Date: 31 December 2010
Well, we splurged for New Years Eve and got takeaway!! This is a new place in Civic and we have been wanting to try it for a while now and due to a misunderstanding, we didn’t get to try it the night before!
They have a pretty good selection of veggie food as you would expect from an Indian restaurant – although I find it is a bit concerning that the entree’s include veg spring rolls! We decided to try the Palak Patha Chaat – batter fried spinach with chickpeas and potatoes, topped with yoghurt and tamarind sauce. It was ok – I think the batter fried spinach was stale or something because it was kind of chewy. For mains we ordered the Baigan Patiala (eggplant and potatoes), Vegetable Kootu and Palak Paneer. We also had rice, garlic naans, and sides of cucumber yoghurt, tomato, onion and corriander salsa, and banana coconut. The veg Kootu was the highlight of the meal – it had a lovely coconuty flavour and also crunchy but not undercooked lentils. It was great and I could have happily eaten it all by myself! The Palak Paneer had good flavour, but not a lot of paneer in it. I am not a fan of eggplant, so didn’t particularly like the Baigan Patiala, but the potatoes were good, as was the sauce it came in. The sides and the breads were also good.
All in all, pretty good food. I’d definitely go back as I think it is better than some of the other Indian take away food we have had…
Date: 5 August 2010
We were having a coffee and a snack here before doing ‘kid stuff’, and I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised. They had a huge array of cakes which looked delicious. I didn’t have a good look at the entire menu, but what I did scan and what I heard about sounded good. I ordered a Devonshire tea and asked if they could do it with a hot chocolate instead of tea or coffee – and this was the first time in a very long time that I have received the answer ‘of course’ when asking if I can alter a meal listed on the menu. The Devonshire tea was $6.50 (no charge for the change in beverage) and no charge for a babycino! The scones were huge, and there were 2 of them. The serving of jam and cream was very generous. The hot chocolate was delicious. The food came quickly and the service was efficient, although the waitress seemed a little annoyed when we were trying to decide whether to move tables or add a table to where we were sitting. However, when they came to clear the plates away and we apologised for the mess, the waitress seemed to relax a bit and assured us it was not the worst she had seen. All in all – a pleasant surprise, and there is a play area for the kids, a fish pond, as well as ample high chairs and a little table as well!
I’m not sure where this little plastic pencil sharpener penguin came from, but I suspect it was a place that was dedicated to penguins – so probably Granite Island or somewhere like that…
Date: 18 July 2010
We have driven along the main street of Goulburn a couple of times in the past looking for somewhere to eat – this place has never been open, however, this time it was, so we decided to try it. This was a very quick dinner on a Sunday night after a day trip to Sydney. We were the only people in the restaurant although there were quite a few takeaway orders as we ate. We ordered veggie spring rolls, stir fried veggies and tofu with basil and chilli and a veggie panang curry, along with steamed rice. The food was great. The curry was creamy with the right amount of chilli. The basil and chilli dish had a nice bite to it without being overly hot. The spring rolls were good, but the dipping sauce made them – it was thick and spicy and kind of fruity – not really like any other dipping sauce that has come with spring rolls. The food came quickly and the service was friendly! Would we eat here again? Definitely!
Date: 24 April 2010
This is a cafe at Lerida Estate Winery near Lake George. We stopped on impulse as we are often unable to stop at places like this when en route to/from Sydney, thanks to the dogs! However this time we were sans dogs and thought it would be nice to stop and eat and take a break from driving. Cafe Lerida has a beautiful view, however it was raining, so we were unable to sit outside and enjoy it. Inside the cafe, which is also the wine tasting area, has a warm buzzing atmosphere – and the food was really good as well! They have a smallish menu, however there were a few veggie options which were very clearly marked. Martin opted for the soup of the day – zucchini and chestnut, while I had the mushroom and leek quiche. The soup sounded like a slightly strange combination, and I think we were both a little wary of how it would taste – but it was divine! So divine, that one day soon I am going to find a recipe and make it! The mushroom and leek quiche was delicious and came with salad – but given the cold and dreary weather, I wanted to add the creamy mashed potato and tomato chilli jam that was listed on one of the other menu items – this was no problem. We also both ordered the recommended accompanying glass of wine from their range. For the soup this was a rose and the quiche it was a pinot gris. Both wines were lovely and matched the meals perfectly. Although the deserts looked delicious, we decided to taste some wine instead. And bought a few bottles, of course! If you are in the area, I would definitely recommend taking the time to stop!
Date: 28 March 2010
We have eaten at Francisco’s a few times and it is really good food. It is kind of a funny place – sitting out in the middle of an arcade, but the food is really good! They have a pretty good selection of veggie dishes and I have yet to eat something here that I haven’t liked. Both times recently I have had the same thing off the specials menu because it is just so good (but I can’t remember the name of it! It is kind of a Quesadilla type thing…). We have also had the red salsa and layered Mexican dip for entree’s – yum! In the past we’ve had the burritos, enchilada and tostadas – all delicious… Just writing about it makes my mouth water – definitely time to head back for more delicious food!
I’m pretty sure we got this little guy from a market while we were in the US – just can’t remember which state!
This soft and squishy HP keyring penguin was an early addition to the collection. Martin picked it up from somewhere…
I am pretty sure we picked this little cutie pie up at a market somewhere – just can’t remember where…
It is one of those toys where you push the base in and it ‘falls’ down because all the little pieces of penguin are held tight with elastic…
Another little Xmas treasure! A gift for Martin from me.