Sunday, 26 April 2015

Fleetwood Macchiato - Erskineville, Sydney

Fleetwood Macchiato is a cute little cafe located in inner-west Erskineville. It's perfect for including a decent walk in after visiting the Eveleigh Markets. 


As their name suggests, Fleetwood Macchiato make some seriously good coffee.

Eggplant salad 

A healthy and fresh mixture of eggplant, poached eggs, purple carrot, shaved snow peas, asparagus, pickled radish; and topped with toasted buckwheat coriander toast. 


Roasted cauliflower, poached eggs, smoked garlic soubise, mint, parsley, sesame, collard greens. I especially love the flavour of the smoked garlic.

The eggs in both dishes are perfectly cooked with a runny yolk.

Was thoroughly impressed with our lunch here, though we did think the wait was a tad too long. Luckily, it was a leisurely weekend lunch so we didn't really notice the time, but by the time we did, we had been waiting about 30-40 minutes, and at one point we almost thought they had forgotten about our order. Other than that, Fleetwood Macchiato is a lovely spot for great coffee and brunch.

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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Akiba - Civic, Canberra

modern asian canberra
Newcomer Akiba is all about modern asian share dishes.  The space is modern and trendy, with plenty of outdoor seating; perfect for a sunny day lunch. 

The dishes at Akiba are best described as modern asian - the menu has a mix of flavours, inspired by Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai etc. It's a hard decision to choose what to have for lunch; everything on the menu sounds delicious.

Kimchi and Angasi pancakes

The pancakes were tasty, served with the spicy kick of Sriracha and kewpie mayo. The Angasi was barely discernible though. 

Beef short rib

Perfectly cooked short rib that just falls to pieces with a nudge of the fork. The flavours are lovely with the addition of tamarind caramel and Thai basil. 

Yellowfin tuna

Served with organic japanese soy and wasabi panna cotta. Good produce does not need much fancying up, and the tuna speaks for itself. The wasabi panna cotta is an interesting concept, though is quite mild and does not really add much in the flavour department. 

Cocktails - Summer Spritz and Gaijin Fizz

The Summer Spritz was a refreshing blend of sake, bubbles, lychee and coconut - very easy to drink. My Gaijin Fizz included Tanqueray gin, aloe vera, pandan and bananas; sounding great on paper, but this combination just did not work for me. 

I left wishing I had room for more dishes and dessert as there were quite a few dishes I had my eye on - definitely will be back again! 

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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Celsius Dessert Bar - Chatswood, Sydney

I was pleasantly surprised to find out the Chatswood Interchange had recently been transformed with many new shops added. It's such a great idea, as the space was previously not used to it's full potential. 

One of these new shops is Celsius Dessert Bar, offering freshly made liquid nitrogen gelato. 

As well as gelato, there's various hot and cold drinks on offer too. The gelato menu changes every month, reflecting what is fresh and in season. 

Watermelon Splash

Watermelon and raspberry sorbet with honeycomb pieces. The Watermelon Splash was very refreshing and fruity, with pieces of raspberry throughout.  The honeycomb added a nice crunch and helped to balance the tartness of the raspberries.

Tweetie Sweetie

This was my favourite out of all four. Tweetie Sweetie has sweet corn and blackberries, which sounded intriguing and I wasn't sure what to expect. The sweet corn was blended into the creamy gelato so there weren't actually any pieces of corn - it did add a wonderful flavour and sweetness though, unlike anything I've had before. 

Monkey Magic

Loved the presentation of this with the caramelised banana on top. Also can't go wrong with banana, Nutella and peanut butter chocolate chip cookie.

Coffee O'Clock

This espresso, gelato also has candied almonds, Nutella and coffee brittle. One of the coffee lovers out there.

Definitely keen to try the popsicles next time and also see what new flavours the team at Celsius will come up with next!

missklicious & B attended this gelato tasting thanks to Jen, Cynth and Irene at Celsius Dessert Bar

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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Frugii Dessert Laboratory - Braddon, Canberra

I've probably mentioned this before, but I'm literally always amazed at all the cool new places that seem to constantly be popping up in Canberra. I hadn't visited in a fair while so needless to say, I had a long list of places to try.

One of those places was Frugii Dessert laboratory, claiming to have the world's best ice-cream. Frugii ice cream is organic, with no added colours or flavours.

Frugii is located in the Ori building located in the newly jazzed up precinct in Braddon - the same building houses a retro barber shop and a handful of small boutiques. 

Choux pastries

As soon as I walked into the shop, my eyes diverted to the cabinet full of these beautiful choux pastries. Indecisiveness kicks in and I end up spending a good fives minutes just trying to narrow down my choice.  

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Orange and praline choux

I end up choosing the orange and praline combination and it was divine. The citrus flavour cuts through the richness of the praline. The lovely girl behind the counter actually recommended the lemon meringue flavour, so I'll definitely be trying that next time.

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Salted butter caramel ice cream

I definitely couldn't leave without trying some ice cream, so I decided a on a scoop of the decadent sounding salted butter caramel. I can see why Frugii touts itself on having the best ice cream - it's smooth, creamy and the caramel flavour is lovely. Not sure if this one's a regular flavour, but highly recommend getting it! 

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Sunday, 5 April 2015

O-San Ramen - Haymarket, Sydney

All this rainy weather we've been having lately only means one thing - it's ramen time!

Ramen O-San is a relatively new addition to the Sydney ramen scene. Chef O-San has won the "Top 3 ramen" award in Kyushu, Japan and his signature dish is the Tonkotsu ramen.  

 Ramen O-San opened in the Dixon Street Food Court in February.  The setting is no frills, located in the crowded Chinatown food court. 

Original Kyushu style Tonkotsu ramen

I enjoyed the soup at Ramen O-San very much - flavoursome and rich, but not too thick. I could actually finish the bowl of noodles by myself as it wasn't too heavy. The noodles were cooked perfectly. 

Pork & Dashi Soy ramen

The broth for this ramen is made out of fish and chicken, which makes it a lighter soup, but still packed with flavour.

missklicious & B dined at Ramen O-San thanks to SD Marketing and Washoku Lovers

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