Sunday, 10 December 2017

Pappa Roti - Sunnybank


Late night cravings always hit strong and fast. This is all the more so when Tomcat is around to fan the flames of my hunger. One of my more common cravings is the delectably fragrant coffee buns at Pappa Roti, so after considerable tempting from Tomcat, I decided we just had to scratch that itch once and for all, so we headed off to Market Square after dinner one day.



Despite the ongoing construction in the area, the store remained open and there were still a few people around despite the late hour.


The specialities were of course buns, but variations were available via toppings and sauces. 


Being a larger sit down store than the Runcorn branch, they also had an assortment of ice creams to go with the buns. Ordering at the counter, we didn't get a number, but the waitress was able to deliver our food based on memory alone, which was impressive.



Before long our late night feat arrived to much fanfare and adoration.


Drinks wise, Tomcat got the cold milk tea (I forgot to take a photo of this) whilst I had the hot one. Whilst erring on the sweet side, my tea was remarkably rich and smooth! I really liked it but wish they could have a less sweet option.



Our first shared bun came drizzled with strawberry sauce, and had a side of coffee ice cream. The bun was deliciously toasty with a crunchy exterior and a soft fluffy interior. The strawberry sauce, as expected was quite artificial though, but the coffee ice cream was remarkably smooth and fragrant.


Our second bun was topped with chocolate sauce and flanked by matcha and chocolate ice cream. The chocolate topping was again more sweet than it was chocolatey, but the bun was amazing. Like the coffee ice cream, both matcha and chocolate were rich in taste without an overwhelming sweetness.

Price Range: $5 - $10pp

Taste: 8.5/10
Value: 8/10
Service: 7/10
Environment: 7/10

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

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart - Brisbane CBD


Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart! How long have I waited for you to open! Since I had my first taste in Melbourne I haven't been able to get it off my mind. Of course, that means that I had to go on opening week. Luckily for me, heading there after the lunch hour but before afternoon tea time meant that there were no crowds and the line was minimal. 



   

Compared to when I was last in Melbourne, they have had a 50% increase in flavours. Rather than 2, they now have 3 flavours, original, chocolate and blueberry.


Ordering at the counter, I realise they also sold ice cream and drinks, and made a mental note to try later.


Whilst I did want a box to have take away, apparently it requires a purchase of at least five. So sadly my purchase of four tarts came in a bag, which meant that there was a lot less stability when I carried the tarts back to my office.

  


The tarts arrived at my office mildly warm. Both the original and blueberry tart were quite soft and the filling was fluffy like a cheesecake, and the base was quite crumbly, although as mentioned I do prefer the flaky Hong Kong style tart bases. The blueberry one was nice in the sense that it added a nice sour fruity tang to the base flavour. The chocolate one was vastly different with respect to the filling which was far more dense and strongly flavoured, with the added crunchy texture of nuts on top, and again a crumbly biscuit base.

Price Range: $3.90 - $4.20 each

Taste: 8.5/10
Value: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Environment: 8/10

Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, 4 December 2017

Your Personal Chef - Sunnybank


Read a couple of reviews about the newly opened restaurant, named Your Personal Chef which had opened in the shop which used to house Hometown, in the car park of Sunnybank Plaza. Having heard from the grapevine that it was supposed to be Hong Kong style cuisine, I was expecting something along the lines of Coffee Square or Cha Kee, but the name really didn't give much away.





Arriving a little past 6, the restaurant was only half full, but it filled up quite quickly after our arrival. Like most reviewers, my companion and I found their setup to be really adorable and quirky with their mix of both Marvel and DC heroes.


 

Paper menus were provided (excuse the shadow) and options were as adventurous and exciting as they were colourful! Whilst the menu was not very long, it covered quite an assortment of Chinese dishes from both north and south, and even had Unagi Rice, but this was definitely not standard Hong Kong cuisine.


Despite the paper menu, orders had to be made via tablet. This was fine for us, but an elderly couple next to us found it a little confusing and had to waive a staff member over to take their orders.


Unlike some other accounts. Our food arrived most promptly.


I was most excited to try out the crab roe salad, and it came out just like the picture, a massive mountain of flying fish roe roe! Being awfully impressed, I dug in, expecting to hit salad soon. But this did not actually happen. I kept digging and digging and only near the very bottom did I find a tiny little amount of coleslaw. The ratio of roe to slaw was roughly 4:1, and even if this was flipped it would have been too much of a good thing for me. Despite this, I dug in. Expecting to have a wonderfully popping experience with the crab roe, one bite was enough to demonstrate to me how unfresh it was. It was literally fishy orange mush. Hoping to get some sort of crunch from the coleslaw, this too was mushy and a little too sweet for my taste. Whilst it looks amazing, this dish is a clear demonstration of how looks can be far different from substance.



Next up was the Braised Eel with Rice. Being the hopeless cook that I am, this is a familiar dish to me as it just involves throwing a precooked eel into the grill and waiting for several minutes for it to be finished. There was no way in my mind that this could be executed badly. Unfortunately the dish was served lukewarm, much to my chagrin. Sides comprised of the mushy coleslaw, some seaweed salad and two pieces of pickled radish. The coleslaw again was a disappointment, and my friend bit into the radish and spat it out as it was overwhelmingly fishy. The remaining wakame seaweed salad was alright though. 


Our last dish was the Gourmet Pork Ribs. This was the best of the three, but by no means impressive. It also wasn't too hot, and the portion was a little small. The "ribs" had far more bone than it had meat in it and the sauce was basic sweet and sour, no the gourmet that we were anticipating. 

 

My companion and I also ordered two drinks, she had a strawberry watermelon smoothie, which was large but not too impressive in the taste department as it had copious amounts of artificial flavouring. I had the Lemon Lime Mint Soda, and I would have liked to say that it at least tasted like lemonade, but it was like drinking purple food colouring in sweet soda water, without even a hint of lemon or lime. At least it had mint syrup though.


Price Range: $20 - $30pp

Taste: 2/10
Value: 4/10
Service: 7/10
Environment: 7/10


Your Personal Chef Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, 1 December 2017

Orange Tea - Sunnybank



From my travels throughout Taiwan, there was barely a time when my hands were not full with either a drink or food of some kind. Being the person that I am, of course this lead to multiple lost opportunities where I would of course opt for my favourite of the day and lose the chance to try new things which I would no doubt have enjoyed. Such was the case for Orange Tea, which I had spied quite a few times around Taipei, but never gone as Coco held my complete and unwavering attention. Seeing it open in Sunny Park, I took the opportunity to check it out after dinner with the Tomcat Family last week.  


Being situated outside of the centre, it was open quite late in the evening. Whilst some may have passed it off as being just another bubble tea place, I quite appreciated its niche in the market, specialising in fruity teas, whilst still doing some milk teas (but noticeably no coffee).

 

Ordering at the counter, I got the standard loyalty card, this time it was one free for every five purchases, which was not too bad.


We grabbed one of the limited seats, and our order was called quite soon.

  

Between the three of us, Tomcat had the Passionfruit QQ Jasmine Tea since he adores his artificial drinks and this was the most artificial on the menu (as an indication of how natural the rest of the drinks were). Mrs Tomcat had the healthy 6 fruits tea, whilst I tried the signature One Orange Tea. Having had a quite mediocre experience with fruit teas at C Fruit Life, I wasn't expecting too much here, but the One Orange Tea really impressed me with its how refreshing it was and its light sweetness, which I really enjoyed. For reference, it did actually have a whole orange in it, and the juices were infused in the delicious green tea. 


Other than the teas, we also had a two scoop ice cream to share. Normally, I wouldn't have been too interested, but the flavours of earl grey and smokey oolong were too good to pass. Unfortunately though, the tea flavours of the ice cream were overpowered by the extremely sugary tastes. Texture wise, it was also average. At least it satisfied my curiosity though.

Price Range: $4 - $10pp

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

Orange Tea Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato