Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Two Sticks - Haymarket, Sydney

Nothing beats the chilly winter blues better than a steaming hot pot of noodles. Two Sticks, located on George street in Haymarket, specialises in Yunnan cuisine. Yunnan is a province in China, that borders on Burma, Vietnam and Laos.

The menu mainly consists of hot noodle soups served in a hot pot, otherwise known as 'crossing the bridge noodles'. I opt for the original option which is the rice noodles, served with shredded bean curd, bean sprouts and vegetables.

The noodles arrive in a separate bowl to the soup, and you add them at your own leisure. 

Yunnan signature rice noodle soup

The wait staff come over with the noodles and the hot pot, and swiftly put pork and quail egg in the piping hot soup at the table, mixing it all in.

The same concept, but this one is a veggie version with mushrooms and spinach

Poached white cut chicken with garlic and ginger sauce


Spicy cucumber 

This was a refreshing dish to nibble on whilst waiting for the hot soup to cool down.

Braised beef noodles

With tender braised beef, bean sprouts, coriander, preserved vegetables, shallots and rice noodles.

The restaurant itself is quite small, with the decor consisting of crazy wooden beam archways, yellow stools and tiny tables. There are frequent queues, especially during peak lunch and dinner times, so get in early!
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Friday, 20 June 2014

Anvil Coffee Co - Kirribilli, Sydney

The biggest motivating factor in getting up early to train for the upcoming Oxfam 100km Trailwalker for me is surely the promise of trying out new places for brunch, especially when it is cold, windy and rainy. On this particular day, we detour to Anvil Coffee Co.

Follow the sign and stairs down to Kirribilli wharf for this little cosy cafe situated right on the water. Seats are limited, so get in early or be prepared to wait - luckily we seem to bypass this and go straight to our water view seats. 

Anvil Coffee Co menu

The menu is quite simple and mainly composed of the usual suspects - savoury or sweet on toast, and muesli, bacon and egg roll etc

Service is on the slow side, though I hardly notice it as it is a leisurely weekend brunch, and being super warm inside, it's a lovely escape from the cold and rain outside.

The cafe has great views all around, who would've thought to put a cafe right on the wharf, but it's a fantastic idea!

Macchiato

Their coffee is a Fat Poppy blend and very smooth. There is a slight hiccup with one of the special coffee orders which takes a couple of turns to rectify. 

Time to tuck into brunch

Something sweet

Ricotta, roasted rhubarb, ginger maple syrup with crumble on sourdough.

I throughly enjoyed this dish. It satisfied the sweet tooth without being too much - love the crunch of the roasted rhubarb, which was something different to the usual stewed version. 

Buttered Arabian eggs

Perfectly poached eggs which oozed out when cut open, greek yoghurt, garlic, chilli & lemon juice + mint on sourdough. Lovely and light with just the right amount of spice. 

Anvil Coffee Co is a fabulous spot for leisurely brunch and good coffee with a view.

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Papparich - Canberra Centre, Canberra

There's so many new shops in Canberra that I end up in catchup mode during my rare visits. One new shop that has graced Canberra is popular Malaysian chainstore, PappaRich. Usually with substantial queues in Sydney, the Canberra store does not seem to be any different! 

Lucky we are after a super early dinner so we can head off early to drive back to Sydney.

PappaRich Canberra is conveniently located in the North Quarter in the Canberra Centre.

The menu is full of interesting drinks, and we order a couple of different ones to try.

Ice blended bandung with grass jelly

This creamy pink concoction is sweet, with the rose syrup adding a floral touch. 

Soya milk & black sesame ice cream

This is my order, and with the generous scoop of black sesame ice-cream, seems like more of a dessert than a drink.

Red bean drink


Nasi lemak with curry chicken

I love nasi lemak as it gives you a bit of everything - fragrant curry chicken, spicy sambal, coconut rice, fried anchovies and peanuts, hard boiled egg and slices of cucumber. 

Pappa wat dan hor (combination noodles)

Wok-fried combination noodles with egg gravy, prawns, chicken slices, fried shallots and fish cake.

Egg noodles with steamed chicken served with rice curry gravy

A great new addition to the Canberra dining options Funnily enough this was the first time I've dined at PappaRich, despite there being a couple of stores in Sydney. 


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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Ippudo - Westfield Sydney, Sydney CBD

The chilly weather of late calls for something more substantial and warming. Cue cravings for hot and delicious ramen, and Ippudo still a firm favourite when it comes to satisfying the urge for ramen.

Peach sake on the rocks & Robot Ninja beer

Ippudo pork bun

Steamed bun with braised pork and Ippudo original sauce. The pork buns at Ippudo are amazing, with thick slices of melt in the mouth pork. 

Crispy chicken

With a choice of sweet or spicy sauce, this chicken is seriously good with the crisp and crunchy batter.

Tori Shoyu ramen

with original chicken chashu, menma, leeks, naruto and nori. Love the light chicken broth blended with special bonito extract.

Miso Tonkotsu

And last but not least, some fabulous news for those who hate queuing up, Ippudo are going to have a second store, opening at Central Park around mid-August!

Update on Ippudo's new store: 

New store address: IPPUDO SYDNEY Central Park
Level 1 RB07, 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW2008

Opening Date
2nd store will be open on the 2nd of October

missklicious & +1 dined as guests of Ippudo, thanks to Sana of SD Marketing




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Saturday, 7 June 2014

The Porch Cafe - Crows Nest, Sydney

The Porch Cafe is a cute little brunch spot in Crows Nest. We stopped past for a bite to eat one weekend, after scoping out some wedding reception places on the north side. 

Enquired at a dozen or so places and after a few (many!) bouts of indecisiveness, ended up choosing the place we had first looked it. Funny how it works out! (though you can't really beat the gorgeous views and venue at Sergeants Mess)

The Porch menu

The menu has some interesting and healthy offerings as well as the usual suspects. 

Macchiato

A much needed coffee hit after getting up way too early for a weekend. 

Crunchy brioche french toast

with berries, mascarpone and maple

Corn fritters

With bacon, avocado, corn, salsa and micro cress

Both the dishes were very tasty with generous servings. The flower garnishes added a pretty touch too. 


A lovely little cafe to add to the brunch list when over Crows Nest way.


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Tuesday, 3 June 2014

The Sultan's Table - Enmore, Sydney

The always popular The Sultan's Table is a fabulous choice to grab a quick bite to eat before any show at the Enmore Theatre or surrounds. On this particular night, it's dinner before a comedy show at the Factory Theatre. 

Touted as the best turkish in Sydney, it's casual and chaotic. We grab one of the few seats left out the front, there's also plenty of seating inside and a takeaway area.

mixed meze dips

These addictive dips comprise of hummus, baba ganush, chilli carrot, beetroot, spinach jajik, green bean, eggplant, parsley. This was the medium size which was quite a generous portion. The turkish bread is ordered separately. 

Zucchini fritters 

Zucchini, carrot, parsley, onion, cheese, herbs & spices. These were tasty but a tad on the oily side.

falafel

One of my favourite dishes to order when eating turkish food. The Sultan's Table version is crisp and served with pita bread, hummus, tabouli and salad.

Stuffed capsicum

The red capsicum was stuffed with rice, herbs and spices and steam cooked.

Cheap and cheerful dining with big portions - we could barely finish the dishes between two and left completely stuffed to the brim. Would definitely recommend getting in early because it's always busy!

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Sunday, 1 June 2014

Papi Chulo - Manly, Sydney

So we finally made it round to trying Papi Chulo, with the special occasion being the birthdays of these two lovely ladies. It was a beautiful and sunny day, perfect weather for an afternoon out in Manly. 

Papi Chulo is a bright and open space, situated right on the wharf and mere moments from the water, with a glorious ocean view. 

It's all about smoked meats and barbecue here with a touch of Southern American. 

pea guacamole with tortilla chips

The pea guacomole is a refreshing start to the meal and I can't help but keep picking at it, especially with the super addictive and crisp tortilla chips. 

Drinks wise, a handful of us went for this tropical smoothie option - a lovely lactose free option with passionfruit and coconut milk. 

smoked hot wings with comeback sauce

One of the best hot wings I've tasted, with the perfect amount of heat from the comeback sauce. 

curly fries

One cannot go past curly fries if spotted on any menu, I didn't need much convincing!

Papi Chulo BBQ platter

The highlight of the day was this amazing BBQ meat platter. Serving from 2-4 people, it includes a half rack of pork ribs, melt in the mouth tender wagyu brisket, pulled pork and pork belly, and is served with a side of soft bread rolls and pickles.


Housemade pickles

These appetising pickles helped to cut through the richness of the meat dishes. 

Smoked pork cuban sandwich

From the sandwiches section on the menu is this beast, filled with smoked pork, BBQ sauce, smoked ham, mozzarella, mustard mayo, pickles on a crisp toasted baguette.

Papi Chulo burger

A grain fed beef burger, topped with bacon, cheese, tomato, lettuce and pickles on a soft bun


potatoes and gravy

This dish takes the simple and homely idea of potato and gravy and turns it into something spectacular. Roast potatoes, cipollini onions, creme fraiche and the highlight, a huge hunk of bone marrow.

roast cauliflower

with romesco, parmesan, and brown butter crumbs.


banana split

served with chocolate fudge, peanut praline, banana ice-cream, peanut butter ice-cream, cherry jam, whipped cream and topped with a glace cherry.


warm chocolate chip cookie

Loved this decadent dessert, the cookie was served warm with vanilla malt ice-cream, butterscotch sauce and macadamia brittle.

pear and rhubarb cobbler

This was my favourite dessert. The clobber was served with crumble, creme anglaise and ice-cream.


A lovely location to spend an afternoon in Manly, especially when the sun is out and it's a beautiful day!

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