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.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Oscars @ McLaren Vale

One of the nicest boutique Italian restaurant I've come across in Australia is in the wine country of McLaren Vale, an hour south of Adelaide.

oscars restaurant


Their appetizers were presentable with a hint of character. Not the typical boring copy-and-redo type of food you'll find in other Italian restaurants.

chicken liver pate and mango chutney

Try the Chicken Liver Pate with Mango Chutney served with Pita Bread.

chicken liver pate

Love the pita bread concept.

Their homemade bread with Dukkah dip was not bad too.


Dukkah, an Egyptian mixture of seeds, nuts and Middle Eastern spices.

bread and olive oil

Usually have it with Egyptian baladi bread dipping into olive oil and then into the spice mixture.

Tangy, spicy, very fragrant. Not my kind of dish. But nice bread.

Their list of pizzas were a hit among the locals and foreigners.

oscars menu

We had the Mediterranean and the Tandoori Chicken flavours: 2 in 1.

mediterranean and tandoori chicken pizza

What attracted me was the sinful generous dollops of sour cream on top of the Tandoori Chicken Pizza.

tandoori chicken pizza

Oh heaven.

End it with a cup of good coffee or latter.


Rating: 4.5/5 (Food, Ambiance, Service. Perfect.)


oscars address

Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week
BYO (Bring Your Own)

Contact: +61 (08) 8323 8707

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Chocolate Pizza @ Fellini, Adelaide

Fellini is located up to North Adelaide.


The atmospheric old heritage building Italian restaurant is crowded with locals every night.

Here you can look at chef preparing their pizza straight from ingredients placement to the hot oven, and observe your pizza served straight out of the wood oven to your table.

But it is also here you will find a very unique dessert pizza menu: Chocolate Pizza.

chocolate ice cream on pizza

You're given few options from the menu, like Mars Bar, Kinder Egg or Cherry Delights.

I ordered two out of the three popular dessert pizza, was it Cherry Delights? (they were out of their signature Mars Bar then :( )

chocolate pizza

I love the fact that they baked the chocolate chunks (Mars Bar, Cherry Delights, etc) on the pizza dough before topping it off with more chocolate and homemade ice cream chocolate.

The baked chocolate was chewy warm, a delightful contrast to the cold creamy rich chocolate and vanilla ice creams.

dessert chocolate pizza

Not to mention very nice presentation.

A real treat.

Just be careful of your waist belt.

Dessert Pizza rating: 4.5/5
Restaurant rating:

Fellini Cafe

102 O'Connell St
North Adelaide 5006 SA
Phone: (08) 8239 2235

Entree: $9.90-$17.90
Mains: $9.90-$32.90
Dessert: $15.90-$16.90

Mon-Fri 7am-10.30pm
Sat-Sun 8am-10.30pm

Abortion in Adelaide

Also known as AB (short for Abortion)

unique dish in adelaide

is a famous local dish in Adelaide. Best hang over food for the locals after a night's beer drinking and favorites among the college kids.

It's not difficult to see why. It one were any older, he'll probably die of heart attack walloping this.

big portion Abortion in Adelaide

Basically it's a combination of lamb kebab on a bed of fries and smothered with ketchup and mayonnaise.


AB news

One serve'll cost you AUD10.

No one knew who created the dish, there were two shops in North Adelaide that claimed that they did, oddly named The Red and White & The Blue and White and they're a few shops away from each other.

AB food info

you can wiki it.

AB food in adelaide

Have an Abortion when you drop by Adelaide.

Everyone does it. ;)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Kopitiam @ Swissotel Singapore

Ever been to a high class Kopitiam?

kopitiam singapore restaurant

Never try you never will know.

Head to the Swissotel in Singapore for your dosage 5-star kopi-o (black coffee) and milo dinosaur.

And waiters dress in suits.

kopitiam in swissotel singapore

They served local "authentic" (not sure if upgrading to a 5-star is still considered authentic or not) cuisines such as braised pork with bun.

braised pork and bun

braised pork

Trust me, it looked better than it tasted.

However the prawn fritters with mango sauce was quite a delight.

prawn fritters

Pricey though. (can't remember how much, I wasn't the one paying :p)

One thing fascinating that caught my eye in the menu (apart from the price) was this,

kopitiam menu
Just imagine, if one teh tarik cost 6 sing dollar, how much does a plate of fried rice cost? 0.O

Milo Godzilla.

milo godzilla full view

You've probably tried Milo Dinosaur (if not, visit this restaurant for a try)

But Milo Godzilla??!! at SGD8.50?!

This I have to try.

milo godzilla

Turned out, it's actually Milo Dinosaur, with two scoops of vanila ice creams inside.


But it's awesome. Rich, rich and uber chocolate-y rich.

It'd be nicer if I could finish it. (I probably could if not for all the food ordered)

A friend ordered chicken rice, which came in a set (it seems).

chicken rice

It wasn't anything fancy really, just really posh despite the irony of having your street side food served by polite suited waiters in a fully air-conditioned expensive hotel.

The Yang Zhou Fried Rice was worth the order.

yang zhou fried rice

5-star kopitiam. Try it. ;)

Rating: 3/5

Kopitiam Singapore Restaurant
Located in Swissotel Singapore.