Glass Brasserie, Sydney CBD, Sydney

Guest blogger edition

Finally I get to try Glass Brasserie for dinner! I've only previously eaten here for the decadent breakfast buffet (one of the best I've had) and have been dying to try this place after rave reviews from numerous people I know. So on this Wednesday night we decided to try and avoid the peak period rush and dine here for dinner. It was surprisingly full for a Wednesday night and I was glad I made a booking.

The service here was impeccable and very deserving of its one chefs hat. From table sitting, menu explanation, timing of dishes, re-filling of table water and Luke Mangan himself was doing the rounds and chatting to the guests! Only gripe was a small error on the bill but it was very promptly rectified.

We went with 2 entrees, 2 mains, 1 dessert and 2 cocktails and this was way more than enough for the two of us. Especially with awesome housemade bread we got to start.

Fresh housemade bread with olive oil - two types of bread to start with, both equally tasty. Warm and fluffy on the inside and nice and crusty on the outside. We smashed these down before any of the entrees arrived.

Pimm's fruit cup - Pimms with fresh fruit, Cointreau and ginger ale - $16 - A pretty decent chicks drink. Light, refreshign and very fruity with little alochol taste. Basically tastes like fruit punch :D

The Australian by Luke Mangan - Tanqueray Gin, Cointreau, Hennessy VS Cognac, kaffir lime leaf, ginger, Luke's syrup and cranberry juice - $19 - This is Luke Mangan's signature cocktail. Served in a martini glass and combining a varied assortment of mixers and flavours, it was definitely the better of the two cocktails. Complex yet subtle on the taste buds.

Free range egg omelette of snow crab, enoki, mushroom and herb salad, miso mustard broth - $29 - First dish of the night and it was a freaking stunner! Recommended by Luke when he walked past our table, it definitely set the bar very very high for the rest of the night! The miso mustand broth was simply amazing. The only problem is there wasn't enough of it! The dish had an Asian feel to it with coriander, chili, enoki and other herbs. Inside the omelette it was choc full of crab meat.

Moreton bay bugs, confit pork belly, pickled green mango, papaya, chili and tamarind - $31 - Another amazzzinggg entree. Crispy pork crackling on the pork, and the subtle, delicate flavours of the bug meat brought together with the tang of the green mango.

Berbere spiced Nolans T-bone 450g, piperade jus, pomme dauphine, truffled Pecorino - $56 - Man this was one huge steak! It comes with a piperade jus (a nice sauce made from bell peppers) but honestly, the spice rub on the meat is so freaking delicious you don't really need to use the sauce and there's already plenty of flavours. The chefs here really know what they're doing, with the steak coming out with the perfect amount of charcoal-ness but still nice and juicy on the inside.

The steak comes with a side of these little potato gems topped with shredded parmesan

Parmesan and truffle fries - $13 - you cannot go wrong with parmesan and truffle fries- nuff said

Braised wagyu short rib with Pedro Ximenez, horseradish, carrot and cumin puree, red onion, piquillo peppers - $49 - I liked the T-bone as the better of the two mains, but this wasn't bad either. The rib was so beautifully soft and the sauce simply tantalizingly tasty.

Coconut panacotta, pineapple, mango, rasberries, blueberries, fennel ~20 - By the time we ordered desserts, we were well and truly stuffed. Nonetheless, we just had to try one of the desserts. We chose the lightest sounding one and luckily this one was perfect. Kind of like a fruit salad with the different berries, mango and coconut flavours. It was very refreshing and a perfect end to the meal.

Highly recommend this place if you are looking for a classy place for dinner. Great service, great food.

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Pho Toan Thang, Homebush West, Sydney west

Guest blogger edition

Pho Toan Thang is one of the Vietnamese restaurants in Homebush that is pretty much guaranteed to have a huge line of people waiting for a table. This is especially the case should you try to come at lunch or dinner time on a weekend. Having said that, if you don't mind sharing a table with random strangers (in the name of good food of course), then the turnover is quite quick and you'll get a table in no time.

Inside, it's like a typical Vietnamese restaurant, complete with cutlery, condiments and complimentary tea set up on all tables. There's both Vietnamese and some Chinese cuisine here with both being equally as popular with the patrons. Make your order and it'll be at your table within minutes.

Beef and beef ball pho ~$11 - Strangely, beef balls and beef pho wasn't on the standard menu, but when asked it was readily available. Juicy meatballs, rare beef slowly cooking in the hot hot soup. Slippery handmade rice noodles and a clean broth which seems less oily and less heavy on the herbs that other phos sometimes have. A great pho.

The usual side dish of pho.

Satay beef vermicelli ~$15 - Ordered this along with a bowl of steamed rice to soak up all those delicious satay sauces. The beef was soft and tender mixed with chunks of capsicum and pineapple. The pineapple was a bit of a strange addition but added a burst of sweetness to the dish. The vermicelli was top notch -full of flavour after soaking up all that satay sauce.

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