Dining with The Silver-Haired Set @ Georges at Piccadilly, Sydney

Date of Visit: August 20 2013

Today I was introduced to Georges at Piccadilly in Sydney CBD by my family auditor (called George). One doesn’t get taken out to lunch by an accountant often, so I was curious to see where an accountant eats.   Georges sits on the ground floor of a shopping centre, doing brisk business with silver-haired patrons.  The hearty traditional menu is similar to the menu at Cosmopolitan Cafe in Double Bay I was told and they used to belong to the same owner.  (FYI, Cosmopolitan is a rather posh  cafe for the Double Bay set to rub shoulders when I was still at school, ‘whoever was anybody’ dines there).

Owner Leo, ever hard-working was  on his feet making sure everything is in order.

Georges menu are traditional casual lunchtime fares consisting of  sandwiches, melts, salads, steaks and seafood. Sandwiches and toasties are popular for the older ladies whereas the gentlemen preferred their heartier steaks or huge plates of fish and chips to go with a glass of vino.

I ordered Moussaka with a side salad. It was huge slab of minced meat and eggplants sandwiched between a potato base and the creamiest, thickest layer of belchamel cheese. It was slightly spiced, however leaning to sweet which I assume to cater for the older tastebuds.   It was lovely nonetheless.   With the temperature taking a sudden nose-dive today,  the pipping hot moussaka was  moreish, I guiltily finished it all.

Coffee, though was a tad weak and very milky to cater for its set of clientele.

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Moussaka

At the time of review, Georges Cafe Piccadilly scored 55% out of 9 votes!
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High-end Pizza Joint @Spasso Milano, Pavilion Mall, Kuala Lumpur

Dates of Visits: Multiple times since 2012

Hey, hey, hey!!   I dropped by KL recently  and did my customary call at one of my regular dining joints there.  I have very simple criteria when it comes to choosing a restaurant to dine.  No food smell, an easy menu to navigate, comfortable seats and a bit of peace and quiet so I can chat and relax with my dining companions. After trying out most of the eateries in Pavilion Mall, KLCC, my hang-out joint is most definitely Spasso Milano, an Italian restaurant on the top floor of Pavilion Mall. I have been there so many times, I practically know the menu by memory now!

Spasso’s open restaurant concept is perfect for people watching too!  I must say I saw a few interesting characters walking pass.

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Interior

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The Loaf @Pavilion Mall, Kuala Lumpur

Date of Visit: February 5, 2013

This three-storey bakery, eatery and restaurant is Dr Mahatir’s baby. Dr.Mahatir is THE MAN who is responsible for building the Petronas Twin Towers. I read an article on this bakery-cum-restaurant in Malaysia Airlines in-flight magazine when it first opened a few years ago. Dr.Mahatir ‘fell in love’ with Japanese bread when visiting Japan and decided to bring in a Japanese-style bakery to Malaysia. (Yup, I had celebrity spotted him dining alfresco!).

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The interior of the third floor restaurant

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Very simply decorated. Looking like a developer’s advertising mural for a show flat,

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Menu with pictures. Very Japanese. At least I know what I am going to get!

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The most enticing and descriptive item on the menu: “The Loaf Cube -60C: A must try The Loaf signature drink comprises of a glass of Espresso ice cubes frozen deep into -60C DAIREI SUPER FREEZER. Enjoy the coffee’s richness as it slowly melt in the warm fresh milk. BE WARNED! IT’S ADDICTIVE! (RM12)“. Good salesmanship! I am taken!!

The drink arrives…deep frozen espresso cubes…

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Some entertainment – watching the waitress pour warm milk into the glass…

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This is a serious iced coffee with very good strength! And will I order this again? Most definitely!

To the food:

Lamb kofta: This was my order and it came with 6 deep-fried lamb meatballs in rich tomato gravy sandwiched in a baguette. There is a separate Moroccan inspired mayo in another saucer – very good kick and I enjoyed it.

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Seafood cake: The seafood cake is sandwiched in a sweet bun. Looks cute and apparently fresh and very tasty.

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Beef burger: Lots of mushrooms and avo. Man-O-man!!

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So, what is Dr.Mahatir’s favourite breakfast??

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