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Au Lac Canberra - You won't believe its Vegan!
If you're looking for a vegan restaurant that will blow your taste buds away, look no further than Au Lac. Located in Dickson, this famous vegan restaurant serves up a variety of dishes that are not only healthy, but also delicious and full of depth. Tony's parents have been running Au Lac for years told us, "Most people think vegan food is really boring, but we're trying to change the perception of that at Au Lac. When you come in here and you try the food, it's fresh and full of flavour." At Au Lac, they use tofu to mimic the texture of meat, but without any actual meat in the dishes. For first-time visitors, Tony recommends trying the laksa or the eggplant in clay pot. "It's spicy and fresh," Tony said. What We Tried at Au Lac? For entrees we tried the satay, which is grilled and smoky with an absolutely amazing sauce, and the Peking “duck”, which was very fresh and captured the flavours of duck so well. For us the real star of the show at Au Lac is the soy meat and tofu stir fry. They captured the textures and flavours in a way that was so convincing! Honestly if I gave that to somebody for a try and asked “Tell me which meat this is," I think they'd say it's smoked duck or smoked chicken. At close second was the Egg plant clay pot dish. Eggplant is great at absorbing flavours and this dish was a full-on flavour explosion. So if you're looking for a vegan restaurant that serves up delicious and visually stunning food, be sure to check out Au Lac. Information
Authentic Ramen flavours in Canberra?! Ramen O in Belconnen!
So good, we went for seconds Our search for authentic ramen in Canberra had continued for some time now, until we discovered Ramen O. Located in Belconnen, they serve Kyushu style ramen. If you haven’t tried and tasted this type of ramen, then you are definitely missing out on some serious life-changing UMAMI flavours. Being a ramen lover, you would know that Kyushu style ramen is different from the other types. This style surely standouts from the other because of its richness, intense flavour, and thin ramen noodles. Do you know what makes this so flavoursome? The pork bone broth. Ramen O is there to fulfil your authentic ramen desires. What We Tried at Ramen O? We ordered the Yuzu Tonkotsu Ramen. This bowl is enough fulfilling for one person that you don’t need to order more stuff. The extensive use of pork bones makes it strong and gives it a milk texture. Talking about the noodles, then they were thin, long, and well-cooked. The ramen was topped with a delicious slice of Char shui Pork, half a steeped egg, and a slice of Yuzu that added depth to the taste, and also gave the ramen an amazing aroma. We also tasted Ramen wow, and it tastes delightful too. The bowl is filled with rich pork broth, delicious noodles, a slice of Char shui pork on the top, some vegetables and seasoned perfectly with the right balance of spices. Apart from this, we ordered veggie gyoza too – nice and crunchy. You get some variety to choose from, such as spicy ramen, super spicy ramen, and deluxe ramen. That means they cater to an extensive range of customers depending on the spice level. Is the Long Line Wait Worth It? Honestly, what really pumped us to visit this place was the extra-long line to get into the restaurant in the first place. A long line is often an indicator of good food right?! After having our first bite, we knew right there and then that the hype was real, and the wait was all worth it. Ramen O’s menu gives you enough items that you will always have another thing to try on your next trip. We recommend this place to the people of Canberra. There is no doubt in saying that this might be the most delicious and mouth-watering ramen we have even tasted in Canberra. The last slurp You know there is a line outside a shop only when it meets your expectations far beyond your imagination. This is that one place you won’t regret waiting in line for. If you are craving some authentic ramen noodles, hit this place. Plan accordingly; you might have to wait for longer than expected. Information Open Monday - Friday FACEBOOK
Supersweet Cafe; Sweetness for The Soul
*UPDATE* Supersweet Cafe have relocated to 27 Lonsdale Street Braddon. If you live in Canberra, this place must be on your next go-to list. We bet; you won’t regret. What’s All the Hype About? A couple runs the Supersweet bakery, and you definitely feel the warm and cozy vibes. They specialise in pastries and mille crepe cakes. Founder and pastry chef, Chris, vouches for their desserts and watermelon cake. Talking about watermelon cake than its definitely the star of the show. You can feel the enhanced taste of watermelons, strawberries, and rose. However, you only get to have this on weekends. Lastly, let’s not forget to mention the presentation. Do you know what we were sold on? The fact that most of the pastries and bakery items were bite-sized, and they were very convenient to eat. That way, you get to try different varieties and explore more tastes. What We Tried, And Loved? When we entered, we knew the first thing we wanted to try was their danishes. The range in flavours was huge. The choice was difficult to make, but we somehow managed to order most of the flavours. Watermelon Cake We were lucky to visit the place on the weekend as we got our hands on the very famous dessert of the bakery “watermelon cake”. It was definitely something unique, flavourful, and heavenly. The whole slice was gone within seconds and rightfully so. Matcha Range From their mille crepe cakes we tested the matcha crepes. Honestly, we were surprised by the 40 layers of the crepes together; something we have not seen before. It was rich, and most importantly flavoured like authentic matcha. We ordered the matcha latte. But what really caught our eye and impressed us was the matcha soda that was something new for us. In Nutshell Our Capital Food Adventures takes us to places we never thought we would ever be, and that would have been a great miss. Such a golden find was Supersweet Pastry. It has now become undoubtedly our favourite place for baked desserts. Visit this place to give your taste buds a treat. Information Open Wednesday - Sunday Facebook Instagram
Wukong Hot Pot - Home of the Monkey King
Situated in Dickson, Wukong Hot pot is one of the first authentic Chinese Chong Qing hot pot places in Canberra. This fact alone makes this place so appealing and worth trying. As you all know, we are always on the go and trying out different things. Hence, this time we ended up at this exciting new place, and we were surprised by what it has to offer. Before we dig right into the menu and what we liked the most, we found one thing really attractive. And that was definitely the digital tablets as a replacement of card menus. It shows that everyone around including the restaurants and cafes industry is also stepping up their game with technological advancements. A Word by Sean, The Owner As we interviewed Sean, he revealed that he went to China to bring the authentic taste and the legit hot pot to Canberra. In an inclusive talk, he also mentioned that he studied in China for several months before bringing back the real flavour of hot pot. Upon asking his recommendation, he suggested us his top three food items from the menu. Black beef tripe was topping the list, followed by the 1-meter board of beef and lamb, and lastly the crispy pork. What Did We Order? We basically ended up ordering almost everything, because we were really excited about the opening of a hot pot place in our town. Starting with the hot pot soup, it came in a customised pot with three sections. Each section contained different soups. What we ordered comprised of Chong Qing style broth, traditional hot and spicy broth, and vegetable style broth. All of them tasted different from one another but equally flavoursome. We had our different sauces that enhanced the taste of every item that we dipped in the hot pot. The northern style and the southern style were the two sauces we had, and both were finger-licking. The main items that we dipped in the soups were wagyu beef, crispy pork, quail eggs, prawn meatballs, and fried tofu skin. Each and everything was appetizing and luscious. Speaking brief of crispy pork, you can enjoy these hot shots on their own or else with the broths. It depends on whether you prefer them crispy or soaked. A Little Challenge by Cindy Well, by the end of our tasting and eating session, we played a little game. We were surprised to see the variety that Wukong offers. For instance, we had duck giblets and duck intestines. The giblets had a rubbery mouthfeel if that’s something you prefer then make sure to add that in your order. In Nutshell Overall, it was a tasty and rich trip down to Wukong hot pot. Now we finally know where friends and family can have a great gathering because you know the food can be trusted up. We are looking forward to more hot pot places in Canberra. For now, we know which place to head to. Information FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM
Super Emoji - The Emotion of Bubble Tea
As you all know, we are always up for a food adventure, and this time we ended up at a fun and quirky place. By fun and quirky, we don't only mean the ambiance and the whole setup of the place; we also mean really cool food that was served. And yes, not to forget the drinks as well. We won't prolong the curiosity, so let's just break it to you guys that we visited Super Emoji, Canberra, and we are sold on their splendid fruit and bubble teas. Let’s be honest, how many times you have tried bubble tea and left feeling disappointed? Many, right? We have been on that boat too! Until our visit here! What Makes Super Emoji Unique? Before we talk about anything else, let's give Super emoji the due credit for coming up with such an eccentric idea of infusing emotions into what they serve. The whole surrounding of the café is so fun-loving and lively that one can surely feel like they have entered into a different animated world. Even the menu cards are of such fun and vibrant colours that they make you feel hyped excited well before you are gulping down Australia’s best bubble tea. Another fantastic thing about this little place is that they keep on adding seasonal items to their menu. So you can always have a new item on the menu to order for yourself. What Super Emoji Offers? Apart from serving the best bubble tea, they offer a wide range of drinks and desserts. Their desserts are beautifully decorated and need to be snapped up by your phone before you take a bite. From their smaller cream puffs, and scrumptious soufflés, you can feel the enriching taste of various fruits in every bite. Then, there is another menu for the drinks. Oh my gosh, the range is huge. You surely have to take the time to decide what to order. Every option in the menu is as mouth-watering leading one to create a ‘what to try next time list’. The drink menu comprises of different types of teas: jelly, traditional, milk, and fruit teas. Also, they serve yogurt slushes too, again something to look forwards to and taste, of course. What We Tried! We couldn't try everything, but we still managed to have a taste of almost all of the things on the menu. It would require frequent visits to taste everything, after all. We tried their Asam milk tea, and it was the perfect blend of tea with other flavours. Next, we had Tim-Tam bomb tea, which was surely living up to its name, full taste bombardments. We also experienced White peach and lychee green tea slush, and it was a treat to taste buds. Coming to desserts, we had mango pomelo soufflé; it was fluffy, soft, light, and delicious. We also had the pleasure to taste Super Emoji's Oreo mocha éclair. It had a right crisp outside and had buttery filling inside. Conclusion We would strongly recommend putting Super Emoji on your list of places to visit, and yes, it is Instagram worthy too! Come here to experience the delicious teas and desserts with the extraordinary interior for yourself. You will love it. Location Super emoji is located in Garema Place, City Walk Follow Super Emoji FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM
Extra Crispy Finger-Licking Fricken Fried Chicken
As you know, we are always in search of delectable food varieties around Canberra. This time we were questing for the best-fried chicken. But were we able to find it?! We were lucky enough to discover this amazing place on Lonsdale Street Braddon, known as Fricken Fried Chicken . Honestly, we now doubt all the prior fried chicken we had ever tasted. Because this one, hands down, was too good to be real. The Fricken backstory! Fricken brothers, Mo and Marwan, have been serving the mouth-watering fried chicken to the people of Braddon using their mother's secret recipe. And we are telling you, the secret recipe is definitely a 10/10 without any doubt. Well, finding a restaurant that can do justice to the food and the flavour is hard. But we assure you after trying Fricken Fried chicken's food; we can finally say that our checklist for best-fried chicken has been ticked. The Flavourful Fried Chicken Their specialty- the fried chicken, is one of the most crunchy on the outside but full of flavours inside. Being a food lover, you would know a crunch voice after the first bite is all you need to have to know that it was worth it. But that surely doesn't mean that the coating is crispy but bland, no. That's where Fricken Chicken earned some extra points, the coating has its own unique taste, and it's unimaginably tasty. And most importantly the chicken pieces are fried to perfection, juicy and tender inside. Let’s Talk About More Food! Talking about the menu of the food place, well, if you were wondering they only served fried chicken piece, then you were wrong. They provide all the delicious combinations and options one can imagine having a fried chicken with. Be it chicken fillet, crispy chicken strips, fried wings, or chicken salads; they have truly mastered the fried chicken department. All the main courses are served with scrumptious sides ranging from classic fries to onion rings to wide sauce varieties. Not to forget, CMG (cheesy mash potatoes and gravy) is a win-win, and the CMG box that includes the perfectly golden chicken strips is what your taste-buds are looking for. Fricken box, yet another combination that includes crispy chicken strips topped with their special sauce and comes with the fries. Everyone needs to try this too, or we would suggest ordering all their combo boxes. They all have so much to offer. Guess what? They cater to people who prefer vegan food. A wide variety from vegan cauliflower patty burger to cauliflower nuggets they have everything. Conclusion Fricken Chicken has proved that ultimate fried chicken, after all, does exist. Fricken fried chicken provides you the wholesome experience of the scrumptious chicken food option with the perfect ambiance, located at the ideal spot. Canberra community, this is a must-try for you all. Top 3 Favourites Fricken Box CMG Box Fricken Burger Location Fricken Chicken is located on Lonsdale St Braddon. Follow FRICKEN Chicken FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM
SHORT EATS serves up spectacular Sri Lankan food
In this Capital Food Adventure, we try Sri Lankan food for the very first time. Short Eats is a new Sri Lankan street food van which opened two weeks ago at Westfield Belconnen . We had never tried Sri Lankan food before, and were very excited to give it a try! We were not let down as the food was absolutely amazing! The first time we went there we tried their Rice and Curry and the Kottu . We were happy with the portion sizes as they were very decent and the food was filling. We also tried the pastries which were very flavoursome! On the second day, we tried the chicken biryani and devilled chicken. The chicken Biryani is definitely a dish we will have time and time again! Top 3 Favourites Kottu Rice and curry Chicken Biryani Location Short eats is located on the top of Belconnen Westfield shopping centre, via the Lathlain St upstairs car park. Follow SHORT EATS FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM