Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bao Dim Sum House (Los Angeles, CA)

Finally! Legit Dim Sum in the Hollywood area. It's trendy too, not one of those shady rated B Chinese restaurants.

Juicy Pork Dumpling (Xiao Long Bao): the dough part was too thick for my taste
Mushroom Dumpling: didn't like it
Chicken Stuffed Mushrooms: okay
Radish Cake w/Chinese Sausage: one of the better ones I've had, it was crispy on the outside.
Chicken Potsticker: pretty good
Crispy Scallion Pancake: meh
Shrimp Stuffed Eggplant: wow, very good.
Bao Milk Bun: omg nomnomnom good.
Almond Jello: a little plain

Chicken Stuffed Mushrooms, Shrimp Stuffed Eggplant, Crispy Scallion Pancake

Bao Milk Bun

Almond Jello

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Maha (Melbourne, Australia)

Middle Eastern Food.

I don't get to eat this kind of food as much as I like. The seasonings and tastes are so different from what I'm used to and is a really nice change. I did the 5 course soufra where the server picks your dishes. The soup was really refreshing. Each course of the meal they brought out many small dishes. Everything was really good. Our soufra didn't come with baklava for dessert so we ordered that on top. It had crushed nuts in it and was the best variation I've had so far.

The restaurant itself is really trendy (you know dim lighting, soft music, really cool and original cocktail list). I definitely recommend this place. It's also walking distance (like less than 10 min) from The Crown Casino.

One of the most unique soups I've ever had

poached free range pullet egg, joselito iberico, smoked bread, dehydrated shankleesh, halva and fried cauliflower

fish, couscous, pita chips


Turkish delight filled Maha doughnuts; coconut tapioca with lychees, ginger and mint granita; ice cream

Rockpool Bar & Grill (The Crown, Melbourne, Australia)

Probably the Best restaurant in The Crown Casino Complex (yes better than Gordon Ramsay's Maze....that place was meh). They wagyu ribeye here is the best I've had. The pumpkin and sweet potato with burnt butter and garlic yogurt is a must have side. I didn't care much for any of the desserts, they were just okay. I would recommend the passionfruit pavlova or the hazelnut macaroon and banana ice cream sandwich.