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

 

Tour Down Under: The Foodies Guide

 The Tour Down Under brings together the best of the best in the cycling world, but what you might not know is that the tour is not all about the bikes and cyclists, there’s also something for all of you foodies out there. I was invited to check out the food on offer at this years village, as well as watch a cooking demo by the host of River Cottage Australia; Paul West.

Paul West shared that he didn’t even know how to make fried rice, but after training as a chef at the age of 23 at Vue de mond, the best restaurant in the country at the time, he learnt so much. Paul was growing produce before becoming a chef, he decided to train as a chef because he wanted to complete the cycle (no pun intended) of creating food. He was working 90 hour weeks at glamorous fine dining restaurants, but hated the amount of work he had to put in for hardly any reward. Not long after he decided to apply to be the host of River Cottage Australia, and out of 1200 applicants, he landed the role. He believes that he got the job because he was a real Aussie guy growing produce and cooking with it. Paul is here in Adelaide with Subaru, hosting cooking demos at the Village….I highly recommend checking him out.
Also in the village are some food stalls including, Coal cellar & grill, Kerou and Co, Veggie Velo, Saint Espresso, All Fired Up Pizza, and 48 flavours. There are so many yummy food stalls, so why not check out the village during your lunch break…that’s what I did!
 

The Tour Down Under 2016

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

My favourite food spots around Chinatown

Chinatown, Adelaide is a mecca for tasty, wholesome food, from the Central Markets to the endless alleyways filled with hidden gems, there’s definitely going to be something to suit everyone’s tastebuds. Now that I work just down the road from Chinatown, it has become my daily lunch destination, so I thought I would share with you a few places that I have been loving, both sweet and savoury!

Located within the arcade is a little whole-in-the-wall bakery called; Nanna Hot Bake, this little shop has been a favourite of my families for years, and never fails to deliver the most soft, fresh, tastiest buns filled with various fillings from chilli anchovies to pork and even coconut. It’s a great place to visit for a snack before embarking on your market shopping.

PappaRich is fairly new to Adelaide, but for at least a month or two after opening their doors, there was always a line of hungry people waiting to get their hands on their delicious Malaysian offerings. I have to admit I was one of those hungry people waiting in line for at least 20 mintues, but it was definitely worth it. Fast and friendly service just adds to the experience, I can’t get enough of the place!

Chinatown Cafe is another major fave lunch spot for me and many others, just going from the busyness of their lunchtime service. You’re lucky to get a table or even find a place to stand inside. Their food is so yummy and the portions are not stingy at all, also the condiments, incuding garlic chilli, hot chilli, and soy sauce just finish of the meal perfectly…just thinking about it makes me salivate!

And to finish of we must have dessert! St Louis is my favourite dessert place around Chinatown and my favourite waffle place ever! Their selection is huge and each dessert is served so beautifully. It’s a cozy little place, great for dessert or after dinner tea/coffee with friends. My waffle consumption amount has grown hugely since I was introduced to the place, but I just can’t help myself!

Here are few photos to get you salivating also!

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 Curious Squire: New Menu Lauch

The Curious Squire in North Adelaide recently launched their new menu and I had the chance to sample some of the new delicious offerings. First of all, for those of you who haven’t heard of The Curious Squire, it is a cool restaurant and bar serving rich, hearty soul food from Texan routes. This was my first time at The Curious Squire because I did try to go another time with some friends but they were completely packed…which told me that the food must be special. Anyway I was so excited to finally try the food!

Below you will see the many dishes that we had the pleasure of sampling. First of, you will see the fried green tomatoes, which is the best invention ever. I have to admit, I am totally into eating anything fried, so this was perfect because it was a vegetable, which makes it healthy…right? Further along you’ll see chicken and waffles, yes you heard me right…chicken and waffles! And not just chicken and waffles but chicken, waffles AND maple bacon…sorry for saying chicken and waffles a million times. Anyway, with the addition of pickles on this dish…it kind of tasted like a deconstructed chicken burger…which I loved! So all the savoury dishes I tasted, I have to say, were delicious…then came our sweet little dessert…S’mores. I have to say it was my first time eating s’mores, I felt like I was in an American movie. They were so yummy, with nutella and marshmellow oozing out the side….it was such a treat, and the perfect ending to a delicious hearty meal.

Can’t wait to visit The Curious Squire to eat all of these yummy dishes again!

Fried Green Tomatoes – corn crusted, ranch, squire sauce, chives

Sweet Potato Fries

Pulled Pork Quesadillas – pork, cheese, queso, jalapenos, sour cream, lettuce, salsa

Cajun Blackened Kingfish – baby greens, corn salsa, remoulade, tabasco

Chicken & Waffles – crispy fried chicken, buttermilk waffles, bacon, maple syrup, pickles, hot sauce, butter

 S’mores

The Curious Squire 

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

Chef Dong Chinese Restaurant

Chinese food is one of my favourite types of food, so I was excited to receive a very special invitation to try Chef Dong’s new restaurant, named after himself; ‘Chef Dong’.

Chef Dong is the owner of the extremely well known Fortuna Court Restaurant located in Norwood. With the success of Fortuna Court, Chef Dong has opened the doors to his new restaurant located in St Peters, Adelaide, just 2 months ago and it already seems to be hit. Nestled in amongst a row of shops, you would never know this beautiful, spacious, authentic restaurant exists, but once you’ve tasted the food, it will be your go-to Chinese restaurant.

  

Chef Dong himself prepared a special range of dishes for me to taste, starting with entreés, as you’ll see below we were treated to steamed pork buns, chicken dim-sims and dumplings. Each dish was delicious in its own right, perfectly seasoned and full off flavour. Chef Dong explained that they make everything by hand, from scratch, down to the dim-sim wrap and the steamers used have been custom made to ensure they maintain impeccable hygiene standards by incorporating a plastic guard around the edges. These are the details that we wouldn’t really think about when deciding where to go to have to Chinese food, so it’s really nice that Chef Dong has thought about these things for us.

Next came out this very interesting dish, it may look like just any normal chicken salad, but once you dig into it, you will come across clear, jelly like strands, can you guess what it might be?

It’s jelly fish! yes jelly fish, I was slightly nervous to try it, but it actually didn’t have any weird flavour to it, it was more of a refreshing addition, with a crunchy texture.

Then came the main course….yes all of these dishes! We were treated to Fried Rice, Scallops with Vermicelli Noodles and Soya Bean Paste, Tea Smoked Pork ribs, and Roast Duck. My favourite was surprisingly the scallops. I’ve never had anything like that before but it was really tasty, they were slightly spicy but not so spicy that they would burn your tongue. I can’t say enough that everything was just full off flavour and the serving sizes were very large.

 

I had such a lovely experience at Chef Dong’s, it’s a great restaurant for having family dinners, business meeting or just general catch up’s with friends. They are open for lunch from 11am to 3pm, and dinner from 5pm till late.

Chef Dong has 26 years of experience working in the industry and understands the importance of treating his guests well, he is happy to take special requests from guests and will change a dish up if needed. Chef Dong’s has already had special guests, including  Member of the Legislative Council; Honourable Jing Lee and well known chef Cheong liew, who had great things to say about Chef Dong.

 Below are some image of their extremely large table, perfect for large gatherings, and they also have two separate dining rooms, for special functions. The also have a window which looks into the kitchen, so guests can see their food being made as it happens! Something I must also mention is that Chef Dong’s is open every single day of the year!

Chef Dong

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

Collins Bar: Summer Cocktail Menu Launch

“With over 15 years of bar experience working in Tokyo, London, New York and having been named one of the Worlds Greatest Bartenders, Grant will exclusively create a new summer menu for The Collins Bar that is most definitely out of the ordinary.”

I was recently invited to a very special cocktail mixing masterclass with the owner of Collins Bar; Grant Collins, who is known as the Heston Blumenthal of cocktail mixing.

Collins Bar is located within the Hilton Hotel, Adelaide, and is a high end, yet relaxed bar which has an amazing menu of cocktails.

This masterclass was  held in celebration of the launch of their new summer cocktail menu, available from the 19th of January 2015. The new menu is truly spectacular, from bubble baths to doughnut inspired cocktails, it’s a feast for the senses.

Grant Collins is an expert in what he does and works different flavours together to create an experience rather than just another plain old drink.

You’ll see below the variety of cocktails available, not only are they instagram ready but they actually taste delicious also!