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  • Asian Restaurant Reviews
    AB Lebanese Restaurant – Broadway
    From the outside this restaurant looks like any other kebab shop. In fact, it is a kebab shop... at the front. However, if you look a little further in, you will find a lovely little restaurant. We came upon AB one day when Pizzaboy and I were craving lebanese food and we were stuck in the city. The only lebanese eateries that we knew of - that weren't overly expensive - were kebab shops. So I went on the trusty www.eatability.com.au and found this place with 7+ ratings. I haven't regretted a visit, never. Lorraine is always there to greet us, she is the most lovely and hospitable host. She is one of many reasons for why we visit AB. The food is always great and Pizzaboy and I always walk out with our tummy's full and our mind's at ease. AB has most of the traditional dishes that you would find in another lebanese restaurants, plus more. We order our favourites but we keep an eye on the specials board for something different. I usually do not like baba ghannouge, but I am obsessed about AB's version. Lorraine explains that it may be because they do not include tahini, therefore it is lighter in flavour and less creamy. I could eat this everyday and never tire of it! The basket of lebanese bread that comes with the dip is so fresh and soft. I judge a lebanese restaurant on their tabouli. The tomatoes must be plump, the parsley must…
  • Asian Restaurant Reviews
    Chef’s Armoury – Japanese groceries and knives
    Driving along Botany Rd the Chef’s Armoury caught my eye. The sign outside said so many things that I had been looking for: - Japanese Knives - Quality Wagyu Beef - Cooking classes and events - Japanese groceries I punch the air and say, “Yes!” Entering the premises it's designed like all those modern ramen bars that seem to be popping up everywhere. It is sleek black with specks of red, well lit and minimalist. The store has been open for only 4 months and is in the midst of growth. Their business had started as just selling imported Japanese knives and has expanded into Japanese groceries, grilling accessories, teapots and tea tools. They also offer classes for knife sharpening, knife skills, sashimi and sushi making. Every month they have special all day taste testing events that help demystify the Japanese cuisine. Their passion is clearly evident the minute that I walk in the door. I became particularly excited when I spotted a bottle of yuzu juice. I have many Japanese cookbooks that use this ingredient either for its zest or juice. I have never come across the fruit, let alone the fruit juice until now. I can now make my favourite ponzu dressing without having to substitute with other ingredients. I also spot wasabi powder and grab it off the shelf and put it in my basket. I am told that they have sold out of the 100% strength, however the 50% strength version is acceptable but doesn’t pack…
  • Asian Restaurant Reviews
    Menya – The best ramen in Sydney
    Whilst in Japan, pizzaboy and I were lost in the streets of Shibuya, Tokyo. We were hungry and couldn't read Japanese. I was craving noodles and I randomly chose a noodle bar that had a picture of ramen at the front. We pointed at something that looked appetising on the menu with no idea what we were ordering. This was our first introduction to Tonkotsu Ramen. Tonkotsu ramen is usually a cloudy white coloured broth and is a thick broth made by boiling pork bones, fat, and collagen over high heat for hours on end, suffusing the broth with a hearty pork flavor and a creamy consistency that rivals milk or melted butter or gravy (depending on the shop). Most shops, but not all, blend this pork broth with a small amount of chicken and vegetable stock and/or soy sauce. When I got home to Sydney, I googled - tonkotsu - and found that it was a specialty at Menya in Haymarket. And with a 7+ rating on eatabilty.com.au it was worth a visit. It was almost identical to the one we ate in Shibuya. Its milky broth was so comforting, it made me feel like everything was good in the world. Pizzaboy and I have been frequent diners at Menya ever since. They also make it very easy to come back often because the prices are very reasonable, and they have a frequent visitor card where your 20th bowl of noodles is free. We have tried many things on…