The Affettati Misti is the Chef’s hand picked aged and cured meat platter with Italian condiments and cheese. It’s a great combination.Read More
The Sweet French Toast was next on the list. It had lashings of maple syrup on top of banana and crispy bacon. It was generous and indulgent.Read More
This tasty dish was beer battered market fish, in this case Ling, served with fries, lemon and a lovely sumac aioli.Read More
This tasty Classic Burger had juicy grass fed beef, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce and secret sauce all in a lightly toasted bun.Read More
The creation and taste of this waffle dessert was OMG! The 3 D's - Delicious, Decadent and oh so Divine! We loved this.Read More
These artistic and meltingly tender sweet soy split pork ribs were served with baby bok choy and crispy mung bean noodles.Read More
The wonderful Eggs Benedict had a choice of ham, bacon or salmon served on sourdough with wilted spinach and smothered in rich hollandaise sauce.Read More
An avocado smash is a sea of colour and big on taste too at Social Hideout!Read More
18 Phillip St,
Mlady and her friend Madame C decided to have a nice lunch. So we went to Saute Thai in Parramatta. The décor inside is nicely themed with lovely wooden floor boards.
It's stylish with red comfortable lounge type seating against the walls whilst other chairs are richly covered in a red and gold fabric. The kitchen is open and you can see how your very tasty and fragrant meals are created.
We arrived at noon and chose to sit outside which is still under cover, as it was a nice day. It did not take long for the chairs to become occupied. This place is popular!
It was relaxing sitting watching the business of Parramatta whilst we both sipped on cool and refreshing lemon, lime and bitters. Mlady thought that this made a nice change from her usual red wine and she was right. The menu is very diverse and there was so much to choose from but Mlady and Madame C chose to share a main as well as ordering an entrée.
As an entrée we chose the Steamed Vegetarian Dumplings. They were described in the menu as made up of "water chestnuts and a vegetarian mixture wrapped in wanton pastry and steamed to perfection. Served with a mixture of chopped chillies, sweet soy sauce and brown vinegar". When they arrived they were show cased in a black slate type tray with the sauce in a separate dish. These really were very tasty. They were so fresh and full of the wonderful fillings and they certainly were "steamed to perfection".
We ordered a small steamed rice to accompany our shared main which was Penang Curry and we chose to have this with beef. The menu stated that this was "red curry flavoured with fresh red chilli paste and paprika, tossed with fresh red chilli, basil leaves and coconut milk". How good was this! The beef was nicely cooked as were the accompanying vegetables in the dish and we both loved the sauce. We soaked up as much of this oh so nice sauce with the rice.
The quality of the food here is good and the service is both friendly and helpful. It's a great place to sit with a friend, a few friends or socialise in a group.
Shop 2185A, Zone G
Westfield Parramatta, 159-175 Church St
Mlady and her friend Madame C decided to have a relaxing lunch and went to the ever popular Papparich.We did not book and did not need to and as there were just the two of us it was easy to grab a table. Although there was outside seating - we decided to eat inside.
Those who have been to Papparich know of the novelty value in selecting your delicious meal and writing it's corresponding number on the writing pad provided. Once you have made all your selections you press the buzzer - which is located on the container housing your cutlery and a wait staff will come to collect your order - very easy! Make sure that if you are sharing a meal - to ask for plates.
Madame C is also a great fan of Roti Canai so naturally we ordered this. We had the wonderfully fluffy and slightly crispy Roti with the vegetable sambal, curry sauce and dhal. We were hard pressed in choosing our favourite sauce with this. We both like "hot and spicy" - surprise surprise (not) so the curry won by a nose. This is a great way to serve the Roti. You can also just have the Roti plain - by itself.
Satay is a favourite of Mlady, and Madame C is quite partial to it as well, so we decided to have the mixed satay. This consisted of 3 sticks of chicken - very tasty - and 3 sticks of beef - again very tasty. We scooped the lovely peanut sauce over our chicken and beef sticks. The accompanying fresh chunks of cucumber combined well and we also "dunked" these in the peanut sauce!
When deciding on what to drink - and there is such a huge variety at Papparich that you really are spoiled for choice. We actually both chose the Lychee soda. This was so refreshing and we stirred the straw around to enhance all the flavours there. It is a sweet drink but once all stirred and lifting the lychee's up to eat with the straw - made for a really nice beverage. Would certainly have this again!
The Beef Rendang was beef pieces slow cooked in a braise of traditional herbs, spices, coconut milk and fragrant herb leaves. This was a tasty dish with good flavours and the Beef certainly was nice and tender. The sauce with this dish was great too.
We had a serving of the prawn dumplings. They arrived with a tangy sauce that was not too hot. The dumplings were plump and juicy and we enjoyed these.
Mlady is quite fanatical with Char Kuay Teow and Madame C was also happy to order this. They are wok fried noodles (yum) with prawns fish cakes, egg, bean sprouts and chives. This is a mildly spicy dish. This wonderfully flavoursome dish has become quite a staple with Mlady. Choosing this Pappa Char Kuay Teow was a certainty to be ordered.
The atmosphere at Papparich is comfortable and relaxed. It certainly is popular and we can understand why. The food arrives quickly, is fresh with great flavours and the choices for everything are huge. Papparich is situated in Parramatta in a great location - across from the railway station and the hustle and bustle of busy Parramatta. It is a place that we would recommend and certainly visit again.
Mlady and Madame C's visit to Papparich Parramatta was supported by the Malaysian Kitchen Programme.
71 George St
Temasek is something of an institution among Malaysian restaurants in Sydney - and actually a legend outside the Sydney CBD in its home of Parramatta.
It's popular - a phrase that truly reflects this place. It's busy at lunch times and in the evening - even though they do little to promote themselves or advertise. They don't even have a web site! People come for the food!
We'd eaten here before and thoroughly enjoyed the food, so decided it was time for a revisit. Fortunately we managed to get a booking for three, as we were being joined by the Baroness on this occasion.
Our starters were fairly simple. We had their tasty and crisp beef curry puffs (they are also available in vegetarian) and an old favourite, the satay chicken skewers (that come in a serving of six which is ideal for sharing). The satay sauce is in a side bowl so you can add as much or as little as you want. Mlady, as usual, kept the remainder of this lovely sauce for later on.
Next was the kecap manis sotong (or fried calamari in sweet soy sauce). This was probably the dish of the night - even though it was so simple. We all loved it and almost fought over the last few pieces, even though it was a good sized serving. A lovely side of roti, a must here, went nicely and was also used to mop up some of the gravy that came with the curries that arrived later on.
Our final main courses were of course curries, as probably expected. Malaysian curry is just so good, and they certainly do it well here. We love beef rendang so it was a given, and the Baroness chose curry chicken with potatoes. Both dishes turned out to be great with rich gravies packed with flavour revealing tender meat swimming underneath. The chicken curry had quite a bite to it as well compared to the milder rendang.
While Mlady had had her fill, the Baroness and Sir managed to find a little bit of space to fit in dessert.
Two servings of sago pudding - tapioca pudding with palm sugar and coconut milk, served in a glass bowl - sounded perfect!
It turned out to be just that. This was great sago pudding - and even Mlady was a bit jealous that she hadn't ordered some!
If you like Malaysian food and your in or near Parramatta, head here for some great flavours and plenty of choices. It's a visit worth making!
Sir and Mlady's visit to Temasek was supported by the Malaysian Kitchen Programme.
292 Church St
Sicilian is an institution on Church Street in Parramatta. It's huge, it's been there for ages and it always seems so popular. It's also one of Mlady's favourites.
We've of course been here several times before but this was a chance to sample some new things and possibly revisit some old favourites as well - why not!
Sicilian is a big place but it is still sensible to book. They have lots of groups dine here, but it doesn't seem to impact on the couples and tables of four. There are normal square tables as well as impressive booths with curved bench seats that arc around their tables. These are also outside on the dynamic Church Street but don't fret, they have heaters for those cooler nights!
This starter is called Capesante Scottate and is lightly seared scallops sitting on, or in, a parsnip puree with garlic and then garnished with caper berries and some crunchy homemade crumbed potato chips.
The mix of textures and flavours was lovely and worked very well.
Having just returned from Spain and Italy it was always our intention to have some cured meats - we were missing them already!
The Affettati Misti is a substantial platter of the chef’s hand picked aged and cured meats served with Italian condiments. These were in fact a tasty mix of marinated eggplant, capsicum, feta and split olives. The tangy bite of these went nicely with the meats.
We love prosciutto and we love pizza so choosing the prosciutto wood fired pizza was so easy.
The base was light and tasty and not overly thick except for some rising around the edges as expected..
It had plenty of prosciutto, Roma tomatoes, fresh pear, shaved Parmesan and rocket and it was drizzled with balsamic and truffle oil. Very tasty.
M'lady's passion for gnocchi was again evident when she eagerly spied and ordered the duck egg gnocchi. It was a sea of colour when it arrived at the table, served with sage butter, pumpkin puree, peas and goats milk feta. The combination was delicious from this colourful dish.
The huge stack that arrived was impressive. They were marinated in herbs and garlic, lightly grilled then served in a tasty pile on basil infused rustic mash and roasted vegetables.
Finally the whole lot was drizzled with Sicilian’s rich and creamy citrus Hollandaise sauce.
The dessert tasting plate was huge. It had a full serving of Di Granadiglie Brulee with a lovely crisp toffee crust, a large slab of tasty tiramisu, two rich and full cannoli's and finally a full serving of panna cotta slathered in raspberry compote.
Sicilian has been here in Parramatta for a long while and it is clearly still just as popular as ever - and perhaps even more so!
The menu is extensive with a full range of Italian food available. We tried plenty and only touched the edges of the choices. Their serving sizes are big too, so bring a very healthy appetite.
Sir and Mlady dined as guests of Sicilian and Platinum Restaurant Group. Special thanks to Andrew for looking after us so capably. It was also great to catch up with dynamic restaurant manager (and chef in his own right) Vahe. Big thanks also to Stephanie Sproul of Platinum Restaurant Group for arranging our visit.