Sunday, 17 September 2017

The Single Guys - Brisbane CBD

Read Cino's Mum's review on The Single Guys' Brisbane store and since it was nearby, decided to go downstairs to grab a coffee to give Iron Fist some encouragement for the afternoon.


Food was limited to cafe style options like sandwiches, granola and waffles, but what really impressed me was the coffee options, which not only included the usual espresso options but also had my beloved filter options such as batch filter and manual brew. Ordering a cup of batch brew, I was also given an information card explaining the type of bean that they had used along with a description of the best method to appreciate it, as well as the tones that can be appreciated in the brew. I found it to be quite insightful and liked the opportunity to take my mind off work. At this point I also have to add that the service was probably one of the best I've had in coffee stores in the CBD, perhaps it wasn't peak hour (2pm), but staff were extremely friendly, chatty and passionate about their coffee. I really appreciated that.

As usual, Iron Fist had his flat white, and as mentioned, I had the batch brew. Iron fist quite enjoyed the flat white, and I really enjoyed the flowery honey undertones of my Kenyan brew. It made for quite the drink, so I will definitely be back for the coffee, if not the service.

Price Range: $4 - $15pp

Taste: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Service: 9.5/10
Environment: 8/10

The Single Guys Coffee Co. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Fritzenberger - Paddington

Thursday means yet another cheat day. With Iron Fist having recovered from his man flu (and also removing his wrist brace so he can no longer be identified as obviously as Iron Fist), we decided to do what we had planned but not been able to do last week, i.e. Fritzenberger delivered through foodora. 

Looking through the selection, I was drawn to of course, their burger selection, which contained, beef, chicken and vegetarian options. Having said that, both Iron Fist and I settled on the signature Fritzen Burger to see how good it would be.

Sides on offer included two variations of fries as well as fritzen pickes (Iron Fist hates pickles with a passion). Not wanting to overdo it, despite or cravings for the loaded fries, we both settled on some basic fries. 

Selecting fries came with three options for salt. Iron fist ordered the chicken salt whereas I went for garlic salt.

Being further away from work than Mos Burger was, the earliest delivery time I could get was 12PM, but at least we didn't need to go all the way out to Paddington for it!

Like Mos Burger last week, it arrived shortly before my expected time. The delivery guy was really professional and friendly, which I appreciated.

As expected, our bag of goodies contained two burgers and two chips. Having seen their online photos, I had thought that their burgers would come in paper wrapping, but a paper box was fine too.

As mentioned, we both ordered fritzen burgers. 

Iron Fist ordered his Fritzen burger without any alterations, and the photo looked quite good, so I'll post it even though mine was essentially the same. 

This was my fritzen burger, compared to Iron Fist's mine had an extra patty (I just needed the extra encouragement that day). I really liked the super soft bun, which was fluffy and thankfully didn't have sesame. The patty was very moist and tasted a bit like it was steamed (perhaps from the long ride into the city), but I would have preferred it to be a bit more grilled, although the cheese was already deliciously melty. Despite the melted cheese, I did appreciate that the salad wasn't wilted, which is quite a feat.

Our chips came in large cardboard boxes. Whilst they weren't cheap, the quantity was quite generous. What I do think needs an improvement though is the fact that our boxes were unmarked, therefore creating a bit of confusion when we tried to sort out which was chicken salt and which was garlic salt. 

Thankfully with my love of garlic, this wasn't hard to resolve. My chips weren't overly crunchy, in part due to the long ride here which no doubt steamed them a bit, but at least they weren't soggy. The garlic could have been stronger in my opinion, but the salt could have been slightly reduced. By the time I got to the end of the box, the last couple of chips were unbelievably salty and couldn't be eaten, which was a shame.

Price Range: $15 - $20pp

Taste: 6.5/10
Value: 7/10
Service: 7/10
Environment: N/A

Fritzenberger Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, 11 September 2017

Umami - Fortitude Valley

Went out to try Umami at Fortitude Valley last week. Despite my usual hesitation for modern Asian fusion, my good experience with Junk lead me to try it out, so a couple of us headed there for some dinner after work on Friday.


One of the main themes of the restaurant which really caught our eye was the Maneki Neko (beckoning cat), which one of my companions really quite adored. Apparently these are also offered for sale.

Arriving at 6, we were one of the first tables, and were seated at the window. There was a definite techno neon theme to the restaurant.

Both the drinks and food menu had a fusion Asian twist to it. The food menu was sorted into snack sizes and main sizes, but the setup was definitely for sharing.


From the drinks menu, we had Japanese Old Fashioned containing whiskey and plum wine, Cu Tea Pi, which was rum, milk, cold brew, tea and coconut jelly. It was packaged like bubble tea but with a sweet boozy twist to it, I tried some and would have appreciated a bit more on the tea side. I had the Umami Espresso Martini, which was quite tasty, but a little on the sweet side and I would have liked a bit more drink than foam.

Our first dish of the night was the croquettes. They were freshly fried and topped with copious amounts of fontina cheese which gave it lots of bite. It was so hot it almost scalded our mouths, but once we waited a little bit, the potato was quite smooth and very comforting.

Next we had the brisket red curry, which contained brisket, sweet potatoes, sugar snaps and Asian herbs. The beef was quite scarce in the dish, most chunks were actually sweet potato, but the curry sauce was quite nice, with a good balance of taste and spiciness. This was served with a bowl of fragrant jasmine rice, which we quite appreciated.  

We also ordered the bbq duck pancake. It came in four portions. so we had a piece each. The pastry was a little dry and brittle, not the usual freshly steamed type, but that wasn't a major setback for us. The major setback occurred only when we finally noticed the "duck" when we bit into it. The "duck" was actually BBQ PORK. Being dim and covered by sauce (also preoccupied with dinner conversation) we did not notice until it was too late, but I was sorely disappointed in the lack of crispy skin duck. The pork itself was completely consumed by the sauce and did not taste nice.

Our next dish was the crumbed fish with chilli tomato salsa. It was a little different from what we had expected, being more akin to a piece of fish from a fish and chip store with salad and tomato salsa on the side. Despite this, it was still quite crispy and freshly fried, but definitely nowhere near worth the $36 price tag.

Our final main was the DIY rice paper wrap. It came with grilled beef, noodles, salad and dipping sauce. Starting with the beef, I found it to be somewhat dry and tasteless. The salad was reasonably fresh though, and the noodles were on the chewy side. The result was quite a bland tasting wrap, even with the sauce, it was still quite tasteless, and it really didn't help that the very enthusiastic wait staff removed the sauce whilst we were still eating.

Price Range: $40 - $50pp

Taste: 4/10
Value: 4/10
Service: 5/10
Environment: 7/10

Umami Restaurant & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, 8 September 2017

Southside Bistro - Sunnybank

Deciding to stop procrastinating further on my "to eat" list, this weekend's brunch pick was the ever popular Southside Bistro, situated at Sunnybank, next to Ramen Champion. Fortunately for me, having overslept that day, their weekend "brunch" extends out until 3pm (so 11am wasn't too late at all!)

With an outdoor and indoor seating area, it was only natural that I would want to sit inside, which was relatively empty.


They had a food menu, a drinks menu in addition to lunch specials on the wall. What I find particularly unique about Southside Bistro is that it is an Asian run restaurant that serves fusion food, which is quite rare. Obviously we settled on the more exotic options to try it out.

Before the meal though, I started off with a cappuccino as usual. The cocoa was very light and the drink wasn't chocolatey enough for my tastes, but at least the coffee was quite strong, though the foam could have been richer and creamier.

My first companion ordered the lunch special Ginger and honey braised pork with chilled Soba, bamboo, pickled cucumber and shiitake salad. For a lunch special, he considered the portion to be very small, having to go find a second lunch afterwards. The dish itself was fresh and tangy and well chilled, though a little on the sweet side for my companions liking.

My second companion had the chicken and chorizo gumbo from the breakfast menu. She found it odd that a dish like this would be a breakfast option rather than lunch or dinner, on account of its very strong tomato flavours. Other than that though, she wasn't overly impressed by the dish, comparing the gumbo to pasta sauce with chicken and sausage and a side of rice.

My pick, the breakfast puffle, was by far the most exciting option that morning. The waffle like base was topped with pork floss, tea eggs, pickles, rice and youtiao. The end result was a deconstructed rice ball on top of a puffle. The dish was quite filling and hearty with a generous amount of toppings, the sauce was quite tangy and added much needed moisture it. I liked the soft sweet puffle particularly, and the well seasoned tea eggs.

Price Range: $15 - $25pp

Taste: 6/10
Value: 7/10
Service: 7/10
Environment: 7/10

Southside Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Mos Burger - Brisbane CBD

Another week, another cheat day. Unfortunately for Iron Fist though, he was prematurely struck down by a bout of flu, and I had to endure cheat day alone (despite the fact that I do not go to the gym). Initially, we had planned to get some burgers delivered, either Fritzenberger or our fav Charboys couriered up to out office. Unfortunately this plan was dashed by Tomcat who had spent the morning messaging about sushi, resulting in an itch that HAD to be scratched. So what did I do? I had both.

How does one reconcile sushi and burgers you ask? Well Mos Burger have answered this by making a new range of Sushi Burgers, which were conveniently available on Foodora. 
Like previously mentioned, I do appreciate Foodora allowing me to preorder several hours in advance (something that Ubereats have still yet to implement). Putting an order through at 9.30AM, I was able to focus on other things before food arrived.

My food ended up arriving a little early, which was great, because by then I was famished. 

I had the Salmon Sushi Burger, and it came with slight resemblance to the picture. As expected, the nori had soaked some moisture from the rice, and was no longer crisp. The rice patty was really dense and firmly packed, which was not the usual fluffy rice that I'm used to. Given that the rice was so heavy, the fillings were definitely not enough to give taste to the whole burger. The cheese was disappointingly cold and plastic-y whilst the piece of salmon was quite small and the sauce was mainly spread on one half side of the burger. It definitely satisfied my curiosity, but next time I'll be sticking firmly to Sushi OR Burgers, not sushi burger.

Needing to satisfy the urge for oily greasy food, I ordered not one but two sides, wedges and chicken nuggets. Both were served reasonably hot (given the delivery time). The chicken nuggets were similar to Mcdonalds, and I couldn't really taste much chicken texture, but the wedges were deliciously soft and fluffy. 

Price Range: $15  - $25pp

Taste: 6.5/10
Value: 7/10
Service: 7/10
Environment: N/A

MOS Burger Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato