This morning Bron and I had breakfast at the Ha Ha Bar in Belconnen on Lake Ginninderra.
Breakfast at Ha ha Bar seriously never disappoints. Great way to start this sunny Saturday. @ Ha Ha Bar http://t.co/Jpn6EUuW4W
— Megan (@Girlhassparke) March 22, 2014
So this morning I ventured to the Ha Ha Bar for breakfast.
I arrived shortly after 8 am and the place had a good smattering of customers. Soon after I arrived more people came streaming in demonstrating the Ha Ha Bar’s popularity.
The service was friendly and helpful. I was shown a table on the balcony overlooking Lake Ginninderra. It was a view that allowed me to do a little people watching as locals walked, jogged, ran and cycled by.
I asked for a long black coffee on being seated and when it arrived it looked great. It was rich, dark and strong.
The menu looks pretty standard for restaurant that does breakfast, lunch and tea (plus high tea).
I asked for my standard, i.e., Eggs Benedict with bacon rather than ham. The Ha Ha Bar also adds a bit of spinach which is a nice touch.
The eggs were cooked perfectly with a lovely runny yolk. The Hollandaise had a nice rich creaminess which made the spinach and bacon even more delicious. The bacon was streaky and nicely cooked. I’d happily eat eggs here again.
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Have you ever eaten a really spicy meal? A meal or dish with way too many chilli peppers or Tabasco sauce? Growing up my family ate a lot of spicy foods and we all love chilli. My father grew chilli plants and preserved the chilli either as pickled chilli or in oil. I remember watching him eat them like snack food while watching television.
I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I’ve felt overwhelmed by the heat of chilli. Then you know what happens a day or so later after the chilli has been churned and the nutrients digested in our intestinal systems. It’s interesting that our tongues are such sensitive organs while most of the rest of the mucous membrane of the alimentary system lacks the pain receptors for chilli. That is, all except the sensitive mucous membrane of the anal verge. That interface between the gut and our integument, our skin. On passing out of us, I know you know that common refrain, “OMG A ring of fire”.
A BURNING RING OF FIRE 😜
On Friday night Bron and I went to a favourite place, viz., Chong Co in Belconnen. We’d eaten many times before and always enjoyed the experience. On Friday night we shared an entrée which had a fish cake, chicken satay, curry puff and spring roll. Bron asked for a duck salad and I asked for PLA CHOO CHEE, viz., Pan fried barramundi topped with chilli, cooked in coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves and sweet basil leaves. We’ve both asked for these dishes before and enjoyed them. This time though we were both a little disappointed. Bron thought the duck lacked crispness and for me the chilli was way too much. I finished the dish but it was way too hot.
Next time I’ll be asking for something else.
Yes, my ring is now on fire.
Saturday was a great day. After the usual washing, cleaning and grocery shopping Bron took me to Saigon Fresh in Gungahlin for a Saigon Roll (aka Bánh Mì). We grew to love Bánh Mì from our holiday to Vietnam. Saigon Fresh is in Gungahlin Village near Best and Less. Their website is a blogger page http://saigonfresh.blogspot.com.au/
We each asked for a pork roll with chilli
It was really good.
After lunch we went to Costco for some shopping.
Tempted but avoided this purchase
Again very tempted but no purchase
After Costco we went for a walk around Lake Ginninderra. Check it out at http://runkeeper.com/user/garydlum/activity/259001761
We came across some pelicans
We timed the walk to end where we parked outside the newly opened Asian Noodle House in Belconnen at 1 Beissel Street
We shared some fish cakes
Bron asked for the duck and rice
I asked for the duck laksa with extra tofu
After dinner we watched a DVD and ate some chocolate. I won’t say we ate all this.
I was a great day. Thanks Bron.
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This week we went to two restaurants whose names start with the letter S. On Wednesday evening we went to Sanur’s Balinese Restaurant in Belconnen and on Thursday night we dined finely at Sage in Braddon.
We’ve dined at Sanur’s and Sage many times before and enjoyed the experience.
Sanur’s Balinese Resturant
You can check out previous posts on Sanur’s through the search tool
We like eating there although I didn’t give it a very high toilet rating 🙂
On Wednesday night we weren’t in the mood for a big heavy meal so I asked for the beef rendang and Bron had the Nasi panda wangi.
Normally I eat a whole deep fried fish, this time I went outside of my usual thinking. I’m glad I did. With a bowl of rice this was delightful. The beef was pull apart tender and the sauce had a lovely kick to it without being uncomfortable. The flavour lingered long enough to make we want more and more.
Beef Rendang $18.90 Slow cooked beef in rich coconut sauce with Indonesian Traditional herbs and spices
Nasi Pandan Wangi $16.90 Spiced yellow coconut rice served with serundeng fried chicken, peanut chili sauce, lemongrass battered tempe, sliced omelet and bitternut cracker
Sage Dining Rooms
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Each and every time we come to Sage we have a new and fantastic experience. This place is one of the finest restaurants in Canberra. The dishes are just so different, so complex, so delicious, so many flavours and so gob smacking good.
cauliflower soup (v)
peanut, ginger, shallot, curry oil
cured ocean trout
horseradish meringue, fennel, charred leek, hazelnut
spiced rum braised pork belly
red cabbage, rhubarb, black pepper, chestnuts
coastal greens, smoked eel, teriyaki
eschallot, illawarra plum, foie gras, cassis
caramelia, raspberry, coffee
I’m sorry this is not well focussed.
This meal on a Thursday (non-pay week) was really very very nice. Bron and I had a secluded corner of the restaurant which was well lit and away from the din of the main floor area. The food was amazing. The wait staff were superb. The bloke we had had memorised everything that was on each plate and described it all perfectly. There was a never ending supply of sparkling water and the cutlery was refreshed for each tasting course.
It’s true a tasting menu is never a cheap option and being a non-pay week a daunting option, but in my opinion it’s the best way to get a sense of what Sage dining rooms has to offer. I would highly recommend booking a table and trying it out.
And now what everyone wants to read…my non-food ratings.
I’ve done Sanur’s before and it hasn’t changed.
Toilets. See previous posts. I didn’t need to go this time.
Napkins. Fail. They’re paper.
Removing plates while others at the table are still eating. Fail. I’m a quick eater, I can inhale a beef rendang. It’s true the bloke came over and asked if he could take them, but what am I to say, “No, please wait until Bron has finished”. He shouldn’t have approached me in the first place.
Sage is an entirely different non-food experience.
Toilets. 3.5/5 Large and well lit. Cold though. The big old stainless steel urinal is probably designed for three but will fit two broad shouldered men comfortably. There were no hand towels and the dryer was pathetic.
Napkins. Pass. Nice cloth napkins.
Waiter étiquette. Pass with flying colours.
Sanur’s Balinese Resturant http://www.sanurs.com.au/
Since my last post about the crust-free meat mince pizza I’ve been pretty occupied at work and then this weekend has been a combination of going out and eating and today being at work again.
On Wednesday morning I made green eggs and ham
The green came from some parsley I added to the egg before whisking it.
On Wednesday night Bron came over and shared some of your super yummy salted caramel macarons with me
This was about the best salted caramel macaroni I’ve ever tasted
Bron also brought over some beef pie she’d made
This was a fantastic meal
On Thursday morning I had spam and egg
A nice light but filling breakfast
Thursday night it was my turn to cook for Bron
Salmon and vegetables
Bron was given a box of Champagne truffles as a gift by a work mate after she did a spectacular job on a project
These were pretty delicious
Friday morning was another egg and spam meal. Omelet 🙂
Friday was spent at The Canberra Hospital, so I bought lunch
Bacon and onion quiche with a caramel thick shake. The quiche was way too salty. I don’t think I’ll do that again.
On Friday night Bron and I went to see Iron Man 3 in 3D. We enjoyed it.
On Saturday morning we went to the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets to check out some groceries and other things.
I had a pale breakfast at Beppe’s Tuscan Kitchen. It was pretty good and filling too. The bacon was a little too salty for my liking and the egg was slightly over cooked.
While in Tom’s Superfruits I spied this jar of pickled onions
Hilarious | Bum Hummers | 1000 farts in a jar
On Saturday night Bron and I went out with some friends to Chairman and Yip for dinner. This is one of the finest restaurants in Canberra and never fails to please. I’ve reviewed it here a few times. Search Chairman and Yip in Yummy Lummy
I started with stuffed mushrooms
These were stuffed with pesto. Always good.
For a main I asked for pork chops honey gin seng red dates goji berries and then we shared
The lighting was pretty low in the restaurant. Sorry about the poor quality of the images.
Bron asked for sea perch and our friends asked for the beef and scallop hot pot plus the caramelised pumpkin and cucumber
It was a lovely plate of flavour
Chairman and Yip is a must do for anyone serious about eating in Canberra. A very worthwhile restaurant to visit.
Dunny rating is 2½ out of 5. If it wasn’t for the Aēsop hand products it would rate 2 out of 5. The urinal plumbing had obvious corrosion. The hand basin was old. The hand dryer was weak and there were no paper towels.
The napkin rating was a pass. They were cloth. Cloth=classy.
For dessert I had a takeaway Tiramisu from Gelato Joe’s
It was okay. They ran out of churros so I was disappointed.
To make up for the poor egg experience at Beppe’s Tuscan Kitchen Bron made her fabulous poached eggs
Nothing beats Bron’s eggs
I spent today at work. After a weekend away with my kids last weekend and a day off this week because of illness I had a lot of catching up to do.
Tonight I made some pumpkin soup
I used onion, ginger, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, Kent pumpkin, white wine, curry powder and coconut cream
The finished product
I topped the soup with a little parsley, Gruyere cheese and coarsely ground black pepper
I hope you have a great week ahead. I’m planning to. If you haven’t worked it out, I like spam 🙂
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Last night we went to Bolly Buds in Belconnen to pick up some takeaway dinner. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Oracle Building on Benjamin Way (corner College Street [-35.242754, 149.067981]) in Belconnen. The website http://www.bollybuds.com.au/ isn’t up yet but they do have a Facebook Page.
Bron and I spent some time looking over the menu and asked for:
Onion Bhajia $5.9
Butter Chicken $16.9
Korma Lamb $17.9
Paneer Makhani $14.9
Plain Rice $2.9
Plain Naan $3.0
Garlic Naan $3.9
We think the Lollipos were meant to be balls of chicken meat on sticks, however we received for tandoori like chicken wings which were large, tender and delicious.
After dinner Bron served her apple and cinnamon muffins with vanilla ice cream. It was delicious.
All in all, Bolly Buds as a takeaway restaurant is pretty good. The service was fine and friendly. The taste delicious. The cost not exorbitant. I expect it will be a popular venue for the residents of the Oracle after a busy day at work. Inside the decor was pretty plain and not that enticing in terms of wanting to sit in an eat. As a takeaway venue it was perfect.
The menu for Bolly Buds
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