Is there any point in visiting Australia.....

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#61 Jan 18th, 2018, 14:56
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I dearly hope you had a chance to try the craft beer that Australia is getting known for..
#62 Jan 19th, 2018, 16:00
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I tried a few beers and they were fine but I've realised now I have a preference for low bitterness light wheat beers more than anything bitter, dark or heavy. And in any case, I prefer wine over beer.

I went for a wine tasting tour to Hunter Valley just outside Sydney and it was a fine day--(I saw Kangaroos. And learnt that a group of kangaroos is called a mob of kangaroos. Did the non-Aussies know that?)--but was a bit underwhelmed by the wine. Now, I'm no connoisseur but I've had better in Australia itself. For example at Devil's Corner in Tassie- (what a cute nick name for the island).

As for the food...OH. MY. GOD.

The produce is Australia is par excellence. The meats, the salads, the veggies. Everything is so so fresh and flavourful. I'm no seafood fan and I really enjoyed the seafood there.

My friend and I agreed that whilst in most other places we've been to you get the best food of that particular country (Italian in Italy, Greek in Greece, Japanese in Japan, Cantonese in HK and so on), in Oz you get the best from ....everywhere. I don't think we had one bad meal, and only one was sort of average. The rest were unreservedly outstanding.

My favourites:

Melbourne

Chin Chin https://www.zomato.com/melbourne/chi...bd-melbourne-- Asian/Thai/Fusion. Just fab. Reminded a bit of Wagama in London, only better. The central part of Melbourne itself is a bit like a mellowed down London.

Maha Restaurant https://www.zomato.com/melbourne/mah...-cbd-melbourne The middle eastern fare at this sort of fine dining place was just great. The lamb was falling off the bone, the hummus with spicy beef was the next level.

Hobart

The fish and chips at Fish Frenzy was top notch. https://www.tripadvisor.in/Restauran..._Tasmania.html Perhaps better than what I've had by the pier in Brighton and that was one of the best I've had.

While I was there they happened to have the Taste of Tasmania festival on so I was lucky to sample food from all over. Oysters, battered mushrooms with ginger plum sauce, greek lamb and a lot more.

Parmesan baked scallops coupled with Riesling wine stand out in my memory.

Sydney

Cafe Sydney https://www.tripadvisor.in/Restauran...uth_Wales.html

For the view of the harbour as much as finesse of the food. The experience was classy, delicious, pricey. I booked this place more than a month in advance.

The modern cantonese food at Mr. Wong was just brilliant. Their pork Cheung Fun was as good as what I've had in HK. The Wagyu beef and truffle savoury pastry was wonderful too. https://www.tripadvisor.in/Restauran...uth_Wales.html
#63 Jan 19th, 2018, 17:03
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All this is fine, but please do tell what all sins you committed in Australia that required an immediate temple tour.
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Hahaha.

Gluttony is a sin.
#65 Jan 28th, 2018, 21:42
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Glad you visited my home country (I'm from Adelaide).I reside in the UK atm,and when I return home,people here think I am so lucky! To me its just home,I guess I am guilty of taking it for granted.
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You have more sun and better food than the UK, that's for sure.
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