Baroque at The Rocks Foodies Markets, The Rocks

TGIF!!! Friday lunch at The Rocks Foodies Market Markets is really my highlight of the week. Working at the far end of the CBD I’m glad the markets are enticing enough to lure my unsuspecting friends to trek to this end of town. Here you’ll find a huge assortment of food ranging from Gozlemes (this queue is ridiculous – I wouldn’t bother unless you get a 2 hr lunch break) to crackling pork buns and sushi to freshly made marshmallows and cupcakes.

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Truffled cheeseburger with mac & cheese side ($13.00)

The Food Zoo experience: The truffled cheeseburgers from the Baroque stall are basically my default option for Friday markets. There’s a juicy beef patty which with an overpowering truffle flavour – Mmm yum! There are a variety of options (vegetarian burger, regular cheeseburger or truffled cheeseburger) and three sides to choose from (slaw, mac & cheese or quinoa salad for the health conscious). The burgers seem small but is actually a good size for avoiding Friday three-thirtyitis. As mentioned before, there are a lot of stalls and a huge selection of cuisines but for me personally, why try something else when the burgers are just too good?!

 The Rocks Markets

George Street
The Rocks, NSW 2000
9:00AM – 3:00PM Fridays

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MAZE, Southbank (Melbourne)

And so begins a series of posts of my Melbourne food safari. Be prepared to be wowed! We’ll start with a blast from Maze – or more famously known as Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant. And wait for it… Lunch menu, three sets for only $42.o0! The best advice I’ve had going to Melbourne is that if you want to enjoy all the fine dining restaurants, eat your heart out during the weekdays as the lunch sets are the best value!

Complimentary butter with seaweed butter

One of the best complimentary breads ever! So soft with the perfect amount of salt seasoning and interesting butter as well.

Yellow fin tuna tartar white radish, yuzu, black garlic

Loved this dish – a wonderful combination of little delicate ingredients with a variety of textures especially those teeny enoki mushrooms.

Foie gras and chicken liver parfait Madeira, mulberries, toasted sourdough

Foie gras (French for “fat liver”) was so nice and smooth it spread like thick gooey peanut butter! Another one of my Maze favourites…Yum!

Charred leek salad truffle mayonnaise, pickled mushrooms

I’ve never been a huge fan of leek but I found this dish quite pleasant. The leek was soft and thoroughly cooked and the chopped shallots added a nice crunchy taste with the rest of the dish.

“ Tête de cochon” watermelon, kohlrabi, crispy pigs ear

I don’t recall ever having pigs ear before but I didn’t really prefer this dish in particular. But once again, I absolutely absolutely love how Maze plates their dishes so elegantly. The dishes are petite but not to the point where you would feel completely ripped off from the usual fine dining meals.

Crispy roast pork belly calvalo nero, soybeans, dashi

This dish was sooo nice! The pork was super crispy even when the lovely and light dashi (Japanese cooking stock) was poured over the dish when served.

Gisbourne duck leg Sweet corn, cracked wheat, fig jam

Wasn’t too ken on the cracked wheat but regardless, juicy tender duck meat with some sweet corn puree – need I say more?

And to top it all off, some random Melbourne graffitti… Everything in Melbourne is awesome!

Maze Melbourne
8 Whiteman St Crown Metropol Level 1
Melbourne. 3006
T: (03) 9292 8300

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Assiette, Surry Hills

It’s a month late but happy 5 yrs to Mr TH! To celebrate we decided to go somewhere fancy (which I still can’t decide whether it was a good idea or not…) and what better than a hatted – no make that TWO hatted (since 2010) – restaurant Assiette! I’m not usually one who is super keen for fine dining. I tend to feel so awkward and out of place amongst the sea of cutlery, plates and glasses on the table. Nevertheless, one can never say no to a degustation menu ($100 p.p.)!

The restaurant has a modest front entrance along Albion St just behind Central Station. It just so happened that we went on one of the hotter summer days last month. I’m not sure if it’s always like this but I found the restaurant slightly stuffy amplified by the carpeted floor though I have no doubt this would be perfect and cosy during winter though.

Freshly squeezed orange juice

Being the NON-alcoholic I am… We didn’t get the matching wines for the degustation but freshly squeezed orange juice… With a real piece of orange!

Seasonal oyster with Vietnamese dressing and baby coriander

Amazingly fresh oysters with awesome dressing… Wish they served more! A month later has the non-oyster eating Mr. TH still thinking about them.

Cured ‘Regal’ salmon with avacado, cucumber and radish salad

The radish salad was sooo nice! Lots of different textures especially with that cucumber jelly wrap (top).

Millefeuille of kervella goats’ curd with pineapple, beetroot vignarette

Pineapple and beetroot… nice fruity flavours to contract the savory dish. Such unique presentation too (though it didn’t last very long… Hehe)

Seared scallop and prawn beignet with white asparagus barigoule and cauliflower puree

It’s hard to get it wrong when you have a big fat juicy scallop! And I really really enjoyed the cauliflower puree… Thick and creamy to compliment the seared scallops.

Cone barramundi with saffron gnocchi, fennel, leek and mussel emulsion

I’m not a huge fan of cooked fish and was starting to feel quite full so I had to sit this one out. Lucky I did because everything else was still delicious!

Quail ballotine wrapped in proscuitto with corn ragout  and crsipy quail’s egg

So I’ve just googled what ballotine actually is: “a piece of meat, fish, or poultry that has been boned, stuffed and then rolled and tied into a bundle – usually poached or braised”. So I guess that explains the soft chewy meat inside the crispy proscuitto. The quail egg was pretty cool too… nicely cooked and I love the tiny little yolk! 

Roast lamb loin in balsamic, lamb shoulder rilette, eggplant puree and potato gallette

My favourite savory dish of the night. The lamb was cooked perfectly – Cooking lamb must be their specialty! I found the lamb at District Dining (post coming later) was also amazingly cooked!

Brillat savarin cheese cake with honeyed walnuts and pear puree

If you like rich salty cheese then this for you! I usually associate dessert with sugary sweet and chocolate goodness so this dish didn’t really cut it for me though once again, Mr. TH happily polished my plate for me.

Granny smith apple jelly with vanilla syrup and apple granita

It looks and sounds so simple but this was by far my favourite of the night (a dessert dish… No surprises here!). The apple granita was greatly welcomed and super refreshing as we were still feeling stuffy from the lack of air con…

Nectarine parfait with strawberry tapioca, summer berries and raspberry sorbet

I’m running out of words to describe this wonderful dinner! Now that I think about it, the food was really good but by experience was a bit overshadowed by the fact that there was no air-con (although Mr TH later suspected the stuffiness was due to the open kitchen). In fact, it was so good we went to District Dining not long after (supposedly run by the same chef but at a more affordable price) so watch out for that next post!

Assiette
48 Albion St
Surry Hills 2010
T: (02) 9212 7979

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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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