Chat Thai – Sydney

No I’m not in Sydney! I have been rummaging my photos and I have been super busy for the first 6 months of the year which didn’t give me any time to blog very much. This was when I went up to Sydney earlier in the year and when we also reviewed Gowings. Chat Thai is our favourite Thai place in Sydney and we frequent it every time. There are quite a few around now but the one we always go to is the one in Haymarket.

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Front of Chat Thai

The queues are crazy and you gotta put your name down to wait for a table. There are always people working through the open kitchen in the front where they make desserts, fry things and bloody make you salivate until you pass out.
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I have to say it’s fairly authentic. You get the saa waa dee kaa when you get a table and all the staff are from Thai. The interior is lovely, very colourful, feels like you’ve entered Bangkok.

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Decor

There’s 3 floors I think so the restaurant doesn’t have a huge frontage so it’s the only way to fit more people in. There are some communal tables and lots of other smaller tables.
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Singa is a must in this place.

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Singha Beer

When I mean authentic it is definitely authentic. this dish stir fried crisp pork belly and wild ginger in red curry paste was very hot but absolutely delicious.

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mhu grob padt prik khing

I love Thai starters. The dollops of fried fish cakes with pickled cucumber relish was a winner.

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todt mun bpla

I think the next dish was a special –  a crab curry. This was super hot. Even with rice this is not for the faint hearted.

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crab curry

Finally IK’s favourite – Sticky rice and mango. The combination of sweet and salty. Love it.

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Sticky Rice and Mango

I also ordered a kiwi fruit drink as well as the food was so hot. Refreshing.
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Bottom Line

Best Thai food you can get in Australia IMO. Love the authentic flavours and vibe. Reasonably priced and delicious

Rating : 15/20

Tip : Go there early to avoid the queues

Dish of the Day : sticky rice and mango

What I would like to see : expand to melbourne please.

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Tonkotsu – Soho London

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Tonkotsu Bar And Ramen

Like most places we had to wait. Not too long though probably 15 mins. we looked at the menu and were pretty shocked 10-11 pounds per bowl of noodles. It’s like the same price but in AUD back home.

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Menu outside Tonkotsu Ramen

Obviously they specialise in ramen. They also do things like karaage etc. The ramen are quite different even though you have the well known tonkotsu (pork bone soup) broth.

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Tonkotsu Ramen

Apparently they have a noodle making machine and they make their noodles. I’m not sure but it’s a rare sight seeing skips cooking at a ramen bar.

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Skip chefs

Can’t go wrong with a kirin.

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Kirin 

On this board, basically tells us about the owner going to Japan and met this old guy who told him you must make your own noodles. So he did.

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They story about Tonkotsu

Karaage was crunchy and good.

Karaage

The seafood ramen was good. had a fish on top and caviar on the top. Not conventional ramen but modern i guess.

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Seafood Ramen

IK had the traditional Tonkotsu Ramen. However, she said Momotaro Ramen in Richmond was better.

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Tonkotsu Ramen

Rating

13/20

It was pricey for ramen. I like how they modernised it a bit. Karaage was good. but one thing – i don’t agree with this 12.5% discretionary service charge. Plonk a bowl of ramen at you and you eat and finish. I don’t know that service charge is required for that. Sorry London.

Address

63 Dean St, London W1D 4QG, United Kingdom
+44 20 7437 0071

Restaurant Cofoco Denmark

Missed out on going to Noma this time round. Despite the fact that we glued our eyes on our screens waiting for the seating to open 3 months prior. We just arrived in Copenhagen and had no clue where to eat. Best way was to google! So went through visit Copenhagen and found this place walkable from the hotel.

Copenhagen apparently well known for it’s food and prices!

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Cofoco Menu

Copenhagen had alot of rye bread. This came with a sauce and the bread was warm. Nice.

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Bread

Had a Jacobsen Beer. Almost as good as Belgium Beer.

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Fadol – Jacobsen Beer

So we went for a four course menu. First up was scallops, cauliflower puree, cucumber, dill and rye crumble. This was well presented and tasted well.

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Scallops dish

You get to either order a la carte or choose from a 4 or 5 or 6 course menu. We opted for the 4 course menu.

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Menu

the next dish was Mussel soup. Crab, pea puree, yoghurt, lemon oil and croutons. I tell you what. This was probably the best soup I’ve had in a long long time. Creamy, the flavours married together.

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Mussel Soup

Scandanavian food is very uncomplicated, but they do things well. The next dish is a Veal brisket – corn, cabbage, frikcasse and tarragon.

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Veal Brisket

The Raspberry sorbet reduced cream with liqourice, dried raspberries, white chocolate and raw liqourice. I never liked liqourice. But my god, the way they did liqourice with the dish was amazing. It was actually crunchy and blended well with the fresh raspberries you get in Scandanavia.

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Raspberry Sorbet

The place was on a corner shop and in the basement which seems a bit hidden. But I guess this is a hidden gem you find once in a while. Loved the food. Best meal we had in Copenhagen.

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Cocofo

Rating : 14.5/20

Atmosphere : Friendly waitress who has an Aussie boyfriend! Maybe thats why we got good service.

Go to dish : go for the set menu. Experience it all and the beer.

Address :

Abel Cathrines Gade 7, 1654 København, Denmark

+45 33 13 60 60

Le Souffle Review Paris

Paris was raining like no tomorrow. Almost every day it rained. We were heading off to Denmark this afternoon so we felt like some souffle as we didn’t have it during this trip. We heard about this place on a guide book and it was close to La Fayet and on the way back to the hotel. It was during a weekday so they had a lunch special.

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Le Souffle Menu

They obviously specialised in souffle and had different liquors for their souffles on show.

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French Liquors

We both went for the lunch special which included sparking water or wine. We went for the sparkling water.

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Badoit Sparking Water

Gotta have your bread in France.

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French Bread

Came with a salad as well.

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Salad

French orchid as well on the table

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French Orchid

IK went for the chicken souffle with sauce and then a dessert souffle after.

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Chicken Souffle

I went for a main course fries with chicken instead. The fries were amazing

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Chicken and Fries

The sauce that went into the souffle.

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Chicken and sauce that goes into the souffle
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Line up of Grand Marnier

There was a whole cabinet filled with grand mariner.

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A close up

The souffles were huge! I wondered how many egg whites goes into one of these. So I went for the grand marinier souffle. The waiter dug a little hole and filled it and then poured it around. It was soft and amazing.

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Grand Marnier Souffle

IK went for a sour cherry chocolate one. I ended up having 1.5 souffles.

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IK’s souffle

Finished with a coffee… I miss Melbourne so much!

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Cafe

A little cute card to keep afterwards!

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Le Souffle card

Beautiful shop front.
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Rating : 14/20

Dish of the day : Obviously the souffle. but the main was also nice. Grand Marnier souffle for sure

Tip : Go for lunch, lunch special is quite reasonable.

Tip 2 : Don’t have 2 souffles. its too much!

Le Souffle

36,rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris, France

Entrecote CBD Review

Craving for French and you tend to miss it when you’ve just come back from a massive Europe trip. We are pretty fortunate Melbourne has almost every cuisine you can think of. Was catching with with a friend so decided to try entrecote. There are two entrecotes; one in the city and one in South Yarra. The one here has a no booking policy so you just rock up. Situated between collins and little collins, used to be where Prix Fixe was. All the restaurants who have taken on this premises hadn’t really taken off. I guess the location and is quieter than other streets in the CBD.

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Entrecote

Outside Entrecote.

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Outside Entrecote

We came early thinking we’d need to wait for a while. But nope it was empty as.

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Inside Entrecote

Pretty basic menu. Their speciality is the steak frites, but they do have some traditional French dishes and seafood as well.

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Entrecote Menu

Brings back memories when I had this at the Eiffel Tower.

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1664 Kronenborg

IK was craving for her usual Aperol Spritz.

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Aperol Spritz

Some bread to start.

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Bread

IK wanted French onion Soup and here it is. Nothing fancy like what Vue De Monde serves, but just traditional French onion soup. Nothing memorable but it was nice.

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French onion soup

I shared some escargots with my friend and it was nice as well. Again nothing memorable.

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Escargot

Their signature dish – Steak Frites. So steaks and fries. It was “free flowing fries” so if you have finished the fries, you can ask for more. The steak was nice, but again not the best steak I had.

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Steak Frites

Came with a salad as well which was refreshing.

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Salad

French food always seem to be filling and we were pretty full. However, we had to order a dessert. IK was craving for a Mille-feuille. It was alright, lots of creme fraiche. Luxemborg does a better one though – its crunchier.

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Mille-feuille

Had a little seafood bar in the kitchen.

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Seafood Bar

Some roses as well. You know the French are romantic afterall.

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Red Roses

Overall, it’s nice to have traditional French cuisine every now and again. Maybe we were spoilt with the various French eateries in Paris and you really can’t compare. It is a bit disappointing how this premises hasn’t taken off yet. It has a nice vibe in there but the tables and the space between each table were quite small. You really need to be thin as to get through.

Rating : 12.5/20. Sorry we were too spoilt in France.

Dish of the day : Steak frites. Yup free flowing fries. It is a bit pricey imo $39 bucks for it.

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