Saturday, 21 February 2015

Ichi-ban Boshi - The Galeries Victoria, Sydney



washoku lovers
Ichi-ban Boshi is one of the default places to go for ramen in Sydney. It is very popular and there is almost always a line up. It's always a good chance to pop into the fabulous book store next door, Kinokuniya, for a browse whilst you wait. 

ichiban boshi
Iced green tea cappuccino

I always order the green tea cappuccino - a milky green tea concoction that comes with a side of syrup for you to sweeten to your tastes. 

Iced coffee

The iced coffee comes with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

Tempura salmon sushi

Having never eaten tempura sushi before, we decided to order this. I love sushi and tempura as separate items but  not quite sure about both together. The boy did enjoy this dish though. The hot chilli mayonnaise a nice spicy kick to it. 

Gyoza

These pan fried pork and vegetable gyoza are always a favourite. 

cold ramen sydney
Hiyashi Chuka

Available in summer only, these cold ramen noodles are served with shredded ham, egg and cucumber.  The sauce has a hint of ginger and is very appetising.

ichi ban boshi sydney
Aburi chashu-men

Thick slices of flame grilled roast pork served with ramen. I had a taste of the pork and it was so tender and tasty.

There is currently a cold noodle special promotion running at the moment where you can get a cold noodle dish plus a soft drink for $15. Perfect for the super hot days we've been having in Sydney lately! 

missklicious and guest dined at Ichi-ban Boshi courtesy of SD Marketing Global

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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Yellow - Potts Point, Sydney

Brunch at Yellow in Potts Point is a last minute decision, after walking past during a city stroll. 

Yellow is a modern bistro, sister restaurant to Monopole and Bentley Restaurant and Bar. It's all about contemporary food served in a relaxed and informal setting.  We nab one of the few seats outside and enjoy the sunshine.

Brunch menu

Macchiato 

A coffee to start the day, and also to have whilst we peruse over the menu options. 

Bellini & Eric Bourdelet french cider

Any excuse for breakfast bubbles will do! The bellini is fruity and goes down a treat; the cider tastes more like beer to me. 

Heirloom carrots, cavalo nero and buttermilk

Charred baby corn, tarragon and zucchini 

We opt for something light for brunch and end up choosing the two vegetarian small dishes. Both dishes are impressive looking and quite flavoursome. 

A nice little location for brunch and a wander to the Saturday Kings Cross markets afterward. I adore the flower stall there, $10 gets you two bunches of lovely seasonal flowers - can't beat that! 

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Thursday, 12 February 2015

Food Society - Darlinghurst, Sydney

I have heard great recommendations for Food Society in Darlinghurst, so jumped at the chance to try out the vodka high tea. 

High tea is the perfect way to catch up with a girlfriend - a long leisurely afternoon filled with fun cocktails, savoury canapés, finger sandwiches and handmade sweet treats.

The venue is a bit different from the usual high tea venue - a combination of kitsch mismatched furniture and decor, and vintage posters as wallpaper on the back wall. 

Russian donkey tea

A refreshing blend of premium rye vodka, fresh lime and ginger infused syrup, ginger beer, fresh mint and green tea, served with the cutest floral paper straws. 

Signature spiced apple pie cocktail

Zubrowka bison grass vodka, four hour infused spiced apple juice, with cinnamon, star anise and lemon zest shaken over ice and served with fresh green apple juice.

Savoury canapés

There is quite a bit of food in this high tea, so it comes out in stages. The first is the savoury canapés which we enjoy as our cocktails are being made. 

canapes
The canapés consist of:

Goat's cheese tartlet - shortcrust pastry filled with goat's cheese, pine nuts and mint, baked and topped with caramelised fennel and parsnip

Salmon pastrami - green tea smoked Tasmanian salmon pastrami, pure chamomile flower jelly, shiso leaves and celeriac cream on truffle salt toast.

Retro classic duck vol au vent - confit pepe's duck, pan fried chanterelles and chestnut cream and white truffle. 

The staff were more than happy to cater for a vegetarian - a lot of the options are already vegetarian friendly. With the other options, the meat fillings being substituted with ingredients such as mushrooms in the vol au vents, and veggie sandwich fillings.


Sandwiches

The best chicken sandwich - char grilled brioche finger sandwich,  house smoked lilydale free range chicken and tarragon, duck egg hollandaise, baby herbs and nasturtium flowers

Classic cucumber sandwich - shaved cucumber, chervil cream cheese, pink peppercorns and salmon caviar

The second round included all the sandwiches. My favourite were the creamy chicken sandwiches, so moreish! The sandwiches servings are very generous and I like how they come out toasted.

Sweet treats

Sweet treat trifle - petite cups filled with vodka cure rhubarb jelly, pomegranate and acai custard, vanilla sponge, sweet pickled north Australian hibiscus flowers, pomegranate and acai pearl salad

Alfajores - shortbread biscuit filled with dulce de leche

Mini berry macaron

Czech style honey cake - layered spiced honey cake, salted caramel cream, house made honeycomb and caramelised local pears

Dark chocolate truffle of lavender and earl grey

There's no scones offered in this high tea - instead it's a interesting mix of sweets served on a platter. My favourite is the deliciously nutty honey cake.


There's a great range of loose leaf teas on the menu - I go for the jasmine with pear

Chai tea


For those who still haven't organised their Valentine's Day,  Food Society will transform into a classic formal setting - white table cloths, vintage candles, flowers and live music entertainment by the Swinging Gypsies. There will be high tea during the day (11:30-4:30pm) and a 5-course degustation for dinner. 


darlinghurst valentines day

missklicious and guest dined at The Food Society courtesy of The Buzz Group


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Saturday, 7 February 2015

The Cupping Room - Civic, Canberra



canberra cafe coffee
On my recent visit back to Canberra, one of the cafes on my breakfast hit list was The Cupping Room, located near the ANU in Civic. 

I visit with my mum on a Friday morning, and it's surprisingly full. Luckily, we arrive fairly early and parking around the vicinity wasn't an issue. By the time we left, it was a different story!

The Cupping Room comes from the team at Ona coffee, so you know it will definitely be good. The coffee menu is slightly different from other cafes, as in they only offer one type of milk based coffee. You choose a blend and either have it milk based or black.

Milk based espresso

70% cacao mocha


Ham hock fritters

Ham hock, corn and potato fritters with two poached eggs, 'cuppers hot sauce', and a cress and alfalfa salad

Ricotta hotcakes from the special menu

These babies were a bit different from the usual pancakes - two huge discs, crispy on the outside and fluffy and light on the inside. The ricotta hotcakes were topped with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream, almonds, figs and pomegranate. 

Overall, I was very impressed with the breakfast and coffee here. Highly recommend The Cupping Room as a pitstop for anyone visiting Canberra! 

I ended up going for a walk around the arboretum tracks to burn it off so I could greedily fit in lunch at Akiba (post on that to come very soon!)



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Sunday, 1 February 2015

The Teahouse - Camellia Gardens, Caringbah

The Camellia Gardens at Caringbah is a nice little place escape for some afternoon tea. On this particular Sunday afternoon with a girlfriend, we had some beach time at Cronulla and then decided to check out the Camellia Gardens nearby after a recommendation from a friend.

We grab a seat in the outdoor verandah area at the Teahouse, looking over the gardens. 

Tea and dessert menu

The scones are highly rating here, so it's a no brainer when deciding what to order. There's a range of baked goodies, desserts and also high tea. 


Teahouse scone with double thickened cream and berry jam

The scone is served warm, and is delicious and fluffy.

Mango macadamia torte with berry coulis and ice cream

The torte is nice and light, with the ice cream being the perfect accompaniment (not that I can think of any dessert that ice cream doesn't go well with!)

After indulging at the Teahouse, we roll out for a stroll around the pretty Camellia gardens. The duck ponds are a favourite, with plenty of cute baby ducks and we even spotted a turtle. The perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon - highly recommend ordering the scones!

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Friday, 30 January 2015

Jillian's Cakery - Surry Hills, Sydney

Happy Friday!! 

It's always hardest going back to work after a long weekend, and it's time to celebrate with something sweet. 

Jillian's Cakery is a relatively new cake shop in Surry Hills.  It's one of my morning stopovers now as they have a coffee happy hour and I can get my morning macchiato for a bargain $2.

Cheesecake brownie

The friendly staff happily cut the brownie in two, and packaged them up separately, for a friend and I to share.  The brownie is very good - dense and rich, the way a brownie should be. 

Cinnamon scroll


I can never resist the tin of gorgeous cinnamon scrolls sitting on the front counter.  These sticky buns are perfect after warming them up for 20-30 seconds.

Caramel and almond square

Carrot cake
Jillian's Cakery also have an assortment of whole cakes, some of which are sold by the slice. I have the carrot cake as an afternoon treat and it's delicious. Packed full of carrot and slathered with generous lashings of cream cheese frosting. Definitely one for the frosting lovers. 


There's also a handful of savouries as well, such as quiche and soup.  This cakery is a fantastic place to stop pass to satisfy a sweet tooth. I have my eye on the red velvet cake to try!


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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Wilhelmina's - Balmain, Sydney

Wilhelmina's is a relatively new small bar that has opened in Balmain. With colourful interiors and a focus on food, it's the perfect location to grab a well crafted cocktail and some great food. 

Wilhelmina's is sister bar to the ever popular Grandma's, and one of my after work regular drink haunts - The Wild Rover. Both are fabulous bars so I definitely had high expectations!

Rhud Mule

Tanqueray gin, lime, rhubarb & ginger beer. 

Wilhelmina's has a decent cocktail list, with fresh juice and fruity flavours in most of them. 

Asparagus, fennel, almond and curd

Heirloom tomato and smoked burrata salad

A wonderfully fresh salad of bright heirloom tomatoes, with the burrata cheese adding a nice, creamy zing to the dish.



The menu changes often as Wilhemina's is all about using seasonal and local produce. I very much enjoyed a lazy Sunday afternoon here, and will be back to try out some more dishes - I've heard great reviews regarding the brunch too (available Friday - Sundays from 10am)

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