A vegan pop-up has taken over Milk Crate’s original site in Civic. A Slice of Life is serving beefless beef pies which really intrigues me. If anyone has been here, let me know what you think.Thanks Thomas for the photos and the heads up!
Optimistic me- oh I’ll make sausage rolls for the farewell morning tea. They are easy to throw together
Realistic me- hmmm they ran out of chicken mince
Optimistic me- it’s okay, buy some chicken and we’ll use the mincer attachment on the kitchenaid
Realistic me- *reads instructions to use mincer attachment* and the whole process takes a lot longer than expected
Optimistic me- let’s start a slice since the oven is on
Realistic me- 😑😓
It was months ago when I had walked past the old site of Smoque in Civic to discover a new Korean BBQ coming to Canberra. KOR BQ didn’t have much on their upcoming website when I went to research them in March but by the time I returned from my honeymoon, they were in full swing. I had heard good things and I was excited to try their menu.
The restaurant wasn’t empty, but we were also just EXTREMELY early.My friends and I ordered the honey lemon citron tea ($4.00) and honey lemon ginger tea ($4.00). The description of ‘nice taste, won’t be wrong’ and ‘great for winter’ did amuse us thoroughly but they were precise as they did have a nice taste and it was the perfect beverage for winter. I enjoyed that they had unusual non-alcoholic beverage choices outside of soft drinks.Japchae beef brisket, vegetables and julienned egg served with mung bean noodles in a homemade soy sauce ($16.00). Half way through eating our noodles, I remembered that there was supposed to be beef brisket with the noodles (although they still tasted delicious without it) and when we enquired they were very apologetic that there was a misunderstanding in the kitchen. We didn’t worry, we were just checking if there was supposed to be meat and moments later they came out with a small bowl of beef brisket and apologised again. A must for any Korean meal and a tasty dish to snack on while you wait for your BBQed meats to cook.The beef that didn’t make it into the noodles the first time.Cheesy kernels sweet corn kernels, carrot and cabbage in an indulgent cheese mayonnaise hot plate ($6.00). I must admit, I found this very unusual. I love anything cheesy and I love corn but this was like a cheesy corn mixture on top of a coleslaw mixture. Really weird but it strangely works.KOR BQ Creamy fried chicken friend chicken served with our homemade white sauce ($24.00). You would think that this creamy sauce would belong on a pasta dish rather than Korean fried chicken but it was so moreish. Having sauce on top was the perfect balance of having the crunch of the chicken as well as only a bit of sauce. I find original fried chicken too bland and sauce coated chicken too OTT, but this was juuuust right.Korean BBQ – OMG yes, over a decade living in Canberra, why did I not make Korean BBQ my preferred choice of dining during winter?! It provides instant heat and entertainment with a delicious ending. The exhaust fan worked really well and I didn’t walk away with charcoal smelling hair.
Our charcoal came and we were ready to go!Sizzle time!Bacon enoki mushrooms (3 sticks $12.00). We were really surprised about how delicious and succulent this skewer was. Definitely worth ordering.Even with our poor BBQ skills (we were too busy talking), all the meat came out really tender and flavoursome with the right dipping sauces. You could tell that they use high quality meat. The only downside was when we finished cooking, they took the coals away and our wonderful heat source was gone. 😦
Pork shoulder (200g $16.00).Beef rib eye (100g $15.00).We really enjoyed our visit; the service was attentive, the food was delicious and they have a spacious casual environment. I think the only thing they were lacking was a good dessert menu but since our visit, they have expanded their dessert range.
Don’t forget, the fried chicken and Korean BBQ is not available at lunch time so I think the best time to visit is for dinner so you have the full selection available, although I hear their soups are pretty tasty too.
Venue: KOR BQ
Address: 13 Petrie Plaza, Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: 0451 101 633
For years, Canberrans have been yearning, nay DEMANDING that we get one decent ramen place in Canberra. We aren’t greedy, we just want one.
Hopefully our prayers have been answered with Ramentic opening its doors at lunch time this Friday with the promise of tonkotsu and other types of ramen (I tuned out after hearing tonkotsu, it’s the only one I eat). It may look like the tiniest little restaurant but I don’t care.
I really hope this place is good; Ramentic don’t let me down!
Photograph, eat, chat, repeat. What four hours of dining looks like in under four minutes.
I had such high hopes for Agostini’s, the latest Italian restaurant to open in the Canberra dining scene. The lure of their pink sign and the promise of handmade pasta and authentic pizza easily convinced me to have one of my birthday celebrations there with some close friends.When I had booked two weeks ahead for a Monday night, I thought I was being super organised. It caught me by surprise when I saw that we were expected to leave after two hours for the next booking. I assumed they were super busy and I would endeavour to eat as fast as I could. It turns out that we weren’t rushed at all, there must be a two hour allocated seating time for bookings through Dimmi.
I liked the spacious dining area, it allows for larger groups and even as a table of four, I didn’t feel that we were sitting on top of each other.Entrees~
Calamari fritti lightly fried calamari served with an aioli of grilled lemon & mint ($15.00). Not chewy but nothing special and a tad too salty for my liking.Frico a typical dish from the Friuli region of Italy. Paper thin layers of Montasio cheese & potato, oven roasted to form a heavenly, crunchy, chewy morsel ($10.00). We were all curious to see what this would look like and was surprised to see it so flat despite the description. I think the reason why I enjoyed it so much is that it reminds me of the crunchy part of a lasagna- think a thicker parmesan wafer.Margherita bufala pizza bufala mozzarella, Agostinis’ spice & basil ($22.00). Their pizza bases are really good with good quality toppings. We really enjoyed this.Mains~
Napolitana pizza anchovies, olives, capers, Fior di Latte mozzarella & basil ($22.00) with a request to top it off with rocket ($2.00). My friend really enjoyed his pizza, I think the rocket helped balance all the salty components.Lasagne al ragu classic Italian lasagne with slow cooked wagyu beef, sandwiched between handmade pasta sheets & topped with grated Reggiano Parmigiano ($25.00). I was very disappointed with my lasagne, it had no flavour. Frankly, I’ve had better lasagne from my supermarket.Fusilli funghi corkscrew shaped pasta with mushroom ragù with scamorza cheese & thyme ($22.00). The most flavoursome out of all the pasta dishes on the table but I thought it needed a lot more sauce and ingredients to cover the pasta as some mouthfuls seemed like I was eating plain pasta.Spaghetti alla marinara vongole, prawns, fish, vino bianco, cherry tomatoes, chilli, garlic & parsley ($28.00). This seriously lacked flavour. No salt, no chilli, no garlic; it was just bland and disappointing. The spaghetti felt a tad too thick and it was over cooked therefore it almost had the consistency of tinned spaghetti. Shame, I had high hopes for this dish.Desserts~
Affogato House-made vanilla gelato served with an espresso & your choice of digestivo: Cafe Patron XO Tequila, Frangelico or Grappa ($15.00). My friend requested to omit the digestive and we were still charged the full amount. That is one expensive coffee shot!Gelati choice of 3 flavours – vanilla, coffee liquor, chocolate peanut butter ($10.00). They had some strange choices (cherry salted caramel?) but we opted for these flavours, which were very nice. It is probably best to clarify the flavour choices as we thought there was a cherry flavour and a salted caramel flavour, not one flavour with cherry and salted caramel combined.Agostinis’ tiramisu made to order… savoiardi biscuits, freshly brewed coffee, mascarpone & chocolate mousse ($12.00). This definitely made your eyes widen as your hit that base that started to pool with coffee. Being made to order meant that there were some crunchy parts of the tiramisu which I thought was a bit odd. My friend and I ordered one each and if you add the part that I had eaten with the part that she had eaten, we wouldn’t have even finished one portion. It was too strong, too much mascarpone and too OTT.
I found the service really terrible. No one was rude or unpleasant but they needed constantly prompting. Can we have more water? Can we get cheese for the pasta? Can we get more wine? On top of that, we found ourselves needing to ask more than once because no one came back for almost 20 minutes. For a restaurant that wasn’t terribly busy, I felt that we were forgotten about A LOT.
I won’t be rushing back here in a hurry, but I would come back for their pizza and hope that their pasta and service improves.
Address: East Hotel, 6/69 Canberra Ave, Griffith ACT 2603
Phone: (02) 6178 0048