Mr Wong, Bridge Lane Sydney.

Mr Wong fills up early on in the night and very quickly. They open at 5:30 and we got there a little after 6 where it was almost full with small line forming outside. Unfortunately you can’t reserve tables unless you’re with a party of 6 or more, so our quickest seating option was a shared table. Since it’s freezing winter and I’m always hungry it was best to just get whatever was quickest.

We literally got the corner of a table in the darkest part of the restaurant, it was a little cramped but I was just pleased to be out of the cold. The table wasn’t ideal and neither were the chairs, they were mesh bar stools and definitely didn’t seem sturdy, thank heavens we came out without breaking any furniture!

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Alaskan snow crab salad, $19.

A really refreshing salad with crisp coriander and parsley, finely sliced bamboo shoots & ginger, thrown in with shredded tender crab and topped with salmon roe which was bursting with flavor. The dressing was a little on the salty side but was well accomodated with the salad leaves.

Probably more expensive than a ‘normal’ salad, but it has crab in it, so not an entire ripoff.

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Balmain bugs, $38.

Being a total high roller with all the fancy schamncy seafood. Balmain Bugs sauteed in an unidentified creamy sauce, too much corn in my opinion and not enough bugs. Not really sure what went wrong during cooking, but the texture of the bugs were inconsistent throughout the dish, some were very succulent and juicy while other pieces were limp and soggy. This wasn’t entirely crap but it definitely has room for improvement.

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Stired fried noodles with king crab, $29.

Very thin vermicelli noodles, lightly stir-fried, decent amount of crab with a few chicken pieces. Lots and lots of roe which made me super happy! What made this dish interesting was it had these small crunchy bits of conpoy. The flavor is not very noticeable but the texture definitely stood out from soft crab. Out of all three dishes, this was probably my favorite. A good serving size with minimal oil and didn’t leave me feeling heavy or bloated afterwards.

Mr Wong, semi-fancy over priced food? YEP. Overall I had a good time and enjoyed the food, but then again I’m just as happy with $5 dumplings :D

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Maya Da Dhaba, Surry Hills.

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Vegetarian samosa, $6.90.

The pastry is insanely thick, luckily there was enough filling inside to balance a crunchy pastry with soft spiced potatoes, peas and onions. The herbs and spices used were very fragrant, my usual greedy self just wishes there were more than 2! But to be fair, the price you pay for these large gems is well worth it!

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Kadai Chicken, $15.90.

A mild curry cooked in tomato and capiscium, it wasn’t spicy enough for me though, but would suit people who can’t handle hot stuff. The sauce was really thick, none of that dodgy watered down junk. They were quite generous with chicken pieces and also lots of onions and capsicums in there. I’m glad there were lots of vegetables in it because I’m more inclined to eat them if they’re covered in delicious sauce.

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Lamb Jhalfrezi, $16.90.
Lamb was very tender, the chilli factor on this is much higher, but nothing that will make you cry.

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Pappadums with mint yoghurt and smokey sauce.
We didn’t order these, but we got these free of charge? Food tastes 10x better when it’s FREE!! Crunchy like corn chips paired with a refreshing minty yoghurt and a sweet barbecue-ish sauce.

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This place has a large range of curries to choose from, including meats, seafood and many vegetarian options. They had so many different types of curries, some I’ve never even heard of. It definitely seems like an authentic Indian restaurant! The staff are friendly but they’re really really slow with service, getting seated/menus was fine. The kitchen is a tad slow and paying took forever as they messed up our bill.

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Sopranos Gourmet Pizza and Pasta, Rosehill, via MENULOG

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I was fortunate enough to be approached by Josh from Menulog who kindly offered me an opportunity to try out their services in the form of a gift coupon. Menulog is basically a site that delivers take-out right to your doorstep. I rarely order take-out, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

The website is super easy and the entire process is so simple and extremely convenient. You just enter you postcode and up pops a list of your local restaurants. You add whatever you want into your cart, go to the checkout, input payment and delivery details and you’re done. Once your order has been placed, you’ll receive an SMS confirming your order with an estimated delivery time.

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BBQ Chicken, $17.90 (BBQ sauce base, chicken, onions, capsicum and mushrooms).

Toppings were quite generous and the BBQ sauce was deliciously sweet. The base was a little disappointing though as it was on the soft side. I prefer thin crispy bases or thick fluffy bases. This dough was very soft, thin and very dense and I still enjoyed it thoroughly, I was  also super pleased that the base wasn’t soaked in oil (a slightly healthier alternative to your regular take-out pizzas).

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Although the price is almost double the price of pizzas at regular chain restaurants, there are a few key differences I could spot. The dough/pizza base was not drenched in oil and the box was not seeped with residual grease at the end. The second difference is the chicken, it definitely tasted fresher than what I’ve had at Dominos and Pizza Hut.

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Gladiator, $16.

BBQ sauce base, steak, chicken, bacon, onion and mushroom.

Look at all those pieces of meat! I get so annoyed if people get stingy and skimp out on toppings, luckily Sopranos isn’t one of them and managed to cover the entire surface with many pieces of steak and chicken.

Sopranos has a $2.50 delivery fee with a $20 order minimum. They also have a 10% for first time customers which is a total plus! They deliver fairly quickly and overall, I had a great experience with them and would gladly order from them again.

The entire process from ordering to delivery just takes under an hour, so if you’re lazy and want food without leaving the house, Menulog is definitely an option to consider.

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This opportunity came just in time during exam period as I had one less meal to worry about and more time to study/procrastinate. So if you are uni student like me or just a regular adult who wants a a night free from cooking and cleaning, I have good news for you!

Thanks to the generous people at Menulog, I am giving away a $10 voucher to two (2) of my lucky readers. All you have to do is drop a comment below stating your favorite food (easy peasy!). I will randomly select two winners and contact them via email, so make sure you leave a valid email address!

Entries close June 30th and winners will be contacted within the week! Best of luck!

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Peking Duck Restaurant, Chatswood.

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Why would anyone go to a restaurant called PEKING DUCK and NOT order Peking Duck pancakes?!

Duck was sliced so very thinly, the meat was a little dry, it must’ve been a ‘skinny’ duck because there wasn’t much fat hence why it was a little on the dry side. Minimal oil, but still tender and the skin was fresh and crispy. Steamed pancakes were so very soft and delicate, put in some duck pieces, cucumber, spring onions and scoop in some sweet hoisin sauce into it and you’ve got yourself a party in your mouth.

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Chilli garlic beef.

I have so much love for garlic and onion and anything that gives you horrid breath. The beef is soft and marinated very well. Slightly sweet soy sauce with a hint of chilli and a heap of garlic mashed into the soy sauce and then topped with even more fresh chopped garlic. You definitely don’t want to be talking to or kissing anyone after this because the garlic is so intense. The garlic aftertaste remains in your mouth for quite some time and you’ll need a few packets of gum afterwards.

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Shredded chicken and clear noodles.
Another one of my favorites because it had heaps of garlic!! Shredded chicken and cucumber soaked in garlic soy sauce. I AM IN HEAVEN!! This is a cold dish, sort of like an ‘asian’ salad with a crap load of cucumber, but definitely not a clean eat. Glass noodles are perfectly firm and chewy and very flavorsome.

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This place is more of a traditional Chinese place, nothing fancy but the food is good, portion sizes are big and filling. Best of all, it’s not crazily overpriced and you really do get value for your money. You also get free tea as well, none of that ridiculous $5 pp charge. They also have a whole bunch of lunch and dinner deals, which makes it even cheaper than ordering individual plates.

Food comes out very quickly because they’re efficient and want to get you outta there ASAP and free the table for other customers. This place is one of those restaurants where only Asians know of its existence and you typically don’t see many other non-Asians there. It’s conveniently located near Willoughby library and just a short walk from Chatswood Westfield down to where all the Asian shops are.

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Parma Cucina, Surry Hills.

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I came back here for a visit to try their pizza. We ordered a napoletana pizza ($22) with anchovies, olives and basil. A traditional woodfired with a delicious crispy yet doughy base. I was very pleased with this which says a lot because I’m usually really picky and anal when it comes to pizza.

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Duck lasagna, $28.

I’m not a huge fan of cheese, so this was definitely an overload, it was so cheesy!! It had a few soft layers of pasta with succulent pieces of duck and firm mushrooms. Apparently this is one of their “signature dishes”, personally, it didn’t really stand out from your generic lasagna. It just had duck and mushrooms instead of the usual beef, not to mention how tiny the dish is! Even for an average eater you’d probably need 2-3 of these to fill yourself up and that’d set you back $60 already. Definitely go for the pizza instead, much better quality and greater satisfaction.

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Tiramisu ($14) was AMAZING! I’ve developed a love for tiramisu lately and have been ordering it wherever I go and this is one of the best ones I’ve had so far. The base was absolutely SOAKED in coffee and then the biscuit layer on top was finished with fragrant coffee cream and dusted with cocoa powder. I’m not much of a coffee person but I LOVE coffee flavored desserts, there was a hint of Marsala but there wasn’t that much to dominate it all.

The dessert took over 20minutes to get here as it got fairly busy towards the end of the night. We arrived relatively early when it was still quiet so our mains didn’t take too long to get out.

The service was a tad horrible as the guy serving us was a bit pretentious and sort of rubbed me in the wrong way, but as the night went on he got much friendlier and even threw a smile our way every now and then.

Overall, i really like this place, especially their desserts! Their Nutella Fritta will always be the death of me!!
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George’s Mediterranean Bar & Grill, King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour.

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Grilled whole baby snapper with Zucchini and green beans, $30.

The ‘baby’ snapper was definitely not baby sized at all, I’m super happy that it was fairly big and did a good job at filling me up. It was grilled but the skin was still really soft, I would’ve preferred it to be crispier but still very satisfied with it.

The inside was cooked perfectly but eating it was so annoying and tedious! There were too many tiny bones and scales weren’t removed off the skin properly. I should’ve thought of this before I ordered it because I spent a solid hour or so trying to eat this without choking on any bones. I did enjoy this overall, but I’ll definitely reconsider my choices in food when I’m famished coz I was way too hungry to have any time to carefully pick through fish bones and scales. The fish was accompanied by lemon olive oil, it would’ve been good if they had some sort of dipping sauce with this as it lacked in flavor. Fish was fairly fresh, didn’t taste like old frozen stuff at all.

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Deep fried vegetable dumplings, $12.50.
Since when did I enjoy eating things that didn’t contain meat. Initially we were going with the kefta lamb as an entree but then we decided to get this and I was just like whatever. Surprisingly I loved this as it reminded me of falafels. The outside was really really crunchy but not so hard that it would break your teeth. Inside it was filled with assorted blended greens and spinach. This was served with a yoghurt dip which was so so good, if they had given me more, it would’ve gone really well with the fish too.

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Fish of the day: barramundi wth zucchini and eggplant, $32.50.
This was really good, a little on the small side but there was no need to sift through all the meat trying to look out for bones.

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Chocolate bougasta, $12.50.

A WHAT? i had no clue what bougasta was, but ordered it anyway. It’s chocolate and custard filled in filo pastry with a side of cherry jam and whipped cream.

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This is so filling, I was pretty full at the end of my main and the dessert just tipped me over the edge. The custard is so thick yet light and smooth and it’s mixed with chocolate all wrapped around thin tasty pastry. It wasn’t overly sweet or creamy, just the perfect amount of chocolate and custard blended together wrapped in a delcious blanket of pastry.

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Greek walnut cake, $12.50.
The cake had a perfect texture, it was very firm and dense but not hard and dry. The base was soaked in orange syrup and was very fragrant, a little on the sweet side but nothing that would put you in a sugar coma. I absolutely loved the texture of the cake! It was one of those perfectly dense and moist cakes topped with crunchy walnuts.

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Restaurants really need to stop being tight arses and serving tiny pieces of cake, I’m paying $12+, you could at least give me a slice of cake that doesn’t disappear within two bites!

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The staff here are so oblivious, we went in on a quiet night where there was an abundant number of staff on the floor, but none of them managed to notice or acknowledge us. I’m very understanding when it’s busy and staff just can’t get to me straight away, but it is a little irritating when I have to wave my arms like a madwoman trying to get their attention.

At least they were more efficient at providing menus and taking our orders once we were seated. Luckily i had great company because food comes out very slowly so you’ll spend quite a while waiting and chatting before you actually get to eat anything. Everything here is just slow but the food is well worth the wait.

 

 

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Eat Love Pizza, Darling Harbour.

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Arancini.

Delicious balls of risotto, served piping hot with a very very cheesy centre. Coated in a thick bread crumb casing and deep fried till crunchy. Served on lettuce leaves which were a bit limp but we were given a bowl of complimentary salad that was much fresher. It came with a tasty salsa dip which I found refreshing because the cheesiness was really intense so the spicy tomato brought it down a notch. ELP2

Frittata with potato, onion and capsicum. The egg was overcooked and too dry in my opinion, definitely not the best.

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Seafood spaghetti with tomato, chilli and garlic sauce. The sauce was pretty well done, thick chunky tomato sauce with a good hit of chilli, spaghetti cooked al dente, not too soft or too hard, just the right amount of chewing required.

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Duck Pizza, my favorite dish of all, I prefer thick doughy pizza, but the thin crispy pizza base was still very satisfying. Tomato base topped with marinated strips of duck and a swirl of Hoisin sauce sprinkled with sesame seeds and cracked pepper. My first time eating duck pizza, definitely a stand out from all the pizza’s I’ve eaten.

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Tiramisu, 3 delicious soft spongey layers soaked in coffee and cream. A tiny bit on the dry side but not too bad, could have done with a little more cream and would have been even better if it was dusted with more coca powder, but overall a fairly good job. ELp7

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Vanilla Panacotta was a little too thick, biscotti was too hard and almost cracked my teeth. This wasn’t that great, tiramisu was definitely the winner of the two.

I don’t know why Eat Love Pizza has such low ratings on Urbanspoon, I was really worried about horrible service and disgusting food from some of the reviews I’ve seen. Their service isn’t anything spectacular, but it isn’t that shabby either. You can get better food for the prices they charge you here, but do keep in mind the view you get and the location of the restaurant.

I just like food, I could not give a rats about the view, but overall i wouldn’t not consider coming back here. But if you’re like me and you just want authentic pizza minus all the fancy views and the convenient location, I’d suggest you go to Lucio’s in Darlinghurst.

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Torque, North Strathfield/Concord.

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Chicken Breast Skewers, $22.90.

Char-grilled chicken breast, honey & lemon seed mustard, pita bread and greek salad. The Pita bread is absolutely delicious!! So soft, lightly toasted i could’ve eaten 3 plates of the bread itself, it was that good! The chicken lacked flavor and and was a bit too dry for my liking though.

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Monster Burger, $19.90.

Beef mince, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, betroot, bacon, cheese, egg, pineapple, mushrooms and chips.

Beef patty was decent, salad fillings were average, the bun wasn’t too bad but overall, the burger was really mediocre. For $20, I’ve had better burgers before.

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500g BBQ beef or pork ribs, $26.90.

Ribs were marinated long enough and definitely had enough flavor. I just wished there was more meat!! I hate eating ribs at restaurants because 60% of what you get is all bones and the amount of meat you actually get to eat is very little. So basically I’m pay almost $30 for a bunch of bones and they wouldn’t even let me change the chips to a salad..

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Gnocchi Napolitana, $15.90.

BORING! so boring we should’ve ordered some sort of meaty pasta instead. We wanted gnocchi but they only had the vegetarian option for it. Gnocchi was cooked pretty well, not under or overcooked and still retained it’s chewy-ness without being all sloppy.

This place is pretty quiet for a  Friday night, we rocked up without a booking and had no problem with getting a table. Staff are friendly and welcoming. The food here isn’t exactly spectacular, it’s a bit pricey for pub-like quality food.

I’m still so annoyed that they wouldn’t let us change any of the chips to baked potato or a salad. Apparently not all items from the grill let you pick sides, ie. you’re stuck with chips unless you order a steak, so we ended up having 3 big plates of chips we couldn’t even finish…

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Thai Riffic Noodle Bar, Westfield Sydney.

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BBQ Beef and Papaya salad, $15.50.

BBQ beef was cooked to well done so it was really hard and chewy. Portion size was very generous, got 3 slabs of beef but since the meat was so tough, my jaw got really tired from chewing towards the end.

Usually my chilli tolerant levels are fairly high, but they drenched it in fish sauce with small fresh chillies (small but super deadly spicy). I was crying halfway through my meal because it was that hot! I recommend asking for sauce on the side if you’re worried about your mouth catching fire.

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Chicken Laksa, $13.50

Creamy coconut chilli soup with egg noodles and vermicelli, I’m glad they gave two types of noodles because i can never decide which one i want. This was NOT spicy at all compared to the spicy papaya salad, thank heavens! Still shouldn’t have ordered another spicy dish because it if it burns when it goes in, it’ll hurt just as much when it comes out the next day..

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Fish cakes, $6.50.

I’m not even sure if the fish cakes tasted okay or not.. my mouth was burning like the fires of hell after eating the papaya salad so my taste buds were off their game. I couldn’t have a proper taste of these but they did smell pretty good. Texture was a bit rubbery though, maybe i should just stop ordering chilli stuff when we go out for Thai because i always end up on the toilet for 3hrs and i never seem to learn. I’ll be boring yet safe next time and just order pad thai or pad se-ew.

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Ms. G’s, Potts Point.

G1Vietnamese Pork Roll, $6 each.

I saw the price of this and shat my pants, $6 for a tiny tiny pork roll?!?! You can get something very similar, 4x larger for $3 at Cabramatta.
This is slightly different to your average pork roll though, it has the basic crunchy bread, carrot, coriander, cucumber with a slice of processed pork. The twist here is that they added a piece of crispy pork belly and spicy chipotle sauce. If you ignore the ridiculous price tag for a slider gone in 2 bites, it is absolutely delicious and very well made!

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It’s very flavorsome and still retains the traditional pork roll ingredients. The pork belly is the main highlight and is what separates a regular sized $3 pork roll to this tiny $6 slider. The pork belly is very crispy and not very heavy or oily either, if only they were bigger.. I could have eaten another 6 of these gems. (I need a sugardaddy to pay for all this expensive food that I can barely afford).

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Crispy pork, calamari and glass noodles,$18.
Everything we ordered and the majority of the items on the menu contain pork, so probably not the most ideal restaurant if you’re not a pork eater.

The pork was deep fried and very crispy, the calamari had a good chewy texture and the glass noodles were soaked in a spicy sauce.

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Grandma’s stirred spicy pork & tofu egg noodles, $19.
The noodles are really chewy with a rubbery texture, tofu and pork were soaked in mild chilli. Nothing exciting about this. I’m forever annoyed at small serving sizes. You’re not cooking for kittens, please give us larger portions goddamit.

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Nasi Goreng with squid ink fried rice, chorizo and a sunny side up egg, $19.
The squid ink rice was a bit on the oily side and a little spicy, chorizo was cooked to crisp perfection and the egg yolk was a little overdone, weirdly good fusion of Italian and Asian ingredients.

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Stoner’s Delight 2.0, $14
doughnut ice cream, peanut butter, raspberry jam, deep fried bacon, potato chips, mars bar slice and banana fritter.

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They have a lot of ingredients mixed in a ‘non-traditional’ way. Tasty overall, but nothing outstanding or worth raving about.

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“Dirty Passion”, $14
WHAT THE HELL DID I EAT?!?! It was ‘dessert’ but it had so many savory components I’m not even sure what category this would even fall under.

Starting from the bottom of the plate, there was sticky rice soaked in coconut milk. On top of that is the ‘green bits’ which consisted of shallots, fried onions and coriander, this is then sprinkled with some sort of salty seasoning. To top this mess off, a scoop of sweet coconut gelato is added.

On a scale of 1 to Amanda Bynes, how messed up is this dish?

I’m still so confused about what I ate.. Because fried onions and shallots with ice cream? WTF? As messed up as the entire description sounds, it still tasted quite decent and I would probably order it again because I’m just as fucked up as this concoction.

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Our waitress was really pushy as well, even after we’d decided our orders she kept suggesting we get this and that and blah blah. Usually I’m a total pushover and let people walk all over me, but when it comes to food, you need to step the hell down and go away because you are not going to persuade me to order more drinks or that ridiculous salad.

This place gets really busy as well, they won’t give you a table until ALL your guests have arrived, so if you have that one friend who is constantly late then DO NOT take them here. As the night progresses, it gets even more busy and they will literally ask you to leave once all your food is finished.

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Ms. G’s has good quality food, if you’re a frugel uni student with little money like me, then this place might not be for you because everything is small and expensive and you might leave still a little hungry. The mains were mostly basic in my opinion, the only thing that really stood out was the pork belly roll and the insane dessert.
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