Sydney bites: Din Tai Fung, Ippudo Sydney, David Jones Foodhall and Ms G’s

Back tracking to some Sydney eats from a few weeks back… feels like it was months ago! I need another holiday, stat! 🙂

We ventured out into Sydney CBD on our own personal food crawl and focused on treating our bellies for lunch at the Westfield Sydney food court aka Food on Five and the David Jones Foodhall. Food on Five was a spiffy and classy looking food court, a complete 180° of what we’re used to! Dark flooring, modern decor, gourmet and award winning eateries littered the area and no sight of those plastic trays and plastic seats. If I had the appetite and time, I would have loved to challenge myself to try out every eatery on offer there! Haha.. there’s definitely something for everyone, Becasse Bakery for French styled breads, cakes and pastries, Charlie & Co. Burgers, Guzman y Gomez for your Mexican fare of tacos and burritos, Ragu Pasta & Wine Bar, Reuben & Moore for New York-style deli sandwiches and Via Del Corso Pasticceria e Caffé for desserts and gelato. Mind you, I only named a handful of what was there! We only got to try a few spots, (say three), but we’ll be back. 😛

Soup dumplings; $5.80

Bite sized hand crafted winter warmers of soup dumplings; juicy pork and prawn meat filling in a pool of sweet hot soup all wrapped up in a delicate pastry skin. The trick was to place each dumpling on a spoon, take a small bite from the top to let the steam out, slurp the tasty soup then demolish the dumpling either on its own or with a hint of soy sauce, chilli and fresh ginger that was provided. Loved these, I get them every time I’m in Sydney. Anyone know of any good spots in Adelaide where I can my hands on these babies?

Din Tai Fung
Westfield Sydney, Food on Five
Level 5, Shop 504/5
188 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000
P 02 8246 7032

Opening hours
Mon-Wed 10am-6.30pm
Thu 10am-9pm
Fri-Sat 10am-8pm
Sun 10am-6pm

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A juice stop at Top Juice to wash the dumplings down before we got our hands on some Momofuku-esque pork buns!

Ippudo pork bun: steamed bun with braised pork, lettuce and mayo; $4.00 each

Ippudo buns have different components to those at Momofuku, substituting the pickled cucumbers, scallions, hoisin and sriracha sauce with a lettuce leaf and kewpie mayo instead (very much like the ones I had in NYC at Hide Chan Ramen). Different but still very very tasty with a hit of creamy kewpie and a crisp lettuce leaf.

Ippudo Sydney
Westfield Sydney, Food on Five
Level 5, Shop 5021
188 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000
P 02 8078 7020

Opening hours
Mon-Tue 11am-10pm
Wed-Sat 11am-11pm
Sun 11am-9pm

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We braved the cold and quickly ran across the street to get some Japanese food at the Sushi Train in the David Jones Foodhall! Hehe!

Tempura prawns, Green Grocer

A serve of tempura prawns with an incredibly crisp, light and airy batter surrounding a large plump juicy prawn. So good! A few plates of sushi later, along with a hot green tea each to warm our bellies, we had reached the point of being ‘full’. Blasphemy!! We didn’t even eat much. I guess that’s what happens when you pause between each ‘snack’, you get full on not a lot of food. 😛

David Jones Foodhall – Sushi Train
65-77 Market Street
Sydney NSW 2000
P 02 9266 5544

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Dinner time saw us in Potts Point to check out Ms G’s solely for the purpose of trying out the Stoner’s Delight 2.0, a dessert concoction of doughnut ice cream, peanut butter, raspberry jam, candied bacon, potato chips, mars bar slice and banana fritter. Sounds amazing does it not?! But before we got to the sweet stuff, we had to eat properly and line our stomachs first. Heh! 😛

G’n & T’d Slushee: beefeater, green apple and peach liqueurs, pink grapefruit juice, jasmine and pearls; $14.00
Ms G’s grilled corn on the cob, parmesan, lime; $4.00 each
Mini bánh mì: crisp pork belly; $6.00 each

Packaged cocktails in a bubble tea cup WITH pearls! Oh the novelty of it. 😛 A corn for him and a mini banh mi for me. Tasty cute little thing but $6 is very much on the steep side for a banh mi… and a mini one at that! I suppose that’s the premium price one has got to pay for a ‘mini’ banh mi if you’re dining in a popular and trendy restaurant in the Sydney CBD as opposed to a whopper of a submarine Vietnamese meat roll at a take away store in the western burbs of Cabramatta for a fraction of the price!

Vietnamese steak tartare, prawn crackers $18.00
Prawn toast, yuzu aioli, herbs $14.00
Dan Hong’s crunchy vegetable salad, white soy and ginger vinaigrette; $14.00
Jow’s sweet & sour lamb ribs; $23.00

Steak tartare is always a must order dish when we spy it on a menu so it was no surprise that we ordered Ms G’s take on it with a Vietnamese twist. Light crisp prawn crackers were substituted for the usual toast with a mound of extra crunch from the fried shallots that covered the steak tartare and held the creamy egg yolk. A good spin on your usual steak tartare, lots of flavour and texture however I did find the fried shallots to be rather overwhelming and bordered on the greasy side.

The prawn toast arrived with a generous amount of fresh herbs and a good squiggle of yuzu aioli. The prawn meat was thick, bouncy and firm yet I was yearning for a crispier toast layer as the toast skin was rather thin and too ‘soft’ for my liking. I probably could have done without the Asian herbs too as it kept reminding my taste buds of popular classic Vietnamese dishes like pho and spicy beef noodle soup and their herb accompaniments.

These ribs were a blunder for us. We found them sickly sweet with too many intense flavours going on. The meat fell off the bones with ease however the meat was dry, chewy and came off as sharp shards that actually cut the roof of my mouth. Ouchies! Thereafter, I found it pretty difficult to eat as the seasoning was overwhelmingly strong and stung my cut every now and then. :/

Entrees and mains completed but unfortunately by the time we reached dessert, we were absolutely stuffed and was going to give it a miss. I didn’t think my stomach could make any more room so I gave the stranger the call on whether we over stuff ourselves for some sugary goodness or head home.

We’ll get one Stoner’s Delight please‘, said he.

Stoner’s Delight 2.0: doughnut ice cream, peanut butter, raspberry jam, candied bacon, potato chips, mars bar slice, banana fritter; $12.00

And I’m so glad he ordered it. The saving dish for the entire night; perfectly balanced, sweet and salty, loads of texture: crunchy potato bits and peanut butter, crispy bacon, creamy ice cream, silky jam, gooey chewy mars bar slice AND a bit of fruit (banana) so it wasn’t all bad! 😉 The donut ice cream was spot on. So donut-y and so good! I’d happily have a tub of this over the real thing. Mmm~

Ms G’s
155 Victoria Street
Potts Point NSW 2011
P 02 8313 100

Opening hours
Mon-Thu 5pm–11pm
Fri 12pm-3pm, 5pm–11pm
Sat 5pm–11pm
Sun 1pm-9pm

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2 comments for “Sydney bites: Din Tai Fung, Ippudo Sydney, David Jones Foodhall and Ms G’s

  1. July 4, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    LOVE Din Tai Fung! Their soup dumplings are amaze and always wanted to go to Ms G’s! Great Work!

  2. Ann
    July 10, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    OMG that Stoner’s Delight looks like the business! I hate cutting/burning the roof of my mouth, it usually happens when I am particulary enjoying something (eg eating too quickly) and it really spoils the rest of the meal 🙁

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