook: Danjee Sydney

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KANZI FASHION CAFE

393-399 Sussex St 
Haymarket, NSW 2000

Web: Kanzi
Facebook: Kanzi Fashion Café

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

LP's Quality Meats, Chippendale - Sydney

Protein is good for our body.
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Meat, mashed potato, bread, beer. Can't ask for more.

So that's why I have not even a drop of regret after an epic meat feast at LP's Quality Meats with some really fabulous food lovers.

The place is on a small alley, with no signage whatsoever. A tip: follow the crowd. We arrived just before their doors were opened, and the place filled up quickly although it has only been open for 2 weeks. The tables are mostly big ones, so prepare to share. The interior is spacious with open kitchen on one side of the venue, it's arranged nicely and neatly. The only downside is that it's so dimly lighted and the music should probably be toned down a bit.

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Interior

The open kitchen is a show on its own, displaying grills, fryers, and big fat sausages hanging down on the counter. The kitchen is piloted by Chef Luke Powell, ex-Tetsuya and ex-Mary's.

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Open kitchen

We started nicely with a tray of cured and cold cuts: coppa di testa, bierwurst, and belly ham, which were also accompanied by dijon mustard, olives, and a pickled chilli. Both the coppa di testa and belly ham were smooth and delicate, but my preference went to the crunchy and chewy stick of bierwurst.

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Cured & cold cuts - coppa di testa ($12), bierwurst ($12), belly ham ($12)

There weren't many listed on the menu so we tried to sample as many as we could. Smoked salmon was our choice from the smoked fish section. The smoky flavour and aroma wasn't too dominant, and the thin slices of fish tasted really good paired with the flavorsome aioli.

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Smoked salmon - $18

I know fish is good for us and stuff, but when faced with the promise of sweet meat, the carnivores in us roared impatiently for the meat feast.

And so the tray of smoked meats arrived with great anticipation.

It contained four types of animal protein: Toulouse sausage, beef tri-tip, lamb shoulder, and smoked chicken.

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Smoked meats - half chicken ($24), beef tri-tip ($28), lamb shoulder ($24), toulouse sausage ($14)

The Toulouse sausage was juicy, slightly spicy and extremely tasty. The lamb shoulder was much adored by the table due to its tenderness and alluring smoky fragrance, but as you guys may know, I've always had problems with lamb.

However, I almost knelt for the divine beef tri-tip, which wasn't only cooked perfectly with pink tint in the middle, but was also very succulent with distinct smoky characteristics. The smoked chicken was less exciting but was welcomed joyfully regardless.

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Eat all the meat!

The beef tri-tip was too awesome we ordered a second serving. Like I said, protein is important you know.

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Beef tri-tip - $28

Although the meat tray was practically Beyonce on the stage, the background dancers were also worth to mention. The bread rolls were fluffy and added a nice carbs injection.

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Bread - $2 ea

But I'd prefer taking the carbs in the form of mashed potato. Dudes, I swear, this is the BEST mashed potato I have ever tried. Silky, creamy, buttery, cheesy; you name it, this mashed potato is perfection.

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Mashed potato and gravy - $10

The eggplant salad was also interesting with exploding flavours of spices, but I was more drawn to the green kale salad (on the first picture) with crunchy chickpeas. Don't knock it till you try it.

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Eggplant salad - $12

By this time I was already struggling to speak in full sentences but do you think a group of avid eaters would skip dessert? Nah.

One dessert was listed on the menu but we also had the other two specials. The favourite dessert by unanimous vote was pudding chomuer, a winning combination of cake pudding, caramelized maple syrup and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. We tried so hard to remain being humane and polite while trying to get the biggest spoonful at the same time. Heh.

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Pudding chomuer - $12

The other two desserts were good in their own ways, but neither the donut with simple cream and a cherry on top nor the triffle with unique-flavoured syrup caught much of attention compared to the pudding.

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Donut - $5

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Triffle - $14

That's a week-worth of protein squeezed into a meal. Totally worth it. Bring me more smoky meat feast!

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Currency: $1 = IDR 11,000


Rating: 3.5/5 (Really worth the try)
Great smoked meat platter with interesting special menus, AMAZING mashed potato, service is friendly and efficient, price is reasonable, ambiance is nice and casual but can do with less loud music.








Address:

LP'S QUALITY MEATS

12-16 Chippen St
Chippendale, NSW 2008

Phone: (02) 8399 0929

Web: LP's Quality Meats

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