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Our love for Bombay is increasing

Return visit

Sometimes you can just get a craving for good Indian food, especially if you don’t eat meat. Indian food always has grea vegetarian dishes. Our absolute favourite is Palak Paneer (spinach and cottage cheese).  We could not help but go back to Bombay Affair because it is local, friendly and great value. Here’s a little photo journey of what we ate and loved.

Starters

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Pappadam and yogurt

Chaats: This restaurant has a range of chaats, which are small savory snack (these are often served road side in India).

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Puri
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Papdi Chaat – you have to eat this in one bite or beware!
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Samosa Chaat: or Mashed samosa (still a favourite)
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Masala Dosa filled with potatoes and spices with sauces

Mains

Palak Paneer:

Without doubt this remains one of our all time favourite dishes. Smooth and tasty this spinach and Indian cottage cheese never ceases to impress. Green spinach looks so healthy and the taste is amazing. We love dipping our naan bread in and scooping up the spinach – getting hungry just thinking about it!

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Palak Paneer
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Palak paneer being served

Some of our friends have a passion for Dahl and we have to admit this one was great. A little spicy but gorgeously smooth and tasty.

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Delicious lentil Dahl

The spinach and cheese naan is wonderful with a lot of flavour.

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Not pictured here but some of our group also had garlic naan and lamb curry.

Visited: 6 January 2017

Cost: $103 for food for six people sharing

Verdict: We still love it and will be back regularly; great value; great service

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Coco and charcoal

It was just after the new year had hit and we thought a trip to somewhere healthy was in order. As we love Instagram for finding new restaurants we had come across a hidden away little place that serves coco soft-whip, goji and other delights. This place is located on the Gold Coast, Australia in Clear Island Waters. Goji Granola Bar and Cafe is tucked away in a quiet neighbourhood with easy parking and access by car.

We set out as a group of four. One member decided to order the fruit toast and marmalade, while the rest of us went for poached eggs on toast with avocado.

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Fruit toast with marmalade

The toast was a real hit! It was full of fruit and toasted to perfection. The marmalade was tangy and tasted of fresh oranges making us think of our visited to the market where we can purchase fresh oranges.

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Fruit toast tasted great with the butter (we don’t usually eat butter)

Three of us opted for the eggs. We ordered two serves – one for our male friend and one for us to share.It came with two eggs, perfectly poached and two slices of toast.

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Poached egg and avocado on sourdough
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Egg cooked perfectly for our taste

This place is known for its smoothie goji bowls served with homemade granola. We went for the coco soft-whip i the duo of vanilla and charcoal. Apparently charcoal is good for hangovers.

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The grand finale – coco soft – vanilla and charcoal

 

Visited: 2 January 2017

Cost: $64 for four people and a holiday loading

Verdict: We enjoyed the food and the coco soft. The coffee was good but not as strong as we like.

 

Let’s try something with a touch of spice

We were wondering where to eat and fancied something a little spicy and suitable for vegetarians. After a bit of a search we settled on Bombay Affair, located in Southport, Queensland.  One of the reasons we love Indian food is that it really does provide the very best options for vegetarians.

The first appetiser that we had was particularly interesting. These were little mouthfuls of crispy pastry filled with some cheese and tamarind. Very  much the sort of dishes you have to put straight into your mouth otherwise when you bite them you will have quite a serious mess!!

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Puri

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Other little appetisers included some little potato patties that were very interesting.

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Chaat

One of the dishes described on the menu as smashed Samosa really took a fancy. As it turned out, this was one of our all-time favourites and having been back to the restaurant again on two occasions this dish has been reordered several times.

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Samosa Chaat

Anyone who knows us will also know that if we go to an Indian restaurant is not possible for us to have a meal without ordering the Paalak Paneer.  This version did not let us down. There was plenty of spinach and plenty of the Indian style cheese.

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Paalak Paneer

We are big fans of beautifully cooked rice, and this one lived up to our expectations. Cooked with some cumin seeds the rice was fluffy and plentiful.

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Rice

On the side, we had some lentil dal –  the dish was really tasty and went very well with the rice.

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Dal

It’s really hard to go past the spinach and cheese naan bread. This bread was soft and filled with a wonderful combination of spinach and melted cheese. Truly delicious. We also had some garlic naan to those people who did not fancy the richer cheesy variety.

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This meal was a winner and led to us going back on a couple more occasions. Even writing this blog makes us want to go back and enjoy another Indian meal at Bombay Affair.

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Cost per head was about $ 20-25. We loved it and will be back again!

Visited in October and November 2016

Tofu paradise

One of the most amazing things about Japan and especially Kyoto is the wonderful tofu they produce.

“We would never make tofu just to satisfy a passing taste;
our objective is to offer a simple and casual tofu cuisine to be enjoyed over the long term.”

But of course it is not just the production but also the creative ways they serve tofu as a meal.

We sought out a little place at the Kyoto station (a foodie paradise in itself!).

Kyotofu Fujino Restaurant at JR Kyoto Isetan

This place is on the 11th floor of the Isetan Department store. Wow, what an experience.

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Outside on the terrace is a lovely garden to wander around
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A little starter
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Tofu with some wasabi
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Deep fried tofu
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This was gorgeous – silky tofu
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More silky tofu with some soy sauce
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Clear broth and tofu
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Tofu noodles
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Rice and tofu
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The menu

I can tell you that you do NOT need to be vegetarian to enjoy this place. It is absolutely great for everyone. Wish I could go back right now!!! If you are passing through Kyoto then give it a go.

 

Visited in August 2016

 

 

 

 

Kenny’s Malay Kitchen

It was a relatively cold and wintry night, so we felt like something spicy. A friend had previously told us about a little hidden gem – Kenny’s Malay Kitchen located at the Bowls club in Broadbeach Waters, Queensland (Australia).

We thought ‘why not?’ let’s just give it a go. We decided to arrive early (for us) around 6 PM and  have a quick meal. After looking at the menu – and also getting a Chinese version of the menu! – we decided to try some curry puffs and some roti bread as a starter. Both were excellent.

Chinese menu
Chinese menu
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Curry puffs and plum sauce

 

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Roti Bread

Next, we tried some salt and pepper soft shell crab (an all time favourite with us), as well as some prawn sambal and a tofu dish.

Salt & pepper soft shell crab
Salt & pepper soft shell crab
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Close up of crab
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Vegetarian Tofu

It was all very tasty and, for total price for three of us around $75, we thought it was pretty good value. This place is fully licensed and you buy your drinks at the bar adjoining the restaurant. Most drinks, such as a glass of wine or some beer cost about $5 each.

We enjoyed the food and agreed that we would come back for another cheap and cheerful meal. It is a simply decorated venue so don’t have high class expectations for the decor. We visited in June 2016.

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Simple decor at Kenny’s

Do you love a cheap and cheerful meal out?

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.

Want the latest scoop on where to get vegetarian food on the Coast?

This week we checked out Cardamom Pod at Ferry Road. It was just a quick trip as it was before our yoga class. We ordered some coffees and decided to share an Apple Pie with Green Matcha Ice Cream.

The place was buzzing even though it just opened a couple of days ago. We took the opportunity to take a few photos of the decor when we waited for a coffee and food.

Interior design
Interior design
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Nice table setting
Menu
Menu

Service was great everyone was very friendly and helpful. The menu looks fabulous with lots of savoury and sweet offerings. Peeping across the tables at other people’s meals (we know shouldn’t do it!) some of the food looked absolutely stunning.

People were excited to photography their food
People were excited to photograph their food

A coffee arrived in rather a large cup, our personal preference is for a small cup so next time we would clarify this with our waiter. The Apple Pie with Matcha Ice Cream looked a stunner and tasted really great. One thing we can say is that the meals here are really large and for many people it might be good to share a dish unless you are particularly hungry or are someone with a big appetite. Also, we should say we are not really big eaters so it might just be our preference.

Our organic coffee
Our organic coffee
Cute cup!
Cute cup!
Fried apple pie with Matcha icecream
Fried apple pie with Matcha icecream
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Yum yum yum!

We will definitely be going back and sampling the lunchtime menu everything at Cardamom Pod looked great. Can’t wait to try the savoury waffles with avocado – spotted these going to another table and they looked yummo.