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A good pho is when the broth/soup is clear and should be deeply sovoury, and the deep bone boiling taste without the after-taste of MSG. Not to mention the generous amount of meat gives that extra satisfaction.

H is a huge-fan of pho no doubt, and last weekend we went to Pho PHD in Marrickville.

We ordered a large as I had brekkie earlier and knew I couldn’t finish a bowl, so I was going to steal some of his.

I also ordered Crispy Deep Fried Wanton which was amazing!

I hate Fried Wanton that has so little filling and you can barely taste anything. So don’t forget to try out try Fried Wanton! It comes with a special sweet chilli sauce, even if you can’t eat spicy – this isn’t! It’s sweet!

Now we don’t have to go all the way to Cabramatta for good pho.

Opening hours: Mon – Sun 11:00am – 9:30pm.

Tel: (02) 9559 5078.

Address: 260 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204.



Apparently the most authentic Japanese restaurant in Sydney. H has been hear once and he claimed it was so good he had to come back again with me and he managed to get a booking.


From the outside, the place looks like a random place that you wouldn’t think of walking in unless you knew what it was. Right in the middle of residential area of Cammeray (North of Sydney), I would have missed it if it wasn’t for H.


THE place to go for premium SAKE & SHOCHU in Sydney – they say. Unfortunately I don’t talk about alco. So I won’t be able to provide a range of sake and how good it’ll be.

You have to spot it.

First time trying Uni. (Uni is the Japanese word for Sea Urchin). I usually avoid ordering it, as people around me don’t really enjoy Uni or order it so I have never had the urge or the craving for Uni until today as H is a Uni-guy.

It has a really rich sea flavour but not fishy or salty (like oysters and shells) but creamy at the same time! As it’s my first time and my only time (till date) I can’t say it’s the best as there’s nothing to compare to, but it’s definitely something I’ll order to try around. Maybe a Uni-challenge coming up?

We also ordered the Chawanmushi which is OH MAI GAWD da best!

Texture and taste is perfect! Portion isn’t small too! I hate some places which has really small portion and I’ll end up finishing it within 5 mouth spoon and H can take up 1 mouth spoon and three quarter gone. T3T

Yakitori – One thing I’ve noticed in a few Japanese places. You really can’t go wrong with yakitori! We ordered the wagyu beef and the pork belly yakitori. Figured we wanted slightly savoury with all the seafood.




Sushi and Sashimi were both served Omakase style. Don’t know what type of Nigiri Sushi and Sashimi was provided until it’s served. And we definitely weren’t disappointed at all! I get slightly disappointed with omakase nigiri sushi serving Tamago Sushi. Unless the Tamago is really top-notch awesome pawsome.


Lobster popcorn – I cannot get enough of this.



I repeat.





This was sooooo good! If you’re here, you gotta try this!


Huge ass green tea mochi for dessert that was really good! It’s hard to find a place that serves good mochi. Some places are either too stiff and hard as it was left in the fridge/freezer for too long.


If you’re looking for a new Japanese place to go, definitely try Toriciya. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.




Toriciya Christmas Holiday 24/Dec/2017 – 15/Jan/2018


GPO Cheese & Wine Room #GwenFood

If you’re into Cheese and Wine, then you’d be in for what’s coming up next – GPO Cheese & Wine Room.

Valentines Day happens to be Anniversary Day for us so we get to have TWO dinners. (We all have to eat don’t we?)

So for the first place which we went on Valentine’s Day itself, H brought me to GPO Cheese & Wine Room which is at the basement/underground of Martin Place.

Four weeks being here and the one place I love to sit during the afternoons or late evening is Martin Place. Being surrounded by it’s heritage building, with such nice view to get yourself lost into.

Being located right in the middle of Sydney CBD, it’s not difficult to find, but the fact that it’s in the basement/underground, maybe some lost little souls would find it difficult to spot it. It doesn’t exactly have a huge signboard at the front entrance as well.

H made a booking at 8.15pm due to it’s limited seats. So if you’re planning to try it out, it would be advisable to make a booking rather than walking in. Because we were the second seatings, we had to wait a little while for them to clear and set the tables for us.

Unfortunately, it was Valentine’s Day, and as all/most restaurants, they have special (restricted) menus for the day.

 Entree looks appealing, I was stuck in a dilemma between Grilled Scallop (Yummy), or the Antipasto Board to Share.

I always have problems deciding on my Mains. Whether to get the steak, or grilled salmon or try something new. And that Cheese Fondue was appealing too!

Desserts oh desserts, don’t we always have space for them as well?

So after much silence discussion and whispering with H on what to order or to share.

We’ve decided on….


Antipasto Board to Share

Kurobuto Cantipalo Salami, Mortadella, Brillant-Savarin Triple Cream (France), Reypenaer Gouda (The Netherlands) and semi-dried Tomatoes

Now we figured that this is a Cheese and Wine restaurant and the name says it all. Why would we be ordering something that they aren’t famous for? That’s like walking into a burger joint ordering fried rice.


Truffle Cheese Fondue

This fondue combines the rich, earthy flavours of Brie Coulommiers aux Truffles with a silky, French Secret de Scey


Milk or Dark Chocolate Fondue Dessert Board for Two

Served with Banana, Marshmallows, Pear, Amaretti, Biscotti, Walnuts and Fresh Strawberries

We almost went for the Cheese Board for Two but after having Cheese for Entree and a Cheese Fondue for Main, we decided to indulge in a chocolate fondue to have a little balance with our meal before it gets too cheesy.

I really enjoyed the dinner at GPO Cheese & Wine Room and would rate it an 8/10.


Please bear in mind that this is a personal preference and it’s my own personal review on this. I am not paid to advertise or talk about this and I do not speak for the public.

Before I give my opinion I would like to mention that I love Cheese. I love my cheese and all cheese like how Jerry the mouse loves his cheese. My love for cheese is also one of the reason why H picked this restaurant. If cheese isn’t your thing, then i’d suggest you try the other dishes on the menu. As i’ve always said and mentioned, everyone is different and it’s just a personal preference. Just like how I don’t enjoy sourdough, eggplant, beer, and the list goes on.

I’d have to give a thumbs up to the Mains which was the Truffle Cheese fondue. That’s because

I ♡ Truffle and I ♡ Cheese. How is that not a perfect combination? Truffle has a very strong distinct taste to it just like cheese and I know many people who don’t enjoy Truffles or cheese as well. But if you’re into both, this would be something you have to try and you’ll enjoy it too.

Prior to this, I’ve always heard of Chocolate Fondue, but who knew about Cheese Fondue? I didn’t even understand how it works or how it would taste like until I’ve tried it and boy was it amazing!!

So if you’re up to try Cheese Fondue or have not tried cheese fondue, or you just want to enjoy some nice cold cuts cheese platters, I’d say give it a try.

GPO Cheese & Wine Room 


Lunch: Mon – Fri  12pm – 3pm
Dinner:  Mon – Sat  6pm – 10pm


Mon – Fri  12pm – 3pm
Mon – Sat  6pm – 10pm


+61 2 9229 7701


+61 2 9229 7729



Knafeh for the first time #gwenfood 

Now how do you pronounce “knafeh”?
P/S. It’s not a trick question.

Last weekend was the final week of April and we decided to use our Groupon-purchased wet’n’wild Sydney tickets before they close the place for winter season. After all, we’ve paid for it.

Unfortunately we didn’t have a gopro or a waterproof camera with us, therefore no pics of all the fun we have in Wet’n’wild
When everything ended at 5pm, H decided to go to Knafeh which was just 10 mins drive away from where we were. Figured since we were an hour away from home, why not.

According to H, it’s not that easy to spot Knafeh or be around then unless you’re on the hunt or you’re willing to drive far out to some random quiet suburbs. But if you’re really keen and interested, you can follow their instagram page where they update where they are located at.

They’ve got two instagram pages


No idea why they have two different pages ?

They don’t have a specific store/location/branch, they’ve got a container-looking storage-box like thing that they use a truck to pull them around.

It’s amazing how a group of guys came up with this idea.
These bearded singing, dancing guys aren’t just pumping up your energy but also cooking you a simple but yet de-licious dessert – knafeh, or known as kunafeh as well.

These look like the “apong-balik”/ 大块面 you get from the Malaysia pasar-malam in peanut flavour (I really thought his would have peanut when I first saw it)

But Knafeh/kunafeh is actually a Jerusalem dessert that is like a cheese pastry. The main ingredient in this is:

  • Sugar
  • Cheese
  • Pistachio
  • Rose water
  • Kaymark

Words can’t even describe how amazing this dish was. It doesn’t taste like the usual cheese tart or cheese cake you get where it’ll be so cheesy you get sick of it after a while.
You seriously need to try to to be able to evaluate it yourself.

*I highly recommend this*

And oh-boy, if I could have it everyday it would be so sinful.

If you happen to be around where they are, you HAVE to try them out.

They first started in Sydney, then to Melbourne, and then all the way across ocean to New York

Let’s see if you would be lucky enough and for those who have tried it, was it a hit or miss for you?