Archive for ‘Thai’

March 2, 2012

Spice I Am – The Restaurant

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Spice I Am

Spice I Am has been a Christmas tradition with my work girls. Every Christmas we wine and dine at the Darlinghurst restaurant to exchange gifts and as cliche as it sounds, giggle throughout the night sharing the best moments of the year. It’s been three years now without fail. There’s just something special about traditions.

Spice I Am

There’s an off-shoot of this restaurant in Surry Hills but the Darlinghurst one has an amazingly extensive food and cocktail menu. My favourite cocktail is the Tiger Paw with a secret ingredient that binds it altogether. Most of the cocktails on the menu are refreshingly fruity to counteract all the spiciness later on…

Spice I Am Massaman Curry Nua

Spice I Am Gaeng Ped Yang

The curries are without doubt delicious; both creamy and flavoursome. Our favourite is the massaman beef as we dive into the tender pieces beef; a result of patient slow cooking! Another familiar is the roast duck curry with plenty of kicks of kaffir lime leaves and thai basil garnished on top.

Spice I Am Moo Gob Prik Khing

Spice I AmMoo Gob Pik Pao

There’s no holding back with us girls. We love to indulge, and in a bit of pork belly so the next two dishes are naughty as can be – stir fried, super crispy pieces of pork belly with a dash of chili jam or red curry paste and plenty of chillis, green beans, cherry tomatoes and a hint of greens to balance it all.

Spice I Am

If you can handle the heat and spice, this is the perfect place to be (and don’t forget their extensive cocktail list!)

Spice I Am
296-300 Victoria St
Darlinghurst, Sydney 

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February 27, 2011

Nu’s Restaurant

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Confession. I’m actually the let’s-just-chill-at-home and the very unromantic one in the relationship. We met for the first time (and sorta had our first date) on Valentines’ Day many, many years ago! We’re not huge hallmark celebrators, but this year he organised a low key dinner at Nu’s Restaurant. Nu’s is a little corner restaurant on an amazing street that smells of food as you stroll along it, gorgeous terraces and views of the tips of the harbour.

Avocado tartlets with crispy squid

Betal leaves with pork belly and sweet quail egg

To wet our appetites is a double dose of entree; a perfect bite size of mouthful of cold avocado paste topped with a crisp squid, and shame it was only a mouthful worth… The other entree was a betal leaf packed with shredded pork belly, herbs topped with a sweet quail egg.

Singha beer battered barramundi fillet

Panang curry with chicken and kaffir lime

For mains, we shared a Singha beer battered barramundi with an amazing crispy crust sitting on a bed of green mango, chilli, coriander and roasted peanuts. The salad was refreshing and light with a zing and a tang. Next up was a light panang chicken curry served in a huge bottomless coconut. Super light with generous amounts of chicken pieces and just the right amount of spice (for me at least!).

Coconut creme brulee

To finish, we crack the warm sugary layer of a delicious coconut creme brulee and cold coconut sorbet to satisfy our sweet tooth.

Delicious meal in a gorgeous naturally lit restaurant (which I love!!). Thank you mister.

Nu’s Restaurant
178 Blues Point Rd
McMahon’s Point, Sydney

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January 13, 2010

Spice I Am

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Golden Siam, Ten Cane Colada & Tiger Paw

Enter the front door and you’re welcomed by staff, dark cedar floors, modern dining arrangements and an extensive food and cocktail menu. The names on the menu may scare some, but the descriptions are true to their word and flavours. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this restaurant, but I wasn’t ready to rule them out – and it was the perfect opportunity for a pre-new year dinner with friends devouring a good feed and one too many cocktails.

Over the course of the night, the 3 amigos devour over 7 tasty cocktails. My favourite being the Ten Cane Colada, Pink Lily and Tiger Paw. Definitely sample the Tiger Paw if you usually opt for a pint of beer over a cocktail – there is a hidden plesant surprise. Overall, majority of the cocktails on the menu are fruity yet refreshing, and definitely not too strong.

Roast Duck Salad

Massaman Curry Nua

Moo Gob Pik Pao

Proceeding onto the meals, our entree to share was a Roast Duck Salad filled with tender pieces of duck breast, your usual salad suspects with a topping of a light sweet yet tangy lime sauce – and looking for the dish on their website, it appears to have disappeared off the menu so it’s a good possibility that this was a special.

Our mains to share was the Massaman Curry Nua; your typical massaman beef curry and the Moo Gob Pik Pao; crispy stir fried pork belly with chilli jam, long chillis, cherry tomatoes and spring onions. Both dishes were enjoyable, but the clear favourite of the night was the Massaman Curry with unbelievably beautifully slow cooked beef. The pork belly was slightly overcooked – a little too crunchy and oversoaked with oil, losing the tenderness of pork belly.

The table service was a big tick who were very friendly and attentive throughout the entire course of the night (despite our trail of cocktails throughout) and of course, the cocktails are a double tick.

Spice I Am
296-300 Victoria Rd
Darlinghurst, Sydney

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November 13, 2009

Cookie & Rooftop Bar, Melbourne

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Bar restaurants everywhere are beginning to lift their game – once again, I underestimated this little bar restaurant’s food quality. The exterior of this place isn’t quite the most impressive – there’s a big black door, minimal signage and your black suited security guards casually within the diameter of the door – had I not noticed the crowds gathering outside on a Friday or Saturday night, I would have never guessed to look up to see the signage.

As you walk up the dark black stairs and enter through Cookie, you feel as though you’ve been transported back time. The restaurant is lively with subtle music, cheerful wait staff in Alice in Wonderland inspired dresses, straw hats and knicker bockers. We’re seated at a wooden table sporting a floral tablecloth with a lacy white doily. This place has amazing character.

Thai green curry with corn & chicken dumplings served with coconut rice and Chicken & lime leaf fritters served with cucumber& chilli

The Royal Flush

We happily choose a main and an entree to share and ask for the drinks menu and our jaws dropped by the thickness of the drinks menu – it takes us over ten minutes to skim through and pick two drink choices. I settle for the Royal Flush which was served in an overly tall, tall glass – it may have looked like a task to accomplish but the blend of refreshing flavors and touch of sweet and sour was a treat for the hot and humid evening.

The food begins to roll out and the green curry was one of the best I have ever had – smooth, the right balance of heat, and flavoursome. But the coconut rice is a genius, the rice is light and fluffy infused with coconut flavour – I could have devoured a entire bowl of plain coconut rice if I could. The fritters are moist on the side and super crunchy on the outside with a nice kick of chilli – it would have been better enjoyed with a cooling dipping sauce.

After dinner we venture upstairs to the Rooftop Bar. There should be a health warning of how many stairs you actually have to go up to reach this bar, but the accomplishment at the top is quite worth the endurance. Gorgeous city lights, faux grass, deck chairs and chillable music.

Level 1, 252 Swanston St

Rooftop Bar
Level 7, 252 Swanston St