08 April 2015

The Traditional Chip Shop: Fish & Chips, The Spot, Randwick (26 March 2015)

49-55 Saint Pauls Street, Randwick NSW 2031

Hitting the spot for chips

"We are currently serving Sydney with authentic traditional Irish and British Fish & Chips plus all the trimmings you'd expect to see in a 'Chipper' back HOME!"

A sudden craving hot chips was satisfied with a visit on their first day of opening for some of their freshly peeled and prepared Chips ($5 regular size). A good sized portion to share between two as we watched My Kitchen Rules and better value than the $4.50 small size which would have been about half the amount. I liked the hand cut look and thought the flavour was good especially with some salt and vinegar. I generally prefer my chips crispy but once they had travelled back home in the paper wrapping they'd become a bit soft and sweaty. Apparently this is the way some people really like them and is more authentic than the crispy chips I'm so used to. I'll probably need to dine in if I want to enjoy the chips a bit crispy and crunchy. There's a fair amount of seating and the space and fitout looks pretty good. I've been to the Bondi Junction store for a burger and chips but it's a much smaller shop with limited dine in seating. While passing by on Good Friday I spotted a poster advertising their Official Opening happening on Thursday 9 April from 7 pm til 10 pm. Special guest will be Celebrity Chef Colin Fassnidge who'll be up for selfies and there's prizes to be won including vouchers to dine at Colin Fassnidge's restaurant Four in Hand or 4Fourteen.

PROS: Lots of ways on the menu to have your chips, Quite an extensive menu
CONS: Parking can be a challenge in the area
MUST TRY: Chips if you like them hand cut and a bit soft. Revisiting to try the Fish & Chips and working out what a "Paul's Jammy Wotsit" is on the menu
VERDICT: Promising to be the be all and end all of authentic traditional Irish and British Fish & Chips is a big call and time will tell how they fare. There's plenty of Irish and English in the area so I'm sure they'll be loving the addition to the area.

Freshly peeled and prepared Chips ($5 regular size)

Chips getting a little sweaty and sticky once arrived as takeaway

Opening hours. Note: the 12 pm has since been corrected to 12 am

Good Friday was busy

Official opening with Celebrity Chef Colin Fassnidge Thursday 9 April 7–10 pm

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Mum's Table: Vietnamese Eatery, Surry Hills (7 Apr 2015)

457-459 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills NSW 2000

Mum knows best

Popped in for a quick lunch. Decided on the Pho with Rare Beef, Sliced Beef Brisket & Beef Meatballs ($14). Quite pricey compared to other phos around town although the decent portion size, good flavour and fresh ingredients justifies the higher cost. Was very enjoyable and filling and the chilli packs quite a kick for those who love it spicy. Plenty of seating and various sized tables to accommodate the solo lunchers and larger groups. Service was fairly welcoming and friendly making it a pleasant place for a Vietnamese fix. Looking forward to trying other dishes on the menu.

PROS:  Yummy pho, Tempting menu, Nice decor
CONS: A little pricier than other pho around town
MUST TRY: Coming back to try other dishes on the menu
VERDICT: Seems like a good addition
Pho with Rare Beef, Sliced Beef Brisket & Beef Meatballs ($14)

Chilli that packs a punch

Sliced beef brisket very yummy

Good depth of flavour in the pho

I gotta work through this list

Clean toilets

Love this hand wash

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