Spiedo Restaurant and Bar, Sydney

It’s been way too long since I last posted but this is a well deserved, long needed break! Plus, it’s one of my new favourite places which I honestly want to share with everyone!! The post below is a snapshot of the dessert that Speido has to offer and also Sugarhit for Crave Sydney 2011.

Spiedo Dessert Plate: Mix of Strawberry Sorbet, Spiedo Tiramisu, and Amedei Chococlate Barbajada ($18.00)

Strawberry sorbet served on finely chopped strips of fresh strawberry

Fruity flavours were never really my thing but now I am just converted. The strawberry flavour is so refreshing you’ll be finished before you know it and asking for more.

Unique Spiedo Tiramisu

One of my favourites! A deconstructed tiramisu… A crunchy chocolate biscuit based with a shot of coffee served with a soft sponge and cream on the side.

Peanut Butter gelato

The waiter kindly allowed us to choose the gelato on our second Speido Dessert plate. The peanut butter was light and creamy and honestly, much better than I had expected. Would definitely order that one again!

Sugarhit: House-made buttermilk panna cotta, strawberry granita and basil ($20.00)

The panna cotta tasted quite tofu-like but loved the strawberry granita which was so refreshing. Maybe strawberry desserts are their specialty? Anyway, will leave that for you to decide! But remember, sugarhit is available for October 2011 only!

The Food Zoo experience: Highly recommended! The pasta I had last time was really special (will need to blog about it later) and the desserts are absolutely fantastic and refreshing =)

Spiedo Restaurant and Bar
188 Pitt St Westfield Sydeny Level 6
Sydney 2000
T: (02) 8072 9999

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Grace Cafe, Sydney

Before I start of the Sugarhit post at Grace Cafe, just wanted to quickly mention that we had a bake-off at work today. Basically half the team brought in home-baked goodies and we had: Cheesecake, tiramisu cupcakes and profiteroles with coconut custard filling. We are having another one on Thursday for the rest of the team and maybe the manager will bring in a home-made casserole! I know it’s quite irrelevant but I guess it’s the most exciting thing that’s happened to me during my work career.

Now back to the topic at hand! Last night my family and I went to sugarhit at the Grace Cafe which is part of the Grace Hotel (ah… So many memories). We booked for a table for eight and Sugarhit diners beware! If you decide your group want to alternate, share or even try something different on the menu (I admit, sometimes they are quite large servings), you should make it clear at the booking otherwise the staff will hope for the best and you will be served with a Sugarhit each!

Sugarhit: Devilish chocolate delight served with Brown Brothers Orange Muscat $20

Chocolate is the best. I order anything dessert with chocolate. Chocolate is always the safe bet. You can’t go wrong with chocolate. Well last night we had this amazing chocolate fondant. To be precise, the sugarhit is a chocolate fondant with self-saucing chocolate centre, Kahlua ice cream, chocolate macaroon and chocolate fairy floss. The chocolate center was warm and gooey different to the traditional chocolate fondant where you would expect a chocolate liquid to pour out of the dessert (which sometimes makes me panic when I don’t think I can catch all that drizzling chocolate… not weird at all)!

The only disappointing parts were the waffle basket which was soft and not crunchy at all. And the fact that it took a while to reach the strawberries at the bottom to help balance out the sweetness of the entire dish. Other than that, loved it!

Expresso Coffee Tiramisu – sponge fingers soaked in expresso coffee, mascarpone, , whipped cream and shaved chocolate $14

Nice soft fluffy sponge texture with a strong expresso taste. I personally liked it because I couldn’t taste any alcohol in it… (not a huge fan =P)

Chocolate Berry Mille Feuille – short bread pastry filled with berries, fresh cream and milk custard sauce $14

If you’re looking for a dish with strong flavour and gusto then I don’t think this would be the one to order. The combination of textures (soft fruits and crispy pastry) was nice but the flavour was just lacking. But would be popular for those who are watching their sugar levels and don’t want something too sweet.

Chocolate pannacotta – glazed crisp cafita pastry hash with Grand Mariner Anglaise $15

Don’t be fooled by the name or by the appearance! I didn’t and still don’t know what half the description is (will look that up later) but it didn’t matter because this dish was good. It was popular with the family too. The yellow stringy pastries were crunchy and a nice contrast to the smooth chocolate pannacotta.

Overall a nice experience. And a bonus to the experience was that no public surcharge was applied! Awesomeness!

On a side note, a friend just texted me pictures of Kushiyaki Bar & Grill’s Sugarhit and it looks so amazing! I’m going there tomorrow night (after booking a few weeks in advance  – they were all out last year =O) so I’m super excited! Until then, eat well and dream about food!

Grace Café
Corner of York & King Streets
77 York Street
Sydney NSW 2000
T: (02) 9272 6888