Growing up, pizzas have always meant reunions and celebrations with family and friends.
Pizzas are meant to be shared and not eaten alone. It’s meant to be sliced and everyone gets a piece. Agree? Say amen.
Among those that I’ve tried at Rosewater Hotel, my personal fave is the Rosewater Special (Napolitana sauce, fior di latte, prosciutto crudo di parma, fresh buffalo mozzarella, and basil). The sauce was refreshing for such a savoury slice.
Talk about their pizza crust — the garlic pizza entree was already a league of its own! Mmm!
Discovering a Southeast Asian food haven in the posh and urban district of Norwood is almost like finding a golden pot at the end of a rainbow. Mr Chu is that eureka moment: yes, I’m having Southeast Asia in South Australia!
Having lived in Singapore for over a decade before migrating to Adelaide, I have had an amazing foodie experience of gaining easy access to an array of quality yet affordable Asian food. With neighbouring countries such as Malaysia, you get to taste the same dish in a different country, but cooked with a slightly different twist. Same-same but different.
Those days in Singapore, you just have to step out of your home, and within a hundred steps or less, an entire new world awaits you: a Disneyland-esque, culinary melting pot called hawker centres. Mind you, this is your gateway to laksas, mie gorengs, xiaolongbaos, briyanis, and every other good Asian food you can probably think of at less than 10 bucks per order.
Back here in Adelaide, I have always been hungry for Southeast Asia (deliberately using the word “Southeast Asia” as I miss the whole concept of being in and experiencing that region in general). That particular week, when I got invited by Mercy Me Marketing to attend Mr Chu’s launch of their winter menu, was no exception. It was a perfect timing to relinquish my nostalgia — and apparently, the best way to solve my personal issues: feed me, baby!
Owned and managed by Malaysian-born Chef Daniel Chu and business partners, Mr Chu serves a range of Southeast Asian fusion dishes primarily catered to the South Australian audience. Their menu boasts something for everyone: a breakfast menu with quintessential Aussie favourites such as the Bacon Benedict, a vegan offering such as the Chef’s Vegan Laksa, and a range of drinks perfect for any Asian food pairing.
With a big focus on Chef Daniel’s Malaysian heritage in the dishes, one may argue: are they serving something authentic? The answer is probably no, which I’m assuming they will confirm too. Mr Chu delivers more on the sweet side and a fun Aussie take on generally savoury Asian dishes.
But in this day and age, what is authentic heritage food anyway? Isn’t food supposed to evolve according to the wants and needs of the audience? I’m with Mr Chu and their fusion food. It’s hip, modern, and comforting.
My personal favourites were the stir fried chicken, seared scallops, and salmon sashimi. Majority in our table loved Mr Chu’s version of the rendang. Although it was indeed good, I’m personally much more critical with my rendangs as they’re my ultimate favourite. I judge the rendang based on the colour, curry & coconut aroma, and the tenderness of the meat. Just a big fan of rendangs, I get too critical at times — I suppose the same way Italians treat their pastas?
While in the middle of the table service, I whispered and shyly asked one of Mr Chu’s service team: “by any chance, do you have any teh (pulled tea)? ” When he said he’s happy to serve a few cups on the table, I squealed with delight. I haven’t had one for ages! Drinking traditional coffee and tea in Singapore/Malaysia after main meals is something quite typical. It was almost like our hobby.
Special thanks to Mr Chu and Mercy Me Marketing for the invitation. Will I come back? YES. Will I recommend Mr Chu to my friends? YAAAS!
Earlier this month, The Pangaea Kitchenopened its doors at 73 Muller Road, Hampstead Gardens to offer various well-known international dishes and comfort food from around the world to the discerning food enthusiasts here in Adelaide.
There’s something warm and cosy about The Pangaea. I’m guessing the wooden walls and earth tones in the interiors play a part, but I’m also placing my bigger bet on the very hospitable service and kitchen team. Unlike other restaurants I’ve been to, here, I easily felt at home. The restaurant was spacious and breezy, which is an ideal set-up for those catching up and hanging out with family and friends.
Their menu is extensive, you’ll never run out of choices: from healthy Greek salads to chicken tikka pizzas, nasi goreng with chicken satay, lamb shank kleftiko, to applewood smoked bbq glazed pork ribs, and many more. And as for their battle cry: they have everything for everyone!
Among the dishes I’ve tasted so far, my personal favourite is the mizo glazed smoked tofu with soba noodles. With its coconut broth, I found this dish extra refreshing.
During this time of pandemic, the organisers behind the Australian Cocktail Month movement built an enticing campaign to help support local bars and business owners by encouraging everyone to cocktail hop.
By purchasing tickets at AU$20 plus GST per person in their website, you will be entitled to discounted cocktails at 72 bars across the whole of Australia (18 of which are located in Adelaide). When you rock up at any of the participating bars, you’ll get to enjoy these special cocktail menu at AU$14 each or AU$10 each for non-alcoholic options.
We ran an overnight Instagram competition to give away tickets to the Australian Cocktail Month and the winner is… Tallulah Seidel. Congratulations!
We have all been there: the constant stacking, the incessant counting, and the insurmountable tracking of the blue coloured sushi plates we’ve consumed in the last couple of hours versus the green, yellow, and orange ones. We all wish we can eat so much more, and yet we avoid the most premium ones in order to get the bang for the buck.But what if we tell you, you can dive straight into Jap oishi heaven with all-you-can-eat sashimis, salmon sushis, takoyakis, tempura prawns, karaage, and so much more for only AU$38, won’t you exclaim a big fat AAMEEENN?
This afternoon, we visited Nijumaru Japanese Restaurant at 20 Jetty Rd, Glenelg, and we probably found our new sushi go-to.
If you’re looking for value for money with good quality Japanese food, you should head down to Nijumaru Japanese Restaurant. Practical, excellent service, and value for money. What else are you looking for? Arigato me later.
Despite the potential risks involved in opening a new business during a pandemic, this new Japanese restaurant braved all odds and found a unique proposition to offer to conservative Adelaide: eat all you can sushi Japanese food for 90 minutes. It’s a concept that’s no longer novel, but is still trendy. And we’re loving it!
From their menu, I have several personal picks: Nasu Den Gaku (deep fried eggplant with sweet miso), the plate of Takoyaki, and for dessert, the Black Sesame Panna Cotta.
The owner, Sen, mentioned to us that the word “Nijumaru” in Japanese essentially means “excellent work.” After dining, I gave them my nijumaru too. I don’t think I’ll mind to pay that price again and again.
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My personal experience staying for two nights at the McLaren Vale Studio Apartments was a great introduction to the unique and exceptional offerings of the McLaren Vale wine and dine region. Truth be told, it felt like I was holidaying somewhere far that I almost forgot that I was staycationing just 30 minutes away from my own house.
With the pandemic forcing and encouraging us to somehow stay within our own localities, I almost lost the drive and inspiration to travel elsewhere. Although I still enter a state of wanderlust from time to time, exploring my own backyard and doing domestic travel will do for now. After all, you will never run out of good holiday options here in South Australia.
Last summer, I was invited by the very gracious hosts, Carmel and Paul, to stay in one of their villas, the Wirra Wirra, at the McLaren Vale Studio Apartments. With six beautiful themed villas located within their property, the Studio Apartments offers a combination of not just accommodations, but a complete McLaren Vale experience altogether.
With two bedrooms, a lounge area, a kitchen, a dining, and a deck, the Wirra Wirra Villa I stayed at was both comfortable and spacious. As an ode to one of the most exceptional wineries in McLaren, our villa was named after one of the oldest and most premium wine maker in South Australia, Wirra Wirra. And as a welcome gift, the Studio Apartments also provided us a bottle of the Wirra Wirra Church Block, a bold fusion of Cabarnet, Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Merlot wine.
As part of the Studio Apartments experience, they also helped arrange an exclusive premium wine tour and personal luxury chauffeur services with the affable Greg of Wine Diva Tours. Aboard his Mercedes van, Greg spent the whole day narrating and presenting to us a brief history of the McLaren Vale region.
By the end of the tour, I was happy-drunk. Migrating and living in South Australia widened my knowledge about the art of drinking high quality wines. I never knew there were so many more variations and fusions you can do with each grape type. Never knew too that the type of soil will affect the quality of the fermented grapes as much as the area’s climate. Living so close to the wine regions is indeed a blessing.
P.S. More videos about this trip will be uploaded soon!
It was one sunny Summer afternoon when the Gelista team came knocking on my front door carrying a box of ice creams which they happily handed out for me to try.
The timing was perfect as I was craving for something sweet and cold that day. They say it’s always best not to expect so we don’t get disappointed, and so I had little expectations about the ice creams I’m receiving from them.
Although I must also admit, I’ve always glanced at Gelista whenever I pass by the ice cream section of any grocery stores. They look really gorgeous, and I always have eyes on anything premium-looking *wink, wink*. Never had the chance to buy one though, so this was a fulfillment of my dreams.
I opened the box they’ve passed to me with gusto and discovered 17 unique gelati flavours inside:
Ricotta, Fig & Honey, Strawberries & Cream, Mint & Dark Chocolate, Lemon Myrtle & Macadamia with Toasted Coconut, Lightly Salted Caramel Macadamia, Salted Caramel with Crunchy Toffee Pieces, Apple & Guava with Salted White Chocolate, Dairy Free Vanilla Bean, Peanut Butter with Chocolate & Caramel Swirl, Blood Orange & Dark Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, Coffee & Cardamom with Mocha Swirl, Coconut with Raspberry Swirl, Peppermint Double Choc, Classic Chocolate, Chocolate Almond Fudge, and their newest flavour… Durian.
I was beyond delighted as their ice creams look so interesting to taste.
I immediately opened the Durian flavour (aside from the fact that I also miss eating the actual fruit back in Asia) and was pleasantly surprised that it was really smooth and easy to eat. For those who haven’t tried any form of durians yet and are automatically turned off by its potent smell, I’m betting my life that this will be manageable to try. I actually loved it.
As I’m also trying to watch my weight these days, I quickly scanned their product bar code for my macro tracking. It was only 25g of carb, 2g of fat, and 1g of protein per serving. Not bad! Also, I enjoyed the fact that it wasn’t too heavy, not too creamy, and not overly sweet. Just about right.
As I had tons of Gelista ice creams to try, I invited my friends to come over the following weekend to share the fun.
My personal favourite by a mile is the Salted Caramel with Crunchy Toffee Pieces, but hey, they do have tons of flavours to choose from. Whether you want something fruity or chocolatey, you’ll definitely find something that’ll suit your taste buds.