Monday, 30 September 2013

Mooberry - Newtown, Sydney

With chain froyo places popping left, right and centre in Sydney, Mooberry, as an independently run store is a refreshing addition to the frozen yoghurt scene. 

On this visit with Miss L, the moment we stepped in, we were greeted by the friendly and upbeat staff, who were more than happy to showcase the array of menu choices with infectious enthusiasm!

The smoothies sounded amazing, though unfortunately we had just scoffed a giant lunch, so sadly, I didn't try them. I tend to have issues finishing drinks of any kind, so next time will drag the boyfriend (food disposal unit) along.

There is a wide variety of toppings, including fresh pomegranate, blueberries and kiwi fruit. Yum!

Endless topping choices. I usually veer towards the fruity options, but love that they have a large variety of choices, perfect for mixing it up.

We start off by sampling some of the flavours, including pomegranate and salted caramel. Loved the fresh flavour of the pomegranate - tastes true to the fruit, without any artificial taste that you tend to get with some fruit based flavours at some other places.

Coconut affogato

This is the highlight of the day. I'm a sucker for affogato and this is an awesome version with a swirl of the coconut froyo, paired with a healthy dose of espresso and a sprinkle of shredded coconut. This is their signature item - worth trying!

Churros with chocolate dipping sauce

I like that there are other items on the menu, as it's nice to have different options for those who aren't as keen on froyo, or just want something more substantial. These churros are baked, and whilst the churros are nothing amazing on their own, they are the perfect size to dip in the heavenly chocolate sauce. 



Definitely worth a visit for the coconut affogato and to satisfy any frozen yoghurt cravings (with super friendly staff a major plus!)

missklicious dined as a guest of Mooberry, thanks to John X.

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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

I Love Pho - Crows Nest, Sydney

I love pho in Crows nest is one of those local restaurants that you know will be consistently good. Another plus is that it is open fairly late (by north shore standards) and was always a favourite after walking home from a evening of rock climbing - casual enough to walk in with chalked up gym gear and not feel like a total bogan.

Decor is quite nice inside, and they often have someone playing live music out the front. There's plenty of outdoor seating for warmer nights.

Coconut juice 

Fresh coconut juice hits the spot, especially after all that climbing and walking!


Fresh rice paper rolls

Filled with a combination of prawn and pork, mixed with rice vermicelli, lettuce, pickled carrot and mint, served with hoisin sauce. These are fresh and tasty.

Crispy spring rolls

With meat, mixed with vegetables served with lettuce and fresh herbs. These are some of the crispiest spring rolls I've had.

Beef ball noodle soup

Condiments

Rare beef noodle soup

Rice vermicelli with pork and spring rolls

One of my favourite dishes to order at a vietnamese restaurant since it has a little bit of everything!

Servings are generous and it's a great spot for a bite to eat if you're in the mood for vietnamese on the lower north shore area.

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Paramount Coffee Project - Surry Hills, Sydney

The new kid on the block to add to the ever growing list of fantastic cafes in Surry Hills is Paramount Coffee Project. Housed in a large and airy, light filled warehouse space, it is an ideal location to stop past for a pre-work caffeine fix.

The next day a date with vxdollface is scheduled to check our their lunch menu.

The space is also home to Tokyo Bikes and Pop Plant, with the shop and cafe combination within a warehouse space reminding me a little of Kitchen by Mike. 


Love the bright and spacious arrangement - it's not too busy at Friday noon and we promptly sit ourselves down and peruse through the tempting Southern American influenced menu. 

The menu

PB&J shake

This shake is more peanut butter with the jam element barely detectable, though it is addictively nutty without being too sickly sweet. Extra points for coming in a cute 7-eleven cup.

Crab Po Boy

Soft shell crab, house slaw, ranch dressing & milk bun. Take some crispy soft shell crab and make it into a delicious burger, need I say more?

 Philly cheese steak

Ranger Valley beef, aged cheddar, dill pickles, ketchup and aioli on sourdough with a side of dill pickles and potato crisps. The portions are extremely generous here, and this lunch filled me up so much that I barely had to have dinner. My favourite part of this dish were the dill pickles, so refreshing!

Another great addition to the Surry Hills area, and with this being so close to work means that I have no excuse to revisit and try out the fried chicken!


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Monday, 16 September 2013

Parlour Lane Roasters - Market Street, Sydney

Parlour Lane Roasters is a little hidden gem and provides a nice relief from the hustle and bustle of the CBD. Located on Market Street, Parlour Lane Roasters is part of the QT Hotels chain and is conveniently located on street level, right next to the State Theatre. Perfect for grabbing something pre-theatre. 

My visit is on the weekend for a leisurely lunch. Parlour Lane Roasters also offers breakfast, and transforms into a wine bar at night.

The interior of the cafe has a mixture of gothic façades, bespoke furniture and the charm of original building features. 

The costumes add a nice touch, separating the space between theatre and cafe.



The slick red coffee machine behind the counter - Parlour Lane Roasters offer All Press coffee.

Flat white

Banana & honey smoothie

Calamari 

Jingle lined fried calamari, garlic aioli, green tabasco

Super tender and addictive calamari. Served with a good sized portion of delicious garlic aioli, which was more than enough to generously slather my calamari pieces in (Win in my books, as I hate it when you get a tiny portion of sauce and run out half way through!)

The tabasco was not distinguishable though, and by the end, I was wishing for some salad to balance it out - making this dish a great one for sharing between two instead of having it as a main meal for one.

Parlour beef burger

Pasture fed beef burger, fried onions, American cheese, brioche bun, house made pickle, shoestring fries. I always welcome the appetising addition of pickles to balance the richness. 

The beef burger was given the thumbs up from the boyfriend, and I enjoyed stealing a chip (or 10!) to accompany my calamari.

Loved these cute bar stools! 

I also noticed that they conveniently have a fridge full of takeaway lunch options for those on the go, and a coffee cart out the front for the Monday-Friday coffee run.

missklicious dined as a guest of Parlour Lane Roasters

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Saturday, 7 September 2013

Le Pub - King Street, Sydney CBD

The spectacular weather we have been experiencing of late has been welcomed by open arms. Gone are the cold nights where the hobo-esque layers are donned, cocooning myself in the blanket at any opportunity, and forcibly attempting to warm my freezing hands and feet on the (unfortunate soul) boyfriend. 

Warmer weather means it's pleasant enough to go out and have a dinner date night. 

Le Pub seems to be a relatively new venue that has popped up recently. A casual Parisian styled bistro, it's a great spot to drop by for some dinner after work. 

We made a booking via their online booking system, but there's no need on a weekend as it was not a full house on our Saturday night visit. I'd hazard a guess and say that they are busier on weekdays due to the after work crowd.

The menu has a french influence with staple items such as escargots featuring on it.

Escargots de Bourgongne

Snails, garlic, fresh herb butter & baguette

There was a slight mix-up with the staff initially informing us that they were out of escargots, and then coming back to tell us that they actually had them. Luckily, as the snails are pretty good, though I guess I'm more a fan of the fragrant, garlicky butter sauce more than the snails itself. I wish there was more baguette served with this dish to soak up the sauce, as the two small pieces were not nearly enough.

Digging in :)

The staff also forgot to give us the small forks to get the escargots out of the shell, so we were left sitting for a couple of minutes, wondering how we were going to get the suckers out. After asking them, the waiter was extremely apologetic. 

Steak et Poivre

350 gram ribeye cutlet with cafe de paris and frites, 150 days grain fed, Darling Downs QLD

The steak was cooked to perfection, with the knife barely having to be used. I tasted a couple of pieces of this and really enjoyed the flavoursome and tender meat. 

Confit de Canard

Confit of duck leg, roast beetroot, puy lentils and carrot puree. Crisp duck paired with sweet beetroot, carrot and lentils - a great combination. I never used to be a fan of lentils, but as of late have been enjoying them as I eat them frequently as a fabulous filler to some really tasty salads. 

Souffle glace aux fraises

Marked as an iced strawberry souffle on the menu, this is probably best described as a prettied up strawberry ice cream. 

The 'souffle' looks cute but I don't think it warrants the price tag, and would probably either try one of the other desserts (such as the crumble) or skip it altogether. 

Other than that, I think Le Pub is a great little spot to drop in for dinner. The steak received rave reviews. We used an entertainment book voucher so ended up getting one main for free. I also spotted a deal where if you dine in on Monday-Thursdays and order before 6pm, you can get 20% off. Not a bad deal at all!


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