Having left work yesterday to catch a 6:45 movie at Dendy Cinemas meant not having much time to eat dinner. The wonderful thing about eating out in Newtown is that you have so many options when needing a quick, cheap but delicious meal. The Italian Bowl was close to the theatre, has great tasting pasta and costs south of $15.
My pick for a pre-movie dinner was this Linguini Siciliana. Olives, eggplant and ricotta in a very tasty napolitana sauce.
My mom is on a mission to try all the Malaysian restaurants in town. On New Year’s Eve we gathered up our close friends and headed to Ginger & Spice, Neutral Bay for dinner. Okay technically its Singaporean. Then it was Makan @ Alice’s in Thornleigh on a hot hot icky day. So much so that I was told they didn’t have their famous kueh kueh as it was too hot to make them!? After that it was Kuali in Lane Cove. I couldn’t make it to Kuali. And yesterday it was Sambal in Macquarie Park.
At Ginger & Spice we had the banquet menu at $50 per person. The service was good and they were extremely accommodating. We had conveniently forgotten that we had a vegetarian couple dining with us and forgot to cater enough vegetarian dishes for them. The staff offered helpful suggestions and quickly whipped up a generous plate of gado gado..
Then there’s Makan at Alice’s. I had the stir fried glass noodles which was good. I’m a sucker for anything glass noodles. You rarely see this on any menu. Which reminds me.. if you know a place that serves claypot low shee fun (rat tails noodles) in Sydney you have to TELL ME! The beef rendang was tasty but a bit tough. The nasi lemak only offered a small helping of either curry chicken or beef rendang. Char kuey teow was okay. Mmm ice kacang was good.
They are popular for their kueh but what I don’t understand is why they can’t make it on a hot day. Duhh Malaysia is hot everyday.. I will definitely be returning for the kueh and to sample the dinner menu.
The plan last Saturday was to go watch a movie and have dinner at a place somewhere selected from the Good Food Guide. It was a toss-up between Assiette and another restaurant also in Surry Hills. Assiette won out because on the day, they let us have a table at opening time (6pm). Lucky too, cause we think their degustation menu was great and I can’t rembember why we even considered anywhere else. We ended up watching the movie after 2 hours of delicious eating. Seriously these guys deserve any awards heaped on them, including the two Chef’s Hat rating from AGFG.