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Kitchen Sanitarium, Brisbane November 2, 2012

Kitchen Sanitarium

145 Eagle Street | Brisbane

There is a plethora of places to eat in Brisbane CBD during the work week, a lot of them really affordable as they compete for your business.  Take away sushi places selling $2 rolls line every street, as do places selling pies, burgers, chips, and your Chicken Katsu.

On a temporary health kick (I’ve now fallen off the wagon but I am to clamber back on come Monday – promise) I was in search for wholesome, healthy food.  A Google search brought up Govinda’s Vegetarian buffet, a couple of Japanese places and Kitchen Sanitarium.

Owned by Sanitarium of Wheatbix Sanitarium, Kitchen Sanitarium sells only vegetarian food with food sourced within 200km and proclaim to be organic and wholesome.

A serious meat/seafood/egg lover, I hold very little trust of vegetarians, but I was willing to give it a go after reading loads of good review.  It was on Eagle Street, Riverside Plaza, a few doors up from Pig and Whistle with lots of outside seating and some seating inside – a bright airy space.

Big menus, service breakfasts and lunch with their main meals like risotto at around $18, curry of the day (eat in $14/takeout $9.90).  Although the 4-bean quesadilla called out to me, I opted for a takeaway salad choosing from around 4 different options (small for $5.90 and a large for $9.90).

I went for the salad of the day, a Greek salad made with tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, roasted capsicum, olives, cucumber and crumbled feta.  It was crisp, light and full of flavour.  With that, I also got a beetroot and puy lentil salad made with chunks of beetroot (tasted like canned), lentils, cranberries and hazelnuts – easily one of the most DELICIOUS salads I’ve ever had. Call me a vegetarian/salad convert.

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I got the large box of salad and it defeated me, took me two goes, and 4 hours and I still couldn’t finish it all!  Next time, a small box would suffice for lunch, making it quite a reasonably priced option for lunch.  It was surprisingly filling too, and I was left feeling light and so healthful all day.

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Sultan’s Kitchen, Coorparoo

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Sultan’s Kitchen
380 Cavendish Road | Coorparoo

 

It was a Monday night, and I just didn’t feel like going home and eating a poached chicken with salad, so through the Entertainment Book I looked, and a 25% discount voucher, I found – for Sultan’s Kitchen.

 

My favourite Indian restaurant in Brisbane has always been Punjabi Palace, but was willing to try something else locally.

 

When we went into Sultan’s Kitchen, it was completely empty at 6pm, menus were presented. Curries were priced at around $18.90, rice extra at $1 per person, naan breads around $4 – $5 depending if you want it plain or filled with cheese.

 

We ordered Lamb Saag Wala (Spinach and lamb curry) and Chicken Mughlai (rich, creamy curry).

 

We were presented with complimentary popdums which had cumin seeds and were crispy and flavoursome. The food didn’t take much longer and the curries were DELICIOUS. They had the right combination of spices and flavours and none of the lingering oiliness. The basmati rice were fluffy and the spinach and cheese naan, soft (though I missed the crunch of the bottom that I’m used to) and full of flavour.

 

I wished curries were hotter because I like a bit of kick in my curry, but they were full of subtle flavour with a very mild, mellow heat. Two curries, a naan, and rice for two would’ve been $44.30 but with the discount, came to $33.25. Bargain. I’ll be back.

 

The restaurant stayed empty with as as the only Monday diners, but they lots of people in and out for their takeaway curries.

 

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Steamed, Brisbane October 31, 2012

Steamed

95 Turbot Street | Brisbane

In a relatively less busy part of Brisbane CBD, under the Roma Street underpass on Turbot Street is where Steamed can be found.  With the new addition to the food scene, it seems as if Brisbane may be finally catching up to the dumpling craze that engulfed Sydney and Melbourne a few years ago.

Steamed is TINY…and while there was a communal table and could probably seat 10, it’s definitely more of a takeaway joint.  And don’t expect fancy surroundings, the whole kit is quite casual, plain and tidy.

Steamed sells only three types of dumplings (pork beef and vegetarian) and a pork bun (NOT BBQ pork bun).  All dumplings are priced at $6 for 4 dumplings (they’re happy for you to mix and match) and the pork buns (called pork cloud here) are $3 each. There are various packages, like 8 dumplings for $10 or 3 dumplings and 1 bun for $7 .  I wanted to try each of everything so I bought the 3 dumplings +1 cloud pack .  For a casual takeaway joint, I thought the dumplings were a bit expensive.

Everything was already cooked and sat in bamboo steamers at the counter (so not steamed to order) so service was quick with a tiny self-serve chili oil and vinegar section where you pick up your little card box of dumplings.

I thought all the dumplings were relatively tasty, my favourite being the pork, but none of them were spectacular.  The pastry was nice and thin though.  The Pork bun was puffy and bready, not as light as I would’ve liked and seemed to have an excessive bread to filling ratio, in saying that though, the filling was tasty also…but again, nothing spectacular.

I found the utensils provided extremely difficult to eat with.  Instead of chopsticks, they provided little two-pronged toothpicks and it was pretty much impossible to pierce and eat the dumplings without having to prod it with my finger. Also, the dumplings stuck to the bottom of the box, so by the time I’ve maneuvered the pick into the dumpling, the wrapping have split open with the filling spilling out.

Overall though, while I thought the dumplings were good, with its location and price…I’m not really hanging to go back but would grab some if I was around the area.

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My Favourites List December 5, 2010

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I’ve look at my last few blog entries and other than a recipe blog entries, I seem to hate every single restaurants out there!!

That’s not true by the way, I love lots of restaurants!  I just gt the urge to blog a lot more when I’ve had a bad experience.  I guess I just need to get it off my chest, or I want to make sure people don’t make the same unfortunate mistake that I did.

To prove it, here’s some of my favourite restaurants in BRISBANE:

Breakfast:

Flute

4/380 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo – (07) 3324 0999

I have never had a bad breakfast here, the food, the coffee, everything is excellent.  It’s on the pricey side (breakfast wise), ranging from about $16 to $24 or something.  They have an interesting menu too, steaks and polenta for breakfast anyone?? Yum yum! Never been disappointed and I’m pretty picky.

Restaurant

Anise

697 Brunswick Street, New Farm QLD 4005, (07) 3358 1558

Very small restaurant and only seats 15 people, all at the bar! It’s really great, serving Modern Australian/French cuisine and the menu changes all the time.  One of the best duck confit, the best quail, best duck fat truffle potatoes.  EVER.

Their desserts aren’t anything special but everything else is pefecto.

Best Gluten Free Pizza

Hell Pizza gluten pizza are pretty good.  I think they taste pretty much exactly like normal crust (in my opinion).  Great gourmet toppings too, but a bit pricey.  Their pizzas are about $18 – $20 with $3.50 surcharge for gluten free crust.

I also like getting gluten free Pizzas from Dominos Pizza.  I’m not above eating fast food hehe. Their gluten free pizzas are $2.95 surcharge and it’s like their classic crusts.

Sushi

I loooooooooooooooove sushi, I eat sushi at least once a week.  At least!  And my favourite is:

Hanaichi Sushi Bar & Dining

Shop E128 & E129/171-209 Queen Street Brisbane QLD 4000 – (07) 3221 1450

I love it here…my favourites are Seared Salmon Scallop, Salmon Belly and Avocado (yuuuum), Soft shelled crab hand rolls, Crab Claws, Kani Korokke…list goes on.  And you HAVE to try the black sesame ice-cream, it’s seriously the best.

Japanese

Azabu

Taringa Central Shopping Centre, 165 Moggill Road, Taringa, 4068
Only tried this place once and it is pretty awesome.  Feel of Izakaya with authentic Japanese food.
Vietnamese
Quan Thanh
5/75 Hardgrave Road West End (Brisbane) QLD 4101 – (07) 3846 3849
Thai
Golden Buddha
3 The Corso, Seven Hills QLD 4170, (07) 3902 0005
Bow Thai
14 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, (07) 3216 1700
Indian
Punjabi Palace
135 Melbourne St, West End (Brisbane) QLD 4101, (07) 3846 3884
Mint Indian Courmet
394 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, (07) 3252 0300
Bakery
Chouquette
1/19 Barker Street, New Farm QLD 4005, (07) 3358 6336
Chinese
My mum’s  (HA).
That’s all I’ve got for now, I’ll add to it as it comes to me! 🙂

 

Scallops with fried egg and balsamic vinegar July 11, 2010

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This is an adaption of Gordon Ramsey’s scallops and quail egg recipe.  I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious, probably works better as a starter because it’s not filling, but I ate like 4 lamb sheek kebabs, a hot dog, two sausage sizzles, butter chicken, naan, steak…and more today, so this was more than enough.  I made this with what was available in my pantry and my fridge, so no quail eggs, no pea purees…but it tastes delicious.  I like my scallops lightly seared, and raw in the middle so that it keeps its al dente-ness (don’t know if you can use al dante to describe scallops…but I hate over cooked scallops!) and I also like my egg yolks runny and they ooze all over the scallops and that with the balsamic gives it a nice, rich creaminess.
Ingredients

– Scallops, I used 10 small scallops, but if you have fat scallops,  you could slice them through the middle so that you get two thinner ‘coin’ shapes

– 1 egg

– curry powder

– salt and pepper

– drizzle of balsamic vinegar, mine was flavoured with macadamia nuts

1 Cook the scallops for about 30 seconds on each side, and as it’s cooking, dust it lighting with a slight pinch of curry powder, flip and repeat

2 Remove scallops onto a plate and fry your egg until the whites are cooked but the yellow is runny

3 Place the egg on the scallops and season with salt and pepper and lightly drizzle with balsamic vinegar.  I would recommend not using more than a teaspoon

4 Break the yolk over the scallops and EAT!

 

Bistrot Bistro & Bar | Logan Road | Woolloongabba June 27, 2010

Filed under: breakfast/Brunch,Casual Eats,Fine Dining,Food,Food review — Dobsessed @ 1:48 pm
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One of my favourite meals are breakfasts…although, I must say I like going out fine dining too, so I guess I can’t really say that. To be honest, there isn’t a meal of the day I don’t like.

Anyways, still fresh from week 2 of my 21-Day Wonder Diet, my friend and I decided to go for a nice, long morning walk. Both of us have already had breakfast but after over an hour of walking and chats, we decided to stop at Bistrot Bistro & Bar for break.

I really liked the decor, it looks Parisian with pendant lighting, exposed brick walls and beautiful booths and timber floors. The service was very attentive (too much so), we were asked if we were ready to order three times in two minutes.

I don’t want to be overly negative, but our food came before our coffees (which we’d ordered first). Not much for adaptation, I thought the food was seriously overpriced. They had no gluten free bread (and no other alternatives) so I ended up paying $10 for 2 poached eggs, and ordered a side of house made beans with ham hock for an additional $7,

The eggs were poached beautifully, the yolks a vibrant orange, but that’s where the good ended. The beans were very sour with the tomatoes, and undercooked, so very hard, salty (with the ham hock) and unappetizing.

My friend had also ordered poached eggs, and her toast came grilled but she said you could taste the grill – and not in a good way. Neither of us was particularly wowed by the boring, unimaginative, overpriced food.

Our coffees were weak, lukewarm and insipid.

Oh yeah, one other criticism, the whole menu was written in jargon. Eg. Nduju $5 – that was apparently a Japanese style salami. Kessler $5 is actually just bacon…couldn’t they have just had that on the menu? Or am I just not ‘refined’ enough for Bistrot Bistro? Probably…which is why I probably won’t go back either. At least not for Brunch.

 

Gluten Free Saucy Chocolate Pudding (Pantry Puddings) June 15, 2010

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This is seriously the easiest chocolate pudding to make ever…and it tastes soooooo good!  And the servings I’ve listed make just two small 150ml sized ramekins, so it’s perfect for middle of the night cravings (it only takes 15 minutes after all!) or when girlfriends drop by and you’re in search of something sweet.

I wanted to call it Pantry Puddings because the ingredients this recipe calls for are always in my pantry…but my friend laughed at me when I said that, so maybe it’s not the case for everyone?

The first ten times I’ve made this recipe, I used dark chocolate which was very rich (and delicious) and pouring cream into the pot made a rich, delicious chocolate sauce, I’ve also made it with Rolo recently which was less rich and had a nice milk chocolate caramel goo in it.  I probably perfer the orginal version because if I’m after a chocolate hit, I want a REAL hit…not a mild one…but either one is tasty.

Makes 2 small ramekins

Ingredients

80g of dark chocolate, break into pieces

40g of butter

1 heaped tablespoons of self raising flour (I used White Wings Gluten Free flour)

1 – 2 heaped tablespoons of caster sugar (for the Rolo version, I only used 1 tablespoons of caster sugar – you could probably use brown sugar too)

1 egg

– Preheat oven to 200 c fan forced

– Melt butter and chocolate in a bowl on Medium for about 2 minutes – do it in 30 second bursts and stir afterwards so it’s combined, no whisk needed, I just use a spoon.

– After the chocolate has cooled slightly, add the egg and stir that through until it’s well combined

– Add the flour and the sugar and stir.

– Pour into ramekins and bake for 12 – 15 minutes.  You know it’s ready when the top has puffed up, so check after 12 minutes…if you leave it too long, it’ll be quite cakey and less gooey in the middle…and trust me, you want the goo.

So, so good.