Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Kabuki

Birthday celebration at Kabuki, Brisbane CBD
So, the Mr surprised me and took me to Kabuki for my birthday! I was certainly surprised by his choice and the clue he gave me prior was 'entertainment'. Lol, teppanyakki did not cross my mind at all.

Even on a weekday, Kabuki was busy with customers. Luckily the Mr made a booking and we were allocated to one of the tables. Shortly enough, we were asked to order from the set menu, prices ranging from $56.50 to $98.50. Ahem... the Mr pampered me that night and he said we should go for the best one, which was the 'RAN' set menu for $98.50 per person. The RAN menu consisted of sashimi, sushi, tempura prawn and vegetables and the main meat options for us were the jumbo scallops, lobster tail and Black Angus beef fillet.

Sashimi and sushi, tempura and gyoza
So not long after, our entrees arrived. We enjoyed the fresh salmon as well as our prawn sushi. We did order additional entrees (California rolls) and gyoza while waiting for the action to start! The tempura prawns and vegetables are right on the spot. 
Once our chef has finished cooking for the opposite table, he started preparing our main meals. Let me say, the meats were cooked to perfection and they were fresh. 

Scallops, Angus beef and lobster tail

Preparing the scallops

The chef normally cooked one selection of meat and once all diners have finished their food, he will start on the next one. Ooh, the jumbo scallops cooked in miso mayonnaise were really good and I wished for more. Yum! 

So, next is the 'entertainment' section. It is fried rice time and everyone on the table was given a plastic disposable apron. Why? Because it is 'egg-catching' time! The chef will flip an egg towards the diner and we were supposed to catch it with a small tea cup.... Guess what? I missed and some of the egg white landed on my dress... Well, luckily the waitress is ready on the side to hand me some wet towels. It was a fun affair. 

Finally, it is dessert time. That night we had the options of green tea or sesame ice cream. The green tea ice cream was good and creamy. 


Green tea ice cream


Guess what? I was not the only birthday girl that night. I counted and there were at least 3-4 people. Our chef used either sugar or salt and he wrote those words upside down. Kudos to our chef. We were certainly entertained that night and the food was good. It was expensive, partly because we have a chef cooking for us and as well as the entertainment factor.
The Mr has certainly made this year's birthday very memorable! :) Thank you my dear!


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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Brother Espresso

Brother Espresso, Bulimba
Where to get breakfast on a public holiday? After visiting MXM at his new place, we went for a search nearby and found Brother Espresso in Bulimba, who still caters on a public holiday. Awesome!

The cafe is attached to a shop that I assume belongs to the same owner, that sells bread, and good quality produce. I was in need of a good cuppa of coffee and quickly ordered my usual flat white and long black for MXM. 

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Flat White
The coffee was smooth. I like it! It has been a while since I last had a good quality coffee.


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Brother's Espresso menu is simple and I ordered the green eggs and ham, and MXM had the brekkie burger. 

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Brekkie Burger - $11.50
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Green eggs and ham - $15
The food in Brothers Espresso certainly looked simple and easy to assemble. I enjoyed my pesto scrambled eggs with the toast, the flavour of the pesto quite distinct and flavourful. It was quite nice.

Well, I think the highlight for me was their coffee. Lol, maybe because I have been deprived of caffeine for some time... :)




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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Donut King review

Donut King
Halloween is approaching soon! I am not accustomed to celebrating Halloween as I grow up in Malaysia but I know Simco will be excited about Halloween! Recently, I got invited to try Donut King doughnuts and they just introduced Halloween themed doughnuts. Even though I am far away from Brisbane, I still managed to get some in Kingaroy!
 

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So, together with three other colleagues, we did some taste testing on the doughnuts tonight. Hmm... we were not impressed. Bear in mind, that we kept the doughnuts overnight in the fridge before trying them. Our main concern was the artificial flavour of the frosting. The caramel and banana flavours were pretty artificial and we had difficulty finishing them. They certainly designed well with the Halloween theme but their freshly baked cinnamon doughnuts are probably their forte.