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Something special in Canley Vale

January 12, 2015 at 12:27 pm
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They may have eight legs, but you’ll need eight stomachs to get through every dish. Source

Canley Vale is essentially the lesser-known, quiet underachieving brother of Asian cuisine behemoth Cabramatta. And he’s currently going through puberty, becoming more and more well rounded as the months go by.

About 1500 metres from the most popular eateries in Canley Heights, another hotspot for Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese dishes, TK Something claims an all-you-can-eat throne. It’s here, for around $30 per person that the best of south-western Sydney is in the spotlight, the restaurant basking in a glow that lasts well past sunset and into the late evening before closing time.

Roaring crowds of local families from backgrounds that encompass much of South East Asia flood the restaurant on the daily. They come for the simplicity offered in a self-serve, buffet-style Korean BBQ restaurant.

Sweet or spicy - you're spoilt for choice with the sauce selection. Source

Sweet or spicy – you’re spoilt for choice with the sauce selection. Source

As an accompaniment to the classic sweet chilli, soy and sriracha, a range of Korean sauces are also perched on the large wooden table tops for those more traditionally inclined. But breaking traditions and blending cultures is what contemporary dining is all about.

Rather than being limited to a few choices of poultry or red meat, TK Something goes all out and offers a wider variety of meats than found on Old MacDonald’s farm. Ranging from pork belly and chicken breast to kangaroo and octopus, they’ve scoured their local supplier for the best picks for us to chow down.

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Got beef? Or are you more of a chicken? Source

With the option of choosing as many plates as you want, the only ‘difficulty’ is that TK, like a number of barbeque restaurants, is not pre-cooked. You need to pick up a pair of tongs and rotate your own beef strips or calamari, grilling it to your own preferred standards.

But relax – you won’t go entirely hungry as your meat sears in front of you. Scattered between you and your dining companions are several side dishes to peck at – there’s boiled white rice, iceberg lettuce, cucumber strips and of course, kimchi.

Kimchi or Cucumber? It isn't all about the spice and rice.

Kimchi or Cucumber? It isn’t all about the spice and rice. Source

Once you’ve dunked your dishes in sauces and cleared your plates, make sure there’s room for dessert – it’s the first time the word buffet makes total sense – as you wander towards the small fridge in the centre of the restaurant and make your choice from numerous rotating desserts. Pana cotta, crème brûlée, fresh watermelon and sliced oranges feature upon last visit, each worth trying if you’ve saved enough space.

Ready to take on the blossoming teen of South-West Sydney? We hope so – Canley Vale’s sure to be a stud in the future with joints like TK Something dotted along their main street.

The Gentry Man’s Sydney

June 13, 2013 at 3:31 am


Ardi Astarto was recruited as a suit specialist at Ben Sherman’s flagship Sydney store before coming on board to expand renowned British tailoring/menswear company T.M. Lewin onto Australian shores. In 2012 he was awarded the Australian Style Institute’s Fire Starter Award for the rapid growth and expansion of his fashion blog: The Gentry Man. Delivering weekly articles on menswear and lifestyle, while dropping in the odd occasional hip-hop/pop culture reference, The Gentry Man has expanded not only as a fashion blog but as a personal styling experience. We reached out to Ardi to find out where he likes to wind down when he’s not making the world a more glamorous place!

NYC Insider: Brian Quinn Director of Programming for Social Media Week NYC

May 15, 2013 at 11:03 am

e24b596298fdd3fcb340a80a71ae0cb0Brian Quinn is Director of Programming for Social Media Week NY and Crowdcentric.  Having been a drummer for almost 20 years and managing jazz artists for 10, Brian has helped produce concerts around the world, including major festivals and even President Obama’s first State Dinner. Brian made a shift from the music industry to food and wine events in 2009 after co-founding The Noble Rot, an underground supperclub based around wine and dubbed “a new form of clandestine drinking” by Tasting Table. In addition, Brian learned the art of making cocktails from some of the best bartenders in New York (specifically the lauded Milk & Honey / Sasha Petraske family). Using his unique skillsets, Brian has produced memorable event experiences in the tech, beverage, and entertainment worlds, with past clients including AirBnB, GroupMe, Eucerin, Moleskine, Pernod Ricard, HowAboutWe, Georges Duboeuf, Michelin Guide, and the James Beard Foundation, prior to joining Social Media Week. He is based in New York City. You can see the places Brian Quinn has nominated as the best via Posse.com, and if you’re on- the- go you can download our mobile app, and add some of yours today!

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SXSW Insider Guide: Maya Baratz- ABC News

March 5, 2013 at 2:34 am
Maya Baratz is Senior Product Manager and Head of New Products at ABC News. As a co-editor of cookbook, The Startup Chef, she knows a thing or two about food! So trust her when she recommends places of all assorts: candy, sushi, tacos and ribs! If you’re a foodie too, create a street with all your favourite cafes and restaurants at www.posse.com and you’ll be able to access your posse’s recommended places via the iPhone app in a few days! In the meantime, here’s Maya’s top 5 places she recommends you visit during SXSW!

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