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Archive for February, 2015

Pure Thai Cookhouse – 766 Ninth Avenue, Manhattan, New York

Pure Thai Cookhouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

We went to Pure Thai Cookhouse on a Sunday lunch time. It is on 9th Avenue between 51st and 52nd Street, a small cosy establishment. When we walked in we were greeted with a cheery ‘sawasdee’ and secured a table within 5 minutes.

The menu was traditional Thai and between three of us we chose chicken satay and beef dumplings/buns to start.

Both plates were absolutely delicious – the buns packed full of shredded beef and succulent without being too stodgy. The satays were authentic and tasty, accompanied by a dish of cucumber, onion and chilli as well as satay peanut sauce.

For main course we chose pad thai with shrimp, curry paste with shrimp, chicken with holy basil and chilli, and steamed brown rice.

Wow every dish was superb, quite spicy, but so tasty that the spiciness was overtaken by the deliciousness of each mouthful.

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Pad Thai with shrimp

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Curry paste with shrimp

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Chicken with Thai basil and chilli

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Fresh coconut juice

The service was polite and efficient and the whole meal was around $60 with soft drinks.

This restaurant is a neighbourhood gem and a must-try for anybody in NYC who loves authentic, delicious Thai food.

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Must Winebar – Mount Lawley

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I had been intending to visit Must for some time and eventually booked it after seeing that a friend had thoroughly enjoyed a meal there. I booked online, which was easy to do and was pleasantly surprised with the surroundings when I got there. It was lively, well stocked and welcoming. the seats were a little close together, but had been staggered slightly so that it was still comfortable to leave the table when necessary.

The wine list was extensive and also contained cocktails and mocktails. I chose a glass of the Spanish treixadura which was fruity and delicious.

When bread was provided I asked for olive oil instead of butter and the waiter quickly filled my request.

I chose oysters to start with a lime and cucumber dressing.

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My partner chose the chicken liver parfait with Riesling jelly

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Both starters were of an excellent standard. the oysters were fresh with a divine dressing, the parfait was light and smooth and flavoursome.

For main I chose the seared Huon Tasmanian salmon with a fennel and orange salad and saffron vinaigrette

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My partner chose the Arkady slow cooked lamb shoulder with couscous, fennel puree, tomato confit and olives.

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Again both mains were excellent with every ingredient adding value to the overall effect of the dish, definitely fine dining at it’s best.

After the success of the previous courses, we had to make room for desserts, and I chose the cognac chocolate truffle – dark, luscious and supremely chocolatey.

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My partner chose the pears with vanilla caramel, spiced gingerbread and cream.

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What a wonderful meal and a shame that we hadn’t discovered this wine bar much earlier. We will definitely return – it had the wow factor.

Pinchos – Tapas bar – Leederville

 

Pinchos has taken over where ‘Snags & Son’ used to be, just off the main Leederville strip in Newcastle Street. The decor is pretty much the same as it was but the food is very different. The general theme is tapas of varying sizes and the waiter was very helpful in explaining the portion sizes to us.

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You can buy a mouthful of food for $1 or a board for $28, so you just eat as much food as you want to.

We chose the flatbreads with labne, grapes, olives and pickles. This was very nice, olives were not very meaty – just a covering of olive flesh over the small stone, but everything went together well.

Flatbread, pickle, labne, olives and grapes

Flatbread, pickle, labne, olives and grapes

We also chose patatas bravas – fairly standard really with nice mayo and spicy relish.

Patatas bravas

Patatas bravas

The spanish pate with bread was delicious and came with a nice fennel salad.

Spanish pate with bread

Spanish pate with bread

We also had mushrooms with blue cheese, PX vinegar and almond crumb – very tasty.

Mushrooms with blue cheese

Mushrooms with blue cheese

The last dish was roast pork belly with cumin and lemon which was incredibly crispy but lacked a bit of flavour.

Pork belly

Pork belly

I thoroughly enjoyed this meal and found the wait staff helpful and polite. I definitely recommend Pinchos – it’s a bit of a neighbourhood gem.

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