Padma Resort, Legian

Padma Resort in Legian, Bali (Indonesia) is a luxury resort and a great place to stay, whether it be a couple for a honeymoon, a family or simply some friends travelling together.

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We chose this because of its facilities and lower price point than Seminyak, whilst still being close to Seminyak. It’s a sanctuary with plenty of greenery, away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded streets. Architecturally designed to replicate a garden landscape with Balinese decor, it’s beautiful and peaceful.

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The resort is so big and you could easily just hang out in the hotel if you wanted to.

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The buffet is brilliant. Donbui Restaurant is where you will find breakfast served. It has a variety of cold options; fruit, cereal and antipasto. There’s an egg station, waffle and pancake station, hot food and also traditional Indonesian fare. Tea and coffee is served and fresh juice. It’s super popular, so get in early to avoid the crowds. We thoroughly enjoyed our daily buffet. At night, they rotate themed dining evenings.

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A range of other eateries are also on site including Tenkai, brilliant Japanese menu, offering A’la carte and also an interactive Teppanyaki experience. There’s also two cafes by the pools or you can order food straight to your deck chair. If you’re feeling hot, the Deli cafe at the front of the hotel is great to eat in an air conditioned space.

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We made good use of the pools and split our time between the lagoon pools, just outside the rooms, the main pool and our favourite – the infinity pool, right on the water and reserved for adults only. We liked the option of a peaceful pool. The deck chairs provided ocean views and it was lovely to hear the splashing of waves.

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We liked that there was an activity program and we made use of the Aqua aerobics which was good fun! They also have a very good fitness centre with plenty of treadmills, bikes and weights, as well as a sauna. They also run yoga in the mornings down by the pool and a suitable standard for experienced people or beginners.

The property also has a tennis courts, a conference centre and a wide variety of rooms to choose from. Whether it be a deluxe chalet, premier or family room, you’ll find something to suit. Comfortable beds, large bathrooms, air con, free bottled water and fridges in each room.

The staff are absolutely delightful, there’s always plenty of staff around and it feels super safe. We thoroughly recommend this resort to stay for a relaxing holiday.

Address: Jl. Padma No.1, Legian, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Seafood buffet brunch on every Sunday @ Hyatt Regency, Sydney

Sailmaker Restaurant can found on the ground level of the Hyatt Regency Sydney. Pass through the grand lobby with marble floors and high ceilings past the bar and up the stairs.

The Hyatt is an expansive hotel, just off Sussex Street on the CBD side of Darling Harbour. Under the Hyatt banner for approx 2 years, it is a sophisticated hotel with amazing dining locations including Sailmaker restaurant and also Zephr rooftop bar. Sailmaker, named after the original purpose of the building, creating sails for boats in the 1800’s has a long history in the area and we love that whilst dining, you can look out over Darling harbour and all of the boats. Sailmaker restaurant has a large open dining area sectioned off into two areas.

Sailmaker Restaurant are offering a new Sunday Seafood Brunch with limitless Chandon sparkling wine. It is available every Sunday from February 3, from 12pm – 2pm for $78 per person. There was also some great live music adding to the ambience, with the duo playing an excellent selection of songs.

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There was a great spread on offer. The cold seafood bar immediatly took our interest, it was stacked high with amazing oysters, mussels, marinated baby octopus, smoked salmon and fresh prawns to gorge on. The seafood accompanied by a variety of dressings. This is certainly somewhere you can get your seafood fix.

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They have a egg station with the staff cooking made to order omelettes, with additions of your choice including prawns and crab. They also do a great salmon benedict.

For those with a sweet tooth, the chefs can also make you waffles and pancake to order and there are also plenty of delicious pastries on offer.

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It’s not all seafood, head over to the main buffet, for an impressive selection of hot food to insatiate your appetite; A huge succulent roast pork was pefectly cooked with crisp crackling and the impressive lamb pie is a must.

Fill up your plate with some of the roast vegetables and fresh salads; eggplant and bocconcini, kale or cauliflower, as well as bacon, hash browns and more.

There’s an overflowing cheese platter, charcuterie and breads, honestly we were in food heaven.

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We thought we were finished, there was the dessert buffet to explore, we did have to channel our dessert stomach. The offering on display included; Brownies, lemon tarts, marshmallows, coconut slice, macaroons, a few beautiful cakes and a fruit platter.

It’s honestly best to try everything! Accompany this with a coffee and it’s the perfect end to a fabulous meal.

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We would like to thank the Hyatt Regency for the invitation to dine and the hospitality provided.

Sailmaker at Hyatt Regency

161 Sussex Street, Sydney New South Wales 2000

Phone: 02 8099 1234

 

 

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Festive Destination @ Pier One, Walsh Bay

Pier One’s hotel waterfront location under Sydney Harbour Bridge makes for the perfect spot to celebrate during the upcoming festive season.  Limtied places are still available for their upcoming holiday soirees, and it’s also in prime positioning for the fireworks spectacular come New Year’s Eve.  The destination also provides accommodation if you’re also considering a short staycation.

1. The Gantry Christmas Luxe Lunch Buffet

CHRISTMAS LUXE LUNCH

When: Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Time: 12:30 pm

Inclusions: All you can eat buffet and a 3-hour drinks package that includes beer, wine, sparkling wine, soft drink and juices

Price: Adult (13 years and over): $295 per person

Child (12 years and under): $205 per person

Relax and enjoy Christmas Day with friends and family overlooking the stunning waterfront location close to Sydney CBD is the perfect place to indulge in the festive spirit.

Christmas Luxe Lunch is an all you can eat affair offering all the traditional Christmas favourites at its carvery station.  Enjoy a smorgasboard of turkey breast, maple ham, roast pork and lamb at the live carvery station. However it wouldn’t be an Australian Christmas without showcasing some of our finest seafood including Sydney Rock Oysters, Balmain Bugs and Blue Swimmer Crab just to name a few!

All will be accompanied by a selection of salads and sides with Australian beer, wine, and soft drink to wash it down. For those who can squeeze it in (let’s face it, who can’t on Christmas Day?) a decadent dessert buffet will be the perfect finish.

Best of all, you can leave the washing up to them!

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2. The Gantry Christmas Lunch Degustation

Experience a decadent seafood grazing station followed by a delicious four-course tasting menu showcasing Pier One’s love of Australian ingredients. Your lunch will be accompanied by three-hours of unlimited pour beverages, including wine, sparkling and beer.

First release pricing is only $250 per person.
3. Gantry NYE Degustation Dinner

Ring in the New Year with a harbourside dinner at one of Sydney’s favourite restaurants situated right on the south end of the Harbour Bridge.  Enjoy a delicious six-course tasting menu with unlimited pour beverages, including wine, sparkling and beer.

Tickets include access to the NYE @ Pier One Party where guests can watch the fireworks with uninterrupted views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge dancing their way into 2019

First release pricing is $699 per person.

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4.NYE at PierOne

NYE @ PIER ONE PARTY

When: Monday, December 31, 2018

Time: 8:00 pm to 1:00 am

Inclusions: Entry to the event, entertainment, and unlimited food & drink

A destination in itself, it’s one of the prime vantage points for the sky filled illuminations of the annual fireworks spectacular.

For only $499, the all-inclusive ticket will give party goers access to all you can eat street-food style stalls and drinks all night from the selection of pop up bars. With some of Sydney’s best live acts providing the soundtrack to your night, NYE @ Pier One Party is going to be the party, to end all parties!  Discounts are available for larger groups of 10 or more.

(Dietary requirements can be accommodated – please let their staff know when booking. Pier One Sydney Harbour practices the responsible service of alcohol. Terms and conditions to ticket purchases apply.    Bookings taken through the reservation page will require a credit card guarantee, and upon confirmation charged within 24 hours (non-refundable).   The NYE @ Pier One Party is an 18+ only event.

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Reservations:
Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection
11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  NSW  2000
Phone: +61 2 8298 9999

https://www.thegantry.com.au/whatson/

                                                         

Mama Mulan for your next event!

Having opened it’s doors in June, an elegant interior of free form art provides an irreproachable setting for celebration and purlieu.

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The vision of their menu is one that triumphantly reimagines Chinese cuisine.  The impact on classic dishes many have come to know and love as staples in this food is subtle, yet compelling.   Second generation restaurants you could call them, as the palette  of the multi-ethnic Sydney dining culture is ever evolving.

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(Mud Crab)

 “Mulan” meaning wood orchid or magnolia blossom, said to represent femininity, power and strength in Chinese culture.   Mama Mulan, therefore a place of warmth, love and passion setting the tone of what to expect in your dining experience.  Chef Marble Ng (ex Lotus) has created a menu focused on the Shandong regions of northern China.

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(Signature Dan Dan Noodle soup with pork, chilli and peanut sauce)

The ingot shaped dumplings are preserved in their usual crowd pleasing form.  An appropriate introduction to the Mama Mulan dining experience while saluting the old belief of wealth and prosperity, the handmade pot stickers of pork and cabbage, spicy wontons with pork and watercress and pork xiao long bao set the standard of what to expect. 

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The setting for our dining experience takes place in Mama Mulan’s Den – the largest of its private dining spaces easily seating 16-20 guests.  It attracts alot of natural light and has it’s own private balcony.  

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In contrast, the Magnolia and Blossom Rooms have a roundtable configuration for 8-10 people.  Great versatility in the number of functions and gatherings the space (total capacity 180) can accommodate as we enter the peak planning season of Spring/Summer celebration.

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Offering a range of banquet menus and dishes, expect to spend anywhere between $41-$100 for a three course experience.

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There are some very interesting ideas in Chef Marble’s menu.   The sashimi is available only in lobster, the unexpected salad pairing of pear and cucumber, the use of rockmelon in duck pancakes and mushroom as the hero in their spring rolls,  in its ambition to make its mark and cement itself as the definitive in north shore Chinese, they’re definitely playing a different game to many in the area and making us re-think our ideas on this cuisine.

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Location:

The Concourse, Level 1 above Willoughby City Library, Chatswood NSW 2067

(02) 9157 1488

reservations@mamamulan.com.au

Online Reservations:

https://www.opentable.com/r/mama-mulan-reservations-chatswood?restref=53168

Joseph Lloyd, Contributor

images supplied

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Sokyo Breakast: ala carte, buffet, or both!

We had been hearing many good things for a long time about Sokyo at the Star, not only their Japanese dinner, but also their buffet breakfast. As we began 2018, we decided it was finally time to visit. Do make sure you book ahead of time as it can be hard to secure a spot.

In attendance were our insta foodie friends and contributor Sakinav and one of the best food bloggers in Sydney: Spooning Australia, as acclaimed by the Good Food Guide. We all met at Sokyo, a modern restaurant with floral displays, neatly set tables and an inviting buffet. The place very much had a hotel feel.
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We are all seated, scoped out the offerings on display at the buffet and also perused the menu. We were in two minds regarding out choice for the menu and whether to get al a carte or buffet. $22.50 for a la carte or $28 for buffet. From the ala carte menu are a range of Japanese inspired dishes. However, you can also go for the $38 for an a la carte option, buffet, tea and coffee, that is the choice! What could be better?
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All of us ordered something different from the al a carte menu. Whilst we wait for the ala carte dish, we start a conga line back and forth from the buffet, shuffling around like busy little worker ants. Everyone has a hand in arranging food at the table. You’d have think there was a small army eating, not just 5.

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The coffee then arrived at the table, however, with so many good boutique coffees out there, it was a little bit of a let down that they were using a large commercial brand, but I guess it will appeal to the masses. Be mindful though, some of the drinks cost extra, like the matcha or turmeric lattes.
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The buffet was quite simple with a range of cakes some with a hint of Japanese flavour including yuzu or matcha. All very nice and beautifully prepared. There was fruit and yogurt as well as an allotment of beautiful cheese and meat. In typical Asian buffet style, somethings that we always love like some soba noodles, with your choice of toppings. There was also the congee, a savoury rice pudding. With this pudding, were an array of savoury condiments to add flavour, be it fried challots, spring onion, soy sauce, ginger battons or pickled plum.
  The buffet was nice but paled in comparison to the a la carte menu. When the food we ordered started to arrive at the table there was much food envy. The match lamington, very Japanese was nicely presented with a yuzu curd and red bean inside. It was extremely beautiful and overall a lovely dish, despite the cake being a little dense.
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The Sokyo seafood bowl was not your typical Austalian breakfast. A bowl of rice topped with an assortment of fresh seafood and an onsen egg. It started out a little standard and improved ten fold once all mixed together and flavours combining them together.
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The taditional choushoku breakfast was impressive a set including miso soup, rice, fish of the day, edamame, nori, Japanese pickle and onsen tomago.
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The star of the day, at the Star on this occasion appeared to be the spicy salmon udon ordered by Spooning.
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As a whole, the breakfast at Sokyo was very enjoyable. The price is reasonable and the service is very good. Combining the a la carte and buffet options together is thoroughly recommended.

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Best buffet in Patong @Grand Mercure

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How did we find out about an awesome seafood buffet in Patong, Thailand? It was more by luck than our usual method of putting in time researching. Whilst in Phuket Thailand we stayed at the Grand Mercure Patong, where this buffet was located.

 

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We were enjoying some cocktails by the pool where the mojito’s were amazing. Made with local award winning rum distilled at the Chalong Bay Distillery, a place you can visit, enjoy a bite to eat and tour the facilities. The chocolate and mint mojito a clear standout, made with Hershey’s sauce and the passion fruit mojito, also very good. 

 

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Whilst lapping up the beautiful weather with beverages in hand, we were starting to research and discuss options for a seafood dinner. Whilst in discussion, we noticed the Taste of Asia buffet and seafood BBQ being set up for the evening, with the stations including cuisine from Thailand, China, Japan, Vietnam, and India. 

 

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We further investigated and discovered the price was THB 999 which converts to roughly AUD $40. There was also a promotional 25% discount for downloading the Accor hotel group App. Done and done, easy decision. This option not only convenient, it had a clean and hygienic set up and the food was beautiful displayed and prepared. We were chomping at the bit to get at some fresh seafood and were into it as soon as the buffet opened at 6pm.

 

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The spread was out of this world with a Japanese sushi and sashimi bar prepared whilst you wait, with top quality salmon, tuna and octopus, and this was our first check point. There was a salad bar and cold seafood section including NZ mussels and fresh prawns which also made the first plate.

 

 

This plate of food was conveniently finished, just in time to sample the fresh seafood that was being served straight off the BBQ. There were large river prawns, whole fish, squid and blue swimmer crab charred over hot coals. This was the perfect way to enjoy the natural flavours of the seafood. There was also a range of tasty sauces to accompany the seafood to add even more flavour.

 

The hot food bar could not be passed up with a range of local specialties including curries, the pad thai freshly prepared, as well as tom yum kung. In addition to this there were also satay chicken skewers served straight from the BBQ. With a enticing selection of Chinese BBQ meat including succulent duck and chicken, which had our mouths watering.

With so much delicious food it was going to be a case of our eyes being too big for our stomach. However we did manage to spare some room for dessert. There were many bite sized custard filled Chou pastry profiteroles, tiramisu, creme brulee, a fruit salad selection, a station preparing freshly made fritters and local specialty desserts made with sticky rice.

 

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The buffet at the Grand Mercure is must visit especially if you are after a seafood feast. You are spoilt for choice with delicious, freshly prepared food. The buffet  is one of the best we have tried and it was also great value.

 

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Sirocco for visitors and locals @Holiday Inn Potts Point

The Holiday Inn Potts Point is in Kings Cross district and is only a stones throw from the Coca Cola sign. It is an area that is replacing night clubs with a thriving restaurant scene. The Holiday Inn has comfortable rooms with all of the required amenities and the location allowing guests to book rooms overlooking Sydney’s famous harbour landscape and cityscape, as well as the botanic gardens. It is a great place to explore Sydney from. The hotel restaurant Siricco caters to visitors and locals alike.

The recently upgraded Sirocco resraurant has a large open kitchen and chic dining space, providing meals through out the day. With the $25 buffet breakfast being a great opportunity to try the honey produced on site by an urban beehive situated on the roof of the hotel. There are also smaller options and ala carte available.

The Sirocco menu has something for everyone with a range of entrees, salads, pizza, pasta and items from the grill. There is also an option to build your own burger. Sirocco also offers reasonably priced meals for hotel guests and locals with $12 daily meal specials $15 with a drink. They have a great drink menu with a great range of alcoholic beverages availible including some nice wines. They also have variety of non alcoholic options including juices, coffee and teas.

We were here with foodie friends Random Din Dins Sweet and Yummie and Spooning Australia to try Sirocco’s new sharing menu. The sharing menu is perfect for a group meal or if you are visiting for a corporate event. With some morish starters including the crispy fried salt & pepper calamari, marinated fried chicken and for a healthy touch: the roasted and pickled baby beetroot salad.

For mains, a favourite was the BBQ share platter. With a stack of mouth watering meat options including the BBQ blasted pork ribs, scotch fillet steak and served with onion rings. There is also the tasty grilled Atlantic salmon share plate.

Now for the sweetest thing- dessert. The creamy Baileys Creme Brulee and the di vinely silky Honey Panacotta made with the honey sourced from their own urban beehive situated on the roof of the hotel.

Thanks to The Holiday Inn Potts Point and Sirocco for the hospitality. Especially Cindi and Ben for arranging the evening, a very enjoyable experience.

http://www.holidayinnpottspoint.com.au/sirocco/

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