Hurricanes, Brighton Le Sands, Sydney South

Back in the day, Hurricanes was exclusive to Bondi but over the years the mouth-watering rib focused restaurant has expanded to many other locations. One of these locations is in Brighton Le Sands. It is literally on the main street right off the beach and is the perfect location for a lazy lunch watching peoples on the beach or for a beach-side dinner enjoying the lapping of the waves. As with most Hurricanes, booking is a must as even at this location there are plenty of people wanting to get their fill of ribs.

We had a craving for ribs this day but wasn't starving so opted for a starter and a combo to share. Remember always ask for the complimentary house bread too as it is always fresh from the oven and is particularly good to mop up and leftover sauces from other dishes.

Salt and pepper prawns - $19 - we always go for the garlic prawns which are amazing so this time we went for something different. Big mistake. Whilst the prawns were cooked beautifully and rocket salad is one of my favorrites, the dish just lacked seasoning. Much prefer Asian style salt and pepper and will go back to garlic prawns in future.

Complimentary house bread - remember to ask for this as otherwise they won't serve it. Fresh from the oven, crusty on top and soft in the middle. Warm and served with Western star butter.

Steak and ribs combo - $49.60 (+ mushroom sauce $2.50) - it annoys me a bit that sauce costs extra as I'm a firm believer that steaks should always come with sauce. Here the steak is char-grilled to perfection and was a match made in heaven for the mushroom sauce and smokey BBQ ribs. You can choose lamb, beef or pork ribs, but after trying them all I think pork is the best. Don't be afraid to accept the offer of a bib from the waiter/waitress and get stuck in with you hands and fingers- its the only satisfying way to enjoy these babys.

Hurricane's Grill Brighton-Le-Sands Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sichuan Impression, Campsie, Sydney inner west

Something different on Beamish street, Campsie. Not sure if its a new place or if I've just never noticed it, but it is a Sichuan restaurant. Serving spicy Sichuan cuisine, it seems one of the key attractions is that you can BYO drinks with no corkage! There were plenty of tables taking advantage of this offer, bringing in icey cold six packs from the nearest bottle-O and chowing down on some fine Chinese cuisine. 

We didn't have alcohol so just enjoyed some tasty dishes.

Kung pao chicken - little morsels of chicken with a medley of vegetables and dried chilis and peppers. Not too spicy but enough there to be hot.

Fried beans with pork mince - probably not the healthiest bean dish as it is deep fried, haha, but it is super delicious. The pork mince provides the protein and a nice texture.

Spicy handmade wontons - plump parcels of prawn and pork wrapped in a silky smooth wonton pastry and soaked in a spicy sauce.


Sparrow Mill, Sydney CBD, Sydney

Can you believe after all these years of eating KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) I've actually never tried the Snow Cheese version?? Well that finally changed last Friday when we went to Sparrow Mill - famous for their fried chicken and two huge plates of chicken - one of which is the infamous snow cheese.

Snow cheese fried chicken (half serve) - $19 - I loved the dusting of cheese that was on top of the usual crispy fried chicken. The version at Sparrow Mill is extra crunchy and it's no wonder that there's always a huge queue outside. The cheese itself is more of a seasoning powder more than real cheese, but it just added that extra flavour kick to the chicken. Bit like hot and spicy KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) chicken compared to original recipe.

Fried chicken with shallots (half serve) - $19 - For whatever reason I can never turn down the stock standard fried chicken with shallots. Perhaps its the freshness of the shallots that cuts through the crispiness of the chicken or perhaps its because I feel like its the serve of vegetables that I should having with any meal, but whatever the reason, I went for it again here. And boy was it good!

The Sparrow's Mill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

China Lane, Sydney CBD, Sydney

A lot of people I know would dismiss the likes of China Lane and Mr Wong's as overpriced Chinese food which has been Westernized for the masses. Why pay for these restaurants when you could grab delicious Chinese dishes for half the price down in good old Chinatown? Well in my opinion, sometimes you want the tasty dishes but also a bit more of restaurant service. Meaning nice atmosphere, decor, service in addition to the food and this means having too fork out that little bit more. Sure, not likely something to enjoy all the time, but every now and then - why not.

China Lane for me ticks all those boxes. Hidden away in a laneway on Angel Place in the Sydney CBD, it can be very easy to miss it if you haven't been in the area before. The setting is cozy with dimmed lighting and some outdoor seating also. Service is great and the menu has plenty of variety.

For this occasion, we went with the easy option with the set menu for two for $62 person. This is plenty enough for two people but you can also order addition dishes a la carte if you like.

Prawn san choy bao - an amazing starter. Literally could have had 5 of these bad boys but there's only one each. Cool, crispy sheets of iceberg lettuce wrapped around a medley of ingredients including prawn pieces, green beans, mushrooms, shallots and water chestnut among others.

Crispy master stock pig's ears - One of my favourites here - crispy ears which are masterfully marinated to provide just the right amount of heat and flavour. Mixed with slices of cold cucumber and spring onion, a really good combo.

Togarashi cuttlefish - soft pieces of fresh cuttlefish, lightly dusted in batter. Chili powder and vinegar on the side as accompaniments.

Tamarind pork Shanghai salad - crunchy pork crackling tossed together with a number of salad components and Shanghai noodles.

Cone bay barramundi - steamed fresh fish fillets with a light tangy sauce. Still prefer the standard ginger, soy and shallot style steamed fish but this was not bad.

Wok fried Asian greens - A tad salty but otherwise a perfect side dish.

Soy braised crispy pork belly - The star attraction for the night. Pork belly is braised so that the fat literally melts in your mouth.

Coconut sago and black sticky rice - not that bad, but I would have preferred something a bit sweeter or something chocolately :P

China Lane Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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