New Shanghai – Chatswood, Sydney

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Hello and welcome to the new mid-week posts at talk&spoon! Every Tuesday we will be doing what we do best – bringing you a review of a dining experience around Sydney, or around the world!

We kick it off with New Shanghai, the dumpling powerhouse that can be found at various outlets in Sydney and soon to be opening in Melbourne this year as well. talk&spoon was invited to try out some of the new dishes they have on their menu, as well as tasting some old classics. Click through for more…

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Chinese takeaway with Delivery Hero – Lane Cove BBQ Kitchen

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It’s Chinese New Year Eve, so celebrations and 恭喜发财 all round! I thought it would be appropriate to share some lovely Chinese food DS and I enjoyed curtesy of Delivery Hero. But you can have takeaway at home any day right? DS and I decided to mix it up by ordering the food to take with us to Moonlight Cinema in Centennial Park! Pretty sure we had the best picnic dinner going (okay maybe except for that couple with the giant sushi platter). Click through for more…

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Ms G’s – Potts Point, Sydney

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There’s something super appealing about the kitschy-ness of cocktails served in bubble-tea containers, fat straw and plastic lid included. And what’s that? – the pearls/sago balls are included too?! Winning all round. A group of four of us headed over to Ms G’s in Potts Point for a good feed of Asian fusion food – click through to see the rest of our meal…

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The Ledbury – Notting Hill, London, UK

Fillet of Belted Galloway Beef with Celeriac Baked in Juniper, Bone Marrow and Crisp Potato

Fillet of Belted Galloway Beef with Celeriac Baked in Juniper, Bone Marrow and Crisp Potato

On a holiday, where you manage to go to a 1 Michelin Star restaurant (which also holds the #7 spot on the 2013 World’s 50 Best Restaurants index) as well as a 2 Michelin Star restaurant – I think it’s fair to say you’ve done pretty well. While my 1 Michelin Star experience can be revisited here, my 2 Star experience was for my birthday at The Ledbury in the beautiful suburb of Notting Hill, London.

Jowl of Tamworth Pork with Apricots, Girolles and Caramalised Almonds

Jowl of Tamworth Pork with Apricots, Girolles and Caramalised Almonds

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The Dogs – Edinburgh, Scotland

Confit roast duck with broadbeans, on a grated red onion and beetroot salad (Starter/Main £5.45/9.45)

Confit roast duck with broadbeans, on a grated red onion and beetroot salad (Starter/Main £5.45/9.45)

Our first day in Edinburgh entailed basically walking the length of the city to find a jeweller that could fix S’s necklace. Our search led us all through the Old Town where our hotel was, down the Royal Mile, across to the New Town and down Hanover Street. Along the way we passed many a great shop, cafe and restaurant, including the mysteriously named The Dogs, signposted in front of a staircase leading into a terrace house. A dog grooming parlous? A pet shop? Nope – a wonderful, chic restaurant with great, mid-range priced food.

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Chiswick – Woollahra, Sydney

Chorizo Orecchiette, sundried tomatoes, broccolini (approx $32)

Chorizo Orecchiette, sundried tomatoes, broccolini (approx $32)

Chiswick, in Woollahra, has not been empty a day since it opened over a year ago. It has become somewhat of a neighbourhood haunt for casual lunches with the Mother or nice birthday dinners with S and our parents. While I would really recommend booking, they do always keep a few tables for walk-ins, and with dinner serving from 5:30pm, it was another case of impromptu dinner with the Mother that brought us to Chiswick again.

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The Peak Lookout – The Peak, Hong Kong

Spinach Salad with Pear and Blue Cheese

Spinach Salad with Pear and Blue Cheese

Baby back ribs with coleslaw and wok-tossed vegetables, bbq tangy sauce

Baby back ribs with coleslaw and wok-tossed vegetables, bbq tangy sauce

Outdoor Seating

Outdoor Seating

The Peak Lookout occupies an iconic position at the top of Hong Kong island, aka the Peak. The historic building is unmissable as you make your way to the Peak area – in fact, it has been there for over 60 years. This place carries special significance to me as I used to come here regularly as a child – Sunday brunches with Dad were always a highlight and I have particularly fond memories of the kids menu! Back then it was called The Peak Cafe – it became the Peak Lookout after a refurbishment in 2001.

This restaurant is definitely unique in the way that it caters for locals as well as tourists. You can eat at one of HK’s most iconic restaurants in one of HK’s most popular tourist attractions – or you can just enjoy a nice meal there as a local. The long, bungalow style building features extensive seating indoors (the seats by the window are particularly nice), but to me it’s always nicest to sit outside in the large garden, weather permitting. As can be seen in the photos above, the lighting in the garden is minimal, making it difficult to see the menu/food/take photos. Torches are provided if necessary.

  • What we ate:

The Peak Lookout has one of the most extensive menus I have ever seen – it goes for 3 approximately A3 pages! There is a wide range of food available – many entrees and salads, Asian dishes including many Indian dishes (they have a tandoori oven), dishes from the grill, pastas and a lot of seafood. Not to mention there’s also a breakfast/brunch menu, and a large selection of desserts!

S. and I shared our meal. We started with some Cheese and Basil Naan bread, which came with a side of yogurt – the naan there is amazing, I could have it every day. We also had a Spinach salad with pear and blue cheese, which was light and crisp. We then shared a generous portion of Baby Back Ribs cooked on the grill – unless you’re a massiver eater I would recommend for this dish to be shared! You can choose either rice or mashed potato to go with any dishes from the grill (we had rice), a side dish (we had wok-tossed vegetables) and a sauce (we had BBQ tangy sauce). No room for dessert after that unfortunately!

The Peak Lookout
121 Peak Road,
The Peak, Hong Kong
http://www.thepeaklookout.com.hk/