After being away last week in Ottawa it was good to see and catch up with Bron. On Thursday night we had a night out at Chong Co Thai Bar and Restaurant and then to Max Brenner for some chocolate. Yesterday was Bron’s birthday and a few of us went to dinner and then had dessert at a friend’s place.
On Thursday night we didn’t really need to scan the menu. We knew what we wanted and shared some Thai fish cakes for an entrée. These were nice and full of flavour but a little rubbery. For a main course Bron chose the barbecue chicken (marinated skin on chicken with served with sweet chilli sauce) and I chose the barbecue lamb which Bron had the last time we were here.
Chong Co Thai fish cakes (iPhone)
Chong Co Barbecue chicken (iPhone) Served with sweet chilli sauce
Chong Co Barbecue lamb cutlets (iPhone)
The chicken and lamb were delicious. I would highly recommend these two dishes for a main course meal.
After the main course we walked to Max Brenner for a little chocolate.
I had a white chocolat and an exploding chocolate shot. The hot chocolate drinks are served in hug mugs which look like toilet bowls.
Max Brenner white chocolat in a hug mug (iPhone)
Exploding chocolate shot is popping candy over melted chocolate served with gummy bears (iPhone)
The popping candy is fun. It’s a pity the venue is very noisy, it would be good to eat this in a quiet room.
Friday was a pretty full on day but our Friday’s are always made better with a Mavi Breakfast wrap and coffee. This is a deal done at Mavi.
Mavi Breakfast wrap contains a hash brown, egg, bacon, mushrooms and barbecue sauce. (iPhone)
On Friday evening I didn’t get to Bron’s until late (don’t ask, it was a long day at work). Bron prepared a lovely Chicken thigh roasted with lemon, garlic and shallots served with lemon risotto and broccoli. This was accompanied later with a Flourless toffee date hazelnut chocolate muffin with cream. The meal was delicious.
Chicken thigh roasted with lemon, garlic and shallots served with lemon risotto and broccoli (iPhone).
Flourless toffee date hazelnut chocolate muffin with cream (iPhone)
Saturday was Bron’s birthday. We went to the EPIC markets at Exhibition Park early in the morning. Bron bought a heap of produce including some truffles and cultured butter. I bought a vanilla slice.
Do you think it’s big enough? (iPhone)
After the markets we had breakfast at Ricardo’s Cafe in Jamison. This is an amazing place for pastries. Just click on the link to see. I had a coffee and big breakfast.
This was very filling (iPhone) You can see Bron’s Eggs Benedict in the background.
On Saturday night we went to dinner with some friends to Sanur’s Balinese Restaurant in Belconnen. We’d been there before but that was years ago. The menu is full of delicious choices and I’m reminded of a review from T1 of In The Taratory fame. Bron and I shared a couple of entrées, viz., the Bakwan Jagung ($9.9 buys you Sweetcorn patties with prawns and shallots served with sweet chili dipping (3 pieces)) and the Udang Goreng Tepung ($10.9 buys you King prawns in spiced, crispy coconut batter served with cucumber relish (4 pieces)). For a main I had a whole deep fried fish (a little fish) Ikan Balado ($28.90 buys you deep fried of whole fish or prawns or calamari served with padangnese style mild chili sauce). I like fish like this and was happy to head the eyes.
Bakwan Jagung Sweetcorn patties with prawns & shallots served with sweet chili dipping (iPhone)
Udang Goreng King prawns in spiced, crispy coconut batter served with cucumber relish (iPhone)
Ikan Balado Deep fried of whole fish or prawns or calamari served with padangnese style mild chili sauce (iPhone)
Ikan Balado Deep fried of whole fish or prawns or calamari served with padangnese style mild chili sauce sans flesh and eyes (iPhone)
After dinner we went to Tanya’s place for dessert. Meredith had given Bron a Dutch pancake maker for her birthday and we needed to try it out. In addition Tanya had been busy making a cake or awesome proportions.
Dutch pancakes with maple syrup and ice cream. (iPhone)
The balls are cake encased in white chocolate. The balls are decorated with icing and the green grass is also green dyed chocolate. This was amazing and tasted so good (iPhone).
I was so relaxed after dessert I fell asleep and put a show with my snoring
This morning Bron prepared scrambled eggs with the cultured buttered infused with the truffles she bought at the markets.
Truffled scrambled eggs (iPhone)