Since it’s opening Shanghai Street has always been packed to the seams with the customers waiting outside. It took a little while for me to ever make it in but I’m glad I did. Excuse the cramped seating and liberal use of oil and chilli […]
How good is Hankki? My friend Jo heard good things about the place so we chose it for our first ever meal in Carnegie. And we chose super well with this bustling Korean eatery. Probably the best KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) we’ve had in Melbourne […]
Tens, tens, tens across the board. If you ever want to know what time most restaurants close in downtown Toronto it’s generally that. For that reason we found ourselves in Chinatown, and Dumpling House Restaurant, which is closed Tuesdays but open until 11pm on all other nights.
The Leong’s Legend is that it’s actually a half decent Taiwanese option in Chinatown. I get a bit bewildered whenever I’m in Chinatown and tasked with choosing a restaurant. Everything looks so samely, and everything is so samely for the most part. Leong’s Legend (currently) […]
The number eight is an auspicious number in Chinese culture, it reflects fortune and wealth. And triple 8 is even better. It also happens to be the price of Ping Pong‘s current lunch special. Only £8.88 for your fusion-Asian dumpling fix. There’s two basic options, […]
I don’t often have leaving-the-country dinners, but when I do, I pick the biggest and most central spot I know of. And Cookie is perfect for both of those. The huge space in the centre of Swanston Street accommodates many. As well as the handy spot, there’s no booking required, we could easily find a space for ourselves in the beer hall on the night. At a cursory glance it looks like a mere bar venue, but take a bite and you’ll know there’s a solid Asian-fusion kitchen. The food ordering of the beer hall component is trample-over-people and madly-queue-order at the counter.
Food came out at a lightning pace, with dishes magically arriving upon mere moments of reclaiming one’s seat. That, or the drinks were getting to me. Probably both. The prices are as enormous as the menu, but the quality is good and I was happy with my green curry with chicken and corn dumplings, yard beans and basil ($28.50). I had swiped some of Jo’s deep fried five-spice chicken ($23.50) and that was also tasty. I enjoyed the service at Cookie for our big group and it did the trick for one of my last gasps of the eating scene.
I was pleasantly surprised by my last working lunch over at Mong’s Kitchen across the road, a new Korean and Japanese-themed eatery that gets a decent chunk of the company foot traffic. It always looked a bit too clean for my tastes, but I’m glad […]
I was rather hesitant to be dining at Okami, as all you can eat restaurants aren’t usually my kind of thing. I generally minimise displays of excess (cough!). The restaurant has a few branches all over the ‘burbs and for $29.80 you can stuff-yourself-until-you-can’t-breathe. It’s all […]
I’m always on the hunt for tasty, tasty fried chicken and Gami probably makes it on my current top. There’s a few stores about for the chain but we headed to the one in the city, nearby a heap of other worthwhile Korean options. Getting a table in this tiny store is a bit of a hurdle, we had to wait a good twenty on our occasion before we get plonked down. Couldn’t even order first either. We ordered a mix of sides to get us started and these were fair, nothing spectacular yet. The dumplings did the trick but not everyone enjoyed the fried rice cake. It was a bit too sweet for me, but I made sure I finished my set, naturally.
Food seem to take a decent amount of time to arrive, particularly expedited from the standing-around-waiting-for-a-table but we were relived when the chicken finally arrived. We had the boneless option with the soy garlic and original fried flavour choices. I internally debated which I preferred for a good while, but they both have their merits. The chicken was great quality and it was satisfying to eat. Eh, advanced chicken nuggets if you like. The sauce on the chicken wasn’t as overbearing as on the sauce on the rice cake but I preferred to shake mine off a little more. It confidently remained crispy fried throughout.
I can see why there’s a few Gami’s about and it’s a really fun experience to have. It makes for a cool group eating experience and it doesn’t come out too expensive either.
Pro tip: focus on the meat