Dearest readers, for this month’s mini post we have appearances from a mixture of Chinese dumplings, Japanese sushi, Indian curry and plentiful descriptions of gelato.
Do enjoy and eat well you impeccable gastronomers!
Chinese Noodle Restaurant, Haymarket
There is a Chinese Noodle Restaurant and Chinese Noodle House decor-wise they look identical from the outside and inside, both have a thicket of plastic grapes hanging from their ceiling. Aside from the name, the difference between the two is that dumpling prices at Chinese Noodle House are slightly cheaper and I’ve always gone to Chinese Noodle Restaurant for a feed, mostly out of habit but largely because I’m guaranteed amazing xiao long bao dumplings.
On the menu these are labeled as ‘soupy pork buns‘ which is literally what the xiao long bao are. They come in a half serve (5 dumplings) or a full serve (10 dumplings). I cannot resist ordering 10 of these pleated morsels of very gingery pork mince every single time I come here. Thanks to a little Chinese ingenuity, if you order the full serve, they will be served in two steamer baskets on top of one another so that when you finish the first half, the other half will still be nice and hot. They’re like my vice, the steamed skin is soft as silk and fun to eat, hold it in your spoon, bite the top and carefully sip all the very hot broth encased inside and then guzzle the lot. And repeat x 9. Though these look rather deflated compared to Din Tai Fung’s from my dumpling eating repertoire these taste better and cost less.
There used to be a similar, more complete dish available with deep fried potato pieces, chicken and cashews but as of late it’s only the eggplant by itself which makes me a little sad because I really wish I could try it again. The sauce in this is a little oily, but SO GOOD, it has the perfect balance between the saltiness from dark soy and sweetness from caramel, and is lovely mopped up with plain white rice after all the silky eggplant is long gone.
These lamb ribs have been deep fried until crispy on the outside and have an amazingly fragrant dry spice rub of cumin and chilli. The case with most lamb dishes is they don’t contain a lot of meat and so are quite fatty, depending on how you look at it they can be either delicious because they taste great, or disappointing because you want more.
While I don’t normally go for these dumplings, you can opt to have these either steamed or pan fried, you can tell which of those methods is my preference. I’m not digging the texture of the filling as it’s rather doughy, however it tastes alright.
Moist cubes of chicken and crunchy capsicum (the green ones are flavourless!) sit in a lightly spicy soy and chilli sauce. I would probably recommend against ordering this as it’s quite oily and there are better dishes available.
Open 7 days: 10am to 9.30pm
Faheem’s Fast Food, Newtown
I have to get this off my chest. I think Faheem’s Fast Food is the most overrated restaurant with some of the most impolite customer service I’ve ever had the misfortune of experiencing.
Upon walking in on a quiet night, we placed our order with one of the waiters, took a seat and waited…and waited…10 minutes later…then 20 minutes later we noticed that those who arrived after us had already received their orders, surely a butter chicken wasn’t that troublesome to conjure? After flagging down another one of the staff about our meal he disappeared into the kitchen and resurfaced to tell us that they hadn’t received our order and had set about making it straightaway and asked if we minded waiting a few more minutes, we didn’t.
After half an hour wait my butter chicken ($12) had arrived, I was unimpressed with the flavour in the curry as well as the meagre portion. It was a very meh kind of dish even Ash who has eaten COUNTLESS curries in his life agreed it was meh.
A table of Indian men requested something from the waiter, he returned with an entire uncut onion on a plate, just with the root and tip chopped off. One of the men had to call the waiter back to slice up the onion. I hadn’t witnessed something like this before so it was quite a funny scene actually.
At the register the cashier was tallying up the total of our visit and here is the conversation that followed:
Ash: The butter chicken and a cheese naan
Cashier: And what else?
Ash: I think that’s it
Cashier: AND WHAT ELSE?! You had something else
Ash:…*suddenly recalling* Oh and a pickled dip
Cashier: And a pickled dip
The pickled dip probably cost at most only an extra dollar, I thought the cashier came off as rude with the way he interrogated Ash over something as small as that.
Faheem, definitely not fast food.
Mon to Fri: 5pm to midnight
Sat & Sun 12pm to midnight
Sushi on Stanley, Darlinghurst
It can feel stuffy in Sushi on Stanley on hot days like the day we visited, there aren’t any fans either. Spacing is…what spacing? It’s very cramped, the entire dining area, including the tables outside, is smaller than my modest sized bedroom, but I’m not fussed at all about elbowroom because what matters is the food.The combined cost of both the above featured lunch sets were only around the $30 mark which is incredibly reasonable considering that you get a choice of protein, a fresh salad, proper miso soup, bowl of rice AND sushi or sashimi. Time it right by avoiding peak dining times and you can score an affordable lunch or dinner that leaves you feeling pleased and full.
My teriyaki sushi set only cost around $14 – a little cheaper than Sushi Suma but great tasting nonetheless.
Desserts available were just your typical Asian flavoured ice cream in tubs, green tea, black sesame…etc… but why would you do that when Messina is just down the road…
Mon to Sun: 11:30am to 10pm
Gelato Messina or Messina as they are affectionately known by those who are infatuated with their icecream such as myself, have three flagship stores. One in Pyrmont (inside The Star), another in Darlinghurst and in Surry Hills. Of course I’ve been to all three. It’s incredible that high quality artisan gelato is available for scant few dollars , scoop yourself some Messina and don’t even think about sharing. They will have another store opening in Bondi you heard it here first!
Gelato Messina, Pyrmont
It’s too easy to get my gelato fix when I work next door to the location of the Pyrmont store, literally 5 metres away. Here you’ll find your classic Messina flavours like Gianduia (chocolate & hazelnut), Pistachio, Blood orange sorbet, Yogurt, Dulce de leche, Pandan & Coconut and countless other delectable sounding flavours.
Sunday to Thursday: 11am to 11pm
Friday and Saturday: 11am to 11.30pm
Gelato Messina, Darlinghurst
Unlike the Pyrmont location, this one at Darlinghurst and Surry Hills are considered the experimental twins, they both churn out both classic and avant-garde gelato with creative quips.
Without contest this has to be one of the best gelato creations that I’ve ever tried. Insanely good peanut butter gelato has crinkle cut crisps coated in white chocolate, the resulting foodgasm means you will never want for more than a tub of Mr Potato Head to accompany you on a Friday night by yourself…
Sunday to Thursday: 12pm to 11pm
Friday and Saturday: 12pm to 11.30pm
Gelato Messina, Surry Hills
We had all these flavours at once, we should’ve gone with the tasting plate of five scoops for $12 which I highly recommend for the variety and price as one scoop is $4.50 and two is $6. All these flavours were the specials for that week except the chocolate and peanut butter fudge which is a regular and deservedly so.
Fudging Awesome - light orange marmalade gelato with dark choc hazelnut fudge I found the dark choc fudge really dark and a little too rich for me, those who like orange and chocolate will undoubtedly take this one home.
Prince of Persia - rosewater gelato with pistachio and turkish delight brownie. I didn’t fall for this one like I have with the others. You can definitely taste the Turkish influence in this gelato, it is a lightly rose flavoured gelato with chunks of turkish delight brownie.
Coconut & guava sorbet w/ coriander. This is an example of how brave Messina are by putting out a gelato with tiny specks of coriander in it which I couldn’t detect. It tastes more of coconut than guava and is an incredibly smooth, lilting sorbet.
Chocolate and peanut butter fudge is the shiz. It is PERFECTION in your mouth. You don’t know where the chocolate starts or where it ends you just know that the peanut butter fudge is enrobed in this rich decadent chocolate and everything at that moment is RIGHT.
Sunday to Thursday: 12pm to 11pm
Friday and Saturday: 12pm to 11.30pm
Cow & the Moon Artisan Gelato, Enmore
Yet another review on gelato, in the same post. I bring to you another holy gelato flavour:
Popcorn and salted caramel. If you’re only going to have one flavour, make it this one. Look out for the mound of gelato with a light tan hue studded with bits of buttery popped corn aaaaahhh
Hi everyone. My name is Kelly and I’m a salted caramel addict.
And on that note I bring you to the end of this month’s mini-post.
Mon to Thurs: 8am to 10:30pm
Fri, Sat & Sun: 9am to 11:30pm