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Veggie SF, Central, Hong Kong

September 16, 2013 1 comment

It’s not every day that I go to a Vegetarian restaurant, in fact, I don’t think I know many in Hong Kong! I am sure there are plenty, but I just don’t know where they are. I was having my monthly catch up with J, and she suggested we go here. Neither of us has been but has heard good reviews. Veggie SF can be found on Stanley Street in Stanley, and as soon as you walk in you are transported to the 1950’s in America – they have all sorts of posters, nick knacks in the restaurant. It really brightens up the place and i s rather cute.

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Veggie SF was opened by Paul and Bess Choi, and diners can find all types of cuisine on the menu. They have food inspired by Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam and many more. We started with soup – pumpkin soup. I love a good pumpkin soup but this was a little tasteless for my liking and too watery.

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I couldn’t go past the burger, the grilled Portobello and sweet pineapple burger with potato pumpkin wedges, mixed salad with mysterious organic dressing. It was a relatively large burger, it was definitely bigger than my mouth – I didn’t know where to start. The burger was tasty, and who can resist, pumpkin wedges?

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J had the Oakland breeze, Vietnamese style rice noodle (room temp) with herbs, fried tofu and skewers. I didn’t have any of this but J thought it was pretty decent and tasty.

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I was pleasantly surprised and was quite full after my burger. I wouldn’t mind trying the other burgers, it seems like almost everyone dining there had a burger – the beetroot lentil pate looked good! Service was friendly and polite, be sure to make a reservation as the place was packed and they were sending people out if you didn’t have a reservation.

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Veggie SF

10/F, 11 Stanley Street,

Central, Hong Kong,

Ph: +852 3902 3902

West Juliett, Marrickville, Sydney

September 13, 2013 7 comments

Nothing makes me happier than brunch with friends at an awesome cafe. I have wanted to try West Juliett for a while now, so I suggested this place to the gorgeous Suzchef and her beautiful baby A – oh how our lives have changed? Gone are the days where we leisurely go out and eat on our own, now we have a baby in tow. How time has changed! However, it is a good change, and I got to see what life would be like in Sydney with one of my dearest friends as a MUM! OH boy – it was definitely enjoyable and very VERY appealing!

West Juliett can be found in Marrickville, on the 30 Llewellyn Street, you can’t miss it, it’s a relatively large cafe and there are people outside waiting to get a table. The cafe was relatively packed when we rocked up on Friday at 1130am

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Everything on the menu sounded wonderful. Started with a kids drink – blueberry smoothie which was served in a very cute cup! Dragon loved this, I am pretty sure she drank the whole thing again, so I had to order another – the normal size!

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I couldn’t go past the poached eggs, avocado, feta, parsley, cress, lemon, dukkah on toast. Everything I wanted on a plate and oh my – it was delicious. Gooey egg, and who doesn’t like avocado and feta? Dragon ate the bread again, she loved it and wouldn’t let me take it away.

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S had the haloumi egg roll, aioli, wilted greens, chill marmalade and she demolished this! Very good she said.

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S bought the pink salt chocolate chip cookie – unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of this, but believe me when I say that it is absolutely fantastic! Apparently they only make 30 or so a day, and they were deliciously gooey and soft – just the way I like it.

As always, it was lovely catching up with S and A – how I have missed them both! Looking forward to catching up with them in Hong Kong later this year.

Service was polite, food was yummy, and I can’t wait to go back and try their other breakfast items.

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

West Juliett

30 Llewellyn St

Marrickville, 2204

Sydney

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Hong Kong Cuisine, Happy Valley, Hong Kong

September 11, 2013 4 comments

Once in a while ‘The Mother’ would suggest a restaurant and I would be utterly impressed with his recommendations. Of course there has been time when I wonder why I ask him as our tastes are very different. However, Hong Kong Cuisine which can be located in Happy Valley was one good recommendation. He came here a year ago when he came to Hong Kong looking for a place before Dragon and I moved over.

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The restaurant was a lot fancier than I had imagined, but it could be due to the lighting and the setting. Ipads were used for the menu which I thought was uber cool and there were pictures for each individual dish which looked delicious.

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We started with the smoked tea eggs with coffee – I couldn’t really taste the coffee but they were absolutely delicious. It was hard not to eat the whole thing myself.

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‘The Mother’ absolutely loves pickles cucumbers.

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We couldn’t go past the delicious smoked chicken – tender and smoky!

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The truffle mushrooms were excellent, even Dragon couldn’t stop eating it.

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For dessert, I couldn’t go past the jelly – I can’t for the life of me remember what it’s called but it had some goji berries. It wasn’t too sweet and perfect way to end the meal.

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Service was extremely polite and friendly and food was delicious. Definitely keen to go back and try other dishes.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Hong Kong Cuisine

1/F, 2-4Tsoi Tak Street,

Happy Valley, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2893 3788

In the Annex, Forrest Lodge, Sydney

In the Annex is a newish cafe which can be located on Ross street in Forrest Lodge (which to me is really Glebe) – an area that I don’t go very often now but ‘The Mother’ and I used to live in Glebe for a couple of years and loved it! Not as much as I love Surry Hills but I would happily live in Glebe again.

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One of my aim on my recent trip in Sydney was to visit as many cafes as I can. Hong Kong as I have mentioned many times lacks good cafes and I can’t tell you enough how much I miss that scene! I definitely miss my brunch sessions on the weekends – good food, good coffee and of course the company!

It has been a while since I have gone to a cafe with Dragon, when she was younger it was a lot easier, I could put her in her chariot and eat peacefully. Now that she is a lot older, it is harder as she wants to walk and look around more. In the Annex is not a very big cafe, however, it is quite cozy and I love how laid back it is, and the atmosphere was very relaxing. We rocked up just after 1.30pm and didn’t have problems getting a table at all.  The menu was a tad short I thought but I’m pretty sure there is something for everyone.

Started with the grapefruit, ginger, honey and tonic frappe – which I absolutely enjoyed. The ginger really gave it a nice kick. However, Dragon wasn’t a fan, she would usually finish my drink before I could even have a second sip but this was all mine!! (not on purpose, I seriously thought she would like it!)

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I couldn’t go past the Beef 2 ways (pulled and cured) with artichoke, mushroom, and sunny side up egg. Oh my – it was beautifully plated. The beef was tender and full of flavours and the sunny side up egg was a wonderful complement.

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Dragon had a bit of the beef and enjoyed it, she especially loved the bread which was soaked with all the juices from the beef. She wouldn’t let anyone take the bread away and ate it peacefully in the car on the way home.

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Service was friendly and everyone loved Dragon – she was like the queen, everyone smiling and making faces at her! Secretly I am sure she loves this! HA!

I admit though, the menu might not be for everyone, I don’t think ‘The Mother’ would enjoy it as much as I do – too pretty of a dish. But I enjoyed it and would be keen to try other dishes next time, especially the breakfast items.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

In the Annex

35 Ross Street
Forest Lodge 2037
Ph: +61 415 702 730

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AJ’s Sri Lankan Restaurant, Sai Kung, Hong Kong

I have wanted to come to AJ’s Sri Lankan Cuisine for a while now. It is located close to the pier in  Sai Kung, it is not an area that ‘The Mother’ and I go very often but it is an area that we do like to go. We have probably gone once or twice in the last year.

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As you may recall, ‘The Mother’ and I went to Sri Lanka about 2 – 3 years ago now and absolutely loved it. The food was amazing and we stayed in Galle, which is a fortress and I didn’t want to leave at all. So when our dear friends S and J asked if we wanted to go to Sai Kung for lunch we couldn’t say no.

The place was smaller than I thought, it can fit about 30 people. We left all the ordering to S and J as they have been here numerous times and knew we were in great hands!

Started with papadams – they were crispy and I love the pineapple chutney.

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I love corn cakes, and these were deliciously sweet (from the corn) and quite tasty. Even Dragon had a bite or two.

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The fish cutlets I didn’t have but my fellow diners seemed to have enjoyed it. It wasn’t what I expected, they were small golf-ball sized lightly breaded and deep fried. I was told that RJ’s used mackerel and an even mix of pepper, spices, and finely sliced vegetables.

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The coconut pancakes (I can’t for the life remember what the name is) were a little dry for my liking. I was hoping it was soft and fluffy.

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We ordered the eggplant moju – Fried eggplant, onions and green chilies mixed in authentic mustard vinaigrette and it was delicious! A little on the spicy but which gave it a nice kick.

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The barley curry was good – a little too much coconut for my liking but it was good to dip the coconut pancakes in it.

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We couldn’t go past the string beans – a little spicy which gave it a nice kick.

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I didn’t have any of the salmon yellow curry – salmon chunks cooked in a blend of traditional Sri Lankan spices, herbs with coconut milk to seal in the unique flavours, but it was a hit amongst the diners.

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I absolutely loved the hoppas – plain and egg, which is simply an egg cracked into the middle and I have to say they are absolutely amazing and potentially my favourite kind of hoppas! It was hard not to over indulge and eat 2 or 3, they are definitely filling!

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I was insanely full so didn’t have dessert, but we managed to find an ice cream store and some ice cream which was nice.

Service was friendly, S knew the owners quite well! It’s always lovely to catch up with S and J, I’m looking forward to our next meal together! Definitely worth the visit, we will definitely be back, and for me, definitely those egg hoppas! S claims it is the best Sri Lankan cuisine in Hong Kong!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

AJ’s Sri Lankan Cuisine

G/F, 14 Sai Kung Hoi Pong Street,

Sai Kung, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2792 2555