Product Review: Domino’s Peri Peri Pizzas

What is it: Domino’s Peri Peri Pizza

How much is it: $8.95 each

Where to order it: http://www.dominos.com.au/menu/pizzas

Contact:  Domino’s – 1300 366 466

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Thanks to Domino’s Australia, I got to try out the new Peri Peri Range, retailing for $8.95 each.

A delivery of three pizzas, a garlic bread, cold Coke and a lover’s lava cake arrived at our door and we were soon stuck into the pizzas!

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In the boxes were the Chicken Peri Peri, Beef Peri Peri and Prawn Peri Peri pizzas.

First off, the prawn.

It was bursting with freshness from the fresh, just cooked prawns to the juicy cherry tomatoes and green spinach. Delicious flavours and generous amount of prawns and vegetables.

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Next was the beef.

The beef pizza was a little dry. The sauce helped a little but I could do with more sauce due to the dryness of the beef. Not much vegetables on this one- definitely for the guys and kids!

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Finally, the chicken.

Soft chicken breast,  fresh vegetables and lots and lots of melted cheese.

A beautiful looking pizza and a very nice tasting one too. I really enjoyed the crispy crust and creamy cheesy centre.

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Rating

I give the prawn an 8/10, the chicken a 6/10 and the beef a 6/10.

Disclaimer: TCFB sampled the Peri Peri pizzas courtesy of Domino’s. All opinions expressed on this blog are entirely my own and are not intended to be factual and/or taken as advice. 

Gama BBQ, Turramurra ($$)

Address: 1/1380 Pacific Highway Turramurra NSW

Tel: (02) 9988 4939

Website: http://gamabbq.com.au/

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Atmosphere

The atmosphere was a little quiet as it was early on in the week and there weren’t many customers around. However, the sounds of the TV playing The Voice and the sizzling BBQ made it the place a little more interesting and no doubt Fridays and Saturdays are busy nights for this little suburban restaurant.

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Entrance to Gama BBQ

Service

Some would say service is pretty average as when we walked in the owners themselves were cooking at a bbq table! It was a bit unusual for a restaurant but my family, MC and I all thought service was great. Why? Because the owners were extremely friendly, very helpful and welcoming.

Although they were eating their own meals nearby, the lovely gentleman came over to set up our BBQs and teach us how to use it, would come and change our hotplates when they became charred from the meats, and would check the temperature of our BBQs.

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The BBQs

The friendly lady made us tea and coffee and would now and then answer my mum’s questions about Korean food.

They were both so friendly that we felt like they too were guests who were dining with us.

Food

The food was quite good. I have only had Korean food a couple of times and so I was interested to see what the Korean BBQ would be like.

The restaurant is set up with the hot plates on each table and a separate area for the buffet. You choose your own meats (including pork, beef, rump, wagyu, prawns, NZ mussells, octopus, marinated chicken etc) and bring them over to your table where you cook them to your liking.

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My dad and brother choosing their meats

You can also choose from steamed rice and soup, a variety of pickles including Kimchi and radish, lettuce and carrot, garlic, onions, and various sauces (such as BBQ sauce, tomato sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, satay sauce and chilli sauce).

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Pickles, kim chi and salad (bit of a mess!)

The variety of foods on offer and the option of cooking with different sauces made the experience really exciting, especially for the younger ones who tend to get bored at dinners. Needless to say, my brother and MC had a very enjoyable time cooking their own meats!
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My brother enjoying cooking his own food

There was plenty of food available, even though my family are big eaters. My dad enjoyed the prawns, MC enjoyed the beef and my brother and I enjoyed the chicken.

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Some of the raw meats- marinated chicken, wagyu beef, angus steak and bacon

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Cooking the meat

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BBQ prawns, meat and chicken

Summary

Overall the food was tasty, the experience interesting and the service friendly and welcoming. We would definitely return to try this again, perhaps next time we will ge the Hot Pot!

Cost:

Gama BBQ’s Korean BBQ buffet costs between $25-30pp.

Rating:

I would rate my experience (out of 10):

  • Service-6.5
  • Food-6.5
  • Ambience -5
  • Value –7.5

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Alana’s Chicken & Ham Pie (serves 4)

Alana from Accessories By Alana contributed this great recipe which looks like a quick and easy way to make dinner for the whole family!

Try it out for yourself and let us know what you think!

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Ingredients:

  • 500g chicken breast fillet, cut into cubes
  • 200g ham, finely cut
  • 1 packet continental spring veggie soup mix
  • 1-1.5 cups water
  • 1 sheet puff pastry

Method:

1. Brown chicken in a pan, add ham, spring veggie soup mix and water.

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2. Bring to boil stirring constantly.

3. Turn down to simmer for 10mins, until soup mix thickens slightly.

4. Preheat oven to 210C.

5. Transfer food into a oven-proof dish and cover with puff pastry sheet.

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6. Make some small holes in the top of the pastry to allow breathing.

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7. Place the tray in the oven for 20 minutes until pastry is brown.

Enjoy hot!

Thairiffic, Westfield Sydney, CBD ($)

Address: Westfield Sydney, Level 5, 188 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW

Tel: (02) 8246 7018

Website: http://thairifficnoodlebar.com.au/trnb-westfield-sydney/

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Atmosphere

As it is located in Westfield Sydney, Thairiffic is extremely busy on weekdays, especially at lunch time.

The noisy crowd, combined with the vibrating buzzers and the sizzling sounds coming out of the kitchen make for a pretty exciting environment.

Unfortunately, Thairiffic only has limited seating so the rest of the seating is in the food court, where my friend and I sat.

The atmosphere in the food court was not very exciting and it was quite difficult to find a seat. When we did find a seat, people would sort of swarm around us whenever one of us got up to get a napkin or when we touched our bags, in the hope that we were going to leave.

That said, if you go onto their website you will see that the actual seating area in the shop is quite nice and the warm reddy-pink colours make it feel quite inviting, especially on this particular gloomy day.

Service

Service was pretty minimal as we simply ordered at the counter and were given a buzzer to collect our food when it was ready.

Food

I ordered the Chilli Basil Chicken with Flat Noodles.

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Chilli Basil Chicken with Flat Noodles, $13.50

I was pleased to see a large serving on the plate with plenty of colours: green, red and browns, and lots of chicken and vegetables. The dish was visually pleasing and made my mouth water just looking at it as I was starving!

Taste-wise, it was great. Pretty spicy, but then again it was chilli basil. There was a strong basil flavour, with plenty of dried basil leaves and the noodles had a sheen of oil on them which made them slippery and easy to eat. The chicken was well cooked and the sprouts and snow peas added some crunch.

A very enjoyable dish, and I polished it all off!

Cost

The meal cost $13.50.

As Thairiffic only accepts cash, and I only had $13.20 in cash, I had to borrow $0.30 from a friend!

I found that quite a few of the food outlets in Westfields only accept cash so that is something which is a little inconvenient for those who don’t have any!

Rating

I would rate my experience (out of 10):

  • Service- 2
  • Food- 8
  • Ambience- 7
  • Value – 7

For my review of Thairiffic Double Bay, see here.

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Chicken, Avocado and Green Bean Salad with Tomato (serves 4)

This salad is perfect for work lunches or even as a side at a BBQ or lunch event.

Easy to make and pretty healthy for you if you add less mayonnaise!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 bag baby spinach leaves (approx 200gr)
  • 60gr semi-dried tomatoes
  • 1 handful green beans, de-stringed
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 red capsicum
  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 1 Tsp spicy seasoning (e.g. cajun, paprika, zaatar, chilli, cumin etc)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbs seeded mustard
  • 1/4 cup low fat mayonnaise

Method:

1. Cut the chicken breast into cubes and rub the spicy seasoning in.

2. Heat olive oil in a pan and fry the chicken pieces off until cooked through.

3. Steam de-stringed beans until they go dark green and are cooked through but still a little crunchy.

4. Cut avocado into large chunks (I sliced it and then cut the slices in half).

5. Wash, de-seed and cut red capsicum into cubes.

6. Wash baby spinach leaves and put in a large mixing bowl. Add tomatoes, cooled chicken breast pieces and beans, and avocado.

7. Mix mayonnaise and mustard in a separate bowl. Add to the rest of the salad and mix well.

Enjoy!

Top Speed Thai, Willoughby ($$)

Address: 331 Penshurst St, North Willoughby NSW

Tel: (02) 9417 7500

Website: 

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Atmosphere

My family and I decided to check out Top Speed Thai on Sunday night for an early 5.30pm dinner. Located in the North Shore suburb of WIlloughby, TST is a modern-style Thai restaurant with pleasing aesthetics and a warm atmosphere.

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We were surprised to find that the restaurant was quite busy. There were three other tables of about 4-5 people and a couple of tables of 2. Not bad for a Sunday night. On top of that, plenty of people came in for take-away. A busy restaurant is always a good indication of the quality of the food!

The wooden tables and cute candles make TST look quite cosy, while the dark decor and pink and gold accents add some vibrancy to the space.

I liked the general set up of the restaurant except for the fact that some of the staff were making spring rolls and food on a dining table at the back of the restaurant, which was visible from our table. This was a little odd and I think, they should have used a screen to cover that area up if they were going to use the space for food preparation.

Service

Service was quite good. The staff were friendly, and food was VERY quick- we barely waited 10 minutes before we were served our first order although the food did not all come out at the same time. Further, our water was filled up promptly and our wine (corkage $2.00 pp) was cleared away when we had finished.

Food

To start off we ordered the Gai Satay, “tender marinated chicken breast on skewers, grilled and served with peanut sauce.”

This dish was delicious and was served with a sweet watermelon flavoured syrup with chilli floating in it, and a thick, crunchy peanut satay sauce. The chicken was delicious and moist and the dish was a winner with all of us!

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Gai Satay, $7.90

Next up were the Curry Puffs, “assorted vegetables cooked with Thai herbs and curry powder, then wrapped in puff pastry and served with sweet chilli sauce.”

This dish was great too. The pastry was lovely and crispy, obviously fresh and made hot to order. The filling was quite spicy, but that’s exactly how it should be so I was quite happy with this dish.

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Curry Puffs, $6.90

For mains we ordered Cashew Chicken with Chilli Jam Sauce which was a chicken stir fry with cashews, vegetables including onions, broccoli and carrots, chilli jam and chillis. This is usually a classic Thai dish and one of my favourites but I was disappointed that the sauce wasn’t darker and thicker. It wasn’t very flavoursome and although it tasted OK, was a bit of a let down for me given my love of this dish.

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Cashew Chicken with Chilli Jam Sauce, $16.90

Next up was Satay Beef which contained strips of beef stir-fried with vegetables in a peanut sauce. I did enjoy this dish and my brother loved it, having a second serving and pouring all the sauce into his bowl!

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Satay Beef, $16.90

We also ordered the Volcano from the Sea, “a steamed combination of seafood (prawn, fish fillet, squid, mussels, scallops and egg) in red curry sauce and coconut milk.”

This came to the table on fire, with some oil around the foil being lit for special effect and to keep the dish warm. What a dramatic entrance! Once the fire went out we opened up the foil to find a delicious creamy coconut sauce with perfectly cooked seafood inside. There were also some steamed leaves (bok choy) in the bottom of the dish, but we didn’t eat them as they seemed a little odd in a creamy curry and we were beginning to get full. However, all up the curry tasted delicious and for mum and I, was a favourite.

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Volcano from the Sea, $22.90

Finally we ordered the Lamb Cutlets in Massaman Curry. This dish consisted of 4 lamb cutlets with massaman sauce, Thai spices, baby potatoes and cashew nuts. It was delicious. Although the serving was quite small, the lamb was very tender and soft. The curry was creamy and rich and the dish was very well presented. The soft, starchy potatoes were great with the creamy sauce. A fantastic dish which is quite different from the usual Thai fare!

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Lamb Massaman Cutlets, $20.90

We also had steamed rice to go with the food, at $3.00 per person.

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Cost

I had a voucher for dinner for two which cost $40.00 on Groupon. I decided to take my family along as well and so we ended up paying another $45.00 for their meals. All up dinner cost $85.00.

Rating:

Overall I would rate my experience (out of 10):

  • Service- 7
  • Food- 7.75
  • Ambience- 7
  • Value – 8

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Spice Gourmet Thai, Parramatta ($)

Address: Shop 1, 71 George Street, Parramatta NSW

Tel: (02) 9635 9666

Website: http://www.spicegourmetthai.com.au/

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Saturday night date night led MC and I to try out Spice Gourmet Thai. I had a Cudo voucher to check it out but it had been sitting in my room for months, waiting for an opportunity to go to Parra.

The voucher was about to expire but luckily Saturday afforded us an opportunity to head over to Parramatta and try it out. Although the voucher said to email a booking to them 24 hours before using the voucher, MC simply called them at 6.00pm and made a reservation for 7.30pm.

Atmosphere

Spice Gourmet Thai is located near the infamous ROXY Hotel on George Street Parramatta. It is close to Temasek, another popular restaurant in this part of the town.

The atmosphere inside wasn’t very exciting or loud, as you would find in a restaurant in the city or Darling Harbour. The crowd was mainly middle-aged people looking for a quiet dinner and although there were quite a few customers, it wasn’t noisy at all.

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Dried chillis and rice grains under the glass lid of the table

Service

Service was average. The staff didn’t speak very good English but we still managed to get our requests across with a little pointing at the menu!

They were polite but not overly friendly and food service was quite prompt. They did however take our drinks to the wrong table, and then had to bring them over to us (hehe!).

Food

The voucher entitled us to try two entrees, two mains and two desserts. We paid for rice and drinks.

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For entrees we decided to each order the Medley of Appetisers so we could try a bit of each option on the menu. The Medley contained one each of: gai tod (fried spicy chicken), vegetarian spring roll, curry puff, satay chicken skewer and fish cake. However we didn’t get a fish cake at all which I didn’t realise until I got home and re read the menu!

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Medley of Appetisers, $9.90

The gai tod was surprisingly nice despite its dry looking skin. The chicken inside was well-cooked and very soft and the skin was flavoursome and crispy.

The spring roll was crunchy and great with the clear sweet sauce. Although I’m not a huge mushroom fan, this spring roll had just the right amount to liven up the vegetables without being too overpowering.

The curry puffs were delicious, with a light and flaky pastry and soft, spicy filling. Delicious!

FInally, the chicken skewers, well-cooked and charred on the outside with a creamy sauce over the top. I thought the sauce had a little too much coconut cream or milk in it and would have preferred a less creamy (more peanutty) sauce.

For mains we decided to order the Massaman Beef Curry. This dish consisted of braised chunky beef pieces in a thick mild curry sauce with baby potatoes, fried onion and peanut. Although MC and I really enjoyed this curry, it was a little too creamy for my liking. Other Massaman curries I have had have been less creamy and a little spicier. Overall though, the beef was tender and soft, the potatoes added some depth and the peanuts contributed crunch. A great dish!

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Massaman Beef Curry, $15.90

We also ordered the Chilli and Lemongrass Sauce with chicken. This was a dish of stir-fried pieces of chicken, broccoli, lemongrass, red onion, garlic, carrots and chilli.

The dish was colourful and vibrant and there was a very large portion of it. By this point we were starting to get really full and I think one main or one entree to share would have been plenty for us. Although the chicken and vegetables were well-cooked, the sauce itself was lacking in flavour and, apart from the smell of the lemongrass, you could not really taste the chilli and lemongrass.

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Chilli and Lemongrass Chicken, $15.90

For dessert, I ordered the Black Sticky Rice with Thai Custard and MC ordered the  Vanilla Ice-Cream with Coconut Milk and Toasted Coconut.

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Black Sticky Rice with Thai Custard, $6.90 (sorry for the poor quality photo, I was a little excited to try this dish :p)

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Vanilla Ice-Cream with Coconut Milk and Toasted Coconut (can’t remember the price?)

The presentation of the sticky rice was quite poor. It would have looked much better in the bowl that the ice cream was presented in or shaped into a cute little mound in a rice cup.

When I tasted the rice, I expected it to be like “kiri bath”, a Sri Lankan coconut rice dish. However the dish was quite glutinous and the black rice had a strong, starchy flavour which I didn’t exactly like. The custard was alright but the mustard colour was a little off putting. Happily though, MC did like it, and he swapped his ice cream with me for the rice.

The ice cream was just vanilla, but the addition of coconut milk and toasted coconut made it creamier and slightly crunchy -yum!

Rating:

I would rate my experience (out of 10):

  • Service-6.5
  • Food-7.5
  • Ambience-8.5
  • Value –7.5

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