Aside from a stroll by the harbour, the second reason I was in Balmain was to try out Kazbah, a Moroccan restaurant on Darling Street. Lunch time was ludicrously busy, but we were already fascinated by the distinctly Moroccan table-setting.
Then came the colourful drinking vessels. The mint tea was gorgeous, with not only dried mint, but warm cinnamon.
Finally, the food came, and it was worth the wait. The chicken shish kebabs were so good that they disappeared in a flash. The octopus in the salad was nicely cooked but I wished we had ordered some rich lamb to balance the acidity of the lemon and feta. But the star for me was the vegetarian breakfast tagine, a wonderful concoction of pumpkin, feta, spinach and egg (among other things). The subtle spicing was wonderful, and so different from the in-your-face spicing I’m used to in Indian and South-East Asian cuisines.
Looks like autumn is really with us, and a fine time to be searching for dumplings Shanghai-style in Ashfield. I vaguely remember going to Shanghai Night years back when I lived in the area, so it was high time that I made a return visit.
The pork and chive dumplings were standard in my opinion. I actually liked the fish dumplings better. The crab and pork buns were so substantial that I had to doggie bag a few. But my favourite was the new year rice noodles, gorgeous with seafood and XO sauce.
Another visit to Bungalow8. This time I had the fish pie, whose presentation seemed to have improved since last time.
My friends meanwhile had the lamb rump, which looked quite scrumptuous indeed.
A drive down the coast and a lazy lunch by the sea to wind up summer.
It was my cousin’s engagement party on the weekend. The happy couple celebrated at Golden Century, in Chinatown. I’ve never been there before but from the quality of the 10 dish banquet I can say that it’s a good place to go if you want good Cantonese food. The pipis were very good, and so were the lamb and the scallops.
More food shots here
These might give you a few options about what to have.
Fish and chips or roast vegetable pie?
Fish pie or hearty chips?
I ended up ordering this:
Nicely cooked… but unfortunately there was not enough of it!