Monday, April 6, 2015

King Tiger, Franz Joseph, New Zealand

All right, while we were travelling south Island, we came over to Franz Josef.  It was one bad gloomy day, rainy like cats and dogs, not a shred of sunshine. We drove in, checked into our hotel and then went driving first to the Glacier View point. As luck would have it, nothing was visible and then we drove down to town for some snacks. As I mentioned, there were hardly two streets and its probably more like a village. 

We decided to go to King Tiger, which seemed to be a Thai and fusion restaurant.  Parked our car and the scenario was perfect. The rain had subsided, it was drizzling, and the restaurant had a bit of an open air area. As we entered, there were two parts, one was the covered restaurant which was dark with a deep red shade and sort of a mystic feel. The open area was covered, had a bit of a fire and what surprised me was the fact that on the background there were Hindi songs being played slightly. Wow, in the remote place of NZ, we find a Thai fusion restaurant and playing Bollywood songs. The menu had both an Indian menu and Thai menu.

We ordered for Indian Starters- a mixed platter and masala tea. We seemed to be enjoying the scent of the rain, the slight breeze, the fire which was warming up the environment.  The non veg starter platter came through. It had onion fried crumble or the onion bhajji, 2 vegetable samosa’s , 2 portions of seekh kebab, 2 portions of chicken tikka.  Now initially I was a bit overwhelmed with the fact that I was getting Indian Starters in such a remote place. However the euphoria was short lived.  The onion crumble was ok. The samosa weren’t that great. The tikkas and seekh kebabs were very poor. Quantity wise as well as from a taste perspective. So it was truly a big let down. The masala tea on the other hand was wow. Really good and they served it in a very big kettle, which got us about 3 servings of tea. The tea was simply overwhelming and wow.
Next, we ordered Thai red curry and that was again very delicious. Very simple, fresh and crunchy vegetables and delicious. The quantity was good and I loved this dish.

So all in all, Go to King Tiger for a good ambience, have a few drinks, order a few starters. But whatever, you do, I think please avoid the Indian food.


70 Cron Street 
Franz Josef Glacier 

Phone: 03 752 0060
Fax: 03 752 0656

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Hogs Breath Café, Port Stephens.

Now we were on our last day at Port Stephens, started driving from Soldiers points, and drove past the marina, to the various bays on route, and then to Anna Bay. It was close to 3 in the afternoon and we were massively hungry. In Anna Bay, there was a small little eatery, but we wanted something sumptuous and relaxing and hence we drove all the way back to the Port Stephens Marina.  We went over on the first floor to Hogs Breath Café. 

One of the reason for this was the fact that from a very long time I was craving for the typical Aussie dish of grilled chicken breast served with mash and gravy, asparagus and something like that. I have had that previously in Adelaide quite a few times and unfortunately, I don’t seem to get it very easily. Looked at Hog’s breaths menu and reckoned that it might have it.

The décor was interesting, more like an outback grill, with wooden interiors. It seemed a bit American as well. We chose to sit outside on the balcony, with a view of the yachts and the blue waters. Looking at the menu, there were quite a few options –especially for us with no beef no pork options. There were quite a few starters, veg and chicken. Then there were the burgers and the wraps, as well as the fish burgers and sea food varieties.
Well for us, we decided to order a mixed starters – which had the salt and pepper calamari, along with the chicken tenders, spring roll, hoggies loaded potato skins- the sicilian. For mains I ordered a chicken Mushroom and Feta.

Well the order did take a bit of time. The starters looked lovely.  The spring rolls very freshly fried and crunchy. The chicken tender were fresh and well fried as well. What I loved was the potatoe skins, which basically were half potatoes, carved out and filled with chese and onion tomato and baked to perfection.  This was yum. The best starter was the salt and pepper calamari. Now we have had calamari at so many places and it always is a bit chewy and difficult to cut. But this was wow, unbelievably soft and delicious. I can tell you I have never had fresher and softer calamari ever. This was yum.
All in all this mixed platter of starters was really a good one.

Next, we had the chicken and mushroom feta. Now this dish when it arrived looked yum. A grilled chicken topped with a creamy white sauce with mushrooms, the famous hogs breath curly fries and some boiled veggies- corn, broccoli, and carrots. As I dug into the dish, I think it fell short of my expectations. The grilled chicken was a bit too bland. The creamy sauce with mushroom tasted good, but didn’t exactly mix well with the chicken and it was a bit too bland for me.  The curly fries were good, the veggies ok, but it was something about the chicken breast which made it a bit too bland and the chicken was too stringy. So didn’t come up to what I was expecting.

Nonetheless a great afternoon,  great location and views and I would definitely suggest going to hogs breath café. Try the starters and enjoy the great waterfront views.

Shop 16, Upper D’Albora Marina, Teramby Road, Nelsons Bay, NSW2315

02- 49842842

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Harry’s Café De Wheels

Now this is Sydney’s classic. My first tryst with Harry’s Pies was way back in 2009, when a friend took me over to Harry’s saying this is the true Aussie meal. Back then I didn’t have an appreciation of pies. But over the years, if there is anything which I have loved in Australia, it is the pies. And to top it all is Harry’s Pies in Sydney. Initially I had gone to the one next to Capitol Theater in the city. The regular order was the chicken and mushroom pie. 

The pie served with ketchup as it is, is anyways the regular. But then when you go to Harry’s , order the tiger. It comes served with one of harry’s fresh pies, topped with mashed potatoes, followed by peas and then topped with gravy. This is just yum. The tower, or the stack or as Harry’s calls it- the tiger.  There are other combinations such as simply the pie and ketchup, pie and peas, pie and mash.

There many locations now. There is the one at Capitol Theater in the city. Next there is one at Woolloomolloo, next to the naval base and the Blu O hotel. This is the original Harry’s Pie Café de Wheels, from way back 1930’s.

The latest one I have covered is the one at Strathfield on Parramatta Road. The chicken an mushroom gravy is yum, but try the curry chicken Pie and it is amazing. My favourite.
If you are at Harry’s you get a chance to look the pictures of all the celebrities who have visited harry’s and it is quite a vast range. From sportsmen to Hollywood stars quite a diverse range of celebrity pics. Now, you get a choice to also have the pasties with pies and mince, hotdogs. And to gulp all of it down, try the thick milkshakes. I have tried the caramel one, to be onest, the chocolate one is my favorite.
Most pies are about $5 abd the tigers are $7.50.

Corner Cowper Wharf Roadway & Brougham Road, Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011
374 Parramatta Rd, Burwood, NSW 2134
Hay Street (near crn of George), Outside Entrance of Capitol Square Shopping Centre – Next to Paddy Maguires Pub, Haymarket, NSW 2000

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