Opening Night of Cha Li Boi Yum Cha

IMG_0213It seems like only yesterday The Queen of Rice Paper Rolls” announced closure of the famous ” MissChu”. I bet you miss her amazing Phos, prawn and mango rice paper rolls and duck pancakes  just as much as i do, one of her cute little tuckshops used to be right next to my house and one of my favourite take out places for some fine Vietnamese.

“MissChu’s dead; she was my ego and she let me down,” Nahji Chu (aka Miss Chu) announced in late 2014 and we were all expecting a massive come back, something bigger and greater. And so here it is. In the begging of May 2017 Nanji Chu launch a modern Yum Cha restaurant “Cha Li Boi”  in Bondi Junction .

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Nahji Chu is a true inspiration, i love seeing strong women like her rise from the ground up and create amazing things! In her speech she mentioned how her mum wanted her to get a full time job like everyone else, when she was younger, and Nahji replied that is was so irresponsible of her to propose that, when she was fully capable of being an independent entrepreneur, create fabulous venues and give people jobs.

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The launch started with french champagne – Taittinger Cuvee Prestige, The Stiff Roaster ( Johnny Walker Black whiskey, ginger, fresh lemon and pineapple) and Hidden Dragon ( Pampero Blanco rum, Absinthe La Fee rinse, lychee liqueur, coconut water) Cocktails. And Philter beer on tap.

 

 

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We were lucky to taste the whole menu of the delicous Hong Kong inspired Yum Cha. Pacman Dumplings is an absolute must try on your next visit to Cha Li Boi

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Clams is another must try! Fresh and delicate

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There can’t be Yum Cha without Peking Duck, made to perfection.

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And spring rolls, of course

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Pork buns and “leather jacket” dumplings

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As you can tell “leather jacket” dumplings and loster and scampi dumplings were the most popular ones.

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“Ants climbing trees” is the name of a pork mince dish, there is a vegan version of this dish made with seaweed and kelp noodles.

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This is probably the first Yum Cha restaurant with the dance floor and a DJ, why not try some decadent dumplings and delicious cocktails and go for a boogie after?

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By the way, for all my Melbourian readers, Miss Chu is still blossoming in Melbourne and i’ve met their amazing and stylish director

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What a great night! Thank you for inviting us Cha Li Boi Yum Cha, we will be back for some late night yum cha shortly

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Cho Cho San Review – 8/10

Everyone need to have their “go to” fancy restaurant. So let me introduce mine  – Cho Cho San in Potts Point. My local and amazing Japanese for when i want something fancy yet still affordable.I love that it is so chic and contemporary inside, not  overpriced for what it is and the food is so fresh and delicious. First time i visited Cho Cho San for lunch it literally blew my mind away and was probably the best Japanese i have ever had.

First of all the interiors are stunning, all the dishes are well set and presented. Waiting stuff is very friendly and attentive.I love the fresh minimalist approach in food and interiors, in true japanese style. The food is delicious, raw dishes are fresh and delicate as they should be.

Is this a date night venue? I’d say absolutely as it can be quite intimate (if you have a table for too) or more casual if you are sharing the table with others. There is a bit of casual wibe to it, it’s more suitable for a big group of friends. Although food is so well presented it gives that posh ” dating material” feel to it.

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For the Entree i have ordered Edemame and Avocado Dip with Japanese crackers. Very delicious and a bit unusual taste ($8) and Pork Katsu Steamed Bun ($9), highly recommend the pork buns. And yes i had coffee with my food, since it was an early lunch and i needed some caffeine to function. I must add that for a Japanese restaurant they make pretty good coffees!

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For main i ended up deciding on Petuna Ocean Trout with Wasabi and black Peper ($22) Oh my god, the trout sashimi is to die for! Fish literally melts in your mouth, it’s that fresh and tender. Highly recommend this dish as a main, however, it is not very filling.

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The second time i went to Cho Cho San i got the same Edemame and Avocado dip, in addition to that i got Cucumber and Black Fungi Salad ($8) it was nice, but a bit too acidic for my taste. And i have also tried Miso Eggplan on a stick ($3 ea), also nice but a bit too fatty.Personally, i don’t rate those two dishes,but each to their own.

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My main was raw Scampi with Kohlrabi and Ponzu($25). It’s very tender and very raw. I liked it, it does have that fishie/oceanie taste to it, that might not be for everyone. But it’s different, so i would recommend it as a sharing dish or an entree. Or maybe have it with a side of rice.

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Since the dishes are very light and not over powering it makes a perfect sense to add dessert to the meal. My first time at the Cho Cho San was celebrated with the traditional green tea soft serve ($6)  which was amazing and everything you would expect it to be. Light and perfect like a true soft serve.

4Second time i tried Black Sesame Seed Mochi, which you eat with your hand as the mochi itself is dry and it is filled with black sesame icecream inside. I loved it, the texture, the fill, the taste,  everything. Definitely try it when you visit Cho Cho San.unnamed (6)unnamed (5)

 Cho Cho San
73 Macleay St, Potts Point NSW 2011

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Chiswick – 9/10 Rating

Chiswick is a gorgeous restaurant surrounded by a beautiful garden and located in the heart of Wollahra. It was definitely on my list of must visit, so I got very excited when my good friend Jordan (Sloans Salon North Sydney) decided to host his birthday celebration at Chiswick.

We all had set menus for $80 pp, i recon it’s pretty good for the amount and variety of absolutely delicious food we have received for the price.

So here is what you get for $80 per person Continue reading “Chiswick – 9/10 Rating”

Organism – Rating 7/10

I am starting my first blog with my absolute favourite café – Organism. It is a hidden gem, and it took me a while to even notice it as I walked past it quite often.

Organism café is a renovated town house on Crown Street in Surry Hills. If you don’t know the area well, it is very close to Kawa café. The interior is very welcoming with a cozy homely feel, being an interior designer by trade, I always pay a lot of attentions to the surroundings and décor.

Also being a health freak, I absolutely loved the fact that Organism uses organic ingredients (hence the price), fresh produce and all the dishes appear to be healthy but absolutely delicious. Another great thing about Organism is that you can get free wifi, which makes it a perfect place for those of you working outside of office.  My usual weekend would start there, with my laptop, an espresso, a juice and an amazing meal.  It is a nice place to sit down and get some work done.My favourite dish used to be Black Pasta Salad, unfortunately I have noticed that it is no longer available 😦 . The staff is very friendly too, the lady who runs the place is super cute. Continue reading “Organism – Rating 7/10”