Gyoza Gyoza, Doncaster

Gyoza Gyoza – a Japanese food restaurant with many chain all over Melbourne. They offer an Izakaya style eating with many popular bar dishes from Japan that are all at one set price $6.80!!

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Rice balls – OMG these were delicious! Lucky I didn’t go with the steamed rice as these char grilled balls were so tasty – the miso added a very subtle flavour. And it was slightly crunchy on the outside so it added a good texture to the overall dish.

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Softshell Crab Sliders – Have had this in the city before but this time round it wasn’t as good. These still looked great however I had more bun then crab which was a shame.

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Takoyaki – So this dish is always a must to order for the hubby.. They were okay. Not as fresh like those stalls in Osaka.The octopus was slightly too chewy but still tasty nonetheless.

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Oysters with Yuzu sauce – I didn’t eat any of these but hubby did say the Yuzu dressing was very refreshing. He does prefer Tabasco sauce..!

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Crab Cream croquette – I do love a good crab croquette but these were just ok. Crispy crumb, but easily broken and the filling itself was too creamy for me, lacking the crabby flavour.

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Twice cooked Lamb Ribs with honey sauce – The ribs though was slightly too fatty, was very tender and totally fell of the bone. I though the honey sauce would have made it really sweet but they added very little so it brought out the flavor of the ribs itself .

Yakitori – These chicken skewers was lovely char grilled! The sauce was delicious. Right amount of sweetness also. I did also appreciate the cabbage garnish at the bottom which soaked up all the yakitori sauce Mmm…

Overall a good meal. The service itself was a major shame. They were so under staff! 1 girl serving 5 tables at the front (where we got a table), she had to get people to the table, bring all the foods to the table, cleaned all the table, set the tables, get payments… need I need to go on? well it took forever to get a seat and then forever to order the foods. Lucky the foods didn’t take too long to come out.

“In Japanese, sushi does not mean raw fish. It means seasoned rice” – Guy Fieri

NB: I have to apologise as when I went to write a review for Gyoza Gyoza Doncaster, it seemed like I had written in the wrong location post! my first visit was for the CBD one and it wasn’t until yesterday that I experienced the Doncaster location. Again, same concept $6.80 tapas!

Suey Luey

xox

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Oshokuji Dokoro Fujitei, St Kilda

I love Japanese food… I love it even better when it is beautifully cooked and/or served via traditional methods. Yup.. Oshokuji Dokoro Fujitei, under new management and chef – has gone back to basic. Although each dishes have a modern, fusion look – they all taste pretty damn authentic Mmm…

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Hokkaido pan seared in Japanese sake –  this was an absolutely great starter! The Japanese scallop was cooked perfectly with the mushroom layered in sweet cheesy goodness.

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Beef Tataki – Hubby enjoy this beautifully prepared seared beef scotch slices which was deliciously covered in the special ponzu sauce.

Tempura Moriawase – this assortment of tiger prawn, white fish and vegetables tempura was delicious! The batter is extremely light but keeping it nice and crispy.

We were so fortunate to be able to enjoy this pre-launched assorted Sushi and Shashimi Banquet combo for two which looked absolutely gorgeous as a whole. The shashimi was fresh – especially the kingfish and salmon, but the Tuna was on the fattier side for me.  There were two types of sushi rolls and they were very tasty, similar filling but different finished. The scampi sushi was juicy and sweet and was a piece of art in itself. I couldn’t bring myself to eat the whole Unagi sushi though – personal fear, but hubby did say it tasted good.

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Black Sesame Panna Cotta – this is a very interesting dessert as it is a fusion mixed between the Italian dessert with Japanese flavours.  Perhaps a bit too much roasted flour and green tea powder over the top, leaving your mouth with a bit of a powdery taste. Would enjoy it alot better if it came creamy cold with a side of creamy Matcha ice-cream scoop rather then the fruit also.

Overall a great dining experience. Looking at the menu, prices are a bit on the dearer side. The massive tree in the dining room is worth a mention also as I’m pretty sure with a bit of a touch-up – we suggested to the friendly owner – Ryoichi, that a fresh coat of black paint to cover the rust and getting rid of those tired looking dated lanterns, then transforming it into a cherry blossom like-tree.. would bring this center-piece alive and perhaps be a topic of conversation for diners. Additionally with the changes that Ryo has already achieved and will endeavor to change, this restaurant is definitely heading in the right direction of being a crowd fav!

“In the cherry blossom’s shade there’s no such thing as a stranger” – Kobayashi Issa

Thanks for reading… Christmas counts down begins!!!

SueyLuey xx

| Courtesy invite by Oshokuji Dokoro Fujitei. Opinions are my own. |

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Pho Hung Vuong Saigon, Footscray

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It’s been a while since I’ve been to Footscray! Boy has it changed… Ghosting the most popular restaurant on the block we found Pho Hung Vuong with a line outside the door. Lucky we only had to wait for about 15min for a table for 6. With a menu that has been downgraded to about 23 dishes – this is a new change that I definitely welcome – because it definitely doesn’t make it easier when there’s like 99 dishes on the menu! Less is more I’d say!

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Between us we ordered the combination Beef Pho, Chicken Pho and Broken rice with grilled pork, egg and shredded pork. Great to be able to choose different bowl size from Small to Large. And the Large was pretty big….. hehe..

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The Pho were all good. Good clear broth with plenty of meats. The soup could do with perhaps another hour or two of simmering as we did had to add the extra hoi sin and sriracha sauce to complete the noodle soup but still good.

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The broken rice dish was good also. The grilled pork could have been a bit more tenderised and the chicken soup was a bit plain. And it was also a  little bit more expensive then the usual viet restaurant at $13. Normally this dish would set you back at about $11?

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Overall a nice lunch experience. Modern, clean with efficient services.

“Pho is a great way to start the day..” – Tom Douglas

SueyLuey xx

 

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Coca Chu, Hamilton Island

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.

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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.

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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..

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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.

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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)

Thanks for reading

XOX

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Seared Steak & Seafood, Maribyrnong

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

Later-Days!

XxX

|Seared are friends of SueyLuey|

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Shadowfax Winery, Werribee

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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.

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Service was lovely. Booked online. Very efficient. Menu items had a good selection.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

CYAAA! xox

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MissChu, Exhibition Street

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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.

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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!!

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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!

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Later days! XOX

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience” – James Beard

 

 

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