Sunday, August 13, 2017

Kabul Restaurant

All right. This one is a special post. All these years in Sydney and I have had Indian food and avoided Indian food at most places, simply because they are  far outcry from authentic Indian food.Excessive colors, too much spice, too much cream. its just ridiculous. I sometime wonder how people just love going out and eating almost anything anywhere. There are times when the food is too customized to suit the palate of the Aussie folks. Anyways, lets get to the point.

There is this little eatery in Auburn which is called Kabul Restaurant. Now the thing is that this is one of those gems which Id highly recommend It all started when one of my friends and myself while talking over the phone, he suggested. Located in Auburn and next to Jasmine 1. 

So it all started one Saturday morning, when me and my partner woke up and we decided to go for our morning brekkie to this place. There is a big kitchen which is just baking bread. Fresh breads and the aroma of the bake is just intoxicating on a cold and sunny morning as you walk by. In our first visit, we ended up ordering the lamb Paya or the trotters and the Nihari. 

The paya was oh my god out of the world. Perfectly spiced and freshly made early in the morning, this was just the perfect start on a cold morning.  Freshly made, perfectly spiced and a watery soupy curry with all the marrow , coupled with freshly baked naan bread which you dunk into the soup for a purely divine feeling. so this is how it all began. I have come over a few times after that and realized that the paya was one of the best I have had in Sydney. Now the thing is that during Ramzaan, I tried the Haleem, biryani and paya at a number of places. 

Now when I ended up at Kabul restaurant to try the food during Ramzaan, there was a surprise. They do this buffet.The buffet costed $16 and this was a crazy price. As I started the food, there was fried chicken, lamb paya, beef nihari, Chicken Handi curry, Lamb curry, Chicken Biryani,. For the vegetarians, there was a palak curry and chana daal. stacks of fresh bread and plain rice, along with pakodas, fresh fruits and kheer.  All this for an unbelievable $16. Now lets start with the food. The food is unbelievable and sensational. It is undoubtedly one of the best Indian food I have had. When you listen to Kabul, you think it is Afghan food, but then when you chat with the owner, it is actually a specific area in Pakistani. The flavors are so amazing. Usually when we have so many curries, we tend to not make out difference between the curries.Not here. Its so remarkable. For instance, the Nihari has very different flavor and texture in the curry. 

The Lamb curry is again heavenly, but the chicken Handi is probably the best. The  fried chicken is hot and succulent and juicy. The kheer is unbelievable.

Now post Ramzaan, when I made it here, it seems, this is now a permanent feature in the restaurant. A buffet dinner every Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

All in all, the paya I believe is the best in Sydney I have had, the food is fresh and delicious and the price even more insane.

All in all, Id say, this one comes with  a Highly recommended from Me. This one is for True Foodies- its a cheap Eat and not a fine dine, so remember that. The other thing is that sometime the crowd goes high and in the buffet, the food may get cold. I usually request them to get it warmed or get a fresh reload and they usually oblige.'

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20, Civic Road, Auburn NSW

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Ume Burger, Barangaroo

A normal day at work and a last minute invite for burgers and who could say no. We head down to Ume Burgers, next to the work at Barangaroo and also next to Belle’s fried chicken. Being a Tuesday, I was trying to be a vegetarian and to my surprise, there was a vegetarian burger available.

I ordered the vegetarian burger- the Kakiage , which came over with a beautiful sesame crusted bun, with a deep fried fritter in the center. Reminded me of the vegetable tempura in the sushi’s available at Hero Sushi. There was a mayo which was slightly different and I have a hunch it had sea weed in it. The slaw and the cheese all, combined together was a great vegetarian burger. I went in thinking it would be a vegetarian patty with potato, and the regular drill of lettuce, mayo and tomato. But being a Japanese burger place, I loved the difference in style, the fritter and the burger overall.
The hot chips with umami seasoning was yum and I’d say its very different and Id love to try that again as well.
My friends did order the cheese burger as well as the fish burger, and to be honest, I would love to go there another day and try the fried chicken burger or the ume burger another time. Until then, a positive review from and I’d say yes why not- let’s give it a try again.

Wulugul Walk,  Barangaroo NSW 2000

Hours Monday — Saturday11:45am — 10:30pmSunday11:45am — 9:30pm

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Gumnut Patisserie, Bowral

All right another one at Bowral. After our café lunch, we had a bit of a sweet craving and ended up going to the gumnut patisserie, located the main intersection of the town.  The array of cakes and pies look just great. We tried the chocolate tart with salted caramel and the brownie. Both these had a tag of having been presented in some NSW competition. Well, the brownie and the chocolate tart were both just too awesome. Unbelievable and So Awesome! I want to go there again and can’t wait. 
Highly recommended.

Shop 7 Grand Arcade
Bong Bong Street

Telephone: 48622 819

Opening hours Monday – Sunday 7.30am – 5 pm

Gumnut Patisserie Menu,
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Raw & Wild Market Café, Bowral

All right this one is at Bowral. We were driving by and we stopped over at this cute  and small little village/ town which is famous for  Sir Bradman's museum.  Now today was an exceptionally sunny and yet chilly and windy day. We ended up in the raw & wild market café, which is placed at the starting of the town.  As we enter into the store, there is all kind of beautiful fresh produce – all organic. As you go further into the store, there is the café, comfortable seating both indoors and outdoors. Of course today for lunch, with the winds and chill outside, the seating had to be inside.

As we settled in, to begin with, we started with a cup of hot chocolate and skim latte. The coffee and the hot chocolate were both really good and much needed to warm us up. Looked into the menu and there were a number of vegetarian and vegan options. We were tempted between a number of options- the lasagne, the croquet madam, the burgers. We decided to order the organic lamb burger and the Wild Croquet Madam.

The service is a bit slow. The Lamb burger comes up and it looks wow. It came with this great salad, fries and garlic aioli. The chips were good, with skins and delicious. The fresh wild rocket and the salad had a great crunch and somehow, the veggies and the salad tasted much better, making me think that perhaps organic food is great. The burger on the whole was descent and the lamb was fresh. There was a bit of a strong lamb taste and smell but nonetheless, it was good. Overall, I only hoped that there was a bit more of flavouring. The fresh organic produce undoubtedly was great and the chilli jam and fresh baby tomatos was great as well. But being hard core comfort food junkie who loves and lives to eat his burgers, I only wished that there flavour combination could have been a bit better. Its good to have everything fresh, but if the burger is not greasy and sloppy and cheesy- then not sure what it is. For me, it was just a bit bland.

My partner in crime ordered the croquet madam, which came up with a great salad with beetroot chips which were crunchy and delicious. There was organic sourdough, along with roasted pumpkin, grilled chicken and a sunny side up eggs. Again, very fresh produce, but my partner and I only wished that there was a bit more of flavour to tie the ingredients together.  It was a bit bland to our taste.
Most of the mains were in the range of 16 to 20 dollars and the portion sizes were quite good, so felt a bit stuffed as we left.
Would we come here again? Most definitely if I am in Bowral, I’d like to visit this place and try a few other things next time. Overall, the fresh organic produce interested me. The taste was probably a 6 on 10 this time.

250 Bong Bong St, Bowral NSW 2576
(02) 4861 3129

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Monday, August 7, 2017

The Nepalese Chef, Homebush

All right, this one is about The Nepalese Chef, situated at Paramatta road, Homebush, right opposite Horse & Jockey Pub. When we came over today evening, we came looking for Annapurna Nepalese Restaurant but were surprised to see the Nepalese Chef. Firstly, parking is a bit difficult to find as the restaurant is bang on the main Parramatta road. We went into one off the streets next to the restaurant and then went on a round. Only after we parked on the street, did we see the boards saying that the parking for the restaurant is behind in the alley. Perhaps a need for better signage and lights near the parking entrance. 
Interiors have been re done, and quite cozy. As you enter, there is a huge wall painted with a scenery. The bar is as it was before, and there is a cute little cozy area which has different lighting etc. May be it’s for functions. The young lady who served us was quite pleasant and charming. We settled in and ordered the chicken Momo’s along with a goat curry, garlic naan, potato pickles and a pulao.
The chicken momo’s were descent. Not the most juiciest but descent and flavoursome. The sauce was okay as well but I have had better momo chutneys. Next we were served the goat curry and rice along with the potato pickle. We were served the food but no plates. As we called the the young man to get us the plates, he asked if we needed the big plates and looked surprised and I found that quite surprising. The food – we the goat curry was okay but I found the quality o goat a bit too chewy and the pieces cut were confusing. The curry in itself was okay- with a prominent flavour of coriander powder, but the meat was just too chewy and the way the meat was cut, it was least enjoyable. The rice was a bit undercooked. The potato pickle was okay again, but the peas in the pickle were a just hard and raw. They should have probably used baby peas.
All in all, a disappointment and I am likely not to come here again, or if I do, I would try something else. Opens every day from 5:00 P.M. to 10:30 P.M.
The Nepalese Chef
53 Parramatta Road Homebush NSW
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