Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Aspley Oriental Chinese Restaurant

Aspley Oriental, Aspley
I have been working away from Brisbane and anytime when time permits, I will return to Bris-Vegas. The craving for Chinese food has been quite high as it is difficult to find near authentic Asian food in small towns away from Brisbane. One night, we celebrated Mr's Dad's birthday dinner at Aspley Oriental Chinese Restaurant.

As there were four of us, we ordered one of the dinner banquet available with addition of few side dishes. Lol, the waitress/manager was quite surprised because we ordered lots of food that night. 

First up, for entree we ordered salt and pepper soft shell crab. They were so moreish and I certainly wish we could have more!

Salt and Pepper Soft Shell Crab

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Crispy salted chicken
Crispy noodle with chicken
Tofu with seafood
Steamed live perch fish
Prawns with snow peas
Sweet and sour pork
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Green beans with minced pork
  
 I was certainly happy that night devouring the meals and satisfying my craving for chinese food! The steamed fish was excellent. The fish was really fresh and cooked to perfection. Yum! That soft silky tofu with seafood served with rice was so good! The criticism I had that night was that the green beans was overly sweet for that dish. I think they may have added too much sweet soy sauce.

Otherwise, the meals have been good here. All of us had a good time catching up and enjoying the meals. We all went home with our belly really full.... 

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Va Bene

Va Bene, Windsor
Valentine's Day is nearly a month ago, and this year we celebrated this day at Va Bene Restaurant in Windsor. As we were both busy with work (me being away) and the Mr had to study for his exams, we celebrated V-Day a week early! Va Bene Restaurant is located in Windsor International Hotel.

The restaurant was not busy at all that night, so it was quite nice to have our personal space. Well, let's start with some entree. First up, we had the bruschetta. 


Bruschetta al pomodore e basilico - $9.50
The tomatoes were fresh, well balanced with onions and olive oil. The toasted wood fired ciabatta bread was quite nice too. Next up, we had the calamari.
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Calamari fritti - $18.50
This is one of the highlight of the night for us. For an entree size, they were quite generous in portion. What I love about the calamari was the freshness and they were just cooked to perfection, even better with their homemade aioli sauce. Yum!

As this is an Italian restaurant, we decided to try their pizza. Although we had ordered two mains (the waitress did ask whether we can finish everything??), we proceeded to ordering the 'Patate e pancetta'. 

Francesco's favourite mozarella, potatoes, pancetta, onion and rosemary - $18.50

The pizza base was good, fluffy and crispy on the edges. I think this pizza was all right. We were so full by then that we could not finish this pizza. Oops, should have listen to the waitress... :)

Now, to our main meals.... While I went for the safe option of salmon, the Mr had their rib-eye fillet. All of our main meals were served with seasonal vegetables (broccolini) and roasted potatoes. 

Salmone in crosta di erbe aromatiche - $32.50
I enjoyed my salmon very much! The breadcrumbed herb on my fillet was really good. The additional crunch to the perfectly cooked salmon was moreish... Even the Mr agreed. I just thought the roasted potatoes were quite dry.

While the Mr was deciding his main meals, I warned him that the eye-fillet will be served with gorgozola cheese aka the smelly blue cheese... Lol, cause I don't tolerate blue cheese well. Anyhow, he decided to go ahead!

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Filetto al gorgonzola e tarfuto - $34.50
     
The Mr's rib-eye fillet was cooked to his desired medium rare level. Recently, the Mr has been training me to eat beef and been feeding me small slices of his meals. What can I say? I enjoyed his gorgonzola sauce. Thankfully, there were only hints of blue cheese flavour. As for the fillet, the Mr said it was good. I had a small piece and tolerated it well. 

Well, the ambience here may not be the most romantic, but we had a really good time here chatting and eating...

 
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Monday, March 9, 2015

Raw Paw Paw

Raw Pawpaw, New Farm
On a weekend back in Brissie, MXM invited me to attend the 5 km parkrun in West End. Neither fit nor a runner myself (and have not tried running 5 km before), I agreed without thinking of the consequences.... Lol, it was his birthday prior and I gave in! :)

Needless to say, I was huffing and puffing after the run and we both agreed we need some food to sustain ourselves. Trying to be more 'health-conscious', we visited Raw pawpaw, the sister of Pawpaw. It is a smaller outlet in comparison to its sister in the Gabba. Luckily for us, it was still early in the morning and we managed to secure some outdoor seats.

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Although it was hot and sweaty after the exercise, I still wanted a cuppa coffee, the reason to keep me awake throughout the day after an early rise. Lol!

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As far as I can remember, their coffee tasted pretty good and well balanced. I enjoyed my flat white while MXM had his usual long black. Initially tossing to try their 'acai bowl', which include the superfood antioxidant acai, I finally gave in to mushrooms!

Sauteed mushrooms ($15.90) - rye toast, with poached eggs, spinach, kale aioli
I was intrigued by the kale aioli, which has quite a mild flavour. I enjoyed the simplicity of this meal and the mushrooms were plenty and flavourful!

MXM has been having sweet tooth recently and he ordered the french toast. Beware! They are certainly not the usual french toast: toast dipped in egg and pan fried....


Cinnamon french toast, coconut flour, soy milk with fresh banana, coconut chips and maple syrup - $16.90

Raw Pawpaw version of french toast is vegan and gluten free. We were both curious as to how they would prepare the french toast. It was an eye opener. The toast was sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and topped with maple syrup. Well, MXM enjoyed his french toast....

I think Raw Pawpaw is all right. They do have more options available in terms of vegan/gluten free in comparison to other cafe. 




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