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Sous le Soleil (“Under the sun”) have two restaurants, one in St Ives, and one in Roseville. This is about a meal at the St Ives one, in the old Headmaster’s Cottage.

As you walk in to the old house, the rooms at the front have all sorts of French things for sale, including soaps, lotions, and art. The restaurant is in the back half of the house, spilling out onto an outdoor terrace.

There’s something warm and intimate about the rooms inside the house, with the terrace being much more open and airy, so you can choose the location with the atmosphere you prefer. It was a cool day when I visited, so I was glad to be indoors.

While I was waiting for my meal to arrive, I enjoyed nibbling on some very tasty sourdough, which had been toasted, so was crispy on the outside, and soft and warm on the inside. I think the heat brought out the fullness of the flavour, which had an almost nuttiness to it.

They had some tempting things on the menu, such lamb shank pie, or nicoise salad. Normally I choose something which seems unique to each place, to try something different (unless it’s a favourite, like char kway teo, when I’ll choose it frequently). This time I knew I was having dinner out, so didn’t want a heavy meal. And so I chose the carpaccio of peppered veal with fig, grapes, Kipfler potatoes and a salad of beetroot, melba toast, and horseradish cream.

The plate looked a work of art. The kipfler potatoes were in small chunks, half-hidden under the melba toast in the picture above. The horseradish and the pepper added two different sorts of zing to the lightly seared veal. There was a good mix of textures and flavours, which kept every mouthful interesting.

As that was light, there was just enough room for a light dessert, still not wanting to overdo it for lunch. I chose the “Rosedale Delight”: strawberry and rosewater fool, fresh strawberries drizzled with Grand Marnier and topped with a toasted meringue.

The strawberry and rosewater fool was light and not too sweet, with the rosewater not overpowering it, but adding a gentleness to it. A gorgeous, light dessert.

The staff were friendly and helpful. Now I’d like to try the Roseville Sous le Soleil, to see how they compare.


Here are the details for Sous le Soleil at St Ives. Check their web site for current information.

Web site
Address 175 Rosedale Road (corner of Mona Vale Rd), St Ives NSW 2075
Phone (02) 9983 1188
Open Tuesday to Saturday:
Lunch: 12.00pm -2.00pm
Dinner: 6.00pm – Close
Menu French, Mains: $18-$31
Sous Le Soleil on Urbanspoon

How do you choose what to order? Tried and true, old favourites? Or, something new?

On a rainy Sunday, we decided to go to Chatswood for a bite to eat, keeping fingers crossed that half of Sydney didn’t also have the same idea. Thankfully, we got there at the beginning of the lunch-time, so managed to find a spot to park.

We went back to Hero Teppanyaki, on the Lower Ground Floor in Chatwsood Chase, in the food court area.

Of course we had to have some of the green tea (with rice) while awaiting the arrival of the food. We were seated overlooking the chef preparing the noodle dishes. He was a real showman, but with good reason as he was skilled and quickly cooked a multitude of dishes, with flair, in the time we were there.

The person I was with ordered the chicken udon noodles, which on taste-testing was one of the tastiest I’ve had:

I ordered the chicken with a miso sauce (seen in the photo at the top of the post), with sprouts and shallots. Very good. I’ve had the tempura vegies with King prawns there before (and loved that), so thought I’d try something different this time. The miso sauce had a real savory flavour, complementing the grilled chicken and sprouts.

When the plates arrived we thought that there’s be no way to get through them, their sizes were so generous, but because they tasted so good, and light, somehow they disappeared!

Good food, and I’ll be back, bit by bit working my way through the menu. Prices are reasonable, about $14 for the noodle dishes, with the wagyu beef dishes being more like about $32. Still good for tasty, fresh, quick food.


Here are the current details for Hero Teppanyaki. Call them for current info.

Address Shop 40b, Chatswood Chase, 345 Victoria Ave, Chatswood, NSW 2057
Phone (02) 9412 4668
Menu Japanese, noodles (udon and soba), tempura, etc. Mains $13-20 (Wagyu costs more).
Hero Teppanyaki on Urbanspoon

So, what do you like to order when you eat Japanese food?