Arun Thai, Potts Point, Sydney

Arun Thai is, as the name suggests, a Thai restuarant that is located in Macleay Street in the Sydney suburb of Potts Point.

We went to Arun Thai Thursday evening last week and had a supurb meal.

We choose three mains and a great bottle of Victorian Pinot and had a great meal.

The mains that we decided to try were

  • Goong pad pick king – stir-fried king prawns with chilli paste, green beans and kaffir leaves
  • Kae yang – bbq lamb fillet and served with spicy sauce
  • Musaman phetnue – slow cooked chunky beef curry with potato and peanuts

All the dishes were excellent but, if I did have to choose one as the winner on the day, then I guess the musaman beef would be the winner, but only by a very short margin. All three of the mains were of a very high standard.

Arun Thai is yet another great restaurant that you should eat at atleast once.

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InterContinental, Sydney

I had the chance to stay at the InterContinental Hotel in Sydney last week.

The InterContinental in Sydney is up near the Botanic Gardens on the corner of Bridge and Phillip Street. Just around the corner from Circular Quay. A very nice part of the city.

In all this was a very nice hotel, definitely in my Sydney top 3 with the Swissotel and Saville Suites in Chatswood.

I managed to get an ‘upgrade’ to a corner room and was told when I checked in that this would give me a larger room… I would have hated to have the non upgraded room as the room I got seemed to be on the small side, but it was nicely appointed.

Nice king size bed with decent pillows allowed me a good nights sleep, well as good a sleep as you can get in a hotel bed!

The only thing that was a negative for me was the fact that I was in Sydney as there were some really strong storms and there was something up with the windows in my room that meant that everytime the wind picked up it sounded like a wind tunnel.

I had room service dinner a couple of times and was very impressed with the quality and quantity of the servings. As usual, didn’t try the breakfasts… I just can’t bring myself to pay $35 for bacon and eggs and crap coffee.

For some reason I didn’t get charged the usual extortionary hotel Internet rates.

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Griffin Hotel, Kingston, ACT

The Griffin Hotel, aka Griffin Apartments, in Kingston, ACT is a hotel / serviced apartment complex that is really handy to the cafe / restuarant / pub scene of Kingston.The hotel is also really close to the city centre in Civic (about 10 minutes in a cab on a busy day), Manuka (15 minute walk if you are feeling energetic) and the Kingston strip is just across the road.

Kingston in the ACT is a good place to stay if you want easy access to the city centre during the day and a decent number of restuarants and pub when its time to play. If you can’t find what you need in Kingston, a short trip to Manuka open up a plethora of other possibilities. Though, I prefer Kngston for some reason.

The Griffin Hotel is right in Kingston. I would guess it sports 100 apartments which will be either a 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom or 3 bedroom apartment. You will have a seperate living room, kitchen and bedroom(s). Parking is available under the hotel.

Its showing its age a little, though I wouldn’t guess that its really old.

All rooms have Internet access at a cost of around $30 a day, which seems to be the norm these days, and includes 50 MBytes of data, which is very stingy when most hotels these days offer an all you can eat service. After you reach the 50 Meg limit it costs you 10 cents a Meg.

If you are in Canberra for those fresh freezing winter nights, the heater in the bedrooms will keep you toasty, but there aren’t any heaters in the living rooms or the bathrooms. So take a jumper.

In summer, when it feels like your walking in the face of the Sun, theres’ an air conditioner in the living room, but not in the bedroom.

And, its just across the road from Madam Woo’s!

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Madam Woo, Kingston, Canberra

Madam Woo‘s in Giles Street, Kingson in the ACT is a superb modern Asian restuarant.

It is simply one of the best feeds in Canberra , I’ve probably eaten there a couple of dozen times (eat in or takeaway) and I just keep going back whenever I can because I never tire of the great dishes.

If you are staying in Kingston do yourself a favour and do not miss out on lunch or dinner at Wadam Woo’s.

Madam Woo’s bills itself as modern Asian which includes Thai, Chinese and Malaysian dishes.

I’ve never had a bad dish and my favourites include

  • Madam Woo’s special coconut and lime chicken
  • Spicy Szechuan chicken
  • Spicy Szechuan beef
  • Beef Penang
  • Green curry chicken
  • Red duck curry
  • and serve of Madam Woo’s special fried rice

Oh, and they serve Tiger beer to help wash down your meal… what more do you need?

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Supper Inn, Melbourne

Supper Inn is a Chinese restaurant in the Melbourne CBD.

The address is
15 Celestial Avenue (off Little Bourke St)
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

I’ve probably been to the Supper Inn a couple of dozen times over the years and you will never get a bad feed there.

It may be in a dodgy side lane off Little Bourke Street, up a narrow flight of stairs and it hasn’t been renovated in the best part of 30 years, but all that pales into insignificance once you order some of the best Chinese food that you will get in Melbourne.

Favorites dishes include

  • Fried duck with lemon sauce
  • Fried calamari with chilli
  • Roast Duck

All topped off with Tsingtao beer… what could be better.

You usually walk away amply satiated for around $20 a head.

Recommended, but if you get there late you will have to queue for a table.

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