February 9th, 2014

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - Queenie's

Pulling into The Forresters on Friday night, the place was rammed.

Luckily my intention was traipsing up the stairs to Queenie’s, their Jamaican-inspired domain.

Cute-as-a-button waitresses wearing eclectic combinations of braids, hair wraps and tropical shorts were quick to make us feel at home.

One explained the menu thusly: “Basically anything with the word ‘jerk’ in it is good.” Ergo BBQ Jerk Corn ($8) coming right up!

Arriving liberally coated in coconut, my dining companion dubbed it “the Jamaican lamington”; however a squeeze of lime took it from sweet to savoury, with three exotic tableside chilli sauces completing the journey from mild to wild.

One Coconut Daiquiri ($16) in, we decided to do drinks with food, rather than dinner per say, embarking upon a series of snacks from tasty Plantain Fritters ($9) with curry mayo to Prawn, Mango and Ginger Bammies ($7). They’re flat cassava flour pancakes, which advance Sydney’s taco-craze in a (faintly) new direction.

Sunset Sangria ($20/jug) with vanilla, ginger beer and spiced rum proves remarkably better for the cultural meddling. It carries us through a generously battered basket of Coconut Soft Shell Crab ($16) with Hotstepper sauce.

Sean Paul Ceviche ($17) with scallops, avocado and black bean puree on wacky pappadums help put out any remaining fire in your hole.

*This was my PUB OF THE WEEK segment on 2GB 873 Fresh! with Luke Grant & Luke Mangan
on Sunday 9th February, 2014: http://www.2gb.com/article/fresh-sunday-february-9

Level 1, The Forresters, 336 Riley Street, Surry Hills
Ph: (02) 9212 3035

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Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - Two Sticks

After an amazing eating experience at Lost Heaven in Shanghai, I arrived home hoping Yunnanese food would be Sydney’s next big thing.

Enter Two Sticks: a small, fast-paced eatery housed under a bright yellow ribcage, bustling with diners and black-clad staff sporting caps and scout-style yellow neckties.

Lying close to Myanmar and Thailand, China’s Yunnan region is famous for its use of mushrooms, flowers, salads, cold noodles, individual hotpots and Xuanwei ham.

Dai Style Enoki Salad ($3.80) is spicy (as most dishes are) but very representative of the cuisine.

The best way to eat here is to order cold appetisers alongside one of their hotpots, like Yunnan Signature Rice Noodle Soup ($11.80).

The smooth pork and chicken stock accentuated by quail eggs, noodles cut from bean curd sheets, bean sprouts and slivered beef and chicken interspersed with silky rice noodles, put your mouth back together between slices of Hot and Numbing Beef ($4.80) - cold garlic poached beef slices drenched in spicy chilli dressing...

...and Deep Fried Spicy Beef Jerky ($4.80).

Coconut Juice ($4)
is your friend, though I’d kill for a TsingTao beer, especially with the Yunnan Signature Fries ($3.80) that take ordinary crinkle-cut fries somewhere extraordinary by stir-frying them in chilli and a sauce featuring fermented black beans.

Two Sticks
694 George Street, Sydney

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