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Betsia Kebabs

Kebabs are simple meals but it’s amazing how easy it is to go wrong with them. I am a big fan of Middle Eastern food but have suffered many a kebab, salad or rice meal with brownish lettuce, dry meat and average flavours. I am pleased to report that none of the above occurred when we...

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Hansan

It had me at the waterfall. I had driven past Hansan and seen the “weeping glass” waterfall and thought that it was an interesting décor choice for a restaurant. It was only recently that I found out that it offered delicious Vietnamese food at Cheapeats prices. We had friends coming...

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Pearl Garden

It had been ages since I had been out for yum cha so I got a couple of friends together to try out Pearl Garden restaurant in Newmarket. Pearl Garden has been around since 1975 and several generations of the family still work in the business everyday – probably the...

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Happy Japanese

As part of a recent judging stint for Metro magazine, I volunteered to check out a Japanese restaurant in Kelston. A place called Happy Japanese sounded like the best idea ever after the day I’d had, but I did nervously wonder if the name was an oversell. Apparently not. Excellent food and super happy service. Happy...

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Beijing Duck Restaurant

We had heard great things about the food at Beijing Duck, and Father’s Day seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it out. Alexia had tried in vain several times to eat at the restaurant without a booking, so duly warned, we made a reservation for an early dinner on...

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Eden Noodle

There are days when hot noodle soup or dumplings are just what a person needs, and Eden Noodle will definitely help you fill that gap. This tiny restaurant is located at the city end of Dominion Road, next to a bakery and Target Furniture. Thinking that it was just another...

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