Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Green Peppercorn @ Farifield


As we all know, there has been a peak in the Thai cuisine all around the Sydney area. There is a relatively new restaurant in Fairfield, called Green Peppercorn! Green Peppercorn is a modernised twist to the traditional Thai restaurants, especially with their d├ęcor  They have the traditional statues in display windows, and yet along one of their ceilings they have bird cages. The greatest addition to their decor has to be the Tuk Tuk! People can hop inside and take photos, and it really adds a nice element to the restaurant.

Fruit Shakes
Gotta love those fruit shakes! Most of the Asian restaurants in the Canley Heights or Vale, Cabramatta and Fairfield area provide fruit shakes. They usually have some standard ones e.g. avcocado, durian, mango, or you can mix up 3 flavours for your liking. Fruit shakes are tasty, no matter the weather.

Satay chicken skewers
These are one of the better satay chicken skewers I have tried. I really enjoyed the fact that the chicken pieces were char-grilled, and not just fried and smothered in satay sauce. They come out extremely hot, and really succulent. 

Duck Curry
It was a cold night, and you can't eat Thai food without having a curry. We therefore chose the duck curry. I love the flavour that duck adds to all dishes, it provides a slight sweetness. The curry itself was delicious, and the duck was soft and broke apart in your  mouth. They put lychee in their curries, which I find a bit strange, it doesn't seem to sit right. 

Papaya Salad (Thai)
A traditional dish for all Thai restaurant goers, the papaya salad. They offer a Thai and Laos version, I don't know what the difference is. A part of the Thai eating culture, you can choose what level of spice you want. I always choose mild, because Thai really love their chilli! I don't think there has been a time where I have tried a papaya salad that has gone wrong. The crunch of the papaya, with the extra cabbage in the lovely fish sauce based marinade can't go wrong.

Ox Tongue
I used to hate ox tongue, and not understand the appeal of it. However, once you keep exposing yourself and eating it, you begin to really enjoy the taste. It is definitely a chewier meat. But, when it is cooked properly it should be relatively easy to bite into. The taste of ox tongue is hard to describe, but when dipped in its special sauce, it becomes very addictive.

Our little feast

Overall, Green Peppercorn is a great dining experience. The food is delicious and the decor is beautiful. Keep in mind, it is a busy restaurant where there tends to be a cue. Either get there early (6pm should be safe) or ask if you are able to make a reservation. The service was very mixed, where is seemed some knew what was happening, and others just had no clue. They also have an extensive dessert menu, however we had to cut our dinner short. The overall meal for 3 people cost about $70 with drinks.

Good food, good times!

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Wafflelicious: The Chocolate Bar @ Auburn


It has been 3 weeks since my last post and I strongly apologise. BUT, don't worry, I have been eating. Furthermore, I haven't blogged recently due to university assessments and planning 21st birthday celebrations. Anyways, now to the actual post. Enjoy!

Everyday on my way to uni I would past this cardboard sized advertisement of 'Wafflelicious (CNR Pard Rd & Queen St, Auburn)'. I would then go to uni, and say to my friends we must go during one of our uni breaks or after uni. After more than a year, we still didn't go, and I forgot about it. Then the other day, a uni friend brought it up again, and we finally decided to go.

Wafflelicious is located in 2 areas, Auburn and Balmain. Depending which store you go to, there open and close times vary so it is best to check the website. Wafflelicious is a chocolate bar, which provides desserts and hot beverages. The Auburn restaurant is strange, where it is split into 2 areas (Wafflicious and Sauce - a sister restaurant). You can sit on the restaurant side to order from the chocolate bar, however, unable to sit on the waffle side to order from the restaurant.

The menu provides an array of options with pancakes, waffles and crepes with various sauces (caramel, white chocolate, chocoalte) and sides (fruit, ice cream, mashmallows) to accompany them. They further provide ice cream as individual scoops or as a sundae. There are also a variety of beverages to choose from.

Willy Wonka (This was shared between 2 people)
It is hard to see what the dish is with all the delicious chocolate smothered everywhere. There are 2 waffles (1 was cut in half) topped with bananas, strawberries, chocolate ice cream, vanilla ice cream, melted chocolate and whipped cream. The waffles are soft on the inside, and don't have the crunchy outside. However, I don't mind when waffles are like that. I like wafflelicious waffles more that Max Brenner as, I find that Max Brenner waffles are too sugary and grainy. These waffles are fluffy with the right balance of sweetness. The ice cream is also creamier than Max Brenner, as I find Max Brenner's ice cream icy.

Chocolate explosion with cookies & cream ice cream
The cookies and cream ice cream contained real cookies and it was very tasty. Inside the chocolate explosion were 'waffle balls'. They aren't exactly chunks of waffle, but are rather crispy balls covered in chocolate. They add an explosive element to anything without losing its crispiness.

Crunchy Hot Chocolate
The hot chocolate is 'crunchy' as it also contained the waffle balls. You would think that with the heat and the fact it is a drink that the waffle balls would become soggy, well it didn't! The waffle balls stayed crunchy and made the hot chocolate extra tasty.

Waffleliciuos is a great place to hang out to catch up with friends on those cold winter nights to indulge in lovely desserts and keep warm with hot beverages. Their service could do with some improvement, and some direction to how to order could be provided. However, I found the food experience to be better than Max Brenner.

Good food, good times!