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Kako Okamato – Michelin star restaurant in Gion, Kyoto Japan

  Four years ago on my second visit to Gion, Japan it was raining and I decided to ring up the closest restaurant to our accommodation in Gion, Kyoto for lunch – Kako Okamato. In broken english the waitress told me that they were only open for dinner. I booked a table for Philip and…

The Flour Mill Bakery

The Flour Mill Bakery is a traditional country bakery in Queen Street, Cleveland. Located near Thai Siam, it has become popular with locals and with the quality and prices I can understand why. I have visited them several times, mostly to purchase some of their Gluten Free options but also some of their other products…

The Anchor by the Bay

Our first time dining out since COVID-19 restrictions were lifted was at The Anchor by the Bay on Friday night. A lovely English themed restaurant located at Raby Bay Harbour’s dining precinct in Cleveland, Brisbane South-East QLD. It was once the site of the Funky Mexican Cantina – a favourite Mexican restaurant that closed its…

Malolo Poke – Hawaiian Food with an Asian Fusion Touch

Recently I discovered Malolo Poke Hawaiian restaurant on Uber Eats. Delicious food with a twist of Thai and Japanese cuisines. Located in Capalaba QLD. “Malolo is a Hawaiian inspired salad bar with an Asian fusion touch. We have sought to become a platform that could empower people to make healthier decisions by turning salads into a…

Restaurants and Cafes that deliver in the Redlands QLD area

Below is a list of restaurants and cafes in Redlands Coast, Brisbane that offer delivery or take away options. 107 Cafe (Capalaba Central) 3 Tiers Cafe (Ormiston) Bang Bang Chicken (Birkdale) *Uber Eats Banjo’s Bakery Café (Cleveland) *Uber Eats Billy’s Bar B Que (Mt.Cotton)  Burgers with Bite (Capalaba Park) *Uber Eats Cleveland Sands Hotel (Cleveland)…

Love Juice Superfood Bar

  Love Juice Superfood Bar is located in Doig Street, Cleveland QLD and features a wide menu of acai bowls, fresh juices, smoothies, snacks and hot beverages. I love their Detox fresh juice (Beetroot, Carrot, Lemon, Kale. Ginger and Apple) with the addition of watermelon, which tastes amazing. “All our menu items are predominately vegan,…

I adore J’Adore Les Crepes

Tonight I was at the Twilight Makers Market in Raby Bay, Cleveland QLD with my husband Philip. We were feeling hungry and looked at the many Food Trucks in the markets. One food van caught my eye – Jadore Les Crepes. Jadore Les Crepes have a range of crepes and the choice of Gluten-Free and…

Cafe Review: Brown’s Bakery Cafe

Brown’s Bakery Cafe has a great range of bakery products and cafe items with reasonable prices and a friendly smile. (Photo credit: TripAdvisor) They also make gluten-free items which taste great. Sometimes you need to order them in advance as they sell out quickly. Recently I noticed that they were selling bagels but they go…

Our 22nd Wedding Anniversary

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by aninstantonthelips.com.au (@aninstantonthelips) on Dec 16, 2018 at 6:56pm PST Recently my husband and I celebrated our 22nd Wedding Anniversary by heading down to the Cleveland Sands Hotel for Garlic Prawn 🦐 Pizza with olives and chilli 🌶 Then we came home and enjoyed a…

Using the Free-Wines app at Cove Bar and Dining, South Bank

Today is my husband’s birthday and we are celebrating by travelling to South Bank, Brisbane South to dine at Cove Bar and Dining. Located on the Brisbane River it has great views and today there is a lovely breeze. We arrive and take our seats at a booth and are greeted by our waiter who…

Little Indian Palace – Tasty Tuesday – Madras Lamb, Butter Chicken, Garlic Naan, Papadums – Cleveland, Brisbane Australia

I was on Facebook and saw a post by Little Indian Palace It’s that time of week again…TASTY TUESDAY TIME! Spend $25 or more and get ONE meal COMPLETELY FREE when you share and comment on this post! *not valid with any other offer *one per table/take-away I phoned up my Aunt and asked if…

Sunshine on the Bay: Live Music, Pumpkin and Macadamia Soup, Tapas

I was on Facebook and saw a post by Sunshine on the Bay promoting their Tapas and Live Music night. The lovely Courtenay Heaton was performing her sweet music, soft and relaxing.  We perused the tablet-based menus and chose to start with Pumpkin and Macadamia Soup.  Afterwards we ordered some tapas, but my phone died so…

Thai Siam, Cleveland: Roast Curry Duck, Seafood with Oyster Sauce

It’s Friday night date night again and a visit to our favourite, the Thai Siam. The lovely Josh takes our order A firm favourite Thai meal is Red Curry Duck. It is just so flavoursome and hearty. I’ve eaten duck so many times you think I’d be quackers! Sorry for the pun.  Hubby chose some…

Redlands RSL: Ribs, New Orleans Cajun Seafood curry

Another Date Night, this time a Friday. We decided to go up to the RSL and listen to some live music and have a meal. It’s so hard to choose from the extensive menu but this caught my eye [ New Orleans Cajun Marinated Reef Fish, Scallops, Tender Calamari, Prawns & Mussels. . . .…

Thai Siam: Steamed pacific oysters, stir fry fish with ginger, chilli and basil

A Saturday night Date Night at the Thai Siam. I’m in the mood for oysters and Thai Siam has some of the most amazing steamed pacific oysters that are twice or three times larger than normal and delicious. Afterwards we ordered some stir fry fish with ginger, chilli and basil. Another favourite dish we order…

Thai Siam: Roast Duck Salad, Soft Shell Crab

I was craving Roast Duck Salad so we headed to Thai Siam in Queen Street, Cleveland. I just love this salad. The succulent roast duck and the zingy salad dressing, It’s delicious.   Hubby chose some fried soft shell crab but felt it was a little cold when it arrived so they heated it up for…

Cleveland Sands: New menu, Steak Sandwich

I saw a sign outside the Cleveland Sands hotel that said New ChefNew Menu I looked over the new snack bar menu. A lot of prices had gone up. No longer $7.95 and $8.95 meals. There was a greater range and some interesting menu items. I decided to try the Steak Sandwich. I thought it…

Fish On Fire: WIld Barramundi with Greek Salad and Chips

I was feeling hungry for some fresh fish and Fish On Fire sells some of the freshest fish in Cleveland, so we headed to their Middle Street store.  After browsing their fish on display I decided to purchase the Wild Barramundi meal which includes a salad of your choice (Greek salad, seafood salad or garden…

Kam Fay: Satay Beef, Beef Spare Ribs with BBQ sauce

Feeling hungry we headed to Kam Fay for a bite to eat. I felt like some satay, so chose Satay Beef. Always satisfying. The circle in the middle was alight when they served the dish. The beef was tender and the beans were perfectly cooked. Philip ordered Beef Spareribs with BBQ sauce. I had a…

Thai Siam: Moreton Bay Bugs, Cosmopolitan

Another date night at Thai Siam in Queen Street Cleveland. It starts with a Cosmopolitan cocktail from the bar. Delicious! Tonight I felt like one of the Chef’s Specialities – Morteon Bay Bugs done in a salt and pepper seasoning. Delicious. The salty morsels you pull out of the shells have a touch of five…

Kam Fay Chinese: Roast Duck with chinese mushrooms, Szechuan prawns

Another visit to Kam Fay Chinese restaurant. I was in the mood for roast duck with chinese mushroom hotpot. Yumm!   [ Duck with Chinese mushrooms hotpot ] [ Szechuan prawns ] To view more reviews of Kam Fay click here.Kam Fay Chinese RestaurantAddress Shop 3, 111 Queen StreetCleveland, Queensland 4163

Doug and Pearl: Oysters, Calimari and Tagliatelle

I had heard great things about Doug and Pearl in Middle St, Cleveland and was looking forward to dining there. I finally convinced my husband to give it a try and we were very happy we did.  [Exterior] [Interior] [ Interior ] [ drinks menu ]  [ menu]  [ baby calimari with rocket, lemon, saffron…

Brisbane: Kangaroo Point

After a visit to Carindale Westfields my Aunt and Uncle took me to Kangaroo Point in Brisbane, on the Brisbane river. There were a number of sculptures and features around, some of which I photographed.

Cleveland Sands: Lamb Shank, Seafood Platter for one

Another visit to the Cleveland Sands and a new $9 jar cocktail to try.  This time it is a Buckaroo which contains: Jim Beam, peach schnapps and apple juice We then visited the Bistro. Philip was in the mood for lamb shanks with mashed potatoes and gravy I enjoyed a seafood platter for one. Delicious. …

Redland Bay Hotel: Seafood platter

On my birthday I was whisked to the Redland Bay Hotel in Redland Bay. I was lured with the promise of a Seafood Platter for Two and I was so excited when it arrived that I forgot to take some photos!  A description from the Redland Bay Hotel website: Indulge yourself with 2 fresh sand…

The Sushi 79: Sushi 79 Roll

After visiting Apple Store in Westfields Carindale I went for a ride down to Raby Bay Marina and enjoyed the view and the breeze. I felt peckish so called into The Sushi 79 for some sushi. I decided to try another house specialty – Sushi 79 Roll.  Whilst I waited I took a photo of…

Sunshine on the Bay: Seafood Chowder, Barramundi and garlic prawns

A belated birthday dinner for my hubby Philip, we decided to dine at Sunshine on the Bay, in the Stockland Cleveland complex above Woolworths and other shops on Middle Street, Cleveland. . I love this restaurant, the food and the friendly staff. We ordered a mixed dozen oysters, with four Natural, four Kilpatrick and four…

Fiction Bar: Live Music, Scallops and Oysters

Live music on a Sunday Cloudy Head Apple Cider Fresh oysters – yumm! Scallops with potato mash Fiction Bar and Restaurant Seasonal food and terrace Raby Bay Marina Shop 9&10/152 Shore St WestCleveland QLD 4163 (07) 3488 2888 http://www.fictionbar.com.au Read more reviews of Fiction Bar and Restaurant

Funky Mexican Cantina: The Macho burger

A lovely spring day and a visit to the Funky Mexican Cantina on Raby Bay Marina.  I love the decor I chose the Crazy Mexican – Tequila, Grand Mariner & Lime Juice $13 The special for the month is the Macho Burger for $16.95 The Crazy Mexican – Tequila, Grand Marnier & lime juice Fish…

Thai Siam: Peking duck pancakes; seafood laksa

Another date night at Thai Siam. This time we feel like some Peking Duck pancakes. They were delicious!  peking duck pancakes Then I ordered a seafood laksa which was amazing as usual. I have never finished a bowl as there is so much content and soup. A bargain at $10.  seafood laksa To view more…

Thai Emerald: Squid rings, Satay chicken, Red curry duck

A night at home and a home delivery of squid rings and red curry duck from Thai Emerald in Alexandra Hills.  Squid Rings – tasty Satay chicken Red curry duck – my favourite  This is the third time I have ordered from Thai Emerald and the quality of the food is always top notch. It’s…

Thai SIam: Mud crab with salt & pepper and five spice

It’s pay day and we decide to head down to Thai Siam for some mud crab.  This time it was to share a mud crab between two people, last time we had one each. We order the mud crab cooked with salt & pepper and five spice, along with an entree of steamed dim sims.…

Funky Mexican Cantina Raby Bay, Cleveland QLD – Kids eat free on wednesday and thursday

Pa’ Los ChamacosMeals are for kids, 12 years of age and younger. All kid’s meals are garnished with shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes and come with a complimentary kid’s ice cream. Kid’s Chicken Quesadilla $9.95Toasted flour tortilla folded with cheese and chicken. Garnished with shredded lettuce and diced tomato. Kid’s Chimichanga $9.95Rolled and fried flour tortilla filled…

Thai Siam , Cleveland – many return visits

I can’t count how many times I have visited Thai Siam since we moved to Cleveland three (3) years  ago. It’s just THAT good. We love our duck and seafood which is why the following menu items feature them.   [ Duck Salad ] [ Stir fry pork with oyster sauce ] [ Singapore noodles $12…

Funky Mexican Cantina – Raby Bay, Cleveland QLD – Two for One Fajitas

The Funky Mexican Cantina is offering Two for One Fajitas Tuesday. That’s right!  Buy one, get one free!  [ Prawn fajita – tortilla and salad not shown] Only $24.95 for two meals including sizzling plate of chicken, beef or prawn plus a basket of tortillas plus salad to go inside. Not to mention the sour…

Funky Mexican Cantina, Raby Bay Cleveland – $10.95 Burritos

The Funky Mexican Cantina is located on Raby Bay Marina, next to Hogs Breath Cafe. We have visited many times. Click here to read previous reviews. It is a bright and colourful restaurant that makes you feel happy as you walk in the door. [ The Funky Mexican Cantina interior ] This time we decided…

The Sushi 79, Raby Bay Cleveland QLD – Okonomiyaki, Gyoza and Dragon Roll

A new eatery at Raby Bay Marina strip of restaurants and cafes is The Sushi 79.  A sushi eatery that cooks everything fresh. You won’t see pre-made sushi going stale – it is all made to order [ The Sushi 79 – no pre-made sushi here ] As you walk in you pass a window…

Sunshine on the Bay, Cleveland QLD – Crab Mornay and Seafood Bouillabaisse

Another visit to the Sunshine on the Bay restaurant. I have arrived just as they open in the wild hope that they still have a crab mornay. I am in luck. The LAST crab mornay of the season. Hooray! I have had their crab mornay once before and I have fond memories. I wait happily.…

Kam Fay Chinese Restaurant, Cleveland – Schechwan prawns and Sang choy bow

It’s Monday night and we decide to go out for dinner. Our regular go-to restaurant Thai Siam is closed on a Monday so we go almost next door to Kam Fay Chinese Restaurant. I feel like having something spicy so go for szechuan prawns with vegetables. It was just what I wanted and very tasty. […

Thai Siam, Cleveland – rmixed entree and red curry duck

[ Mixed entree ] A wonderful selection of entrees including satay chicken, coconut prawn, spring roll and dim sim.  Next we order Thai Red Curry duck and rice. My favourite Thai meal. I can always count on the duck being succulent and the red curry sauce to make me feel warm all over. Delicious. […

Thai Siam, Cleveland – Jungle Curry pork

Another visit to Thai Siam and as usual we are welcomed warmly and seated.  We start with a serve Sang choy bow which includes two lettuce leaves filled with duck mince.  [ Sang choy bow ] Working my way through the menu at Thai Siam, I decided to try the jungle curry rather than red…

Redlands RSL, Sails on Shore bistro – roast of the day

To read more reviews of Redlands RSL please click here Hours Mon: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Tue – Thu: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm Fri – Sat: 10:00 am – 1:00 am Sun: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm Specialties Breakfast Lunch Dinner Coffee Drinks Services Walk-Ins Welcome Good For Groups Good For Kids Catering Waiter Service Outdoor Seating…

Review: Kam Fay Chinese Restaurant, Cleveland QLD – roast duck and steamed oysters

My husband and I enjoy visiting new restaurants and we had often thought of visiting Kam Fay Chinese in Cleveland but had not visited until one night when we just decided to try something new.Whilst the restaurant was new to us it had many of our favourite meals on the menu including Roast Duck and…

Review: Thai Siam, Cleveland has moved!

I love visiting new places to eat and drink but sometimes you just feel like returning to a fond favourite. That’s what Thai Siam is for my husband and I. The restaurant was once located in Wynyard Street, Cleveland but has since moved around the corner to Queen St, Cleveland,  a short stroll from Coles…

Restaurants and Cafes in Redland CIty, QLD

Alexandria Hills Thai Emerald restaurant Capalaba i-Sushi – Sushi Train Cleveland, QLD CC Cafe and Deli Raby Bay Harbour Cleveland, QLD 07 3286 4340 Cleveland Sands Hotel Bistro Cnr Bloomfield and Middle St, Cleveland QLD (07) 3286 2466 Cloves Sri Lankan Restaurant Shop 7, 18-24 Middle St, Cleveland QLD  (07) 3488 2417Courthouse Restaurant 1 Paxton St Cleveland, QLD 4163 (07) 3286…

Sunshine on the Bay Seafood Platter

Hot and Cold Seafood Platter for 2 [ Selection of fresh prawns, sand crabs, moreton bay bugs, smoked salmon & your choice of 6 mixed oysters from the menu. Also includes crumbed prawn cutlets, sea scallops, calamar & catch of the day, crab mornay, chips, garden salad, selected sauces & lemon ] [ Hot and…

Little Indian Palace Restaurant

The first restaurant that I visited on moving to Cleveland, QLD in November, 2011 was the Little Indian Palace. My Aunty Josie (pictured in the photo above) suggested it and we were glad she did. I had hoped to dine inside the restaurant but my Aunt preferred to take the food back to her house…

Restaurant: French Table, Cleveland QLD

Ever since I saw the sign for The French Table I had been dying to look inside. I love French food. I had ever since the first time my Mother made Veal Cordon Bleu when I was 12.  My husband and I had been in Brisbane enjoying the Brisbane Festival and despite the fact we…

Greek Bouzouki night at Mambo Cafe, Cleveland

One of many hidden gems in Cleveland, QLD is the Mambo Cafe. Located on Bloomfield Street in the Cleveland House arcade. I had been fasting for a blood test and came out of Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology with a craving for coffee and something sweet. My nose directed me inside Mambo Cafe and the amazing coffee aroma.  I talked…

Restaurants: Hogs Breath Cafe, Raby Bay Cleveland – Surf and turf, prime rib

A favourite dining location of my steak-loving carnivore husband is the Hogs Breath Cafe. If he has a choice of where to eat at Raby Bay Marina, Cleveland that would be it – each and every time. I think we have dined there five times in one year, so you know how good the steaks…

Restaurant: CC Cafe, Raby Bay, Cleveland

C C Cafe is a lovely Bar / Cafe and Deli on Cleveland’s Raby Bay Marina. We had arrived back at Cleveland after a night in Brisbane. Most of the restaurants in Raby Bay were overflowing with people and I find the noise level difficult to process. I prefer to be able to hear what…

Restaurant: Teppanyaki Bar, Cleveland QLD

Since moving to Cleveland my husband and I have been making our way through the many amazing restaurants and cafes in the Raby Bay Marina complex. My husband’s favourite meal is steak but my favourite foods include seafood and Asian cuisine. After much arm-twisting my husband finally gave in and suggested we go for Teppanyaki…

Hogsbreath Cafe, Raby Bay Cleveland – Lobster and steak combo

During the month of October and some of November, Hogs Breath Cafe offered a Lobster and Steak combo. My husband and I enjoyed this so much the first time we went back for another one! A full Lobster with steak, curly fries and salad all for $39. Bargain! To view more reviews of the Hogs…

Restaurant: Funky Mexican Cantina Raby Bay, Cleveland QLD – Funky’s combinado to share;Chimichunga;Camarones Al Chipotle

I love living in Cleveland, QLD. Just a short stroll to Raby Bay Marina and the many restaurants and cafes that share an amazing view. I had invited some friends from the Illawarra and Sydney to stay and we noticed the new Mexican restaurant, Funky Mexican Cantina. The interiors were bright and fun, using bright…

Grand View Hotel, Cleveland QLD

[ Grand View Hotel – photo by Beth Wode ] The Grand View Hotel is located in North Street, Cleveland. It’s a little way from the centre of Cleveland but definitely worth the drive. My husband and I caught a taxi. We had heard great things of their bistro and were keen to try it.…

Home Delivery: Happy Gardens Chinese Restaurant

Happy Gardens Chinese Restaurant Since moving to Cleveland, QLD (Brisbane’s SouthEast) I have rarely ordered food to be home delivered. Tonight we were due to make Gluten-Free Seafood Pizza but unfortunately the base was past its prime. Thus, we were trying to decide what to have for dinner.  I didn’t feel like having leftover spaghetti…

Thai Siam $10 laksa lunch specials

One of my favourite restaurants is Thai Siam. Their $10 lunch specials are great value. Chicken Laksa lunch meal $10 Beef with chilli and basil To view more reviews of the Thai Siam click here. Thai Siam Restaurant Food Styles Chinese Thai Price Range $$ (10-30) Hours Tue – Fri: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm…

Local Food Heroes: Thai Siam, Cleveland QLD

Thai Siam – Cambodian and Thai Cuisine Since moving to live in Cleveland near Brisbane, QLD Australia I have enjoyed many meals at the Thai and Cambodian restaurant called Thai Siam. The staff are friendly and helpful, attractive decor and reasonable prices. Steamed Scallops with ginger and lime New Zealand Oysters with ginger and shallots…

Redlands RSL, Sails on Shore – seafood mixed grill

A visit to the Redlands RSL and as a seafood fan my eyes boggle when I see the seafood mixed grill on the specials menu. Crab legs, prawns,  fish, squid, mussels and more. Served with chips and salad. [ Seafood mixed grill ] To read more reviews of Redlands RSL please click here Redlands RSl…

My favourite dining experiences in the Illawarra

On signing up for myTaste.com.au (a food and restaurant review site) I was asked to list my top 5 dining experiences. I have decided to share them here with some illustration as to why I rate them so highly. Top 5 dining experiences in the Illawarra Ocean Beach Hotel, Shellharbour Village I love this restaurant…

Food Review: Long Island Cafe, Windang

I have been living back in Lake Illawarra, NSW for a few years after living in Northern Wollongong suburbs and Tasmania and one of the things I really enjoy is a visit to Windang, a tourist town for fishermen and people that want to just slow down and enjoy the wonderful Lake Illawarra and nearby…

Restaurant Review: La Marina Tapas Bar and Restaurant, Wollongong

One of my favourite restaurants of Shellharbour, La Marina Tapas Bar and Restaurant has moved to Keira St, Wollongong. If you like Spanish food then you’ll love La Marina. Below are some of the meals we enjoyed at La Marina when they were still located in Shellharbour. I hope to visit their Wollongong store very…

Restaurant and Catering 2009 South Coast Awards nominees

Restaurant and Catering NSW have released their 2009 SOUTH COAST AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE NOMINEES LISTASIAN RESTAURANT Golden Palace Chinese Restaurant, Bargo Kings Chinese, North Wollongong Mango Moon, Kiama Mylan Restaurant, Wollongong Trang Vietnamese Restaurant, Wollongong BREAKFAST RESTAURANT Café Lush Pambula, PambulaDiggies Café, North Wollongong The Waterfront Café, Pambula BYO RESTAURANT Costa Azzurra Woodfire Restaurant, Fairy…

Jordans seafood restaurant

Australia Day lunch at Jordans was delicious. A seafood platter for two with a view of thousands of Australians walking past, enjoying the sights and sounds. Jordon Hot Platter for two – $105.00Deep fried perch fillets, salted spiced calamari, BBQ Octopus, spiced prawns, chips, spiced soft shell crab, baked scallops, kilpatrick oysters (we requested mornay…

Fish of the day ($21) at Ocean Beach Hotel, Shellharbour Village

Fish of the day ($21) at Ocean Beach Hotel, Shellharbour Village, originally uploaded by Vanessa Pike-Russell. It was such a lovely day it seemed a crime to spend it inside. We made our way down to Shellharbour village and enjoyed good food and a fantastic view at the Ocean Beach Hotel. With such a lovely…

Harbour View Thai – Shellharbour Village

Shellharbour is one of my favourite spots in the Illawarra. Only an hour and a half from Sydney (100km) and half an hour south of Wollongong, it has a lovely seaside village feel with gourmet food and speciality shops certain to please. It was my birthday and I was celebrating with friends and family. We…

Rashays-Liverpool

Tasmanian scallops with mornay sauce Lunchtime special – Steak and chips $10 Seafood Platter for Two – $59.95 Rashays Cafe & Restaurant339 Hume Highway (cnr Atkinson st)Liverpool NSW Australia Phone 02 9601 0448 View Larger Map Illawarra Food and Restaurant Reviews http://illawarrafoodreviews.blogspot.com

Crooked River Winery Cafe

Today we visited a lovely winery just outside of Gerringong NSW Australia on the winery tour with club46 ( www.club46.com.au ). Our winery tour ticket included three wineries (Coolongatta Estate, Two Figs and Crooked River Winery), a sumptuous lunch including a starter of bread and semi dried tomato butter, a choice of four mains and…

Rump steak with dianne sauce from Warilla Sports Club

Rump steak with dianne sauce, served with vegetables, originally uploaded by Vanessa Pike-Russell. Can you believe this large piece of rump steak only cost $7? Alternatively, you could try the Rump Steak with salad. Warilla Sports ClubMcGregor Avnue,Barrack Heights Illawarra Food and Restaurant Reviews http://illawarrafoodreviews.blogspot.com

Seafood platter for one at Ocean Beach Hotel

Another birthday celebrated at Shellharbour’s Ocean Beach Hotel.This time it was my Sister’s birthday and since she loves seafood (like her big Sister) we decided to share the seafood platter for one. Luckily it is enough to feed three, as was evident when I ended up taking a third of it home with me. My…

Tandoori chicken salad from Emeralds

Tandoori chicken salad, originally uploaded by Vanessa Pike-Russell. TANDOORI TENDERLOIN SALAD $12.90Slices of Chicken Supreme Marinated in Tandoori Spices Tossed with CrispMesculan Leaves, Drizzled with Garlic Aioli Sauce and Mango Chutney I had spied this dish on the menu on my last visit and I was not disappointed. The tandoori marinade had lots of flavour,…

Windang Thai Gardens restaurant

Windang is a lovely little seaside and lakeside village on the border of the cities of Shellharbour and Wollongong. It is a popular destination with Sydneysiders who are attracted by the views and fishing spots. It is also the location of the Thai Gardens restaurant where we had a lovely lunch. Entrees included: Chicken Satay…

Wednesday night is Schnitzel night at Emeralds Restaurant, located at

Wednesday night is Schnitzel night at Emeralds Restaurant, located at Warilla Bowling Club, originally uploaded by Vanessa Pike-Russell. What a feast! Tonight I had Chicken Schnitzel with mushrooms and a creamy sauce. A glass of wine accompanied the meal at $13 price tag. The view from the window of Emeralds was stunning, overlooking Warilla Beach…

Shellharbour: La Marina Tapas Bar and Restaurant

A little bit of Spain in the seaside village of Shellharbour, an hour south of Sydney and one of New South Wales’ best kept secrets. La Marina spanish restaurant was the venue for Stan’s 51st birthday and Australia Day celebrations.   Free almonds   PARILLADA DE MARISCOS (Min. 2 persons) 36.00pp BBQ’d seafood platter. A…

Melbourne: Restaurant Review: Post Mao Cafe

Walking down Little Bourke Street in Melbourne is quite an experience. We were greeted by a hostess from the Post Mao Cafe, aka Chairman Mao’s Unique Chinese Cuisine. Specialising in Hunan cuisine, their chef‘s master chef is 93 years old and used to cook for Chairman Mao Zedong. The waitress showed us the menu, pointing…

Restaurant Review: Tandoori Junction, Shellharbour

The next time you feel like some scenery, why not head down to Shellharbour, just half an hour south of Wollongong, NSW which is home to a small beachside village where there is so much to see and do. We had just watched the matinee session of the musical ‘Hair’ put on by the Roo…

Warilla Sporties Bistro – Rip Tide

chicken schnitzel from Warilla Sporties, originally uploaded by Vanessa Pike-Russell. Having lived in Wollongong (Keiraville and Gwynneville) since 2002, I have recently moved back to Lake Illawarra and have enjoyed revisiting restaurants, bistros and cafes from my ‘old stomping grounds’. One of my favourite eating places is Warilla Sporties bistro ‘Rip Tide’ that has some…

Restaurant: Essence, darling harbour, sydney nsw 2500

essence restaurant, darling harbour, sydney nsw 2500, originally uploaded by Vanessa Pike-Russell. Tasting plate consisting of baked cauliflower custard with parmesan crisp, pressed braised pork cheek with apple chutney, pan fried dory fillet with confit cherry tomato and aubergine caviar and thai style duck salad wiith seared scallop and palm sugar dressing. ($35 including a…

Collegians Wollongong – $5 steaks on Wednesday, Veal and Seafood Torino

$5.50 scotch fillet steak with chips and sald You just can’t beat the prices of Collegians Wollongong. Every day of the week they have a special lunch meal ranging from three to six dollars ($3-$6). Menu includes Chicken Schnitzel with chips and salad ($3), Sausages and vegetables ($3), Rissoles and vegetables ($3), Roast Chicken with…

Restaurant: Oriental Expression – yum cha – scallop and vegetable dim sim,

I was in the mood for Yum Cha so we headed down to a favourite restaurant of ours – Oriental Expression on Keira Street, Wollongong. Our first visit was on Valentines Day, for their set banquet menu and second on Chinese New Year, both very memorable experiences. Today would be no different. We were escorted…

Lemon and Garlic Scallops with squid ink pasta at Antics Restaurant,

Lemon and Garlic Scallops with squid ink pasta at Antics Restaurant, Wollongong NSW 2500 Australia, originally uploaded by Vanessa PR. Lemon Scallops $24.50 I had never heard of squid-ink pasta before this meal. I really liked it! After doing some googling I found out the following: Squid ink, which is also available from the Cuddlefish…

Crown Thai – Musman Curry

To celebrate the birth of my nephew my husband and I had lunch at Crown Thai.We ordered our favourite – the Crying Tiger with glass of wine $9.50 and a musman curry with tender beef and potatoes ($8.50) The beef was so tender it just melted in the mouth. The curry was flavoursome with potatoes…

Seafood Platter for Two ($40) from Addisons Seafood Restaurant,

On July 23rd, 2007 my nephew was born. The next day was my Mother’s birthday and we wanted to celebrate both events. After a late lunch at the Ocean Beach Hotel we made our way down Addison Street to the famed Addisons Seafood Restaurant. The weather had grown chilly and the warmth of the restaurant…

Cuisine: Mexican: Pot of Gold Mexican Cantina, Wollongong

Chimichanga with beans  ($16) “Enchilada combination – seafood enchilada, tako and chimichanga ($16)” Interior of Pot of Gold Mexican Cantina “Carafe of Sangria ($14) MENUS Lunch | Dinner Pot of Gold Mexican Cantina, Wollongong144-146 Crown StreetWollongongNew South Wales 2500 Illawarra Food and Restaurant Reviews http://illawarrafoodreviews.blogspot.com

Satay House, Wollongong

Back in March I visited Satay House, a small restaurant located off Wollongong’s Crown Street Mall in a side street near Camera House. I am a big fan of Satay food and I was not disappointed. I ordered the Satay King Prawns ($8.50), Curry Beef with rice ($6.50) and some green tea. Satay King Prawns…

Löwenbräu Schlachtplatte – a platter of German fare

We were visiting Sydney for the 75th Anniversary of the opening ofthe Sydney Harbour Bridge and stumbled upon a german restauraunt that I have wanted to visit. Our feet were sore and what better place to see the passing parade than with a stein in one hand and a fork filled with German fare in…

Metro Grill, Keira Street Wollongong

As an early birthday celebration I invited my Sister for lunch at The Metro Grill in Keira Street, Wollongong. We had read about their ‘buy one main get one free’ deal on the Rewards Club website and thought it was a great excuse to try out this new restaurant on Keira Street Wollongong, Opposite the…

chefs choice – steamed pippies in XO sauce, deep-fried tofu and pork ribs with sweet&sour sauce

On Friday March 9th I went back to Chefs Choice. It really is an amazing restaurant and the prices are the most reasonable in Wollongong. Every table receives a big thermos of green tea and most meals include free rice. Chefs ChoiceAddress: 166 Keira StreetWollongong 2500Phone: (02) 42284811Fax: (02) 42284811 Opening Hours: 10:30am- 10.00pm Mon-SunLicensed/BYO:…

Crown Thai in Globe Lane, Wollongong

Perusing the menu I chose the mixed entree. Philip selected Crying Tiger and Stan the Dear Crab Mixed Entree $6.50 Money bag, Thai fish cake, satay skewer, spring roll Dear Crab $6.50 Dear Crab – fried crabmeat with a delicious dipping sauce Crying Tiger – $6.50 You’d cry with joy if you tasted it! Strips…

Baan Krua Thai Restaurant

We decided on Banquet A for two people which included Mixed Entree (moneybags, satay sticks, curry puffs and spring rolls) followed by Penang Curry and Deep-Fried Soft-Shell Crab with a glass of wine or coffee. All at the low price of $26 each. At $26 a head it was very reasonably priced and absolutely delicious!…

chefs choice – Seafood laksa wonton soup, Chicken with chinese mushroom hotpot

One of the best restaurants in Wollongong is Chefs Choice. You cannot beat it for value. There is a large thermos of green tea on every table and unless your meal has noodles you will usually get a big bowl of free rice. There is something to please everyone here. My favuorite meal is the…

The Park restaurant

Located inside Wiseman Park Wollongong City Bowling Club is The Park restaurant. Being a local I really love it that a top class restaurant is so close by. Their chef is very friendly and will cater to those with low carb needs. I swear by his warm thai salad and the garlic prawns are amazing.…

Shinju Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant

On February 15th Philip and I went up to Sydney so that I could attend the Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom seminar. For dinner we went to a lovely restaurant in Sydney’s Chinatown (Haymarket) called Shinju Teppanyaki. Kyoto Set Crispy fresh salad, Miso Soup, Assorted Appetizers, Large King Prawn, Fresh Fillet of Fish, Chicken Terriyaki, Misoyaki…

Valentines Day at Oriental Expressions restaurant, Wollongong

Valentines Day, Feb 14 2007 – Oriental Expressions in Keira Street Wollongong is offering a special banquet which we find too good to pass up. Entree: Tempura King Prawns Dinner: Peking Duck – three courses of duck, each course served with freshly made pancakes which you wrap the duck in. First course is aromatic duck…

Baan Krua Thai Restaurant – Satay Chicken and Stir Fried Prik Khing

Baan Krua Thai Restaurant Today I treated myself to a meal at Baan Krua Thai Restaurant on Keira Street, Wollongong. I have wanted to eat there for at least four years, back when it was a Japanese & Koreant restaurant. I decided that today was the day I would ascend the stairs and sample the…

Chefs Choice – Steamed pippies in XO sauce, sang choy bow

Steamed pippies in XO Sauce Sang Choy Bow – pork mince with water chestnuts, sesame oil, etc served in lettuce cups Asian cuisine restaurant Area: City Centre @ Keira StreetAddress: 166 Keira StreetWollongong 2500Phone: (02) 42284811Fax: (02) 42284811Opening Hours: 10:30am- 10.00pm Mon-SunLicensed/BYO: Byo Illawarra Food and Restaurant Reviews http://illawarrafoodreviews.blogspot.com

Hogs Breath Cafe, Wollongong

Seared with our own Hog’s Breath Blackened Seasoning, a light Cajun flavour. Served with corn on the cob and vegetables $26.95 Chicken Caesar WrapSliced chicken breast with cos lettuce, crispy bacon, croutons, parmesan cheeseand Caesar dressing wrapped in a grilled tortilla. Cocktail with pineapple juice, lime, coconut, cream 83 Crown StreetNSW, 2500 Ph: (02) 4229…