Review

Green Farm Restaurant, Hanoi, Vietnam 

The Green Farm was there when we needed it- air conditioned, English menu and vegetarian options. The service was a bit hit and miss, and they managed to misunderstand my order. I wasn’t too bothered by this, but was quite unsettled when the bill came back with items we didn’t order. They apologized for the inconvenience and gave us a discount as compensation. 

Honestly, the experience is what I remember most about the place. My refreshing beverage was underwhelming and my rice paper rolls were heavy on the herbs and too overpowering. 

The restaurant seems to be fixated on receiving five star reviews online, but the food and service don’t help their cause.

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.

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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. 

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.

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.

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.

Singapore Mass Rapid Transit

Singapore Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) is efficient, clean,  fast and very easy to navigate. My English-speaking mother and I were able to master the MRT within a day, and felt comfortable relying on it as a mode of transport within Singapore. It covers the major tourist attractions, comes regularly and is cost-effective. 



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