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Sultan’s Kitchen, Coorparoo November 2, 2012

Filed under: Casual Eats,Food — Dobsessed @ 3:24 pm
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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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Brisbane Brunch and Breakfasts: Ashton and Old October 23, 2012

Filed under: breakfast/Brunch,Casual Eats — Dobsessed @ 10:39 am
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Ashton & Old

Shop 5, 459 Old Cleveland Road | Camp Hill

 

I noticed Ashton & Old after driving past it a few times, it’s on Old Cleveland Road, so quite a busy, heavy trafficked street and was keen to try it.

 

When I walked through the doors, I was pleasantly surprised, the space is bright and airy, quite inviting and at 10:00am in the morning on a Saturday, it had diners, but not heaving like most breakfast brunch places that you’d find in Brisbane – I guess that should’ve been my first clue…but I was all optimistic that day.

 

We were seated quickly by the bar seating facing the street at the window or issued with menus.  Again, I was excited, the menu was interesting, with items like corn cakes with avocado, blah blah type of leg of ham with poached eggs or salted caramel French toasts with stewed Stanthorpe apples and ice-cream – which is what we ordered.

 

The coffee came quickly, and it was acceptable and then the food came, and that’s where Ashton & Old let itself down.  The corn fitters were so dry and hard I reckon I could’ve bounced it agains the walls a few times and it would still have been intact.  It looked like it was made from polenta rather than actual corn. It was so dry in fact that you had to take a sip of water every time you wanted to swollow it.  Wait, I thought, we will crack the poached egg, maybe that will help.  The egg was hard poached.  Not even sticky orange yolk….it had been poached for so long it was now a hard boiled egg, worse, the egg yolk had gone completely yellow.  Not impressed.  The tomato salsa was just a few chopped onions and tomatoes, lacked flavour.  The whole breakfast was barely touched.

 

The French toast were OK, but there was not a lick of ‘salt’ in the salted caramel – not that I could taste anyways, and because of that, lacked a bit of dimention.  It was just sweet, upon sweet, upon sweet, with all the textures sort of melding together too…but it wasn’t BAD, and for a sweet tooth like me, no problems.  I don’t think non-sweet-toothers would’ve enjoyed it much.

 

The waitress came and asked if I wanted more coffee, to which I said no, then proceeds to take away my friend’s unfinished coffee!

 

Oh…and the pantry part? Everything was behind the counter (like on a shelft behind the staff) so it wasn’t like they were encouraging you to browse in their pantry.

 

When we paid, no one asked us how our meal was either.  So I guess we will just provide feedback with our feet and not return.

 

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Brisbane Brunch and Breakfasts: Cafeine

One of the things I didn’t do much when I was in London was go out for brunch.  I found that Londoners generally started the day a lot later on weekends and some of my friends didn’t want to emerge until after 1 on a Sunday!! By then, it’s too late for me to want to order eggs and beans…so it’s just usually lunch fare.

I’ve been back in Brisbane for about four months now…and I think my weekend brunch ritual has well and truly been reinstated.  Some have been great…some, not so much.  Below is my thoughts on Cafeine.  I’m definitely a fan.

Cafeine

186 Cavendish Road | Coorparoo

It’s small and owned by a waitress that used to work at (overrated) breakfast heavyweight Gunshop Cafe. From the outside, it seems quite small, one table on the inside and two on the outside, you order, pay at the counter and take a seat.  I didn’t realise this the first time I went, but last week I visited, I realised there was a whole other section for seating inside (with aircon!!).

The food here slightly deviates from the usual and it is DELICIOUS.  The first time I went, I had scrambled eggs with mushrooms, tomatoes, feta and pesto.  The eggs were done in a ramekin and soft and fluffy almost like it was souffled and it’s tasty, and full of flavour ($17).

Worth mentioning also is their Mushroom and omelette toastie which is pretty much the above breakfast (sans tomatoes and feta) toasted between two turkish bread and is crisp and delicious (13.50).  Their coffees are fairly good, and their coffee smoothie is childlike yum (nostalgic of camp coffee) ($6).  I live not too far from here, so it’s a no brainer for brunch when I want to go local. Breakfast is served til 2pm also, so a bonus for those who like to have a bit of a sleep in.

Cafeine on Urbanspoon