About Me

Food is one of my many joys in life. It is a common bond I share among my friends and family. Combining food and travel makes it all the more interesting. I enjoy going out for a good meal with friends and family. The array of various cuisines and our fantastic array of produce really makes Sydney such a great city to live in. Blogging is my hobby and my posts on restaurant meals I have had are paid for and not gratis. Any gratis provided to me will always be stated beforehand.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Rengaya Restaurant

This Japanese restaurant is located in North Sydney, very near to my office.

I like coming here for lunch when I can (which is not very often) because the quality of the food is good. Because of it's location, there are a lot of business lunches that occur and I am sure it is equally as popular at dinner time.

Unfortunately I am not too adventurous when I do lunch here, I tend to go for one of the lunch Bento boxes. I find the price value and quality to be good and I do enjoy them when I can dine here.

For this particular lunch, I had the tempura mix as the main dish to be included in the bento. Over the past few months, the menu has undergone some changes and the lunch box now has the flexibility of selecting a main from a list of mains to go with the rest of the bento. This time I chose the tempura. Other main dishes are salmon teriyaki, Wagyu beef.

The bento came with cold soba noodles, salmon and kingfish sashimi, pickled vegetables and braised octopus.

As this was an unplanned lunch (it was a spontaneous decision) I did not bring my camera so I used my iPhone 4S camera instead.

Hopefully the images are alright.

The waitresses are very polite and attentive and it does get busy on Fridays. The restaurant also has an authentic Japanese BBQ (also known as yakiniku) dining section in addition to other a la carte Japanese dishes.

73 Miller Street
North Sydney
NSW 2060
Tel: 02 9929 6169

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Sunday, 13 November 2011

A Reunion of Sorts

It wasn't originally intended to have been a reunion but it turned out to be one. My friend NW organised a get together at her home in light of her sister staying for the week-end in Sydney. NW has three other sisters and one of them FW was in town and we wanted to have a catch up as I had not seen FW for 3 years. NW's family now lives in Melbourne so it is always nice to be able to catch up with them when possible.

My fried rice noodles (char kway teow) has been one of their favourite dishes so I offered to cook up a plate plus bring my mango pudding. That dessert of mine gets repeated a lot during the hot summer season.

Char Kway Teow

NW also invited some other friends who had not seen FW in a while too. So it ended up being 11 adults and 1 cute little 8 month old baby boy (so so cute). Most of these friends are people I know from my previous church so it did feel like a reunion. It was nice to see these familiar faces and catch up on what is going on in their lives.

So in the midst of all the gabbing, we ate the variety of food served. FW ended up cooking the following:

Mixed salad (one bowl with chopped chilli and the other without chilli)

Slow cooked Beef Burmese Style (it was very tender)

Grilled Chicken with lemongrass and tumeric (apparently a Cambodian recipe). I must say it was quite delicious. A side of blanched beans balanced out the main dishes.

We found some space to have dessert which turned out to be pineapple and carrot cake, mango pudding served with cherries.

It turned out to be a pleasant evening, there were lots of photos taken of the various groups.

FW has gone back to Melbourne and I look forward to our next 'reunion'.