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. 

Kataifi Prawns (serves 3-4 as an entree)

This simple and quick recipe is great for entrees or just a light snack.

It is healthier than tempura prawns or prawn cocktails as it does not involve any frying and looks interesting on the plate.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 packet kataifi, kept out for a few hours until it is room temperature
  • 500gr prawns
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Seasoning of your choice (I used an African-style rub mix)

Method:

1. Heat oven to 200C.

2. Peel and de-vein prawns, leaving the tails on.

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3. Take some kataifi out gently and put it in a small bowl. Separate some of the strands so it is easier to work with.

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4. Beat the egg with a fork and add salt, pepper and your choice of seasoning.

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5. Lay the kataifi strands out in a long line. Place the prawn at the top of the strand and roll it down to the bottom until covered. Place on an oiled tray.

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6. Once all prawns are covered in kataifi, place tray in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, or until pastry is golden and crispy.

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Enjoy!

Sushi Tei, Liverpool Street, Sydney CBD ($)

Address: 127 Liverpool St  Sydney NSW

Tel: (02) 9283 7889

Website: http://www.sushitei.com.au/

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I have walked past Sushi Tei probably a hundred times before. It does not really stand out when you look at it from the street but I had heard some good things about it from friends at work.

MC, mum and I decided to check it out to see what was on offer. Sushi train is definitely one of my favourites as the combination of great food and picking what you want to eat from a conveyor belt makes for a tasty and exciting experience.

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Atmosphere

The atmosphere at Sushi Tei is pretty calm and relaxed.

Unlike many other sushi train restaurants the chefs at Sushi Tei don’t cook in the middle of the conveyor. Rather, they are in the kitchen on the side of the restaurant and simply add food onto the end of the conveyor when it is prepared. This means the atmosphere is a lot calmer as a lot of the noise of the cooking is done in the kitchen, out of the way. It also means that groups can sit opposite eachother and can still talk and have a conversation without being too far away or out of hearing range.

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Service

Service is OK but nothing amazing. I waited about 5 minutes before being shown to a seat despite the fact that there were plenty of free spots available on the sushi train tables and in booths.

When we were finished, we had to get the attention of one of the staff in order to get our plates counted and to get the bill. Thus there isn’t much proactiveness on behalf of the staff although they were pleasant when we did approach them.

Food

The variety of food at Sushi Tei is not as good as at other sushi restaurants. There was quite a lot of sushi rolls, nigiri and some fried prawn rolls but while we were there we didn’t see any wontons or dumplings which MC really enjoys.

We started off with salmon and avocado sushi rolls. These were delicious and fresh, great with the tangy mayonnaise.

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Next was a smoked salmon nigiri with a crust of herbs and spices.I really like this dish as the smooth salmon and flavoursome crust were great together. MC also enjoyed this and had seconds!

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We had a crab stick, cucumber and avocado roll which was average but not great. I didn’t really like the cucumber in there as it was a bit hard and bitter.

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The tempura prawn sushi was great, the crunchiness of the fried prawn and the slightly salty flavour was delicious.

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I have never had seared scallop sushi before so we decided to try it out and see how it was. I really enjoyed this sushi as the scallops were well-cooked and not chewy or tough at all. The charred and glossy appearance of the sushi was appetising and the sweet soy dressing was perfect with it, adding a touch of saltiness.

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We tried a prawn nigiri with the same herbs and spices as the smoked salmon nigiri. This dish was OK but the prawns were not very fresh, and were a little dry.

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The crunchy fried prawn roll was delicious. We didn’t know what it was at first, and I am always cautious at sushi train now since I ate some fried quail eggs which I thought were seafood/fish balls… I asked one of the staff what it was and upon discovering that it was a prawn roll I greedily grabbed two plates off the conveyor belt. Not to worry though as they disappeared within minutes with mum, MC and I all commenting on how crispy and delicious they were.

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The soft shell crab dish was also tempting although the presentation could have been improved. The crunchy crab legs were delicious and went down a treat.

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All in all the food at Sushi Tei was pretty good despite the prawns not being as fresh as they could be. The presentation is decent, the portion sizes good for the low price, and the variety of sushi is good although there could be more fried goods and fresh fish.

Cost

The prices at Sushi Tei are excellent with one plate from the sushi train costing only $3.00.

Rating:

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

  • Service- 5
  • Food- 7
  • Ambience- 6.5
  • Value – 8.5

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Barramundi Bar & Grill, Sydney ($$)

Address: Cnr Lang and Jamison St  Sydney NSW 2000

Tel: (02) 9252 4726

Website: http://barramundibarandgrill.com.au/

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Atmosphere

Atmosphere was pretty quiet for a Thursday night. This may have something to do with the location, being in the middle of the CBD rather than near the entertainment hotspots of Darling Harbour, Circular Quay or Chinatown.

It was mostly filled with older people and the atmosphere was more refined and relaxed,

Service

Service was good, they staff were friendly and nice and the experience was altogether enjoyable.

Food

SenoritaLay and I had a deal to get the Seafood Platter wine a bottle of wine. We ordered a white wine and could barely finish the bottle as we were both quite tired and are lightweights!

The seafood platter contained lobster mornay, salt & szuchuan pepper calamari, soft shell crab, grilled prawns, beer battered fish and mornay scallops in the shell.

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The battered fish was tasty but was not crispy at all, the grilled prawns were dry and overcooked, the mornay was OK but a little floury, there was only half a lobster, and the chips were soggy and lacked salt. Overall, the platter was a little disappointing. I was grateful for the side salad which came with it as all the fried food was a bit overpowering and heavy.

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Cost

SenoritaLay and I used a deal, paying $25 each. The platter is normally $110 on the menu.

Rating:

I would rate my experience (out of 10):

  • Service- 6.5
  • Food- 5.5
  • Ambience- 6.5
  • Value –7.5

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Seafood Marinara with Angel Hair Pasta (serves 6)


This was the perfect quick and easy dinner for MC and the fam last night. Everyone enjoyed it and it only took a short while to prepare. The marinara can be substituted with prawns or other seafood as well.

Ingredients:

  • 500gr angel hair pasta
  • 750gr seafood marinara mix
  • 250gr snow peas- washed and with the ends cut off
  • 4 Tsp minced garlic (or equivalent fresh, chopped garlic)
  • 1/2 white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lemon, cut into 4 wedges
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Fresh herbs (I used basil and parsley from my herb garden)
  • Olive oil
  • Chilli flakes to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

1. Prepare pasta according to instructions on back of packet. When al dente, rinse under cold running water until room temperature and leave to sit in a colander (this stops the cooking).

2. Heat 3 tbsp of olive oil in a large pan (on high). When hot, add garlic and onion and stir fry until onion turns clear and slightly golden. Add chilli flakes (I added about 5 tsp but it depends on your preference and the intensity of the chilli you have), and toss.

3. Add seafood to the pan, stir and cover for about 5 minutes.

4. Add snow peas and toss until they change colour (darker green).

5.Add the lemon juice and wedges to the pan.

6. Season with salt, pepper and more chilli if desired.

7. Drizzle with olive oil and toss through chopped fresh herbs.

Enjoy!

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Thainista, Willoughby ($)

Address: 330-332 Penshurst Street Willoughby 2068

Tel: (02) 9882 2189

Website: http://www.thainista.com.au

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On Friday night we decided to visit Thainista in Willoughby. It is a pretty nice looking restaurant, situated on busy Penshurst Street, about 5 minutes from Chatswood.

This was the 3rd of my “3 Thai restaurants in 3 days” weekend!

See here for restaurants 1 and 2.

Service

We waited a short while before being seated by the window. The waitresses were very friendly but were quite slow to attend to us when we tried to get their attention, probably due to the fact that the restaurant was pretty busy and there were only a few waitresses.

Atmosphere

The restaurant had a nice atmosphere. The dining area looked nice and neat, and had nice wooden panelling on the walls and mood lighting. However, my dad said the bathrooms weren’t very clean and you could see the old-looking kitchen from the dining area.

Food

Food was excellent. We really enjoyed all the dishes that we ordered. For entrees we had:

  • Spring Rolls x 2

There were 4 spring rolls per serve which meant we got 8 altogether. I enjoyed the hot and crunchy spring rolls which were served with a plum sauce. However, my brother and mum didn’t really like them as they had a lot of cabbage in them.

  • Satay Chicken Skewers

This entree came with 4 skewers. The chicken was soft and moist and the satay sauce was delicious and rich. We all really enjoyed this dish and it was my mum’s favourite entree.

  • Curry Puffs

The curry puffs (4) had a nice soft pastry and a spicy vegetable filling. They were served with sweet chilli sauce and were very enjoyable.

For the mains we ordered:

  • Massaman Beef Curry

This curry had two large chunks of melt in your mouth beef which were cooked in a creamy and aromatic coconut sauce. A little spicy, this dish was another of mum’s favourites.

  • Chicken Cashew Nut Noodle

The Chicken Cashew Noodle dish was my way of ordering a Chicken Cashew dish without ordering a Chicken Cashew dish. This was basically Cashew Chicken with flat rice noodles. Unfortunately the dish was more noodle than chicken which was a little disappointing, but the actual flavour of the dish was quite nice.

  • Seafood Pad Cha Talay

This was a very spicy seafood dish containing mussels, calamari and prawns stir-fried with mixed vegetables, lemon grass, galangal, lime leaves and chilli. I loved the chilli prawns and the crunchy snow peas and capsicum which added colour to the dish.

  • King Prawn with Sweet Creamy Basil Sauce

The King Prawn dish had 3 very large prawns in it. Obviously it woould have been better if there were 4 considering there were 4 of us. There were some other vegetables in the dish including broccoli and carrot as well. The sauce was basically a coconut milk or cream base with a lot of turmeric, chilli and prawn flavours in it. I really enjoyed the rich flavours of this dish as it tasted as though the prawn flavour had been infused into the curry, unlike dishes I have had at other places where the sauce has just been added to the meat after/during cooking.

  • Steamed Rice

Just some plain rice to go with the curries. For dessert we were told the only options that day were lychees or vanilla ice-cream. We ordered 2 of each.

  • Lychees

The lychee dish was just 4 lychees in syrup (from a can) with a few ring-shaped ice cubes to cool it down. Refreshing, but very simple for a restaurant dessert.

  • Vanilla Ice-cream

Basically your standard vanilla ice-cream, nothing special here.

Cost:

Not very expensive and good food. Most dishes are about $15.00 but Signature dishes are around the $20.00 mark.

Rating:

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

    • Service- 5
    • Food- 8
    • Ambience- 6.5
    • Value – 7.5

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Noodle Bar, Double Bay ($)

Address: 368 New South Head Road Double Bay

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This hole in the wall is just the type of place I would normally walk straight past.

It’s often quite busy and I see all sorts of people in there -from business men to tradies to children to older people. I have even seen Sydney hairdresser extraordinaire, Joh Bailey in here!

I decided to check it out with MC.

We walked up to the counter and ordered our meals: I ordered the Chilli Basil Chicken and MC ordered the Singapore Noodles with prawns. They were about $12 each.

My Chilli Basil Chicken came out first.

I was pretty happy with the portion size as there was more than enough for me, and the dish looked bright and tempting.

I love broccoli and baby corn so I was pleased to see there was plenty of these vegetables in the dish. I was also happy to find that there was a lot of chicken.

The dish was flavoursome and delicious and you could really taste that crispy fried basil in the sauce.

The dish came with a cup of steamed white rice which I enjoyed (for some reason I really like steamed rice and can eat it on its own!).

MC’s Singapore Noodles came out about 5 minutes after.

Although there was a large portion there were only about 4 prawns in the dish. The noodles were quite dry and I expected more vegetables, prawns, and perhaps egg or some bacon, in the noodles.

The noodles tasted OK but they would have been improved with some more prawns and vegetables.

Overall not a bad cheap lunch with decent food and fast service!