Pizza and vending machine are not two things that I would normally associate together. When I first saw this machine at Westfields Parramatta I knew I had to try it out so came back that night to grab a pizza for dinner. The machine is bigger than your normal drink type vending machine about the size of two of them side by side. Considering there are pizzas cooking inside there is no smell coming out of the machine. Its super simple to order just choose between margarita or salami pay $12 and then three minutes later your pizza comes out the slot in a box ready to go.
So how does it taste? Really good! Its tastes like something made fresh from a pizzeria the dough is thin and crisp with a nice crust and toppings that are full of flavor. Its says the pizza is sliced but the one I had was not this was no issue for me because I took the pizza home so I was able to cut it but if you planed eating the pizza on the spot it might be a problem.
At $12 for a plate sized pizza its not cheap you could get a pizza for half that in the food court below but considering the taste I think its well worth it. I will be back for more!
Out it comes
Saké Restaurant & Bar – The Rocks
From the outside you would not be bale to guess there is a Japanese restaurant inside with the an old stone facade like many others that can be found around The Rocks area. The decor inside is as you would expect Japanese but not like a super authentic I think I am in Japan type way. The old Australian interior with big exposed timber beams ties in with the Japanese decor.
Seated at the bar with a view into the large open kitchen(my favorite place to sit in a restaurant) you can see all the chefs working away, I find this very interesting. None of the chefs seem to talk much however a constant stream of food comes out of the kitchen on this busy Sunday lunch. The food matches the decor with some dishes have an Australian influence with others just like something I have had in Japan.
Scallop nigiri (hotate) $10 – sometimes the simple dishes can be the best
Buta no Kakuni $25, onsen tamago 12 hour braised pork belly, daikon radish, 64°c hens egg, truffle oil scallions
Assorted Tempura $29, prawns, fish & vegetables with dipping sauce
Steamed Wagyu Dumplings $19 ,steamed beef, ginger and chive dumplings with spicy sour dipping sauce
Dessert Bento – I like the concept behind the bento dessert box Its always hard for me to decide what dessert to get and with this you get a selection of different ones to try. Like a tasting plate in Japanese style
Blow torching the sushi
As its name suggests there is an extensive sake list
Saké Restaurant & Bar – The Rocks
Dinner by Hiroyuki Sakai Iron Chef French
I have probably watched every episode of Iron Chef even now when I see an old episode on TV I still watch it. I like how it is made to seem so dramatic and the voice over just tops it all off. I found my self looking on the internet for places to eat in Fukuoka and to my surprise saw that Hiroyuki Sakai Iron Chef French has a restaurant close by so I had to try it out.
The menu at La Rochelle Fukuoka is in Japanese and French neither of which I can read however my French knowledge extends to the word degustation. Seeing this on the menu made it an easy choice the degustation it is. At 12000 yen or about $120 AUD for the five courses considering the food it is reasonably priced defiantly less than I was expecting.
Not knowing what was going to come out made it more exciting! When a dish came out first tasting it and then trying and guess what it is and whats in it. The food was all excellent French style strong flavors , rich sauces lots of butter and cream. Exactly was you would expect from Iron Chef French.
Another unexpected thing was that dessert was not a fixed course but a whole cart was wheeled out and you could pick and choose what you wanted. The waiter was not just cutting up and serving it up rather taking great care and plating it up just like if it had come out of the kitchen.
La Rochelle Fukuoka