xlil Mandatory visit to @hakiki_newtown. Baklava and burnt caramel ice cream in the front, Turkish coffee ice cream at the back. Trev's hand reaching for some fairy floss hidden by ice cream cup in the far back. No pistachio flavour last night =( I wanted to try it. Just another reason to come back! 2d

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xlil Catch ups with @trevyjames. Ethiopian sweet potato and lentil wat with bread and salad @menulentilnewtown @lentilasanything1. Plus really yummy chai. Plus some very diverse people sitting around me. Plus live band that plays louder as the conversations around the room get louder. Pay as you like for the meal (whatever you think it is worth, though I read that $12 covers the base costs). 2d

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xlil KANOM PUNG YEN - Thai red tea ice bread @boon_cafe. Despite being such a cold night, we couldn't resist ordering ice bread for the novelty...and again, the aesthetics. We had rather superficial tastebuds that night haha. The Thai red tea flavour isn't listed on the menu but our waitress informed us when we went to order the ice bread and we immediately switched flavours. Fun times @nancyychen @pandamonium297 3d

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xlil Hot chocolate by Kakawa Chocolatiers (dark hazelnut) @boon_cafe 3d

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xlil Matcha latte and yakult blended ice with jellies (in the background) @boon_cafe. 3d

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xlil PADT MEE KHA-TI - stir fried thin rice noodles w/ tamarind, tofu, coconut milk, garlic chives & shredded omelette @boon_cafe. It is completely justified to order a dish based on aesthetics...like the colour of the noodles. Flavourwise, nothing special. Colourwise...omg it's pink!!!! 3d

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xlil GAENG HEDT RUAM - spicy mushroom, pumpkin, luffa gourd herbaceous clear curry with lemongrass, smoked red onions, acacia fronds, lemon basil, tiliacora @boon_cafe. Really fragrant. Great for a cold winter's night. I could've had the whole bowl to myself. 3d

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xlil LARPB BPLA DUK - spicy catfish, toasted ground rice, soft herbs @boon_cafe. This was quite pungent haha. Punchy. Trying something new on our never-ending quest to try different cuisines and dishes @nancyychen @pandamonium297 3d

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xlil Can't eat at Hukuya without ordering sashimi! 4d

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xlil First time trying a hand roll at Hukuya! Tempura prawn hand roll was quite nice. Decent, no frills roll. 4d

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xlil Salmon and avo roll. We usually get the inside out version with roe but decided on the simple version this time. Apologies for the not so great picture. 4d

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xlil We usually have to book at Hukuya now or we risk not getting a seat. Hm. Agedashi tofu. Looks a little different from how agedashi tofu usually is. 4d

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xlil Oops! Forgot to post the sides for the winter treats dinner @twinerestaurant. These were my favourite dishes of the night, too!
Sides:
- Truffled Pomme Puree
- Roast Mushrooms with Fetta

The mushrooms were so incredibly meaty!! So juicy.
6d

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xlil Whisky & Almond Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream @twinerestaurant. I felt a bit like Bruce Bogtrotter eating Ms Trunchbull's cake at this point (I was so incredibly stuffed). Very rich and moist chocolate cake! 6d

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xlil Tastes Around the World, August 'Winter Treats' @twinerestaurant

Main Platter:
- Barramundi & Corn Risotto
6d

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xlil Tastes Around the World, August 'Winter Treats' @twinerestaurant

Main Platter:
- Lamb Cromesque
- Braised Beef Short Rib
- Barramundi & Corn Risotto (not pictured)

Condiments
- Beetroot Relish
- Smokey BBQ Sauce
- Red Wine Jus

Definitely an incredibly rich and hearty winter dinner.
6d

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xlil Our last meal in the Hunter Valley was at Twine Restaurant @twinerestaurant. On Sundays, they do 'Tastes Around the World' with a mezze plate, mains and dessert. Each month has a different theme and for August, it was 'Winter Treats'. We had an early dinner here before heading back to Sydney.
Mezze Plate:
- Beetroot & Artichoke Salsa Encroute
- Saffron Arancini, Smoked Tomato Puree
- Seared Scallop Wasabi Aioli and Wakami Salad
- Pork Dumpling with Soy Mirin Butter
6d

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xlil Reflections @huntervalleygardens. It may or may not have been due to my height that this water feature has been cropped... 7d

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xlil Going down to have a spot of tea with Alice and the Mad Hatter. @huntervalleygardens 7d

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