Thursday, April 22, 2021
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Pier Point Rd, Cairns City QLD 4871
Located just in the lobby of the Shangri-La Cairns, The Backyard is a cost little hotel restaurant with great staff.
On an evening after too many club drinks, the decision was made to stay for dinner.
The $70 seafood basket was a well balanced decision with a great mix of Mackerel, Oysters, Prawns and some fried calamari & chips.
Can't fault, only recommend.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
86-112 Tuerong Rd,
Tuerong VIC 3915
Yabby Lake came highly recommended from the folk at the Merricks General Wine Store. Situated as one of the most northern wineres in the Mornington region, it makes an ideal final stop on the way back to Melbourne.
The winery is Halliday 5 star, it produces some serious wines sourced from both its Mornington and Heathcote vineyards. There are plenty of standouts, the Yabby Lake Pinot Gris and the Syrah both stood out along with their Pinot Noir's.
The restaurant is a casual style affair with great views across the vineyards and plenty of light and space.
Looking over the menu, the cassoulet was the obvious choice. served with generous chunks of pork belly, cured ham, Toulouse sausage and a confit duck leg, there is plenty to satisfy a carnivore. Served with a green salad, it is plenty for two.
Overall the cassoulet was well balanced, the bean filling was rich, but not too heavy on tomato. The parmesan and bread crumb topping was icing on the cake.
Pairing the cassoulet was the Yabby Lake 2016 Block 6 Pinot Noir. This is an exceptional Pinot, good enough for 97 points from Halliday. The great thing about a cellar door restaurant is the markup in the restaurant in almost nought. In addition to this, they allow you to take home anything left over so it really encourages one to let loose on a special red, but not feel obliged to complete the whole thing.
Yabby Lake is well worth a visit for both the wine and the restaurant. Winning on both fronts.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Not that anyone really needed convincing, but American BBQ is the Mexican of 2015. The slow burn of places like Big Boy BBQ and Meat Maiden/Mother has led to "convenience" or fast food BBQ (now there is a contradiction).
Smokestak with the stylized smoker/pig/bull logo is up against if for location. Not really that well placed but makes the most of what little space is there. There are assorted sandwhiches and ribs available and being a sucker for ribs asked for a mix of the pork and beef ribs.
The ribs were promptly served with a nice glaze of bbq sauce and crunchy fries. The pork ribs were well cooked and came straight off the bone. They were perhaps a tad hammy from the smoking process and a little less moist due to being cut in to individual portions rather than a rack. The beef ribs were a bit more moist but not as flavoursome as the pork.
My biggest complaint would be a lack of refresher towlettes, ribs are a risky proposition at best in work attire and keeping oneself clean requires careful management.
The two staffmembers and I had a chat, Smokestak has been open 3 months and without a web site, twitter or instagram, it's biggest failing is probably with social media, or perhaps that is the aim - focus on food rather than twitterverse.
For now, I would say it is worth a visit, i'll probably return before a definitive view, but it is certainly a place I want to succeed. Now just give me a whole rack of ribs!
108 Lt Collins St
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Resigned to being the only choice I went in to take a look at the menu. After three goes to get a beer that was available I wasn't holding out much hope, but decided to give the #1 Deli burger a go.
Overall the burger was well cooked and well presented. The meat was well seasoned and moist, everything in there was cooked with the only gripe being the tomato was a bit thick. The chips were well cooked, crunchy and hot.
Considering it was the last chance saloon, it paid off. There is also the added bonus of all meals over $10 can buy a discounted movie ticket. Another bonus!
620 Victoria Street, Richmond, 3121
Value can be viewed two ways, one ways is getting something good for less. The second is getting something better for the same price, but not necessarily good.
The latter statement is my view of of Ikyu Sushi. I ended up at Ikyu after learning that Paco Tacos is only open on Fridays in winter.
After mulling over my options, $8.90 katsudon seemed like a good deal. Katsudon is a nice wintry dish that I interpret as the Japanese equivalent of a chicken parma, except with pork schnitzel and on rice.
Anyway, the bowl arrived promptly and the cutlet was quite nice, crispy and not grisly. The egg was on the side, not on the cutlet and the onion was raw. It seemed more of a "my take on katsudon" rather than an actual katsudon. The omellete was too thick and there was not enough sauce to give flavour to the generous bowl of rice.
So Ikyu is good value for $8.90 compared to similar cafes selling a sandwich, but it is not a good value katsudon, it is a pretty inferior knock off that I wouldn't return for.
Middle of the road at best
The Court, 500 Bourke Street
CBD, Melbourne, 3000
Saturday, July 11, 2015
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