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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Yokozuna Ramen Experts, East Malvern by Obelix

Kiddo has an obsession with noodle soup.  In an attempt to diversify her from pho, pho and more pho, I took her to Yokozuna Ramen Experts for a Japanese version of a noodle soup.

It was a pretty decent quick lunch.  Kiddo ordered the Tonkotsu Ramen White ($12) which came with egg, slices of tender pork and a pork and soy based soup.  It is a lot cheaper than Hakata Gensuke but the Yokozuna broth is less complex/intense.  So if you like a lighter and less intense broth, then Yokozuna is probably more up your alley.

I could not go pass anything involving black sesame.  Therefore I had to order the black sesame and chicken soup with soy based ramen and chilli oil topped with karaage chicken ($17).  It was a generous serve and the broth and ramen were both flavoursome.  I was a bit saddened that the crunchy karaage were no longer crunchy as they were served in the broth.  Would have been nice to have those on a separate plate.

Kiddo washed her noodles down with a glass of freshly squeezed OJ ($3).

Verdict:  We liked it.

Yokozuma Ramen Experts were a pretty decent noodle feed.  The service was quick and friendly.  The price reasonable.  It is conveniently located within Chadstone Shopping Centre and is a good alternative to food court fare.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Mr Burger, Melbourne CBD by Bureaucrat

We had hoped to go to Badger and Hawke (see Big Fil's review) for a quick lunch near work, however it was unexpectedly closed in the lead up to Christmas.  Instead, we wandered the streets looking for another burger joint.  Starving, we finally found the Lt Bourke Street outpost of Mr Burger.

There are about four types of burger to choose from.  One of the guys went for the Mr Meat which came with caramelised onions, bacon and BBQ sauce.

I went with the simple Mr Burger - a juicy beef patty with the typical salad ingredients.  While it looks small, the burger is quite big.  I'd liken the taste to a gourmet version of Hungry Jacks - especially with the grilled flavour and the tomato sauce and mayo. 

While another of the guys went for the Mr Hot which came with jalapenos, onion rings, bacon and chilli mayo.

We also got some chips to share.

Mr Burger is normally a food truck.  However, this seemed to be a permanent shop for Mr Burger.  It's small, there are no tables and it's all take away service (which we didn't realise before we turned up).  We ended up eating our burgers across the road in front of an office building.

Verdict: we liked it.

Service is slow - perhaps it felt particularly long since we were all starving and it had started to rain.  There was a bit of a mix up with our orders but in a good way.  Somehow they ended up making two burgers for me (but I only paid for the one).

For the price, it's quite good value ($10-$12 each). The burgers taste nice but my preference is still for Grill'd and Fat Bob's.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Omeros Seafood Bros, Gold Coast (QLD) by Obelix

Omeros Bros Seafood is touted as one of the upmarket restaurants at the Marina Resort.  I found it reasonably priced with pleasant ambience and friendly service.

For a seafood restaurant, it served one of the best steaks I have ever sunk my jaws on - juicy and charred well.  The said steak was part of the Surf and Turf ($44.90) which consisted of an eye fillet with Moreton bay bug tail, king prawns in a light mustard sauce.

Friends of mine ordered the Garlic Prawns which came with a creamy mushroom sauce on rice ($30.90).

We shared a Greek salad ($14).  

Chips were diplomatically referred to as "vegetables" on the invoice to assuage the guilt ($9).  

Verdict:  We liked it.  

Omeros Seafood Bros is well worth the look in, especially for the Surf and Turf.  

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sanbo Chinese Restaurant, Vancouver (Canada) by Bureaucrat

Richmond is a inner-city suburb of Vancouver.  In the last few hours of our time in Canada, we rambled across Richmond looking for last minute souvenirs and a very late lunch/early dinner.  Loyal readers would know that I get a hankering for Chinese food, in particular, for rice, when I'm on holiday.  Sanbo Chinese Restaurant is located in Richmond which is a predominantly Asian suburb - kinda like a mash-up of Doncaster and Box Hill in Melbourne.  

Despite the odd time (sometime between 3-5pm), there was a reasonable number of people dining in. We opted to go for the lunchtime deals (CAD$9.75 for a main and a drink).  I went for the fish w sweetcorn gravy on rice - comfort food at its best.  A big serve of fluffy rice, topped with lots of fish fillets and soupy sweetcorn sauce.  This was a healthier version as the fish hadn't been deep fried in batter.

The Lawyer went for the stir fry beef rice noodle.  A big dish as well with lots of beef.  While this was nice the fish dish was much better.

Both dishes came with your choice of drink - we both went for the Hong Kong style tea, which is made with powdered tea and lots of condensed milk.  A rather sloppy presentation with the very tea-stained mugs. You also get complementary Chinese tea... well as complementary soup as a starter.

Inside, the place looks like a typical suburban restaurant, with booths lining the perimeter and tables in the middle.

Verdict: we liked it a lot.

A really great cheap feed for less than CAD$10 per person you get a big, well cooked meal with a drink and complementary Chinese tea and soup.  The place seems to be a favourite with the locals.

Sanbo Restaurant on Urbanspoon
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