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  1. micklemuss

    WANT A GREAT CURRY.....Like home

    Guys I'm sure many of you may know this already but I must spread the word! Since being in Oz and living in Murrumba Downs we have mainly missed a good curry!!! Despite trying every local take away, they have all been rather pants......until we discovered THE SPICE AVENUE in BIRKDALE. Family owned with chefs from Wolverhampton this place is fantastic!!!!! (British beer sold here to) We take the 40 minute drive and it's worth every KM!!! they get very busy so you must book, do it and please post your replies, you will thank me I promise!!! Enjoy!!!!
  2. Just thought I'd add a suggestion myself. We just took a seaplane and restaurant trip for two last week in Sydney, which was by far the best thing I've ever done in Australia. Um... Let me think.... Actually, I did a lot of amazing things here when I was here for holidays a few years ago, but, yeah, it was up there with them. The downside is that apparently it cost around $700 for two, so not cheap at all. The upside is that it was a leaving present from some very generous workmates, so we just had but to enjoy it. In short - we turned up at the Seaplane pontoon on Rose Bay, near the ferry terminal, around 11am. We met our pilot, and it turned out we were the only two passengers on the DHC-2 Beaver seaplane that he was taking us in. So I sat in the co-pilot's seat, and my wife sat in a rear seat. We taxiied across Rose Bay, which took a few minutes - passing various moored yachts and a couple of kayakers - found a gap in the boats, and took off. Turned and climbed over the bay and towards Watsons' Bay, headed out over the Ocean, and then flew north all the way along the coast at around 90mph, 1000ft and half a mile offshore, watching the beaches pass by: Manly, Freshwater, Dee Why, Curl Curl... Didn't see any dolphins, or sharks, but did see a large shoal of fish which the pilot orbited to get a better look. 15 minutes took us to Pittwater (on the landward side of Palm Beach); again, the amazing freedom of descending over water, turning past the forests and headlands, aiming for a gap in the boats, and, dammit, landing in the bay, then taxiing to a buoy. A small boat, a minibus at the waterside, and after another 15 minutes we were at one-hatted Jonah's restaurant for a sublime, relaxed meal. All 3 courses were included in the package for both of us, with no worries of supplements or extras; our total bill came to around $40-50 for the bottle of wine. And then the same in reverse on the way back. Since we were the last flight out, our pilot Andy had decided to hang out at the beach and wait to take us back; again, we had the plane to ourselves. This time, he flew several turns in his approach to Rose Bay, such that we flew over virtually the entire harbour East of the Bridge; plenty of views of every sight to be seen, and a setting sun behind the city skyscrapers. Landing, disembarkation, some chatting and photos, and then a ferry back to Circular Quay - again, very quiet, and we were treated to the sight of a cruise liner barely squeezing under the Harbour Bridge as we arrived, and all the 5pm commuter ferries launching out of CQ for the Friday evening rush hour. So - probably not something to be booked lightly, but perhaps for a special occasion - aniversary, wedding present - I can't fault it. I've been in a seaplane one before, but let's face it: taking off and landing in Sydney Harbour; what can top that? GBR... maybe! I'd suggest trying to go in a quiet period - say off-season, a weekday (Friday, when everyone's winding down for the weekend), and last in the queue, to try to get the plane to yourself. Maybe during whale migration season - that could be special! And go for the older aircraft, not the new one; they're slower, fewer seats, from a golden era - more of an experience, more time. I can't actually remember the package name/website, but I'm sure googling will find it! I think the seaplane operator was Sydney Seaplanes, or somesuch; I doubt there's more than one in Rose Bay! D
  3. * Max Brenner The Chocolate Bar, Parramatta * Harry's Cafe De Wheels, Woolloomooloo * T2 Tea, Sydney * Cafe Sydney, Sydney * Paul's Famous Hamburgers of Sylvania, Sylvania * Hurricane's Grill & Bar, Sydney * Outback Steakhouse, North Strathfield * Tetsuya's Restaurant, Sydney * Bourke St Bakery, Surry Hills * Campos Coffee, Newtown * Wagaya, Haymarket * Iron Chef Chinese Seafood Restaurant, Cabramatta * Makoto, Chatswood * Winston Gardens Chinese Restaurant, Winston Hills * Seoul Ria, Sydney * Thai Pothong, Newtown * Mizuya Japanese Restaurant And Karaoke, Sydney * Kings Charcoal Chicken, Campbelltown * Subway, Parramatta Westfield * Pasticceria Papa, Haberfield * Gourmet Pizza Kitchen, Chatswood * Pepper Lunch, Sydney * Burwood Plaza Seafoods, Burwood * Thai I m Restaurant, Parramatta * Gelatomassi, Newtown * Aria Restaurant, Sydney * Danny's Seafood Restaurant, La Perouse * Summer Salt Restaurant, Cronulla * La Piazza, Bankstown * The Italian Bowl, Newtown * The Malaya, Sydney * Bourke Street Bakery, Surry Hills
  4. theonetruechris

    Tram restaurant

    Anyone done it, I've booked for sunday early tea $77 a head including drinks - thought I might as well try it I'll post a review up after (unless I really get my monies worth ie. pie eyed)in case others are considering it.
  5. Hubs and I eat out a lot and seem to be doing it more and more at the moment, mainly because we are camping out in an unfurnished rental and are coping with just a wok and a panini press :laugh: So I thought it would be an idea to share our eating out experiences so that people know where to try and where to avoid. Please join in and post you foodie reviews here! Thanks Emma x
  6. Headstart Homestay

    A Decent Restaurant guide

    FINALLY, a decent restaurant within walk/stagger distance. Been in QLD 3 years tomorrow and to celebrate we paid a visit to the Mustard Plum on North Lakes, Great food, prompt service and a Cillaxed atmosphere would deffinatley reccommend. With a BYO Indian opening next door to it and the New Tavern on Anzac Ave open in Nov, Christmas is looking good.:jiggy: If anyone else knows of a good quality dinning add to the list. Dale & Francine
  7. hello everyone im Cheryl! new to perth, just emigrated here 2 months ago. im a Clinical Psychologist and have not made any friends thus far ( im a bit too shy). i was wondering if any young poms such as myself would like to accompany me to a curry house i live down the road from, then for a few drinks at a brit pub around the corner to make a true Mancunian friend. The Indian is called The 5 Rivers and the pub is called The british pub ( although as ive been told it was once called 'The Moon and Sixpence') i dont like dining into a restaurant by myself or walking into a pub by my lonesome. i was thinking This Saturday? please post here before i contact you
  8. Anyone in melbourne looking for a decent Vegetarian restaurant you can do no better than the Veggie Bar in Brunswick, it's superb (and this coming from a bona fide meat lover). More info here Google Map link here
  9. The Steak Bank in Ormond is the best steak house ever! Has anyone been? and did you tackle the huge 1.3kg steak? I did and i ate the lot, with chips. Click here for a Steak Bank review
  10. Guest

    Head Chef

    Does anyone need a dynamic Head CHef for their Restaurant/Cafe. Have been royally shafted in New Zealand and would love to come to OZ!:cool:
  11. OK - I have done it.......after much searching and research, I have acheived that which I was told was impossible! I have found a book which gives recipes to make your own authentic (a matter of much debate!) British Indian Restaurant Recipes! Its no joke and I am gutted I will make no commission for this...but here goes... THE CURRY SECRET - Indian Restaurant Cookery at Home ISBN 978-0-7160-2054-7 It costs £4.99 and is not your glossy posh book, but a rudimentary and ruthlessly efficient means to provide the Oz public with a way to prepare decent 'authentic' British Currys! I have tried a few recipes and our whole family love them....Every time I use the book I put the money saved into our Australia account.....so saving a fortune cos we love curry. Recommend the tarka dal - YUMMY. I hope that helps you people....its made our decision to emigrate a no brainer! lol:biglaugh: To show your gratitude, when we arrive in the Brisbane area you can invite us round for a beer and a curry...lol:notworthy: Take care Adam
  12. 'INDIAN FOOD TOO HOT. RESTAURANT CATCHES FIRE' By Desmond Zwar He's only got one name: Cassey. It would be as out of place calling him 'Brian' as it is for Cassey to be seen wearing a pair of shoes. Long hair to his shoulders, unshaven Hollywood actor-style, Cassey is 44 years old and still playing soccer every weekend; the first to arrive at the newsagent's to get his UK paper and turn to the soccer results. Cassey left his London job 20 years ago as a Lloyds aviation claims broker, and then computer operator, discarding dark suit, tie and shiny black shoes, and headed for the Australian tropics to work as a computer supervisor. 'It was a small system and I was totally bored with it. I lasted 12 months. I'd been playing football in London and taking pictures every weekend so I decided to switch back to photography.' Off came the suit and tie. The shoes were tossed away to go mouldy in a cupboard. (He has put them on again twice, and then reluctantly, to fly thousands of miles south to Melbourne and Sydney to receive prestigious awards for his sports pictures, including Australian Sports Photographer of the Year). He can be seen on a Sunday stretched out in the long grass waiting for a cricket match to get to a climax when he'll be rewarded with a great shot of anguish or joy. During the week, city PR and advertising agencies have him in helicopters 'being paid lots of money for doing what tourists pay lots of money to do.' When there's a big story in the Far North of Australia and it's dangerous, picture editors grab their Filofaxes and dial Cassey. When he finally settled in the tropics he decided to take time to cook Indian food for his friends. 'I'd always loved spicy food, and when we lived in Lewisham I'd been friendly with some lovely Pakistani people who ran an Indian restaurant. I'd go into the kitchen and help them and get a free meal. While I was there they taught me how to cook Indian. 'When our weekend guest list got past 20 I said, Hey wait a minute. This is getting ridiculous! So I opened up a restaurant and called it "Thuggee Bill's".' In a township starved of interesting eating places, Thuggee Bill's' six tables quickly filled. Sir Garfield Sobers came to town and heard about it, sitting there until four o'clock in the morning enjoying seafood molee and holding court. When Spike Milligan was booked to perform at the local concert centre Cassey, knowing Spike's Indian connections, invited him to come after the show, setting up a special marquee with flares, outside under the stars. 'Ten minutes before Spike arrived the sky went black; the rain just belted down,' remembers Cassey. 'Anybody wanting to come to his table to chat with him, had to stand on the wrong side of a waterfall coming from a roof and get soaked. He just loved that.' One day Cassey took a busman's holiday and invited a young lady out to lunch at a rival restaurant. He'd left cooking oil on the stove at Thuggee Bill's and the resulting conflagration destroyed his kitchen. 'It made the national news: "Indian Food Too Hot For Restaurant."' In the hours he wasn't concocting curries he was busy - always barefoot - taking pictures for the local paper. 'About 95% of the pictures used every day were mine. They eventually asked me to join the staff because I was making so much money.' And when he wasn't working he was playing football for the Leichhardt team. 'Trouble was they were all Italian except me. They even played in Italian. I had to plead with them to speak English so I'd understand the moves.' It lasted 16 years until he recently founded his own football club, starring as its oldest player. But sports photography was his greatest love. He sold Thuggee Bill's after 10 years at the stove to concentrate his ancient and somewhat battered lenses on people playing football, cricket, baseball and tennis. His remarkable patience (he'll spend hours stalking a cricket shot), his network of informers (he sold a bungy jumping picture of Guns N Roses guitarist, Slash, world-wide) along with his pure Cassey luck, have earned him many thousands of dollars. Cassey is a renowned daredevil in an industry that is packed with them. He climbs to the top of yacht masts at full sail, has bobbed about in a truck inner-tube at sea while water-skiers jumped inches from his face; has been under a catamaran as it whooshed over him. And the luck? 'I was at the local races on Melbourne Cup Day and just before the last race a sports editor friend tried to persuade me to go off and have a hard-earned beer. I said no, I wanted to go down and take a picture of the start of the last race. Why, I'll never know. I rarely took a start. 'I had a remote control, which I hardly ever took with me. I put my camera down on the ground with the lens against a running rail post, focussed on the centre of the starting gates. 'I was standing there, chatting to Harold, the starter, while they were getting the horses into the gates. 'All of a sudden I heard this crash and instinctively pressed the remote control button. The shutter went zzzzp,zzzzp zzzp,zzzp..six times, as I saw a horse had bolted through the gate, tossing its jockey high in the air, the lens getting him on the way down. 'I got home to the dark-room and all six frames had come out. It won the Rothmans Award for best sporting series and I had to get out the old suit and shoes I'd brought from England to receive it.' He made a trip back to London a few years ago and took a portfolio of his pictures with him. 'Just so they'd know at the agencies who I was when I phoned from Australia, and not some kind of nutter.' At the biggest agency of all he was asked if he could wait for a few minutes. 'I'd just like to talk to the boss,' said one of the directors. 'He came back and said he'd had a word and they wanted to offer me the job of taking their horse-racing pictures. I said, nah; I wanted to get back to the tropics. But it was a bit tempting for a couple of minutes.'