Friday, December 18, 2009

Cabbages & Condoms @ Thailand

First time I heard of the name was two years ago. In a lonely planet guidebook when I was exploring through northern Thailand.

cabbages and condom

Since it has become one of my favourite places to dine at for good authentic Thai food in Thailand.

The concept was this: cabbages were a common dish for the poor that can be obtained everywhere in the olden times, and with new concept, they wanted to make condoms as common and attainable as cabbages, hence the name.

condom man

I's become obvious that their objective was to promote anti-aids and safety first when it comes to sex among the people, the title would appeal the most to the young minds for obvious reason.

safety first

In the restaurant you'll find various displays that are inter-connected to condoms.

mona lisa with condom

condom santa man

Names apart. They do provide really fancy, nice and affordable Thai food. Perfect for those who wants to savour authentic local food minus the noise from passing-by cars. It's a romantic place for couples and quiet night out with families.


We started off with some Miang Kum as appetizers. A form of dish that are served with Chaboo or La Lot leaves which you then wrap the ingredients around and dip it in sweet sauce.

appetizer with leaves

The restaurant however have already prepared everything in a platter for you. So all you need to do is splatter some sauce and pop it in your mouth.

We then moved onto tom yum kung, something you must have in Thailand. And they served it pretty well here.

tom yum kung

Red curry chicken was not bad either, though didn't know why we didn't order the green curry instead.

curry chicken

I would suggest the seafood in a coconut, great presentation and good taste too.

coconut curry seafood

Then end your meal with a cold local Thai beer, the perfect way to end any meal.

thai beer


Rating: 4.5/5

Cabbages & Condoms
10 Sukhumvit Soi 12, Bangkok, Thailand.
Contact: +66(0)2-2294610


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Baliku @ Jimbaran, Bali

If you ever get lost and confused when landed in Jimbaran, amidst all cluster of available restaurants for tourists along the coast, this restaurant is where you should pick when dine out for an evening romantic dinner.

baliku jimbaran bali

Ask for discount, haggle for it. They'll usually give. We got it for 35% for two person. If you have more people, you can even get it at 40%. :D

couple at jimbaran beach

Introducing the magic of night.

baliku special sauce

This is Baliku Special Sauce - the best damn thing your taste bud will ever try in Asian cuisine.

Ask for a bowl before the start of your meal, then you're ready to go.


Best dipped with calamari. Crunchy and sweet.

They even put some of the magic on our oysters appetizer.


We had Baliku special sauce grilled fish which was HEAVEN.


We ordered tiger prawns too but camera wasn't fast enough for our mouths.

The crabs were so so, fresh though. Nothing fancy.

fresh crabs

The bill totaled up to 283k rupiah, which was roughly RM100 that time.

baliku receipt

Seafood for two at such a romantic destination, I'd say it's pretty reasonable. :)

Rating: 3.5/5

Location: Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia

Friday, November 27, 2009

Foo San @ Christchurch

Said to be one of the locals favourite yum cha (dim sum) restaurant in Christchurch, Foo San Restaurant was owned by a reader-turn-friend of mine.

foo san and danny
funny photo of Danny

Great service, friendly and sweet staff (especially Danny's parents) and good food.

Yum Cha (transliterate to 'drinking tea') in New Zealand has never been a cost-wise option, more a luxury dining than you're everyday meal.

foo san restaurant dim sum menu

But if you're born local, it's actually considered rather affordable.

yum cha menu

Almost everything on the menu was above my Kiwi's dim sum expectation, in other words, they were good.

dim sums

My favourite being the chicken feet, always the first dish I ordered when I 'yum cha'.

chicken feet

Portions were pretty generous in spite of being a foreign food in New Zealand.

deep fried spring rolls

yummy char siew pastry

But then again, what meal portion was never big in New Zealand. People there ate generously too.

However, their most popular dish was the fried calamari, the one odd dish that's more Western than Chinese.

favourite calamari

But the batter was nicely done and not oily at all. First bite guarantee your enlightenment as to why this dish was ever so popular.

First time for everything. Fried calamari dim sum.

rating: (I could be biased so let's just say it's 3.5/5)

Foo San Restaurant
6-8 Rountree St
Upper Riccarton
Christchurch City

Contact: (+64)(03) 348 4921

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Store @ Kekerengu

Whenever you make a drive down from Picton or Marlborough along the coast line toward Kaikoura or Christchurch. Be sure to make a stop at The Store.

the store at Kekerengu

Located in Kekerengu, between Blenheim town and Kaikoura.

The Store is a scenic and cozy cafe restaurant facing an ocean that runs quarter a mile a distance at the back.

the store entrance

This is where you get your local cuisine at its best in New Zealand.

backyard of the store kekerengu

the store kekerengu interior

I was brought here non-selectively but was glad that my drivers did (I was hitch-hiking down south).


It was foggy and cold that morning and they were stopping by for a coffee break. Germans do like their coffee, other than beers.



Since I wasn't a morning person but woke up to catch the ride down anyway, I decided to have my breakfast, a meal I skipped and has been skipping every morning.

Choosing among the hot chocolates and sandwiches, I decided on a good old Egg Benedict for my brekkie.

Not a bad meal, considering that you can't really go wrong with Egg Benedict. Despite the coldness, we sat outside so the couple could enjoy their puff while I, er... bathe in freezing wetness.

egg benedict ham

Maybe one day I'd come back for a proper meal in the evening when I visit NZ again.

The Store
State Highway 1, Kekerengu
New Zealand

Contact: +64 (03) 575 8600

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Cheese Souffle @ Wairau River

If you're a fan of cheese.

Be sure to make a trip to Wairau River in Marlborough wine country when you're down to New Zealand.

wairau river glass

They serve the legendary cheese souffle most tourists to Marlborough would hunt for, for its rarity.

wairau river cheese souffle

wairau river restaurant

I don't particularly think there's a lot to be fancied about this dish, there are much improvement though I would think it's more of a savory souffle more than a dessert. I had expected a dessert-ish dish.

eating cheese souffle

But it's worth a try. And can be really filling.

Wairau River Cellar Door & Restaurant
Corner State Highway 6 & Rapaura Road

Open everyday from 10am - 5pm (except Good Friday, Xmas day & Boxing Day)
Lunch served 12pm - 3pm.

Contact: +6435729800 (or 03 572 9800 for local)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Jackman & McRoss @ Hobart

Jackman & McRoss Bakery is one of the most popular cafes in Hobart, drawing crowds that on days would line outside the restaurant during meal hours.

Getting a table can prove a challenge but there's always take away options for most.

Jackman & McRoss

We managed to squeezed into a small table for two at the side of the window panel on a particular odd brunch hour, and yet the cafe was full to the brim.

I had the Egg Benedict.

egg benedict

While my friend went for a pastry pie (chicken).


The instant I took my first bite, I realized that the expertise of Jackman's lied in their sauces. It was delectable. Pie's and Benedict's.

Albeit the sauce on my egg benedict was a bit too little. And the caramelized onions were a star.

egg benedict close up

Asking for a second servings on the sauce was free, but take heed that the shorthand of waitresses and waiters there compared to the amount of customers every minute could mean that you won't see another drop of your order till the end of your scrumptious meal.

One of the rather unique order you could go for is the soda float aka ice cream fruit soda.

soda drink

Pour over the soda served separately for you and observe it fizz over your glass before you can even say "Wowa!"

funky soda fruit drink

A nice treat to pair with your brunch/tea. :)

food rating: 4/5
service rating: 3/5 (slow service due to high customer count)

Jackman & McRoss Bakery
57-59 Hampden Rd
Battery Point 7004 TAS
Contact: +61 (03) 6223 3186

Mon-Fri 7.30am-6pm
Sat-Sun 7.30am-5pm

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bracegirdle's House of Fine Chocolate

Easily the best chocolate cafe in Adelaide.


Bracegirdle's House of Fine Chocolate lives up to its name.

bracegirdles house of fine chocolate


Not exactly cheap (they did say it's FINE chocolates), but reasonable enough for Australians.

They even have a nice chocolate fountain.

chocolate fountain

But I've grown out of the chocolate craze quite a while ago, so this thing didn't excite me as much as it did years ago.

I like the interior of the cafe, not exactly quiet for the place tend to trap noise within. So if there are customers sitting around inside, you'll hear the noise.


It's hard not to order the first drink on the menu.

bracegirdle menu

It sounded like it's made for me.
(I should make my KISS a copyright one day)

chocolate kiss

It wasn't bad. But I much preferred Kokoblack's.

Some of the items definitely worth ordering here, like the Chocolate Waffle.

chocolate waffle

Good supper to go with.

And the Chocolate Fondue with Strawberries.

chocolate fondue and strawberries

Key item?

chocolate fondue

The rich creamy Belgian chocolate sauce that top my chart of best chocolate tasted.

Unique drink to order.

Chili Hot Chocolate (Cocoa).

chilli chocolate

Funny thing was, I didn't feel the repulse feeling after drinking it which I anticipated at first.

In fact, the drink was more decent than expected. Pretty good I would say.

It did taste like, well, chili and chocolate drink mixed together.

chilli chocolate drink with christmas tree marshmellow
Christmas Tree Marshmallow anyone?

The chocolate cake (brownie) slice was however the winner for the night.

chocolate brownie

It's been a long time since I've tasted such NICE creamy rich moist yet not too overpowering (well, it's quite rich, but you just won't get sick of it) chocolate cake/brownie.

chocolate cake slice

An A list item.

Rating: 4/5 (Food & drinks mainly)

There are three stores of Bracegirdle's in South Australia, two in Adelaide and one in McLaren Vale.

More details on location and opening times, visit this link.