3one7, Parramatta

Following the large meal at Stephano’s we made the short walk down Church Street to Restaurant 3one7. It was around 8:30pm and the restaurant still looked full and we overheard the group of four ahead of us being informed that there would still be a 30 minute wait for a table. This did not upset me, however, as the thirty minutes would give us ample time to take a short walk up and down Church St, and help digest the previous meal.

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We head back at a little bit before 9pm hoping a few tables will have cleared, and luckily they had one table for us right at the door :)

null Banana Caramel Cake, $9.90

While I couldn’t really taste the caramel, the banana was definitely in the slice of cake. The was a really fine biscuit layer under the cake that sort of just flaked away as you tried to spoon mouthfuls of the cake. It is a fluffy cake, that is considerably light.


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Chocolate Mud Cake, $9.90

I had been craving this cake for quite awhile. It is served hot and oozes chocolate. YUM! It is sweet but not overly sweet like a lot of other mud cakes, and the cake is moist and sponge-y.

Both served were with vanilla gelato, cream and strawberries.

I miss the mains here too, they come in huge portions. Can’t wait for the next time.

3one7
317 Church St
Parramatta, 2150
T: (02) 9893 8188
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Flavours of Peking, Castlecrag

When you mention Peking food, the first thing that comes to my mind tends to be Peking duck and dumplings. It’s not exactly boring, but a lot of people tend to overlook all the strong flavors and variety that Chinese cuisine has to offer. If you’re looking for one of the best and most authentic Chinese restaurants on the Lower North Shore then Flavors of Peking is the place to be! It’s tucked away in a little shopping village at Castlereagh where there’s plenty of parking conveniently located under the restaurant.

Jelly Fish ($28.80) : pre-order

Unfortunately it was difficult for me to capture a picture of the dish as the waitress immediately started dividing the food for us. Anyway, this is a nice cold dish that we always order called “jelly fish” (according to the menu… strange since the dish has no jelly fish at all!).  A combination of sea cucumber, chicken feed and lightly cooked scallops mixed in a mustard sauce topped with spring onions. I’m not a fan of chilli or mustard but I can never resist having a hefty portion of this dish!

Shredded chicken with bean flat vermicelli ($17.00)

Another cold dish – cucumber, shredded chicken and vermicelli – also another one of my favourites. It comes neatly plated but once again I was too slow with my camera and the waitress had already poured the sesame sauce and mixed the dish for the table.

Peking style thick soup with fish fillet ($70.40) : pre-order

Exactly as the name suggests – fish soup with a whole bunch of tender fish fillet, tofu, vegetables and herbs.  The soup base is light and you definitely feel like you’re getting a hefty does of  fish and vegetables! Once again, requires pre-ordering  based on the number of guests.

Smoked duck ($55.80) : pre-order

As the duck is placed in the centre of the table I can already smell the smoky flavour from my chair. I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of this dish but I can never ever resist having a piece as the meat just looks so tender and perfectly cooked. The dish may seem pricey but don’t forget, it is quite a significant portion (too much for 10 people!)

Beggars chicken ($60.80) : pre-order

Beggars chicken, not my cup of tea but the boy insisted after reading some reviews online. Such a strange name! So one does what one must do… Google it the moment I get home! Legend has it that a homeless, starving beggar had a chicken but didn’t have a stove to prepare it. Desperate for food, he came up with an idea. He killed the chicken and covered it with mud and baked it with fire… For more information, click here.

It’s a shame that they ran out of space to present it at our table (due to the overwhelming amount of food we ordered) because apart from the presentation, the food itself was underwhelming though I think it’s because I was already too full! The first layer (bread dough shell) is MASSIVE but once removed, you’ll find a juicy chicken stuffed with pork and seasoning and wrapped in lotus leaves.

Fried fresh meat buns – 10 pcs ($24.80) : pre-order

Always recommended by staff when you’re trying to make a booking though I don’t really see what the fuss is all about. Sure it looks nice and perfectly pan fried on the outside but the thick bun exterior and lack of soup inside made me quite the unhappy eater =(

Radish pastry dumplings ($8.80 each)

ANOTHER pre-order dish and at $8.80 each don’t be fooled… They’re pretty much the size of your palm! I was a bit confused though that it didn’t seem to taste sweet or savoury despite those little shreds of bacon… But the crunchy radish shreds were nice.

Chrysanthemum fish ($58.80)

Delicious friet fish then fried with vegetables in sweeet and sour sauce. If you’re not a big cooked fish lover (like me), this dish is relatively easy to eat and I’m sure kids would love it too!

I must apologise but I actually have no clue what this dish is called (in english anyway). Basically, the bowl at the back is a thick seafood soup with some vegetables and at the front, it’s similar to this light crispy pieces of rice crisps. The waitstaff are usually quick to divide the dish but I would recommend adding the rice crisps just as you are about to eat the dish so that they don’t go soggy before you finish.

Quick fried soft-shell crab with salty egg yolk ($35.80)

By far one of the best dishes during dinner and according to all guests that I have ever dined with, the best soft-shell crab to be served anywhere in Sydney! A must try!!!

Peking toffee apple – 6 pieces ($14.80)

Fried apple, coated in toffee syrup then dipped in ice-water for the toffee to harden. A delicious famous Peking dessert with super sweet toffee coating and then balanced with a big chunk of hot apple.

Crispy red bean pancake ($11.80)

I had an absolute blast and almost passed out from being so full after dining. Flavors of Peking is best dined with large groups of people as the servings are so big and as they say, the more the merrier! Just remember, all the awesome stuff needs to be pre-ordered which makes it really difficult since there’s no online or take-away menu (for pre-order items) but hopefully this entry would’ve helped! Enjoy~

Flavours of Peking
100 Edinburgh Rd
Castlecrag 2068
T: (02) 9958 3288

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Stephano’s Ristorante, Parramatta

It’s a Saturday night and we are at a friends place desperately calling restaurants to try to make a reservation somewhere that served ribs and steak. In the end we decided to just drive to Parramatta and try our luck. Initially we wanted to have dinner at 3one7, but they were full. So we wondered up and down Church St, eyeballing the menus for a good while, until we settled on Stephano’s

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The Mister and I had walked past Stephano’s several times before and were always greeted by the hostess standing just at the entrance; tonight was no different. We were quickly shown a table, a bonus considering it was a Saturday night at 7:30, prime dinner time. The menu is extensive and it took awhile for us to decide on what to order, so we ordered a starter to quell our grumbling stomachs.

nullStephano’s Cheesy Fries, $11.90

I’m not usually a fan of bacon, especially on its own, but cheese and bacon go so well with fries that I just couldn’t help myself. The thing about this dish however is that you have to eat it fast. As soon as the cheese cooled down it was sad faces all around ):

nullPork Racks (Single), $21.00

Pork rack of ribs smothered in Stephano’s own BBQ sauce, char grilled served with chips and salad. I didn’t taste this dish, but was assured throughout the meal that it was “awesome”.

nullGamberoni, $23.90

King prawns with garlic, chilli in a napolitana sauce with a touch of brandy. They also had little surprise prawns tucked away in the pasta. I ordered the pasta thinking it would be a small meal, considering I can’t actually eat as much as I’d like to think I do. But how wrong I was. There was actually enough left over for the Mister to take home the next day to make a very filling breakfast. I had to ask for additional chilli since I couldn’t taste any ): But that didn’t affected the taste of the sauce. I would definitely order this dish again; I loved the sauce that much. It looks a bit thin in the picture, but it was the perfect consistency, and clung to the fettuccine to ensure the perfect mouthful every time.

 

nullChicken Mediterranean, $24.90

Tender grilled chicken breast smothered with fresh lemon, garlic, olive oil, herbs and seeded mustard. The chicken was tender and laced with herbs.

 

Stephano’s T-Bone (900grams), $28.90

T-Bone marinated in parsley and garlic. The steak was a little bit tough on the strip loin side, but was perfect and tender on the sirloin side. Even for the Mister this was a huge meal, and one side was left unfinished, and the salad left almost untouched.

After dinner I craved dessert, but nothing at Stephano’s caught my eye, besides, I already had my mind set on something else….

Stephano’s Ristorante
329 Church St
Parramatta, 2150
T: (02) 9633 3132

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Toraya, Chatswood

Happy New Year everyone! It’s been a while but I’m back from my holiday and still alive! Unfortunately I got sick on holidays so wasn’t able to enjoy all the food and flavours of Asia. Alas never fear, there’s always next time…

So a few nights after getting back, the boy and I decided to dine at Toraya – one of our frequent dining spots in Chatswood Mandarin Centre. Toraya is casual dining yet the food a bit exquisite so I guess that’s why I’m always back for more (even though I think it’s quite pricey!)

Green tea

Complimentary seaweed

A little complimentary seaweed just to get your appetite working if you’re not too hungry.

Tontoro – lightly salted grilled pork neck skewers ($7.50)

These skewers are perfectly grilled and still sizzling hot when served! It’s the first time I’ve ever ordered Tontoro – a nice balance of crunchy and slightly fatty pork neck which I can definitely see myself ordering again in the future!

Soft-shell crab ($15.80)

The boy’s usual favorite – soft shell crab – was quite a disappointment this time. It didn’t seem battered enough and was soggy to eat. I’m not sure whether it’s always like this since we usually order the spider roll (soft-shell crab sushi roll) so we’ve never really noticed. I guess we won’t be ordering the dish by itself again.

Wagyu steak ($26.00)

My all time favourite! The steak usually comes out while still cooking with steam coming from the hot-plate but tonight it was already finished cooking by the time it reached our table. Nevertheless, it was still perfectly cooked (medium rare… yummmmmmy), sprinkled with radish and shallots and served with potato roe mash and fried lotus slices on the side.

Miso soup ($3.50)

Yummy miso soup – another favourite!

Rock’n Roll ($15.00)

California roles made awesome with oven-baked scallops and a generous topping of creamy mayonnaise. What more could you ask for? My favorite dish and ordered every time!

Black sesame and Green tea ice-cream ($6.00 each)

Black Sesame Pudding ($6.00)

I was greedy for dessert and between the boy and I we had three desserts!! The black sesame and green tea ice cream was deliciously creamy whilst the black sesame pudding had a strong authentic flavor however I’m not really one to appreciate real big chunks of black sesame bits in my pudding.

The wait-staff seem to be so busy but they are always very nice when you actually get their attention. And sure ,the place is a bit expensive but still worth a try – I know I’m definitely going back sometime soon ^___^. Hope you enjoyed my post!

Toraya Japanese Restaurant
Mandarin Center
61-65 Albert Avenue
Chatswood, 2067
T: (02) 9884 9620

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