Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Brewristas - Glebe, Sydney

Saturdays are my favourite day of the week, so it's often that I wake up bright and early to make the most of it. I'm a huge fan of killing two birds with one stone, so on a recent trip to the Glebe Markets,  Brewristas seemed like the perfect stop for a spot of brunch.

Latte & Macchiato

Eggplant stack

Served cold, the eggplant stack consists of grilled zucchini, roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, basil, thai pesto, sweet potato puree and bocconcini.  The pesto and basil added a nice freshness to the dish. 

Matcha latte

A nice and milky beverage, though I find myself wanting a stronger taste of matcha. 

Cookies and cream scroll

After spying the counter filled with baked goodies, I can't resist a cookies and cream scroll to takeaway. 

To sum it up, Brewristas has fantastic coffee and a great looking menu with a variety of dishes; will definitely be back to try a few of the other dishes.

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Saturday, 22 August 2015

LuMi Bar & Dining - Pyrmont, Sydney

I've only heard amazing things about LuMi Bar & Dining, so it was a no brainer to come here for a leisurely weekend lunch to try out their reasonably priced lunch 4-course set menu.

Situated right on the wharf, LuMi is nice, airy and bright; the restaurant has lovely water views during the day. At night, the space is lit up with lots of small lights, or 'LuMi' in Italian. The food here is an interesting mix of Italian and Japanese.

Celery tonic

The celery tonic cocktail is a refreshing mix of cold pressed celery juice, soda, vodka, lemon and agave syrup.

Chawanmushi

LuMi's Italian take on this traditional Japanese dish is silky smooth and packed full of flavour, mainly thanks to the addition of parmesan.

Salt and vinegar crisps

These paper thin rice crisps were extremely addictive; oh so light with just the right amount of salt and vinegar. 

Ciabatta and grissini

Semolina Chitarra

The pasta dish packed a punch, with sea urchin, zesty orange and fennel seed.

Lamb, Leek, Red miso

Not usually being a huge fan of lamb, I found this dish very tasty; the meat was so tender, and not gamey at all.

Macchiato

I take advantage of the fact that it is still early enough for coffee, and order one to have with dessert.

Ginger ice cream, white chocolate and passionfruit

A delightful dessert; the creamy ginger ice cream helping to offset the richness of the strips of white chocolate. 

All in all, I very much enjoyed the dining experience at LuMi. Everything from the the service, atmosphere and food were top notch; all at a very reasonable price point. I also love that the restaurant opens for weekend lunches, will definitely be back to try out more of the dishes. 

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Lunch @ Nel Restaurant - Surry Hills, Sydney

I'm moving work locations starting next week, which means no more Surry Hills lunching. I've been making the most out of my remaining lunch opportunities by trying out all the places on my hit list; one of these being newcomer, Nel. Restaurant on Wentworth Avenue.

The small underground restaurant space is at basement level, with an open plan kitchen where you can watch all the action happen. The lunch set menu is fabulous value at $35 per head.

Green peas, ham

We start off the meal with a croquette, filled with tender slow cooked pork cheek, and served with a fresh green pea puree dipping sauce. An inventive and flavoursome dish. 

Sardines, bread, apple, celery

The second course was quite pretty, with the thin slices of radish and perfect tiny cubes of green apple. The tart apple flavours and lightness of the celery was a great match with the crisp pieces of sardines.

Beef cheek, broccolini, beetroot and walnuts

Blue eye trevalla, quinoa, orange, fennel

Both main dishes were superb; my favourite being the lovely combination of perfectly cooked blue eye trevalla with the fresh citrus flavours.

Chocolate, coconut, saffron, milk

A nice way to end the meal on a sweet note. Quite a light dessert; especially enjoyed the combination of the coconut 'snow', with the creamy chocolate, saffron ice cream and thin crisp wafers.

Eccles cakes

Served warm, these mini eccles cakes (a traditional English cake filled with currants) were extremely moreish. The ideal size for devouring in one bite; I wished there were more of them! 

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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Thelma & Louise - Neutral Bay, Sydney


Winter is the perfect weather to fit in some lovely bush walks; the cooler climate means minimal snakes and cold blooded creatures on the trails, plus generally less rain. One of my favourite easy walks is definitely the Manly to Spit bridge walk. 

On one particular sunny morning after doing this walk, S & I take the opportunity to also do some suburban walking. We came off the bridge and then through Mosman and down to Neutral Bay wharf, where we decide to have lunch at a cute little cafe with a waterview, Thelma and Louise

Thelma & Louise prides itself in using local and organic produce and it seems to be a popular spot; it's packed on a Sunday afternoon. Luckily, we manage to grab a table outside, right by the harbour. 

Chai latte

The chai is freshly brewed with loose leaf tea, and is a comforting, milky drink on a cold Winter day.

Antipasto plate

The antipasto plate for one is a very generous serving for one. The plate comes with salad, asparagus, marinated eggplant, labne, pickles, sun-dried tomatoes, and smoked salmon and a huge piece of bread. The antipasto is pretty standard fare and nothing stands out, though the produce is lovely and fresh.

Falafel wrap

We particularly enjoyed the falafel wrap; crisp balls of warm falafel are always a favourite! 


We eye huge bowls of the pumpkin soup go past and suddenly have dish envy. The sweets at the front of the cafe also look very tempting, but unfortunately we are too full, so it will have to be next time! Thelma & Louise is a nice little neighbourhood gem; the menu is the standard cafe variety (nothing that fancy) but it's a stunning location by the water to catch a lazy weekend coffee. 


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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Cross Eatery - Clarence Street, Sydney CBD

Cross Eatery is a breath of fresh air when it comes to lunching in the Sydney CBD.  It's a lovely, huge space in the ground level of 155 Clarence Street; the vibrant salads and casual communal feel reminds me of Kitchen By Mike or Bread & Circus. 

There's a easy system as you walk in - order takeaway at the counter, or line up on the right hand side for a table. There's an array of delicious sounding sandwiches, which are perfect for a quick takeaway work lunch.

Kombucha (carafe for 2)

The kombucha, a fermented probiotic tea, here is made with ginger and turmeric, and has a nice kick to it. 

Slow cooked goat + 2 salads

The pasture raised goat is slow cooked for 12 hours, cooked in garlic whey and served with pickles. The dish comes with your choice of two salads; we choose the roasted cauliflower (a delicious mix with bulgar, raisins, feta, pomegranate and Harissa dressing) and the broccolini (with chilli, garlic and mustard dressing)

Bulgar stuffed zucchini + two salads

The two salads we picked for the stuffed zucchini dish was the roasted eggplant and burnt brussel sprouts.

Spiced roasted eggplant includes roasted lentils, cabbage, fresh turmeric and yoghurt. I'm a huge fan of the burnt brussel sprouts salad with citrus, walnut and witlof. 

The salads are also available on their own, with the option of one, two or three scoops. 

The salads are fresh, high quality and flavoursome. It's great to see a place like this open in the city, and I will definitely be hitting it up for a lunch time veggie fix, especially as I will be working closer to the CBD in a couple of weeks time. 



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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Pinbone - Woollahra, Sydney

It was sad to hear that Pinbone in Woollahra will be closing it's doors after tomorrow. Luckily, it isn't a permanent closure, with the team taking a short break and then looking to open up in a new location (hoorah!) 

I'd hazard a guess and say dinner will be all booked out tonight, but there's still time to get in for the fantastic Sunday brunch offerings, as it's a no bookings affair. 

Pinpinbap

This is from the specials menu; it's Pinbone's version of the popular korean dish, with warm rice, egg yolk and mixed pickled vegetables. I love the array of colourful and appetising vegetables, plus the peanuts add a nice crunch to the dish. 

Fregola, creamed corn and poached egg

The fregola and creamed corn combination was divine. Surprisingly, the dish is not as heavy as it looks. The poached egg is cooked to perfection, with the runny egg yolk adding another level of creaminess.

Macchiato

Obligatory early morning caffeine fix. On a tangent, Pinbone's serving ware is all very beautiful; I wouldn't mind some of their pieces at home.

Musk doughnut

I got pretty excited after spying a plate of doughnuts on the table next to us; I definitely had to order one to try; so the musk flavour it was. The musk was quite subtle, a nice way to to finish brunch on a sweet note.

On a previous night, I also paid a visit to try out the set dinner menu. 

Fruit of the Vine 'Pink Moon' Pinot Grigio, Yarra Valley

We started off with the snacks, which was possibly the highlight of the meal for me (in a good way, everything was fantastic!)

Corn and bacon gougere & smoky cheesy potato thing

Love the no BS naming of things; most notable cheesy potato thing and fizzy shit on the menu (haha)

Chicken Poppers

Crispy morsels of fried chicken in a lettuce wrap, like a mini sang choy bao, with jalapeƱo mayo and pickled carrot.

Lamb ribs with five spice almonds

The lamb ribs are tender, sticky and sweet - one of my favourites out of the snacks, though it is hard to pick just one! 

Fairy bread

An adult only version of a favourite childhood party snack! What's not to love?

peanut custard, pickled peanuts and edamame

Kingfish sashimi

Super fresh slices of kingfish sashimi served with a roasted bonito dashi and cima di rapa

Poached leatherjacket and snow pea

All the seafood dishes we had during this meal were spectacular, and this was no exception. I especially loved the accompanying crunchy snow pea salad. 

Grilled salmon belly, charred shallot, mirin

This salmon belly was perfection and my favourite main of the night.

Fennel, enoki, nori

I'm not normally a huge fan of fennel due to the aniseed taste.  Fortunately, this dish is subtle and refreshing; the nori adds a nice depth of flavour.

Roasted carrots, shiso, tofu cream

Pork & pickled pumpkin

Crispy pork crackling is always a winner; the thin slices of pickled pumpkin help cut through the richness of the pork.

Beef brisket, gai lan, black bean and chilli 

Lemon curd

Lemon curd, custard, black olive powder

Toasted sorghum ice cream, buttermilk, brittle

The desserts are a perfect end to the meal; not too sweet or heavy; I especially love the tartness of the lemon curd, and find myself scraping every last smidgen of it!

Definitely one of my favourite meals in Sydney, so I'm very excited to see what will be in store for the future. 


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