Okay.. call us crazy but we dined at Coca Chu not once, not twice.. but three times!~ and we were only there for a week! Great for couples (which was what we did on the Mon and Wed) and with friends (met up with friends and ended up being the last table to leave the restaurant!).
Loving the Modern, Fresh and Creative Asian Cuisine – Coca Chu is definitely one of the most inviting and exciting places to eat on Hamilton Island.
Beef and Potato Curry – the aromatic curry was delicious with beef cheeks that were so tender. Loved the sweetness from the pineapple however they need to increase the spiciness of the curry to make it a perfect dish.
Crispy pigs ears w pickled chilli – Delicious. My family loves to make a good pig ear salad for any occasion but the crispiness surprised me – in a good way! The saltiness of the pig ear went well with the sour pickles and spicy fish sauce. Gotta tell my mum about this..
Twice cooked pork ribs w blood plum tamarind sauce – A very sweet dish. Lucky the pork were falling off those bone….
Other dishes without images (either I forgot or they were really bad photos… sorry!):
- Caramelized lamb shoulder – 500g of deliciousness. The fish sauce is slightly too sweet but nothing a few more slices of fresh chili didn’t fixed. Anything caramelized is a definitely a winner in my eyes.
- Sichuan half duck w chili coriander ginger – another sweet dish. Again all they had to do was add a few more fresh chilies then this is another almost perfect dish, after-all isn’t Sihuan cuisine all about bold and spicy flavors?
- Whitsunday bugs w cashew nuts – not a big fan of seafood so I gave this dish a missed but the boys were very satisfied.
- Twice cooked beef shin w sticky rice – a very interesting dish. Portion was larger then expected for a starter.
- Silkin tofu – Can’t go wrong with a healthy selection. Would have liked the tofu to be a little bit crunchier however the soy ginger dressing was deliciously sweet and tasty.
Services were friendly, genuine and full of food knowledge. I was lucky enough to receive a complimentary champa and had the lovely waiters serenaded for my 30th birthday. Definitely a lovely culinary experience/s!
“Talk doesn’t cook cook rice.” (Chinese Proverb)
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We finally arrived in Hamilton Island after a 3 hour flight from Melbourne! First joint we tried was this fun fusion Mexican joint at the Marina on Front Street. OK I have to admit the Japanese and Korean fusion bit confused me as I couldn’t really see it on the menu or in the food itself. The view however was amazing from the top floor! Aim for sunset and you’ve got a romantic date on the agenda! .
As it was only the two of us we decided to try one of the share platter. The GRANDE PLATTER one looked too much so we went with the EL GRINGO PLATTER. We started with the two mini crab and avocado tostadas and two mini octopus tostadas. They are pretty much just different fillings on little crispy tortillas. The crab and avocado had a very beautiful tropical flavor but the octopus one with the corn I did not get.. very hard to eat as half the corn fell off the tortillas. Lucky it did look very instaworthy!
Then came the nopal salad which was a very fresh side with sweet and sour sliced ripe mangoes, fresh lettuce and sour pickles.
The next dish was a major disappointment. Unfortunately the classic quesadilla didn’t have enough cheese and/or herb and it did looked rather sad on the plate also.
The last dish, the main was the pork pibil. Serving was very generous. The pork was a bit dry for me, felt like I needed a lot of the sour cream to add in my wrapped soft tortillas. Waitress promised my husband that the spicy habanero would give him a kick but he was eating it like he was eating chocolate… haha..so overall an average dish.. we only finished half.
Service was great. Book online or just pop early like we did around 5.45pm and we easily got a seat!
“Anytime there is Mexican food around, you can bet I’ll be eating it” – Eva Longoria
Bye for now – come back and see see what else SueyLuey ate in Hamilton Island!
My review for Seared needed a bit of an update so here it is!!!
Seared is a lovely family cafe/restaurant outside the Level 1 urban dining area of Highpoint Shopping Centre. A great large space for couples to come for coffee or drinks and/or family to share in a good meal. The relaxed alfresco area outside is great in summer (with a kid play area outside too!) or you can choose to sit inside where the fixtures are contemporary with great modern furniture.
Service is always friendly and efficient whether you’re regulars or new customers. They truly take pride in serving some of the most modern and affordable cuisine like their selection of rice dishes to the usual char grilled steaks or just choose from their range of fresh seafood dishes.
GARLIC PRAWNS ON RICE TIGER PRAWNS $23 – This dish was very big. So big I had a lil helper dining with me haha… I loved how the rich creamy garlic sauce sauce covered the sweet prawns and enough to just cover the jasmine rice.
BEEF ‘N’ REEF $37.5 – Hubby had the steak which was perfectly cooked to Medium Rare. He upgraded his steak to include king prawns sautéed in tomato and onion. The Serving is rather generous but he polished the whole plate. I tried a bit of his prawns and they were nicely charred with great flavors. Leave it to the simple meals to taste the best!
STICKY DATE PUDDING $9.0 – I love a good old traditional date pudding. Very easy to make but it always taste better when someone else cooks it! The butterscotch I always find is a bit too sweet for me but a large scoop or two of Vanilla ice-cream is a must especially when you gotta quick dig in before it melts around the moist warm pudding!
It’s very unfortunate about the strictly no smoking in food area law however least now anyone can sit outside and not be affected by the smokes! YAY!
P.S please excuse the shaky photos – I was too busy conversing haha!!!!
“Life is too short not to have pasta, steak, and butter”. Iman
|Seared are friends of SueyLuey|
What a beautiful modern wine bar with a rustic feel that showcase the finest regional produce I’ve ever tasted. Was staying at the Mansion Hotel so decided to swing passed this newly renovated winery (after a fire few months ago). Small green area out front if you would like to have a picnic on a nice sunny day. Unfortunately the day we went it was slightly gloomy so we sat inside instead.
Service was lovely. Booked online. Very efficient. Menu items had a good selection.
CHARCUTERIE board served with cornichons, pickled shallots, chutney, horseradish & brioche crisps and we got the grilled chorizo and duck pate as extra. Everything tasted DELICIOUS! Hands down one of the best charcuterie we had. The duck liver pate was smooth and flavorsome and the chorizo was nicely grilled. The serving was pretty big so we decided to share a main and a side.
ROAST PORK with roasted artichoke and apple sauce – this was the special, free range pork. Unfortunately a bit too bland for me. I felt that the roast was slightly overcooked so it was slightly too dry and perhaps require anothee glazed as the apple sauce was not enough to eat with the pork.
POLENTA CHIPS with smoke tomato jam… MmmmM a great side. Jam was nice and sweet. I was expecting the chips to be crunchier but I didn’t mind the light and fluffiness of it though!
P.S Free wine tasting for Mansion Hotel guests I think… we didn’t have time to do it though =)
“In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat you need it.” ― Napoleon Bonaparte
I finally made it to this massive, modern and beautiful greenery joint. Long gone the day where a cafe is a cafe… Au79 is not just a cafe but a bakery/pattiserie and a boutique roastery shop. True to it’s saying… it is definitely ‘Good as Au79’.
First impression.. love all these fiddle leaf trees!! yes I’m a sucker for this designer plants. But there’s just something about plants that makes me happy. Service was efficient and friendly. Of-course this was during lunchtime on a weekday so I’m sure it’s not as busy as it would be on the weekends.
Menu wise.. slightly confusing. The menu is filled with classic dishes like the Big Breakfast and the smashed avacado etc. however each dishes has a touch of Asian-influenced- e.g. Miso Scrambled Eggs or the korean benedicts or the Okonomiyaki pancake. Prices slightly higher then usual from $5-$8 for a croissant or small cake, to $18-$25 main dish.
We decided to stick with the basic and hubby got the Big Breakfast which had the usual suspect – sausage, bacon,mushrooms, poached eggs etc. Tasty but slightly awkward on the small plate. The tomatoes could do with a few more min of grilling and add a touch more of salt and pepper. And the bacon could do with a bit more of a crispiness.
I ordered the Truffled Croque Madame – the toast was nicely grilled with plenty of gruyere cheese, a touch of mushroom, a fried egg on top and purple pickled cabbage on the side. I would hope for more mushroom compared to the amount of cheese on the toast and a slightly bigger egg on top. I managed to get through 2/3 of the toasty but overall still good and very instaworthy!
Coffees – Hubby said his latte was just OK, he would have preferred a stronger shot of espresso but I thoroughly enjoyed my matcha latte which had a good amount of bitterness and sweetness.. Mm…
“I’m so spoiled, I must have a Starbucks vanilla latte everyday” – Katie Holmes
RAMEN! Who doesn’t love ramen hey? Honestly my first bowl of ramen was when I was in Japan about 4 years ago – so my ramen standards has always been quite high – and Shujinko certainly did not disappoint!!
Located on Elizabeth street between MC and Vic Market, this authentic looking joint although looks small from the outside do have a lot of settings inside however very tight. The collection of anime figurines and the Sakes bottles on the shelves definitely reminded me of the restaurants we saw in Japan.
Hubby decided to try the Tsukemen after watching an episode of Naruto trying this dish… Ramen but where the broth and noodles are served separately. The noodle was thick and tasty and the broth was good. A bit too much noodles.. but guess I shouldn’t complain haha…
We did a swapsie half through as Hubby realised he prefer the noodle in the broth so he can slurp it whilst it was hot haha.. so he ended up with the Shujinko Ramen. The Tonkotsu soup base was very light however it wasn’t as flavoursome as the Tsekume’s broth. Unfortunately the soup was not piping hot and got a bit cold by the time it got to the table. Something that can be easily fixed. I did enjoy the grilled pork. Slightly different with the bok choy. Perhaps another piece would have been nice but I think I could have ordered it as extra.. i forget.
The menu also offered many small izakaya dishes. We decided to try the Takoyaki which was the best dish of the night! The octopus balls was light and filled with the right amount of filling and had the right amount of sauces and tuna flakes on top – Yup! Very close to those Takoyaki balls we had at a local street stall in Osaka MmmMMMM!
The other side dish we tried was the Ebi Fry. The dish was presented beautifully, the prawn was crumbed and fried really well. Came with a much needed mayo salad and teriyaki sauce that complemented the crumbed prawn really well.
So overall a very lovely dinner. We were both so full by the end of the service. Prices are reasonable. Service was great.. little English but so friendly. Our server always had a big smile. The restaurant started off really quiet but by 7pm, there were constantly people coming through the door…and what i loved and missed most about Japan (beside the awesome foods) – every-time you walk through or exit their hospitality – they would greet you very loudly! such great manners!!!
“I love you like a fat kid loves cake!” ― Scott Adams
| Courtesy invite by Shujinko. Opinions are my own. |
So I’ve heard about MissChu Tuckshop story a while ago and finally got to try it when I realised the exhbition store was located a few min walk away from my new workplace.. hooray!! As their website mention ‘the original Asian street-food ‘tuckshop’’ -this joint’s menu offer a variety option of healthy hawker food items inspired by all the beautiful cuisines of Vietnam. Small but sufficient – write your orders down and pay at the front. Great for small groups.
Came here with a friend and I was rather surprised with how tasty everything was. Yes slightly more expensive then the usual.. but we are paying for the more inventive, modern fusion style cusine that offers a difference. The highest praised to the Atlantic salmon in XO sauce with rice & quinoa. The salmon was perfectly seared and complement well with the the rice and quinoa. Slightly too much sauce but would rather more then no sauce hehe!!
The roast duck rice paper roll was good. Slightly more expensive then usual and the steamed crepes with the prawn and bamboo shoot was different. Different in a good way though. I loved the crunchiness off the bamboo and the mince prawn. Overall a delight! Looking forward to trying out the other dishes soon!
Later days! XOX
“Food is our common ground, a universal experience” – James Beard