Jimmy Wah’s

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Jimmy Wah’s

Address: 1724 Gold Coast Hwy,
Burleigh Heads, QLD, 4220

Trading hours: Wednesday-Monday 12:00pm-2:30pm and 5:30pm-9:30pm 

Phone: 07 5659 1180

VIETNAMESE | FINE DINING

Positioned in the heart of the beachside suburb of Burleigh, Jimmy Wah’s is a modern Vietnamese restaurant serving up good food and great service. It is highly recommended to book a table although walk-ins are most welcome. One of my favourite people took me here for a Wednesday dinner. A cool atmosphere with polished concrete floors, oak benches and tabletops, chairs padded in olive green and a large hand-painted Jimmy Wah from Good Morning, Vietnam planted with his signature grin.

Kingfish Sashimi

We began the night with the Kingfish Sashimi served with crispy fried onions, Thai basil, and a finger lime and coconut dressing ($16). This was THE dish of our night. It was amazing – flavours layered together carefully to create a delicate starter. Though we went for something modern to kick off our dinner, they serve the classic bành mi ($5/$12) and rice paper rolls ($10). 

For mains, we shared a main size Pho Bo ($10/14) a much beloved Vietnamese noodle soup dish, Jimmy’s version consisting of beef sirloin, brisket, oxtail stock, green onion, rice noodles, bean sprouts, coriander. It was very dark in colour though and not visibly appealing to the eye. It did however have a pleasant aroma and I did really enjoy this pho! Again with the layers – the flavours not muddled. 

We also shared a King Prawn Curry featuring shrimp paste, straw mushrooms, and snow peas ($34) with steamed rice ($4). This was unfortunately mediocre and even more so due to the spectacular sashimi.  We agreed it was tasty but had no wow factor.  My mother is a talented cook and anyone else who understands Viet/Thai curries would be able to make something similar if not the same curry.

Despite our criticism, I’d say it ticks the boxes for key components of Vietnamese cuisine: light, fragrant, not overly spicy and the balance between sweet, sour and salty – combinations co-owner and head chef, Jake Cooley learned during his Southeast Asian travels. 

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Pho Bo

Jimmy Wah’s would be suitable to most – much of their menu caters for those dairy and gluten free, but they do only have limited vegetarian options – more which can be done at your request however. The full menu can be found here. There are still a heap of great options so if you find yourself stuck, simply request the staff to “Feed me”, where a selection of Jimmy’s best menu items are put together for you for $59.

If the food isn’t enough to get you going, the cocktail list featuring traditional Vietnamese flavours just might.  It includes fun drinks like the Bubble Mai-Chai Tea ($15) – spiced rum, mango, coconut milk, tapioca pearls and the Pink Dragon ($16) – gin, grenadine, lychee liqueur, raspberry.

I wouldn’t consider the layout of the restaurant the most family friendly… However, it does its job as a modern fine dining restaurant and would consider it a quality destination for date night or a night with the ladies.  I’m a fan of the 60s and 70s jams that fill the space providing the soundtrack of the military during that time, and the staff dressed classily to the Vietnamese motif inspired by traditional rice field workers clad in white linen shirts and grey culottes.  You may not be able to greet Jimmy Wah’s ‘Good Morning’ 😉 but Good Evening, Vietnam.

Overall experience: 7/10

Photos: Jimmy Wah’s and Monique Pueblos

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Best Vegan Pancake Recipe


Happy Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) everybody! I’m on a 5 day vegan challenge this week and didn’t want to miss out on the pancake glory so had a crack at modifying my traditional pancake recipe to be lactose free/vegan friendly. They are absolutely delicious and super filling.

Time: 10 mins (Prep) 15 mins (Cooking)
Makes: 6

Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1 tsp bi-carb soda
1/3 cup raw sugar
1 cup almond milk (or any non dairy milk)
1 1/2 tbs oil (canola/sunflower/coconut) + extra to grease pan
1 tsp vanilla essence
Maple syrup (to serve)

Method:

1) Preheat pan on stove to medium heat

2) Sift flour and bi-carb together

3) Add sugar, oil and vanilla and mix roughly

4) Add milk and stir until smooth – should still be thick but runs off spoon

5) Spray pan with cooking spray or grease with a little oil

6) Ladle the pancake mix onto hot pan and wait for bubbles before flipping.

7) Serve with maple syrup and fresh fruits, nut butter, sugar and lemon or other vegan toppings. 😀

#7

 

(Left to right) Helena, Anastasia, Connie

What makes you happy?

“FOOD! Hahahaha!” 😀 “Food, fashion and music.”

Happiness is…

“Being healthy and being around great people.” 

“Being around people that you love – it doesn’t matter where you are as long as you’re around people that you love, you’ll be happy always.”

Jamie’s Italian Brisbane 

Jamie's Italian Brisbane

Jamie’s Italian Brisbane

Address: 237 Edward Street, Brisbane, QLD, 4000

Trading hours: Monday-Sunday 11:30am-10pm

Phone: 07 3144 3000

ITALIAN

Situated in a classic heritage building, Jamie’s Italian Brisbane is a marvellous split-level restaurant and bar. Although recommended to make reservations, walk-ins are more than welcome if tables are available.  On this occasion we went for lunch on a Monday and yes there was a queue.  As Terry Durack from Table Talk said a few years ago, Jamie’s Italian, regardless of the city it is located and the great or poor reviews it receives; it will continue to do well, because of the Jamie effect.  The food was absolutely wonderful and the service was paralleled.  We had a very lovely waitress, quite calm and cheerful, and it appears that all the staff knows the menu to a tee, they also explained the specials and could recommend suitable dishes.  But before you wrap your fork around your Al Forno or dive into your Fish in a Bag, try one of Jamie’s creative cocktails or a non-boozy refresher ($6.45): lemon, elderflower cordial, cranberry juice & lemonade. I hear the Espresso Martini, Pappa “G” and Jamie’s Grown-Up Iced Tea are just a few of the alcoholic hits.

Italian Nachos

Italian Nachos

We started with the Italian Nachos ($11.25) this time, deep fried, four-cheese filled ravioli served with arrabiata sauce, which were nice, innovative and fun but not amazing.  The Famous Polenta Chips ($9) however, are sensational.

Porcini Fettucini

Porcini Fettucini

Both in main sizes, I ordered the Porcini Fettuccine ($14.5/24.5): a superb combination of fresh mushrooms, garlic, lemon gremolata, Parmesan and herby breadcrumbs and my friend had the Rigatoni Carbonara ($15/25): Crispy pancetta, buttery leeks and a traditional carbonara sauce.  To end our lunch, we savoured every bite of the Creamy Panna Cotta ($8.5), topped with seasonal fruit compote, the crunch of the fruit complimenting the delicate melt-in-your-mouth vanilla goodness.  You don’t feel rushed to finish your meal which makes the experience that much better.  

Creamy Panna Cotta

Creamy Panna Cotta

Jamie’s Italian is suitable for just about everyone, with a wide range of vegetarian options and for every occasion: date nights, a drink and a snack with the mates, a family lunch; there’s an adorable and healthy kids menu. You can find the entire menu hereOverall, although Jamie’s menu consists of Italian food that is both genuine and not so much, the splendid taste of the food accompanied by great service and a cool ambience with that Jamie charm is more than enough to keep me returning.  Have you been to Jamie’s Italian?  What are the best Italian restaurants you’ve been to?

Food: 7.5/10

Overall experience: 8.5/10

A Day In Oz’s New World City

Spent a glorious day in Brisbane Central and Southbank with one of my best girls and here’s what went down:

#WokeUpLikeThis

#WokeUpLikeThis

8:20am  Train trip from Gold Coast to Brisbane begins. It’s an express airport train, so there weren’t too many stops #Yes!  We could not wait to wander around Brisbane! Train talk basically consisted of being grateful for no assessment to think about and being able to enjoy the beautiful day, discussing current affairs and university plans also happened. Tip: If going on a long train ride – go with a family member, a friend, or a few if you can – the trip seems to go way faster, and maybe you’ll have a break and be able to interact IRL in real life! 😀

Arrive at Central Station amongst the hustle and bustle of a busy working day and Denniscia and I maneuver ourselves towards Albert St and then Queens Plaza and Wintergarden

9:45am  We browse through stores of all sorts i.e. Longchamp, Topshop, Typo, Tommy Hilfiger, The Body Shop, Country Road, David Jones, Coach, Mecca Maxima, Shiek, and buy necessary things.

After walking around the same block a few times and asking a kind Starbucks barista directions, we finally find Jamie’s Italian – Jamie Oliver’s restaurant in Brisbane and await it’s opening alongside a group of sophisticated senior citizens.

11:40am  The lady I’m assuming is either assistant manager or supervisor apologises for the restaurant’s tardiness and let’s the first group in who held a reservation for 8 followed by Denniscia and I.  By this time, the line outside was massive so we were glad we arrived early despite getting a little bit lost. We were seated by a friendly waitress at a corner table on the far side of the restaurant where we were presented with the menus and the specials of the day. Everything looked so yummy but we both settled for pasta. I’ll upload a review next week 🙂

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Rigatoni & Fettuccine

After satisfying our hunger and returning to the light, we walked through Queen Street passing through a couple stores including Forever 21 where we bumped into another one of my girls. She joined us and talked as we walked to the Queensland Art Gallery, where she made her departure. Denniscia and I basked in the intricacies of Indigenous art and admired the International and Asian pieces.

Island Currents

Island Currents

QAG

QAG

I felt all types of sad... Made from fibre glass and white bindis.

I felt all types of sad…
Made from fibre glass and white bindis.

Headed over to the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre where we went back to the land before time 😉 and walked with the dinosaurs and looked at animals that had visited the taxidermist…  The Gallery of Modern Art aka GOMA was our last stop on our day trip.  An appreciation for Queensland Contemporary Art was partaken. The exhibition features over 30 talented upcoming, mid-career and senior Queensland artists that all have their individual styles. We also browsed through The Painter’s Reach by Robert Macpherson, which is on display until October 18. This collection is one of my personal favourites, which combines various contexts: minimalism, abstraction, aesthetics and the everyday.

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#Mayfair by Macpherson

4pm  We take the train back to the GC and through other means of transportation, we have a brief afternoon tea at a little cafe before arriving back home with tired feet, but full stomachs, smiling faces, and happy hearts. Days filled with food, culture, history and fabulous company are my favourite kind of days.

No matter how many times you visit a place, you never see it the same way twice.  There are always new things to see, new cafes to eat at, and new places to go.  Also, if you have the patience, try your hand at exploring a new destination without the help of Google or Siri and just feel your way around the city or turn it into a game of 2 rights, 1 left then straight ahead – as long as it doesn’t put you in harms way.  Who knows? Your new favourite place could be just around the corner!

Images: Monique Pueblos and Denniscia Waight

Fall Muffcakes Recipe

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Hope you had/are having a Happy Halloween, Witches!
Although Halloween falls in Spring down here 😉 the majority of the world enjoys Halloween in Autumn and get the luxury of pumpkin spice lattes and other fall inspired food. Having a very festive family, we decided to have an Americana Halloween and decorate, really dress up and trick or treat. Although we didn’t carve pumpkins, we stuck a cardboard one on our window and placed candles outside. Here’s a delicious recipe my mama taught me that a heap of my friends look forward to every year! We classify these as muffcakes because they’re not exactly muffins or cupcakes. I cheated and didn’t make my own icing this time around. 😛

Time: 30 mins (prep & cooling) 30-40 mins (baking) 10 mins (icing)
Makes: 12

Ingredients:
2 cups self raising flour (For all my gluten free loves, you can substitute with GF self raising flour)
3/4 cup raw sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 heaped tbs Greek yoghurt
1/2 cup Oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp cinnamon
Dash nutmeg
Pinch of salt

Cheat’s Icing ingredients:
Packet of Queen Buttercream Icing
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tsp milk
Red & yellow food colouring (preferably gel) to create orange icing

Method:
1) Preheat oven to 180 deg c and place muffin/cupcake cases in tray
2) Sift self raising flour into a large bowl and add all dry ingredients (sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg & salt). Mix until combined
3) Add egg and pour milk slowly while stirring
4) Once stirred, add yoghurt, oil and vanilla essence and continue to mix until smooth
5) Spoon mixture into cupcake cases
6) Place in oven and bake for 30-40 mins until golden brown and firm surface
7) Remove and cool for 10 mins before icing

Icing method:
The Queen Buttercream Icing has the method on its packet but here’s how I did it.
1) Add 1/2 packet of icing into large bowl
2) Pour 1 tsp of milk and add a few drops/ little bit of both red and yellow food colouring
3) Slowly mix with electric beater/mixer for 1 minute
4) Depending on colour and consistency, add 2nd+ tsp of milk one at a time if thick or tsp of icing sugar if too thin. If not desired colour, add more now before mixing again for 3-4 minutes
5) Spread generously on muffcakes with a butter knife or small spatula