Sunday, April 3, 2016

REVIEW: Billy Kart

Billykart, West End
Billykart West End, is the second establishment by celebrity chef Ben O'Donoghue and it was opened sometime late last year. I was stoked to be able to have dinner here (twice now) and both dining experiences left me wanting more... 

We were there last year as part of my hen's night celebration. Together with my girls, we  had dinner prior to our sip & paint session in Cork and Chroma. I love the modern and contemporary design of the restaurant; and with its open kitchen the food preparation and cooking process was a view itself.

Everything on the menu looks so tempting and as we were starving, we quickly ordered a starter which was the 'bread and dip' equivalent


Having tried the lamb in the past with Simco, in this second visit I opted for the baked fish. The fish was cooked well, and was tender and flavourful. I certainly enjoyed my meal and I believe the girls enjoyed their food as well. 




BUT, I would have to say that we were all in agreement that the truffle fries were the best. The fries cooked to perfection, crispy and topped with freshly shaved parmesan cheese and some truffle salts... Oh gosh, there was certainly no regrets ordering two serve of fries! 

Truffle fries
As we were rushing to head over to Cork and Chroma, there was no time for dessert. I managed to try one of their dessert in my first trip and had the Banoffee and quite enjoy the deconstructed dessert. Well, I certainly had a good time here and looking forward to returning!

Billykart Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

REVIEW: Mister Fritz

Mister Fritz, Fortitude Valley

Mister Fritz's bright neon lights caught our eyes from far away. After driving it past for multiple times, Simco and myself finally made our way there after dinner. We have got no idea of this establishment and how Mister Fritz works... We just know it sells ICE CREAM! 

The main concept about Mister Fritz is 'ice-cream sandwich'. We get to choose our own cookies followed by any ice cream flavour they offer, and if interested, choose additional toppings for our ice-cream cookie. 


There were few cookies option ranging from nutella, chocolate chip, plain, M&M's and sprinkles; and I opted for the choc chip and nutella based cookies. LOL, I could not remember the funky name for my ice-cream, but it was 'milk and cookies'. 


Well, at a price of $7, I got my ice cream sandwich and thankfully it seems polite to eat it with a spoon! 

My ice cream sandwich!

The concept of making your own ice cream sandwich is novel and fun. However, the ice-cream flavours are quite limited in comparison to others. The ice cream was smooth and light; and I had to say not too creamy which is how I like it.

Mister Fitz Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Lobster Bar and Grill

Lobster Bar and Grill, Shangri-La Hotel, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Dear readers, I am finally back to the blogging world after being stagnant for the last 6 months or so! After a stint in Mt Isa working, I have been busy juggling work while trying to organise my wedding with the Mr. I cannot believe it but it has been more than 2 months since marriage. :)

After our tea ceremony and wedding reception in Penang, we stopped by in Hong Kong for our mini honeymoon, and the Mr surprised me with a dinner date at Lobster Bar and Grill in the Shangri-La Hotel. While it may be a bar, there is a dedicated section of restaurant for diners like us to have dinner. Knowing that we are newlyweds and currently enjoying our honeymoon, the waiter seated us in a half circular table at a quieter corner.

Well, let's get to the food! Since their specialty is LOBSTER, I could not miss not having some. While we were discussing and tossing what to eat, a waiter placed a basket of bread delicacies in front of us, with a plate of soft butter. Oh gosh, I think I started salivating looking at the soft bread...

Complimentary bread rolls

While nibbling onto the variety of soft bread and garlic toasts, we decided on our meals. For entree, we had the 'Blue Crab Cakes'. I thought they were quite tasty with a subtle hint of crab taste. The organic vegetable salad with kimchi flavour added some freshness to the dish.

Blue crab cakes HK$320

Not too long after, our plain-looking lobster bisque arrived. While it may be simple, trust me, it was so darn flavourful! You can smell lobster and taste the lobster... I tore a piece of the bread roll and soak all the delicious bisque with it. Yum!

Lobster bisque- HK$190

As everything on the menu sounded so tempting, we opted for their signature dish including the 'Duo of beef' and their 'Boston Lobster, served Thermidor style'. I started having the beef and the Mr had to stare at me, because of the 'Ooh and Aah' from my end. The beef fillet was cooked to our liking: medium, and it was really good. I have only started eating beef a few months ago and I had to say it is probably the best steak I had! The short ribs were so tender, and they all went well with the duck liver.

US beef fillet and 72 hr slow cooked Wagyu short ribs, pan fried duck liver -HK$450

Beef fillet - medium

Our thermidor lobster came in a generous size and I had to say it was pretty moreish. The fresh pieces of lobster in the cheesy sauce was cooked well and I am thankful, that we ordered some fresh beans to accompany this quite heavy meal. 

Thermidor lobster - HK$590

Side dish - Green beans

While we thought we were ending our night soon, the waiter came and surprised us with a plate of dessert! The chocolate fondant was cooked perfectly with the chocolate sauce oozing out, and the pistachio ice cream added a nice balance to the meal.

Chocolate fondant
We both enjoyed our dinner at Lobster Bar and Grill that night. The ambience was lovely, topped with an attentive service from the waiters. I have to say the restaurant's signature mocktail had me at first sip...  :)