Lotus Dumpling Bar, Walsh Bay

Happy Monday everyone! Just thought I’d rub it in and post on my day off work. And where else to start than back to where it all began… The funky dumpling bar along the restaurants at Walsh Bay.

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Violet Argyle Dumpling – fresh beetroot juice, argyle beef, spring onion & baby bok choy ($13.80)

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Pan fried pork buns ($10.80 for 4)

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Lotus duck salad ($16.00)

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“Kung Pao chicken” ($25.00)

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Messina – Chocolate and Mango sorbet

The Food Zoo experience: I have to say, I still love the pan fried pork buns the best. And on special occasions to celebrate not winning $500 million dollars we would come here and order loads and loads of pork buns! And then to finish it off with Messina icecream – Ah, the satisfaction!

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Shop 3 16 Hickson Rd
Walsh Bay, NSW

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Wagaya, Haymarket

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Dynamite roll ($9.80)

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Seared tuna sushi with garlic mayonnaise ($11.80)

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Seared salmon and scallop box sushi ($13.50)

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Japanese style chicken pizza  ($8.90)

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Seared beef ($9.90)

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Crab chawanmushi ($6.90)

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Wagaya Salad ($8.50)

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Ox Tongue x 2 servings ($7.50 per serving)

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Seared salmon sushi ($9.90)

The Food Zoo experience: Loving the trend of touch-screen ordering! Food is often served within minutes of ordering (bear in mind, you can’t change the order if you’ve made a mistake!) And gone are the days where you wave your arms around like a crazy woman for the attention of the waiters. At the press of a button you can order food and drinks, request service and even get the bill! There’s a huge (albeit weird) range of items on the menu – hot pot, Japanese style pizza, sushi, sashimi, ramen, soba, udon, fried rice, fried noodle – you name it. A little bit of something for everyone! My favourite was the ox-tongue (so thick, delicious and grilled/seasoned to perfection!) and the iced green-tea latte. Dessert is the standard Japanese icecream (green tea, sesame or vanilla) so we opted for something with more selections… Watch out for the Passionflower post coming up!

Wagaya

Level 1, 78-86 Harbour Street
Haymarket, NSW 2000

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Three Williams, Redfern

Be prepared for a big post (of pictures)! I don’t usually order this much but with a group of 7, can’t help but order [almost] everything on the menu and have a mouthful of each!

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Fish croquettes with lemon and aoli (on the house! Normally $3.00 each)

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Peanut and caramel shake ($6.00)
Raspberry smoothie ($7.00)

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Pork narnie  – bibimbap pulled pork, chili kimchi, bean sprouts, julienne carrots ($15.00)

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The merchant: chili fried egg, crispy bacon, pickled slaw, ranch dressing on a warm brioche bun ($13.00)

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Grilled prawn narnie – grilled prawns, tzatziki, hummus and sumac ($15.00)

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Crunchy brioche french toast, blueberries, yoghurt, roasted pecans and maple syrup  ($15.00)

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Beef brisket narnie – glazed beef brisket, slaw, gherkins, chipotle mayo ($15.00)

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Caremalised cauliflower tabouli with quinoa, walnuts and preserved lemon (gf) with chicken ($16.00)

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Piccolo latte (on the house!)

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Mocha (on the house!)

The Food Zoo experience: LOVE LOVE LOVE this place! Had to go back to this place two weeks in a row with my entire family in tow. For a table of 7 we waited for over an hour and I was getting terribly grumpy! But the staff were lovely and served us complimentary fish croquettes and coffees for waiting and a free pastry for my Grandma (thanks Glen)! The coffee was good, peanut and caramel shake packed a punch (too bad there weren’t more flavours) and the raspberry smoothie was super thick and full of berry pulp with each sip (not sure if I used the term pulp properly…) Also the kitchen does a great job in serving the food super fast (we were in and out within 45 minutes) without compromising on quality. Don’t really have a favourite as I liked all their narnies (house-made flat bread) and the french toast was divine!

Three Williams
316 Elizabeth Street
Redfern, NSW 2016

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