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Anvil Coffee Co., Kirribilli

18 February, 2014

Look who finally decided to start this back up. New job = more time to do the things I love to do.

So I’d seen such lovely pictures of the view from this place I wanted to treat Mr. Auie to breakfast/early lunch. But it was raining and cloudy, not that the rain didn’t add a different sense of beauty to the shoreline.

Breakfast starts with a coffee!

Flat White, $3.50

Not my type of coffee here unfortunately. Too bitter, and tasted like burn to me. :( But to each their own!

Buttered Arabian Eggs, $16 + side of smoked salmon, $5

Pretty much Greek yoghurt on most things will get me excited on the breakfast menu. The eggs were a little too poached as there was no ooze at all from the yolk :( But otherwise the bread was crispy, the yoghurt sour, and the mint refreshing. The salmon was a good choice!

House Cheeseburger, $12 + Side of Bacon $4

Big fat juicy burgers make me weak at the knees! It didn’t have the traditional cheeseburger flavour, especially without a pickle. A cheeseburger is not a cheeseburger without a pickle. But that aside, it was indeed a big, juicy burger. From the sesame seeds on the bun, to the moist patty and the crisp greens and gooey cheese.

We were lucky that we didn’t have to wait for a table, as after we were seated and had ordered there was quite a long line. So I’m going to say based on experience that 1100 is a good time to go.

Anvil Coffee Co.
Kirribilli Commutter Wharf, Holbrook Ave
Kirribilli, 2061
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Three Blue Ducks, Bronte

16 December, 2012

After hearing about Three Blue Ducks on The Sydney Morning Herald a while back and feeling somewhat adventurous, mister T and I trekked to Bronte for some lazy Saturday breakfast…

Pork belly with chilli jam, enoki mushrooms and asian greens ($30.oo)

This dish was confusingly great! The pork belly had a very fine crispy layer of skin and mixed with the asian flavours and vegetables it seemed highly fine-dining for lunch time! Having said that, I don’t know if I would pay $30.oo again for this dish at lunch time…

Steak sandwich with red pepper mayo, tomato, onion marmalade & rocket ($18.oo)

Now THIS is what I call a real steak sandwich! I usually shy away from steak burgers as I find the steak quite messy to eat but in this case, the steak was real juicy and tender – easy to eat. You can tell some real thought was put into this burger because the rocket was thoroughly tossed with vinaigrette before being put on the burger so the flavours were nice and even. Nothing worse than having bits of salad which either have no taste or too much taste that it knocks your senses out.

Ginger ninja + Berry Smoothie ($7.oo each)

The Food Zoo experience: I was severely disappointed by the timing that breakfast/lunch was served. I quote the Three Blue Ducks website on the day of dining: “Breakfast finishes at 12 noon on the weekend and at 11.30 am during the week.” COMPLETELY UNTRUE. We got there 11:35PM and was told that breakfast was finished and lunch orders would be taken after a 25 minute wait. You can’t make bookings either so who would’ve thought of calling up to double check the time on the website? Being mentally prepared to dine at Three Blue Ducks I had no choice (in my mind), but to wait for lunch time.

That being said, the food was really good though some dishes I felt were a bit more expensive than what I would normally go for. I will definitely be going back to try the breakfast menu though!

Three Blue Ducks

143 Macpherson Street
Bronte, NSW 2024
T: (02) 9389 0010
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Gumshara Ramen, Sydney

14 December, 2012

There are three spectacular ramen places in Sydney that I’m aware of; 1) Ryo’s Noodles 2) Gumshara Ramen and 3) Ippudo. Just as I was drafting this post, I was totally beaten to it by SMH!!! Check link for a more well written article on ramen. I guess I will just let my pictures do the talking for now… T___T

“Our soup is made by traditional Japanese way to cook which only uses fresh pork bone and water. No MSG is used. The richness of the soup comes from the marrow of the bone and the soft bone. It contains a lot of collagen which is essential to maintain smooth skin”

Quoted directly from the shop display, this adds another reason for me to have the delicious ramen from Gumshara!

Garlic Tonkotsu Ramen Noodle + Soft Boiled Seasoned Egg ($13.oo)

Super Mega Ramen Noodle ($25.oo)

The super mega ramen consists of spare rib, BBQ pork Skewer, egg with tonkotsu thick soup. It is a crazy ridiculous amount of food – should only order if you are super mega hungry!

The Food Zoo experience: My favourite which I order every single time is the garlic tonkatsu ramen. If the soup is too thick or too rich, you can also have that adjusted (at the time of ordering). The wait time can fluctuate between 10-40 mins but you can always keep yourself entertained by watching the chef make 4 bowls of ramen at a time at lightening speed. Did you know the chef tastes every single bowl of soup before it is served?

Also, don’t leave without trying the soft-boiled eggs! Haven’t had them better anywhere else. Perfectly made with a soft runny yolk.. I’ve just had dinner but talking about Gumshara is making me hungry again!

Gumshara Ramen

Shop 211, 25-29 Dixon St
Haymarket, NSW 2000
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Quay, The Rocks

26 November, 2012

Ok, this post is a bit overdue… Just a bit… And by bit I mean… 6 months? My amaaaaaaazing brother shouted me for my birthday so this post had to make it to The Food Zoo eventually one day. The following dishes were shared a la carte though I’m sure the degustation would be just as amazing!

Complimentary bread & butter

Complimentary appetiser

Roasted Partridge Breast, Steamed Truffle Brioche, Confit Egg Yolk,
New Season White Walnuts, Fumet of Vin Jaune

Fragrant Jasmine Tea Poached Chicken, Shaved Hand Dived Sea Scallops,
Smoked White Eggplant Cream, Pea Blossoms perfumed with Korean Virgin Black Sesame Oil

Sashimi of Corner Inlet Rock Flathead,
Tasmanian Trumpeter, Salt Cured Wild Oyster Cream, Black Lipped Abalone,
Raw Sea Cabbage, Green Radish, Nasturtiums, Warrigals, Periwinkles

Berkshire Pig Jowl,Maltose Crackling ,
Prunes, Cauliflower Cream, Perfumed with Prune Kernel Oil

Poached Wagyu Beef, Oxtail,
Moral, Black Pudding, Farro, Buckwheat, Hazelnut, Ezekiel

The one and only… Quay’s Eight Texture Chocolate Cake

Guava snow egg

The Food Zoo experience: There is no doubt that Quay is famous for their dessert, the eight texture chocolate cake is so rich yet you can’t stop eating… The guava snow egg on the other hand was deliciously refreshing… The flavour of the granita changes seasonally but hell I’d be happy with any flavour. As for the rest of the menu, I have absolutely no clue what half the ingredients are but they definitely work extremely well together. Unfortunately Mister T. missed out due to work but I guess I’ll have to go again… Oh such a tough life!

Overseas Passenger Terminal
The Rocks 2000
T: (02) 9251 5600

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Revolver, Annandale

25 November, 2012

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” - Theodore Roosevelt

Time for a new beginning… new job, little changes and getting my priorities right. No time to waste on people who take me for granted and time to cherish those who have always been there for me. So what better than a bit of brunch with mummy dearest and Mister T on a sweltering hot Sunday morning!

Sumac cured bacon, parmesan scrambled eggs, & fennel & Rocket salsa ($14.50)

Skim mocha ($3.20)

Revolver Big Breakie ($16.50)

The Food Zoo experience: The coffee was good, staff were cheerful and loved the cozy atmosphere and cute little LV chairs. I loved the value of the big brekkie, authentic tasting baked beans and a complete abundance of bacon… Thinking about it still makes me feel so full!! Definitely will be going back to try the lunch menu =)

291 Annandale St
Annandale, NSW 2038
T: (02) 9555 4727

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Sweet Disposition, Bathers’ Pavilion, Balmoral

11 November, 2011

Did someone say a 7 course dessert degustation? I’m in!

This was a one night event held during the Crave Sydney International Food Festival. $85 is a price I was willing to pay for this experience. I’d also said I wanted to try a dessert degustation, so when my friend expressed interest in it, I was more than happy to give her that little nudge :)

All the tables had to start at the same time, much to my dismay. We had gotten there on time, if not slightly early.. but we were left waiting for about 30 – 40 minutes while the other guests arrived… and darnit, I was HUNGRY!

Strawberry and lychee consomme, Champagne savarin, white balsamic powder

All four of us at my table started eating this as soon as it came out. After about 1 or 2 bites, the waiter came around to pour the consomme onto our dessert.. I have to say though, it was tastier before it got drenched, and the rest of us agreed ):

Peach and yoghurt parfait, almond nougatine, apricot creme

Caramelised white chocolate, apple tart tartin, apricot creme

My favourite one of the night :) The apple tart was the cutest thing ever and I think that thing on the spoon was sherbet?  That was a bit weird, but the white chocolate was heaven. Absolute heaven.

Pineapple carpaccio, lemon verbena, sorbet, frozen lemon marshmallow

frozen marshmallow = awesome tasty :)

Roasted baby beetroot, goats cheese, walnut crumble

This dish made me cry.. I did not like it unfortunately. Trying to cut the delicate pastry around the goats cheese was fun though :) And it was not wasted, as my friend readily scoffed the remainder from my plate up.

Honey and milk mousse, mango brulee, cara crakine crunch

This was served with cracked cacao nib and vanilla sea salt. The vanilla sea salt was weird tasting on the dessert, but smelt nice. But I prefer my desserts sweet, and salt free. This was perfect to end on! much tastiness to be had all around. nom nom nom. A few members of my table didn’t finish theirs off.. those fools! I stole it alllllll

Nougat bar + banana caramel bar

Okay, I’m not a fan of nougat.. this was my first time trying it. It was very chewy. the banana caramel bar is super sweet, and the taste of banana hits you like BAM! Good if you feel like indulging… or over-indulging during heavy exam periods >_<

I would have to say that this was worth my $85. It was a good experience, as I’d neither had a dessert degustation before, nor tried Bathers’ Pavilion. I must make an effort to go there and try the food for real though.

Bathers’ Pavilion
4 The Esplanade
Balmoral, NSW 2088
T: (02) 9969 5050
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Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

13 October, 2011

So all my visits to sugar hit have been spur of the moment. If I find myself with nothing to do at night I’d drop by one and hope there’s a table. As a result they’ve all been taken with my iPhone camera :(

So just in case any one was wondering what was in the Shangri-La sugar hit, here it is.

 Lemon macaron, Pistachio rice pudding, opera cake, chocolate bavarois and chocolate, whisky candy bar, and cherry tart

I started with the pistachio one, thinking that I wouldn’t like the taste at all, but I was wrong. It would be hard to pick a favourite from this, I’ve thought about it over and over since I visited 2 weeks ago. I often find myself trying to find the time and dedication to trek up that huge hill to go back and order this sugar hit again. I’ve been to 5 thus far, and this was my first and favourite one. I loved the red Brown Brothers dessert wine it was paired with. None of the other sugar hits I’ve been to has served that wine, even though they really should have. It went perfectly with the chocolates on the plate.

yum :)

Shangri-La Hotel
176 Cumberland Street
The Rocks, Sydney
T: (02) 9250 6000


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