Category Archives: dumplings

Roti, roti, roti

We have written about The Kitchens before but this time we wanted to share our experience of the Roti and Buns.  It was pretty quiet after Christmas with many eating houses closed; The Kitchens was no different. Our group was a family of four adults and one toddler. We were seeking a place where we could get good food and feel relaxed with a young one running about. The Kitchens delivered. We ordered all our food from the Roti and Buns, where we encountered friendly service and a reasonable set of food options.

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Spinach and cheese roti with peanut dipping sauce

The spinach and cheese roti was definitely a hit – yum. Juicy, tasty and soft.

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Prawn dumplings

The prawn dumplings were good and fairly flavoursome. We added some chilli dipping sauce and a bit of soy sauce for extra grunt.

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Vegetarian dumplings

The vegetarian dumplings were great – juicy inside with a good mix of vegetables. On the list for next time.

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Inside the vegetarian dumpling

Once again we liked to add soy and chilli to the dumplings. The place was very happy to provide us with extra sauces.

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Pork buns for the meat eating friends
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Roti and chicken curry for the meat eaters

Some of party also ate meat and reported the pork buns and chicken curry were great. The toddler gobbled up two of these buns and seemed to really enjoy them.

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Boutique beer available to order nearby to Roti and Buns

 

Visited:  27 December 2016

Cost: $72.00 for four adults and a toddler (sharing)

Verdict: We felt is was good value, tasty and great location for a family group

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Hidden little gem with a big flavour

Fancy some Asian style street food on the Gold Coast? We sure did. We have wanted to go to Hideaway Kitchen & Bar for a long time and never found the right time. So as our list of places to try slowly got smaller we finally booked into Hideaway for a little celebration. And were we in for a treat! This little gem is located in Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Australia.

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Street food style is how it feels

The style is bustling, casual with an element of funk! The place was packing a punch in terms of party vibe the night we went with people ever where clearly having a great time. The music is fairly loud but a fun beat to get you in the mood.

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Love the umbrella touch

There is art on the walls and umbrellas to give a fun Asian style vibe.

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Art work on the walls

The service was friendly and they did their best to be attentive despite the crowds.

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The food was impressive and the menu features many modern Asian dishes all designed to share. We shared seven dishes – some tasty edamame spiced with chilli and salt. Fried squid with lime, chilli and mayo. Some prawn skewers, which comprised succulent minced prawn wrapped around sugar cane, plus dipping sauces. We particularly liked the steamed crab wontons in soy and chilli. A very tasty dish was the fish wrapped in banana leaf done with yellow curry.  We also opted for a yellow vegetable and tofu curry featuring eggplant. The eggplant was delicious but the curry was a little on the bland side for our chilli and soy loving taste buds. The waiter brought us some extra soy to add to the dish. Overall, the food was excellent and we want to try more dishes.

spiced soy bean pods in chilli salt
Spiced soy bean pods in chilli salt
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Chilli salt squid with lime
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Sugarcane prawn in panko batter & gem lettuce
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Steamed crab wontons with scallions, garlic & ginger
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Yellow vegetarian curry of eggplant, pumpkin, tofu, beans & carrots
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Cone bay barramundi with yellow curry paste, wrapped in banana leaf

To finish off we decided to share the special exotic ice creams – the special of the evening was black sesame, mango and strawberry. We thoroughly enjoyed the taste sensations of this dish and recommend it as a nice way to finish the meal at Hideaway.

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Assorted exotic ice creams – black sesame, strawberry & mango

Cost for three people sharing food with drinks (three beers and four soft drinks) $150.

Visited in November 2016; would definitely go back for more but we might try a mid week night to see if it is a little quieter.

 

 

Cute little Asian fusion eatery

One our recent  trip to Melbourne we went to Rice Paper Scissors and had a fabulous lunch. Located in Liverpool Street, Melbourne Central business district it is fairly easy to find. This place is really cute, arty and buzzing; so incredibly busy.

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Funky indoors of the restaurant

We sat on high stools at the bar overlooking the people preparing the drinks and food.

The cuisine as the title suggests is very much Asian Thai fusion sort of food and very creative. We booked well in advance which was probably just as well because the place was absolutely packed on the day that we went for lunch.

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Cheers to RPS – ha ha

As we are not meat eaters we tended to go for a lot of the seafood options: prawn dumplings; soft shell crab in a bun, some really nice little morsels of scallop on a betel leaf, some squid and some fish – it was absolutely stunning!! Take a look at some of the great food we ate!

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Prawn dumpling – very tasty
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Soft shell crab bun – absolutely delicious
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Betel leaf
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Tasty salad and fish

We definitely plan to go back when we next in Melbourne and seriously recommend it if you are in Melbourne – give the place a go but do make a booking – it is really really good.

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Street view on a sunny day

Visited late October 2016.

New Shanghai, Melbourne Emporium

Just a short note to report on the visit to the New Shanghai in Melbourne.  Time was short but the urge for a dumpling came on. Wonder why?  We love dumplings – you can probably tell from some of our reviews.

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Decor at New Shanghai

Just want to share few photos and say we will be going back to try a few more items on our next Melbourne visit.

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Vegetarian dumplings and tea
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Doesn’t this dumpling look cute?
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Can you almost taste the veggie filling?
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At the table

The dumplings were very nice and a serve is quite generous. Visited in May 2016.