Posts Tagged ‘tapas’

Relatively new to lower north shore area, this has fast become one of my personal favourites and probably one of the area’s best kept secrets.

It houses a hot pot of all your asian favourites… but served tapas. I’m talking Jap, Malay, Filo and Chinese food all served in the one convenient location.

SpaAsian tapas? How glorious! And if you come between Mon-Wed, you can even get their $10 tapas.

Sounds too good to be true but the owner (Alan) has made great strides to maintain the integrity of the combination of all these flavours. Housing a Filipino chef, a Malaysian chef, Alan has personally taken care of the rest by recreating Chinese home made favourites and studying Japanese cookery.

spice crusted tofu

We begin with the spice crusted tofu and it is a wonderful play on your humble agedashi tofu. In fact, I think it is much better.

The tofu is squared off into bite sized pieces providing more surface area for a nice and crisp exterior. The edges of the tofu are super crusty and equally find themselves with a healthy dosage of soy.

Sprinkled on the top are the bonito flakes which to my surprise, are literally dancing along my tofu in beautiful symmetry.

chicken san choi bao

The san choi bao is pretty mind blowing. Delivering generously on flavour and texture. It rightfully upholds all the flavours and is quite incredible. This is one dish that should not to be missed.

roast pork belly pancake 1

roast pork belly pancake 2

The roast pork belly pancake plays on a Chinese favourite. Instead of peking duck, here we have roast pork belly, all pre-prepared with all the trimmings and it is absolutely incredible.

The pork is slippery, silky and packed full of flavour. It doesn’t have the crunch factor of the skin but the flavour wholeheartedly offsets the need for texture. But then again, crackling is not something I would ever say no to!

pork and prawn wontons

I am told by the owner that the pork and prawn wontons were just hand made and they usually are.
Alan, grew up with his grandma making these family favourite for him as a child and lucky for us, he too has decided to pass on this family gem.

The translucent skin is neatly tucked around to expose the fleshy prawns and meaty pork filling. These dumplings are really quite remarkable that there really are no words.


If you ever find yourself whisked away to the Blue Mountains area, there is one place you absolutely must try, Leura Garage.

The used-to-be auto repair garage is a hidden gem serving up a varied menu across breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the morning they offer muffins and pastries all the way up to your antipasto, pasta and tapas for dinner. Tonight we tried their tapas menu which seems to be a hot favourite here, to sample a few of the items they had on offer.

lobster tail, grilled w lemon parsley butter

lobster tail, grilled w lemon parsley butter $22

I was excited to be nibbling away at their lobster tail with lemon parsley butter but quickly we were off to a weak start. The lobster had too much fun in the sun. It was over cooked, disappointingly chewy and we could hardly tasty the lemon butter. It did have promise though.

baby pork ribs

baby pork ribs $15

These baby pork ribs were tender, sticky and sweet. Meat chunks that easily ripped itself from the bone to reveal fibrous meat layers. They ribs were adorned with thin slivers of (never had that before) smokey pancetta that had been sliced paper thin (even thinner), baked then grilled to create whisper thin sheets of pancetta that had that flakey melt away in your mouth texture.

They were definitely the highlight of the night. It’s a big call to make, but they were almost as good as the pork ribs at Hurricanes Grill! Or better. OH… hard to say. But good enough to commit to another hours drive to Leura. Oh I do love a good piece of swine!

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saltbush lamb eggplant caviar, greek yoghurt and pickled onions

saltbush lamb eggplant caviar, greek yoghurt and pickled onions $18