Kefi, Kingsgrove, Sydney

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Located right next to Kingsgrove station is Kefi. Half Greek restaurant and half souvlaki and gyros bar, this place is perfect for a night of tasty a treat whether it be for a quick bite or for a sit down meal.

On this occasion, it was a cold, rainy and dark night and we just wanted a quick meal to grab and go to warm us up so we went to the gyros bar. You order from the list of options available but I think their specialty is gyros. There are a few stools and tables inside the eatery and also a few outside. Given Kingsgrove road at the front can be quite busy, I think its best to try and sit inside or just take it elsewhere to eat. There is also a sink with soap to wash your hands if you're worried of making a mess.

It also opens quite late (10-11pm) everyday but is closed on Mondays.

Soft shell crab gyros - $9.50 - with a Greek slaw, coriander and mustard mayo, this gyro was one of the unique options available for the gyros (along with pork belly and others) which I haven't seen available before. We had to order this try it and it was good thing that we did. Super tasty soft shell crab deep fried to perfection. Soft and fluffy pita bread. Punchy coriander and vegetable slaw. The flavours combined what I love about gyros with a lovely Asian twist. Must order in my books.

The more standard chicken gyros ($7.50) and a side of chips ($4.50) - again beautiful pita bread with tender and moist pieces of bbq chook. The chips had a sprinkle of a herb salt mix which was insanely moreish.

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MaZi, Roselands, Sydney

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Sometimes you find the tastiest food in the strangest places. Lantern club is located on Roselands drive, right next to the Centro Roselands shopping complex. It used to be lawns bowls type club but a few years ago had a huge renovation and make over done. Whilst it still does have a pretty sweet lawn bowls field, the entire complex is now also pretty flash.

Unfortunately as with many of these local community club type places, if you live within a certain radius of the club, you will have to join as a member. From memory it costs around $5-12 a year and it doesn't matter if you already have a membership with your RSL club.The upside is that you can use the membership card to get discounted prices at the excellent MaZi restaurant inside!

I'm finding many clubs these days are focusing on their non-gambling options in order to attract more customers and I guess indirectly the gamblers. Things like member raffles, karaoke nights, daily yum cha and upgraded dining options.

And it seems to be working. We arrived on a Friday night to MaZi, spent 5 minutes to sign up as members and went inside to the restaurant. It was packed already with families, couples, and big groups celebrating birthdays etc.

We managed to sneak in a table against the window, received our menus and then went up to the service desk to order. Remember to give them your member's card to get the member prices!

Grilled calamari with lemon, oregano, green leaf salad, spanish onion and herbs - $16.50 (non member $18.20) - For the entree, we ordered this calamari dish. The calamari was flash fried to perfection with just the right amount of cooking time to make it not too tough and not too slimy. Not sure what combination of herbs was in the marinate but it went very well with the dish.

Garlic prawn linguine with verdlho wine, chili, rocket, parmesan, olive oil - $27.0 ($29.70 non member) - Highlight of this dish was the generous amount of prawns included! So often you get 3-4 prawns and are left itching for more, but here, under every second scoop of linguine was another hidden prawn! Could have had a tad more chili and olive oil.

Slow cooked chicken breast with scallops, soft polenta, carrot, broccoli in a creamy white wine and mushroom sauce $27.0 ($29.70 non member) - Another impressive dish! The chicken had that a delicious golden brown skin of caramelisation on it but remained tender and juicy on the inside. THe sauce was packed with flavour and the scallops grilled perfectly. 

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Shanghai Fried Dumpling, Wolli Creek, Sydney

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Wolli Creek finally has a new restaurant!

Right where all those spanky new apartments blocks are being built has opened up a Shanghai restaurant. It's a bit hard to find because it actually sits adjacent to the new Asian grocery store that has just opened also.

Not everything on the menu is available and at times there is a bit of confusion with ordering but this is understandable given that they've only just opened not long ago.

Fried rice ~ $12 - Combination fired rice, with bits of ham, carrot, peas, egg and mini shrimps. Pretty standard fare here and a tad bland for more liking. Nothing a shake of soy sauce doesn't fix though.

Xiao Long Baos or soupy dumplings as some people call them ~$10  - Made in store these morsels of goodness are mouthwateringly delicious. Though the skin is not as delicately thin as the ones you get at Din Tai Fund, they are still super yummy.

Hot and sour soup ~$7  - swirls of bean curd, fungus (the good kind) and tofu as well as the odd shred of pork combined beautifully in this soup. I like mine a bit more sour which was easily resolved with the addition of a splash of red vinegar.

Pan fried soupy pork buns ~$12 - They forgot our order for these but when we reminded them and it eventually came, they were worth the wait. We could see them sizzling in the open plan kitchen at the front of the restaurant and they reached us piping hot. Golden and crunchy base at the bottom, hot soupy loveliness in the centre.

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