Thursday, September 18, 2014

China Inn Restaurant

China Inn Restaurant, South Brisbane

How often would someone genuinely forgotten their boyfriend's birthday and celebrate his birthday one day earlier? It is very embarrassing for me to admit it, but I did it. Oops! My memories seemed to bring me back to the date we spent his previous birthdays instead of his actual birth-date. Thankfully, the Mr was very forgiving that night. 

After our magical night watching Le Noir, we sped walked to China Inn for supper. The Mr had been updated regarding this new restaurant that specializes in dumplings! It must be our lucky night as we walked into the restaurant at 10 pm and they are still happy to serve us. 

Quickly browsing through the menu, I told the birthday man that I want to try their xiao long bao and their Peking Duck! 

Peking Duck (4 pcs) - $12.80

So, here they are their Peking duck! It was not served in a soft bao but readily wrapped up in the pancake. The Peking duck was sliced thickly (which was awesome) and they tasted quite delicious. Not too bad!

Shanghai Xiao Long Bao (6 pcs) - $8.80
Their Shanghai xiao long bao certainly did not disappoint. It was juicy and the pork mince was flavourful. We both enjoyed them. We were tempted to order the second set but we tried other dim sum instead.

So, next up we tried their grilled shallot pancakes. Crispy little pancakes! I just had to dip the pancakes into some soy sauce for some flavour. 

Grilled Shallot Pancakes - $5.80
Shanghai pan fry pork buns with sesame - $8.80
I think pan fry pork buns is a must try together with xiao long bao. So we tried those as well. The pork buns do not look as delicate as those in New Shanghai but nevertheless, the flavours of the buns were spot on and they were cooked well.

Finally, we tried their pan seared pork dumpling. 

Pan seared pork dumplings (6 pcs) - $8.80
I was very full after having tried the different dim sum that night. The Mr had to finish most of the pork dumplings. I think they were quite good as well. 

Well, we certainly had a good time that night albeit my silly mistake and embarrassment. It was raining cats and dogs when we walked out from China Inn. Certainly soaking wet when we walked back to the car...  Happy Belated Birthday my dear! 

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Gerard's Bistro

Gerard's Bistro, Fortitude Valley

Hmm.... Finally I got the time to blog about my lovely time in Gerard's Bistro which I visited with Lainey a while ago prior to me heading to Kingaroy. I am still drooling thinking about the food we had there for lunch.

The menu must have changed since our last visit. We both enjoy occasional fine dining unlike our other halves. So it was perfect to catch up in Gerard's Bistro. The service can be a miss at time but the staffs were friendly.

First up, we had our favourite pork belly meal. Needless to say, the meat was flavoursome and tender. It was good!

Next up, we tried their quail dish and I so enjoyed it! I have to apologise that I could not remember the exact name of the dish. Trust me, they are both so good!

Without any contemplation, we ordered a chocolate dessert to share. The sweetness and heaviness of the chocolate were well balanced by the sourness of the berry/cherry sorbet. As far as I can remember, I think there is an element of date in this dish as well. I particularly enjoy the 'dirt-like chocolate' in this dish, adding another level of texture to this dessert.


We had a good time there and we will certainly return in the future!
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Esher St Cafe and Deli

Esher St Cafe and Deli, Tarragindi
Once in a while, MXM and myself would catch up for brunch and this time we visited Esher St Cafe in Tarragindi. I did not know that this cafe is actually pretty close to home. Yup, pretty clueless! This cafe is quite small and seats are available on the outside or behind the cafe.

After ordering at the counter, we found a small table outside. Wow, it was cold and windy that day! 

First up, I had my flat white while MXM had his long black. As far as I can remember, their coffee was good. 

Flat White

Long Black

I was feeling vegetarian-ish that day and opted for the 'avocado smash' while MXM had the  'haloumi stack'. 

Avocado, feta and dukka smash on toasted sourdough
with haloumi - $13.90

The avocado smash was all right. I think it may lack a little of flavour or dressing to blend all the haloumi and avocado smash together. Just a little bit dry for me, unfortunately. 

As for MXM's haloumi stack, I was tempted by the aroma of the grilled tomatoes. He seemed to enjoy them!

Local haloumi with tomato, grilled eggplant, garlic butter mushrooms, locally
made relish and toasted sourdough - $15.90

Our meeting at Esher St was a good one, with much to catch up on MXM's future plans.

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