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Mille Vini – Surry Hills

 

I love Italian food its one of my favorite cuisines to eat. I like how the dishes can be so simple but so tasty and seem more than just the few ingredients in the dish.  Thats why Mille Vini is now my top place to get an Italian food fix.

Having eaten here several times now and tried many dishes on the menu I can say that I have never got a dish I did not like.  As the name suggests in addition to the great food there is an extensive wine list with many Italian choices with some local wines on the list as well.

 

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Meat platter $29 - no longer on the menu last time I ate here however I still asked the waitress for it and i was in luck because  she said the kitchen would still make one up 

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 Aranciini $14 - saffron rice balls , crumbed and lightly fried with aloli

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Caprese $17 -   fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. A perfect example of simple Italian cooking.

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 Spicy popcorn prawn $16 -  with chili salt and lime

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 Toasted Bread $2 

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 Pork Belly $14 – fried pork belly with spicy balsamic glaze. Little bite sized pieces of pork with a sweet and sour taste.

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Bruschetta $16 – with confit tomato , toasted bread and spicy  pepperoni spread. This is a little different to any other bruschetta I have had before. The heat of the pepperoni spread is balanced with the cucumber and the tomatoes.

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Spaghetti $32 -

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Veal $28 -

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Sfingi $15 – suger dusted Italian doughnuts with nuttela

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Limoncello brulee $15 - burnt vinlla iced cream infused with limencello. Such a nice dessert to finish off with whilst being sweet is has a refreshing taste of lemon.

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Mille Vini - 397 Crown St Surry Hills

www.millevini.com.au

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Singapore Airlines First Class Singapore to Tokyo

 

Singapore Airlines First Class Singapore to Tokyo (Haneda) SQ634

The check for suites & first class area is in its own little section of Changi terminal 3 similar to a hotel there is an area outside for cars to drop off then porters come and take your bags. The check in procedure is very quick, right behind the check in area is a small  immigration desk just for the people checking in at the first class area. The time it took from the taxi pulling put at the airport to getting though passport control was probably 5 minutes!

After making my way through security I headed to the SilverKris lounge. Passengers departing in First or Suites are given an invitation to ” The Private Room ”  which is a lounge only for passengers ticketed in first class or suites. I was escorted through the main first class lounge and down a corridor to the private room.  The dining area of the lounge is set up like a restaurant with table service there also is a small buffet.    At this time I was the only person in the lounge so I took some pics. The rest of the lounge is set up with chairs and couches with a small work area with some computers and a kids room.

Walking down the air bride to board the plane I was greeted by name by the crew and shown to my seat and offered a glass of Dom Pérignon. I was wondering how they knew my name with out seeing my boarding pass but after the doors were closed and I looked around I noticed I was the only caucasian in First and 30+ years younger than any other passenger so was not to hard to guess my name from the passenger list.  This flight SQ634 is opperated by a Boeing 777 witch has 8 seats in the first cabin. 

 

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Check in area

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The Private Room – Dining area

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Room for talking on the phone

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 Menu

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Dim Sum 

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Satay sticks

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Fruit plate 

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The Seat  is very wide feels like you have so much room! In font of the seat is a storage area and a foot rest with the table sliding out from under the screen

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Menu

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 Wine list

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Cocktail menu

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Coffee selection 

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Titan of Alaskan crab with avocado , quail egg , salmon roe & basil oil

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Chicken consume with ricotta cheese & chive ravioli and Enoki mushroom

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Salad of frisee , red oaks and coral lettuces garnished with shaved lotus root and ox heart tomato 

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Singapore laksa – I was expecting the laksa to be great and and it did not disappoint just as good as any one I had in Singapore

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White tiramisu cake with mango sorbet & raspberry

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Seat converted in to bed

 

Overall it was a very good flight the service and food was excellent. The first class seat & bed is just as comfortable as suites but with out the privacy of having the doors.

 

 

 

 

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Ippudo – Hakata Japan

 

How does Ippudo in its place of origin Hakata compare with what we get in Sydney?

Its just as popular with ques forming out side the stores at peak times, its also more on the expensive side compared to other ramen places. This particular store is more like a ramen bar there is table service but no individual tables only long counter benches. As for the ramen whilst its very hard to compare two dishes that are not side by side but I think its very similar to what we get in Sydney. One thing that was different is there is raw garlic and a crusher on every table but all in all its quite the same.

 

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The Menu

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Extra garlic

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 Bib , chopsticks & napkins

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Ippudo – Hakata

http://www.ippudo.com/