restaurant

Thunderbird, Katoomba, Australia 

What a funky cafe! Right down the end of Katoomba’s main street sits a cozy Mexican-inspired café.  The guys who work there are really easy to talk to and were happy to have a chat with a weary traveler. While Mexican inspired, the decor holds a lot of local charm, with a kids play area, postcards from around the world, posters supporting local artists and a huge mural to enliven the place. 

The food is great as well. My organic mint hot chocolate was strong and perfect. Our brunch was deeply satisfying. My partner had a grande burrito and I had a bowl of potatoes, chorizo and avocado.

 We hadn’t planned on coming here but the prices were reasonable and the atmosphere automatically drew us in. Great guys and great food. 

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Jamie’s Italian, Parramatta, Sydney

My friends and I walked right in without a reservation. The restaurant is close to the city center, public transport and parking so it was fairly busy even for a weeknight. We shared a pizza, ravioli, aranchini and polenta chips for dinner, which were the perfect size to share and tasted divine. It’s nice to have a wide range of vegetarian options and authentic Italian. They claim to use local produce and honestly,  the flavours were simple but fullbodied. Their cocktails are pricey but damn good and their desserts are truly satisfying. I loved the baked vanilla cheesecake. 

Highly recommend this restaurant. 

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Ngon Villa restaurant, Hanoi

Off the main drag, deep into the backstreets of the Old Quarter is a stunning oasis, Ngon Villa restaurant. It stands tall among street stalls and cheap eats, and it glows with lanterns and space; no mean feat in such a cramped city. We didn’t have a reservation and were accommodated immediately. I was first struck by the rustic aesthetic, peppered with a collection of vintage oddities. It felt like a converted residence, rather than a conventional restaurant. 

The menu is extensive and catered to all the dietary requirements of my small party. We shared delicious local specialties, Hanoian grilled pork, grilled king prawns and papaya salad. It was a real treat. I’d recommend going for the a la carte menu and for a fancy meal. 

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Samuels restaurant, Thirroul, Australia 

Samuels is a stunning restaurant. My friends and I chose to come here to celebrate our final night of our toad trip down the south coast. This restaurant is fancy, five star and a perfect treat. The waitstaff were very attentive and made sure to understand our complex dietary requirements. The entrées were honestly a work of art, inspired and gourmet. The mains were a delicate fusion of tastes and textures. The desserts were punctuated with detail, so delectable. We were pleasantly surprised to find a restaurant of this caliber in Thirroul and recommend it to all. 

Entrées 

  • Shredded confit duck
  • Tasmanian salmon
  • Zucchini, goats cheese and mushroom

Main course

  • Rangers Valley Eye filled
  • Seared duck breast
  • Edible garden 

Desserts

  • Chocolate log
  • White chocolate parfait
  • Vanilla Panna cotta 

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Harry’s Café, Bondi, Australia

Harry’s is a minimalist cafe, just a short walk from the beach in North Bondi. I discovered it on social media, and we had a few recommendations from friends. It’s a small place, but it’s open and light. It seems a lot less frantic than some of the other cafés around Bondi, probably because it’s a little ways out, but also because of the cool, sleek atmosphere. 

The coffee is aromatic, not too strong or bitter and not too dilute. We were there in time for the lunch menu to kick in and it seemed more exciting to us, although I’ll definitely be back to try the breakfast menu. As far as brunch goes, it’s on the expensive side, but the meal was delicious, artisan and the produce tasted fresh. I had the sashimi tuna poke salad with soba noodles and tamarind dressing. It was flavoursome and fresh. My friend ordered the tumeric chicken salad and was delighted to taste dairy free cheese- true excitement for a lactose intolerant. My other friend had the seafood cerviche and recommended it highly. 

Wander down, midweek to avoid the crowds, and just revel in fine food.

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Royal Anand Restaurant, Bangkok

The dosas are excellent, you have to get one with your meal. The staff are very friendly; on one particular occasion we arrived for dinner on an Indian day of celebreation so the restaurant was closed. The owner (who lived nearby) came out to greet us and said that if we were really disappointed, we were welcome to part take in his family feast! We didn’t,  but felt very welcomed.  It’s cheap and cheerful so it’s easy to just order everything in sight and have the full Indian experience. The Daal Mahkni is to die for, and it seems they really thrive on vegetarian options. Fantastic little place right down Soi 18, so it’s out of the way, but definitely a must do. 


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Mon Hue restaurant, Hanoi

This restaurant was exactly what we needed, when we needed it. We came here after exploring the Temple of Literature. We were super dehydrated and in need of aircon (a bathroom and wifi) and we stumbled across this place. It’s a franchise, so don’t expect a unique home cooked experience. However, the food is excellent, well priced and really hit the spot. My vegetarian and food allergy friends were able to navigate the menu and find something they liked, and I was very satisfied with my noodle bowl. Solid recommendation and close to tourist attractions.


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