Moody Chef, Crows Nest

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!

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They have their own range of sauces & jams!

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Milkshake, Wild berry smoothie, Mocha

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Chunky chips with peri-peri aoli ($8.90)

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Poached eggs & Kipfler potato, bacon hash ($17.90)

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Grilled chorizo and roast tomato bruschetta with fresh ricotta, poached eggs & pesto ($16.90)

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Delicious runny poached eggs!

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Poached eggs on spanish txitorra sausage with chickpea fries, chilli jam & wood fired toast ($17.90)

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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

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Three Williams, Redfern

Be prepared for a big post (of pictures)! I don’t usually order this much but with a group of 7, can’t help but order [almost] everything on the menu and have a mouthful of each!

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Fish croquettes with lemon and aoli (on the house! Normally $3.00 each)

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Peanut and caramel shake ($6.00)
Raspberry smoothie ($7.00)

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Pork narnie  – bibimbap pulled pork, chili kimchi, bean sprouts, julienne carrots ($15.00)

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The merchant: chili fried egg, crispy bacon, pickled slaw, ranch dressing on a warm brioche bun ($13.00)

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Grilled prawn narnie – grilled prawns, tzatziki, hummus and sumac ($15.00)

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Crunchy brioche french toast, blueberries, yoghurt, roasted pecans and maple syrup  ($15.00)

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Beef brisket narnie – glazed beef brisket, slaw, gherkins, chipotle mayo ($15.00)

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Caremalised cauliflower tabouli with quinoa, walnuts and preserved lemon (gf) with chicken ($16.00)

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Piccolo latte (on the house!)

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Mocha (on the house!)

The Food Zoo experience: LOVE LOVE LOVE this place! Had to go back to this place two weeks in a row with my entire family in tow. For a table of 7 we waited for over an hour and I was getting terribly grumpy! But the staff were lovely and served us complimentary fish croquettes and coffees for waiting and a free pastry for my Grandma (thanks Glen)! The coffee was good, peanut and caramel shake packed a punch (too bad there weren’t more flavours) and the raspberry smoothie was super thick and full of berry pulp with each sip (not sure if I used the term pulp properly…) Also the kitchen does a great job in serving the food super fast (we were in and out within 45 minutes) without compromising on quality. Don’t really have a favourite as I liked all their narnies (house-made flat bread) and the french toast was divine!

Three Williams
316 Elizabeth Street
Redfern, NSW 2016

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Kitchen by Mike, Rosebery

Oh some more from the archives which I never got around to posting! Kitchen by Mike is located in Alexandria – there seems to be a trend of the open kitchen (or maybe I’ve just noticed it more than before) and I’m loving it! You know the food is freshly prepared as you watch the chefs pull out freshly baked tarts from the oven. The wait is not too long and there are plenty of tables or a furniture/homeware shop within the same warehouse to keep you busy as you wait for your food and/or table.

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Freshly prepared fig tarts

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Mixed berry smoothie ($5.5o)

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Sourdough pancakes with lemon curd ($14.oo)

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Baked beans, bacon & poached egg ($14.oo)

The Food Zoo experience: My favourites were the mixed berry smoothie and the sour dough pancakes! The lemon curd was so refreshing and just such a great twist on the morning breakfast being typically pancakes coated in maple syrup (I’m hoping this is not just me…). If you want to avoid the queues at The Grounds then Kitchen by Mike is the next best option!

Kitchen by Mike
85 Dunning Ave
Rosebery 2018

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