Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Ice Cube Seafood Grill

Some of you might know that I have a few friends from school that whenever it is someone's birthday the others take them out for a dinner at a surprise location.

This time it was Kristy's birthday, so we took her to Ice Cube Seafood Grill. Located at the bottom of the Imax theatre in Darling Harbour. The place was packed and buzzing with people. Even though the huge restaurant was full (it seats about 180 people), the service was still excellent. We decided to share a couple of entrees to start with.

Oysters Kilpatrick - $3.30 each (min. 6)

Naomi and I shared this plate of oysters. I love oysters, kilpatrick and natural are both good. I hadn't had kilpatrick for a long time, so it was a nice change from getting them fresh. Really plump and tasty oysters too, yum.

Seared Scallops on Spiced Avocado and Gazpacho - $17.50

They were really good sized scallops for the price, and was told that they were delicious. For mains there were a numerous amount of choices. If you couldn't find something you liked, then there's something wrong with you! With seafood there were so many choices it was hard to choose. You could get things from the frier, or things from the grill, lobster 3 ways, all sorts of things. I decided to go with salmon....yes i know original for me.

Grilled Atlantic Salmon w/ crushed Potatoes - $25.50

The piece of salmon was huge and cooked nicely, but i would have liked some sauce to come with it, cause i did find it a bit dry. The potatoes were to die for, so tasty. I could have eaten more of that!

Moreton Bay Bugs w/ crushed Potatoes - $27.50

Kristy, Kylie, and Naomi all went for the bugs. These looked pretty good too. They came with the yummy potatoes too.

Grain Fed Beef Sirloin on roasted pumpkin and red onion w/ Shiraz jus - $32.50

Steph got the steak, which looked nice, but would seem more suitable for a colder night. We also got a side of chips and rocket and Parmesan salad which were both $5.50 which is great value!

We decided to order a couple of desserts to share. Kylie wanted a coffee too, so she got the affogato. This has to be the best affogato i have ever seen, probably the most expensive too!

Affogato - I think about $12

It came with some chocolate mousse and a shot of frangelico. Steph thought it was one of our desserts and just started eating the mousse! The mousse was good though!

Crunchy chocolate brulee w/ peppermint ice cream - $13.50

This was a bit different from what we were expecting. Inside the brulee it was more like a tiramisu texture. Was delicious though. The peppermint ice cream was the best. The first bit that i had had a big chunk of chocolate in it which just melted in your mouth!

Lemon Curd Tart w/ King Island Cream and seasonal berries - $13.50

This was awesome. My favourite kind of desserts apart from chocolate ones would have to include lemon of some sort, lemon cheesecake, lemon meringue pie, etc. I love the sweetness and the tartness together. Only negative i would have about this is that it should have been a bit bigger...

Kristy and Me

The 3 sisters, Steph, Naomi, and Kylie

Lots of other tables were getting the seafood platters for 2 which looked amazing. They are $135, but i reckon you could definitely feed 3 or even 4 from it. If you go to the website and join their mailing list you get a $40 voucher, which i did but forgot to use, so I am definitely going to go back there for the platter!

Ice Cube Seafood Grill Bar
Ground Floor IMAX Theatre Complex
31 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour
Ph: 8267 3666

Open for lunch and dinner 7 days 12 noon - 12 midnight

Friday, November 16, 2007

Delhi 'O' Delhi

Finally it is starting to feel like Spring in Sydney at the moment. Wednesday night was a nice balmy night and Erskineville was buzzing with people sitting outside at the local pubs. I haven't really been to Erskineville before, but it has such a nice village feel to it. After a few beers at the pub Frankie and I headed to a relatively new place on Erskineville Road called Delhi 'O' Delhi. Inside the restaurant it looked very fancy from which the prices on the menu didn't reflect which was good. Seeing as it was a nice evening, we took advantage of one of the two tables in the courtyard.

As soon as we sat down we were taken care of immediately with our wine being opened and poured, glasses of water brought to the table without asking, and a complimentary serve of pappadums.

We had a look through the menu and ordered a mixed platter entree to share as we decided what mains we were going to get.

Mixed Platter - $9.90

The mixed platter consisted of Seekh Kebab (Lamb mince skewered and grilled in clay oven), Murgh Malai Tikka (chicken thigh fillets in yoghurt and cashew nut marinade), Palak Ke Kebab (Spinach and roasted lentil patties, these were really good), and Machli Basil Tikka (Fish fillets marinated in hung yoghurt, fresh garlic and chargrilled). Everything tasted wonderful. The fish fillets were quite spicy, but I like spicy food so it was good. After we finished the entree we were asked if we were ready for our mains, which I thought was considerate, rather than some places where you are still eating your entree and then your mains come out.

Chicken Tikka Masala - $11.90

Usually I will always get butter chicken, as it's my favourite Indian dish, but thought it would be good to try some different dishes. The problem is that I wanted to try everything! That's the problem in going out with just 2 people, you can't try as much. The tikka masala (chicken morsels sauteed with tomatoes and fresh coriander) was chosen first and what a good choice! The chicken was so succulent and very tasty.

Baghare Baingan - $10.90

Next up was sauteed eggplant simmered in piquant peanut, tamarind and sesame seed sauce. This was quite spicy which probably the piquant referred to. Very good though and I love eggplant. We also got some sides of cucumber raita, mango chutney, and tomato and onion which were all $2.

Plain Naan - $2.50

Is that like the puffiest naan bread you have ever seen?? Naan bread is so good. I love all types of naan and always have to get it whenever I have Indian food. I definitely want to come back here and try more of their dishes, hopefully with more people! Apparently the chef used to work at Oh Calcutta as well. The waiter was quite cheeky too, which makes the night entertaining. The restaurant is BYO and licensed. I think we paid either $6 per person or $6 per bottle. Don't know as there was 2 of us and 2 bottles of wine, so not sure how they calculated it.

Delhi O Delhi
3 - 13 Erskineville Road (off King St)
Ph: 9557 4455

Open 7 days 5:30pm till late