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Cape Comorin
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WHAT A PLEASANT SURPRISE!

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22 Apr 2015
The biggest surprise about this place was how empty it was. When we arrived at 6.45pm on a Wed evening, there were only two other occupied tables, one inside and one outside. Over the course of the evening a few other tables filled up but it was never more than 25% full. I say that I’m surprised because this is one of the best Indian restaurants we’ve eaten at lately and it’s right up there among the better ones on the Nth Shore. The food is fresh and tasty and served in generous portions. Our solitary waiter/manager was friendly, efficient and polite. The moment we walked through the door we were made to feel welcome. Our order was promptly taken and everything came out quickly and in the right order. Three of us dined and we ordered a selection of dishes including samosas ($8 for three), the masala dosai pancake ($15) spinach lamb, otherwise known as lamb saag ($20), butter chicken ($19), basmati rice and lashings of soft naan bread. We ended with my fav gulab jamun and mango kulfi desserts at $7 each. Just couldn’t fault any dish and everything was so enticing that it would be impossible to single out any one for special mention. The meat in both the lamb and chicken dishes was succulent and tender and the flavours and sauces just the right strength. The restaurant itself is an inviting place in a modest, unpretentious way, with colourful wall decorations and tables neatly laid with crisp white napery, bright red serviettes and stainless steel cutlery. And we were pleasantly comfortable at our table at the back next to the window. The menu is well laid out and easy to read in the strong light. As CC is located in a little shopping centre, toilets are outside the restaurant in a rather drab corridor but at least they’re clean and well stocked. In fact the whole centre looks a little underutilised and dreary with the ubiquitous “For Lease” signs dotted all over. But don’t let that discourage you from visiting this fine restaurant. And it’s excellent value for money too, in these austere times. With our 25% Ent Bk discount voucher (up to a max $25) we paid a reasonable $80 for two beers, two starters, two mains, naan bread, rice and two desserts. You just can’t complain about that. The only drawback, is the difficult parking situation. Military Rd is of course impossible, so we tried Parraween Street, which is parallel, but ended driving around in circles for about half an hour before eventually securing a space in the council car park behind the Hayden Orpheum Cinema. And of course, that’s the prob: the cinema-goers taking up all the nearby parking.  
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Bondi's Best
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Hums like a well-oiled machine

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16 Apr 2015
The eponymous “Best” is not an exaggeration though, because this has to be one of the best restaurants we’ve eaten at lately.
 
 The food is outstanding: fresh, tasty and beautifully presented to the table on stylish white crockery. Service is efficient, polite and thoroughly professional and friendly and the whole place hums like a well-oiled machine, even though it hasn’t been here very long!
 
 The venue is charming, with small tables neatly laid with crisp napery and smart cutlery. Décor is minimalist yet stylish and modern, with slate floors, wooden tables and wicker chairs. Despite that acoustics are acceptable as tables are well spaced out.
 
 Four of us dined on the Sat evening of Easter and everything just went off flawlessly. We were warmly greeted on arrival and made to feel welcome immediately. Our booked table was ready and waiting in a decent spot in the middle of the restaurant.
 
 We decided to skip entrees and went straight into the main dishes. I ordered beer battered fish, ($28) which was succulent and tender. The vegetable side dish I ordered with cauliflower ($10) was a perfect accompaniment along with the warm, crispy chips, lemon and tartar sauce. I couldn’t have been happier with my meal. I just wished that there had been more of it. Everyone else raved about their food, not one complaint!
 
 Only negative I guess would have to be the rather steep prices and smallish helpings. All up we paid almost $200 that’s a hefty $50 a head for just a main meal and a side dish. (And I suspect that the prices we pd for the main dishes were higher than the prices shown on the website – time to update guys!) . We brought our own bottle of wine because the restaurant hasn’t been “licenced” by the nanny state yet! So I imagine that we were charged for corkage but what it was I can’t say. That such a smart, sophisticated restaurant doesn’t have a liquor “licence” makes you wonder why we still tolerate prohibition-era liquor restrictions.
 
 There are no toilets inside the restaurant; for that privilege you need to step outside to use the public ones just behind the Harris Farm Market shop. On a rainy night, you’ll get wet and I never like using public toilets especially when I’m paying premium restaurant prices.
 
 Overall, though, Bondi’s “Best” is a superior dining experience on every level and I just love the vibrant buzz of the new “Hub”, Bondi’s latest eating and retail centre, where the old Hakoah Club (may it rest in peace) once stood. Even parking presented no problems near the top of Hall Street.
 
 
 
Amount spent$50 / pax
Tum Zaap
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27 Mar 2015
We lobbed in here after 9pm on a rainy Saturday night and were warmly greeted by the friendly wait staff. Which was a pleasant surprise since by this time, most other places on this dreary strip in Belmore Rd are closing up and not too amenable to guests arriving so late. And an even better surprise was how fresh and tasty the food was. Four of us dined and we shared a selection of dishes including spring rolls, fishcakes, fried calamari, crying tiger beef, chicken with cashew nuts and a vegetarian choice. My beef was a tad chewy but cut into fine thin slices which made them easier to digest. The fishcake and spring starters were standard but decently prepared. Helpings are a bit on the small side, but then so are the prices and we ended up paying a modest $60 for the four of us. That included rice but no drinks. Tum Zaap is a fairly basic eatery with not much in the way of ambience, just simple wooden furniture and no toilets. The front door is flung wide open to the street: great for warm summer evening dining but it left us a tad chilly on a cool autumn night. Service was helpful, friendly and efficient and dishes come out quickly and in the right order. So if you’re after a quick, cheap and flavoursome meal then you can’t go past Tum Zaap if you’re in the area. Living locally, we always walk, parking around here is a nightmare.