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With the cronut craze hitting Sydney at full speed, I decided to get onboard and  venture out to try the famous cronuts at Brewtown Newtown. My friends and I arrive just before 11 on a Thursday morning and we are seated right away.. after a minute of awkward loitering in the door of the cafe because we didn't know what to do. 
Glazed Cronuts- $4.50
I actually bought these as I was leaving, but I'm going to talk about these first, because they are the stars of Brewtown Newtown. In all honesty, I have never tried a cronut prior to my visit at Brewtown Newtown so I wasn't too sure of what to expect. The cronut: the love child of a donut and a croissant. Feels like a croissant, flaky like a croissant but tastes like a donut. All the goodness of a donut and a croissant rolled into one massive cronut. What more can you want? It's simply delicious. A bit more oily than I would have liked but it's still good. A bit too overhyped for its own good, but definitely worth a try. 

Elvis Burger- $16.50
I already knew that I was getting this burger before I even set foot in Brewtown Newtown.I'm usually the one that stalks the menu of a restaurant (on food blogs of course) prior to trying a new place because otherwise I end up taking 20 minutes to decide on what I want and where I want to eat. Anyhow, the elvis burger is like a cheeseburger but better. Probably has the same amount of oil though, could probably fry a pot of chicken wings with the amount of oil on my plate. The savoury brewnut is what makes this dish. The tomato relish for the chips was pretty good. This burger is delicious but I would probably only eat it only once in while.

Corned beef hash with poached eggs- $15
My friend couldn't finish her egg so I ate half an the egg. Decent poached egg. Nothing much to say about this because I didn't try any of the other parts. 
Poached eggs with a side of avocado
Unsure of the price of the poached eggs, but I do remember that my friend added a side of avocado for an extra $4.50. 

I did enjoy my time at Brewtown Newtown but I think I just raised my expectations for it to an unrealistic level. The staff were friendly. There weren't too many people in and out at the time I was there so I can't comment too much about their speedy service. I do want to come back and try their coffee cronut or their jam cronuts. Overall, it was a good experience and it's definitely worth a try if you're in the area. 
6-8 O'Connell St
Newtown, NSW 2042
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After countless days of stalking instagram for pictures of Three Williams I finally had the chance to experience the foodporn that is Three Wiliams. This cafe has been on my wishlist since the time I first saw reviews on it from Sydney food bloggers. Me and my friend enter on a Thursday morning with great expectations and an even larger appetite after I get us lost in Redfern. 

Cappuccino- $3.80
A must for me whenever I go to  new cafe is a cappuccino. I love my coffee so much and this is pretty good as well. I especially love the Indian Tribal Chief on my coffee. Not too sure if that's what it is meant to be, but it looks really cool. Everytime I take a sip into my coffee, his beard becomes longer and longer. 

The Merchant- $13.00
The Merchant is a burger filled with bacon, ranch dressing, pickled slaw and on top of all that a spicy egg. The eggs were cooked to perfection and the spice put on top of the egg adds some interesting flavour to the burger. There was a whole lot of bacon in this burger, crispy but not oily, just right. The winner of this dish for me though is the ranch dressing. I don't know what they use or how they make it, but wow, it just ties everything together so nicely. 

Beef Narnie- $15.00
Excuse my non existent photography skills here. I really did not know how to take a photo of this baby, but I sure did know how to eat it. The Narnies are Three Williams specialty and a must have if you ever visit. Me and my friend choose the Beef Narnie as it is highly raved about everywhere. Although it is a bit of a mess to eat, it's the whole fun of it. The shredded beef wrapped inside the Nan Bread is so soft and juicy. Don't worry, it's not all meat (although that really isn't a bad thing) there are some veggies in there to balance the whole dish out. All in all I love this dish and I really want to try the other Narnies they have on offer.

Beer-Battered chips- $7
I was quite disappointed when the waiter told me that they had taken the Fish Croquette off the menu because that was one of the things I was looking forward to most. However, in the absence of the famous fish croquettes, I was enlightened to the existence of beer-battered chips. It was a toss up between their new item and these chips but our waiter makes it easy, highly commending the chips. I could see why she raved about the chips. THEY ARE AMAZING! I love the aioli sauce served with the chips. It balances out the saltiness of the chips perfectly. The chips have a perfect crunch to them and they are served piping hot. 

Crunchy Brioche French Toast- $16
Last but not least we receive our order of the Crunch Brioche French Toast. This was probably the dish I was most looking forward too, since all the photos on instagram make it look so enticing. Does it taste as good as it looks? YEEEEES. The toast is so crunchy on the outside but the inside still reamins soft and light. The yoghurt along with the freshly cut strawberries and bluberries sprinkled on top along with some pecan nuts, makes this dish even better. By the end of it, all I can do is take a breather to allow for all this food to digest, because at this point I was in a food coma. 

Many have praised and raved on about Three Williams and I am no exception to this. I think I have finally found a cafe that I can truly say I love and I would highly recommend this place to anyone wandering around the Redfern area. The staff are super friendly, the ambience is nice and the food is amazing. Not much else you could ask from a restaurant. 

613 Elizabeth St
Redfern, NSW 2016

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This place is actually a go to visit place of mine for me and my family when we are craving Jap food and we can't be bothered to travel all the way to the city. Hanamaruya is probably one of the only Japanese restaurants you will find on the Asian side of Bankstown. I tend to always visit during lunch time hours because they have amazing deals on Bento boxes at that time. 

Tantan Ramen in pork base soup- $14
It is definitely a bit more pricey than the ramen shops in the city, but when you want to satisfy those cravings for ramen, it isn't too bad. One thing that Hanamaruya does differently to other places is it offers a choice of either pork based soup or chicken based soup. I found that the soup wasn't that flavoursome in this, kind of tame for a spicy dish. The egg was perfectly cooked though. In all honesty, this is not my favourite dish from them, but I can vouch for other ramens that I have tried. Their Butter-corn Ramen in a pork base soup is definitely a winner in my books. Unfortunately, I didn't take any photos of it the last time I ate it. 

Karaage Chicken ramen in Chicken base soup- $14
This was actually my mum's dish and she said it was very filling, but kind of bland. She did however love the multiple pieces of Karaage Chicken in the bowl. I don't think I have ever had a chicken based ramen soup, so that might be something I try on my next visit.

The main attraction of Hanamaruya is no doubt their bento boxes. Starting from the price of $10, you are definitely left on struggle street as you attempt to devour the box. My favourite is the Karaage Chicken Bento Box and standing at only $10 who could resist. This is also something I didn't have the chance to photograph. :(

Overall, I think that Hanamaruya is a great place for jap food in the western suburbs. It is a place that myself and my parents enjoy quite a lot, not only because of the selection of food but also because of their friendly staff. 

286 Chapel Road
Bankstown, NSW 2200
Located at the end of the main street in Chinatown is Arisun. I've never really fancied Korean Fried chicken but when my friends introduced me to it, it was like, WOW.  I was in a whole new world. Arisun  is probably most famous for it's fried chicken so when I went there the other day, I couldn't help but order 3 types of fried chicken.
Fried Chicken in Soy sauce, $30
The first dish that arrives at our table is the Fried Chicken in Soy sauce. That's definitely not the actual name of the dish but it is something along those lines... my memory has failed me terribly here. The chicken is still sizzling hot as it arrives. There is a pile of sauce lying under the pile of chicken, showing just how much they used to marinate the chicken. This is probably my favourite of all of Arisun's fried chicken because it has the most unique flavour to it that you can't get anywhere else. 

Spicy Fried Chicken- $30
The next chicken dish that arrives is the Spicy Fried Chicken. It's a lot redder in real life but my camera just couldn't catch the colour perfectly. The sauce from the spicy fried chicken is reminiscent of dubboki  sauce, or is that just chilli paste...? Anyhow, I love this dish as well because there just enough spiciness to get you coughing but not enough for you to need to drink a whole cartoon of milk. Just the right amount of spiciness. WARNING: if you're not  good with your chillies and spices, do not order this dish, I repeat do not order this dish! My friends died when eating this LOL.
Original Fried Chicken- $30
And last on the menu is the Original Fried Chicken. After the large hit of flavours I had been experiencing from the other 2 plates of chicken, this tastes bland in comparison. Average in comparison to all the other dishes, however still special in it's own way. There's a lot of crunch on the chicken skin which is always a plus.

Arisun is a great place to go if you are in a large group because not only is it cheaper but you also get to try a variety of things.The day that I went I only ended up paying $15 which is such a bargain considering how full I was afterwards.The serving sizes are on the larger size and the service is friendly. I really enjoy Arisun and highly recommend it for get togethers with friends. 

1 Dixon St,
Sydney, NSW 2000

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