Ryos Noodles

 

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I came here last night with high expectations.. As I looked through at the door, there was an advertisement for more staff to be recruited- Japanese speaking was preferred. That raised my expectations a bit higher, that it may be more authentic ramen- hoping for what I had in Japan!

 

I can’t say my expectations were met…but it did give off the feel of being in a ramen bar in Japan, noisy , crowded.,.I like the atmosphere of the place and there was nice decorations..

Like other people have mentioned, it is quite noisy and you do have to share tables… but I am cool with that! Nothing new to me …the more people that can be inside, the better I guess business wise.

I ordered the only ramen dish that did not have Pork in it… I just wanted to try something different..so I got the prawn ball ramen in Chicken Broth-with sour soup-Prawn Balls actually tasted really nice..it didn’t feel like a normal store bought ball..but something they probably made or imported specially…

but for more authentic tastes, I suggest you get the Pork Ramen-in which both my other friends got.

 

One friend had a spicy broth noodle and the other had a normal one -both in pork broth.

Having a taste of my friend’s soups, I can’t say the spicy one was too spicy.. and the other one..tasted alright..  My own broth was slightly weird..but I got used to it..

 

I’ve heard some others who have been there have complained that it felt like a snack, but it was already too much noodles for me! A generous serve with beautiful presentation.

 

The staff felt at times like they were rushing us, asking us to order almost straight away and repeatedly..we know you are busy..but do you really have to bother us every two minutes.. ?

 

the prices are a bit on the more expensive side for ramen -in my opinion!

 

around $14-$15.50 per bowl… Meals came out pretty quickly..

Having a look at the menu , they also cater for non-ramen eaters. ..also having curry, rice balls and a range of side dishes- an interesting one to note was the kimchee option 😛 Also had takoyaki and dumplingsm karrage.. (didn’t try though)

-Drinks wise- I reckon they should include in the menu! But the do have drinks displayed on a shelf..

 

I’d be back! Maybe to try some other things nice time,,

4/5 Food.

3/5 Service (need improvement)

Overall 3.5/5

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Coffylosophy

Can hardly spell the name of this Shop!!

Well long time no see peoples!

Sorry, been a bit distracted! Still been eating out ..but less than before :)!!!

Well this place was discovered from reading other people’s blogs and also noticed it after walking out from a nearby interview… the first time I went in i just got a soy mocha :)! PRETTY IMPRESSED!!

So today I went another time round, just to see what else they had to offer 🙂

I got another soy mocha…Not sure if it was good as the first time round, but I wasn’t dissapointed 🙂 I must say I’ve been drinking a LOT more coffee this year …Just need that extra kick to wake me up from the lack of sleep…So compared to the many coffee I have had..this coffee rates preeeeeeeeeety high on my books!!

My friend who came today ..an avid coffee addict also said it was good…so it’s up there 😉

BUTTTTTTTTTTT

the big let down for me was the food…I ordered a Filo Pastry-chicken and Mushroom..
Preetyy below average.. it was $9…definitely not worth it! The person heating it up also did not do a good enough job…it was definitely cold inside..But I decided I couldn’t be bothered asking them to heat it up again..as I’m a messy eater..I left half of it uneaten…

It was quite creamy inside and I felt a bit nauseous after..not sure if it was due to that..But I definitely did NOT feel like finishing it..

My friend also wanted to try some dessert- so we got the citrus tart…it looks appealing! Very pretty..I’ll upload pictures late..

the taste..hmmm not as good as I hoped!

It was quite overly sweet…too much sugar plz…..Maybe that’s just me ?

my friend said it wasn’t too bad..it costs $6.30… not that cheap~!

Would I go back for coffee??

YUP/…

FOOD? No, I’ll go some where else..

Gotta give this a lowish markk overall..

Customer service: 6.5/10 – coffee maker was nice…the other staff member failed to heat my pastry! But they did offer me a plate and culterly when they realised I was eating inside..

9/10 Coffee

FOOD: 3/10 ! May seem harsh..but I am put off by the pastry 😛

The need to work on food for sure! they gotta match that good coffee 🙂

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United Latino Cocina

After a failed attempt to go to this place on the Monday of last week~ as my friends did not like the sound of paying more tha $10 for a meal, I finally was able to go on Thursday!

Thanks to the boyfriend for treating me ^_^!!! Though not as cheap as food courts and such, this place is a medium range of cost, not too high but not that cheap. But I believe in quality of quantity (usually :P) and this was tasty food for an average price!

I have been reading people’s reviews on this place and was looking forward to this day!

On the thursday however, it was quite rainy 😦 So as well stumbled upon this little hidden place, we saw that the inside tables were already full, and the only ones left were outside in the cold rain :(. So we decided to wait, despite being a bit short on time..

The waiter reassured us people would be leaving soon, and a few minutes later voila~ we had some seats at the back bench! We stared at their menu and soon we saw someone leave on a proper table and we moved down 🙂

Not understanding a lot of the ingredients on the menu (which was not very extensive at the time) made it a bit hard for me~ what was spicy and what was not was unclear~~~ I did hear form the Smiling Foodie the ULC hot dog looked good…however, I decided to try something random instead and got a soup, not really knowing it was a soup! The boyfriend ordered chicken and spinach Quessidiliia-Yum!!!

Both were really good in their different ways and the food came out suprinsingly fast! I guess they need to be fast, as there seemed to be a never ending line of customers waiting to be seated.

Service was okay for a busy place, orders were made at the counter, where you can see the chefs working. You could also grab some table water yourself.

Food came fast!

The soup had nice crunchy stuff, inside -not sure what it is- and had a lot of beans and other things which made it a lil spicy, but not that spicy. It had beautiful presentation on top and was great for such a rainy day!

The Quessidilla was the best I’ve had so far 😛 Thats only been twice! But it was great value for money compared getting them at TGIFs ><!!! Tasty and delicous, I would get this again-after trying out the other things on the menu first though!

When we left the chefs said good bye- a very nice touch to a fast and pleasant meal! Just gives them that extra point for service.

I give this place a 7.5 – hopefully to be increased after going again, and definetly trying that hot dog (cause I saw someone eating it next to me( next time and hopefully a taco ^^!!!
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Apologies for dodginess of my phone photos 😦
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Mexican Soup (Apologies forgot to take a picture of the menu with the proper name)

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Stalker shot that didn’t work so well~ you can see its a busy place as we shared this table with two others..

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Cutlery in a bag, which i love~
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The Sebel Playford

So on the weekend I had a function to attend at the Sebel Playford, having gone here a few times, I had high expectations…!

Menu taken from my friends photos as mine was quite blurry:

So the night started off with an entree:

Which was large prawn with the head and tail intact, but skin removed from the centre.
The green blobs were avocado, my friend and I were hoping the green stuff was avocado and the red slices were salmon.

We were dissapointed however when we found out that was not salmon, but tomoato :(!!

Underneath the prawn was so Bug tail mash, in mine however I found there was still some skin, which made it less appetising :(.

The dip with the Tobiko balls at the bottom of the plate was delicous! And mixed well with the plate.. Good presentation , but needs a little more work on making sure shells are all removed.

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After an hour or so later, past 9 pm I think it was the Mains came out…everyone was very hungry by then.

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This consisted of a chicken wrapped in what I thught was bacon, a peice of beef with spinach on top and a lasagne like pot…interesting design!

This was enough for a girl like me, but not for a growing guy like my boyfriend who expected much more 😛

Comments: Chicken was avery dry and not tasty, same with the meat around it-Okay checked its called Jamon Roulade ! Definetly needs improvement…! Beef was slightly better, hard to cut, however some parts were nice and juicy. The little pot which was like a healthier version of a lasagne to me…was okay… lacked any punch or interest to it…interesting concept and plating up I need to admit. There was also some pumpkin smash smeared along the plate..All in all the three parts of the dish didn’t go that well together 😦

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Sorry for bad quality photo of the Dessert, as lighting was bad and I forgot to bring my flash =.=;; If you can see its a Dark Chocolate and ALmond Fudge cake, with cream on the side.. Unfortunately it wasn’t ice cream 😦 I dont like cream or chocolate that much :P! But i guess every one was dancing and stuff not many people were at the table at the same time as dessert being served, so many icecreams would have melted I guess..

So it wasnt a big hit for me..the decorations with strawberries and mixed berries was nice!
Presentation for mine was good, however as  i looked around I saw everyones was different, some looked good, some looked very bad…not consistent.

The cake wasn’t too rich, I was looking for the almond though, couldn’t taste any…:(
The boyfriend finished most of my cake off and I stole his berries, good trade..!

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**Update: Stolen from my friend:

See the differences?

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Apologies another bad photo , this is the Petit Fours.

Just chocolates for us at the end. Nothing special, I tried one mint chocolate, thought it was nuts…bit dissapointed once again 😦

Despite all the disappointments that night, it was still a great night for me!

Service was pretty good !  Waiters were nice and helpful , which is an improvement form the last time I went…

The food could of been faster, but yes there was a lot of people that night…

Quality of food needs to be upped a bit, especially for the high price we paid to go there..

Decorations of place and of food, good, just need to work on that consistency..

Worth the try if you have time or money 🙂 Just a note out there this is a place that you can try with the “Festival of Food Voucher”  which is a really value for money voucher you collect stamps with.

Score: 6.5/10

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St Louis-House of Fine Ice Cream and Dessert

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I stumbled upon this place one night, when looking for dessert, I hadn’t really had a proper dinner~ but that doesn’t deter me away from getting dessert first :P!

After passing San churros, Dessert story and so forth, I came upon St Louis. I have heard it was good from people, but had yet to try the place and I was looking forward to it…However as we walked in we saw the tables were all full..we were thinking of leaving, but then a waiter came out and asked us if we were willing to wait about 10 minutes, we decided to wait…and not within a few minutes later about 2-3 people left and alas we were seated quickly after the tables were cleared. :)!

We were handed very beautiful hard cover menus which had beautiful pictures inside, it felt like a book and it contained the background story of the place and had the menu within..

I must also comment on the beautiful interior decoration, not having been to France before, I can’t really comment on the similiarity..but the place had a nice vibe to it , and the beautiful lantern style lights at the top gave it an awesome feeling…

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As a bit hungry I decided on a savoury crepe and my companion decided on a dessert crepe, and of course we decided to share.

I ordered the Smoke Salmon Crepe and my companion got a dessert crepe with banana and sweet caramel sauce with icecream.
Unfortunately I forgot the names of these crepes! Just note that you need to go up to the counter to order~..

I love salmon , and I love crepes, In every crepe place I got to , I must try the salmon crepes! Dessert crepes are not my thing usually :P!

I recieved the crepe about 15-20 minutes later, gave us plenty of time to chat and to take photos of the decor.

When they came, both came at the same time. The cultery was given to in a beautiful paper pouch with a napkin inside, nice touch :D!

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We ate the dessert first, as it was melting~! The crepe is still warm and it was delicious~! However, I am not a big fan of caramel and things that are too sweet, so I found the dessert crepe a bit too much sugar overload for me..thus I looked forward to the savoury~ this was $12.90

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The savoury was awesome! There was a generous amount of salmon in the crepe, however when cut in half, we found most of salmon was distributed on one side, not a problem unless sharing. Inside is also fresh avocado and to the side of the plate is some fresh greens. Not sure what was on the side plate, but think it was sour cream ??? But it added a nice flavour to the crepe.

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Not sure if I was very hungry, but this was very nice! I would not mind going there again, the price is also not too bad, $12.90 a crepe, cheaper that Carpe Diem Crepe, but waaayy more filling and delicious! I would come back more often, if it wasn’t so far away from my uni~ :P!!

Comparing with mothers crepe, yes its more expensive ~ However I feel so much more satisfied having this crepe, mothers crepes salmon crepe is also not that filling, more like a snack. I think I also prefer eating crepes on a plate rather than wrapper up, it just makes the experience so much nicer and not so messy.

I highly recommend the salmon crepe, if deciding a crepe. However, as I haven’t yet tried the rest, soo I’d say you can’t really go wrong with anything.

I would definitely go again sometime just to try what else they have on offer!

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I give this place a 8/10 at the moment as only have tasted two of their menu, friendly staff, nice decor and nice food.!

Photos all up now 🙂

Zen Kitchen! Vietnemese Street Week~

 

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Teriyaki chicken Rice Pastry~

 

Both are costing $5 each.. as a special introductory offer..

I say, SNACK!

Not for lunch unfortunately…leaves you hungry still.

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Roast Pork rice pastry roll

 

These are also called Banh Cuon…aka Rice Pastry Rolls.

The photos look very tempting…however the meat choice on top is very scarce…the rice pastry itself was small in its amounts.however very tasty…It was similar to the Chinese rice rolls, but smaller…and not so slimy , as it was dry..

Besides the different toppings the base is generally the same, has the salad part think there was cucumber carrot, fried onion shallots, and a med spicy try sauce to go along with it.

It was takeaway only ..so we took it outside the shop to eat it.

I wouldn’t pay anything more than $5 for it, saying that I did not return that week to get a second serve, as it was a filling $5 lunch…

Nice effort, good presentation.but the amount given is not adequate, when its not $5 I m not sure it would be popular..

The rice pastry is given a 6/10 for me.

 

This was also part of Vietnamese street food week. They call this the Bun Bowls!
Which is a takeaway bowl of salad..and on the top is different toppings..

The choice of Spicy Lemon Grass Chicken, Roast Pork, Pork Meatloaf or House Special Combination. Spring rolls -Prawn and Pork or Vegetarian…I think!

 

Their quote of what was inside form their FB page:
“Rice vermicelli, pickled carrots, salads and a selection of grilled meats. topped with fried shallots, crushed peanuts and a sweet fish sauce on the side. It’s be a treat for your taste buds! yummmy”

This was much better than the Rice Pastry rolls! Filling content, they are going to be sold for $9.90  and for that week was  $5.

I went TWICE that week! It was just so good, I told my friends about it and brought the BF there.

For me, I love combinations and I tried the combination one TWICE…..I am afraid of new things…however , I also did sample the boyfriends spicy lemon grass aswell :3..

 

This is the Boyfriends SPicy Lemon grass Chicken Bowl…It is not THAT spicy…but has enough for taste…very good texture and not too dry…tasty~~~

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This is my House Special Combination, that includes a spring roll chopped up, red meat loaf (which was sweet and new thing, not a big thing I liked…), Roast Pork (delicious but fat 😦  ) with fried onion shallots. Quite DRY. Sauce was provided, but it was no adequate enough. The first time I went there was more sauce…and the two of us had sauce to share! Second time round later in the week they stinged out on the sauce and mine was much too dry :(!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The sauce was a sweet chilli style sauce in a takeaway container.

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The staff stated it was takeaway when we took the food only, so another way of saying, you can’t eat in here…so we had to find tables outside the shop…understandable…however we felt why not let us have a seat if theres so many?

 

SO other that service was not too great overall, they provided us everything to takeaway…even when we went outside their shop, funny looks were given to us…a bit rude I think!  But ofcourse that was by a few staff only…

I give the salad bowl a 8/10, for the $5 price its value! $10,  I dont think so…I can get soonta salad bowel for about $7-$8, and that was really tasty!! Stick around $5-6 and they would right.. And more sauce please!!!!

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Carpe Diem Creperie

I have stumbled upon this place by accident, when searching for a gluten free place to eat in the city, as my friend has Coeliac disease..

This is the menu , which gives you a choice of sweet or dessert!

As it was lunch time, we all chose savoury.

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We were seated upstairs of the cafe, which has interesting decor and we shared a table with other customers, as the cafe was quite busy.

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Interesting way to give culterly. My friend went to order for all three of us,so that we could keep our table. The line was very long and she waited a long time…
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Nice decor, and I saw my friend sitting in the window by chance!

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Crepes took a long time to arrive, we were quite hungry by that time. They did not come all at once, but more one by one…so whatever was hot before was definetely cold by the time the last crepe came, which was a bit dissapointing, as we all waited for each other before eating..

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This was my friends crepe or Galette, it had tomatoes, cheese and meat I think! can’t remember exactly sorry! But she said it was quite nice..
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My other friend and I both got the Salmon crepe, quite dissapointing for me really…was quite hungry after…presentation horrible…But what can we expect for a gluten free crepe I guess?? There was a very thin slice of smoked salmon with cheese and some cream cheese/dill on top…..

Very thin, the taste is alright…but just feel like I am paying $14.50 for this..I will still be hungry later…

Just a warning, this isnt lunch, but a snack really!

Perhaps a different crepe would be more filling…

But I have no intention to go back at the moment,
but I do recommend this plcae for people with Gluten Free or are vegetarians… As the taste is good…

But for people like me who are none of the above, its not really my piece of cake :P!!

I rate this 5.5/10 …

Service slow, expensive, not filling…etc..

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