Saturday, 29 December 2012

Peace Harmony @Sydney/Wynard


Peace Harmony is a Vegetarian Thai restaurant. Not only are they a vegetarian restaurant, but they also produce foods that have no onion, garlic or MSG which is an extra bonus for certain vegetarians of different faiths. The menu is abundant with traditional Thai dishes, and the use of mock meat.

Thai Papaya Salad

Vegetarian Thai Hokkien noodles

'Duck' Curry

The dishes are vibrant with colour and all the ingredients are fresh, and full of flavour. My favourite of all the dishes we had was the duck curry, I love the taste of vegetarian duck (which is a strange thing to say). The Thai papaya salad was a bit different, where it had a sweet taste that is more similar to a Vietnamese Nuoc Mam dressing, than a spicy Thai dressing. 

Overall, it is a great Vegetarian Thai option, and to my amazement contained the flavours of traditional Thai food.

Good food, good times!

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

ExpressOrganica @ Concord


We all love a good brunch spot, but what about a place that is practically open all day everyday? ExpressOrganica is the place to be. . They are known as one of Sydney's Best Coffee Spots, and have been mentioned in SMH Everyday eats guide 2012. 

They provide an all day breakfast, lunch menu and dinner menu. The menu showcases an array of various foods, without having too many choices. The breakfast menu was my favourite, where I have never spent so long trying to decide what to eat. We decided to order some coffees and 2 breakfast/brunch choices.

Pretty Mocha

Vegetarian Stack

All the brunch favourites, avocado, poached eggs, sautéed mushrooms, baby spinach and roasted tomato and sourdough bread. I chose the dish without hollandaise sauce, because I am not the biggest fan, but either way, it was tasty. You can also add extras to the dish such as salmon, if you want some more flavours to start off your day.

Asparagus & sweet potato salad

This was part of the specials, and sounded too good to not order. It was composed of asparagus, sweet potato, mixed salad, cherry tomato, feta and walnuts. I thought the highlight of the dish would be the asparagus, where in fact it was the sweet potato. Perfectly cooked sweet potato, that helped with the salty feta and balsamic dressing.

The overall dining experience was exceptional with wonderful service, and great coffee. The store itself provides a warm vibe, with the brown and cosy décor. The bill was $44 for 2 people, which includes 2 coffees and 2 mains.

Good food, good times!

Friday, 7 December 2012

Universal @ Darlinghurst


My friend chose the dinner location, and I wanted it to be surprise, so while walking to dinner from the train station, to my delightful surprise their choice was Universal. Universal is the infamous Sydney based restaurant owned by renowned chef Christine Manfield. Christine Manfield has made several appearances on MasterChef Australia, and in the 2012 series her famous Gaytime Goes Nuts dessert was in the finale. Another great part was that Christine Manfield can be seen walking around the restaurant.

The menu provides flavours and spices from around the world including India, Africa, South East Asia and the Mediterranean. The warm red, orange and yellow décor allows for a comfortable dining experience (but strange colours when taking photos of food). A great thing about Universal is that they provide a vegetarian and non vegetarian menu, catering to everyone.

Opening the menu and seeing the same quote that is on my blog. It was destiny to eat at Universal!

Green asparagus tempura, with lotus roots, edamame and wasabi avocado

A subtle balance  of flavours from Japan. There wasn't too much of the tempura batter, which was good as it resulted in a crisp texture. The lotus roots were addictive, but when aren't lotus roots addictive? The wasabi avocado sauce was placed between the layers and complemented the dish perfectly.

Air dried quail and pork sausage, with brown rice, avocado and mango salad

This dish reminded me of a Laos or Thai pork sausage. The salad was refreshing and combined with a warm salad dressing. It was a great starter, with well executed Asian flavours.

Toasted walnut crumble with haloumi cheese, coriander yoghurt relish, and salad

The haloumi cheese with the crumble was creamy with a slight crunch. However, this was a bit strange for me. There was an overpowering taste of dill, which was hard to overcome.

Soy braised organic pork, squid, garlic mushrooms, black pepper broth, gremolata 

The pork was succulent and soft, and reminded me of some of my favourite Vietnamese pork dishes. The broth was light, and with the mushrooms and squid, was unbelievably tasty. All of the components greatly accompanied each other.

Deconstructed Apple Pie: Apple crumble with apple, vanilla sorbet, filo crisp and sliced apple

A lovely apple taste, with the taste of cinnamon. The vanilla sorbet was combined with a layer of an apple sorbet. It was my favourite part. The freshly sliced apple changed the concept of having an apple pie that was all composed of cooked apple.

Gaytime goes nuts: Honeycomb ice cream, caramel parfait, chocolate crunch, salted hazelnut caramel

The infamous Gaytime goes nuts. This was absolutely beautiful, in both looks and taste. Everything had a wonderful taste, where in each spoonful a new taste was detected. There were crunchy bits encased in one of the layers of ice cream. The caramelised peanuts that rested underneath the chocolate mousse was delicious. This dish was finished with ease, and a great way to end such a delicious meal.

Overall, Universal is a great dining experience. The staff is lovely and outgoing, and are willing to do anything to cater for your needs. Example, we needed a taxi to pick us up at 730, and they arranged it all for us. I would definitely dine at Universal again. The entire experience was roughly $70 each, which didn't include drinks.

Good food, good times!