Sunday, 8 December 2013

Apple Daily Bar & Eating House, Print Hall - #AHAWAchallenge 1 of 31

About a month ago, I set myself the challenge of attempting to go to all AHAWA award winners. Print Hall was the most successful venue at the awards night, so it only seemed appropriate to visit them first. I've only been to Print Hall once for drink so was looking forward to trying out the food.


The night we went, there wasn't a line but it was still really busy! The original plan was to have a drink downstairs in the Print Hall bar and then go upstairs to Apple Daily. I couldn't even get inside Print Hall, let alone to the bar to order a drink, so headed straight upstairs to Apple Daily and got us a table. (Apple Hall do not take bookings).

Apple Daily's menu embraces the Asian family style where dishes are placed in the middle of the table to be shared. I love this because I get terrible food envy.  The menu has a mix of popular dishes, mainly from the South East Asian region.


I was joined by three delightful ladies - @traingirl21, @itskimhere and CousinI. @traingirl21 had been to Apple Daily twice before but the rest of us were Apple Daily virgins.

The first thing I noticed was the awesome decor. The walls are covered in newspaper wallpaper with a mixture of Chinese character and English.  The second was the noise. Even though we were on the 2nd floor and tucked away to the side, the noise from the bar was so loud... it's not a venue I'd recommend for a romantic date but for a fun night out with friends, it's perfect!




The drink menu is interesting. The drinks have great Asian themed names but the descriptions on the menu aren't very descriptive. You'll find out little bits like what the mixer is but you'll seldom find out what spirits are in the drink. 
Itchy Eyed Dragon
Mao's Little Red

The waiter suggested that four people should order six dishes. Three from the Street Food Snacks list and three from the Bigger Sharings list.

CousinI was running late, so  @traingirl21, @itskimhere and I decided on three Street Food Snacks to get us started.

  • TAMARIND SPARE RIBS, GREEN PAPAYA SALAD $18
  • CRISPY SOFT SHELL CRAB, WATERCRESS, RUBY GRAPEFRUIT, NAM JIM $18
  • SALTWATER DUCK, SPRING ONION, FLOWER BUN, HOISIN $24 
TAMARIND SPARE RIBS, GREEN PAPAYA SALAD $18
The ribs were amazing. They were coated in a beautiful glaze and the meat was so tender. The green papaya salad was a perfect accompaniment. I think this might've been my favourite dish of the night. It was also @traingirl21's favourite.
CRISPY SOFT SHELL CRAB, WATERCRESS, RUBY GRAPEFRUIT, NAM JIM $18
SALTWATER DUCK, SPRING ONION, FLOWER BUN, HOISIN $24
SALTWATER DUCK, SPRING ONION, FLOWER BUN, HOISIN $24
This was @itskimhere's favourite dish.

The 'Yes Sensei' cocktail was described as a fizzy, citrus-y mojito. They didn't say what the little balls on top were but I think they were sago balls.

'Yes Sensei' cocktail

Sago balls?
 
For our 'mains', we ordered:
  • JERRY'S OYSTERS, LIME, NUOC CHAM $4 EA
  • PHAD THAI, PRAWNS, SWEET PORK, CHILLI JAM $26
  • SALT AND PEPPER SQUID $18
CousinI and @traingirl21 shared some oysters. I don't know anything about oysters and have never tried them but apparently they were small.

JERRY'S OYSTERS, LIME, NUOC CHAM $4 EA

PHAD THAI, PRAWNS, SWEET PORK, CHILLI JAM 26
The Phad (Pad?) Thai did not impress me. It was the only disappointment of the evening. It didn't taste like Pad Thai to me, it was more like a Fried Kway Teow. However what I really didn't like was the amount of bean sprouts. I really really really don't like bean sprouts and as you can see there were so so sooooooooooo many!

SALT AND PEPPER SQUID $18
The Salt and Pepper Squid was nice. It wasn't what I was expecting - I thought it would be like the Chinese style S&P Squid with the light batter and chilli. The batter was a little thick and crunchy for my liking but the squid was nice and not at all rubbery. 

CousinI's drink. She loved it!
We had about four different people serve our table and all were fantastic. The staff seemed run off their feet but it was a very efficient and well oiled system.

The food came to $30/head between the four of us.
Cocktails were approx. $18 each and a pint of beer $11.

By the time we left, the restaurant was full. 


...however the crowd at the Print Hall bar had thinned out. 



Would I return? 
Yes! I think it's a bit pricey for the meal sizes but the quality of food did not disappoint.
I would not recommend a Friday evening. It was so loud with the after-work crowd. I think it would be more enjoyable on a quieter evening.

Make sure you try the ribs. They're great!

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1 comment:

  1. Reading this has made me crave that saltwater duck all over again!

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