Cho Cho San

After receiving countless emails and recommendations for the brand-spanking new Potts Point “gem” Cho Cho San, I made the decision to make a booking for the 27th of July (A and I’s 26 month celebration).

For some reason, I got the impression that they had an awesome selection of reasonably priced sides. And since A and I are saving for our trip to Japan at the end of the year, I figured we’d just order tasty, affordable sides to fill us up.

When we arrived, I was immediately taken back to art class in seventh grade, where we were all seated along a single, long, rectangular table so we could splash out Van Gogh replicas in unison.

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We stood around awkwardly, unsure of what to do. Here’s the first thing Cho Cho San lacks – a reception desk. I think any place taking bookings should have one of these.

I kind of wandered along the table awkwardly trying to look for the wait staff. It was kind of hard to tell because everyone just looked like hipsters. Finally, one of the hipsters approached A and I. I told him we had a booking, and he said, “Oh! Yes! You requested a window seat?”.

As my gaze drifted over to the window, I hesitantly smiled and confirmed his statement.

Lets put it this way. A window seat in Potts Point ain’t much of a prize.

As soon as our buttocks touched the backless wooden stools, we were offered either still or sparkling water. We mindlessly replied still water.

BIG MISTAKE. Rule number one guys. When a restaurant offers you still or sparkling water, just tell them you want table water. Spoiler alert. At the end of the night, we got a nice surprise on our bill. $4 EACH for bleeping “still” water. I wonder how much I’d get if I sat some tap water in a tank for a while and sold it back to them.

So back to the beginning of the story for our first nasty surprise. Those delicious crab buns I saw on the email recommendations were $12 each. EACH. I thought, there must be gold flecks in them or something. So we ordered one crab bun and one fried pork bun ($8) to enable us to each have a morsel of this gold flecked deliciousness.

The buns took a solid half hour to arrive. These guys were lucky we’d just come from the Aroma Festival, so the caffeine was still slightly suppressing our hunger.

When they finally arrived, I was sorely disappointed. There were no gold flecks in either of the buns. They tasted good, but for $12… well… There better be gold flecks in my poop.

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Because we were so disappointed by the lack of appealing choices in the sides menu, we had no choice but to go for the over priced mains. We ordered the $26 lamb cutlets, and the $30 wagyu beef.

Lets be blunt. I could’ve cooked a better lamb cutlet. Here’s how: I would’ve used less oil, and perhaps not be so heavy handed with the “charcoaling”. After I held the lamb cutlet to peel off the flesh with my teeth, cave man style, my fingers were left black.

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I can’t lie, the Wagyu beef was pretty damn good – it was cooked perfectly to medium rare. But the serving was small enough for me to have three plates myself (maybe if I randomly s*** out $90). And I didn’t understand the dips they gave us. They provided us with a pea drop of hot english mustard, a pea drop of wasabi, and a little sprinkle of the chilli powder you usually get at Japanese restaurants. The sauce that came drizzled over the Wagyu was already beautiful. Why would you dip it in some bottled, overpowering, english mustard?

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So here’s a summary of our night. For $88 we got:

  • A stomach still growling with hunger.
  • Cancer on a t-bone.
  • Disappointment- by the absence of gold in our buns (the actual buns and the other kind of buns ūüėČ )
  • Empathy for Italians who go to Criniti’s.

I think Cho Cho San translates to: stuff your asian mum can cook, plated in children’s portions, priced at 10000% of what it costs to make.

So would I recommend this place to you?

Yes- If you were a hipster, because then you deserve to be ripped off.

Marvel’s “Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D”

When I saw the preview for this show, I had high hopes for it because I love all things super-hero related. I¬†really wanted to like this show and was hoping it’d hook me on like the first two seasons of Heroes. But to my dismay, it was a grave disappointment. Maybe I shouldn’t have set my expectations so high… but the preview hyped it up as some awesome TV Show related to The Avengers!

So we pretty much get all the main characters thrown at us in the first episode, with no back story whatsoever. There’s a lot of action and the scenes move quick, but unfortunately the character development doesn’t really move at the same pace. The details of the scene become the main focus, whilst the characters are just kind of there to help play out the scene. What’s wrong with this?

Well the viewer is left feeling disconnected from the plot. You only care about whether or not someone’s about to be shot in the face if you like them, yet the show has done nothing to make the characters likable! I will make two exceptions though: the two bickering scientists, Leo (Ian De Caestecker) and Jemma (Elizabeth Henstridge), my only two loves on the show (mostly Elizabeth because she’s oh so pretty). Their banter is more witty and intelligent than anything that will ever come out of Skye’s mouth.

Who is Skye (Chloe Bennet)? Well I’m guessing she’s the leading lady. Her character is a civilian hacker who works for an anti-government group called “The Rising Tide”. I don’t know why but she annoys THE crap out of me. She’s introduced¬†as “bubbly and goofy” but “also warm, edgy and witty”. Her “bubbly and goofy” personality is more accurately described as pushy and annoying. Think of that annoying overly enthusiastic guy/girl who stops you whilst you’re in a hurry to catch your train. Even after politely insisting that you’re in a rush, they’ll still keep you and tell you about this amazing charity, and how much good you’ll be doing if you pledge a certain amount every month as a donation (and they always seem to leave out that they get commission from this, don’t they?). ¬†That’s her.

What’s even more of a cringe to watch is the inevitable romance between Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) and herself. It’s such a cliche.

He’s your typical icy manly man, she’s your “warm”, “goofy”, “lovable”, yet still independent, lady, who comes in and teaches him a thing or two about being a human with emotions, he warms up to her, they get together, the end.

Oh, and let’s not forget Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) from The Avengers (Yes! Coulson lives!). I don’t really have much of an opinion about him- and that’s the problem. He’s funny sometimes, but mostly he’s just a forgettable character.

This show is lucky I’m the type to give shows a whole season for a chance at redemption, before ditching it for a good. So here’s hoping things get better. Oh, and I really do hope we see more of Cobie Smulder’s (Robin from How I Met Your Mother) character cuz she is lookin’ fine!

 

American Horror Story

I first heard about this beauty of a TV show from a friend. She knew how much I love horror and she told me it was a “must-watch”. She told me it was kind of more disturbing than scary though- I had no idea just how¬†bloody disturbing it would be (see what I did thar? Yeah, lame, I know) .

So the first season, titled American Horror Story: Murder House,¬†centers around a family who’ve moved in to a house with a dark past. The family consists of Ben Harmon, a psychiatrist, Vivien, his wife, and their angsty, depressed, teenage daughter Violet. As the season goes on, you see the family meet the house’s past inhabitants (yes, in the form of vengeful ghosts). Equally as creepy as the house’s former tenants, though, are the neighbours, who sporadically show up unannounced at their house. One of the neighbours is the alcoholic, Constance Langdon, who’s played by the former golden girl, Jessica Lange.

Long Story Short: a lot of messed up s*** happens in the house whilst the Harmons are there, but the series also takes you through all the messed up s*** that happened before the Harmons got there. The origins of the haunted house unravel over the 12 episodes of the season, and despite all the gore and horror, there is a happy ending.

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In case there’s any confusion (which there was with me), this is an anthology series. So the second season has a completely different setting, with different characters, despite some of the actors being carried over from the first season. There is no relation between the story-line in the second season and the story line in the first season. The second season, titled¬†American Horror Story: Asylum, is set in an, you guessed it, asylum. The mental institution is run by the church, and when a journalist, Lana Winters, comes in to write an expos√©¬†on the gross abuse of human rights within the institution, all sorts of¬†devilish things begin to happen. If you think¬†One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was bad, try¬†multiplying the mistreatment of patients by 100. Jessica Lange plays Sister Jude, who runs the mental institution. Whilst she didn’t do much for me in the first series, she absolutely blows me away with her performance in this series.

Long Story Short: Lana Winters goes inside to write an expos√©, encounters a whole bunch of messed up s***, including a serial killer with SERIOUS mummy issues, and a former Nazi doctor doing ghastly experiments on patients. A lot of people die, and just when you think all hope is lost, the series surprises you. Oh, and just when you thought things couldn’t get any weirder, there’s aliens involved too.

 

The third series is currently airing, and it’s titled¬†American Horrror Story: Coven. Yep, you guessed it again, it’s about witches. But honestly, the first episode of this series was possibly the most messed up thing I’ve seen in this series to date. If that poster looks seductive to you, well then I guess it did its job in portraying the feel of the entire series. It’s sexual, but in a not-quite-right way.

Long Story Short:¬†I’m not sure if I like this season yet, but it’s kind of got me hooked. So far, in two episodes, we’ve seen rape, torture, and lots of bloody murder. It has successfully held on to my attention, and I’m anxious to see what happens next. Also, my favourite actors from the first two series are in it (Jessica Lange, the guy who plays Tate in the first series, the chick who plays Violet in the first series, the chick who plays Lana Winters in the second series, and the chick who plays the quiet nun girl in the second series).

Anyway, hopefully I’ve sparked some sort of curiosity in you to watch this series. I can assure you the series goes much deeper than just gore and bloodshed. It delves in to the darker side of human nature and perhaps that’s why so many find it unsettling to watch. It’s like looking in to a mirror and seeing the worst possible side of yourself.