I love the Easter long weekend (extra long for me I get 5 days off!). For once my weekend was not full of cooking (apart from the hot cross buns and sticky date pudding) and I had a very lazy lazy weekend. I still managed to eat double or triple the amount of calories I would usually consume in a week in just these past few days. Seriously need to go back to the gym this week.
Anyway, showed up at Ryan's place an hour earlier than I was expected and dragged Ryan out of bed. Randomly I chimed out "Yum Cha for lunch?" and was suprised to get a response of "Sure why not, where?". Yay I was going to get a good dose of dumplings and all things nice. We ended up at Crystal Seafood Restaurant at Strathfield, the other options were Rhodes Pheonix (traffic would have been crazy) or Burwood (can't remember the name but pain in the ass to get parking). It's probably not the best out of the 3 (they're alot better) but it's not the worst place for yum cha and we've been there a few times before.
Strawberry tart, I couldn't make up my mind, I should have known that Ryan would pick this. He's a sucker for strawberries. It was yummio! Sweet strawberries on a very smooth creamy filling of creme patissiere all in a nice crusty base, crisp but smooth and not grainy. It was pretty good.
I've been meaning to buy Luke Nguyen's Vietnam dvd for a while now so thought I might as well while we were browsing around in JB Hi-Fi. I also saw Sean Connoly's My Family Feast and this other foodie type dvd so bought them too.
Later in the evening I went with Ryan to PJ Gallaghers at Parramatta for Theology on Tap which is a monthly event run by the Catholic youth. We got there early so that we could sit down for a bit of dinner (I was still feeling slightly bloated from Yum Cha but still managed to eat dinner). We decided to eat downstairs in the bistro instead of ordering from the bar. It was so dimly lit where we were sitting I had to squint to read the menu. I liked the bar menu more (it's cheaper!) but the bistro means you get table service and angus steaks. (Excuse the poor photos from my little compact camera - blame the lighting).
I had the Home Made Beef & Guinness Pie served with Irish Mash and Pea Puree. It was delicious! The crispy pastry top was a nice golden brown and when I dug my fork in the smell of gravy just wafted up. Upon pulling off the pastry there were tender chunks of beef sitting in a rich gravy, went perfectly well with the mash and the pastry. I wanted something light but I managed to eat most of my pie and had Ryan finishing off the bits of pastry which I couldn't finish.
Ryan had the Ginger and Soy Wagyu Sausages served on creamy mash with eschallots and king brown mushrooms. He enjoyed it thorougly. The ginger and soy cut through the richness of the sausages and the mash was so smooth and creamy. The one and only mouthful which I had was awesome. After we got home from Parramatta we both somehow still had room to completely demolish the tart and brioch roll. Crazy!