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
What a busy weekend! Trekking all over Sydney on a Saturday afternoon and finding myself stuck in Burwood traffic which was quite a bummer. Although I finally got to try this place after stumbling upon it on Philsosophy‘s blog (in addition to some awesome Pho at Mint – look out for this post over the next few days!) So at least all the running around all paid off!
Plant Milk Tea – Green Tea ($5.80)
Plant Milk Tea – Original with pearls ($5.80)
Plant Milk Tea – Taro ($5.80)
Three of the four flavours offered (hot chocolate also available)
The Food Zoo experience: These drinks are so adorable! The “soil” is made of crushed Oreos and separated from the tea with a layer of frothy foam. Unfortunately, all the drinks were only lukewarm when they arrived and the biscuits added a weird salty taste to the drink which wasn’t too pleasant. However, the actual flavours were nice and strong so I think you wouldn’t probably be better off getting other drink items which are less fancy! There are also other snack items on the menu which I thought I should mention although we were really just too full from dinner!
Finally, a quick note about the efficiency of the staff. I think only in Asian restaurants would they ask patrons to change seats after already being seated. But at least it helped us get a table of four seated in 15 minutes instead of 50! I was impressed!
258 Shop 9 Burwood Rd
I think this little thai restaurant is quite new and nestled amongst all the outer restaurants along Willoughby Road in Crows Nest. Service was really quick (some of the food too pre-prepared) which was good for a quick dinner before a long and silly karaoke session in the city!
Thai milk tea ($4.50)
Satay chicken 6pcs ($5.90)
Deep fried taro ($5.90)
Mussaman duck ($18.90)
Mango sticky rice
The Food Zoo experience: I would recommend the thai milk tea (one of my favourite drinks). Although there wasn’t enough ice to make it icy cold – but at the same time, it meant that you didn’t finish your drink in two sips leaving a cup of ice behind. I found the massaman duck a bit expensive given there were only a few pieces of duck in the dish and couldn’t taste anything in the fried taro except for sweet chilli sauce. The satay chicken was well served and the mango sticky rice (the price escapes me). I think I would go back to this place for my favourites and maybe give a chance to the other items on the menu!
128 WIlloughby Road,
Crows Nest, NSW 2065
New section at Macquarie Centre means new food adventures! There’s a whole new fresh market that just opened up about a week ago, and the sight is something akin to Asia. Swarming with people, lines everywhere and invasion of personal space. At night time the bustle seems to die down a little to give some breathing space. We wondered around and settled on The Foodie House! It is a mix of Malaysian and Vietnamese cuisines.
Pork Heaven, $13.90
Marinated minced pork and prawn with soy sauce, pepper, garlic, then deep fried until golden brown and served with vermicelli noodle. I assumed that because of the pricing that this was a main sized meal, so when the dish came out, I was terribly disappointed. I guess even the Gods know that I am supposed to be cutting down on portion sizes. The little balls were very flavoursome and they were delightfully crunchy. They were like little pork and prawn doughnuts, and because of the hole in the middle I was able to stuff if full of pickled veggies and vermicelli. :)
Roast Duck Noodles, $13.90
The soup was thick and full of flavour and the meat freshly sliced off the duck when the order has been placed. A sprinkle of fresh chilli into the broth and this makes for a fitting meal on a cold winters night.
There were many other awesome drinks and dishes that are definitely on the to-eat list for our next visit when the crowds die down a bit.
The Foodie House
level 3, Shop 3347, Macquarie Centre
Cnr Herring and Waterloo Road
North Ryde, 2113
Tanpopo Volcano Roll – spic tuna, cucumber, avocado and flying fish roe ($13.00)
Camembert cheese tempura ($10.00)
Salmon lover sushi ($15.00)
Tanpopo Carpaccio – Ocean troout with capers and mixed leaves ($15.00)
The Food Zoo experience: I was surprised how busy this little Japanese restaurant was! After a 15 minute wait we were eventually seated although the table had been available the entire time and clearly not reserved so that was quite confusing. The Tanpopo carpaccio and the Tanpopo volcano roll is a must! My favourite was the Tanpopo volcano roll which was just flooded with mayonnaise goodness (although some may disagree and say it’s just too rich)!
3/81 Military Rd
Neutral Bay NSW 2089