Birthday Dinner at Sokyo, Pyrmont

It’s my birthday soon so good friends and colleagues Yuzhong and Ali took me to Sokyo to celebrate. We booked a table and got there early enough when the place still wasn’t very packed. It did get quite noisy later in the night after the rest of the tables filled up.

Yuzhong and Ali knew I’m a glutton so they pretty much ordered one of each dish from the menu for me. Okay, not quite, but close enough.

From memory, we had the pacific oysters, sashimi platter (24 pieces), tempura barramundi, beef robata (teriyaki beef), Huon salmon, king brown mushroom, spicy edamame, dengaku man (miso gindara / silver cod), lamb chops, mixed greens salad, spicy tuna nigiri, maki rolls, and probably more. Yep. One of everything, pretty much. Yuzhong also grabbed a sake that he poured and poured from but it never seemed to run out. For dessert, I had the donatsu (doughnut).

Everything was beautifully presented and unbelievably tasty. The best dish was the dengaku man; it’s melt-in-your-mouth good. Then again gindara is only my favourite fish. tongue

The bill came out to… they wouldn’t let me know because it’s a birthday treat, but I knew it was insane. Sokyo is so, so expensive, and the portion size so, so unsatisfying, but the food quality is so, so amazing. We decided that what we had tonight was not food; it was food sex.

Didn’t document the food porn take any pictures again!

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Dinner at George’s Cafe, Burwood

Yuzhong won the lottery — a whopping $35 — so we coaxed him into treating us to dinner. We headed to Burwood after work and after we figured out that we wanted steak and Yuzhong said his friends were raving about this place, went into George’s Cafe.

I ordered the Combination Grill for myself, and in case we didn’t have enough food, Yuzhong also ordered a garden salad and a Caesar salad for the table. He tried to grab a red wine to go with his steak, but they didn’t serve alcohol there.

Well, out of the two salads, only the Caesar salad came. But “in case we didn’t have enough food”? Their portions were very generous and the food was delicious, too. My dish came with super tender lamb chops, chicken breast, beef fillet, a beef sausage (a bit salty), fried egg, lettuce and a bunch of other veggies on a big, big bed of chips. Ali was so stuffed he couldn’t even finish his plate. Their portion size is definitely Vickie-approved! Did I mention their generous portions?

Should have taken pictures but I was enjoying the company and food too much! tongue

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Lloyd’s Bistro, Dooleys Lidcombe

Meal from Lloyd's Bistro, Dooleys Lidcombe
Roast of the Day, full serve (foreground) and Sticky BBQ Ribs (background)

Catching up with Ellis over dinner at Lloyd’s Bistro, Dooleys Lidcombe. I got Roast of the Day with gravy — full serve for me, of course! Decent serving size, cheap ($13.90 for members or $16.70 for guests), fast and yum! The friend said his Sticky BBQ Ribs ($22.90 for members or $27.50 for guests) was a little too sticky and sweet and got sickening after a little while, so I think getting the roast was a good call.

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Low Carb Base, Domino’s Pizza Auburn

Tried Domino’s low carb base for the first time. People say it tastes like cardboard, but I didn’t mind it at all. The 9-inch pizzas (I think?) certainly looked pathetic in the big boxes, though.

Garlic Prawn and Firebreather pizzas on a low carb base from Domino's Auburn
Garlic Prawn (left) and Firebreather (right)
Chicken Feta on a low carb base from Domino's Auburn
Chicken Feta

Yep. I ate all three alone for dinner…