Monday, 18 September 2017

Bistro Officina, Bowral

If you love shopping, eating, relaxing or taking pleasure in spending time walking around, Bowral is the perfect town to visit and it's easy to see why. Here you'll find quaint and quirky little boutique shops and cafes, enchanting gardens and parks, fantastic restaurants and dozens of vineyards and cellar doors surrounding the town. The old world country charm atmosphere and the variety of wonderful things to do will keep you coming back time and again. 
This visit, we celebrated my birthday at Bistro Officina. It's a lovely and peaceful place adjoining the Berida Manor Hotel with ample parking space on the grounds and it's located not too far from the centre of town. I love the open light space which allows heaps of natural light into the dining areas. This beautiful place is perfect for families, small group of friends or a special occasion. We had a beautiful eight course tasting menu that highlighted seasonal ingredients cooked in wood ovens or grilled over charcoal. Incredible local food, great venue, excellent service and every aspect fantastic. This place is an absolute gem in the Highlands. Great food, great value.

Berida Manor Hotel

Bone Marrow Salsa Verde Grilled White Polenta

Beetroot Gnocchi with Cheese Sauce

Fish Cheek, Italian Spinach, Chickpea, Fish Broth, Witlof

Angus Flank, Brussels Sprout, Mushroom Dust, Beef Jus

Pumpkin Sorbet, Pavlova with Nitrogen

Charcoal Chocolate

Orange Pecora Cheesecake


Bistro Officina
6 David St, Bowral NSW 2576

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Nahm, Bangkok

Australian-born chef David Thompson, considered the world's leading Thai food expert is the man behind the success of Nahm, which is consistently ranked among the finest restaurants in the world. It's not voted "Best Thai Restaurant in Bangkok" for nothing. David Thompson has been one of my favourite chefs, hence Nahm ranks high on my list of restaurants to try in Bangkok

Too afraid to miss out, I always book restaurants months in advance when I travel. Oh, the anticipation of the flavours to come. Nahm's rave-worthy dishes, astonishing flavours, excellent service and beautiful surroundings really made our experience unforgettable. Be warned though: if you cannot handle spicy-hot food, this may not be for you. 

A beautiful huge lotus leaf sculpture sits in front of this chic upscale hotel.

 Amuse-bouche: Ripe pineapple topped with palm sugar, pork, chicken, shrimp, crushed peanuts, shallots, garlic, cooked until dark brown.
This dish is what Thai food is all about, it's a balance combination of sweet, salty, sour, spicy and bitter. It's like yin and yang.

Egg Nets with Prawns, Wild Almonds and Kaffir Lime

 Little bites of heaven! So delicious.
Pork and lobster with shredded ginger and Thai citron.

 Steamed Coral Trout with Bang Rak Yellow Beans and Pickled Garlic

 Panang Curry of Wagyu Bef with Peanuts, Shallots and Thai Basil

 King Fish Salad with Pomelo, Lemongrass and Lime

 Hot and Sour Soup of River Prawn and Wild Mushrooms (Tom Yum)

 Tropical Fruit in Scented Syrup
Sweet Thai Wafers with Poached Persimmon and Golden Duck Egg Noodles

COMO Metropolitan Bangkok
27 South Sathorn Road
Tungmahamek, Sathorn
Bangkok 10120, Thailand

+66 2 625 3388

Monday, 4 September 2017

Quoi Dining, Baulkham Hills

We celebrated Father's Day's at Quoi Dining, the latest addition to The Hills restaurant scene. This boutique restaurant is set on a beautiful lakeside landscape in North West Sydney. It's a small, cosy and intimate restaurant perfect for romantic dinners or special occasions.
The main reason for us choosing this restaurant was because we wanted to try and experience Chef Josh Mason's dishes. He may only be 23 yrs old but with a list of awards under his name and having worked at Atelier Crenn, a Two Michelin Star Restaurant in San Francisco under Dominique Crenn (honoured as The Best Female Chef In The World 2016) this amazing young chef is surely one to watch. 

We wanted to try the Tasting Menu (A$100) but only the Three Course Father's Day Special Menu (A$85) plus a list of appetisers were being offered. The dishes were amazing and the quality was top notch. It was by far the best dishes I've had in The Hills. Where the food excelled the service was a bit of a let down. It was friendly but disorganised and needs improvement. We did not expect less for the price that we paid. 

Warm Bread with Salted Butter

Northern French Snail Ragout (served with warm bread, not in photo)
Wow, what a delicious appetiser! The snails were soft and tender and the sweet acidic flavour of the ragout went so well with the snails.

Josh Mason's signature dish Picked Blue Swimmer Crab, Roasted Garlic Beurre Blanc and Radishes
It looked too pretty to eat. Yet another amazing dish.

Steak Tartar, Cured Egg Yolk, Eschallot

Truffled Mash
It's light and fluffy with sublte truffle flavour.

Pork Belly, Caramelised Witlof and Onion Jus

Lamb with Roasted Black Garlic Puree and Cereliac


Black Angus, Eye Fillet with Mushroom, Pomme Puree, Rediccio and Jus

Passion Fruit, Coconut and Citrus

Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut and Honeycomb

White Winter, Champagne and Caramel
The perfect combination of flavours. Creamy white chocolate bits, vanilla ice cream, caramel and matcha all went so well together. 

Quoi Dining
6/8 Century Circuit, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153

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