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

Shawa Grill – Street Lebanese food • Miranda, Sydney

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Shawa Grill is the newest Lebanese restaurant at Westfield Miranda and already has a spot in my heart. ❤️

They offer an amazing menu, full of yummy options such as plates, rolls, dips, and traditional Lebanese desserts.

For anyone looking for low carb options, you can also find breadless choices, like baba ghanoush or hummus topped with a meat of your choice.

My order

As it was our first time there, we decided to stick to the classical options and these were our choices:

  • Mine: Shawa plate meal – chicken shawarma, hummus, baba ghanoush, toum (garlic sauce), tabbouleh salad & chips.
  • Hubby: Shawa roll meal – lamb shawarma, hummus, baba ghanoush, toum (garlic sauce), tabbouleh salad & chips.
  • Dessert to share: Knafeh – Lebanese style cheesecake.
Shawa plate meal - chicken shawarma, hummus, baba ghanouj, toum (garlic sauce), tabbouleh salad & chips.
Shawa plate meal – chicken shawarma, hummus, baba ghanoush, toum (garlic sauce), tabbouleh salad & chips.
Shawa roll meal - lamb shawarma, hummus, baba ghanouj, toum (garlic sauce), tabbouleh salad & chips.
Shawa roll meal – lamb shawarma, hummus, baba ghanoush, toum (garlic sauce), tabbouleh salad & chips.
Knafeh - Lebanese style cheesecake.
Knafeh – Lebanese style cheesecake.

Everything was spot on! Super delicious and generous portions.

I only wish they had an option to replace those hot chips with something else.

Hubby was more than happy eating all of them, but I would prefer having some extra salad, but I was told it wasn’t possible.

Now, what about the dessert, you may be asking!
It was my first time trying Knafeh, and I already can say is one of my favourites.

It’s literally melted cheese, topped with semolina, pistachio, and sugar syrup.
I understand that it might not be to everyone’s taste, but please trust me and give it a try.

Location-wise it couldn’t be any easier, just get the train (T4 line) bound to Cronulla and alight at Miranda station.
Boom! You have arrived at the shopping centre, now head to the upper area where most of the restaurants are located and you’ll easily find it. 🙂

Shawa Grill – Street Lebanese food
Shop 2205 Westfield Miranda
600 Kingsway Miranda NSW 2228 Australia
More information: www.shawagrill.com.au

Kuroneko Ramen Noodle Bar | Sutherland

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Kuroneko Ramen Noodle Bar is one of my favourite local spots in the Sutherland Shire. I simply love their dishes, always packed with flavour and with an amazing presentation. They remind me a lot those family-owned restaurants I visited in Tokyo and Kyoto.

They serve a huge range of traditional Japanese dishes, such as ramen, udon and rice bowls. All equally delicious. Interestingly enough, aside from serving all this traditional Japanese goodness, they are very creative and open minded. A few months ago they decided to provide a new noodle option to their customers: shirataki.

In case your are not familiar, shirataki noodles are gluten-free and super low carb noodles, with less than 2 grams of carbs per 100g. Amazing, don’t you think? Of course, I had to try it out.

My order

I’ve decided to try my ramen with shirataki noodles and Hubby got a traditional Udon.

  • Mine: Tonkotsu ramen – pork belly chashu, soft boiled egg, spring onions, wood ear mushroom, and shirataki noodles.
  • Hubby: Kara-age Chicken Udon – served in a bonito and shitake mushroom broth.
  • Side of pork gyoza to share
Tonkotsu ramen: pork belly chashu, soft boiled egg, spring onions, wood ear mushroom, and shirataki noodles.
Tonkotsu ramen: pork belly chashu, soft boiled egg, spring onions, wood ear mushroom, and shirataki noodles.
Kara-age Chicken Udon: served in a bonito and shitake mushroom broth.
Kara-age Chicken Udon: served in a bonito and shitake mushroom broth.
Pork gyoza
Pork gyoza

I don’t know about you, but I simply LOVE ❤️ Ramen. I’m crazy about the broth, and honestly don’t care much about the noodle. Actually, I often feel it is too much, and I end up leaving some in the bowl so I have enough space for the broth.

Having said that, shirataki noodles were perfect! They are super light, don’t add any different or unauthentic flavour to the dish, and I finally managed to eat a whole bowl of yummy ramen. 🙂

Regarding Hubby’s Udon, he loved it. The broth was perfect, noodles firm enough and the fried chicken to die for. About the gyozas, perfectly sized portion and incredibly delicious.

If you happen to live in the Shire, or maybe just touristing around, this place definitely deserves your visit!
Totally recommended:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kuroneko Ramen Noodle Bar
4/720 Old Princes Hwy, Sutherland NSW 2232
More information: www.facebook.com/KuronekoRamen

Sammy’s Restaurant | Gymea

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In case you happen to be goofing around the Sutherland Shire, you can’t miss the opportunity to have a fantastic Lebanese meal at the Sammy’s restaurant in Gymea.

Their dishes are huge, super cost effective and the most important part, DELICIOUS!

In their menu you will find traditional Middle Eastern dishes (not only Lebanese), charcoal chicken (a very popular choice amongst the locals for takeaway), and burgers.

I always stick with the Lebanese part of the menu, much nicer and yummy. 😋

My order

There are plenty of options for all tastes but what I liked the most is their options of mixed platters, and of course, that’s what we ordered:

  • Small mixed platter: 2 chicken breast skewers, 2 lamb skewers, 2 kafta skewers served with green salad (tabouli is usually included, but we asked to replace it with a salad), 4 falafels, hommous, baba ghanouj, garlic dip, and mixed pickles.
Chicken breast, lamb, kafta skewers.
Chicken breast, lamb, kafta skewers.
Falafels.
Falafels.
Hommous and baba ghanouj.
Hommous and baba ghanouj.
Green salad.
Green salad.

As you can see from the mouth-watering photos above, that is plenty of food for two people! (and only $36, as of July 2017)

We definitely ate more than we had originally planned; I can say I left the place heavier but also happier!
Win-win, right? 😝

That is normally the kind of feeling you only have after a Sunday lunch at your grandma’s. 🙂

The place is also BYO, but they charge a small corkage fee of $2 per person.

Sammy’s Restaurant
65 Gymea Bay Rd, Gymea – 2227 – Sydney, NSW
More information: www.sammysgymea.com.au

Engadine Street Festival – Sutherland Shire

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This weekend we had the annual Engadine Street Festival, here in the Sutherland Shire.

The first edition happened in 2015, so as you can expect, this year followed the traditional “bigger and better“. 🙂

Amongst the attractions, here are my highlights:

  • Baby animals (such as baby sheep or piglets) that kids can pat, feed and play;
  • Collection of carnival rides, including some exciting enough even for thrill-seekers (see images below)
  • Market and food stalls
  • Reptile exhibition

As I was feeling particularly inspired to take photos on the day, here is a collection of the photos I took:

The location of the event this year was set to be held in Engadine Town Square, around Old Princes Hwy and on Station St, from 10am to 4pm.
Of course, road closures apply so it is always better to use public transportation (it is just two blocks away from Engadine station). 🙂

Food-wise – if you know me at least a bit, you know that was the only reason I was there 😛 – the event did not offer much in terms of healthy food. 😐

As an event attracting a number of kids and teenagers, it would be nice to see a between balance between more real food options, rather than mostly fast food.

But I am not here to be a party pooper; the organisation did a fantastic job putting together all these businesses and attractions, so I can honestly say it was great and enjoyable day out there.

An interesting suggestion I have for the next year would be to start a bit earlier (maybe 8am?), so people can have their breakfast there as well.
In a culture where good morning coffee has such a strong appeal like the Australian, I believe that would be the perfect starting kick off. 🙂

I am also constantly posting things to do in the Sutherland Shire, in addition to the delicious and healthy recipes, so feel free to follow me on Facebook or Instagram too!