Friday, 29 July 2016

Pablo, Akihabara Tokyo

Originated from Osaka, Japan. Pablo Cheesecake has been getting a lot of attention from foodies worldwide. 
Based on the reviews I read their shops often have a long queue outside but by some stroke of luck there was no queue yet when we arrived around 10am at their Akihabara branch. 
So what's the buzz about? For one, it's certainly a huge piece of cheesecake to start with (don't forget to ask for forks for a small fee if you plan to eat them straightaway). My knees went all wobbly at the sight of them 
and I cannot wait to dig in while it's still fresh! 
 It's definitely rich, creamy, and oozing with real cheesy goodness!  
They're downright delicious and dangerously addictive.











 Akihabara

Maid Cafe

Great Mazinger, the most loved and well known of all the robots in the history of Japanese animation.

Takoyaki! Just made my eyes light up. Delicious and warm. 
 



Pablo
1-6-5 Kanda Sakumacho, 1F Akiba Tolim,  
Chiyoda 101-0025, Tokyo Prefecture

Monday, 25 July 2016

Dim Dim Sum Dim Sum, Hong Kong (Revisited)

With the sheer number of dim sum places in Hong Kong, finding one that stands out can be quite a challenge.  
This place definitely shines above others. It may look like any ordinary dim sum restaurants 
but their dim sum is by far one of the best I've had in Hong Kong. It offers affordable, delicious, authentic 
and creative dim sum and there is no need to queue (for now). The Mushroom Bun is what they're famous for 
and I love how they are able to make them look so real. It's a must try. 

You can read my previous blog on this restaurant here.

Baked Pastry with Pork Filling



Pan-fried Seafood Stuffed Peppers


Pan-fried Radish Cakes


Pan-fried Eggplant with Teriyaki Sauce


Beef Tripe with Black Pepper Sauce


Chiu Chow-Style Dumplings



Mushroom Buns



Beef Meatball with Sun-dried Tangerine Peel

Steamed Fish Maw and Cordyceps


7 Tin Lok Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
2891-7677 

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

L'Effervescence, Tokyo


Without a doubt one of the best meals I've had so far. Food was beyond delicious and beautifully presented. 
Service was top notch thanks to Zac, the only maĆ®tre d'hotel worth mentioning. 
Chef Shinobu Namae's menu is incredible, the dishes are creative and it's all about perfect harmony of flavours 
and each dish exceeded my expectations in every way. 

 Towards the end of the meal, we were presented with a Matcha Tea Ceremony. 
We watched quietly and intently as Zac carefully prepares the tea with precise and graceful hand movements.  
There is a real feeling of peace and tranquility. The process is not just about drinking tea, 
it's also about appreciating the beauty of things and emphasizing the simple and natural.

 After the meal, Chef Namae came to greet us at our table and asked how our meal was.    
You rarely see chefs take time to come out and greet his diners and converse with them. 
I noticed he did this with every table. That was a humbling experience and truly made our lunch even more special. 

Asia's 12th Best Restaurant and Top 100 in the World.








 


Yoghurt, tofu, olive oil in lieu of butter. Refreshing, creamy and light. We all loved it.


One of the things I love about fancy restaurants in Tokyo is that your bag gets its own chair.


~Like dead leaves~
Nodoguro saute and kabosu sabayon, burdock puree, lily bulb, cavolo nero

~A fixed point~
4 hours cooked Tokyo turnip, parsley, Basque ham and brioche


~Contrast~
Crackling Jerusalem artichoke, smoked mussel, Comte cheese sauce

What a delight to choose your own Laguiole steak knives to use. 
They are of the finest-quality and precision-crafted by artisans. 
So breathtakingly beautiful and elegant to use. 
I want my own set too! 
 
 
 ~Hearth in a quiet night~
  Aku-ushi beef leg roasted by open fire, mushroom extract, trumpet mushroom, taro, 
petit vert, black truffle

 

~Longing for Spring to come~
Strawberry charlotte and shiso, houji-cha ice cream, plum jelly, yuzu

Petits fours


Zac, our maitre d'hotel preparing the matcha inseries of choreographed movements. 




"World Peace" 
This peanut milk is pure heaven!


Lastly,  a spiced fruit cake was presented to us as a token of souvenir to take away.



L'Effervescence
2 Chome-26-4 Nishiazabu, Minato, 
Tokyo 106-0031, Japan 

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Dumplings Taipei, Baulkham Hills

  Chinese people whether or not they grew up in China all love to eat. 
 I was very excited to try this Taiwanese restaurant that a Taiwanese-Australian friend of mine recommended, so we went there recently for a weekend lunch. I read the menu and thought if there was anything I didn't want because I just wanted to try them all! The meal immediately brought me back to when I was 17 when I visited Taiwan for the first time. The dishes were delicious and it felt so good eating them. Yum! Comfort food to warm my heart. The only thing though was that although they were good, the smaller dishes were not cheap for their size but I will definitely be coming back to try the other noodle and rice dishes.




Steamed Pork Buns

Braised Pigs Ears with Garlic


Taiwanese Sausage

Pork Wontons in Spicy Sauce


Bah Tsang- Glutinous Rice Dumpling 


Taiwanese Pork Meatball

Deep-fried Maryland Noodles


4 Chinese Herbs and Pork Stomach Soup


Bah Kee Mee- Pork Thick Soup Noodles



Dumplings Taipei
Gateway Plaza, 1/2-4 Old Northern Rd, 
Baulkham Hills NSW 2153
(02) 9686 1095
 
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