Sunday, September 10, 2006

Post Holiday Syndrome and veg restaurants in Sydney

Ok it doesn't exist, but if it did that would describe how I feel right now. Sad, annoyed, tired and not wanting to go back to participating in normal life crap, you know work, house work, home work and any other forms of stress and just general annoyance.

Sydney was great, Mr T and I managed to squeeze all we could have out of it for the 2 and a bit days we were there. We ate, and ate and ate, and shopped, and saw a lot, and just did pretty well at pretending that we had money to spend on all sorts of things we wouldn't normally spend it on. Like a yummy $15 cocktail.

While I was organised enough to pack the camera charger, and clear all the pics on the camera, and have it fully charged it somehow fell out of my bag on the way to the airport and remained in my car in Melbourne. So I purchased a disposable one but will have to get them printed the old fashioned way. Below are a few pics from Mr T's camera on his mobile in the meantime.

Now the biggest highlight food wise was the turnip cake that we had at Bodhi's, ok it's not the greatest turnip cake and can barely compare to great HK turnip cake. But it's the first place I have found veg turnip cake in Australia. Here it is pictured on the right. Also don't the pumpkin dumplings on the right look cute.

I should probably mention that Bodhi's was ok. Nice location, kind of classy, but overpriced and the food was just ok but it was so worth it for the turnip cake.

We then we to Mother Chu's another Chinese veg restuarant. It seems Sydney is filled with Chinese vegetarian restaurants. The interesting thing about Mother Chu's is that unlike most Chinese veg places they didn't name things after meat dishes well at least not in English. According to Mr T though many of the Chinese names did indicate in the normal way what meat dish it was supposed to resemble. So I'm not sure what this dish is supposed to be, it's English name was simply crispy gluten but boy was it yummy. One of the best dishes I've ever had.

Lastly we tried Pitt St vegetarian restaurant yum cha. Yes yum cha twice. Like Bodhi was disappointed by their BBQpork buns, they are normally my fav however they were both identical, I suspect the same frozen packet or something. They did however have a few yummy items. There coriander dumplings, such as great combination and those on the right which English name I forgot where also very yummy.

We also ate at some non Chinese veg restaurants. We had a yummy breakfast at Macro in Bondi Junction. I had the scrambled tofu which has pumpkin butter and avocado on the side, whereas Mr T had the mushroom place and instead of pesto on the side opted for avocado. The scrambled tofu was different from other scrambled tofu i've had, sweeter but still good.

We also had the misfortune of going to badde manors while we in glebe. The two dishes we had were pretty bad. I had the lentil burger below. It was the worst lentil burger I've had in my life. It tasted like someone has simply cooked up some lentils and mashed them together, with no spices and no sauce, and just added them in a bun with some salad. It was so bland. Mr T's dish was also pretty boring and tiny. It seems like badde manors is more of a cake shop with some veg food made by a meat eater who thinks veg food has to be boring and bland.

We also picked up some food items to take home. Including tiny little pestos which happened to be vegan and we fell in love with the handmade dark chocolates pictured below from the paddington market. The brown bag had the baby chocolate figs and we couldn't wait to munch into them as you can see from the crunched up bag. The others were: chili, ginger and lemon flavored.

1 comment:

Harmonia said...

I hope you will post some veg restaurant reveiws in veggin out.

It's always hard to go back to work...blah!

Hope your day goes well...