Hurricane’s Express, Chatswood

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|Date| Friday 06.06.14
|Time| 19.3o ~ 20.30
|Location| Shop 377-378 Westfield, 1 Anderson Street Chatswood
|Price| $20 ~ $30 pp

The second of the three newest dining in Westfield Chatswood – Hurricane’s Express is a hands-down crowd pleaser. Located on Anderson Street right next to the Hoyts entrance, you can smell the ribs while waiting at the traffic lights.

Restaurant Exterior | Hurricane’s Express |

Hurricane’s Express is unlike the one in the city where you have to queue up for a long time because , as the name suggest, it is EXPRESS and that’s what I love about it – you don’t need to wait too long for, well, anything!

This self serve restaurant’s concept is simple.

“You just take a menu, order at the bar, and we just take it to you.”

Menu | Hurricane’s Express |

Menu | Hurricane’s Express |

The Bar | Hurricane’s Express |

As this restaurant focused on speed / turnaround time for the food to come out, the customers will need to take napkins, cutlery, table water, cups, sauce, etc to their table. Hurricane’s Express also had hand sanitiser and a washing basin for hygiene too, a plus for us I reckon 🙂

We did exactly as we’re told and within 10 minutes (7 to be precise), we already received our order.

Table Tracker and Cutlery | Hurricane’s Express |

Food !!!

RIBS

Hurricane’s Ribs, basted in the famous Original Hurricane’s basting, until caramelised.

Food #1 – 1/2 Rack of Lamb Ribs served with coleslaw

As everyone that’s been to Hurricane’s would know, you can’t go wrong with ribs when you’re at Hurricane’s, and at Chatswood, it’s not any different.

The lamb was juicy and it did not have the distinctive strong smell that’s normally associated with lamb. I also love it when barbequed food has that extra bit of black charcoal on the top (don’t worry I know not to eat too much because it is carcinogenic – cancer causing). The coleslaw was crisp and perfect to keep our tummy fresh – only wished we ordered more!

1/2 Rack of Lamb Ribs and Coleslaw |$ 25.oo | Hurricane’s Express |

Food #2 – 1/2 Rack of Pork Ribs served with Baked Potato, sour cream & chives

Only one word to describe it – HEAVENLY !!!

The sauce that they spread over the top, made the pork ribs extra succulent ! I love the curved ribs compared to the flat lamb ribs that they serve here. I must also point out – that they do ribs much better than the one in the city ! Can you smell the pork ribs waffling through your screen at the moment *breathe in* mmmmm

The baked potato sides were also nice and warm. I also like to put a little bit of sour cream every once in a while to cleanse my palette and tummy so I don’t get overwhelmed with the food.

Pork Ribs 1

1/2 Rack of Pork Ribs with Baked Potato, sour cream & chives | $ 29.95 | Hurricane’s Express

Pork Ribs 2

1/2 Rack of Pork Ribs served with Baked Potato, sour cream & chives | $29.95 | Hurricane’s Express

BURGERS

Hurricane’s burgers are made with the finest ingredients; lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickled cucumber and a brioche bun.

Food #3 – Premium Beef Burger with cheese & bacon, and monkey gland sauce

As soon as the burger came out, I knew this was it. It was a perfectly glossy and crisp looking sesame brioche bun and the burger had everything I wanted. I have a big love for burgers and this place does not disappoint. The monkey gland sauce (which is just a fancy name for the famous iconic sauce) was served on the side – I really RECOMMEND you get this sauce to spread on the inside of your brioche bun as the sauce made the burger extra juicy.

As for the burger – it was massive – you really had to hold down the two buns together to make sure you get every bit of it in your mouth. The bacon was crisp and the beef was tender and if you’re a burger fan, you must get your hands on this !

Premium Beef Burger ($11.9o), with Cheese & Bacon ($4.oo) and Monkey Gland sauce ($2.oo) | Hurricane’s Express |

Premium Beef Burger ($11.9o), with Cheese & Bacon ($4.oo) and Monkey Gland sauce ($2.oo) | Hurricane’s Express |

Overall – I LOVE THIS PLACE – JUST GO TRY IT OUT, NOW !!

(+) Food, Speed, Accuracy, Presentation, Friendly & helpful staff, Self Serve, Burgers, Ribs, Pretty much everything

(-) No bibs for ribs

Tip: Spend the extra couple of dollars on the monkey gland sauce. You’ll love it for the burger 🙂

Ratings

FOOD 
SERVICE 
AMBIANCE 
VALUE 

Drumroll………. Overall rating 9.5 / 10 🙂

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| Umi Sushi Express, Town Hall | $2 Sushi

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|Date| Thursday 12th June 2014
|Time| 18:3o ~ 20:oo
|Location| Umi Sushi Express, Shop 2 505 George St Sydney
|Price| @$2* per plate (until 18/6/14)

The $2 Sushi Special is on again !!! If you missed out last year at Umi Sushi, Darling Quarter, then you better be quick to get their deal – from 11/6/14 ~ 18/6/14 !

If you haven’t been here before, it’s located within the Event Cinemas Complex (if you’re still not sure, look out for the line of people and you know you’re at the right place).

The line this year was unexpectedly shorter. When I got there to wait in the queue, there were only approx 10 people (or 5 groups) waiting in front of me. When I came back from the toilet after my initial 15 minute wait (less than 30 minute wait time in total), we were already seated down.

The Line | Umi Sushi Express |

Umi Sushi Express is cosy and has a modern Japanese fitout with the electronic boards, like those you would typically see when you’re in Japan. There were also four sushi masters in the middle of the train that night to make sure that the orders came quick and fast.

Electronic Boards | Umi Sushi Express |

Umi Sushi Express also have a good range of choices which includes Seared Nigiri, Nigiri, Creative Roll, Gunkan, Inside Out Roll and much more… To enjoy your $2 sushi, all you need to do is like and check in Umi Sushi Express on Facebook.

$2 sign | Umi Sushi Express |

Since it’s only $2, we started going crazy on our sushi.

We started off with: (From Left to Right; Top to Bottom)

  • Garlic Volcano Cheese Salmon, Shark Fin Jellyfish Gunkan, Seared Salmon
  • Crystal Bay Prawn Nigiri, Seared Crabstick, Tobiko Gunkan
  • Sea Urchin Gunkan, Seared Scallop, Seared Crystal Bay Prawns
Sushi 1

Sushi @ $2 per plate | Umi Sushi Express |

Here are some of our Umi favourites from our visit –

  • Scampi – You get to order 2 plates of scampi per person, so I say, why not !? 🙂
  • Sea Urchin – Even though they were small, at least we got to enjoy that little bit for $2 – still worth it
  • Seared Crabstick – Love the sauce on the top – we’re sauce fanatics
  • Ebi Fry (Fried Prawn) – A good break away from all the raw sushi
  • Garlic Volcano Cheese Seared Scallop – The BEST – Try it for yourself !

Scampi Sea Urchin Gunkan

Seared Crabstick Ebi FrySeared Garlic Volcano Cheese ScallopOverall we liked the food and we didn’t have a time limit about how long we could eat for, so essentially we could have stayed there for the whole night 😛

(Just thought you’d be interested: When we left to pay, a customer who ordered 23 plates for takeaway, stacked up a whopping $69 instead of the $46. That’s a potential saving of almost $20!)

Tip:

  1. Dine in, like Umi Sushi and check in Umi Sushi Express on Facebook
  2. Head in there early to line up because they don’t ask about your numbers until you’re at the front of the line. Otherwise, enjoy your Umi sushi on the last few days of their promotion!! 🙂

Ratings

FOOD 
SERVICE 
AMBIANCE 
VALUE 

Drumroll………. Overall rating 8.5 / 10 🙂

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| Kingston & Co, Chatswood |

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|Date| Saturday 24.o5.2o14
|Time| 12.3o ~ 13.30
|Location| Westfield – Level 3 , Anderson Street, Chatswood NSW 2067
|Price| $15.oo ~ $25.oo pp

Three of the newest dining in Westfield are now a hit in Chatswood – Din Tai Fung, Hurricane’s Express and Kingston & Co but first off in this post, let’s start off with Kingston & Co, located on Anderson Street right next to Nandos.

Kingston & Co has both indoors and outdoors seating depending on your liking. If you’re like us who likes:

  • the sun breeze whilst enjoying your brunch,
  • see the hustle and bustle of Chatswood
  • or just purely enjoy the outdoorsy feeling – we recommend outdoor seating too 🙂
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Shop Front | Kingston & Co |

Outdoor Seating | Kingston & Co |

Greeted with a friendly waiter, he directed us to our seats and presented us with the menu for our brunch this weekend.

Kingston & Co has a good range of breakfast options available. The lunch menu also provides a list of burgers, pasta, risotto, salads, etc. and the last page contains a drinks menu with desserts available at the counter.

Breakfast Menu | Kingston & Co |

Lunch Menu | Kingston & Co |

Dessert & Drinks Menu | Kingston & Co |

Drink #1 – Small Hot Chocolate ($4.oo)

The hot chocolate art was beautifully poured but once you take the first sip, we realised that looks can be deceiving. The barista had our drink too hot, way above the optimal temperature. Two minutes later, we tried to take another sip but it was still too hot. On another note, the hot chocolate also wasn’t rich enough (since I’m a lover of all things sweet), so overall impressions of drinks = below average.

Hot Chocolate | $4.oo | Kingston & Co |

Food #1 – Kingston’s works burger – Tomato, cheese, bacon, hash brown, lettuce, relish & aioli

We decided to order a burger to try out as we’ve seen burger posters for Kingston & Co advertised around Westfield Chatswood.

The Kingston’s works burger – ordered from the breakfast menu – has all the essential ingredients in this burger. We ordered this without the chips since it was too early to have chips.

It was interesting to see that the hash brown presented itself in the burger as a patty instead of the traditional beef patty burger for breakfast. The meat component came from the bacon which was easy to chew and not too crispy. Although the burger wasn’t as juicy as we liked it to be, the tomato slices in the burger made up and also contributed to the sauce.

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Kingston’s Work Burger | $11.oo | Kingston & Co |

Food #2 – House cured ocean trout – avocado, poached egg, black sesame puffed pastry, lemon jam

The house cured ocean trout was a beautifully plated brunch that I almost thought I was at a fine dining restaurant for an entree.

It was difficult to put my cutlery and start as we didn’t want to ruin the dish. We started off with the ocean trout however it did not spark up any fire with my tastebuds.

Both poached eggs were runny but would have been better if there was a slice of bread to accompany the plate instead of the puffed pastry as the puff pastry wasn’t too filling.

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House Cured Ocean Trout | $19.oo | Kingston & Co |

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House Cured Ocean Trout | $19.oo | Kingston & Co |

Also before we paid for the bill, we noticed a range of dessert available at the counter including brownies, tarts, muffins, etc. so if you’re wanting to visit Kingston & Co for a catchup with friends, try out their daily desserts special.

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Desserts | Kingston & Co |

Overall the food presentation added some piggies points to this review however before we re-visit again, the food quality may need a slight improvement (purely based on our experience today).

Ratings

FOOD 
SERVICE 
AMBIANCE 
VALUE 

Drumroll………. Overall rating 7 / 10 🙂

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| The Copper Mill, Alexandria|

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|Date| Sunday 18.o5.2o14
|Opening Hours|
Monday ~ Friday 7:oo am ~ 4:oo pm
Saturday 8:oo am ~ 4:oo pm
Sunday 8:3o am ~ 4:3o pm
|Location| The Copper Mill – Suite B, 338~356 Mitchell Road, Alexandria
|Price| $15.oo ~ $2o.oo pp

We’ve always wanted to go to the Copper Mill everytime we drove past to go to the city. We’ve also seen the high ratings on Urbanspoon but have never had the chance to experience it ourselves until recently we finally decided to try it out.

The Copper Mill is easily located on Mitchell Road, near Sydney Park. We were lucky it didn’t take us long to find parking in one of those side streets, probably a 3 ~ 4 min walk to the cafe, but do drive around the area especially during the 11am ~ 1pm period.

The Crowd outside | The Copper Mill |

We were surprised by the amount of people already waiting outside the cafe. We were asked to drop our names down for a table, but unlike other cafes they didn’t ask for a contact number. The waitress then picked up a chalk and a piece of what looked like a long blackboard from the floor besides the pot plant, to write our names, which i thought was an interesting idea.

Chalkboard, Pot Plant and Water Bowl | The Copper Mill |

Copper Mill is also suitable for those with pets especially dogs as the have a water bowl for your thirsty dogs while waiting for a seat or takeaway. Approximately 20 minutes into the wait, we were feeling a bit hungry so to save our grumbling tummies, we went inside to look at the variety of cakes and breads they had, we came to a decision and bought a croissant to share ($3.50). ** btw check out their croissant paper bag ** 

Croissant | $3.5o | The Copper Mill |

After another 15min or so we finally got seated on a long table sharing with two other groups of customers, we loved the interior design, the cashier was connected to the open kitchen located right in front of us where we could see the meals being cooked and the smell of coffees being made.

Interior | The Copper Mill |

The menu was located on a big black board that was framed up against the wall, it was a bit hard to see the bottom bits as some of the customer’s head would be blocking the view, but we managed to order anyway.

Menu on Blackboard | The Copper Mill |

Drinks

We ordered drinks first : Coconut Hot Chocolate and Cappuccino

First off when the drinks arrived, we were surprised that the cup of hot chocolate was bigger than the cappuccino. However I guess the taste is what REALLY matters 🙂

Honestly, I quite enjoyed the cappuccino at the Copper Mill because it tastes slightly smoother than previous coffees I’ve had. But my personal favourite – coconut hot chocolate had a good mix of a coconut after taste while clearly tasting out the hot chocolate in it too. For those that like coconut chocolate such as bounty, I’m recommending this to you 🙂

L-R | Coconut Hot Chocolate and Cappuccino | $4.5o each | The Copper Mill |

 

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Cappuccino | $4.5o | The Copper Mill |

Coconut Hot Chocolate | $4.50 | The Copper Mill |

Mains

As for our food for brunch we ordered Beef Hash and Huevas Roncheros.

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L-R | Beef Hash and Huevas Roncheros | The Copper Mill |

Main #1 – Beef Hash

Beef Hash – corned beef, fresh radish, caramelized onions, poached eggs, zaatar, baby herbs ($15)

I really liked this dish, apart from it being slightly salty, everything else blended in very well together. The fresh radish mixed well with poached eggs (with the yolk still runny) and abit of corned beef all tingling around your mouth, the dish had a good proportion and was very filling.

The dish was also presented very beautifully with all the vibrant colours, making the beef hash very FUN to eat 🙂

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Beef Hash | $15.oo | The Copper Mill |

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Yolk oozing from the poached egg in the Beef Hash | $15.oo | The Copper Mill |

Main #2 – Huevas Roncheros 

Huevas Roncheros – blue corn tortilla, black beans, roast capsicum, sunnyside egg, pecorino, chillies ($14) (with pork $17)

The second dish we ordered also had an attractive presentation with pecorino shavings sitting on top of the perfectly fried sunnyside egg.

P.S. Pecorino is a hard Italian cheese made from ewe’s milk.

As you move your egg aside, you will see a generous serving of black beans and roast capsicum placed on top of the blue corn tortilla. For those who aren’t a great beans fans (whether you dislike the farting effects afterwards or just generally not too fond of beans) then this is not the dish for you.

Personally we thought that if they could add a couple more ingredients to balance the beans out, the texture could work out much better.

Huevas Roncheros | $14.oo | The Copper Mill |

Black Beans, Capsicum & Blue Corn Tortilla underneath | Huevas Roncheros | $14.oo | The Copper Mill |

Service

Service staff / waiters were attentive, nice and friendly. They even offered us a few times to move down the end of the table so that there would be more room for us. They also suggested to move us to the bench seats near the window but we were quite happy with where we were seated.

Overall it was an enjoyable experience at Copper Mill even though one of our dishes weren’t too satisfying but we would definitely return for another week of brunch here to try out other dishes that could possibly surprise us.

Ratings

FOOD 
SERVICE 
AMBIANCE 
VALUE 

Drumroll………. Overall rating 8 / 10

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