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Dinner @ Chophouse

Saturday, May 16, 2009 - 2:37 pm     English  |  日本語

Did you manage to call your mum or send her a present on Mother’s day?
As I’ve been going through such a busy time, I had arranged everything earlier this year. On the Mother’s day, I’ve got an email from her saying “Thanks for the lovely flowers! They were big and beautiful, and I’ve set it as a stand-by wallpaper on my mobile.”

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Oh cool, I thought. But I also know this is another one of her “My mobile is better than yours.” followed by her super fast internet connection.

Her having grown up in a food business family, my mum has taught me a few things about food when I was a kid. To this day, I think these two are in my blood.

1: Don’t waste food.
“Children in many countries don’t have food.” I guess this is something mothers would tell their kids. Sounds familiar?

2: When someone prepared food for you, appreciate it.
Meaning, if what you are eating is yummy, express it. The yumminess comes from not only the cooking method and ingredients, but also time and effort spent on it.

I’ve got to thank my mum for #2. I tend to get all perky with yummy food. “Oh I thought you are just being nice!” – some of my friends have said after I had eaten their food and asked for more. It could be a bit embarrassing thing that I apparently can’t control my inner child who’s always hungry, but this brought me many thoughtful and thankful occasions.
“I know you’re going to love this.”, “You’ve got to try this.”, “You’ve got to come for dinner with us at this place.” and they are always right about that!

and recently I was generously given this plate for obviously enjoying eating.
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YES!

Billy from A table for two emailed and asked me, “Do you want to come for a new winter menu tasting thing at Chophouse?” OH HELL YES. (Thanks Billy!)

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Chophouse is located on 25 Bligh St, a New York style stake house – owned by Kingsley’s Stakehouse. The restaurant looks pretty contemporary in style but we spotted warm old country house-ness in nicely decorated interiors. And the food we were served – “just like Mum & Dad’s” as the invitation says – was their new winter warmer roast dish. Yum! Helen (Grab Your Fork), Susan (ChocolateSuze), Shez (One Bite More), FFIchiban (Here Come The Food), Peter, Steve and myself among other 20 something people invited seated and patiently waited for the dinner.

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We had Byron Bay Berkshire pork with crackling, Riverine premium beef and roasted potato and Japanese pumpkin, along with side of green and potato gratin. HMMMM CRACKLING. Of course we had to compare the size of each other’s crackling – who’s bigger and thicker – like a penis contest or something ;p (I kept quiet, but I think I’ve got the biggest in the right side of the table. Hooorraaaaay.)

Oh man, how come roasted meat always tastes great in winter time? Even yummier with their condiment and sauces. I particularly liked the beef roast over the pork – I guess that’s simply because I’m a pork belly and Kakuni type of person when it comes to pork. Oh and I loooved the roasted Japanese pumpkin – I’ve got to give Shez a huge hug next time for giving me hers!

“what’s the housemade chocolate block?” We all wondered. And what arrived our table for desert was literally a house made chocolate block as if the chocolate is saying “I told you, duh.”

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*faint* 80% milk + 20% dark = 46% cocoa. You do the culinary math. It was very yummy, rich silky texture with almond toffee inside. I had the urge to just grab it off from the chopping board and SUCK IT. (They are available for purchase!)

Billy pssst-ed and his eyes were telling me to look at the group next to us. Then our wide open eyes looked back at each others – we both knew our eyes were screaming “OH MY GOD, I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY DIDN’T FINSH THIER CRACKLINGS!!” I’d get a bagful of the cracklings for the ride back home.

Thank you very much for Abbe for hosting the lovely dinner, and everyone at the table for great company!

Check out everyone’s blogs for more detailed coverage!

Chophouse
Address 25 Bligh St, Sydney 2000
Phone CALL 1300 CHOP IT (1300 246 748)
Email reservations@chophouse.com.au



Discussion

11 comments for “Dinner @ Chophouse”

  1. hehe. i think all mum’s are like that!
    chophouse sounds great and the food looks wonderful! omg @ the chocolate bar! that’s pretty intense.

    Posted by Betty | May 17, 2009, 12:05 am
  2. @Betty
    Thanks for stopping by!
    Hehe yeah all mums would tell their kids the same things eh? Video game 2 hrs a day, home work before going out to play etc

    I would even go back only for cracklings and the chocolate bar!

    Posted by admin | May 17, 2009, 3:45 am
  3. My mother was like that too. Maybe it was just people from that era. I wonder what people of our generation will be saying to their kids.

    The food place you received looks absolutely fantastic. How was it used?

    The Chophouse looks nice, though I would feel weird going out to a restaurant to eat a roast. To me, roast seem more like a home family thing, or on the other end of the scale, a buffet style function thing.

    Posted by Simon | May 17, 2009, 7:29 am
  4. @Simon
    Yeah, roast is rather homely thing eh? I would probably order something else if I’m going to have a dinner at a stakehouse. hehe. I’ve completely forgotten to mention in the post, but this dish (excluding side dishes) is only $18. I thought it was reasonably priced and quality was great – especially if you were keen to have drinks from their bar.

    Posted by admin | May 18, 2009, 3:26 pm
  5. That plate of meat… awesommmeeee XD!! Haha we shall compare again next time ;) and yeahh those crazy people who left crackling AND chocolate >_<

    Posted by FFichiban | May 18, 2009, 11:34 pm
  6. @FFIchiban
    Hehe yeah ‘who’s got thicker and layers of fat’
    Did you see Peter grab a piece of leftover chocolate from opposite side of table on our way out? LOL

    Posted by admin | May 19, 2009, 1:36 am
  7. Your mum sounds like mum! I don’t like wasting food I admit so it’s rubbed off. And LOL at the crackling comp!

    Posted by Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella | May 22, 2009, 10:12 am
  8. @Lorraine
    hehe my mum was pretty strict about food but I appreciate it now. :) But my granpa was extreme at dinner table – he used to take my chopsticks away yelling “if you can’t use them like Japanese you don’t have to eat!!” LOL (plus he didn’t let me continue speaking in English home!)

    Posted by admin | May 22, 2009, 7:43 pm
  9. Oh that is a bit scary about the chopsticks! Although I have to ask, are your chopsticks skills really good now as a result? Mine are ok, although I’m sure your grandpa would tsk tsk if he saw them ;)

    Posted by Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella | May 22, 2009, 9:12 pm
  10. @Lorraine
    hehehe he used to made me use one of those ‘training chopsticks’ But no, I can’t use chopsticks properly at all! As my dad’s side of family had ran Kimono business up until late 80s, my grandpa was really a typical stubborn traditional Japanese man with strict discipline!

    Posted by admin | May 23, 2009, 5:52 am
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