Saturday, December 24, 2011

I am still alive


Merry XMas and a Happy New Year to all of you.

Been so busy running around and just soaking up the time spent with some close friends and family.

Food blogging will have to wait. 

For those in KL who have my number, give me a buzz!


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Medusa Dining @ Paddington, Brisbane

I heard about Medusa a while ago from a fellow blogger, summarised as a nice place with whimsy and modern cuisine, foams and all too. It took us a voucher from Living Social to finally make our way there last week, venturing into Bardon, an area I actually haven't gone before!

The place looks classy but out of place in a block of shops which has Dominoes 2 doors away and a supermarket around the corner. However with all glass on 3 sides of the wall, you have one of the nicer views of the city skyline, making a good place to hold a function.

The deal that night was a 7 course degustation for two with 2 glasses of moscato for AUD 89, supposedly with a value of AUD230. However I consider myself a seasoned user of group buying websites and you learn to take the values with a pinch of salt. 

Service was switched between an elderly Asian man and a young waitress. Attentive but we could have done with a bit more patience when describing dishes. The man was quick and I could barely catch more than 2 words while the girl was quite soft and I couldn't hear more than a word or two. 


We were served a "surprise" from the chef, I am guessing the word is meant to be amuse bouche. However not catching what it was, it got us guessing and guessing. With a texture that was like tuna / beef, it was nothing too spectacular.


The first course was a salmon sashimi with a bed of salad, pineapple bits and pineapple emulsion. Slightly too sweet and lacking a bit of acidity to balance it. However as a first course, it was quite generous in portion. 


Jamon Serrano with blood sausage dust and assorted mushrooms. Nothing wrong except we would have appreciated more bread for this or something sweet to balance out the saltiness.


The Chicken Breast was cooked to perfection, probably sous vide because it was so moist. Sitting on a bed of pumpkin puree, we started to see similar garnishing; the pineapple bits from the first course and the mushrooms from the second course. We loved this dish.


The garnishing repeats itself once again, the pineapple bits and the mushrooms appears in another role. There was nothing wrong with the carpaccio but nothing sparkled in the dish (including the quail egg). I would have also preferred this dish before the chicken for a better continuity. 


The second and last hot dish of the night, the star of the night too; the pork belly. The sweet glaze, crispy crackling and melt in your mouth meat, oh why is the portion so small? What seemed like a weird combo, there was yoghurt with passionfruit along with a piece of sweet potato and a poached pear. 


The cheese course was a small piece of soft cheese from Lyon. I could have easily finished that slice on my own but we had to share, boo. 


Luckily we had a dessert each and got a pretty good rendition of the traditional indonesian layer cake paired with a scrumptious creamy butterscotch ice-cream. We loved this dish. 

Was it worth AUD 89? Yes but could it have really cost me AUD 230? I don't think so. There were a number of recycled garnishes, only 2 hot dishes and small protein portions. 

The plating was exciting at times but I didn't get the same impression that my fellow blogger had when they first visited the place. Turns out the head chef has already jumped ship to another restaurant but I guess not all is bad because there's plenty of potential from what we saw that night. 

A pity we won't have the chance to return again.

Address and contact details:

Medusa Dining on Urbanspoon

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. Brilliant view, good food but missing the extra edge on some of the dishes to be a shining star.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Pineapple Hotel Steakhouse @ Kangaroo Point

I am alive!

After stressing about how we were going to pack everything up in our unit, getting it insured, whether the removalists will come, where to park our car over Christmas, I am glad it is almost all over. 

Most of the stuff is now packed in boxes, I have just paid for insurance, confirmed that I can have a parking space over Christmas at my apartment and reassured myself that the removalist is no con job. 

Apart from that, we have been visiting all our favourite joints at any available opportunity; once a week of the tonkotsu ramen in Sunnybank and lots of Korean Fried Chicken.

It was not only last weekend that we said to ourselves, "hey it is our last weekend in Brisbane, yes we are kind of broke but shouldn't we try some more new places?".

So we did.

After flipping through the Entertainment Book which is well seasoned, we decided to steak out at Pineapple Hotel. 

Pineapple Hotel is one of those "hotels" that actually doesn't have accommodation but is a pub / steakhouse / pokies bar. With a display of various cuts of beef in different sizes, it got us salivating. 

I decided to order the signature cut, the 700 gram T Bone which was gigantic.


At AUD 40, it was not cheap but having the buy 1 free 1 deal, it was a bargain at AUD20. A steak this size at the butcher will cost you close to that. However, it wasn't perfect. 

Mine didn't come with any garden salad despite the description on the menu. However I wasn't really in the mood for green leaves and I was pretty sure the waitress would have obliged to give me some. Slight oversight.

I guess the problem I had with the steak was that it didn't have enough char on it, probably due to 2 things; the grill wasn't hot enough or there was NO seasoning on the steak. Although not just exclusively to Pineapple Hotel, I find that a number of places just don't season their steak before going on the grill, is it an Australian habit?

That said, the meat was cooked according to how I want and I might have made a mistake ordering butter instead of a sauce since the steak wasn't seasoned. 

If I had to go for steak at a "hotel", I am afraid there are a few places that are a notch better than this namely Caxton, Norman and Breakfast Creek.

However if you like your steak au natural with no seasoning, this is the place for you, especially if you can get hold of an entertainment voucher.

Address and contact details:

Pineapple Hotel Steakhouse on Urbanspoon

Verdict: 3 stars out of 5 stars. I am afraid the steaks here are not my cup of tea.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hazel Tea Shop @ Brisbane

In the last couple of months, I have read numerous updates on Facebook, plenty of blog posts and Twitter comments about the resurgence of bubble tea in Malaysia.

Queuing for 20-30 minutes for essentially a drink that has been available since I was a kid shows that even the classics can get hip and trendy.

It must have been the same time that my friends introduced this place to me for their bubble tea. 

Their speciality is the "bubble" i.e. the black pearls (or does bubble mean something else?). 

Soft and chewy, not too tough and hard, my friend from Hong Kong said you can't even get anything close in Hong Kong.

The flavour? It must be the Brown Sugar Milk Tea. 

A bloody good drink for the 30 + degree weather we have been getting in Brisbane over the last couple of weeks.



A good alternative to my afternoon coffee habit, thankfully I don't drink afternoon coffee every day, if not I will be on sugar overload!

Address and contact details:

Hazel Tea Shop on Urbanspoon

Verdict: 4.5 stars out of 5 stars. There's another one in the city on Elizabeth Street and I can't help myself every time we walk past.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Joe can cook! Season 2 Episode 4: Comfort Food; Lasagna

I reckon it is the stress of thinking about moving out all the furniture from my place, wondering if I am ripped off with the remover's quote, thinking of  where to park my car while I am away to whether I would have enough money to survive in Melbourne before the new employers pay me that is causing my eating behavior to go bonkers recently.

Not usually a fan of carbs at night, I have been indulging in potatoes like no tomorrow, from frozen potato wedges to roast potatoes in the last week or so. I am pretty sure all the hard work I have put in bootcamp over the last 8 weeks have gone into shambles.

The week before we were craving for the king of all comfort food; lasagna. There's just something about digging into minced beef, tomato sauce, cheese and pasta sheets. In that twenty minutes or so we were digging into it, all worries were forgotten.  


It sounds like a daunting thing to make but seriously, its easy especially if you have pre-made lasagna sheets, a simple bolognese recipe, lots of parmesan cheese and a bechamel recipe too if you feel like pigging out. 

If you ever feel like pigging out, give it a try (Serving for 4):

Bolognese sauce

800 grams of minced beef
1 tin of tomatoes
4 tomatoes
Pre-mix italian herbs
2 bay leaves
5-6 cloves of garlic
2 small onions
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Lea Perrin sauce (to season)

1. Heat pan up, fry your garlic and onions till soft.
2. Season minced beef with salt, pepper and lea perrin sauce before cooking it through, get some colour into it by using medium high heat. 
3. Once the meat is cooked half way through, put in your chopped tomatoes, your tin of tomatoes, italian herbs and bay leaves. If you have fresh thyme or rosemary, you can use that too. 
4. Season generously and let it simmer 15-20 minutes till the sauce thickens up. If it doesn't you can make a roux which is basically equal portions of butter and flour (I reckon 15-20 grams would do), cooked into a yellow paste like form to thicken up the sauce.    

Bechamel sauce

1. This is again an approximate recipe (I know I am hopeless).
2. Make a roux with butter and flour (15-20 grams).
3. 1 glass of milk, poured into the roux.
4. After that 50 grams of parmesan into the mixture.
5. Throw in an egg too for good measure.
6. Stir and cook it till it thickens


1. The idea is sauce, parmesan cheese and pasta.
2. Start the first layer with sauce.
3. The last layer should be sauce and then top up with bechamel sauce and a good sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
4. Into the oven at 180 degrees for 25-30 minutes or till top is golden brown. 

A brilliant 1 dish wonder that will drive any comfort food craving away.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sourced Grocer @ Teneriffe, Brisbane

I always thought I had a huge folder of photos, still untouched and yet to feature on the blog until I realise I am up to date.

That got me thinking, had we not been eating out and instead been cooking more at home? 

Turns out if my memory serves me right that we have been frequenting familiar spots, spots that we are comfortable with. It also dawns upon me that I should be feasting on all the good stuff I have unearthed in Brisbane before we start our new adventure next year. 

Luckily I still have a place that I have yet to blog about. 

One place that keeps sticking out in Twitter, Facebook or the newspapers is Sourced Grocer.

What can I say about this place? Its hippy, cool and relaxed. Somewhat resembles the cafes in Melbourne.

As the name suggests, it is a grocer where you get a range of meats, bread, vegetables, fruits and etc that looks like its been hand picked and sourced. On the shelves, you get a whole load of other goodies like the Yarra Strawberry Jam that I had with my toast this morning. 

On top of that, they have a section for breakfast items with coffee. 


Order at the counter and take a slip. You pay at the counter where they use Macbooks as a POS, isn't that cool?


The place was packed when we went on a Sunday morning. You had people taking away, sitting on the stairs and outside the shop. Coffees took a while to arrive but were as good as gold.

Originally when we saw a lack of space, we wanted to take away coffees and be gone. Lucky me again, we scored two seats and I couldn't wait to dig into some breakfast.


The Croque Monsieur, eventhough in reality is ham and cheese was awesome with the addition of some rocket leaves. 

Be warned though, it does take awhile for meals to be served. 

All in all, a hippy breakfast place and you can even pick up some groceries too!

A word of warning for those who don't embrace the heat like me, it is not an enclosed air conditioned place so it can get a bit hot although it be perfect for autumn / winter.

Address and contact details:

Sourced Grocer on Urbanspoon

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. Love the concept!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Verve Restaurant @ Edward Street, Brisbane

There's something cool about this place which is situated in the basement of the Metro Arts building. Maybe it is just the whole experience of walking into a dimly lit underground area which feels cold and cool at the same time. Oh did I say cool again?

Well maybe it isn't that cool but it is cooling.

The Wife and I were feeling generous that day so we decided we will pick a nicer place for lunch instead of trying to find a place that will get me a meal for under $10. 

Verve which is just opposite her office was an easy option.

The menu is a simple assortment of pasta and pizza; not exactly the most authentic Italian stuff but probably more Australian/American/Modern Italian if you know what I mean.


A special of the day was a cream based prawn pasta with sun dried tomatoes. I love pasta that is cooked al-dente and this was probably a minute too long in boiling water. Else, this tasted pretty good.


I think this was a seafood pizza but honestly I think for the same price, you can get a better one at Pizza Capers. 

Overall, a decent place for a pasta or pizza and a beer but nothing that was really shining. Meals are almost AUD20 per person so not cheap for an everyday lunch unless you earn a bucket load of money.

Address and contact details:

Verve Restaurant Bar Cider House on Urbanspoon

Verdict: 3 stars out of 5 stars. If there's consolation, I reckon it should be a couple of degrees cooler than the blistering sun we have been getting in the last week and in the upcoming weeks.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ponycat @ New Farm, Brisbane

I might as well make it official. 

Yes, I am moving to Melbourne beginning 2012.

I thought I would be much more happy than I should be but it feels more like an unwanted son going back to a mother that didn't want him to begin with, compound by the fact that the unwanted son is casting away his foster mother who's been treating him well. 

It was probably not a move I had anticipated but you could say one thing lead to another and the opportunity to live life in Melbourne became a reality, a chance I couldn't say no to. 

There are still mixed feelings about leaving the place we called home in the last 14 months or so and we will be making the best out of it till we fly back home in mid December.

Meanwhile, I need to dig deep into the archives of photo and finish up this foodie adventure of mine.


Reading Urbanspoon and some of the local blogs, Ponycat seems to pop up once in a while for a good breakfast. However the thought of going there never crossed our minds and it wasn't until one day we decided, ok lets go.

Looking at the address, I had no idea it was a trot away from Choquette, my weekly source of bread and at one time, pastries. 

Back to Ponycat. The place is rather small with an open kitchen so I reckon it was fortunate we got a place outside. The only troublesome thing was the menu is written on a board inside the restaurant and I found myself standing awkwardly in the middle of the restaurant reading the menu, pressured to find something I like.

The menu is a mix of classic dishes with one or two highlights. 


Corn pancakes with eggplant relish and bacon was something that caught my eye. However the Wife was too tempted to just walk across to Choquette for that to die for Almond Croissant. Foodwise, the combination of ingredients and flavours worked and strayed away from the good old poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. 


The Coffees were a mixed bag. I had a latte that was well made but the Cappuccino came out rather bitter, maybe an over extraction of the espresso shot. 

Overall to us, it was another one of those breakfast spots that we would consider over the weekend but not dream about in our sleep.

Address and contact details:

Ponycat on Urbanspoon

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. A decent breakfast spot in this part of town.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Govinda's @ Brisbane CBD

It has certainly been a crazy week for me. 

Although not cast in stone, throughout the week I have been thinking about a potential move away from Brisvegas. Look if it was 6 months ago and I was single, I be happy to pack up my bags immediately. Now, I have got furniture to think about transporting and whether my other half will find a job too. Of course it goes without saying, Brisbane and I have gone from an unwilling relationship to being good friends.

I guess that is also compounded by work piling on tables by the day. Oh well such is life. 

When it is all official, readers, you will be the first to find out.


Now back to food, gosh, don't think there was ever a period I haven't blogged for a whole week and a bit.

Friday afternoon and somehow or rather Govinda's became the lunch spot that day for the Wife and I.

Apparently, it is a all you can eat vegetarian buffet although I couldn't see any description of that sort on the menu board. The first serving is done canteen style and dished out for you and if the rather big portion doesn't satisfy you (I didn't see a single one that day go back for seconds), that would be the time to confirm whether it is all you can eat.  


For AUD 12 you get the above, dessert and a drink. Not too bad.


Open up the Pappadum and you get an assortment of vegetarian dishes piled on rice. Overall, not fantastic but rather consoling that it was all vegetarian and it should make me more healthy. 

Take note that the assortment of items are fixed according to day, so you might want to drop by on different days, unless you are happy with eating the same dish. 

If vegetarian indian is not your thing, they do a couple of vegetarian western dishes, like lasagna, pastries and chips. 

Address and contact details:

Govinda's on Urbanspoon

Verdict: 3 stars out of 5 stars. Something different is what I would call it since my staple lunch diet over the last week has been sushi roll after sushi roll.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Mizu @ New Farm, Brisbane

We are always on the look out for inspiring breakfast places with a menu that goes beyond the poached eggs, bacon and coffee. After complaining (something I am getting quite good at), one of my friends said if we wanted to try a Japanese breakfast instead. Off we went on a Sunday morning, warm and bright to Mizu. 

An immediate bonus about this place was that it was near empty when we walked in at 10am. No long queues, no standing outside the sun and no crying stomach.   


Instead of my coffee, we had the green tea latte instead. Done exactly the same way using green tea (powder I suspect). To really appreciate the drink though, I suggest putting a little bit of sugar. The iced version which comes with ice-cream was tempting for a takeaway but luckily a pinch on the leg reminded me that I should be on a diet (of some sorts).  


I was expecting a nice big rustic looking okonomiyaki with the lot although at AUD10, you had to be realistic as to what you would get. What I did get was 2 patties which tasted spot on and a nice smiley face with some salad. Not exactly the item to fill me up for half a day but something for a change. 



The Bento Box is much more filing and you can see a couple of pickled items used to presumably wake up the sleeping palate. Simple but nice for a change unless eating rice in the morning is not your cup of tea.

Overall, if you are looking for something different and think eating a bento box in the morning might do the trick, Mizu is the place to go. Having tried their food at breakfast which was quite promising, I do want to drop by for a lunch or dinner. 

Address and contact details:

Mizu on Urbanspoon

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. Japanese breakfast, how cool is that?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Jude @ Brisbane, CBD

To all those who watched the Race that stops the Nation; namely the Melbourne Cup or the Emirates Melbourne Cup, cheers if you won and cheers for time off (officially or unofficially).

Having sneaked out of my office function just after the race that net me a lunch, I thought I share with you a spot in the city which is not much of a secret from the daily crowds.

We had always wanted to try Jude but was put off by a comment made about how it was all about salads and not substantial especially for a guy like me. However when we realised that there was a buy 1 free 1 deal on the Entertainment Card, we thought we might as well make the most out of it. 

If there was one down side, it is the lack of menus. The only menu is up on the board which ranges from burgers, fish and ships and etc and then you got a choice of a ton of salads to go with which are on display at one side. For those who are indecisive, you will feel a bit lost in the middle of the crowd, trying to decide what you want to eat.


The Wife originally wanted to try the assorted arancinis but found out you don't get one of each flavour but two of one flavour. With that not as appealing as it did, she settle for good old fish and chips. The fish came out fresh and not dripping in oil and I must say, we found a new spot for chips because the ones at Jude are awesome!  


I have been wanting to eat lasagne for awhile and it was an easy choice. Choosing the salad was a hard one though and in the end I thought order something that I would never cook at home; beetroot salad with goats cheese and it was awesome too! 

Prices are slightly more than the AUD 10 budget we put to ourselves, with a main, salad and chips closer to AUD 15-18. Add a drink and you are at AUD20. Luckily with the deal on my Entertainment Card, we were right on the budget. 

Address and contact details:

Jude on Urbanspoon

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. Cute little place, wholesome food and yummy salads, the only thing that would stop me from coming back often is my AUD10 a meal budget.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Aria Brisbane @ Brisbane CBD

I can't believe this is my 900th post and to celebrate such a momentous occasion, I thought I celebrate this with our anniversary meal we had at one of the more famous restaurants in Brisbane. 

Aria is famous for both I guess the right and wrong reasons. Right because it is opened by a high profile chef by the name of Matt Moran (think MasterChef) and with a view of the river, wrong because Matt Moran appears to be more interested in spending more time on TV (think MasterChef) and writing cookbooks than running the kitchen.

Fueled by its reputation, it was quite sad we only managed a 2 hour slot on a Saturday evening, which was too short to dig into the degustation menu. If there was a lesson to learn, I have got to book way in advance if I want to dine in a nice place on a weekend night. 

Walk into the restaurant and it oozes professionalism, a formal greeting and someone to walk you to your table. The ambience is quite formal but the dark tones gives off a romantic feel but at the same time suitable to also say, discuss a million dollar deal. 

I guess a comment by the Wife was that the waitress serving us that night had quite a horrible coloured eye liner making her a bit scary. 

Aside from bad make up, we took our time to scan the menu and settled on an entree, main and dessert.   


An amuse bouche of pea soup laced with parmesan oil I believe. Meant to drink it as a shot, it was smooth, distinct flavours but not overly intriguing. 


Time and time again, I have said charging for bread is a sin. Thankfully this came complimentary with butter too. Got us chewing on something while our entrees arrived.


Another lesson I learnt that night, don't rely on the fact that there is an online menu. Barely two weeks since the meal, there is now a new online menu and guess what, the tuna dish we had that night is no longer available. Based on my fading memory, it was a duo of tuna tartare and a seared tuna loin accompanied with drops of a sweet and tangy sauce (no, it doesn't sound too posh from how i described it). Beautifully cooked and tasted brilliant.

One of the features of this restaurant is the fancy pretty plating. It is a joy to just stare at the plate before you realise you are meant to eat it. 


The pork belly I believe is a signature dish but unfortunately it didn't live to its expectations. The crackling wasn't over crunchy and the meat wasn't exactly melt in your mouth. The use of black bean sauce wasn't the best idea even though it was a good idea to bring a savoury element to the dish. The apple puree was brilliant (although I realise that is quite easy to make; apples and sugar).

If I was being critical, I think the waiting time to the mains was slightly too long.  


The mains consisted of a duck breast with a duck filling pastry and a rather bitter witlof with parsnip puree. The duck breast could have done with 30 seconds more for the Wife who is not the biggest fan of medium rare cooked meat but I love how crispy the skin was. The pastry brings another element to the dish and makes it a very substantial main.  


There was a lamb loin and a bit of a shank on the plate served with a mini capsicum filled with cous cous. Give me well cooked meat and I am a happy man. However the use of a sweet spiced caper paste didn't exactly suited our taste buds. Again a very substantial main.

At this point I would be a very happy man but I succumbed to a suggestion to share a side dish. Like the waitress commented that night, "you can never take the chippies out from the men".

Boy the chips were good.  


I am guilty to report that I polished the whole plate. It was just that good along with a generous amount of aioli. 

At this point I was probably close to being in a coma but we were greedy and it was after all an anniversary meal, so we ordered desserts too. 


The Banofee is a signature which seems to be retained in their latest version of their online menu. Smooth and made sweeter with the ripe banana slices and the ice-cream, this was a very satisfying dessert, especially we have recently reined in our sweet tooth and limit it to fruits on weekday nights. 


This screamed chocolate, chocolate and chocolate. However, honeycomb and my teeth don't mix very well. The honeycomb was particularly chewy and just created a mess in my mouth and we had to leave most of the pieces alone. Special mention to their ice-cream, gosh it's good.

While there were many praises over their plating, well cooked meat and creativeness (plus the chips!), for a hatted restaurants, there were some negatives too. Depending on who served you, the description of your dish was vague or detailed. Unfortunately, we were being served by a girl who didn't exactly take her time to describe anything else than what she saw on the plate while the waiter next to us took his time going through how the meat was cooked and etc. Some of the elements on the dish wasn't perfect and perhaps fusion gone wrong like the black bean sauce in the pork belly and the spiced caper paste. 

As expected, a 3 course meal with a drink and a coffee is in the region of AUD130-150. Since i am mentioning coffee, the latte here despite costing AUD7.50 (with petit fours) is one of the best i had! 

Address and contact details:

Aria Brisbane on Urbanspoon

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. Some of their ideas may not suit and some would say their ambience be a bit too formal for their liking but you can't deny the fact that their food is good in most parts and if their standard remains, I don't see why they should not stay in the top range of town. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

MOS Burger @ Sunnybank, Brisbane

There's something about MOS burgers and I.

Although I can't remember the days when they were in Malaysia, I do remember asking my friend to fetch me to a place that sells some when I was down in Singapore and not to mention grabbing a couple of them at the subway stations in Taipei as a snack. 

Its the same urge as wanting to eat McDonalds overseas so you can have a pork patty in it because the ones in Malaysia are pork free. 

So it surprised me that it took me so long to visit them (considering they have been open since April this year). 


After the initial rush of patrons when they first opened, the place was considerably much quiet on a Friday night with plenty of seats. With MOS burgers, your first choice is to go for the rice burgers, after all that is one of the key differences between them and the other fast food options.

Instead of bread, you get rice, not to mention a variety of asian fillings. 


Despite all that, the Wife chose the Fish Fillet Burger. Familiar? Think Fillet o Fish. Yeah, that one, looks the same, tastes the same but not the same. 


There was no way I was going to order anything but a rice burger. The okonomiyaki rice burger was delicious. With bonito flakes, familiar sauce and all, the only complaint is size. Looking to fill yourself? You need two. The other rice burger had the familiar filling of beef slices but be warned, it get can a bit stringy causing a bit of a mess. 

Prices are average, around the AUD10 mark if you have 2 burgers only or alternatively a burger set with drink and chips.

Address and contact details:

MOS Burger on Urbanspoon

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. I am biased, always loved MOS and will always love MOS.