Our day started at 11.30 whereby we arranged to meet our friends for Yum Cha over at the newly opened restaurant , The Eight Modern Chinese Restaurant over at Harbour City. This newly opened establishment is run by the Zilver Group. The same group runs the ZIlver restaurant which is located at 477 Pitt Street, Haymarket . Zilver is a successfully run restaurant that serves one of the best dim sum and cantonese cuisine.
Thus, when my friend suggested that I check this place out, I did so without any hesitation. The place was packed with people, having their late breakfasts, brunches and lunches. As it was first time meeting some of the new friends, I had decided not to take too many pictures. We started ordering some of the nice dishes available. I would just show you the highlights of our meal, as we ordered a wide spread. We ordered the pork buns, which were fluffy and filled with delicious and juicy char siew. I think it was pretty yummy.
We ordered the prawn dumplings (Har Kow), and it was too juicy and its skin was moist and tender. I think the skin was made perfectly, unlike those prawn dumplings with super thick skins that I ate elsewhere. It was the popular dish at the table.
We ordered my darling’s favourite- steamed pork ribs. The succulent pork ribs was cooked in a nice and savoury sauce, topped with garlic and black bean. It was well cooked, very tender to the bite and we needed no effort in eating them.
Had some fried prawn fritters wrapped in seaweed. It was a little oily, but the fresh prawns gave it the crunch and texture to it. Moreover, the seaweed added to the overall taste of the dish.
We ordered heaps of prawns and vegetable’s dumplings, egg tarts, silken tofu, mango pudding, scallop dumplings from their extensive menu that do not seem to end. They were all so good.
I would think that the restaurant’s owners deserve a applause, for having maintained the quality of food throughout the restaurants. I enjoyed the yum cha here and over at Zilver and will be back for more the next time round. See you again.
The Eight Modern Chinese Restaurant
Level 3, Market City
9 Hay Street, Haymarket 2000
(02) 9282 9988
After our heavy lunch, we bade farewell to our new found friends and we went along our way. We were going to sing for couple of hours at our favourite Karaoke joint, Big Echo. Big echo is located Bathurst street, Sydney. They got great happy hour promotions for customers. We paid only $12 per pax for 3 hours of singing. Love it heaps, especially when free drinks are provided too.
After the 3 hours of singing, we were just walking along the streets in the hot summer. I walked past a shop- Ho’s Dim Sum kitchen, that was selling dim sum(frozen and fresh). What attracted me further was their displays of roasted char siew pastry , sesame balls and their egg tarts. They look awesome. Thus, I had decided to grab 2 for breakfast tomorrow.
And the pastries….
And the egg tarts and sesame balls,
Happily, I got my breakfast for tomorrow in my bag. We continued our walk around the area, doing some window shopping. Soon, it was six pm and we decided to stop for Japanese cuisine at the place called Musashi.
It was pretty early for dinner but I think the long hours of singing made me hungry. Thus, we decided to enter the restaurant to check out on its menu.
The weather was unbearable as it was extremely hot at around 40 Degrees Celsius.( due to heat wave) The waiter was very kind as he offered us 2 glasses of cold water with ice cubes. We really needed that, as it seems like the restaurant do not have air conditioning within. The restaurant was an ideal place to go to during a hot time like this, I wondered. However, we still made our dinner orders. I wanted something light and refreshing for a starter and ordered the Sashimi for entree ($11.80). The pieces of fish were pretty fresh, but I feel that it could be sliced better rather than being so chunky in its feel.
My darling ordered the Eel Roll ($15.90), which was pretty tasty. Tasty morsels of rice, covered with generous pieces of well marinated eel. That was pretty alright, I feel.
After having the entrees, we proceeded with our mains. I had the Wagyu beef steak ($17.80), in teppanyaki style. The meat was not very moist and was not as tender as I think it should be. Though there was accompanying sauce with it, I think that there is more room for improvement.
Finally, my darling’s main arrived. It was the katsu don($15.80). Meat was alright, though a little dry. Nothing really terrific, honestly. I had better ones before.
Our overall trip was marred by the culinary experiences that we had. Judging by its pricing and the overall quality of food, I may just give it a miss the next time. Paying $61.20 in total for 2, yet feeling dissatisfied was not a happy feeling. I reckon some of the nice Japanese restaurants located in Neutral Bay are indeed much nicer in quality and perhaps even more economical.
Musashi Japanese Restaurant
447 Pitt Street
(02) 9280 0377
After we had our meal, we still felt as if we were on fire due to the intense heat. We then proceeded onto Chat Thai to get a takeaway of their famous Coconut Ice Cream($5). Loved it, nice and creamy, with peanuts and attap seeds added to it. No pictures unfortunately, as they all melted into our mouths as soon as they were served. See you soon in our next food hunt.