Posts tagged ‘beef’

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
www.spiceiam.com/the-restaurant 

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August 3, 2010

Red Star Luxury Burgers, New Zealand

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After beating the fatigue after our Treble Cone battle, we explore the town of Wanaka for Red Star, Fergburger’s arch rival. Rocking up with the expectation that it is another mass production line with burgers pumping out every single minute, I was surprised that it was a little corner burger joint run by a few local Gen Y’s.

It was refreshing to see the fact that the menu had a variety of burger options which was a good break from the usual Fergburger and potato fries. My choice was the Five-O, a grilled chicken burger with bacon, pineapples, edam and bbq sauce with a side serving of kumara (a type of sweet potato) fries and aioli. Despite the wait, my burger was delicious with generous fillings with a big dollop of sauce tucked inside two cosy warm buns. My foodie companions have also raved about the Beef Mofo and Chicken Satay… definitely next on the agenda.

Final verdict? All things naughty too many times in one week is never good. Although there is a divide in the group with this burger battle; Fergburger has this undupliacatable sauce and when caught at the right time of day (try at 10 in the morning) then the bread is wonderfully toasted, the wait is minimal and there’s a cosy bench for you to enjoy your burger. But this round, Red Star just stole my heart with softer bread, happier lettuce leaves and more creative burger combinations.

Red Star Luxury Burgers
26 Ardmore St
Queenstown, New Zealand

July 28, 2009

Fergburger, New Zealand

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As Mos Burger was Japan’s burger, Fergburger was described as New Zealand’s Burger. Our house was conveniently located 5 minutes away from the main shopping village so we were all grinning ear to ear when we found this place without a dilemma.

The lines for this restaurant is amazing – most probably due to fact that there is only one in store in New Zealand and it’s snow bunny galore. People still in their snow pants are cuddled outside the heaters in the courtyard, either eagerly waiting for a table or their take away order. For a big group like ours (10), I definitely recommend doing a phone order and eating in the comfort and warmth of your own home.

The burger itself is enormous, which kept all the boys throughly happy.. up until they were thumping their chest as they felt like a heart attack coming along. The burger didn’t live up to the stories of what I’ve heard – the patty was rather dry and the buns were mediocre; the two main things I personally look for in a good burger. Although, there is something about the sauce, Fergburger has defined “their” sauce as much as how McDonald’s has their mac sauce,  and it’s probably the aioli that has saved them.

Fergburger
42 Shotover St
Queenstown, New Zealand
www.fergburger.com