Monday, June 10, 2013

Bamboo Basket Chinese and Wagaya Japanese Restaurants


Bamboo Basket Chinese Restaurant Southbank
Last post of my pre-birthday trip of 2013.

Realizing it's the month of June already causes me to pause and acknowledge that time really does fly. Here I am, standing at the crossroad where there are life-changing decisions to be made. I hesitate, I panic, I feel utterly helpless and stressed. You know things got out of hand when you're having tough time to get a good night's sleep every night.

I tried hard, trying very hard to think as positive as I promised myself I would be. Motivation and determination are all I need at this stage, and stay focus. As for now? Just focus on today's topic, which is about the yummylicous food we nommed on our second day in Brisbane =p

Hahaha~ Let's laugh all our worries away! Live each day like it's our last, eat like there's no tomorrow!

Bamboo Basket Chinese Restaurant Southbank
Lunch at Bamboo Basket Chinese Restaurant (百宝龙) on Grey Street, South Brisbane. See-through glasses at front allow the chefs to "show off" their dim-sum and ramen-making skills.

Bamboo Basket Chinese Restaurant Southbank
We've picked something from its lunch menu, reasonably priced between 10 to 15 dollars.

Bamboo Basket Chinese Restaurant Southbank
Lovely dining ambiance and interior lighting.

Bamboo Basket Chinese Restaurant Southbank
For myself, I ordered a Roast Duck and BBQ Pork with Rice (烧味双拼饭) - $14.90. It took the kitchen ages to come up with this dish!!! Honestly, I thought roasted and barbecued meat are supposed to be prepared prior to opening of business everyday, at least. All they had to do is just chop up the meat, quick-boil the napa cabbage, scoop up the steamed rice and serve. Easy as that. Who would have thought it came out longer than the noodles? Delightfully, the roast duck and BBQ pork were succulent enough, apart from its poor quality rice. Any dipping sauce or gravy would be an amazing accompaniment to the dish, I suggest.

Bamboo Basket Chinese Restaurant Southbank
Shanghai Styled Fried Noodle with Duck (鸭丝炒面) - $13.90 for him. The portion was generous, taste wise was also not too bad. Like average soy sauce Chinese stir-fry recipe.

Bamboo Basket Chinese Restaurant Southbank
Service was acceptable, we did get necessary attention we needed, except the slow food serving speed. There's only one wait staff busying himself serving, taking order and processing payment as we were waiting to pay at the counter. I can imagine frustrated customers leaving unhappy. 

Bamboo Basket on Urbanspoon

Wagaya Japanese Restaurant Fortitude Valley
At night, we kinda ran out of idea where to head to for dinner. We drove out again (from our hotel) to Fortitude Valley this time. After cruising a bit in Chinatown, we rocked up at Wagaya without booking, and by happy chance, we were given a table but only an hour's time to order, eat and pay. Not to forget the time spent to take photos. So yeah, we just gulped the food down our throats sadly and unfortunately =s

Wagaya Japanese Restaurant Fortitude Valley
Lightly Grilled Salmon and Scallop Sushi - $13.50.

Wagaya Japanese Restaurant Fortitude Valley
Simply DELICIOUS!!!

Wagaya Japanese Restaurant Fortitude Valley
Small Seafood Miso Nabe - $18.90 served steaming in a boiling hot pot. Fresh prawns, crabs, scallops, calamari, fish fillet and much more. I personally like it better in a slightly more flavorful spicy soup base.

Wagaya Japanese Restaurant Fortitude Valley
^_^v

Wagaya Japanese Restaurant Fortitude Valley
Salmon Chazuke - $7.20. Too small to feed his big appetite.

Wagaya Japanese Restaurant Fortitude Valley
One last cup of hot green tea before we left.

Wagaya Japanese Restaurant Fortitude Valley
Our bill that night. We sincerely thank this Asian guy (one of the chefs or kitchen-hands I suppose) who was kind enough to double-confirm our order with us. It's freaking $42.50 p.p. for the Nigiwai Course I'm telling ya, what a rip off!!! Mr. Choo and I both mistaken the price was for two to share (we wished). Well, what can I say? Our eyes were probably blinded by the bright screen when ordering. Furthermore, we were in a rush that time, remember?!

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