Bacco Wine Bar Pasticceria, Sydney

A few weeks ago, a friend and I participated in a Foto Rally where we spent most of our day walking aimlessly and exploring the city from Town-hall CBD all the way to Paddington! Confused by the brisk sunny yet windy weather, we soon grew tired and hungry, finding ourselves at Bacco in the Queen Victoria Building.

The restaurant is on the top level with inside and outside seating (if that makes any sense).  We sat outside  along the railings looking over all the little people shopping below. It was really nice to wind down blend into the scenery and submerge ourselves in the delicious menu!

Busiate Al Sugo Di Agnello ($25.00)

All the Italian names on the menu sound so exciting but unfortunately mean nothing to me! Luckily there are good explanations of each dish. The above dish is house-made wholemeal busiate pasta. with bits of  lamb ragu and mixed wild mushrooms. When the dish came out, my natural reaction was to try out a piece of mushroom – it was a bad idea since it was super salty! So make sure you mix it all up before you eat it.

Prosciutto Crudo

Looks like a simple foccacia sandwich but with some very Italian ingredients: San Daniele Italian prosciutto, basil boccocini, roma tomatoes and rocket.

Dolci ($15.00)

For only $15.00 you can choose any three desserts from the Bacco paticceria! It’s an awesome deal! We got the  cheesecake, panna cotta and last but not least, the trio ciocolato – Bacco’s signature chocolate cake. We didn’t get around to the panna cotta because we were so full from everything else!! But I do need to add that the cheesecake was delicious! It was light and fluffy and not what you would normally expect when you hear the words “cheese-cake”.

Perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch or afternoon tea! Hope you all enjoy!

Bacco Wine Bar Pasticceria
Queen Victoria Building
Shop 24-27, Level 2
455 George St
Sydney 2000
T: (02) 9223 9552
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Sous Le Soleil, Roseville

So a few weeks ago, the weather was horrible and unpredictable, I had  a big party the night before and now was just too exhausted to cook at home (not that I cook lol). Point is, there are several reasons by I was super excited about coming here to Sous Le Soleil cafe…

1) It’s in the middle of a park – a cafe? in the middle of nowhere? No way!
2) Recommended by a friend – I don’t usually
3) It was raining and I felt like going outdoors just to be rebellious!

As I mentioned before, the place is practically a little cottage house right in the middle of the park (next to the oval and tennis courts). There is a back entrance to the garden where the cafe is or you can choose to enter through the front where there are a few nicely decorated bedrooms with all sorts of decorations and displays for sale.

Complimentary sourdough

The waitstaff were absolutely lovely and very accommodating and seemed to come along at the right time when we were ready to order. We got complimentary sourdough with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to start off with… This was great because I was already starving to begin with!

Flat white coffee ($4.50)

To be honest I thought the coffee wasn’t really extraordinary. However the hot chocolate I got later on was actually one of the better ones I’ve tasted.

Seared Scallops – entree size ($19)

I loved this dish – the scallops were big and juicy and the potato basket was just so unique! You can get it entree or main size and now just thinking about it.. I wished I’d gotten a main. Literally every single table ordered one – no joke! Anyway, there’s some pink stuff on the very bottom which is a salmon rillette. I loved this stuff! Basically diced salmon which was half cooked so you could taste all that omega 3 without being overwhelmed!

Honey Roasted Duck Breast –  ($33)

An interesting dish which was quite satisfying to eat. Served with a beetroot reduction, rocket & hazelnut salad& toasted fruit bread. I thought the salad was really nice, light and simple. I’d finished it all up and was wanting more before I had even realised!

Mushroom and Brie Tartlet with a mesclun leaf salad ($19.00)

Unfortunately by the time I got to this tartlet I was already feeling quite full. I was a little disappointed as I thought I would take a bite and it would be oozing all this melted brie cheese but unfortunately that wasn’t the case =O

Crepe Suzette ($15.00)

Description: Crepes cooked in an orange sauce, flambéed in a grand marnier liqueur served with vanilla ice cream. I wasn’t super keen on this dessert as I like my dessert creamy and chocolatey but the boy seemed super keen so I gave in (just this once!). Result? He loved it but I found it way too sour! However I loved the ice cream! The taste was so light and you could see all the little vanilla bean seeds in the ice-cream which just made it so much more exciting!

Overall I loved this place though found it a tad too pricey given it was a late Sunday brunch. Given that though, I would definitely go back because i can’t stop thinking about those scallops!

Sous Le Soleil
Roseville Park
60A Clanville Rd,
Roseville 2069
T: (02) 9880 8815

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Mamak, Chatswood

This post was supposed to be up a while ago, but my awesome meal was followed by a not so awesome car crash ): With the poor girl needing to be put down.
But in any case, I’m sure Mamak does not need an introduction, nor do I need to remind everyone how good the roti is. I’d only ever been to the shop in the city once, when I was roaming the streets at 2am on a Saturday night during my ‘younger’ party days, and even then I just watched as others wolfed down the food. The lines were always too long and parking too difficult to come across in the city. So when I heard that Mamak was opening in Chatswood I had to go and give it a real try. I went there three times the week that it was opened. No obsession there.

null Kari sayur, $13
Vegetarian curry cooked with lentils, fresh tomatoes, carrots, potatoes and eggplant.
I love tomatoes in curry! They’re so juicy and melt in your mouth :) and this was a nice mild curry.

null Nasi goreng, $10.50
I eat nasi goreng way too much, but this one was light and not as greasy as the ones I usually buy.

null Roti planta, $6
I forgot to try this one, since I was too busy waiting for my roti canai to arrive ):

null Nasi lemak. $7.50 + curry chicken, $3
Getting curry chicken is definitely a much better idea that the first time I came, and got the fried chicken. At least the curry chicken gave it some sauce so the rice wasn’t so dry. The vegetarian curry also helped :)

null Roti canai, $5
Yay, this is basically the only thing I order when I go to Mamak, since I need to save room for the roti tisu :D

null Chicken + beef satay, $14/doz.
I wish I’d gotten a better picture of the satay sticks but they were at the other end of the table and I was too busying digging into my roti, and I’m some what ashamed to say, I don’t eat/enjoy satay anything. ):

null Roti tisu, $9
I’d never ordered this before, only seem photographs. So we ordered one between four of us + 3 extra scoops of ice cream for 50c each. It was not enough tisu ): the next time I went back we ordered one between two. Still not enough. Note for next visit: one each!

null Cendol, $5

So yeah, if you’re not into long lines, the Chatswood Mamak is the place to go. But just to be safe, get there early anyway :P

..and now back into my hole to study.

Mamak
Shop P9, 1-5 Railway St
Chatswood, NSW 2067
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Red Spoon, Castlehill

So finally I’ve tackled that audit assignment and have finally had some time to update…  The boy  has recently been obsessed with Thai Food! So one afternoon, we decided to go to Castle Towers and guess what cuisine we chose to have?

 

Steamed Thai Jasmine Rice with Peanut Sauce ($4.50)

Loved this dish! it’s presented really nicely but then I already had satay sauce with the satay chicken skewers (below) so maybe I should have ordered a pad thai or some other noodles instead. The sauce was alright but had quite substantial chunks of peanuts in it whereas I usually prefer mine a bit more smooth yet thick…

Petite Chicken Satay – 8 Skewers ($6.90)

Petite indeed! I have never seen chicken skewers so tiny! But I thought it was cute! Bite sized skewers of marinated chicken breast char-grilled served with homemade peanut sauce and a cucumber relish. I loved how they provided two sauces to mix it up… One thick and heavy.. the other light and tangy

Red Spoon Stuffed Squid ($21.90)

Fried squid stuffed with marinated minced chicken and vermicelli, garlic, fungi and the Red Spoon’s special sauce. Minced chicken? I couldn’t tell? Maybe because of the overpowering crispy texture of that GIGANTIC squid! I guess it’s one of their specials for a reason =)

Crispy soft shell crab with papaya salad ($10.90)

This dish is a combination of shredded green papaya with lime juice, roasted peanuts, green beans and tomatoes served with soft battered deep fried soft shell crab. The salad had a nice tangy chilli sauce and I just couldn’t stop eating it! By the end of the meal my lips were burning but it was definately well worth it!

So that’s the end of this entry. Keep tuned as I try to clear out a backlog!

Red Spoon Thai
Castle Towers
6-14 Castle St
Castle Hill 2154 NSW
T: (02) 9899 5669