Yes, yes this is a special post for my lunch trek to Piccolo Me at Castlereagh St! It’s just off the main road at the top of Martin Place but you can’t miss the bright yellow logo outside! After my constant badgering on Instagram, Roy kindly invited me to sample the Nutellagato (affogato variation with Nutella ice-cream).
Nutella and banana roll ($6.50)
The Nutellagato – Before (complimentary)
The Nutellagato – During (complimentary)
The Nutellagato – Ready to eat! (complimentary)
Pulled pork & rocket wrap
The Ricky Ricardo – Salami, tomato, cucumber & provolone dolce ($8.00)
The Food Zoo experience: The lunch wraps/salad options are on the lighter side so you know you’re not going back to the office for a food coma. It also means more room for the nutella bomb or *drumroll please*…. The Nutellagato! A double ristretto shot + Nutella ice-cream. I love all things nutella so needless to say I will be going back for more! For those who are wanting to try it out, the Nutellagato is available starting August 11th at all stores =)
1 Castlereagh St
Sydney NSW 2000
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
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!
The Sanchez: chicken, avocado, mushroom, cheddar, tomato and chipotle BBQ ($9.70)
Nutella Bomb – hot chocolate ($3.50)
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!
10 Bridge St
Sydney NSW 2000
After hearing about Three Blue Ducks on The Sydney Morning Herald a while back and feeling somewhat adventurous, mister T and I trekked to Bronte for some lazy Saturday breakfast…
Pork belly with chilli jam, enoki mushrooms and asian greens ($30.oo)
This dish was confusingly great! The pork belly had a very fine crispy layer of skin and mixed with the asian flavours and vegetables it seemed highly fine-dining for lunch time! Having said that, I don’t know if I would pay $30.oo again for this dish at lunch time…
Steak sandwich with red pepper mayo, tomato, onion marmalade & rocket ($18.oo)
Now THIS is what I call a real steak sandwich! I usually shy away from steak burgers as I find the steak quite messy to eat but in this case, the steak was real juicy and tender – easy to eat. You can tell some real thought was put into this burger because the rocket was thoroughly tossed with vinaigrette before being put on the burger so the flavours were nice and even. Nothing worse than having bits of salad which either have no taste or too much taste that it knocks your senses out.
Ginger ninja + Berry Smoothie ($7.oo each)
The Food Zoo experience: I was severely disappointed by the timing that breakfast/lunch was served. I quote the Three Blue Ducks website on the day of dining: “Breakfast finishes at 12 noon on the weekend and at 11.30 am during the week.” COMPLETELY UNTRUE. We got there 11:35PM and was told that breakfast was finished and lunch orders would be taken after a 25 minute wait. You can’t make bookings either so who would’ve thought of calling up to double check the time on the website? Being mentally prepared to dine at Three Blue Ducks I had no choice (in my mind), but to wait for lunch time.
That being said, the food was really good though some dishes I felt were a bit more expensive than what I would normally go for. I will definitely be going back to try the breakfast menu though!
Three Blue Ducks
143 Macpherson Street
Bronte, NSW 2024
T: (02) 9389 0010