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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Quay, The Rocks

Ok, this post is a bit overdue… Just a bit… And by bit I mean… 6 months? My amaaaaaaazing brother shouted me for my birthday so this post had to make it to The Food Zoo eventually one day. The following dishes were shared a la carte though I’m sure the degustation would be just as amazing!

Complimentary bread & butter

Complimentary appetiser

Roasted Partridge Breast, Steamed Truffle Brioche, Confit Egg Yolk,
New Season White Walnuts, Fumet of Vin Jaune

Fragrant Jasmine Tea Poached Chicken, Shaved Hand Dived Sea Scallops,
Smoked White Eggplant Cream, Pea Blossoms perfumed with Korean Virgin Black Sesame Oil

Sashimi of Corner Inlet Rock Flathead,
Tasmanian Trumpeter, Salt Cured Wild Oyster Cream, Black Lipped Abalone,
Raw Sea Cabbage, Green Radish, Nasturtiums, Warrigals, Periwinkles

Berkshire Pig Jowl,Maltose Crackling ,
Prunes, Cauliflower Cream, Perfumed with Prune Kernel Oil

Poached Wagyu Beef, Oxtail,
Moral, Black Pudding, Farro, Buckwheat, Hazelnut, Ezekiel

The one and only… Quay’s Eight Texture Chocolate Cake


Guava snow egg

The Food Zoo experience: There is no doubt that Quay is famous for their dessert, the eight texture chocolate cake is so rich yet you can’t stop eating… The guava snow egg on the other hand was deliciously refreshing… The flavour of the granita changes seasonally but hell I’d be happy with any flavour. As for the rest of the menu, I have absolutely no clue what half the ingredients are but they definitely work extremely well together. Unfortunately Mister T. missed out due to work but I guess I’ll have to go again… Oh such a tough life!

Quay
Overseas Passenger Terminal
The Rocks 2000
T: (02) 9251 5600

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Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

So all my visits to sugar hit have been spur of the moment. If I find myself with nothing to do at night I’d drop by one and hope there’s a table. As a result they’ve all been taken with my iPhone camera :(

So just in case any one was wondering what was in the Shangri-La sugar hit, here it is.

 Lemon macaron, Pistachio rice pudding, opera cake, chocolate bavarois and chocolate, whisky candy bar, and cherry tart

I started with the pistachio one, thinking that I wouldn’t like the taste at all, but I was wrong. It would be hard to pick a favourite from this, I’ve thought about it over and over since I visited 2 weeks ago. I often find myself trying to find the time and dedication to trek up that huge hill to go back and order this sugar hit again. I’ve been to 5 thus far, and this was my first and favourite one. I loved the red Brown Brothers dessert wine it was paired with. None of the other sugar hits I’ve been to has served that wine, even though they really should have. It went perfectly with the chocolates on the plate.

yum :)

Shangri-La Hotel
176 Cumberland Street
The Rocks, Sydney
T: (02) 9250 6000

Playfair Terrace, Old Sydney Holiday Inn, Sydney

Hurrah another sugar hit post! (I’ve actually got another one waiting from The Ocean Room) So after two failed Sugar Hit attempts at the Shangri-La (why close at 8pm on a Sunday night???), the boy and I went to Playfair Terrace at the Old Sydney Holiday Inn. The restaurant is located in a little corner of the lobby and I love the enclosed feel of the lobby which looks up at each level and all the corridors.

Sugarhit: Orange on The Rocks: white and dark chocolate mousse, with honeycomb pieces, chocolate ganache, orange segments highlighted with Cointreau, and woven caramel nest ($20.00)

I actually had no expectations of what Sugar Hit was going to be like. For starters I had no idea what Orange on the Rocks or Cointreau was. I guess it was this lack of expectations which had me so impressed with this Sugar Hit. So just a quick rundown of the whole dish…

Firstly I’m still not sure what was supposed to be so special about the orange. It tasted nice and sweet but just, orange? I found the presentation aesthetically pleasing though. Secondly, the white and dark chocolate mousse was spectacular as well. The mousse was nice and thick and so was the taste (like Thick Belgian chocolate). Now last but not least, the honeycomb! A massive chunk but it was so light and airy so my teeth didn’t get stuck together when chewing and not too sweet. Loved it!.

Playfair Terrace, Old Sydney Holiday Inn,
155 George St,
Sydney, 2000
T: (02) 9252 0524
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