This is a quick review about Taisho, a Japanese restaurant in Mascot.
Taisho Donkotsu ramen ($16.80) was good.
Chirashi don ($16.80) was disappointing (am I the only one who finds it difficult to eat salad and sashimi and rice in one? Leave out the salad!).
Green tea was $5 for a tea bag and hot water. Why?
I think overall Taisho Japanese Restaurant is a bit overpriced for what it is. There were quite a few items that we could have had that we didn’t because it was $6.80 for a tuna hand roll and that’s just ridiculous.
Would I go back? Probably not. I’m a sucker for Japanese food, but if there’s better for cheaper then why bother?
Not to be confused with the very similarly named Se Jeong Korean BBQ Restaurant on Evaline St near Woolworths!
Se Jong Korean BBQ Buffet is a Korean BBQ buffet charging $38 per person for 2 hours for dinner. They have your usual selection of meats, however the during the COVID-19 respiratory pandemic they have changed to a menu ordering system as opposed to a self serve system.
Their meat was the usual fare. Nothing special. Don’t fall for the trap of getting the “waygu”. Regardless of the genotype the phenotype doesn’t impress.
Side dishes were actually not bad. The noodles were good.
I don’t think I’ll come back to Se Jeong. Nothing stood out to me, although it would be a good place for a couple of hungry lads to optimise their returns. They have a sister store in Carlingford which we went to a couple of years back, which we enjoyed less.
Eight out of ten cows
Se Jong Korean BBQ Buffet Campsie 8 London St, Campsie NSW 2194 (02) 9787 7126
Ayam Goreng 99, I’m told, is perhaps the top Indonesian restaurant in all of Sydney. It also happens to be within a 15 minute drive of where I live, and so I felt obliged to try it.
On the advice of Zomato denizens I tried the Paha Goreng Kalasan (deep fried chicken maryland, $7) and the Kweatiau Goreng (stir-fried thick egg noodles, $13).
The Paha Goreng Kalasan, along with its grilled friend Dada Baker, is meant to be one of the standout items on Ayam Goreng 99’s menu. Many reviews exist online praising its taste, although a similar number seem to decry the price. As somewhat of a connoisseur of fried chicken, the paha goreng kalsan didn’t really do anything for me. I thought it was too salty, and the cooking which I’m told is perfect didn’t stand out.
Kweatiau Goreng, as I’ve recently come to know, is an Indonesian analogue of char kway teow, modified to exclude non Halal friendly meats to cater to the large Muslim population in Indonesia. Ayam Goreng 99’s Kweatiau Goreng was very salt and fishball heavy. I enjoyed the scant greens, which were a welcome reprieve from the salt of it all, but they weren’t enough.
Overall I found that Ayam Goreng 99’s food was too salty for me. I also wasn’t offered any water, and it was only when paying that I saw a sign saying jugs of water were no longer being offered due to COVID-19. I guess washing jugs is not within their scope of practice.
I didn’t enjoy Ayam Goreng 99, and I’m not convinced that you would either.
Chillilime Matraville bills itself as an Aussie take on the Vietnamese banh mi. After trying 3 of their offerings after a night shift I think it’s safe to say that they should’ve let what was good just be.
In general I found their rolls very bready. The bread was thick and not light like a banh mi baguette should be, and it was neither crispy nor soft, just hard. The rolls were also very overpriced, and I paid a steep $37.49 delivered for 3 rolls.
The #2 five spice pork roll was $9.50 at base, with an extra $0.10 each to add tomato, onion, and sriracha chilli sauce, as if the first two weren’t already essential components of a banh mi. The mild flavours unfortunately got lost in the bread, which you will find is a recurring theme of food from Chillilime.
The #4 meatball roll with tomato, beetroot, carrot, chilli, coriander, onion and cucumber came to a staggering $10.20. Each of these listed ingredients attracted a $0.10 surcharge on top of the $9.50 base price.
The #10 breakfast roll was $9.50. The bacon, egg, tomato, cheese & mayo made this roll the tastiest of the bunch, but again it was let down by the sheer volume and blandness of the bread.
It would seem that the “Aussie twist” that Chillilime advertises is just being overpriced and overbreaded. Do yourself a favour and get your next banh mi from one of the many many better alternatives in the area. Hong Ha is just a couple of suburbs down.