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When I think of food in Newtown, Japanese food is not the first thing that springs to mind. Asakusa is on King Street just before you get the the Marly hotel. On the inside it had simple Japanese themed décor, the service was prompt and the food was great.

Spider Maki  – Soft shelled crab, deep-fried then rolled with avocado and cucumber. I never know how to eat the roll with the legs in it. I usually just go for one big bite. These ones, all were devoured in one bite.

Spice Tuna Rolls  –  These would have to be my favourite sushi of all. The Japanese mayo give these rolls some sweetness which is really well balanced by the sourness of the vinegar used in the sushi rice.

Goyza – Crisp on the outside,  moist and hot on the inside.

Mixed Tempura – I know how to get kids to eat their veggies. Just give them veggie tempura! I mean, it’s healthy right? These guys(carrots, beans, prawns and sweet potato)  had a crisp light batter coating with the underlying food still retaining most of their texture.

Sushi and Sashimi plate – Salmon, Tuna and Kingfish sushi and sashimi. Its hard to see but there were some Kingfish  sashimi on that plate.

Seaweed Salad – When we go out for sushi, seaweed salad is always ordered and always finished.

Edamame – No japanese meal would be complete without some edamame.


Asakusa was great for a quick bite to eat with friends. Nothing fancy, just good food for a reasonable price. With four people our bill came to around $60 with corkage.

Asakusa 119 King Street, Newtown


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Emperor’s Garden


I had plans to go out to dinner on a Friday night with my family but  we are all notoriously bad planners so no one had booked anything. Not only had nothing been booked, it was raining. So unable to wander around the city, we stopped at the first restaurant we came across, Emperors Garden. After being seated I commented on how I had walked past Emperor’s Garden so many times but never even had the thought to go any where other than their bakery (their emperor puffs are awesome).

Joe got the table a two course order of Peking duck, pancakes and duck San Choi Bow. To go along with the duck we also ordered a selection of dumplings, the ubiquitos steamed vegies and some Prawns in XO sauce. The services was speedy and our waiter who carved the duck at our table was a great host. He even let Joseph have a go.


Prawn Gow Gee $8 –  Minced prawn parcelled in rice paper.

Shanghai Dumplings $8 – Filled with pork and steaming hot, these were a great warm up for or main course.

Vegetarian Dumplings (Steamed) $8 – We are still training our family to not eat before we take photos.

Peking Duck in Two Courses $58.80 – Duck has to be the tastiest thing that flies. This guy was enough to feed 6 hungry and wet diners.

Joseph cutting up the duck

Peking duck pancake with Hosin – They only bad thing about duck pancakes is that they eventually run out.

 Duck San Choi Bow – This was the second course of our duck meal, once the pancakes are done they take the remaining duck back to the kitchen and bring out the rest as filling for San Choi Bow. Loaded with lots of water chestnuts they had a good deal of crunch to them.

King Prawns Hot Pot with Vermicelli in XO Chilli Sauce $28.80 – This was my first time ever having XO sauce, though i was told that XO sauce and Chilli XO sauce taste nothing alike. The vermicelli absorbed the XO sauce and the combined with the prawns, made for a great dish.

Steamed Chinese vegetables  $14.80 – It would not feel like Chinese food without steamed veggies.



Emperor’s Garden – 100 Hay St – Chinatown


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Parramatta Phoenix


It seems like Phoenix has a small empire of Chinese restaurants around Sydney, mostly big restaurants in shopping centres. I have had many a meal at their Castle Hill location and always enjoyed it. So when I saw that they had opened a new restaurant Parramatta, I had to try it out.  They have a Yum Cha lunch every day with an À la carte dinner menu. The restaurant is huge, with hundreds of seats over two levels. It’s large size means there are always lots of carts going around with many choices of dish and there continuously being replenished with  new ones, so they are always fresh.

It’s only new but already very popular with lines out the door on the weekends.  All the food was good and it worked out at $30 a head.


Prawn noodles $10.50-  (my fav) so good I got two serves.  A soft noodle with prawn inside drenched in a sweet soy sauce.

BBQ Pork  $9.50 – sweet bite sized pieces

Dumplings $9.50 –  

Vegies $10.50 – I don’t know why that all Yum Cha places I have been to have these veggies in the most expensive category of dish, but you need some green with your meal so I always get them.

Egg tarts $5.80 – theses were excellent the pastry was light and crispy

Its a very big space

The restaurant has a view over the station (not that great but about as good as it gets is Parramatta)


Parramatta Phoenix – Westfield Parramatta  – Level 4 (near the cinemas)


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