Yes yes this is a second post! I just couldn’t resist going back after hearing about the ultimate toastie! I had only missed this special addition by a week last time I went! This time, we had a 40 minute wait for the table – the most painful wait ever! We were tired and hungry and the truffle-goodness wafting throughout the cafe was just torture!
Assorted pastries at the counter
Magic muffin – banana nutella muffin ($4.50)
Cappuccino & piccolo latte
Ultimate toastie – mixed mushrooms, fried eggs with gruyere cheese & fresh black truffle ($27.00)
Eggs Blini – buckwheat blini, cured king salmon, salmon caviar, brocolini, sauce Mikado and poached eggs ($21.00)
Breakfast with the Sakuma’s – miso grilled king salmon, smoked eel croquette, 63′ egg, radish petit salad & kewpi mayonnaise ($24.50)
Little Lost Bread – PB&J brioche french toast, warm banana, nutella jam, peanut butter ice cream ($18.50)
The Food Zoo: The only two dishes different from last post was the ultimate toastie (ultimate truffle goodness for the ultimate truffle lover) and the grilled king salmon which was cooked with perfection.
The magic muffin is so good it deserves a paragraph for itself! Slabs of nutella combined with banana chunks to make the ultimate muffin! We shared one while waiting and I just had to buy another two to take away. These are just too good not to share with loved ones =)
76 Devonshire st
Surry Hills, NSW
T: (02) 9211 8777
Seems like my “Keep Calm and Have Brunch” routine is really falling into place! Very slowly but surely establishing something for myself after all these years but it’s better late than never! Also good to take the back seat and have my friends getting involved and choosing the brunch venues!
Get your table and order at the counter
Chocolate milkshake & Freshly squeezed orange juice
Freshly squeezed kale juice & salted caramel milkshake
Quirky number blocks as table numbers
Poached eggs with avo smash & caramalised tomatoes ($14.00)
Perfectly poached eggs!
Scrambled eggs served with sourdough
Breakfast special: Spicy chipotle eggs with green onion and coriander ($13.00)
Pear and white chocolate muffin ($4.00)
The Food Experience: This place is a bit out of the way for me from the North Shore but super convenient for people in South East Sydney and especially students from UNSW (since it’s located at the very end of High St) or people in general looking for a fresh, good value and and healthy meal. I love the fact that 22 Grams adopts a back-to-the-basics approach – food and service served in such a simple, no fuss attitude. Grab your own table, order at the counter, select from a variety of egg-based breakfasts or salads without any complicated fancy ingredients.
166-168 Belmore Rd
Randwick, NSW 2031
Skim flat white, $4
Green & Lean – kale, spinach, apple, mint, ginger, $6.00
Shish tawook wrap – marinated chicken tenderloins with lettuce, pickled wild cucumbers and roasted garlic aoli, served with fries, $12.50
Lebanese mezze board – shish tawook, lamb kafta skewers, falafel, kibbi balls, dips, olives and bread, $18.00
Fatit Al Homos – toasted pita bread layered with chickpeas minted yoghurt, topped with slow cooked lamb and toasted pine nuts, $17.00
The Food Zoo experience:
The coffees here a pretty average, but it’ll do in a pinch. This cafe is set in the middle of a park. Its actually pretty relaxing, except they are lacking in heaters to keep the place warm. On the day that we went there were about 3 different semi-large functions, and as a result our food took about 40 minutes to arrive (we were warned). The fries were tasty, and the wrap was a less tastier version of El Jannah’s. If you are to order to Mezze Board, order the serving for two people, as you get a larger variety of dips and we all know variety is the spice of life. The Fatit Al Homos was really the only thing that we ordered appropriately for a cold winter’s lunch! It was warm and tasty.
I have to say the breakfast menu is what you want to come for, for me at least.
The Grounds Keeper Cafe
30 Argyle Ave
Ryde NSW 2112
It seemed not so long ago that I was here with my most favourite person in the world. It’s so lonely not having you around but I feel so lucky that you will always have a place for me in your heart. When life gets tough and time passes by too slowly, I can always imagine you reminding me “everything happens for a reason”- even though I have yet to figure out what that reason is.
Anyway, I digress! Moody Chef is one of the few places I love going back to for the relaxed atmosphere, sweet memories and most importantly – good food! There are plenty of indoor (booth seating and private function room) and outdoor options which means it’s pet friendly!
They have their own range of sauces & jams!
Milkshake, Wild berry smoothie, Mocha
Chunky chips with peri-peri aoli ($8.90)
Poached eggs & Kipfler potato, bacon hash ($17.90)
Grilled chorizo and roast tomato bruschetta with fresh ricotta, poached eggs & pesto ($16.90)
Delicious runny poached eggs!
Poached eggs on spanish txitorra sausage with chickpea fries, chilli jam & wood fired toast ($17.90)
Nutella and mascarpone pancakes ($15.90)
The Food Zoo experience: The pancakes – oh my – were to die for. I have been going through a nutella phase and what I loved about the pancakes were the generous slabs of nutella between each pancake. Yes… I said “between”!!! I could happily die from a nutella overdose! I also really liked the poached eggs and the chunky fries get a thumbs up from me! I wasn’t a huge fan of the kipfler potatoes and bacon hash (was hoping the potatoes would be crispier and there were bits of hash which were just bacon fat) but there are plenty of other options and I will gladly go back go back to tick off each item from the menu!
The Moody Chef
1/30 Atchison St
St Leonards NSW 2065