Chur Burger, Surry Hills

Chur Burger is just a short walk from Central Station and located on the corner where Assiette used to be (good riddance to that place). I love the American diner ambiance – order at the counter and pick a place amongst the round communal tables or high bar tables in the back corner.

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Pheonix range soft drinks ($5.00)

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Salted Caramel milkshake ($8.00)

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Pulled pork, Chur BBQ sauce, red slaw, fennel mayo ($10.00)

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Grilled beef, cheese, tomato jam, mustard mayo, pickle ($10.00)

The Food Zoo experience: Burgers are pretty good value – my favourite was the grilled beef (didn’t notice there was a fish filled and pickled cucumber variation T___T). A bit disappointed by the overpriced salted caramel shake which just tasted like a malt milkshake… I’ve read some reviews about bad service but didn’t experience any of that. Food was served quickly and when they realised it was for sharing they even offered for the kitchen to halve the burgers (I quickly declined as I wanted photos of a complete burger!) There are a few large share tables so waiting time is limited. I would say, good for a casual meal amongst friends, maybe not for a date…

 Chur Burger
8 Albion Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010

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Piccolo Me, Sydney

 After pining after this place for weeks I finally got to try the nutella bomb at Piccolo Me in Wynyard on Bridge St. It’s situated in a building lobby and has a tiny shop front so can actually be easily missed if you’re not paying attention!

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 The Sanchez: chicken, avocado, mushroom, cheddar, tomato and chipotle BBQ ($9.70)

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Vegetarian omelette

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Croissant

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Nutella Bomb – hot chocolate ($3.50)

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Nutella Bomb – mocha ($3.50)

The Food Zoo experience:This stuff is the bomb! (pun intended ^^) I cannot believe that people haven’t thought about a huge chunk of nutella in their coffee – or that this hasn’t become mainstream yet! The food was alright – no set menu as the sandwiches are prepared fresh daily depending on the produce they can source. Staff were friendly and the shop at Wynyard didn’t seem terrible busy. Tip: the bomb in the takeaway cup stays hotter for longer! And mix thoroughly or you’ll end up with a pile of turd-looking chocolate at the bottom of your cup!

Piccolo Me
10 Bridge St
Sydney NSW 2000

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The Incinerator, Willoughby

I’m glad they have finally made use of the ‘incinerator’ in my neighbourhood (really just an abandoned tin shed which I hadn’t even noticed for most of my childhood). The place is always packed and bustling whether it be a 9AM early coffee or a leisurely late lunch at 2PM! Make sure you check out the photos on the website – what they have done with this place is absolutely amazing!

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Cappuccino ($3.80)

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Mocha (Can’t remember…. Around $4.00?)

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Incinerator Sandwich: peppered scotch fillet, cheddar, dijon and pickles ($15.00)

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Pulled pork brioche bun, pineapple chutney, spring onions, crackle ($18.00)

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Hand cut chips, rosemary sale ($9.00)

 The Food Zoo experience: The pulled pork brioche bun was my favourite and I have been back weekly if not twice a week for the coffee. The beef sandwich was served with what seemed like Smith’s potato chips from the packet which was so random. Overall, good relaxed venue for any occasion. The food is a little expensive but it’s nice that I don’t have to trek to Surry Hills and the likes for some consistently delicious coffee! And a tip from me; be wary of the nightmarish Saturday netball traffic during Winter!

The Incinerator
2 Small Street
Willoughby 2068

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Paramount Coffee Project, Surry Hills

My favourite meal of the week! Sunday brunch and I live by three rules: 1) Brunch at 10AM; 2) Brunch is to be shared; and 3) Keep calm and have brunch. I’m glad that upfront disclosures about sharing is gradually becoming less necessary with my friends… Shout out to you all *hugs and kisses*!

The wait wasn’t too long which is surprising since there doesn’t seem to be many seats in the cafe. There’s so much space which could be better utilised but I can’t complain because that means I can stand inside while waiting without feeling I’m in everyone’s way!

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Plenty of waiting space indoors to avoid the chilly cold!

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Funky bike shop at the back

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Mocha ($4.00)

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Caramel Popcorn Milkshake ($8.00)

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Baked Eggs: chorizo, cannelini beans, toast ($17.00)

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Coca Cola Ox Cheek Waffle: corn & tomato salsa, horse radish mayo, coriander ($19.00)

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Sweet Waffle: peanut butter ice cream, peanut butter dulce de leche, caramel popcorn ($15.00)

The Food Zoo experience: I find it’s becoming pretty easy to find good coffee and Paramount Coffee Project definitely does not disappoint. $8 for a milkshake seems a bit steep but it was delicious and quoting my friend: it’s better than Reuben Hills! Thought the baked eggs were quite average but really liked both sweet and savoury waffles! The ox-cheek waffles took a bit of getting used to since I naturally associate waffles with dessert but the beef was cooked really well (also note, I couldn’t taste any Coca Cola). Oh and would also like to mention the staff were exceptional and non-instrusive at all which always makes the experience that much more enjoyable!

The Paramount Coffee Project
80Commonwealth St
Surry Hills 2010

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