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Jalan Transfer Roti Canai
56 Jalan Transfer
Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

The meal we had here rates as one of the best we have had - ever. This is a big call but it was that good. We’d heard about the place from various online commentaries and as we were in town it seemed appropriate to drop by.,

This place has been going for nearly 100 years and has been in the same family for three generations. Each generation has lasted a long while there obviously! No-one seems to be completely sure what the place is called. Some call it Jalan Transfer Roti Canai - their main dish. Others call is something that translates to Jalan By The Drain - because the place is actually on the footpath and next to a drain. Don’t be put off by this though!

They have a simple menu - if you can call it that. They have two types of roti and three curries. That’s it. The curries are either chicken, beef or mutton.

The most popular dish, by far, is the roti canai and chicken curry (ayam). It’s basically their signature dish. We both decided to have this dish. The chicken comes “swimming” in their delicious curry sauce - they call it kuah banjir - meaning gravy and flood.

The chicken itself was amazing. The meat on the chicken Maryland was tender and juicy. Then there was the curry - the kuah banjir. The chicken was swimming in it. We couldn’t get enough of it. This family recipe handed down through the years was so full of flavour.

The roti canai itself was just as good. It was of course freshly made to order. The flaky pastry was delicious and we eagerly used it to mop up the amazing curry sauce.

For an outlay of a little over $2 per serving for chicken curry and freshly made roti canai it was a bargain. The main thing though was that it was amazingly good. If we’re ever back in Penang - which is quite likely as it is a real food hub - we’ll certainly revisit this place, whatever it’s called.

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Yang & Co
79 Edinburgh Rd
Castlecrag, Sydney

Yang & Co is a small place that forms part of the growing restaurant hub of Castlecrag. We were in the area without any plans and decided to drop in for a quick bite. It’s an interesting entrance - because it doesn’t look like an entry. It’s not on the footpath but rather through what looks more like a service a doorway. Don’t be put off - it’s worth finding and going inside. They serve modern Asian food in a cosy environment.

The menu said red braised duck spring rolls fried in duck fat and we said yes straight away. They arrived very golden and nice and crispy. The filling was lovely too and we were off to a very tasty start. The use of duck in spring rolls has certainly increased in recent times but this was another level again. The sambal mayonnaise was a great innovation too.

Yes we love betel leaves. These had a lovely mix of tea smoked petuna ocean trout with a hot and sour sauce on them. It was a great combination.

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Dishoom
12 Upper St Martins Lane
Covent Garden, London

Indian food with a difference. That’s Dishoom. They have several venues across London. Their Covent Garden restaurant always has a queue - especially in the evening. It’s so popular they even have a roped waiting area outside - and an overflow waiting area as well. They operate all day too - which is quite rare for an Indian restaurant. We’d eaten here before for dinner on another visit so trying their famous breakfast seemed like a good idea.

Any breakfast for us starts with coffee. Our orders were taken quickly and the drinks arrived promptly too while we studied the menu. It’s a very different set of breakfast choices here and we struggled to make our decisions as so many things looked good.



The Big Bombay is the breakfast for those who are very hungry. It’s a full plate too. It has Akuri, char-striped smoked streaky bacon from Ramsay of Carluke, peppery Shropshire pork sausages, masala beans, grilled field mushrooms, grilled tomato and buttered, home-made buns. It’s a field of flavours that will also certainly fill anyone. Impressive.

The Keema Per Eedu is described as a Parsi power breakfast. It is described in the menu as spicy chicken keema studded with delicate morsels of chicken liver, topped with two runny-yolked fried eggs and sali crisp-chips and served with home-made buns. It was a pretty dish with the eggs peering back from on top of the spicy chicken mix. It was extremely tasty too with a good kick to start the day!

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Unaya
Shop 4B, 1 Burroway Rd
Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney

Situated in Wentworth Point’s bustling Pierside complex in the Sydney Olympic Park area is Unaya, a Japanese/Burger fusion eatery offering a casual and comfortable waterfront experience in a dynamic alfresco dining space. From the moment we arrived, the staff members were warm, attentive, and enthusiastic in their recommendations on what to order based on what we felt like eating that day!

To start, we opted for a few light dishes to share. We had the lightly fried salt and pepper calamari which was melt-in-your-mouth tender. It was topped with crispy chilli slices and served with a side of spicy mayonnaise.

For something a little fresh, we chose a couple of green dishes, seaweed salad and edamame – must have sides with any Japanese meal. The serving of seaweed salad was quite substantial and was plated with a side of cabbage and carrot slaw and cherry tomatoes drizzled with a roasted sesame dressing.

We wanted to try main dishes that were unfamiliar to us and specialities of Unaya. The first main we tried was a Takoyaki bowl – Japanese octopus balls on a bed of rice garnished with house made pickled carrot and cabbage, radish, shallots and shredded dried seaweed. More of Unaya’s delicious chilli mayonnaise added a nice amount of heat to balance the sweetness of the rice and pickles. This bowl of delicious salty, sweet, hot and sour elements was hearty and seemed to be never ending. A must try for anybody who has never tried Takoyaki!

For our second main, we were intrigued by the idea of a burger being served with rice patties instead of buns. We opted for the soft shell crab option which was stuffed with more than enough of the delicate battered shell fish, iceberg lettuce, shredded mango, cabbage and carrot slaw, and, of course, more of that spicy Unaya mayonnaise. The rice patties were crispy and slightly charred around the edges, yet still fluffy on the inside. The rice patties were enough to be a dish on their own and the filling for the burger was plentiful. We really enjoyed the balance of light, crisp seafood with the crunch of the slaw, sweetness of the mango and fiery bite of the mayo.

Each dish we tried at Unaya was beautifully presented with an abundance of vibrant colours and fresh ingredients.

From the food and service to the convenient and picturesque location, Unaya is an ideal pick for a casual and delicious meal, especially after a day of shopping! We will definitely visit again!

The Two Contessa’s visited as guests of Unaya.

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Burger and Lobster
10 Wardour St
Leicester Square, London

Two words that set our mouths watering - burgers and lobsters. So discovering a place called Burger and Lobster was both a delight and a challenge - the difficulty being what to choose.

We were there for dinner but started with a few drinks. As we’d come from the South of France we’d been drinking a lot of Aperol Spritzes so we continued this these. Some cocktails were also very welcome too!

We love croquettes so seeing lobster croquettes on the menu was exciting. We grabbed a serving. These tasty pieces were filled with lobster, prawn and Parmesan, coated in golden breadcrumbs and served with a tangy chipotle mayonnaise. A very tasty start indeed.

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Kinn Niyom
Shop 7-9, Level 3, Castle Towers,
6-14 Castle Street
Castle Hill, Sydney

We love the fragrant, spicy, tasty tones of Thai food and we’d heard great things about Kinn Niyom. A trip to Castle Hill was a good excuse for a visit. It’s a surprisingly big place but still gets packed out. We had a booking so waiting wasn’t an issue.

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We Thai Cuisine
Shop 5 90 Charles Street,
(entry via Morrison Road)
Putney, Sydney

There’s lots to choose from in this comfy, casual venue. It’s a relaxed place to grab a quick bite or settle in for the evening. It’s BYO too and there’s a bottle shop close by. They have dine in, take-away, home delivery and functions. We were there to dine in.

We started with a serving of more-ish prawn crackers, which had a wonderful bite to them. It was hard to stop eating these and we ate far to many of them!

Money bags are a bit of a favourite with us, so we had these as one of our entrees. These golden pastry parcels were filled with minced chicken, corn and crushed peanuts and served with sweet chilli sauce. They had a lightly crisped outside with plenty of filling inside. The sweet chilli sauce went well with them too!

Our next starter was a serving of dim sims. These steamed treats were filled with minced chicken and wrapped in wonton sheets. They were topped with fried garlic and served with sweet soy sauce. They certainly were very big and tasty dim sims too with plenty of minced chicken in them. Dipping them in the sweet soy sauce was lovely!

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The Savoy Grill
The Savoy Hotel
The Strand
London, UK

Gordon Ramsay and The Savoy - two outstanding names. With this in mind we were keen to try out the highly regarded Savoy Grill. The Savoy Grill is often described in journals as a Michelin experience that somehow has not been awarded a star. High praise indeed. It’s certainly a pretty location and a stunning room. We were visiting for lunch and decided on their three course lunch menu which had plenty of choices on it.

We started with some house-baked bread and house-churned butter. A few drinks - champagne and a bellini - went well too. It was a tasty start but we were keen to experience what lay ahead.

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Panama House
180-186 Campbell Pde
Bondi Beach, Sydney

When you think of Bondi Beach, a rustic Sunday roast isn’t generally the first type of dining experience you expect to get. Panama House, located right across from the iconic beach, has kicked off Supper Club Sundays where you can share a Latin roast amongst your family and friends.

Although a restaurant of contemporary design, the homely feel is not lost, with the staff so friendly and accommodating you would think you’re right at home! Olivia greeted us warmly and sat us down at a table of 6 diners. We were served our choice of wine right away and provided a detailed run through of what was on the menu that night. The food was served almost instantly, filling the room with the aroma of quality Latin food. We had roasted pork belly and anise pears. Sides of roast pumpkin, duck fat potatoes and fried garlic greens were the perfect accompaniments. 

Every Sunday, Panama House will be serving a different and delicious meat and fresh new veggies for the perfect Sunday roast solution this winter. Add the wine and the beautiful Bondi Beach views and you know where you’ll be finding us on Sundays!

Panama House offers great food across the week. This new addition - Supper Club Sundays - is another wonderful variation. We all love a Sunday roast and the ones they have here are worth heading to Bondi Beach to have! Make an afternoon of it and finish your Sunday here. It’ll be such a great way to finish a weekend.

The Two Contessa’s dined as guests of Panama House. Special thanks to Push Play Media for arranging this tasty visit.

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