Rice, Auckland, New Zealand

In this case Rice is a restaurant in the Auckland CBD, not the cereal 🙂

Rice is a really modern, Asian fusion restaurant on Federal Street in the Auckland CBD.

When we arrived only one of the tables was taken, but we were advised that we could have the only table that was not reserved. By the time we left around 90 minutes later all of the tables were full. This is a very well patronised restaurant.

To start off a good selection of beer, wine and cocktails were available. I decided on a Becks and my dinner partner decided to try a cocktail.

The food selection was impressive, and it was extremely hard to choose. Luckily, Rice have a tasting plate that allows you to try four of Rice’s dishes chosen daily by the chef. Today the tasting plate consisted of Gyoza, Salt and Pepper Squid, Rice Paper Rolls & Fish (sorry, I’m not a fish fan, so I didn’t take note of what type of fish it was).

Onto the main course, we chose two from around a choice of 15 and decided to share.

I chose a Red Thai duck breast curry, tomato berry, bok choi, pickled pineapple and it was simply superb. The duck was crispy and extremely tasty, and the sauce wasn’t overly spicy. One of the better duck curries I’ve had over the years.

The other main was a Braised Wagyu beef cheeks, orange kumara, snake beans, fresh coconut. This was another absolutely scrumptious dish, though it did come across as just a little too salty, but really nice nonetheless.

If you are in Auckland, make sure you visit Rice.

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Man! Have I flown a lot this year…

I’ve just managed to clock up over 100,000 kms of flying for the year. No wonder my arms are tired!

That does include a couple of overseas trips, to San Francisco, Singapore/Jakarta and NZ, but a majority of the flights have been Australian domestic (around 60).

How do I know all this, well a colleague put me onto a website called FlightMemory that allows you to chronicle your flights and then you end up with the statistics and a very nice map of your travels. Here’re my flights.

I’ve only entered the last years worth of flights, but given the number of flights, and the distances I’ve flown, over the past 4 years I would conservatively guess that I’ve made it to the moon and would be well on the way home.

These maps just go to show why I do not have a life 🙂

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zaaffran, Sydney

zaaffran is a superb Indian restaurant at Darling Harbour in Sydney. The views of Darling Harbour and the Sydney CBD are second to none.

Being a balmy evening, we sat on the balcony to have our feast.

I’ve eaten a lot of Indian food around the world, including India itself. The food at zaaffran is simply magnificent and some of the best that I’ve eaten.

The staff are knowledgeable and explain the dishes to you, so you know what you will be eating.

Last evening we ate

  • Mixed starter of chicken tenderloin, vegetarian entree  & a lamb cutlet
  • Tiger prawns in a tomato, onion & coconut sauce with green chili, garlic & curry leaf; tempered with fennel seeds & star anise
  • Chicken in a roasted coconut, clove, cinnamon, onion & tomato sauce with tamarind and curry leaf
  • Lamb cutlets grilled with ginger, garlic, black pepper, coriander and curry leaf, flecked with sesame seeds; seasonal salad; garlic chutney; beetroot raita; potato wedges
  • Decadent Chocolate Pots: swiss dark chocolate cremes; crème fraiche

A feast that was washed down with a couple of bottles of pinot.

I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough.

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Sebel Citigate, Brisbane

This is a review in two movements.

I’ve stayed at this hotel twice now over the past couple of months. The first stay, I would have to say, wasn’t the best.The bed was, to put is nicely, crap. It was just so uncomfortable I’d wake up more tired than when I went to bed.

The second stay was in stark contrast to the first. I don’t know if the hotel had had complaints about the beds, or they’re upgrading, but the bed in my room was magnificently comfortable. It was a pity to get out of bed in the morning.

I had a rather nice pizza from room service this stay, it wasn’t overly expensive (compared to most hotel’s) but I’d have thought they’d serve it on a plate rather than in the cardboard box you get takeaway pizzas in!

The location can’t be beat either. Its a quick walk or cab ride to most of the CBD, and probably a 15 minute walk to the Eagle Street pier where you can find Cha Cha Chars and Jellyfish.

Let’s hope I get a decent room and bed next time.

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jellyfish restaurant, Brisbane

When we couldn’t get into Cha Cha Char’s because it was full, the maitre’d recommended their sister restaurant a couple of minute walk down the river called Jellyfish.

The restaurant was busy, and people were waiting for tables. It took around 30 minutes for a table to open up for us, but it was worth the wait and we had a table overlooking the river. It did get a little chilly later on in the evening.

The restaurant definitely has a fishy theme to the dishes, but for those of us that may not be a big fish fan, there was lamb and steak available on the menu as well.

No wine this evening, as I’d had a long day of travelling, so just had a couple of beers.

Great restaurant, highly recommended.

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