It was a while since I'd caught up with one of my good buddies, who we shall henceforth call Henstep, and after we sorted out the details and a time and place was set, we ventured out to the city to meet up, hoping to work out what we wanted for lunch when we got there.
As we ambled around, we encountered some freebies - I feel so lucky recently! A new frozen yoghurt place was opening up in Westfields called 'Yogurt World' and I happily grabbed a sample - coconut-flavoured, it was nice and refreshing.
The place wasn't too busy and service was friendly and pretty quick. A serve of their waffles was ordered, with a side of strawberries, totalling $19.50. I think the berries added another $3.50 to the $16 waffles.
Having finished there, we continued to amble around, taking in sights and just chatting. With the lunch-time crowds dissipating, we settled on Ichi-ban Boshi for Henstep's second round of lunch (with all the walking we did, he pretty much worked up his hunger again) and my first tasting of this Japanese noodle place. I'd seen it a couple of times on my way to Kinokuniya and it always looked bustling and busy, usually with a queue stretching out, but at the time we went, we didn't have to wait for seats.
I ordered the Tokyo Ramen, upon the recommendation of the waitress. I was really pleased with the dish - the noodles still had some bite and the broth was flavoursome and warm, great for the cool weather. I wish the other half of the egg came with it though.
Henstep went for the Karaage set and I was eyeing his chicken, secretly hoping that he would declare himself too full and offer me a piece, but he happily gobbled up his meal. The dollop of mayonnaise was so cute too. A caffe latte was ordered as well, and Henstep gave nods of approval.
Also, I just want to send my well wishes to everyone receiving their HSC results today. I hope you all achieve what you have worked towards for these past years! But if not, there are still so many opportunities out there, so look to the future and consider your many options.