Joy of India Menu Launch

I was recently invited to a menu launch at an Indian restaurant called Joy of India and boy was it joyful; the food, the company and the great service just made my night!

Before I get onto the food, I have to share something funny. My cultural background is Sri Lankan but people mostly assume I’m Indian and a lot of people think India and Sri Lanka have the same food (like the assumption made by Roxy on last weeks episode of First Dates!!!) but actually they are two different countries with different types of cuisines.
Anyway, now to the food…a group of us ordered a range of vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes to share along with garlic and cheese naan and steamed rice. I have to say ordering different dishes and sharing is the way to go at an Indian restaurant. For our entrée we shared a tasting platter of non-vegetarian delights, including tandoori chicken and fish and lamb koftas. The chicken and fish were so tender, they just melt in your mouth.  This was my favourite dish of the night by far. I have to say all the dishes were tasty as well as the drink of choice; Mango Lassi (a must have at any Indian restaurant).
If your unsure of what to order at an Indian restaurant, here is the list of dishes we ordered:
Garlic and cheese naan
Steamed rice
Mixed non veg platter
Butter chicken
Prawn jalfrezi
Dhal maharani
Vegetable korma
Palak paneer
Aloo gobhi muttar
Cucumber raita
So if you’re not salivating already here are some photos…..

 Joy of India

 

A Vietnamese feast at Mai Kitchen

Don’t you hate it when you get that feeling when you just want some tasty, hearty food but can’t be bothered cooking and then you just end up eating something that’s really not good for you…lets not name names!…..It happens to me all the time. But guess what! It doesn’t need to happen anymore because I want to share with you a delicious new Vietnamese restaurant that has opened its doors in Adelaide….Mai Kitchen.

Mai Kitchen and Lee from Adelaide Food Central invited a group of us bloggers to have a taste of their delicious offerings and delicious it was! We ordered a range of entrees, mains, desserts and drinks. I had Hanoi spring rolls, sizzling chilli chicken, fried rice, banana fritters and a refreshing coconut juice. I have to say I loved it all, everything just tasted so authentic and they weren’t stingy on the serving size either, in fact they were actually too big, which meant we got to take doggy bags home! Something that also needs to be mentioned is that they have a dedicated vegan menu, I love when menu’s are all-inclusive.

My favourite dish of the evening was the Hanoi spring rolls (see below). The different textures and flavours of this dish were just heaven…crunchy coat, mince filling, wrapped in crisp lettuce, and showered in the famous Vietnamese dressing…yum! I’ve been craving it ever since!

Not only was the food delicious but the service was great as well, everyone had a smile on their face which I really appreciated, and the owner mentioned to me that “the customer is his boss”…isn’t that just lovely!

Mai Kitchen

OLEA: Adelaide’s hot new modern Greek restaurant

“Olea seeks to redefine modern Greek cuisine by taking the best of Greece’s culinary traditions and bringing them into the present day using an intricate understanding of the modern palette.

Specialty ingredients imported from Greece are used alongside South Australia’s best produce to craft a menu that invokes flavours from around the world layered over the top of a Mediterranean foundation.”

I was recently invited to the official launch of Olea, a modern Greek restaurant tucked away within Adelaide’s new hotspot Electra House located on King William Street. It was my first time at Olea so I wasn’t sure what to expect, on arrival I was blown away by the restaurants beauty and warmth. It was a cold, rainy day so being welcomed into a warm, inviting space was much appreciated. I’ve never been to Greece but I’m thinking the colour scheme and decor mirror what the restaurants in Greece are like.

We were treated to an array of dishes, from local kalamata olives to slow braised lamb. My favourite dishes from the night were the Greek dips with pita and traditional koulouri bread. This dish was not only yummy, but it’s a great dish to share before moving onto the main meal. My next favourite was the Spencer Gulf king prawns dressed with baby capers, lemon and oregano. If I was home sitting on the couch with a bowl of these prawns, I would have gone in with the fingers but because I was at the restaurant I had to restrain myself to using cutlery…they were finger licking worthy!The next favourite, which I think was a favourite amongst most of the guests was the slow braised lamb which they served alongside roast potatoes and grilled cabbage. The lamb was so tender, flavoursome and went perfectly with the potatoes and cabbage. I can just imagine this kind of meal being a regular in family homes in Greece. My most favourite dish of the night was the rice stuffed tomato served on kefalotyri cheese foam, flavoured with mint and dill. The textures of this dish made it, with the al dente rice, soft tomato shell and cheesy sauce….I’m salivating just thinking about it….it was so yummy!

Below you will see photos of these dishes…I hope they get you salivating as well.

Let me know if you get a chance to go and tell me what your favourite dishes were, I’d love to hear from you!

Myself and Kelly Noble (Glam Adelaide)

 OLEA

Sushi Planet: New Menu Launch

Do you remember an earlier post from the launch of Sushi Planet in January? Well due to their success since opening they have expanded the menu to include a range of exciting new options including sushi for vegans!

The new menu launch was done in true Sushi Planet style, not only was the sushi flowing, the stylish guests were also in an abundance, and it was no secret that everyone enjoyed the delicious sushi.

What excited me was the range of different options and how pretty they looked, it was definitely a feast for the senses and it’s so nice that anyone with different dietary requirements has a choice and aren’t just left with one disappointing option.

My favourite thing on the menu are the chicken skewers……OMG they are so yummy. I love it when fancy food is actually tasty and the skewers at Sushi Planet are so tasty. They are smothered in finger licking, sticky, flavoursome sauce, I will go back anyday for these!

Here are some photos I took on the night, enjoy eating with your eyes and hopefully you get a chance to check it out yourself!

Sushi Planet

The Taxpayer: Breakfast Menu Launch

So breakfast is the most important meal of the day right? Since it’s so important we might as well make the effort to have something that tastes good! But who can actually be bothered cooking a tasty breakfast at home? Anyone…?

Well we don’t have to bother because The Taxpayer can do it for us! Yes that’s right, The Taxpayer has launch their brand new breakfast menu featuring delicious brioche rolls, paninis, burgers, waffles and more. They also have some delicious drink options, including an amazing berry smoothie, as seen below, this smoothie is not just delicious but it’s also healthy!

I got to taste the Brioche roll with crisp panchetta, fried egg and tomato relish…..this was so yummy and indulgent….I can’t wait to go back for more. I also want to go back to taste the waffle, I’m salivating just thinking about it, I’m so bad!

The Taxpayer just know how to treat their diners right, take a look at the photos below and I bet you will be having breakfast at The Taxpayer tomorrow!

The Taxpayer

Sushi Planet Official Opening

Sushi is a type of food that you either love or hate, but I think most people in this day and age love it. It’s usually easy to eat, tasty, fresh, and there are so many flavour combinations to choose from, so how can you not love it?!

Well Adelaide’s newest sushi restaurant; Sushi Planet, makes sushi even better by giving you the option of enjoying freshly made sushi in a beautiful restaurant or having it delivered to your door step if you can’t be bothered going out, how good is that!

Sushi Planet officially opened in style a couple of weeks ago and I was so excited to attend and have a taste of their delicious offerings. As you will see below, not only is the sushi fresh and tasty but it is also beautifully presented, I did alot of eating with my eyes that night! You will also see below one of their many pretty cocktails on offer…..sushi and cocktails…..some people would call that heaven! Along with the sushi, you can also choose to have delicious chicken skewers with a thick, sticky, yummy sauce (as seen below) these were actually my favourite, they were so flavoursome.

I had a great time catching up with friends over sushi at the opening party and I look forward to going back and tasting all the different options on the menu. Although if I feel lazy I might just have to order and have it delivered, just so I can have one of those cute little sushi cars turn up at my house, you should too!

 Sushi Planet

Ginza Miyako: Menu Launch

I was recently invited to the new menu launch at Ginza Miyako, located in the Stamford Plaza Hotel. Ginza Miyako is a Japanese restaurant, with a French and Western twist. With two separate areas offering diners two different experiences, one of which consists of traditional tables and chairs and the other, offers guests a traditional Japanese experience, where you feel like you’re sitting on the floor but with the comfort of sitting on a chair.

“Ginza Miyako has recently appointed a new Head Chef, Kazuki Ushiro, to lauch a new fushion Japanese menu. Ushiro, who is a master of both French and Japanese cuisines, has designed the menu that combines the best of both worlds to bring the most exquisite meals possible.” 

The meal began with a fried oyster served with black rice risotto, red cabbage and tartar sauce. This was delicious and perfect for those of us who don’t like the feeling of eating a fresh oyster. It was crunchy, beautifully seasoned and so easy to eat, the risotto also added a nice texture.

Next came the orange cured ocean trout served with fennel seaweed salad, carrot purèe and wasabi cream sauce. First of all, lets just stare at the beauty of this dish, I felt bad to dig into such beauty! Once I finally did, I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed it, since I’m not really a fan a raw fish. The addition of the carrot, orange segments, fennel salad and wasabi sauce complimented the fish so well.

Then came my favourite dish of the evening….Sushi…This Sushi is not like the ones you get elsewhere, this sushi was special, one was filled with blue fin tuna, king fish and salmon and the other was filled with smoked eel and cream cheese. I had these in one bite, so delicious. I am usually the one who goes for chicken in my sushi, but I would definitely have these two again!

Next we were served slow cooked South Australian duck breast with mashed potato, lentils, beetroot purèe and citrus teriyake sauce. I recently made a personal decision not to eat duck, but for the purpose of trying, I did taste it and then offered the rest to someone else at the table. Upon trying the duck it was really tasty, what surprised me even more was how tender the meat was. Allthough I didn’t eat all of the duck, I did enjoy the mashed potato and lentils, they were delicious, I would go back just for them.

The final dish of the savoury courses was a charcoal grilled wagyu scotch fillet with mushroom mashed potato, seasonal vegetables, carrot purèe and red wine Japanese citrus chili sauce. As I don’t eat beef, they kindly served me lamb instead. Once again a tasty and beautifully presented dish. I had never tried nor heard of mushroom mashed potato, but it was actually very tasty. Each part of this dish worked so well together.

And last but definitely not least, dessert. For dessert we were served a marscapone cream cheese and strawberry mille-feuille with rhubarb ice cream and japanese plum wine sauce. What a perfect and refreshing way to finish off such a rich meal. My favourite part of this dish was the marscapone cream and the strawberries in the crisp pastry, so yummy.

I definitely recommend Ginza Miyako for your next dinner out! You will not be dissapointed.

Ginza Miyako

The Taxpayer: Spring Menu Launch

The Taxpayer, Adelaide’s hot little hang-out burger and booze bar recently launched their new spring menu and I was invited for a sneak peak taste of the new offerings. On arrival, I knew we were in for a treat as the tables were decked out with Corn tortilla chips served with guacamole, sour cream and salsa, and jugs of sangria and punch, family style. As we sat down the sliders started filling the room. As I don’t eat beef (although the beef burgers looked amazing with strips of bacon hanging out!) I was looking forward to trying the vegetarian option, which did not disappoint. It was filled with a slice of grilled halloumi, sautéed mushrooms, caramalised onion and pineapple relish, alfalfa sprouts and herb mayo, it was so delicious (I’m definitely going back for more!). After the sliders, we were treated to their special fries with parmesan and truffle oil, another thing I’m going back for, these fries tasted like heaven! Finally to finish of the meal, we were spoilt with a bourbon spiked milkshake, ohmygod! 

This place did not disappoint, as it was my first time trying the Taxpayer, I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but now I know that I will be returning. By the way, not only was the food and drinks delicious, but the space is so comfortable and inviting, the perfect place to just hang-out after work or with friends on the weekend.

The Taxpayer Burger and Booze Bar