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Restaurant Review – Fish Monger Seafood Restaurant

Published March 10, 2010 by Mary Jane

Well, last night was my younger sister’s early birthday celebration. So I decided to book a seafood restaurant, one that we’ve never been. I’ve always walked across this restaurant down James Street Northbridge and I love the fishy’s face – so I thought well, why not give it a try. Went online to read some reviews, not many reviews but the menu seemed nice enough.

It was a Tuesday night, so I don’t expect too many customers on a week night. There were a table of 2 and then a group of 6 came later on. Our table was set and there were some colouring pencils along with colour sheet for the kids to draw – that’s very thoughtful I thought. There were 2 waitresses on that night and they both seemed very friendly one have a strong accent not from Australia. Then there was also a sheet of fish jokes which I found quite entertaining.

Fish Joke

Fish Joke

I like the decor of the restaurant very casual and family orientated there’s even a fish aquarium that’s rather pretty full of different colour fishes…

lovely fish aquarium

lovely fish aquarium

There were lots of choice on the menu. My younger sister was starving so I decided to order some bread for the table, the waitress recommended sour dough with balsamic vinegar olive oil dip and I felt like some chilli mussels. So soon enough we had that, the sour dough was dry not fresh and not warm enough and the chilli mussels didn’t taste that great either, the sauce was runny not very flavoursome and the mussels didn’t seem fresh – I think I make better chilli mussels than the one we had. 😦 So entree was disappointing.

Chilli Mussels

Chilli Mussels

So I was hoping that the mains would make up for the disappointing entree. So Mum and I decided to have the expensive seafood platter – $44 each and Pandabear had the seafood chowder with crumbed calamari both entree size, my younger sister had salmon with asparagus & her boy friend had seafood risotto. My older sister had sizzling garlic prawns and her hubby had steak with mash potato. When the mains started to arrive, we were really excited. The portion was quite decent and presentation was great. However the taste was disappointing.

Let me just tell you in detail:

Seafood platter – was beautifully presented could feed 2 people with the serving. The waitress recommended the lobster for additional – well I thought it was $6.50 it turned out they charge us $25 not sure whether it was her accent or not. Lobster was dry and the meat was not fresh, chilli mussels again – same stuff. The fish and chips – fish was dry over done, chips was ok. There were 4 tiger prawns – at least they taste ok. Salad was ok, dressing too sour.

Seafood chowder – too creamy and not enough seafood taste – tasted like boiling cream soup 😦
Calamari – was pretty nicely done
Steak & mash – according to my brother in law it was pretty good – at least they got the steak right
Sizzling prawns – according to my older sister it was pretty good
Seafood risotto – over cooked, it was dry in texture rather than creamy consistency. Some bits were not cooked so it was a bit hard. Seafood was over cooked
Salmon steak with Asparagus – salmon was nicely done so the dish seemed ok

Seafood Chowder

Seafood Chowder

Calamari

Calamari

Seafood Risotto

Seafood Risotto

Salmon steak with Asparagus

Salmon steak with Asparagus

Seafood platter

Seafood platter

Sizzling Garlic Prawns

Sizzling Garlic Prawns

Steak with Mash

Steak with Mash

Overall, the main was a disappointment and the price was ridiculously expensive for the food! Here’s my rating

Dining experience: 3.5 star – I give extra points to the waitress who were very friendly with their service
Food experience: 2.5 star
Would I recommend? Absolutely NO!

Yanchep Family Outing

Published March 3, 2010 by Mary Jane

Evening bloggy friends, hope this post finds you all well. It’s been hard going back to work after a long weekend. Monday was a Labour Day for WA so that means no work for me. So I asked my family whether they would like to have a picnic or not – I’ve also invited my mate Skister who I used to work with and now we’re best mates. So in the end my sister decided why not head to Yanchep National Park – it’s only a 45 minutes drive and it will be great for the kids to see all the wild life animals. So I thought that’s not a bad idea and prepared some simple picnic food – Massaman Curry Chicken, some fresh baked rolls, brie cheese, fried noodles, feta olive oil salad and some sausages. Noodles & Sausages were done by my sister.

Now the forecast for the day was a scorching hot 37 degrees…yikes it’s so hot that by the time it was around 3pm the sun was still bright and burning outside. I’m starting to think that picnic at Yanchep was a bad idea. So I sms my sister and told her I’ll be heading to her house a little later cos it’s still so hot outside. So we arrived at Yanchep National Park around 5.30pm by that time the weather has become cooler. Found ourselves a table to put all our food and straight away when we settle in, there were lots of ducks and weird looking red beak looking bird which flew in and surrounded us. They must have smell our delicious food and wanted some. So we scoffed down our picnic food and there were heaps of left over freshly baked rolls and I’ve decided to grab my nieces to feed the ducks and weird looking birds.

ducks crowding around us

ducks crowding around us

It was really fun feeding the ducks and weird looking birds, I always look out for skinner ducks and birds cos they always misses out on feeding cos they are weak. Then you see some aggressive ones who attacks other ducks & birds even though they are probably over weight already. When I see a duck attacking another duck I would tell that duck off by scaring them off. It’s fascinating to watch how I would tear off little crumbs from the bread rolls and just chuck them in one hit scattering them everywhere and all the ducks & birds would rush to peck at them and scoff them down. Rather amusing really..

So after the duck & birds feeding session, we decided to head down and see the kangaroos there were so many kangaroos. I really wanted to go and pat them but as soon as I get closer to them, they just skip away really quickly. I even saw little Joey which stood by the mother, so cute – but I didn’t see any little ones inside the mother kangaroo’s pouch. 😦 I’m just so amazed on how the kangaroos can stand up straight and skip so fast, so bouncy and carefree siting on the lawn eating grass. I tried to feed them with some of my left over bread rolls but they didn’t seem to eat them. Then, I heard my sister telling me that kangaroos have bad eye sights they can’t see your tiny bread crumbs. So I ripped a huge piece of the bread rolls and chuck them right in front of the kangaroos and guess what they ate it hooray!! 🙂

kangaroos

kangaroos

We were all kangaroo out and decided to search for other animals such as koala bears, but couldn’t seem to locate any. It was starting to get a little dark, time to go home before the mozzies come out. We had fun time at Yanchep National Park. Would definitely recommend people to go there for a family picnic…

Restaurant Review – Marriott Surfers Paradise

Published February 18, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello again, okies we are still in the mind set of Gold Coast – at night time we decided to try out the restaurant in the hotel we stayed in Marriott Surfers Paradise. Now, usually I wouldn’t go to the restaurant in the hotel you are staying in chances are they won’t taste as good and it’s rather pricey. But since, Marriott Surfers Paradise is a 5 star hotel, the restaurant food shouldn’t be too shabby. 🙂 So we booked ourselves in and rocked up, they have buffet on special – everything that ranges from bread selection, salad bar, seafood section and dessert section. Looks rather impressive! I was really impressed they had a gigantic wood fire kiln for woodfire pizzas and there’s chef there making fresh baked woodfire pizzas. However we didn’t feel like buffet so we opt to go for the entrees and mains on the menus.

Gigantic Woodfire Kiln

Gigantic Woodfire Kiln

Salad bar

Salad bar

bread selection

bread selection

dessert selection

dessert selection

So, on the menu we decided to have woodfire pizza to share and Pandabear ordered some prawn kebabs that came with an egg and rice. I had the prawn linguine and the presentation of the food was awesome, very colourful the produce was very fresh. For the pizza we were able to choose 2 different toppings – 1/2 supreme and 1/2 meat lovers. Honestly we were so full and there was still 1/2 of a pizza left. Now, another weakness of mine – I never waste food – I was brought up to finish every single food item on my plate. So I’ve decided to ask the waiter whether we can take away the pizza. Pandabear was like ‘no it’s embarrassing I don’t think 5 star hotel restaurants do take aways!!’ – I wasn’t going to give up this easily, no harm asking. So I asked the waiter and he said ‘not a problem’ – so I was very glad 🙂 no wastage!! We could even have pizza for our supper – even though it’s cold.

Prawn Linguine

Prawn Linguine

Prawn Kebabs with rice & egg

Prawn Kebabs with rice & egg

Massive Woodfire Pizza

Massive Woodfire Pizza

Our pizza takeaway box

Our pizza takeaway box

Anyways, the food was lovely – great taste and huge servings. Now in terms of dining experience I must admit the food waiting time was a little long – around 40 minutes we were starving and it took ages for us to get the waiter’s attention they seemed to be floating around everywhere except coming to our table to take orders. That’s the same for me to wave to the waiters to take away left over pizzas. Here’s my rating:

Dining Experience: 3.5 star
Food Experience: 4 star
Would I recommend: I think so – for the price we paid and the service we get probably would go there 2nd time just to see whether the waiter performance picks up.

Anyways, we took some pizzas back to our hotels and was too full to have it for supper so I had to pop it into our little bar fridge cos there were lots of cheese. The next day, we decided to have it for brekkie – I know cold pizzas are yucky it became stale and hard. Guess what I did, I simply improvise and got my hair dryer and started blow drying the pizzas – sometimes I think I maybe an inventor when it comes to heating food hehehehe it took at least 5 minutes to heat up 1 small slice of pizza but it paid off cos Pandabear started eating his pizza and I did too 🙂 I love happy pizza endings. Anyways, I shall end it and hopefully I’ve changed the format of my blog slightly to accommodate bloggy friends – otherwise sorry I did try my best 🙂 good night and sweet dreams…

Food at Gold Coast – Movie World

Published February 17, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello again…well, since we’re still on the topic of Gold Coast – the next theme park we went was Movie World. Now I was determined to go on some Adult rides and pulled Pandabear with me and forced him to ride the pirate boat with me that swings from side to side – high speed and he was screaming the whole time, I was pretty embarrassed and thought no more Adult ride for you Pandabear. So I came across this awesome water raft that zooms down a waterfall, except most of the time you get wet from the splashing of water. So I bought myself a poncho to make sure I don’t get wet, but it didn’t help cos I still got wet 🙂 but it was pretty fun. Then we went for Shrek in 4D that was awesome the cartoon was great and the whole experience was really cool cos literally when the donkey runs you can literally feel the chair moving as if though you are really riding the donkey and when the donkey spits there were some little drizzle of wet water that makes it really real. I would highly recommend going to Shrek 4D if you are in Movie world. While we were queuing up for the show, I came across this shop that sold the Gingerbread man in Shrek and it was all stuck to the door so I bought myself one 🙂

Our next stop was off to Looney gardens – kind of suitable for kiddies like Pandabear, it has kids friendly rides..then it was lunch time and we stopped over this tiny restaurant cafe that sells it’s famous round bread with fillings inside – we decided to go with the healthier option Caesar Salad and when it came it looked great, but it was so dry that we found the meal wasn’t that great, fortunately it came with the wedges so it made up for it. Next time we would have ordered the curry one more saucy 🙂 Then it was time for some daring Adult ride, I signed myself for this batswing ride which literally zoom up few 100 stories and slowly topple down. I was so nervous the whole time I was queuing and finally when it was my turn they buckled me up and the guy who sat next to me said ‘wow this is pretty scary’ and I said ‘Yup it sure is cos I’m afraid of heights’ and he answered ‘oh dear, should you be on this ride?’ I said ‘too late now’ and the batswing ride zoomed off and it was so scary but eventually when I arrived at the top it hovered quite a bit and I was able to see the entire theme park’s awesome view plus the beach view – what a great experience – I totally forgot about the fear of height. After the ride I felt very proud of myself for such a height accomplishment!

Then we went for a police stunt show – which was hilarious and very entertaining. We also went for some bumper car ride – Pandabear was ok with this one and I was feeling rather daring and brave and decided to hop on the scooby doo dog haunted house ride – now it was a undercover roller coaster ride which was pretty scary cos it’s so dark you don’t know when it’s going to speed up and speed down. But I really enjoyed it 🙂 Later on, we got home and decided for dinner we shall dine at our hotel restaurant it’s a 5 star so the restaurant should be a 5 star too. I shall do a restaurant review too and on top of it while we were in movie world we got a free $100 food voucher in a cafe restaurant but there was a catch – Accor vacation club which we spent $$$ to join, but it was well worth it 🙂

Bats wing ride

Bats wing ride

Restaurant Review – Benihana Japanese Steakhouse

Published February 17, 2010 by Mary Jane

Evening Bloggy Friends, hope you’ve had a great day so far. I love Wednesdays… why? cos it’s hump day. 1/2 way through the week and its all down hill from then. So last night I had a bit of upset drill with Pandabear not lending me his Mac Book Pro to bring to church for some power point slide show. Usually when I’m not happy with him, I give a cranky look and keep quiet and to make things worse I also broke one of our colourful bowls from bad stacking. I’m not very good when it comes to stacking things, I usually just pile them on top of each other and hope for the best. So there I was lying on bed watching TV looking miserable plus it was also ‘the time of the month’ Pandabear came in and grabbed little dave – the little soft toy dog that I got from valentines day and said ‘Hey why are you angry Maryann??’ I laughed and started telling little Dave why I was angry with Pandabear. I know this is very bizzare to some people but my soft toys they do talk – just weird how little Dave’s voice = Pandabear’s childish voice. But I got over it and Pandabear offered to buy me my own Mac book pro plus a possible video cam. So now it’s back to normal again. 🙂

Okies, this particular restaurant is in Gold Coast and it’s a Japanese Teppanyaki Restaurant – well they call them selves steak house but it’s more like teppanyaki house. My first impression was it’s definitely a fine dining restaurant cos the decor is rather high class, nicely furnished – the waitress were all well trained. So we booked the restaurant in advance and ended up sharing a huge table with amongst other customers. That’s was fine with us, as the teppanyaki table was huge anyways – it would be waste of space if it’s just 2 of us. So we both ordered seafood mix and waigu beef and it comes with salad and rice. The chef was so cool, he did lots of tricks on the those hot plates. Example layering lots of onion rings and pour in some oil and light up so it looks like an exploding volcano – it was really entertaining. He then perform some other tricks where he would chopped up food with his sharp cooking spatulas and flick it into the customer’s mouths. So you had to open your mouth wide and make sure you catch the food into your mouth. Both Pandabear and I wasn’t too keen with this idea so we watched as he cleverly flicked food into other brave customers mouth. That was awesome 🙂 Our chef did such an entertaining job cooking our food that most of us tipped him!

After we had a great teppanyaki mains, it was time for dessert – and we were so full so we decided to share a deep fried battered bananas with caramel dipping sauce. It was delicious 🙂 we were stoked! Here’s my rating:

Dining Experience: 4.5 star
Food Experience: 4.5 star
Would I recommend: Definitely a YES!

Salad

Salad

Deep fried bananas with caramel

Deep fried bananas with caramel

Food at Gold Coast – Sea World

Published February 16, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello Bloggy Friends, okies – I’m now finally over Sydney so it’s time to swing by to Gold Coast, we managed to stay there a few days for our honeymoon as well and visited a few of highly recommended places – Movie world, Sea world and Nope – NO dream world for us cos we found out Dream world was all about scary rides and since Pandabear wasn’t a scary ride person and I’m kinda afraid of heights – another of my weakness we decided to just roam around Movie world & Sea world. Gold coast is a pretty touristy place compared to Sydney and Melbourne. There’s heaps of beaches and everyone seemed really lay back and friendly. Fortunately to get us by we hired a smart rental car – a tiny little car that fits just the both of us, I got it for free with my bartercard from my previous company. 🙂 I love freebies…it’s cool but hard to drive cos it’s kinda like tectonic which is similar to driving manual cars – yes I only drive automatic cars. Fortunately, Pandabear could operate it.

With regards to food, as I’ve mentioned I’m a major fan of Japanese food – in particular sushi and we found out there were heaps of Japanese food joint at Gold Coast yay!!! So we went off to visit the arcade similiar to Perth’s Garden City shopping centre except slightly bigger and try out their food court stuff. We chose to dine at this Japanese place and got some take away. It was pretty nice. I had the bento box and Pandabear had his usual tempura mix with rice. That was our lunch and for dinner, we decided to try out some fine dining Japanese teppanyaki restaurant and it was really cool with the chef performing some tricks with volcanos made from onion rings and chucking & chopping food and throwing it into peoples mouth with their tools – it was awesome. I will do a restaurant review later on 🙂

Apart from awesome Japanese food in Gold Coast we also had some room service in our 5 star hotel – the Merritt Surfer’s paradise where in the middle of the night I was feeling really hungry and decided to order some room service even though the menu price was a bit of a rip off but hey? It’s our honeymoon, so I ordered some minestrone soup that came with bread rolls. When the door bell rang, I had to quickly crawl back into my bed covering myself with bedsheets cos I was in my PJs and asked Pandabear to go and grab the food…That was yummy and the guy delivered to us and came back to claim the dirty dishes later on 🙂

The next day, we wanted to try out some sushi train. Now usually in Perth I go to Jaws for sushi train but it’s nothing spectacular just normal sushis but sushi train in Gold Coast is HUGE!!! So many varieties of sushis to try I’m pretty sure I had about 50 plates or something ridiculous seriously sometimes I wonder whether I have worms inside my tummy cos I eat so much…but it was awesome to have so many choices to choose from. They were all very tasty too 🙂 So later on we went to Sea World the moment I arrived at the place the trolley worth of soft toys caught my eyes – there were polar bears and seals plush toys selling for $10 each – I wanted to buy at least 3 of them, 2 for me and 1 for my niece. But Pandabear was whinging with his usual line “The soft toys are going to collect dust and you have so many of them!” I’ve since master the skills of obtaining soft toys..now the technique of getting Pandabear to get me some soft toy is to hug them first and then put them back, slowly walk away looking miserable and occasionally turn around to have a look at them again and then make a ‘sigh’ noise. And then guess what happens Pandabear would look at me and say his one liner ” go and quickly buy those before I change my mind” and I would race down to the trolley to grab 3 of them and be over the moon. Sweet sweet Soft toy victory 🙂

Now after the racing down to the soft toy trolley it was time for some snacks – we located this Hot Dog Works stand that sells huge hot dogs that came with lots of onions and cheese and a selection of mustard and tomato sauce. It was very tasty large enough to feed both Pandabear and myself. Later on it was lunch time and we decided to have some fish and chips and deep fried drum sticks – yes very unhealthy and they tasted pretty average really. It was great fun at sea world you get to see a lot of sea animals – I love animals so to me sea world is a great place to be!! I saw polar bears real ones and fake ones and dugongs. Visited the shark bay and saw some scary sharks – I don’t really like sharks. Touched some star fish – live ones and watched dolphin shows that was lovely. Had some kid’s rides – yes they are designed for kids and since Pandabear and I are both kinda afraid of adult rides – we go for the kids ones…I just passed being a kid. People do stare at Pandabear when he comes along with me. Snack time was some churros – only $3 each – bargain! They tasted like donut sticks with lots of cinnamon sugar. So we quickly bought some churros and lined up for some stunt police shows – it was really entertaining I would recommend people watching these shows when you go to sea world. Plus it’s free 🙂

I had great fun in Sea World and would highly recommend this place to anyone who loves theme parks and animals 🙂

Okies, I shall update you guys with more details on Movie world in the next post and amongst other food adventures…

Good night & Sweet dreams…

Our sensational beach side resort view

Our sensational beach side resort view

Our tiny smart rental car

Our tiny smart rental car

Japanese Bento Box

Japanese Bento Box

Tempura Mix

Tempura Mix

Room Service Bread rolls & soup

Room Service Bread rolls & soup

Room service Minestrone soup

Room service Minestrone soup

The Cheap Plush Seals

The Cheap Plush Seals

The awesome hot dog works

The awesome hot dog works

Kids rides area

Kids rides area

The average fish & chips and deep fried drumsticks

The average fish & chips and deep fried drumsticks

Churros Stand

Churros Stand

The Police Stunt Show

The Police Stunt Show

Sydney Fish Market

Published February 12, 2010 by Mary Jane

Afternoon, still in the mindset of Sydney – cos there’s heaps of food there. So I’m going to blog about Sydney fish Market, it’s not a restaurant so this aint going to be a review just letting you know if you’re in Sydney must try out the seafood at the Sydney fish market 🙂 There’s so much fresh seafood produce I don’t even know where to start. Fortunately my cousins are locals so they know where to take us. Apparently this seafood joint is really famous for their seafood platters and less oily compared to others..I can’t remember the exact name but it’s got a huge orange sign I think it’s called Deep. Anyways, just watch out for this seafood joint with a large bright orange sign and there’s usually lots of seagulls who hangs around. The yummy seafood includes the seafood platters – fish, abalone, squids, octopus, lobsters, chips and we also had crab claws balls – so cute and round and delicious full of crab meat goodness, and seafood kebabs. Don’t forget the soft shell crabs – they were deep fried and very tasty 🙂 honestly I think we over ordered cos we couldn’t finish all of them. The prices for the seafood was also quite decent probably slightly cheaper than the ones you pay at Fremantle, WA but the variety is huge over there. I’m starting to feel a little sleepy after coming back from Hong Kong BBQ Place.

Fresh Seafood Produce

Fresh Seafood Produce

deep fried octopus

deep fried octopus

Crunchy Soft shell crabs

Crunchy Soft shell crabs

Seafood Platters

Seafood Platters

crab claws balls

crab claws balls

The Seafood goodness

The Seafood goodness

Lobsters

Lobsters

The Seafood Joint with Orange sign

The Seafood Joint with Orange sign

Sydney Harbour House night scene

Sydney Harbour House night scene