I forgotten how I found out about this place, but I’m always on the look out for brunch destinations North of the CBD. I made the effort to come to The Wooden Whisk on a rainy Saturday morning, with the promise of good food, and 2 hours of free parking at the Pole Ln carpark nearby. Luckily the rain cleared up for us on our walk to the cafe.
Coffee; a must.
Kale Crave: Kale, cucumber, apple, mint, $6.20
Mr. Auie has been ordering these kale juices pretty much every time he spots them on the menu. Not sure if on a health bender or just trying to look like it. But it is reported to being one of the better mixes that he has tasted as of late; refreshing way to start the morning.
I’m pretty sure the kitchen staff were partly psychic as we got both our orders of coffee and juice within, dare I say, one minute of ordering them. The way to a brunch eater’s heart is coffee on demand!
Wooden Whisk Breakfast, $16.90
Two free range eggs, bacon, sausage, sautéed mushrooms, tomato, black pudding, Spanish style beans, toasted sourdough. Perfectly sized big breakfast with a good variety. These days a lot of places just seem to try to cram a plate full of anything they can think of and call it a big breakfast, and it usually leaves you aching for something else. This one however, had a lovely mix of goodies and left you comfortably full.
Sautéed Field Mushrooms, $15.90
Served with garlic, truffle butter, marinated feta, smoked pork, poached egg and toast. Stupid me, for some reason blanked out and didn’t registered that smoked pork would be similar to bacon. My mistake was Mr. Auie’s gain, as he is bacon fanatic. But aside from the slight brain fart, the rest of the dish was delightful. I wish I could say I could tell there was truffle in the butter, but I guess my palate just isn’t that refined enough to tell. The egg was poached to perfection, and there was enough that Mr. Auie could have a large portion and the plate was still not clear by the time we were both full.
We would definitely make this a regular haunt. Quick service, attentive staff and good food. Can’t wait for a next visit. I hear good things about the sweets.
The Wooden Whisk
Shop 8, 38-46 Albany St,
St. Leonards, NSW 2065
Happy Monday everyone! Just thought I’d rub it in and post on my day off work. And where else to start than back to where it all began… The funky dumpling bar along the restaurants at Walsh Bay.
Violet Argyle Dumpling – fresh beetroot juice, argyle beef, spring onion & baby bok choy ($13.80)
Pan fried pork buns ($10.80 for 4)
Lotus duck salad ($16.00)
“Kung Pao chicken” ($25.00)
Messina – Chocolate and Mango sorbet
The Food Zoo experience: I have to say, I still love the pan fried pork buns the best. And on special occasions to celebrate not winning $500 million dollars we would come here and order loads and loads of pork buns! And then to finish it off with Messina icecream – Ah, the satisfaction!
Walsh Bay, NSW
On a cold winter’s night when you’re craving some warm, rich, dessert – The Choc Pot is the perfect place to go! I couldn’t really decide what my favourite was between the salted caramel chocolate souffle and the molten chocolate fondant! Check it out for yourself!
Cute little boards for menu prices and specials
Small open kitchen area
Mr Souff – salted caramel waterfall into a light fluffy chocolate souffle ($12.00)
The Choc Pot – molten chocolate fondant ($12.00)
The Food Zoo experience: So. Much. Chocolate. Chocolate this, chocolate that. You just can’t really go wrong in this place. Unless it’s too much chocolate. In which case, match desserts with the recommended herbal teas! I’m loving this place!
7/1 Railway Parade
Burwood NSW 2134
The sacrifices I make for good food! This place isn’t open on Sundays so I skipped my Saturday exercise routine to make it (feeling super guilty). But it was definitely worth it!
Cronuts on display
Avocado smash with Fetta ($9.50)
Chicken, rocket, pumplin, aoli sandwich ($8.00)
Cronut – Cookies & Cream with Nutella syringe ($5.00)
Cronut – Rose petal ($10.00)
The Food Zoo experience: A lot of the sandwiches are pre-made but still taste quite fresh. Absolutely LOVED the cronuts though. Fueling my total obsession with nutella I just cold not resist the cookies and cream cronut with nutella syringe. The cronuts are custard filled which make it taste less rich and oily which means… You can eat more!
110 Audley Street
Yes, yes this is a special post for my lunch trek to Piccolo Me at Castlereagh St! It’s just off the main road at the top of Martin Place but you can’t miss the bright yellow logo outside! After my constant badgering on Instagram, Roy kindly invited me to sample the Nutellagato (affogato variation with Nutella ice-cream).
Nutella and banana roll ($6.50)
The Nutellagato – Before (complimentary)
The Nutellagato – During (complimentary)
The Nutellagato – Ready to eat! (complimentary)
Pulled pork & rocket wrap
The Ricky Ricardo – Salami, tomato, cucumber & provolone dolce ($8.00)
The Food Zoo experience: The lunch wraps/salad options are on the lighter side so you know you’re not going back to the office for a food coma. It also means more room for the nutella bomb or *drumroll please*…. The Nutellagato! A double ristretto shot + Nutella ice-cream. I love all things nutella so needless to say I will be going back for more! For those who are wanting to try it out, the Nutellagato is available starting August 11th at all stores =)
1 Castlereagh St
Sydney NSW 2000
As promised, the post which was meant to precede TeaPlus Burwood (as you can tell, I clearly get overexcited by dessert and jumped the gun on that post).
Mint’s special lemonade
Thick vermicelli lemongrass soup ($11.50)
Mint’s signature beef noodle soup with Australian wagyu cutes ($17.00)
Chicken salad congee ($13.00)
Lemongrass pork with rice ($12.00 extra for tomato rice)
The Food Zoo experience: Situated on the main road amongst a whole strip of other restaurants, you know it’s good when people area already waiting outside for an early dinner. Turnover is quite quick so the wait is never too long. I was surprised by the lemongrass pork which was served more as a stir-fry instead of grilled pork chop style but was tasty nevertheless. Portions were generous and the menu is maaaaaaaaassive (although who am I kidding, I always order pho). Highly recommending this place and I am officially labeling it as my go-to restaurant in Burwood!
226, Burwood Road
After so many failed attempts at organising dinner here, we finally managed to secure a booking for a chilled out Friday night. When booking, reservations for more than 10 require a deposit, there are two sessions for either 6 or 8PM. These restrictions are quite disappointing as the restaurant seemed hardly busy! On a brighter note, the service was lovely and the set up is really cute though with either booth seating, table seating or shared tables.
Complimentary spicy popcorn
Assortment of mocktails
Mocktail shared between two
Lobster fries with thousand island salsa and chipotle mayo ($14.00)
Crab, blackbean & chorizo balls ($15.00)
Lobster fries – with lobster gravy, bacon & corn ($12.00)
Moreton bay bug – 500g ($34.00)
SA Mussels ($19.00)
King Crab – 500g ($45.00)
Fried chicken ($22.00)
Waffle sandwich ($12.00)
Banana pie – oreo cookie base and caramel centre ($10.00)
The Food Zoo: I have to say, the experience was quite mixed at House of Crabs. Perhaps a bit over-hyped by my friends? I was genuinely disappointed with the lobster fries… I was thinking there would actually be lobster pieces in the fries but it was only lobster gravy… And then I couldn’t taste any lobster at all. Nevertheless my friends will know that I do really enjoy any form of fries! The dessert was unique and to be honest, my favourite dish was the fried chicken *gasp*shock*horror* I loved the idea of getting your hands dirty but honestly, the effort to reward ratio of eating crab is just way to high for my liking!
The Norfolk Hotel
Level 1, 305 Cleveland St
Redfern NSW 2016