Ramen Goku • Glebe, Sydney

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Ramen Goku was a REAL finding! Not only because of its super cool name but also its super tasty food! This place really reminded me those family-owned tiny restaurants in Japan.

Amazing service, followed by outstanding food! A must in case you are in Glebe. Actually, let me correct myself: a MUST for every ramen lover out there. ❤

Another great thing about this place, is that you get to pick the broth option for each of their ramen flavors, plus the thickness of the noodles and portion size! Exactly like in Japan!

My order

We were starving that day, so we decided to get a couple of buns, plus the mains:

  • Mine:
    • Cha-Shu Bun – Tender cha-shu filled with lettuce, mayonnaise & sweet sauce.
    • Roast Beef Donburi – A lot of thinly sliced roasted beef with homemade sauce, shallots, sesame on rice.
  • Hubby:
    • Katsu Bun – Chicken katsu filled with lettuce, mayonnaise & special sauce.
    • Cha-Shu Ramen – Tonkotsu broth, egg noodle with a lot of thinly sliced roasted pork, bamboo shoots, shallots, sesame.
Cha-Shu Bun - Tender cha-shu filled with lettuce, mayonnaise & sweet sauce.
Cha-Shu Bun – Tender cha-shu filled with lettuce, mayonnaise & sweet sauce.
Roast Beef Donburi - A lot of thinly sliced roasted beef with homemade sauce, shallots, sesame on rice.
Roast Beef Donburi – A lot of thinly sliced roasted beef with homemade sauce, shallots, sesame on rice.
Katsu Bun - Chicken katsu filled with lettuce, mayonnaise & special sauce.
Katsu Bun – Chicken katsu filled with lettuce, mayonnaise & special sauce.
Cha-Shu Ramen - Tonkotsu broth, egg noodle with a lot of thinly sliced roasted pork, bamboo shoots, shallots, sesame.
Cha-Shu Ramen – Tonkotsu broth, egg noodle with a lot of thinly sliced roasted pork, bamboo shoots, shallots, sesame.

Buns were superb! Light and fluffy as I expected, with the right amount of filling.

My beef Donburi was generous and extremely delicious, but the real hero of the night was that Cha-Shu Ramen with Tonkotsu broth that Hubby ordered. BEST Tonkotsu broth I had in Sydney!

I felt like in Japan again. That broth had the same deep flavor from the ones we had in Japan and missed so much since we were back.

Yep, ramen in Japan is a life-changing experience, you will never be happy after that, unless you go to Ramen Goku, of course. 🤣

Ramen Goku
30 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 2037
More information: www.ramengoku.com.au

Zeus Street Greek • Cronulla, Sydney

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Zeus Street Greek is a recurrent choice for me. Meals are super yum, quick to get, with affordable prices and very well sized portions!

I often get a pita for take away, or my favourite: Spartan Box (what a meal!!!). But they are also a gorgeous place to have your meal in, service is always amazing and I simply love the young-ish and modern atmosphere.

Another thing I love about this place is that you can easily find them in different cities around Australia! Can’t count how many times I was saved by them while traveling. 😀

My order

As I said, I often go there but for this blog purpose I decided to register only one of our meals. This is usually what we have:

  • To share: Dips – Tzatziki, Beetroot Hummus, and Smoky Eggplant with pita bread.
  • Mine: Spartan box with chicken, seasonal salad, smoky eggplant, and pilaf rice.
  • Hubby: Stavros Stavrou pita – Grilled Haloumi, Aegean slaw, olive tapenade, caramelised onions, tzatziki, tomato & parsley.
Dips: Tzatziki, Beetroot Hummus, and Smoky Eggplant with pita bread.
Dips: Tzatziki, Beetroot Hummus, and Smoky Eggplant with pita bread.
Spartan box with chicken, seasonal salad, smoky eggplant, and pilaf rice.
Spartan box with chicken, seasonal salad, smoky eggplant, and pilaf rice.
Stavros Stavrou pita: Grilled Haloumi, Aegean slaw, olive tapenade, caramelised onions, tzatziki, tomato & parsley.
Stavros Stavrou pita: Grilled Haloumi, Aegean slaw, olive tapenade, caramelised onions, tzatziki, tomato & parsley.

There is a huge variety of pitas, dips, and sides. But for me, the best meal is always the Spartan Box. You can create your own and I love this kind of stuff. Pick a type of meat, 2 different sides, and a dressing. Simply perfect.

Zeus Street Greek
Various locations, photos from 19/21 Gerrale Street, Cronulla NSW 2230
More information: www.zeusstreetgreek.com.au

The Greek Islands Taverna • Sutherland, Sydney

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We decided to go to The Greek Islands Taverna in Sutherland to have a beautiful lunch and celebrate my new job (yes this blog is a hobby and I have a full-time job!). The idea was to eat A LOT and this place didn’t disappoint us at all.

I might say that the choice was perfect! We had exactly what we were craving for: lots of good food, right price, and that super full and happy feeling after a nice meal! 🙂

My order

We got the Set Menu 1 with the Meat Platter for two. Their menu says minimum for 4 people but the water said they would be happy to do it for us. Let the feast begins!

  • Fresh bread
  • Taramosalata dip – made from fish roe, olive oil, lemon juice, and grated onions.
  • Greek salad
  • Pan-fried halloumi cheese, spanakopita (spinach pie) and tyropita (pastry filled with cheese).
  • Pan-fried calamari.
  • BBQ Octopus.
  • Meat platter – Souvlaki, lamb cutlets, pork chops, quails, loukanika (greek sausages), and hot chips./li>
  • Cheesecake served with vanilla ice cream and cream.
  • Bourekakia – home-made pastries filled with semolina custard, pan-fried, and drizzled with syrup and cinnamon, served with ice cream and cream.
Fresh bread
Fresh bread
Taramosalata dip - made from fish roe, olive oil, lemon juice, and grated onions.
Taramosalata dip – made from fish roe, olive oil, lemon juice, and grated onions.
Greek salad
Greek salad
Pan-fried halloumi cheese, spanakopita (spinach pie) and tyropita (pastry filled with cheese).
Pan-fried halloumi cheese, spanakopita (spinach pie) and tyropita (pastry filled with cheese).
Pan-fried calamari.
Pan-fried calamari.
BBQ Octopus.
BBQ Octopus.
Souvlaki, lamb cutlets, pork chops, quails, loukanika (greek sausages), and hot chips.
Meat platter – Souvlaki, lamb cutlets, pork chops, quails, loukanika (greek sausages), and hot chips.
Cheesecake served with vanilla ice cream and cream.
Cheesecake served with vanilla ice cream and cream.
Bourekakia - home-made pastries filled with semolina custard, pan fried, and drizzled with syrup and cinnamon, served with ice cream and cream.
Bourekakia – home-made pastries filled with semolina custard, pan-fried, and drizzled with syrup and cinnamon, served with ice cream and cream.

I said we were prepared to eat… A LOT! 🤣

Every single bite was spot-on. Portions are extremely generous, and if you are a meat lover like us, man that meat plater will be like a dream to you.

No, we couldn’t finish it all, there was a time we had to start prioritizing what to eat, so the hot chips were left behind (sorry for them). I don’t know you, but when I go to this kind of place I always prioritize things that are either harder to make, and let’s be honest, hot chips you can get anywhere!

The only side note I would like to leave is regarding one of the desserts, the Bourekakia. This was my choice (Hubby got the cheesecake), but it wasn’t my type of dessert. Found it kinda blend, so Hubby generously switched desserts with me. 🙂

The Greek Islands Taverna
47/40-44 Belmont St, Sutherland NSW 2232
More information: www.thenewchambers.com

My favourite restaurants in Florence • Italy 🇮🇹

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Last year I had an amazing time in Italy, spending 3 gorgeous days in Florence (link). Here I want to show you my favourite restaurants in Florence, that kind that you definitely can’t miss!

Shall we start?

Mercado Centrale
The best place to try all sorts of Italian food in the world!

Pizza Margherita.
Pizza Margherita.

Casa Toscana
Cozy and super delicious Italian food, hidden in the middle of the city.

Poposo - Tuscan beef stew.
Poposo – Tuscan beef stew.

Trattoria Vecchio Mercato
Perfect last meal in Florence! Delicious food, great service, and amazing live music.

Bistecca alla fiorentina for one person (~500gr.), with potatoes e tomatoes.
Bistecca alla fiorentina for one person (~500gr.), with potatoes e tomatoes.

Belforte Restaurant | Vernazza – Cinque Terre
Very good seafood restaurant, with amazing views and perfect for a lunch break.

Caprese salad - Tomatoes, mixed leaves, basil, fresh mozzarella, olives, and capers.
Caprese salad – Tomatoes, mixed leaves, basil, fresh mozzarella, olives, and capers.

Antica Gelateria Fiorentina
Yummy gelato and outstanding service!

Enkey (dark chocolate), Macha, and Biscotto.
Enkey (dark chocolate), Macha, and Biscotto.

5 Terre Gelateria | Manarola
Delicious gelato to refresh yourself after disputing for some space with all the tourists in Manarola. 😛

Amarena and Cremino.
Amarena and Cremino.

You can check more posts here on the blog about my holidays in Europe and also everything I published about Italy or Florence.

Chimmi Changa’s Burrito Bar • South Hurstville, Sydney

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Hubby and I were craving some good Mexican Food for a while, so we thought would be a perfect day to try a place we heard about: Chimmi Changa’s Burrito Bar, located in Hurstville.

The house’s menu is not so big, but they serve all Mexican classics, such as burritos, nachos, and tortillas. I haven’t ordered, but they seemed to have very nice drinks too.

My order

That day I wanted a comfy meal, whereas Hubby decided to go trash and order a caloric bomb:

  • Mine: Chipotle Chicken Burrito in a bowl – served with rice, beans, lettuce, cheese, tomato salsa, house guacamole, and sour cream.
  • Hubby: Pulled beef nachos – topped with beans, tomato salsa, cheese, sour cream, and house guacamole.
Chipotle Chicken Burrito in a bowl - served with rice, beans, lettuce, cheese, tomato salsa, house guacamole, and sour cream.
Chipotle Chicken Burrito in a bowl – served with rice, beans, lettuce, cheese, tomato salsa, house guacamole, and sour cream.
Pulled beef nachos - topped with beans, tomato salsa, cheese, sour cream, and house guacamole.
Pulled beef nachos – topped with beans, tomato salsa, cheese, sour cream, and house guacamole.

I really liked my burrito bowl, the only downside was the bowl’s size. As the bowl was a bit small, and each ingredient was layered inside, it was hard for me to mix things and have a bit of everything on each bite. At the end, I had a full layer of rice and nothing else to mix together. So I would suggest a different size or shape for that bowl.

Flavour wise, no complains, each item in my bowl was superb!

Turning to Hubby’s nachos, weel the picture shows for itself, right? Super cheesy and creamy nachos, just yum!

Chimmi Changa’s Burrito Bar
48-50 Connells Point Rd, South Hurstville NSW 2221