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This is where we went for my birthday dinner this year. It’s my 2nd time here and each time, the experience just gets better.

 

I’m one of those people who enjoy going places not just for its food, but to “tau si” which is cantonese for “stealing someone else’s ideas”. I enjoy taking in their deco and seeing if I can add my own touch just for future reference. The Drunken Admiral is definitely one of those places which just allows my imagination to go wild! Aside from the fact that the place is a bit cram, I simply love the deco here. Just walking in the entrance, it feels like you walked into the set of Pirates of The Caribbean. The interior of the restaurant is primarily wooden deck structures with overturned rowboats for chairs, oil lamps, big beer/storage barrels, wooden rudders etc placed randomly all over the place, ornament, pictures etc hanging from the walls and placed in display cabinets, even the toilets are like those you can get in the Titanic – solid looking metal doors with dim lighting.

Alright, enough about the deco. The food deserves 5 thumbs up. From the deco, you should probably gather by now that the place serves seafood. The menu selection is varied and will be able to satisfy the taste buds of everyone. Based on my first dining experience here, I knew the servings were big so I know I can only have entree but there was this one item on the menu which sounded really appealing – Garlic Prawns with Banana Curry. I saw on A cooking Ninja blog the Banana Curry she made and have been very curious since. I tried persuading everyone to order the dish but no one was brave enough to take up the challenge – all except for Alvin. He decided to please me since it was my birthday, as a reward for being a great friend I told him I’d pay for another meal if it wasn’t good. Well, it was really good, something different for a curry dish – it wasn’t spicy, more coconutty but has a subtle banana taste. The combination was definitely something I didn’t expect Garlic Prawns with Banana Curry(I’m definitely going to try making it at home one day). The picture does the curry no justice – you need to try it for yourself. Onto what the rest of us ate. I had the Salt and Pepper Squid the last time (which was pretty good by the way), so thought I’d go for the Hotrock Salmon. It was a bit different from what I expected. In Malaysia, there are a couple of places serving grilled stuff on hotrocks, whereby patrons are given a hotplate and slices of seafood/beef/chicken etc to sear on the hotplate and eaten directly. So, I thought, this would be something like that. However, this was what was served – a piece of salmon served on a hotrock on a bed of sushi rice –hot-rock salmon pretty cool! The fish topped with spices was done to perfection, bringing out its freshness and tenderness. Alan, Krystal and some others had the Yachties Seafood Mixed Grill – prawns, fish, scallops, squid and baby octopus served on a sizzling hotplate. YachtiesWhen the waiter laid the food down, he also whipped out a bib for each of them. They looked so cute in them! I recommended the Bush Fire Salmon, which my friend had the last time, and CY took up the suggestion. He had nothing but praises for it. Bush Fire Salmon Two other friends had the Sweet Chilli Seafood and the Sumo Wrestlers Last Supper respectively and they were not too bad. The rest had the Clipper Captain’s Seafood Sampler which was nothing less than excellent.

All I have to say is that this birthday was indeed a joyous affair for me. Fantastic food, awesome ambience, and excellent company is what makes a birthday celebration memorable. For those of you want a peek of what The Drunken Admiral has to offer, visit their very cool website and you’d definitely be tempted to pay a visit.

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This place definitely ranks as one of my favourite places! They’ve got the most magnificent margharitas, the most fantastic food and an amazing atmosphere to match. I’m not a big fan of Amigos in North Hobart as I find the place a bit crammy and the food’s not very nice. Here, at Tacos, there’s plenty of room to move around, wide open spaces, and comfortable lightings to make you feel at home and relax.

My favourite margharita is the passionfruit. There’s this colourful one which looks really nice but does not taste good! :p I’ve tried the Sangria there before and it’s not too bad if you like wine punch. For those who do not know what sangria is, it’s a wine punch typical from Spain and usually consists of red wine, chopped/sliced fruit, any sorta sweetener like orange juice, spirits and carbonated drinks like lemonade. I’m not a big fan of red wine (like most females, I’m a white wine girl) so it wasn’t exactly what I’d order regularly. But, I do want to pay a visit to the Latin American countries, in particular Spain, sometime in the future so as to taste authentic sangria and sangria blanca (white wine based sangria).

The food there’s fabulous! Most dishes come served on a sizzling hotplate. Almost every time, we’ll order a nachos with the lot (cheese, salsa, sour cream and guacamole) to share for starter. Imagine mountain of nachos topped with salsa and melted chesse with 2 large dollops of sour cream and guacamole at the side…oooo….YUM! :p I always go for the Spicy Prawns for my mains. It comes sizzling on a hot plate with onions and capers and with a mandarin salad in a tacos shell and buritos. We’ve also had the beef and chicken fajitas and those were good as well. We’ve never tried dessert there before because we’d be full to the brim after mains.

I highly recommend this place for those wanting to have a couple of drinks accompanied by quality mexican food. Remember to make a reservation or else you might be bitterly disappointed.

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This place is definitely one of my favourite joints. For the Fish & Chips lovers out there, this is the place to go. It’s relatively new in comparison to other places in Tassie but since its opening, it has become one of the biggest competitor for places like Mures and The Fish Bar.

The interior setting is contemporary and funky. The basic deco is black and white, with the walls painted with street murals. They’ve also provided cute drawings and colour texters to keep the kids occupied and amused, and a section of the wall has also been set aside to display the after products. Anyone will feel totally at ease and at home here with its light and causal ambience.

Fish 349 is often packed full with people. The one disadvantage is that you can’t make a reservation, but then again, if you could, it would defeat the purpose of it being a “fast food” joint. However, the service here is efficient and fast, especially in comparison to Mures. Often, within 10 minutes at most, we’d receive our order, fresh, hot and delicious! We’ve tried a few items off the menu, my favourite being the Caesar Salad with Seared Scallops. Light and simple, the meal’s filling enough without making one feel nauseous. I’ve also had the Hot and Cold Platter for 2. That’s also another good one to have if you like a taste of different stuff. If it’s just Alan and I, we wouldn’t be able to consume the whole thing, so we normally share this with one or 2 other people and order an extra side. The platter’s got a good mix of deep-fried crumbed prawns (I believe they use shredded coconut), Thai fish cakes, battered fish, fried squid rings, half a dozen of fresh oysters – 3 served with a pear and vinegar sauce, 3 served fresh, a huge serving of smoke salmon slices and cold cut prawns. In addition, there’s a side serving of a pear and parmesan cheese salad. When we first had the salad, we found the taste quite unusual, but after a couple more bites, you’ll grow to love it. :p

There’s also the normal aussie fish and chips, fish baskets etc., but done a lot better than Mures. Most of you by now would gather that I’m not a big fan of Mures. 🙂 But, honestly, the fish and chips taste a lot fresher and better. The ice creams are not too bad as well, especially the ferrero roche – it’s rich, creamy and has bits of ferrero roche in them – YUM!

All in all, this is the place we go whenever we feel like some seafood. Of course, you can go there for some other stuff like steak (a friend of ours tried and said it was good). Whatever it is, I highly recommend it if you want a good meal in a light, casual environment.

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