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  • Perama Greek Restaurant – Perfection in every bite
    CBD & Inner City
    Perama Greek Restaurant – Perfection in every bite
    This restaurant is so freaking awesome. I cannot think of a more appropriate introduction other than... YUMMO!! I dined at Perama with some always-entertaining food blogger friends Maria, Betty, Richard and John. We were looking forward to a great meal at a much applauded restaurant. However, what we got was a blow your socks off experience. We started off with the traditional greek salad. The vegetables were incredibly fresh and crunchy. The feta was creamy and perfectly salty. The tasty olives were my favourite part of the salad. All three dips were fantastic. However, it was the tzatziki dip that I kept coming back for and it was also the first dip to wiped clean from the dish at our table! The dried shitake mushrooms are pickled in white vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, fennel and coriander seeds. It's rich woody flavour works impeccably against the pleasantly sour pickling liquid. The pickled cabbage is a genius mixture of zucchini, leek and celery in white vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and garlic. This didn't seem to be a huge blimp on anyone's radar, but I absolutely adored it. It must've picked up on my love for it, grew legs and sat down next to me. The char grilled Cypriot haloumi cheese was well liked by my always-beautiful dining companions but was a little too smoky for my tastes. It was also a lot more softer and less salty than the haloumi that I am used to consuming. The dried fig was…
  • Tan Hung Vuong – This is how you roll it!
    Asian Restaurant Reviews
    Tan Hung Vuong – This is how you roll it!
    The food courts in Cabramatta are unlike most food courts you will find in large shopping centres. There is no KFC, McDoanlds, Doner Kebab vendors or fake-chinese stalls. They are mostly fresh and authentic foods from Vietnam, Thailand, China and Laos. In fact, KFC once opened its doors here and only lasted 6 months. The locals preferred fresh and local produce and did not welcome the idea of frozen, msg-laden fried chicken. Our favourite Vietnamese vendor is Tắn Hủng Vướng in AA Supermarket. We come here quite often when we want fast and cheap food. Almost all of the menu items are $10 or less and they make great Vietnamese coffee. Their menu contains a vast array of Vietnamese dishes, mostly specialising in cold noodle items and wraps or rolls. They also have hot noodles like Bún bò Huế and Bánh canh. They make a great Bò kho too. Pizzaboy and I have our favourite. They make the best Bánh hỏi nem nướng in town. It is difficult to pass this up and try other things. I did cave in and order my second favourite Bánh ướt for the purpose of variety for this blog post. I ♥ my blog! Bánh hỏi nem nướng literally translates to steamed vermicelli noodles with bbq pork sausage. Like most vietnamese meals it comes with a large side dish of lettuce, fresh herbs and nước chấm. Here is an example of how to wrap these yummy bbq pork sausages: [1] Grab a lettuce leaf…
  • European Restaurant Reviews
    The Mediterranean Kitchen – That ain’t paella!
    First thing Friday morning I am happy. I am happy to go to work because I know that the weekend is just peaking around the corner and Pizzaboy and I are going out for our ritual Friday night dinner... or as one of my workmates likes to call it: Friday Night, Date Night. Nothing makes me happier than to leave work right on the dot and head to wherever Pizzaboy and I have planned to dine at... with perhaps a little bit of comic book and cookbook shopping in between. Pizzaboy and I find ourselves on Church St in Parramatta. There is endless variety of restaurants packed between Phillip St and the river. We are undecided as to where we would like to dine at and we walk up and down that part of the street numerous times. We decide that we must visit a place that is a little busy, but without the loud music playing, and a long wait for a table - City Extra is out of the question. The Mediterranean Kitchen fitted our fussy list perfectly. We were quickly seated and the menu handed to us. All the items are listed along with the flag of its place of origin. We are such geeks that we go through each flag and try to guess what country its from. Pizzaboy wins hands down. After possibly 15 minutes reading the menu over and over, scouring every detail and discussing whether we should order our typical choices or go…