Manjit's Wharf, King St Wharf Sydney
Manjit’s Wharf, King St Wharf Sydney
Sunday, 21 April 2019 Manjit’s Wharf, King St Wharf Sydney Manjit’s Wharf is located on King St Wharf and I would consider the best Indian in Sydney. I know it’s a big call but i’ve always had such great food experiences at Manjit’s Wharf. I was eager to go back to see what was new on their autumn menu. They also provide catering for functions including weddings Manjit’s Wharf has contemporary Indian with traditional flavours. The venue has gorgeous waterviews so Matt and I enjoy a Cobra Beer, a smooth beer and a glass of grenache to kick off our lunch while we enjoy the view. A nice way to kick-start the taste buds would be to order some of the bite sized entrees. A crowd favourite is often the Manjit’s Wharf papadums ($5) with four flavoured chakra ($12) including mango chutney, mixed pickle, Tamarin sauce, yoghurt, cucumber raita. The papadums are rolled so they make for a nice shape to dip into the various sauces. Manjit’s Wharf has Gol Gol Gappa ($3 per piece) which is a contemporary twist on a classic street food with crispy pastry filled with spiced chickpea and potato, served with tamarind and amchur caviar. I love this dish with the crispy texture of the pastry and the soft chickpea and potato in contrast. The liquid is tangy in flavour and really awakens my palette. There’s the Coni Papdi with Tamarind Sorbet ($3 per piece) , is another contemporary twist on a classic street food which has potatoes, chickpeas marinated with spiced yoghurt, topped with tamarind sorbet, amchur and fresh mint chutney. These little sorbets are adorable! The tamarind sorbet is quite refreshing and I highly recommend this dish. Manjit’s Wharf also has a number of other contemporary entrees including Kashmiri Chicken ($19) has free range chicken tenderloin marinated with spices and chickpea flour, cooked in Tandoor oven, finished with zesty lemon and sweet pea puree. The chicken is so perfectly cooked, Matt comments on how succulent the chicken is and how flavoursome the chicken is. It’s so delicious. A must order is the Pyaaj Ka Phool ($16) is Manjit’s take on the classic onion bhaji. This dish consists of a baby gladaian brown pyaaj from Lockyer Valley in Queensland which is richly coated in a spiced chickpea flour and deep fried to golden perfection. I am in heaven while eating this dish. The crispy onion shards are strategically decorated with the tamarind sauce. It’s so delicious and addictive. I have to stop myself from eating too much. Manjit’s Wharf also has a number of protein dishes including the Kakori Seekh Kebab ($18) which has a layer of chicken and another layer of lamb mince kebab, infused with traditional indian spices, roasted over the special charcoal tandoor oven. The Kebab is smokey and full of vibrant flavours. There’s also the unique Yuzu Fish Malai ($19) is made of fish fillet roasted and served with a blend of coconut moolie, fresh tobiko and japanese Yuzu. I’ve never had yuzu in an Indian dish before. The yuzu flavours really bring out the mildly spicy sauce. The fish is soft, flakey and quite flavoursome on it’s own and is topped with fresh seaweed. I love the fusion in this dish. You should try it out! I’m starting to get full however Matt and I continue to eat. Traditional Idil is a traditional South Indian steamed rice cakes, filled with vegetables, served with tomato rasam and saffron foam. I’ve had this dish before when I’ve gone on a food tour in Harris Park. The steamed rice cake is soft and absorbs the broth. I prefer some of the other entrees but this is a good one if you are looking for a traditional dish to order. When you look at the menu for mains, there’s a lot of choices and here are a few that I tried on this particular lunch. We are served a smaller portion upon request as we are getting full. Manjit’s Wharf also has a long list of curries including the popular Dhaba Goat Curry ($31) which has tender goat pieces cooked in a traditional roadside style gravy of browned onion, ginger, garlic, black cardamom and cassia bark. Matt loves eating this goat curry and soaks up the flavours with the rice and naan bread. Manjit’s Wharf has a signature dish called the Baingan Takatak ($26) which is a Tandoori roasted fresh eggplant left to caramelise to a char, coarsely cut with onion, tomato and chilli prepared on the traditional “tawa” hotplate, finished with fresh peas then smoked with apple and cardamom. This dish is very delicious and if you really focus, you can taste the complexity of the flavours. I would also argue that their butter chicken should also be a signature given it’s the best in Sydney. One of my favourite dishes when I dine with Indian cuisine is the Chicken Tikka Masala ($28) traditional Indian-British favourite, fresh onion, capsicum and tomato combined with a smoky tandoori chicken tikka pieces topped with lemon juice garnished with coriander. The chicken tikka masala is full of really bold tomato based flavours. This is my favourite curry although I do enjoy the eggplant and also the goat curry. I highly recommend this dish. Manjit’s Wharf also has my favourite garlic naan to soak up all the flavours. While I am quite full, there’s always room for dessert. We are treated with this delicious dessert. The soft sweet bread is served warm and is topped with pistachio and is served with condensed milk. I won’t lie, I am slightly drooling as I reflect on this dessert. I highly recommend! Summary: Overall, I had another flawless experience at Manjit’s Wharf. The best Indian in Sydney does not disappoint and I absolutely enjoyed the new items on their autumn menu. The highlights would have to be the contemporary twists on their entrees but I enjoyed all the dishes overall. I highly recommend! Price: Mains vary from $20 to 40 Location: 10/49 Lime St, Sydney Opening Hours: Sunday, Monday to Friday 12pm to 3pm, 5:30pm to 10:30pm Saturday 5pm to 10:30pm Weekend Food Escapes dined as guests of the venue or their representatives. All photos, opinions and words are my own. Thanks to Spooning Australia at
Tease your Taste Buds With Mouth Watering Chinese, Thai and Italian Recipes
Tease your Taste Buds With Mouth Watering Chinese, Thai and Italian Recipes Il y a 1 minute par Isobel Streeton Chinese foods are the most desired and in style, today being served in all the Indian restaurants catering to food lovers delight. There are distinct Chinese restaurants that prepare and serve only Chinese recipes for the chinese food lovers palate. The Chinese food menu is a wide variety that includes the chillies items, of it Chicken Chilli is the most popular where the chicken pieces are mixed with chilli, sauces and mouth watering spices that make the dish pleasant to taste. Another popular chinese item is the Manchurians, like Fish manchurian and Chicken manchurian that are the best to taste. Other Chinese recipes that are worth mentioning are chicken chilli fried, fried rice, golden fried prawns, chicken meat balls, chicken chopseuy, egg roll, mutton, and chicken roll, chinese stew, chicken mushroom, broccoli beef, broccoli chicken, chinese sesame seed chicken, and there may still be more to mention. Within the country itself, the chinese cuisines are categorised into different regional tastes which have been influenced by the different regions within China. Chinese dishes are the most popular world over in various regions and have thus been mingled with the tastes of these regions. Thai cuisines Thai food is influenced evenly by the four main regions of the country, and the Thai cuisines are a mixture of sour, sweet, bitter and salty tastes. Thai food is spicy with a wide range of spices and different sauces used for the preparation. The blend of the different tastes makes Thai food to be unique and palatable for the most taste buds. The fame and reputation of the Thai food has attracted many a tourists and outsiders to the country to learn more about the Thai recipes preparation. Thai food integrates a lot of spices, sauces, tour Viên Gia Giới pastes, herbs, rice, noodles, etc. and delivers the most exotic flavor. Here, is a list of Thai food intermingled with our Indian taste senses, sweet corn cakes, sweet corn cutlets, spring rolls, Thai chicken kebabs, Thai fish curry, Thai jungle fish curry, lobster roll, paneer, mushroom and capsicum satay, Thai rissoles, Thai rolls, Chinese steam chicken to name a few. Italian dishes Italian food is extremely familiar worldwide, and it is the richest type of food with a large amount of variation. Italian style of food preparation is influenced regionally but is much simpler in its form where the number of ingredients is remarkably less. Cheese and wine are the main part of the Italian dishes. The quality of the Italian cuisine is the main essence of the dishes. There is a lot of difference in the taste of the Italian cuisines making it the most popular in the world. Italian food is also extremely much influenced in India where you can find a wide variety in the form of authentic Italian dishes, chicken, vegetable Italian recipes, and much more. Italian recipes worth mentioning are the broccoli, almond, and lemon farfalle, buckwheat pasta with caramelized onion, and peas, bruschetta pasta, Caesar past salad, cheats spinach.
My Favourite Places To Eat In Delhi.
by Anubhuti My Favourite Places To Eat In Delhi. Someone asked me today what was my favourite place in Delhi to eat. I did not have an answer. She then asked what was my favourite cuisine. I did not have an answer. Probably exasperated the next question was what do I cook, yet again, I did not know what to say. No, I wasn’t trying to evade the question or play it hard. I genuinely do not have clear answers to them. I have been eating out for about 16-17 years now, before which everything I ever ate was home made. From Ch inese to Pizzas, from Chaat to Samosas, from Dosas to Chola Bhaturas. That is how it was in small towns where we grew up. So my palate has evolved only in the last decade and a half and from always wanting Asian to craving Italian to going back to Dal Makhni — it has done all that. The story of my cooking is the same. Having started at the age of 10-12, I have now been cooking for over 25 years. While in the beginning it was all fun, later it became a chore, and then again came to a point where I want to be able to make everything I want to eat at home. I cannot bother to step out unless it’s work. It is a vicious circle, this life. But I have been thinking. The response to the question I feel is fairly simple. Today, at this stage, I only want to eat what’s cooked with love and passion. Food that tells me someone cares about what’s on the plate and how it will appeal to the palate. It doesn’t matter if I eat that at a shack (which I do often) or a fine dining restaurant (which I cannot do that often). As for cooking, I seem to be going old school ensuring I preserve the recipes of my mothers and grandmothers. A meal that tells me that the person cares about what is going outon the plate. I need to feel the passion, taste the care. And I think that is the only thing which makes me want to go back to an eatery, irrespective of the place or the cuisine. Having said that here is a list of places I go to eat when I have no work obligations, no stories to write, and most of all, when I need comfort food.
1. Pot Belly. Although I discovered it a bit late — like last year — Pot Belly has become my favourite Indian food places. Discovering savouring home made pakoris and sabudana vadas, mutton curry and parathas with chokhas was delight and the place had a fan. The service can be slow on weekend and peak hours but the fact that the servers are smiling good natured bhaiyyas from my land, means I do not mind waiting. The homelike food with rustic flavours and generous portions, the use of mustard oil and fragrant masalas takes me back to my childhood, the best cuts of meats reminds me of mum’s kitchen, the many accompanying little things make it seem like a meal at home. 2. Tashi Delek, Dilli Haat . There are momos and there are momos and then there are the Sikkimese momos from Dilli Haat. Accompanied with hot flavourful thukpas these dumplings define Delhi for me. They also remind me of my courtship days, of my indulgent husband and my initial years in Delhi. Though I go there not more than once a year — mostly in winter, the place remains very special. The best thing — nothing here has changed in the 18 years that I have known it. 3. All American Diner. Although I have never had a hotdog there, this American Diner has won me over with numerous other things: Pot Pie, Fish Fry, Hash Browns, Waffles, Pancakes… the list goes on. Perfect for a weekend brunch, a weekday lunch or a Sunday dinner, the diner is timeless in its appeal — both culinary and aesthetic. Best way to enjoy a meal here is to reach early since they do not take reservations and the waiting can be a dampener. 4. Jade. Wherever Chef Rana goes, I follow. After meeting him and tasting his food at Triple8 last year, I have learnt this lesson for life. Soft spoken, gentle and large hearted, chef Rana’s food is a reflection of who he is. While Jade is a classic he has reinvented the menu in a way that it appeals to the new generation too. Subtle dimsums, robust mains, velvety noodles, and soul satisfying desserts, there is nothing that the chef cannot do. And I as a guest, am just too happy. 5. Orient Express . Last on the list not because I don’t like it as much as the others, last because it is so chic that I cannot afford to go there often. Designed after the Orient Express, this iconic Taj Palace restaurant is a favourite of all those who love refined subtle luxury. The live music played by a veteran Taj pianist, the soothing vocals by a elegant young lady, and champagne bubbling away on your glass even as you look out of the beautiful train is an experience dreams are made of. 6. Red Hot Cafe: A quiet, unassuming eatery in Gurgaon’s Sushant Lok, this Thai restaurant is the number one on our list to go to when we are hungry, bored, or in need of comfort. Even though they have a fancy new outlet in Cyber Hub, both husband and I prefer the older one. Almost 25 kilometers away from home, this place needs dedicated time and planning and yet it retains its position. The reason? Food, food, and food. No pretense, no highhandedness, no frills — the place serves just very good quality comfort food. Our go to dishes every time: Tom Yum and Tom Kha, Lamb Massaman, Mi Goreng, and jasmine rice. Nothing more, nothing less. 7. Karim, Jama Masjid. To be honest, my fascination with Karim and its Nihari has waned quite a bit after eating at smaller places in the Old city (especially Kallu and Aslam), but the comfort and ease of getting there ensures I will still go back for my qormas and seekh kababs, also for my most favourite roti in the whole city, half of which I eat on its own. The Nihari meanwhile is as good as good as a mutton Nihari can get. The Sheekh here are luscious and juicy and come dripping with ghee and the qormas are mild yet decadant, together the three make a soul satisfying combination which is worth every minute spent in reaching there. And so, while there is a Kareem right next to home, I will only eat in this one. Share this:
National Harbor, MD Indian Wedding by Photographick Studios
National Harbor, MD Indian Wedding by Photographick Studios Anchal and Parag’s Indian wedding is a story pulled from a fairytale, and trust me, ladies, every image is worth watching! Photographick Studios bring us through their beautiful imagery the timeline of the splendid ceremony that bonded the life of today’s lovestruck couple inside a majestic glass atrium of the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center ! Here, the talented Prabha Bhambri from Nivanjoli built a wonderful indoor garden theme and ensured every detail of the “wedding in bloom” theme with a glorious garland decor for the gazebo and a long line of sweet floral pedestals that flanked the aisle and also filled the ceiling with wonderful pink shooting stars! CG & Co Events’ luxury wedding planning team did an excellent job guiding the couple step by step through the planning process and taking the lead during the chore of the celebrations! And it looks like the hard work paid off! More adorable portraits of these sweethearts during their dreamy “I do’s” in our complete gallery ! How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was “the one”? My family and Parag’s family have known each other from the southern Maryland Indian community since 2002. We were acquaintances for years. The extent of our conversations were “hi” and “how are you?” for 13 years. In April 2015 during my sister’s wedding, I talked to Parag and said we should hang out sometime since I know his siblings so well, but not him. I randomly received a text message from Parag in November 2015 during the week of Thanksgiving asking if I was free to hang out. I said I was available on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Parag drove to pick me up that Friday from my house, and we went for dinner at Bollywood Masala. Our dinner lasted for 7 hours, and I told my mom I was going to marry Parag the morning after our dinner! Share the scoop on your Proposal Story! Parag and I were flying to Chicago for Christmas. On the way to the airport, we stopped in DC to see the national Christmas tree. Parag proposed in front of the tree, which is where our second date took place. We love this tree and have made it a tradition to buy the White House Christmas ornament each year. How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind? Selecting a bridal lengha took a lot of time! I knew I did not want to wear the traditional bridal lengha so started researching bridal designers online. Since our wedding was in December, I wanted to wear the color emerald green. I consulted with a designer in Mumbai and had many lengthy discussions on how to incorporate this color into my bridal wear. My all-time favorite color for clothes is baby pink/blush pink, so we collectively decided to put together a bridal lengha with the color combination of emerald green and blush pink. Additionally, I really wanted champagne gold incorporated with this outfit but had already selected my jewelry, which was white gold. Therefore, we decided to integrate champagne gold and silver into the handwork. What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding? The food carts! We had 5 different cuisines at our wedding: Thai, Mexican, Indo-Chinese, Indian, and Italian. Each station had a name like Punjabi Haveli, Thai Palace, Italian Grotto, Bombay to Beijing, and Mexican Rivera. Parag and I had spent so much time on getting these food carts made and are so happy everyone enjoyed the food options! Additionally, guests loved the gold oval bar we had rented during the reception. The bar was gigantic, and because of its size and number of bartenders hired, there was never a line to get a drink. Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind? YES! Walking down the aisle with my dad and looking at Parag at the mandap was the best moment of the day! I felt so many emotions all at once it was truly incredible! You won’t want to miss the lavish reception on the way! Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be? YES! Do not take the burden of wedding planning upon yourself! It is your wedding, and you should enjoy the entire journey. Delegate to family members and close friends. Enjoy the day, and do not worry if everything is executed as planned. One thing or another will happen, but it is best to let someone else handle the obstruction-not you! Most people will not even notice if your plan is not executed perfectly. Anything else you want to tell us? We’d love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.) We loved our pastry chef and cake. Our cake was a tiered cake, but it had a lot of texture and layers, so it unfolded like a rose. We also loved the Riverview Ballroom in the Gaylord National Resort. It gave a very outdoor feeling with floor to ceiling glass windows instead of an enclosed ballroom wedding. The view was incredible, and the Ferris wheel looked awesome at night. The decor for our wedding and reception was gorgeous. We wanted an indoor garden theme for our wedding ceremony. For the wedding reception, we wanted to continue the indoor garden theme but also added a romantic vibe with hundreds of candles on the tables and stage. Also, at the reception, we rented trees and planters to divide the ballroom in half. We used one half of the ballroom for cocktail hour and the other half for the reception. This allowed the cocktail hour to flow with our indoor garden and candlelight theme instead of in an enclosed hallway. Time to party! Stay tuned… STYLE
MORE OUTLETS GET TOP-MARKS IN PENARTH’S LATEST FOOD-HYGIENE RATINGS
Posted on April 18, 2019 by NewsNet The Cefn Mably Hotel at 1 Lavernock Road is ranked at 5 More Penarth food outlets than ever have managed to gain the top rating of “5” in the current listings for the town published by the Food Standards Agency in association with the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Below are the current ratings for food outlets in Penarth listed in order of 5 categories. The top-rated outlets receive a score of 5 , those just below have score of 4 , the middle-ranking rating is 3 and the ones which are in need of improvement are 2 and 1.
Currently no food outlet in Penarth has a zero rating (the worst possible).
PENARTH OUTLETS WITH A RATING OF 5 Compass Coffee in Penarth Marina Compass Penarth Ltd Compass House Penarth Marina Penarth Road Snooker Club Penarth Snooker And Social Club Marriot House Penarth Road Decks Pier Buildings Penarth Pier Esplanade La Marina & El Puerto The Custom House Penarth Portway Nicola’s Juice & Coffee Bar Penarth Pier Esplanade Penarth Athletic Club Penarth Rugby Football Club Lavernock Road Penarth Bowls Club Rectory Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Penarth Labour Club 98 – 100 Glebe Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Penarth Lawn Tennis Club Rectory Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Penarth Yacht Club Esplanade Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan The Pier Cafe 5 Pier Buildings Penarth Pier Esplanade Tony’s Takeaway Penarth Pier Esplanade Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Umpa Lumpa Olde Sweet Shop 55+ Drop in Club The Salvation Army 101A Plassey Street A B Snell And Son 11 Washington Buildings Stanwell Road Aroma Coffee Bar University Hospital Llandough Bar 44 Tapas y Copas 14 Windsor Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Bear Pak Trinity Methodist Church Woodland Place Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Beau Monde Bakery 51A Glebe Street Penarth Boots The Chemists Ltd 24 Windsor Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Brutons the Bakers 106A Glebe Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Bute Cottage Nursery School Bute Lane Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Cefn Mably Inn 1 Lavernock Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Celtic Lounge 7 Windsor Arcade Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Chutney Indian Takeaway 13 Ludlow Lane Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Cliff Haven Residential Home 10 Clive Crescent Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Coffee #1 13 Windsor Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Cogan Nursery School Cawnpore Street Cogan Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Cogan Junior And Infant School Pill Street Cogan Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Cosmeston Cafe Cosmeston Country Park Lavernock Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Cylch Meithrin Bethel Bethel Chapel Plassey Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Debs out of school Clubs Llandough Junior And Infant School Dochdwy Road Llandough Dotty Pots 6 Herbert Terrace Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Elfed Playgroup Elfed Avenue United Church Elfed Avenue Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Evenlode Primary School Evenlode Avenue Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Fairfield out of school Club Fairfield Primary School Dryden Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Grape Tree 22 Windsor Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Greggs The Bakers 32 Windsor Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Hafan y Coed University Hospital Llandough Penlan Road Llandough Headlands School N C H Headlands School St Augustine’s Road Penarth Holm House Marine Parade Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan CF64 3BG Jo’s Organic Stores 91 Glebe Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Keyif Turkish Cuisine 21 Glebe Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Lifestyle Express 24 Glyndwr Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Llandough Hospital University Hospital Llandough Penlan Road Llandough Llandough Junior And Infant School Dochdwy Road Llandough Magic Wok 31 Glebe Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Martin The Newsagent Ltd Station Approach Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Merrie Harrier Hotel 117 Penlan Road Llandough Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Mo’s 6 Station Approach Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Morel Court Care Home Morel Court Raisdale Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Not Socks Again 1 Windsor Terrace Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Ocho Lounge 16 Windsor Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Orchard Day Nursery 46 Clive Place Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Penarth Learning Community Ashgrove School Sully Road Penarth Penarth Live at Home Scheme Trinity Day Centre Woodland Place Penarth Penarth Mind 18 Station Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Phoenix Catering 55 Stanwell Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Purcell Stores 86 Purcell Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan The Railway Hotel 1 Plymouth Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Restaurant James Sommerin Esplanade Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan RVS – Women’s Unit University Hospital Llandough Penlan Road Llandough Sainsbury Supermarkets Ltd 28 – 30 Windsor Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Spar University Hospital Llandough Penlan Road Llandough St Aubin Nursery School 34 Archer Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Stanwell Comprehensive School Salisbury Avenue Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Stanwell Sandwich & Deli Bar School Lodge Archer Road Penarth Stanwell Sixth Form Cafe School Lodge Archer Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Station Hotel 162 Windsor Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Subway 5D Stanwell Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan TABS Tabernacle Baptist Church Plassey Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Tesco Stores Ltd Terra Nova Way Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan The Bears Head 37 – 39 Windsor Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan The Co-operative Group 26 Windsor Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan The Fig Tree Esplanade Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan The Paget Rooms Victoria Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan The Windsor Arms 95 Windsor Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Windsor Restaurant And Tea Room 1 Windsor Arcade Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Tonys Taste of Italy 3 Herbert Terrace Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Tower Hill Residential Home 54 Plymouth Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Training Ground The Royal British Legion Station Approach Penarth Umpa Lumpa 10 Windsor Arcade Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Vale of Glamorgan Council Redlands House 10 Redlands Avenue Penarth Victoria Out of School Club Victoria Primary School Cornerswell Road Victoria Private Day Nursery 6 Victoria Avenue Penarth Victoria Tea Room & Ice Cream Parlour Alans Hairdressers 3A Cornerswell Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan The Waverley Care Centre 122 – 124 Plymouth Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Windsor Bowling Club Robinswood Crescent Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Wishful House 9 Cornerswell Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Wonky Teapot Ashgrove School Sully Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Ysgol Pen Y Garth Redlands Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan
OUTLETS WITH A RATING OF 4 Pier 64 was rated at 5 but has slipped down a notch
Pier 64 Boat Yard Penarth Marina Penarth Portway Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Waterloo Tea Ltd Penarth Pier Pavilion Penarth Pier Esplanade Penarth Ex Servicemens Club 69 Windsor Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Penarth Yacht Club Esplanade Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Albert Primary School And Nursery Albert Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Bear Pak Fairfield Primary School Dryden Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Bella Pizza Fish & Chips 19 Tennyson Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Cioni Bistro Cliff Parade Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Cogan Coronation Club 1 Hewell Street Cogan Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Costa Coffee 18 Windsor Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan David Lush Butchers 5 Glebe Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Day Centre 6 Castle Avenue Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Dominos Pizza 5B Stanwell Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan ETC Etc 1 Royal Buildings Stanwell Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Farlan House B & B Ty-farlan 103 Penlan Road Llandough Penarth Fauvette Ltd Fauvette 8 – 9 Glebe Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Glendale Hotel 8 – 10 Plymouth Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Harvester Schooner Inn Lavernock Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Hazelhurst Nursery 120 Plymouth Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Joe’s Club St Josephs Primary School Sully Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Llandough & Leckwith Royal British Legion Club The Royal British Legion Penlan Road Llandough Penarth Llanfair Unit Cardiff And Vale University University Hospital Llandough Penlan Road Llandough LONDIS 109 Plassey Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Ludlow Street Healthcare 88 Windsor Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Marie Curie Hospice Holme Tower Marie Curie Centre Bridgeman Road Penarth Mayfair Spar Spar Stores 73 Stanwell Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Nightingales Pre-School Nursery Nightingales Nursery 15 Albert Crescent Penarth Old Cogan Hall Farm Sully Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan On a Roll 19 Llandough Trading Estate Llandough Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Parkside Residential And Nursing Home 1 – 2 Park Road Penarth Pizza Pronto Stanwell Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Pro Health & Nutrition 3A Stanwell Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Romeos By The Sea Esplanade Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Saplings Out of School Care Evenlode Primary School Evenlode Avenue Penarth Fourways News 105 Glebe Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Spring Garden Chip Shop 5 Pill Street Cogan Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan St Fagans Castle 114 Glebe Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan St Josephs Primary School Sully Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Stanwell Road Baptist Church Stanwell Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Steak.Cheese LTD 8 Custom House Place Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Tesco Express Herbert Terrace Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan The Albion 28 Glebe Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan The Bottle Shop Old Masonic Buildings Station Approach Penarth The Office Bar & Members Club (wet sales) The Royal Air Forces Association 40 – 42 Windsor Road Penarth The Oystercatcher Terra Nova Way Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan The Pilot Hotel 67 Queens Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan The Teddy Bear Trust Nursery University Hospital Llandough Penlan Road Llandough Thompson Butchers 110B Glebe Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Thursday Soup Lunch Albert Road Methodist Church Albert Road Penarth Ty Dewi Sant Residential Home Myrtle Close Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan W J Horne General Stores 52 Pill Street Cogan Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Waterloo Tea Ltd Ground Floor The Washington 1 – 3 Washington Buildings Stanwell Road Penarth Windsor Fruit Shop 11 Windsor Arcade Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan OUTLETS WITH A RATING OF 3 The Penarth Conservative Club has been outperformed by the Penarth Labour Club Penarth Conservative Club 15 Stanwell Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Penarth Fish Bar 14 Cornerswell Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Butter me Up 5 Windsor Arcade Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Clay Pit 46 Plassey Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Crazy Cafe 3 – 5 Beach Cliff Esplanade Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Foxy Deli Ltd 7 Royal Buildings Stanwell Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Glamorganshire Golf Club Lavernock Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Hazelhurst Nursing Home Sully Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan M And M Kebab And Pizza House 101 Glebe Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Mint and Mustard 33 – 34 Windsor Terrace Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Old Penarthians Rugby Club St Marks Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Paramount Tandoori 5 Station Approach Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Plassey Fish Bar 87 Plassey Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Redlands News 1 Redlands Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Saagor Indian Take Away 104 Glebe Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Superfood Nutrition Top Floor Flat 1 Coronation Terrace Penarth Supreme Convenience 28 Dock Street Cogan Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Tasty Oriental 12 Glebe Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan The Busy Teapot Cafe 27 Glebe Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan The Clive Arms Hotel 31 John Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan The Crepe Escape 15 Glebe Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan The Golden Lion 69 Glebe Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan The Pickled Pepper 7 Glebe Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Victoria Primary School Cornerswell Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Willmore’s 1938 Cafe Des Amis 4 Washington Buildings Stanwell Road Penarth OUTLETS WITH A RATING OF 2 Cardiff Cruises shares a rating of 2 with the Manor House Hotel and Westbourne Boarding School Cardiff Cruises Limited Penarth Marina Penarth Portway Penarth Kam Hung 4 Glebe Street Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Manor House Hotel Sully Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Ty Gwyn M H A Care Group 21 – 23 Stanwell Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan CF64 2EZ Westbourne School Boarding House G M 2 House Plymouth Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan OUTLETS WITH A RATING OF 1 The Vale Sports Arena in Penarth Road gets the lowest rating in Penarth for Food Hygiene Vale Sports Arena Cambria House Penarth Road Penarth Vale Of Glamorgan Total Fast Food Supplies 11 Llandough Trading Estate Llandough Penarth Share this:
A Motley of Restaurant Experiences #AtoZChallenge
A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose! Things are as they are, not as they should be! Share this: A Motley of Restaurant Experiences 20, 26
A restaurant is not just a place where we eat a meal, but is place where we connect with family and friends, make memories, know the culture of the city and enjoy a timeout.
While, we would like to have a wholesome experience, unfortunately, not all our experiences in a restaurant are good. Some are bad and ugly as well.
Today, I have a few of my friends sharing their extraordinary restaurant experiences. Read on… Tulika Singh
A few years ago my friends and I decided to try out a new fine dining restaurant along with the kids. We had fabulous South Indian meal of dishes we’d never heard of. When the cheque came it seemed unusually inflated. A quick look revealed between us we’d downed about 7-8 bottles of water and that came to about a thousand bucks. That was it – a lesson learnt – now when the server asks us ‘Bottled water or RO?’ we all chorus out ‘RO!’. Parul Kashyap Thakur
I was out for lunch with a friend. On my recommendation we went to Burma Burma.
We ordered starters and chatted. Then ordered the main course and continued talking. Suddenly the power went out. To our absolute shock, we were told that main course would not be cooked. The manager apologized and told us that what we ate would be on the house. The gesture was kind and would bring me back to Burma Burma. Customer delight is a real thing. Lotus Stem Crisps at Burma Burma Rachna Parmar
Darshinis are my favourite go-to for fresh, hygienic South Indian food. Adiga’s at Arekere is an iconic eatery that I’ve been visiting regularly for the past 15 years. Steaming hot sambar dip idlis, crispy vadas, masala dosa, rava dosa, bisi bele bath, thalis and much more. And filter kaapi too. Everything is super fresh and tasty. Easy on the pocket too. If you are in Bangalore, try eating here. Roshan Radhakrishnan
One of the first outlets in Kerala of the world’s most famous fried chicken has consistently been in people’s ‘avoid’ list for a few years and having given them a few chances, I agree with the crowd.
Undercooking a chicken for a universally fixed recipe is one thing but my final straw moment was when I went there for lunch and ended up leaving when 50 minutes after paying the bill, 2 out of 3 items I ordered had still not been prepared in this ‘fastfood’ center. The staff didn’t even try to raise a fuss when I asked for my money back before leaving… they were so used to irate customers and poor feedback. Esha Mookerjee Dutta
They say you can never do Hiroshima without trying the Okonomiyaki, or the Japanese pizza, that many consider as the ‘soul food’ of the city. This extremely popular savoury pancake is made with noodles and toppings of one’s choice which includes eggs, chopped vegetables, meat and/or seafood.
Last week, we braved long queues to be at one of the best places to experience this —the Nagata-Ya, near the Peace Park in Hiroshima. Having heard some rave reviews of the eatery, we braved the serpentine queues (Nagata-Ya have a no-reservation policy) and what an experience it was! Orders were taken while we were still waiting, so once we were seated, food was served directly on the hot plates on our table to ensure it stayed warm throughout.
A standard Okonomiyaki here costs ¥900 (approx Rs 550). Optional extras include garlic chips, deep fried squid, grilled squid, shrimp or green onion. Since we opted for vegan meals, they cooked ours with vegetable oil instead of lard and even offered us an allergy-free sauce to go with it, which we loved.
While travelling, local cuisines are a must try. And if you’re in for a great local experience, then Nagata-Ya offers excellent value for money, and their perfect ambience and excellent service ensure you leave the place with wonderful memories. Sunita Rajwade
On my sixth birthday we went to Gazebo, a swank restaurant at Bandra’s Linking Road. My eyes popped when I saw the dark interiors and a live band with couples dancing. But I was even more surprised when the restaurant presented me with a cake and the whole restaurant clapped as the band sang happy birthday! Corinne Rodrigues
We discovered Lilliput, a restaurant which had opened a couple of months earlier and is run by Varghese Paul, a graduate from a catering college, assisted by his parents. We went there on the first evening of our stay and were so taken up with the food and the ambiance that for the rest of our stay in Cherai we ate at least one meal everyday in Lilliput. Lilliput at Cherai Mayuri Nidigallu
Amethyst is synonymous with Chennai, and I would just be echoing a whole lot of locals when I say, ‘I love Amethyst!’. This aesthetically pleasing and spacious restaurant is the place to head to if you are looking for a great ambience, flavourful food and an exclusive menu. Their desserts are sinful and I always pick mine as soon as I get there, and order my meal later. Housed in a sprawling bungalow with ample greenery in and around it. Amethyst also has stores on the premises, so you could shop away while you’re here too. Whether you’re looking for a place to have your meal with just a book for company, or a romantic dinner with your spouse, or even a boisterous day out with a gang of girls, head to Amethyst. Amethyst at Chennai Enjoyed reading these experiences? Over to you now! Please share your good, bad, ugly or funny restaurant experience. We are all eyes and ears! My theme for this year’s Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is Food Talks . Join me for some interesting, fun conversations about food experiences, experiments, basics, tips, ideas, hacks, trends and much more. Like this:
Master Chef Blumenthal mesmerises an Indian audience with his magic wand
Master Chef Blumenthal mesmerises an Indian audience with his magic wand Tickets for his Rs 20,000-a-plate five course meal went in the snap of a finger Last Updated at April 19, 2019 23:58 IST email this article Type address separated by commas Your Email: Enter the characters shown in the image. Send me a copy: Premji-backed iD Fresh Food plans to sell only organic food products
At Rs 20,000 a ticket, Master Chef Heston Blumenthal is conjuring up a feast for nearly 100 people in Mumbai on Saturday night and in New Delhi on Sunday night. Blumenthal has been called many things by many people: alchemist, magician, sorcerer, chef with a scientist’s brain—the accolades and the applause for the stocky bald man with beady eyes would put film stars to shame in a country where they are revered as demi-gods. Heston was brought down to India by Marriott India for their F&B (Food and Beverage) programme Masters of Marriott and these culinary experiences (dinners) have been curated as part of this programme. Heston is the third world renowned chef to be brought down for Masters of Marriott since its launch earlier this year.
Heston’s first showing will be Mumbai on Saturday where a select group of the city’s elite will be treated to a five-course meal.. The non-vegetarian menu that will be served at the Marriott’s sprawling property next to the Mumbai airport at Sahar included his iconic lamb scotch eggs with pea and mint soup, roasted scallops, powdered duck and macerated strawberries.
For Rs 20,000 a plate, were there enough takers? Our question is met with the derision that is usually reserved for philistines in a room full of sophisticates. Tickets went in the snap of a finger. Listed on Bookmyshow and sold through the hotel, the meals were all sold out within a few days of being put up for sale.
Blumenthal is completely self-taught and has a legion of fans across the world. Some of them were in attendance at a special meeting organized by the Marriott in Mumbai on Thursday; chefs, food bloggers and culinary historians rocked on their heels as they waited for the gates to open and then rushed in to grab a seat as close to their hero as they could get.
Hailed more as a magician who can spin a culinary blowout from almost nothing and who has been described as an alchemist in the kitchen, Blumenthal says he was terrible at science subjects in school. And yet he is known for the science he brings to the kitchen. His trademarked food-pairing technique has admirers all over the world. Plating techniques of Master Chef Heston Blumenthal
How did he get here? Observation and awareness says the man who is pumped up with energy even after a full day of meeting chefs and acquiescing to the numerous requests for a selfie and sound byte.
“The beauty of human beings is that they can observe and learn, make connections by joining dots,” he says stressing upon the need to be aware – being in sync with one’s inner self when indulging in a gastronomical experience. One’s state of mind and the feelings one is in possession of at the time of rustling up a dish or eating it, has a direct correlation with how it feels on the palate,” says owner of The Fat Duck, an English restaurant awarded three Michelin stars and voted the World’s Best Restaurant in 2005, and also a string of other prime establishments.
Blumenthal waxes philosophical on food. As human beings he says, we are uniquely enabled to be emotionally charged about things around us. We can observe and learn and by putting our hearts into our heads, perhaps, turn into better versions of ourselves and create magic. For much of Blumenthal’s life, this has been his way of doing things.
When he started the Fat Duck, he had no money, no formal training and very few who believed in him. But
then he went to work behind the kitchen counter and much like Cinderella’s fairy godmother, the pumpkin turned into a golden chariot.
Blumenthal has studied India in detail, especially the way in which Indian and British cuisines have influenced each other. “I went as far back as the Victorian age,” he says adding that he will soon dig a little more into the past for an upcoming TV show. The curry is Britain’s national dish today he says, his eyes gleaming at the irony of talking curry at an Indian table. And yeah, he says, I know it is not an authentic Indian dish but it is an authentic British Indian one.
Drama and entertainment come with the territory when one is near the master chef. Even the simple act of sipping on wine, he turns it into a marvelous spin on a magic carpet. Close your eyes he commands to the small group gathered around his table, now imagine a person you love and let the emotions flow and sip at your wine. And then, he whispers, think of one you despise and do the same. Voila, he says, there is magic in food for you. For those who have signed up for an evening of pure Blumenthal delicacies, they can expect some melodrama on the side. First Published: Fri, April 19 2019. 20:56 IST
Good service & facilities, convenience location. Staff are friendly. Leela “feels” like India. Food are mainly Indian style. Choices for western foods were limited. Quality of food was ok. I would like the hotel to consider more other asian cuisine in the buffet.
“All Aboard” into the Heart of Luxury
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A journey onboard the iconic Indian Pacific Railway (IPR) is more than just a train ride through Southern Australia. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime luxury train trip through a world of shifting landscapes and rugged beauty. The IPR showcases nature’s most beautiful aspects of Southern Australia and wildlife. And opportunities abound to meet new people in this relaxed and pampered traveling environment.
Featuring gourmet dishes from across the country, the IPR’s fine epicurean experience is described by Conde-Nast Traveler as “the world’s best train food.”
Wine served on the IPR is sourced from some of Australia’s great wine regions – New South Wales’s Hunter Valley, South Australia’s Barossa and Adelaide Hills, and Western Australia’s Margaret River. Sydney, Australia Central Train Station
Operated by the Great Southern Rail of Australia, IPR’s recently refurbished carriages feature the same luxurious accommodations at five-star hotels. The IPR Sydney-Perth train trip is mentioned in the same breath as the Orient Express.
Leaving Sydney every Wednesday afternoon, this luxury train journey covers 4,352 kilometers. With magnificent Australian scenery unfolding along both sides of the tracks, you quickly realize you don’t just take this four-day, three-night journey to get from Sydney to Perth. You take it to see the country in a way that an airplane simply cannot provide, including special stopovers for off-train excursions each day.
These stops include Broken Hill, a classic Australian mining town, Adelaide or the historic Barossa Valley, and Rawlinna, where guests enjoy wine and dinner while gazing at brilliant desert stars under the wide Nullarbor skies. Service First
Inside the cavernous, brick-red Sydney Central Train station, luxury starts on Platform #3, before we board. Railway staff in navy blue pants, red and blue striped shirts and Akubras – the iconic Aussie outback hat – label bags, assign cabin numbers and efficiently whisk our luggage away.
We join a welcome reception where a musician plays his guitar, singing a mix of Australian and American songs. Then, a whistle blows and the conductor calls “all aboard.”
Life on board the IPR is carefully choreographed to make your journey special, effortless, and unforgettable. We’re met by attentive hosts the moment we step aboard and are graciously welcomed in the plush lounges, replete with comfortable couches and a full bar.
The countryside unravels as we enjoy a front row seat too wide open spaces, roaming wildlife, and stunning sunsets while traveling amidst the height of hospitality. From the friendly bartender who knew our brand of scotch to the cabin conductor who prepared our suite for sleeping each night, we felt special. The Train and Cabins
With the two massive blue engines pulling a long silver stream of 31 carriages, we leave the station. The train accommodates 38 onboard crew and 244 guests. A striking wedge-tailed eagle motif symbolizing soaring flight is emblazoned on each carriage. The largest eagle on earth is a fitting image for one of the world’s longest rail journeys.
This train journey is more than simple transportation. By day, our cabin serves as a roomy space to view the changing South Australian landscape. At night it transforms into a comfortable sleeping space with heavenly beds.
Guests have a choice of three sleeper cabins – Gold, Gold Service Superior and Platinum. All three levels come with private bathrooms and showers. Gold cabins, with shiny mahogany paneled walls, are elegant suites. Its comfortable three-seater lounge converts to an upper and lower sleeping berth at night.
The compact bathrooms combine a shower and toilet in one functional space. A lighted makeup mirror in the cabin comes with a shelf and electrical outlets for hair dryers, cell phones, and cameras. A small closet provides ample room for a garment bag or jackets. The magazine rack in the cabin comes with reading material. More books, magazines, and games are available at the end of each carriage, along with coffee, tea, and water.
An in-cabin sound system provides music and detailed journey commentary. Six channel choices give you the freedom to pick what type of music you want. At night, when we retire to our soft drop-down beds, the gentle rhythm of the train rocks us to sleep.
Gold Service Superior cabins offer extra space and comfort with a ¾ size double bed and additional fold down single bed. Each has a lounge area with a table, armchairs, a well-stocked fridge, a DVD player.
Platinum cabins include a double bed or twin beds, a spacious bathroom, and room service. By day they turn into a private lounge with a moveable table, two ottomans, and a writing desk. Cabins also feature an additional panoramic interior window, allowing views on both sides of the train. Platinum guests receive personalized cabin service and chauffeured transfers to and from your hotel to the station. There are just 20 guests in 10 Platinum service cabins.
All meals, drinks, and off-train excursions are included in the ticket price for Gold, Gold Superior, and Platinum guests. Australian gum trees
With wide open views of the passing scenery, we’re reminded that traveling is as much about the journey as it is about the destination. The panoramic window spans the length of our cabin. In the mornings, we find ourselves staring out the window, mesmerized. We witness wildlife sightings of kangaroos and emus. The wedge-tailed eagle symbol on each Indian Pacific carriage
Wedge-tailed eagles soar above an arid desert filled with a wide range of flora and fauna, at times as far as your eyes can see. We pass through 16 different landscapes before reaching our destination. Food and Wine
In the evenings, the action shifts to the welcoming Outback Explorer Lounge. Decorated with subtly striped wallpaper and wall sconces, the lounge gives off a relaxing amber glow. Cocktail tables and plush seats overlook panoramic windows. With music playing softly in the background, the lounge provides a friendly atmosphere where everyone swaps travel tales over craft cocktails and wine. Fiano wine at Coriole Vineyards
Local craft beer, high-end spirits and prize-winning wines from Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, the Margaret River, and Hunter Valley are free-flowing. The dining car—known as the Queen Adelaide Restaurant—is beautifully decorated in a formal retro-Edwardian style.
At each meal, we were seated at a white linen covered table that seats four, next to a large window where the wild beauty of South Australia acts as the perfect backdrop for our culinary adventure.
The frequently changing menu is a mix of Australian and international cuisine. It features mouth-watering dishes such as vegetable moussaka, roast pork, saltwater barramundi, Margaret River cheeses, Kangaroo fillet, saltbush, and wild rosella flower.
Our first night, we dine on slow cooked lamb shoulder in Kangaroo Island honey and black vinegar with pumpkin puree, apple, and celery slaw. Our main course is the Port Lincoln Hiramasa Kingfish-grilled fillet with Kinnawooka mussel, corn, and white bean puree and smoked tomato sauce. Dessert is a blood orange meringue tart. This is going to be a delicious trip! French toast with fig jam
Every morning, a selection of hot breakfast items is available. French toast with fig jam, eggs Napoli with grilled halloumi, spinach frittata, and chocolate waffles are a few of our choices. Spinach and feta Goulette in filo dough, curried camel over rice, and Fremantle grilled jewfish fillet appear on the sumptuous lunch menus.
This lux-level dining experience is repeated in the evening where the chefs create entrée selections from the freshest ingredients, complete with decadent desserts. Grilled halloumi and roasted vegetables over quinoa salad – lunch on the IP
Passengers are mixed for the breakfast, lunch, and dinner services to encourage conversation, though no one on this train seems to need the encouragement. It’s in this mixing and pairing of perfect strangers we get to know more of our fellow adventurers. Wine makes friends and conversation dissolve distances and differences. It doesn’t take long to realize the best part of this train trip is the people you meet! Fiano wine at Coriole Vineyards Off Train Excursions
We stop in little-visited rural communities and mining towns along the IPR route. Places like ore-rich Broken Hill, ghostly Cook, and pure “jackaroo” Rawlinna as well as larger cities like Adelaide – Australia’s wine and food capital.
Comfortable, air-conditioned coaches pull up at each station for well-organized tours. The excursions introduce us to the Outback culture and its rugged and colorful history. Eggs Napoli with halloumi cheese
In Adelaide, we visit the McLaren Vale wine region best known for its Shiraz. At Coriole Vineyards, we’re treated to a private cellar door session with the winery’s owner, Mark Lloyd. We taste the Fiano, an ancient varietal from Naples, the Nero Avila, traditionally from Sicily, and a single vineyard Sparta Shiraz. We also sample cheeses from Woodside Cheese Wrights, served with the most delightful French bread.
We then head to the “Star of Greece” restaurant, located on the esplanade above Port Willunga Beach, for a delightful Mediterranean meal. We start with Kangaroo Island salt and pepper squid; baked Hervey Bay scallops served on half shells; and an avocado, quinoa, pomegranate, baby herb salad. The main course includes grilled Kangaroo Island King George Whiting, Wagyu beef fillet, or delightful pan-fried parmesan gnocchi. Each dish presented is a work of art. All while enjoying the azure blue views of the Gulf of St. Vincent. Quinoa, avocado, pomegranate salad at the Star of Greece Restaurant
On our fourth day, we glide into sunny, beach-loving Perth and disembark. As we wait for our luggage, we realize a journey on the Indian Pacific is more than just a train ride. Each day kept us enthralled and making new friends with our travel companions added a wonderful element to the trip. Winding through Southern Australia, the Indian Pacific is a world-class train journey – a memorable trip of a lifetime.
If You Go: Book tickets ahead of time at the Great Southern Rail website: www.greatsouthernrail.com.au . Meals, alcohol and off-train excursions are all-inclusive. Cost per person for a Gold Service twin cabin, one-way, from Sydney to Perth or vice versa is $2499 AUD ($1770 US) during low season. $2839 AUD ($2010 US) during shoulder season. $2999 AUD ($2124 US) during high season. The Indian Pacific (IP) departs from Sydney on Wednesdays and Perth on Sundays. Passengers can arrange to get off the IP in Adelaide and resume their journey when it comes through again the next week. The train travels through three-time zones. The Sydney to Perth route is easier on the body’s time clock, as you gain time traveling west. The IP departs from Sydney’s Central Train Station next to the Central Business District (CBD). We stayed at West Hotel Sydney, part of Hilton’s Curio Collection (Curiocollection3.Hilton.com), next to Darling Harbour and the buzzing Barangaroo District. In Perth, one of the city’s newest luxury hotels, the Westin ( Marriott.com ), is ideally situated near the rejuvenated east end, close to shopping and other major tourist sights. Adjacent to Westin Perth is the delicious Roman Osteria, Garum, owned by Guy Grossi, Australia’s famed chef. Try their decadent breakfast buffet. Pack an overnight suitcase with medications, toiletries, and sufficient clothing for four days. Larger suitcases are stored separately. A hat, sunscreen, practical shoes for off-train excursions and smart casual clothing is recommended. Pack a light jacket or sweater for the train and evenings. Plan for temperature extremes during summer and winter for off-train excursions.
Family, fun, and Easter dishing..
I want to hear your family stories as well, enjoy reading mine.
So every Easter my mom holds a big party at her house where she does most of the cooking and my aunt brings her famous salad she buys from the grocery store and puts in a bowl. So she does all this Indian style cuisine and the big day comes, they start of with appetizers samosas and finger sandwiches, my brother usually service the beer in the bottle form because he can’t tell what a beer glass for ladies, so then I have to get the glass out and line them up because one aunt will frown at him like he’s at a BBQ party, she wearing her 500$ heels while the rest of us shop at Payless. My mom will usually come in saying help yourself to the alcohol it’s in the kitchen all the men adjust their belt and head to the kitchen usually they’re bringing their wives some wine or some sprite or two tsp of coke with all rum. My favourite aunt the one that brings the salad she the funniest in my opinion her husband brings her glass of ginger, he gives us the sad she not feeling well, we ain’t buying that. He hands her the ginger ale she like get me wine you drink the ginger ale, he’s cussing back into the kitchen “woman drives me crazy, when you get married that’s when all the trouble starts” slide in comment and jab from who ever passing by will say “yea only for men idky”. Now the fun starts my mom entertains everyone on the piano, my aunt sneaks in the kitchen I’m not feeling well can I get some brandy, we ask you want honey and hot water mixed she like no no just in a brandy glass, my brother looks at me and him we try not to laugh, just the brandy. Then my mom goes back into the kitchen we tell her we gave A.Mary-Anne her brandy straight up my mom starts laughing, mom says she downs her alcohol well, about 30 minutes goes by my mom announces dinner will be in 15 minutes we close the bar for a bit, my aunt back in the kitchen pouring herself whiskey while my uncle criticise my dish washing always with the same lines “she emptying out Niagara falls”, my mother nicely chime in I know she doesn’t listen to anyone I don’t know where she gets me and my brother will be from you, she definitely your daughter. Then after everyone eaten all the food, they serve dessert and chat among themselves, one of my cousin will up and say have you seen A.Mary-Anne her eyes are red and she seems a little drunk, all she been doing is sipping wine all evening.