Monday, January 14, 2013

the rest of 2012

Ok to wrap up the last year and start fresh here goes:

Buzz cafe's Barra in beurre blanc sauce was moist and delicious :-)
Not sure about the atmosphere here these days, needs a bit of a revamp/spruce up.
The service was pretty good.
Can't remember the wine list.
Oh, any one else hate main courses with no sides? Seems to be the thing these days, I just find it fussy and annoying - as well as more expensive!

Christo's seafood is still very good. Darned hard to find the restaurant though! It's tucked away at the back of the shops at Tipperary waters. Outdoor dining on a breezy boardwalk. I had the battered jew fish and my dining buddy had the marinara. Both dishes were delicious. The batter on my fish was light and crispy and the marinara had large tender pieces of seafood in it. A nice simple wine list and excellent service - old school stuff by the young woman who is the head waiter there.

Did I ever mention my love of Cornucopia? For breakfast in particular. There have been occasions of late where the food hasn't met all of its high standards - I guess that's due to staff changes and not renewing leases etc. Anyway, the morning I went it was all good. The location is wonderful and the atmosphere's really nice. The eggs and mushrooms were cooked beautifully.

I also went to two of the Vietnamese restaurants here - Ruby and Saigon Star. At both places I had noodle salads. At Ruby (on the left) I had the beef noodle salad with lemongrass and ginger; and at the Saigon Star I had a noodle salad with crispy pork. The small bowls did contain yummy stuff to pour over the salads - I forgot to take a photo before doing that :-). Ruby is better value for money with a much larger meal for only $2 more. Oh, and the salads at Ruby are only on the lunch menu.

And of course, the Cool Spot and what it does best! The iced milk drinks and the excellent, locally made Lo Castro ice cream :-D

An extra note about the Cool Spot, I think they may have a new chef as the food has gone from being consistent but mediocre to consistently very good. Not one rotting salad leaf and the barramundi, chips and salad meal is fantastic!

I won SECOND prize for my chocolate cake at the Darwin Show in 2012 :-) 
Now for FIRST!


kirijae said...

Wow those Vietnamese dishes look a lot better than the Vietnamese I had in Korea which was basically different variants on noodle soup. Delicious looking food Kylie, I'm envious!

Anonymous said...

Great to see some of my faves are still doing good things and some top new places to check out. Look forward to a foodie adventure with you very soon :)