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Suburban Thai – Som Tam

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Good afternoon my Dearest Reader’s hope you’re all enjoying your weekend :) I’m not sure if you remember my friend Garfield, we’ve been friends since high school and he LOVES Thai food. We have gone to countless Thai restaurants and without fail he will order the same items from the menu! That’s why when I got an offer to review Som Tam a new Thai restaurant in Thornbury, I knew it was the perfect excuse to catch up!

Garfield (nickname of course) hates photos but I managed to snap this one and he allowed me to post it as long as it was black and white :P This guy has not changed at all! Just wondering my Dear Readers do you still keep in contact with your high school friends?

Chang Beer $8

Chang Beer $8

Mr Bao came with us as well and the boys decided it was a good night to have a beer or two or actually make that three. And they also stick with a Chang beer when we’re dining at a Thai restaurant.

Complimentary Som Tam

Complimentary Som Tam

The restaurant itself is called Som Tam, and for those who don’t know it mean Green Papaya salad in Thai. We were all given a small dish of complimentary Som Tam which I thought was a nice gesture and palate cleanser.

Son in Law Eggs $7.9

Son in Law Eggs $7.9

I’m a huge fan of Son in Law eggs which are soft boiled eggs fried to give it a crispy skin, topped with caramelised red onion, chilli and herbs. The eggs were cooked well and still remained runny inside, I did find it to be a little under seasoned and would’ve liked some more chilli or onion flavours.

Roti Bread and Peanut sauce $4.5

Roti Bread and Peanut sauce $4.5

Garfield and I are huge fans of roti bread and he’s introduced me to peanut sauce and now I can’t seem to get enough of it. The roti bread was fresh and warm, while the peanut sauce had more pronounce curry flavours than peanut, they paired each other quite well.

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Thanks Mr Bao for being my trusty hand model. But perhaps next time I can paint your nails too? Hahaha just kidding!

Som Tam  with Soft shell crab $12.90

Som Tam with Soft shell crab $12.90

I am a huge fan of Som Tam so since its their signature I had to try. We chose the soft shell crab salad as I find that more interesting. The Som Tam was made well fresh and crunchy, however, I found it too sour and not as spicy as I’ve had it in Bangkok. The soft shell crab was deep fried, it could have probably stayed in the deep fryer for a tad longer to make it extra crispy especially the thicker parts.

Tom Yum Soup with prawn $9.5

Tom Yum Soup with prawn $9.50

Mr Bao and I also shared the Tom Yum soup with prawns mushroom, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. Once again I found it to be amore sour than spicy, but the prawns were very fresh and had good texture.

Pad Se Ew $15.90

Pad Se Ew $15.90

Garfield was the first to introduced me to Pad Se Ew which is a stir fly noodle with beef slices, Chinese broccoli, pepper with a sweet soy sauce. This is his ultimate favourite dish out of all the dishes in Thai cuisine, he can eat this literally every day! He gave a big smile and nod to this Pad Se Ew as it was done right in his books made with beef and we could tell that it was freshly made and still piping hot. His only comment it that there was a little too much pepper for his liking.

Kana Moo Krob $15.90

Kana Moo Krob $15.90

I’m so glad I was dining with the boys, so I can try more dishes, we then shared a stir fry and curry dish. This is the Kana Moo Krob which is a stir fry of Chinese broccoli, crispy pork belly and garlic chilli oyster sauce. I could really taste the “breath of the wok” meaning the wok was heated to a high heat to cook this dish.

Red Curry Roast Duck $18.90

Red Curry Roast Duck $18.90

Mr Bao finally ordered the Red duck curry, he’s been talking about it for a while, but the last couple of Thai restaurants we visited either didn’t have duck or red curry. I was quite impressed that the duck is roasted in house with berries and longan added to the curry sauce to give it some overall sweetness.

Black Sticky Rice $4

Black Sticky Rice $4

The red duck curry sauce went very well with the Black Sticky rice. I’m not sure if I’ve told you this before, but I’m not really a fan of rice, never liked it or enjoyed it. However, I do like glutinous rice and when it’s black it’s even better as it’s got that nutty oat flavour to it. I also found that not many Thai restaurants serve black sticky rice so I was happy that they do here :)

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After all that food I needed a break…so here is a picture of the interior, I believe Som Tam is newly renovated and has a modern casual dining atmosphere.

Sang Ka Ya $6.90

Sang Ka Ya $6.90

The boys downed another couple beers while I was busy choosing what desserts I wanted to try. I couldn’t decide between two or three…so what the heck…I’ll just get all that I wanted! Starting with this Sang Ka Ya which is a egg custard pudding with pumpkin, taro and shredded coconut on top and served with Mango ice-cream. I wasn’t sure how Garfield would take this dessert, as it is a very Asian style and flavoured pudding to my surprise it was his favourite! I really enjoyed the smooth texture of the custard and also the little pieces of taro through it.

Black Sticky Rice with coconut ice-cream $6.90

Black Sticky Rice with coconut ice-cream $6.90

Yay! More black sticky rice for me! This is a very traditional Thai dessert and I remember eating numerous plates of this in Bangkok, however, it was often served with slices of mango, which is what I found missing from this dessert. And perhaps some coconut milk to poured over the black sticky rice would have added some more flavour.

Banana Roti $6.90

Banana Roti $6.90

Then the final dish for the night was this Banana roti with the same fresh buttery flaky roti bread sandwiched with slices of banana, whipped cream and a drizzle of maple syrup. This become my favourite!

I will be honest before visiting Som Tam I was a little wary as I have read mixed reviews about the restaurant. It appeared to be either really good or not so great at all. Even though I do find some dishes lacked chilli and spice. I understand that the chefs are trying to accommodate to the tastes and preferences of locals. I am very glad I came and tried, as we all enjoyed ourselves. I actually found the price of the dishes to be very reasonable, with nothing even mains over $25 while service was quick and pleasant. I would happily return to Som Tam more often if it was closer to where I lived, but I’m sure if I wanted to Garfield would drive again!

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Daisy@Nevertoosweet and guests dined at Som Tam as their guest all opinions are my own. 

Lobster, Oyster & More – The Bostonian

My Dearest Readers, are you a huge fan of seafood? Let you in on a secret, growing up I wasn’t really a fan, I’ll eat most seafood like fish, scallops (I actually love), prawns and crab. Oysters was a whole different story, I would only eat them cooked but the it all change a couple of years ago when I went to Tasmania, I had some super freshly shucked oysters and now I really like them :) However, Mr Bao is the one who is nuts about oysters he’ll order then whenever they’re on the menu and can’t get enough of them! I think his record was 3 or 4 dozens in one seating.

The Bostonian

The Bostonian

Anyhow, I’m getting side tracked with today’s post! The reason why I brought up the topic was oysters is because I wanted to share with you our recent seafood feast at The Bostonian at the The Langham Hotel in Hong Kong, where we got to sample a wide variety of oysters. An overview of The Bostonian mainly focuses on seafood and steak and is located in the basement of the hotel, underneath Main St Deli. I haven’t had the chance to explore much of America, but the decor and atmosphere of the restaurant sort of reminds me of a underground secret restaurant for the rich and famous in the 1960s :P Or maybe that’s just my imagination hehe

Oyster Bar

Oyster Bar

I recognised the manager Brendan from my last visit to the Langham and we chatted like old friends, he led us to a quiet table at the back and introduced us to their menu. When we visited they had a lobster themed menu and also a 3 course lobster dinner set. I couldn’t wipe the smile off Mr Bao’s face as he walked past the oyster bar, there were at least 30-40 different kinds of fresh oysters imported from around the world. I had no idea there were so many kinds of oysters in this world! I let Mr Bao pick the ones he wanted, while I focused on choosing the wine.

Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Sorry for my bad memory but I don’t quite remember the name of the Chardonnay we had but I do know it’s from Spain and it was recommended as it would compliment our seafood dishes very well. Even though I found it to be a little dry, Mr Bao really liked how well it went with the lobster.

Fresh bread

Fresh bread

While Mr Bao was still choosing the oysters, a board of bread – white with olives, rye and multigrain was placed on our table. But I had my eyes on the mini crab cake instead.

Maine Crab Cakes

This was the complimentary start, a mini version of their signature Maine Crab Cake served with spiced avocado aioli. After having this bite sized treat, I regret not ordering more, it had a crispy toasted texture on the outside but it was the intense crab flavour that really got me.

La Perie Blance, Tsarskaya and Royale Cabanon

La Perle Blanche, Tsarskaya and Royale Cabanon per 6 $208HKD ($28.5AUD)

We didn’t want to go overboard with the oysters as there was so much food on its way, Mr Bao chose 3 types of oysters for us to try from – La Perle Blanche, Tsarskaya and Royale Cabanon correct me if I’m wrong my Dear Readers, but I’m pretty sure they’re all from France, please don’t take my word for it because I’m no expert ~ Brendan explained to us that you always eat the oysters from the right of the lemon, reason being the oysters are organised from the lightest tasting to the strongest flavour towards the back. It was also served with vinegar and cocktail sauce.

La Perle Blanche oysters

La Perle Blanche oysters

My favourite were these large La Perle Blanche oysters which had a a firm texture, decent seawater flavour but still remained some sweetness.

Pan-fried Foie Gras $258HKD ($35AUD)

Pan-fried Foie Gras $258HKD ($35AUD)

Some how I really wanted Foie Gras that night, and felt that more restaurants in Hong Kong serve foie gras compared to Melbourne. This was the pan-fried Foie Gras with Port-raisin spinach, raisin-pear chutney and sour chicken natural jus. Not much I can fault about this entree, since it’s hard to go wrong with foie gras anything and thought the raisin-pear chutney was perfect to cut through some of the richness.

New England Chowder

New England Chowder

Brendan highly recommended the New England Chowder claiming it to be one of their signature soups. I loved the presentation of the soup in a round sourdough roll, I don’t think I’ve had a soup served like this before! I only recently found out there are so many different types of clam chowders, but the New England is a milk creamed based and this one had a generous amount of seafood – clams, scallops and prawns.

The Bostonian Lobster Bisque $138HKD ($19AUD)

The Bostonian Lobster Bisque $138HKD ($19AUD)

Another recommendation from another waiter was The Bostonian Lobster Bisque with Canadian jumbo scallop and Maine Lobster. I really wonder how many lobsters were used to make this bisque, it was wonderfully fragrant and tasty.

Lobster Bisque

Lobster Bisque

Moving onto the mains, we both ordered from the Lobster menu. This is the Lobster Two ways I got, half of the lobster was baked with vine ripe tomatoes, while the other was baked in garlic butter and Cep mushroom. Both were delicious, but I think I prefer the garlic butter one more because the butter accentuated the flavour of the lobster.

Lobster Two Ways $638HKD ($87.5AUD)

Lobster Two Ways $638HKD ($87.5AUD)

Mr Bao ordered the Casserole of Lobster and Cherry Stone Clam with penne pasta and lobster sauce. Even though it was summer in Hong Kong, I think this would be the perfect dish for the cold winter nights we’re currently experiencing in Melbourne.

Casserole of Lobster and Cherry Stone Clam $648HKD ($88.75AUD)

Casserole of Lobster and Cherry Stone Clam $648HKD ($88.75AUD)

Look at the lobster claw :D The shell had been removed so all we had to do was put it in our mouth ~ We also liked the penne pasta was al dente and not too soft which helped scoop up the lobster sauce.

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My meals always end with a sweet note, Hazelnut crunch and chocolate mousse with caramelised hazelnut ice-cream. Brendan told me this recipe was from a French Michelin star chef who had gave the recipe to chefs at The Bostonian last time he visited. It’s definitely my type of dessert, I love anything with hazelnuts and that crunchy base was lovely!

Hazelnut Crunch and Chocolate Mousse $98HKD ($13.5AUD)

Hazelnut Crunch and Chocolate Mousse $98HKD ($13.5AUD)

It felt wrong for me to leave without trying the Boston Cream Pie since we were at the BOSTONIAN :P Believe it or not, it’s actually the first time I’ve ever nada a Boston Cream Pie before. Sure I’ve seen it in recipe books and heard about it, but never come across it. I blame that it’s because I live in Australia hehe Even though it called a pie, it’s actually vanilla sponge cakes with cream and custard filling with chocolate frosting.

Boston Cream Pie $98HKD ($13AUD)

Boston Cream Pie $98HKD ($13.5AUD)

I’m sure this is a fancier version using Valrhona chocolate and gold flakes on top. The sponge cake was light and still remained quite moist. Brendan mentioned their plans to add more desserts to their menu which would be awesome, and I’m looking forward to coming back and trying them!

If you would like to experience some Boston inspired dishes in Hong Kong, I would definitely recommend The Bostonian. Keep an eye out on their specials too, they recently had a Man VS Steak challenge which I found really interesting too. Customers were asked to finish a 1.5kg steak with 2 sides and chips, valued at $1980HKD ($271AUD) and if they could finish all the food in 1.5 hours it was all free! I wish I had known about this offer earlier because I’m sure Mr Bao would be able to do it! Would like to say a huge Thank You to the Langham, Hong Kong for having me again, it’s always a pleasure coming back as everyone is always so nice and friendly. Will definitely come back and visit next time I’m in town!

The Bostonian
The Langham, Hong Kong 
8 Peking Road
Tsimshatsui
Kowloon
Hong Kong
PH:+(852) 2375 1133 

Daisy@Nevertoosweet and Mr Bao dined at The Bostonian as guests of The Langham Hong Kong Hotel 

Spoilt by Jeffrey Lebon – Dot Cod Seafood Restaurant

Never in my wildest dream would I have thought my little blog would attract the attention of Executive Chef Jeffrey Lebon from Dot Cod Seafood Restaurant :) It was by chance we met through Instagram and we have been chatting for a couple of months through email and when I told Jeffrey that I was coming back to Hong Kong, he was very excited and immediately invited me to visit his restaurant Dot Cod in Central.

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Jeffrey asked me to bring anyone I wanted, so I invited Win Win to come along with me :) Poor Mr Bao missed out but I know he would’ve loved the chance to meet Jeffrey as well.

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Jeffrey was originally from Boston but has lived and worked in Hong Kong for the past 10 years. He had previously worked for a couple of restaurants in the Soho area for the Staunton Group before moving to Dot Cod and has been the Executive Chef here for 2 years ~

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I was a little embarrassed as I walked in and the waitress immediately knew my name and led us to our table, very quickly Jeffrey came out to greet us :) It didn’t feel awkward, instead it felt like old friends meeting ~

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We chatted for a bit before Jeffrey kindly took the menus away from us and said he had organised a whole meal for us and told us not to waste our stomach space on the bread :P

Bread basket

Bread basket

The bread came with a little set of oil and condiments, I was intrigued by the orange sauce in the middle and tried a little with some lavosh. It was amazing like a seafood sauce with little shredded crab meat or fish meat. If I wasn’t saving room for the dishes to come I think I would’ve had a lot more bread :D

Tuna Ceviche with parma ham

Tuna Ceviche with parma ham

First dish came which was a tuna ceviche with parma ham :) Jeffrey didn’t give me the names of his dishes. So I’m just winging it and describing them the best I can. Sorry Jeff if they’re not perfect :P I really feel so sorry for Mr Bao because he was have absolutely LOVED this dish! The tuna was super fresh which counteracted with the saltiness from the parma ham so well ~

Smoked eel salad with green apple

Smoked eel salad with green apple

I think this is the first ‘Wester’ eel dish I have had :) Most of the time when I eat eel its steamed or in the form of Unagi Don, but this time it was in a salad ~ It was pleasantly light and refreshing with the green apples and the eel was not at all ‘fishy’ as I suspected and may not distinguished it as eel if Jeffrey did not tell us ;)

Foie Gras with rhubarb chutney

Foie Gras with rhubarb chutney

I can never spell ‘foie gras’ without looking it up lol guess I’m not suitable to learn French ~ this was such a rich and indulgent dish. Jeffrey was definitely spoiling us with such a thick piece of foie gras, I think it’s the thickest I’ve had :D Even though the foie gras was very rich, we were able to polish it off with the tartness from the rhubarb chutney ~

Baby lamb with beetroot, lentil with fig

Baby lamb with beetroot, lentil with fig

I made a huge mistake when I forgot to tell Jeffrey that Win Win doesn’t eat lamb >_< I totally forgot about it and because Dot Cod is a seafood restaurant I didn’t expect lamb. Thank gosh Jeffrey was very understanding and hehe decided to sit down and eat it with me :) Win Win’s loss :P she didn’t get to try this dish! I am not a big lamb eater myself, but this baby lamb from France was very tender and not at all ‘gamey’ and the sweetness from the beetroot complimented it very well. I really enjoyed it and know Mr Bao will be proud of me because I was able to finish the whole plate of lamb by myself :D

Ocean Trout with baby vegetables and white polenta

Ocean Trout with baby vegetables and white polenta

Before preparing the last course for us Jeffrey asked if we would like the ‘full’ size or ‘half’ size. We immediately said ‘half’ hahaha there was NO way we could have finished the ‘full’ size :D I still had to save room for dessert! The last course was an ocean trout with baby vegetables with white polenta. I am new to polenta but I am totally OBSESSED with it! Totally better than potato mash hehe ~ The ocean trout was cooked PERFECTLY! Not overcooked with a pink tinge in the middle. This was definitely my favourite dish ;)

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Thank gosh Jeffrey gave us a break between the savoury dishes and dessert :P It didn’t take me long to recover and I was then READY! We started off with a lighter dessert a Strawberry spider.

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Strawberry Spider

Chopped strawberries with vanilla ice-cream and then topped with soda water ~ I have never had a spider with soda water as they were always made with lemonade, there is the risk of it being overly sweet. But with the use of soda water it definitely cut through the sweetness and you could taste the natural flavours of the strawberries and got the sweetness from the ice-cream :D After awhile I kind of turned this dessert into a drink hehe

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I was definitely spoilt by Jeffrey! He actually remembered that I wanted to try his strawberry tart through his Instagram. YAY my wish had been granted :)

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Strawberry frangipani tart

I am SO glad I asked for this strawberry frangipane tart! The sweet case was crumbly, while the frangipane was moist, then topped with fresh strawberries and a sweet jam glaze! Maybe Jeffrey will share his recipe with me??? :D

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Super cute how they printed their Dot Cod logo on their chocolates hehe :) They were hazelnut chocolates with a crunchy base ~

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We were treated like VIPs by Jeffrey from start to end! Its the first time I had the experience of an Executive Chef making a special menu for us and cooking everything single dish what an honour! Would like to say a HUGE thank you to Jeffrey for inviting us to Dot Cod and treating us like VIPS! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and in return I would love to now invite you to MELBOURNE :D I promise we have an amazing food scene AND if you come I’ll be your PERSONAL tour guide!

Dot Cod Seafood Restaurant
Basement, B4, Prince Building, 10 Chater Road, Central
中環遮打道10號太子大廈地庫B4
PH: +852 2810 6988

Daisy and Win Win @Nevertoosweet dined at Dot Cod Seafood Restaurant as guests of Jeffrey Lebon review and opinions are honest and based on personal taste and preferences.

Sweet Corn Tamale – Trippy Taco

Hello dear Readers :) I wasn’t going to blog about any Melbourne places for a little while, because I still have so many posts about Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide ~ But I couldn’t help but blog about our experience at Trippy Taco immediately, because I have a really funny story to go with it.

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So the story is, I read Ms I-Hua’s post about Mexican food the night before, and had huge food envy and really wanted good Mexican food, so after convincing Mr Bao that Trippy Taco was the best place to go for dinner :) It was quite busy for a Saturday night and we weren’t able to get a table immediately, but after a short 10 minute wait, we got a table right next to the bar.

Everything was fine, until I looked at the menu while Mr Bao was in the toilet, I realised…that Trippy Taco was a vegetarian restaurant with vegan options LOL And if you haven’t noticed…Mr Bao a 100% CARNIVORE, this man needs his meat :P

He came back from the toilet and the first thing I said to him was, “Listen to me…take a deep breath and don’t freak out… but I just realised that this is a vegetarian restaurant, meaning NO meat, NO chicken, NO beef and NO lamb”. Mr Bao’s mouth nearly dropped to the floor and started giving me death stares lol as you can see from the picture below.

Mr Bao’s angry lol

He then said, “Ok…any is there any reason WHY we are having vegetarian food tonight?” hahaha I couldn’t help laughing and simply replied “Oh get over it, it’s Mexican food, there’ll be tons of cheese, cream and black beans it’ll fill you up and if you’re not we’ll go get you something else later”. I don’t think he was convinced :P But too bad!

Trippy Taco – Meal Size 2 tacos $12 AUD

We were both pretty hungry so we quickly ordered our dishes, starting with my Trippy Tacos, which was house-made corn tortillas with cheese, black bean, salad, salsa, avocado and lime juice. I’m new to tacos and have definitely jumped on the bandwagon hehe I really enjoyed them and thought they were quite light and fresh with the lime juice. But I didn’t really like the taste of the black beans, it was like they had this blue cheesy taste…not sure if it was the marinade or if there was goats cheese. Having said that, I will still recommend you trying these dainty tacos :)

Taquitos crispy corn tortillas $11 AUD

I’ve never had taquitos before, they remind me a little like springrolls hehe a crispy corn tortilla with a black bean filling topped with guacamole, salsa, cheese salad and lime juice. We both enjoyed the taquitos more because it was flavoursome and more filing with the large dollop of guacamole :)

Trippy Fries $6

LOL Mr Bao obviously wasn’t full so we got the Trippy Fries with Trippy seasoning, I think the best way to describe the seasoning would be a smokey BBQ taste ~ they were freshly fried and were piping hot when delivered to our table :)

Margherita $12AUD

Mr Bao was SO depressed due to the lack of ‘meat’ he decided that he needed a drink lol so he got the Margherita ~ I knew I should have stopped him. He’s never been good with tequila and soon he was talking and laughing more and louder than usual hahaha I had a sip and liked how it was very strong with a nice balance of tequila and lime.

Okay…I have to admit… I did feel kinda peckish after my tacos especially since… Mr Bao had one of mine! Meaning I only had one taco for dinner >_< not enough even for me. So of course it was time to get dessert! I was really surprised and impressed with the number of desserts they had, sweet tortillas, tamale and chocolate taqiotos.

Sweet Corn Tamale $12AUD

I was going to get the Nutella banana melt on a tortilla, but then the lovely waiter overheard that I wanted dessert and suggested the Tamale. I was a bit apprehensive at first, as I’ve never had a Tamale before and he did mention that traditionally they were only made savoury. For those who are unfamiliar tamale is made out of the same flour as the corn tortillas but it is wrapped in corn husks and often steamed or boiled.

But I decided to be adventurous and try their sweet corn tamale with bananas, maple syrup and vanilla ice-cream. And OMG let me repeat that OMG it turned out to be one of the best desserts I’ve had this year! I loved the soft, spongy texture which reminded me a little bit of the Zhong Zi, Chinese people at. The bananas and maple syrup really accentuated the sweetness from the tamale (corn dough) and when eaten with the ice-cream, it was pure BLISS! I’m going to have to stop there, if I don’t I’ll just go on and on and on about how cook this dessert was! Just go and try for yourself, I bet you’ll love it too :) Kelvin (HK Epicurus) agrees me and said it was the best dessert he had last year when he visited ~

Still sulking… lol

While I was fulling enjoying the Sweet Corn Tamale, Mr Bao was still sulking over the fact that he had not consumed any MEAT… gosh he’s such a baby! So he decided he wanted another drink…Sangria this time!

Sangria $6AUD

We both liked the Sangria and found it very refreshing and once again wasn’t very strong which was nice because I think Mr Bao didn’t need anymore alcohol :P He wont admit it but I thought he was getting a little tipsy hahaha

Despite of Mr Bao’s disapproval of Trippy Taco only because it’s a vegetarian restaurant, I really enjoyed it and that Sweet Corn Tamale made my day, heck it made my week :) Trippy Taco is definitely a cheap, chic and delicious place for dinner and even if you don’t want to do veggie tacos, simply go for desserts, it wont disappoint you :D

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