Monday, 2 October 2017

12-Micron - Barangaroo, Sydney

12-Micron is a luxurious, yet relaxed and modern space with prime real estate on the Barangaroo waterfront. The restaurant showcases modern Australian cuisine, and the biggest selling point for me is the amazing dessert menu designed by Melbourne dessert master, Darren Purchese. 


Blueberry crush

There's a neat selection of interesting mocktails; I go with the blueberry crush, a refreshing combination of blueberry, lychee, rosemary, lemon and soda.

The menu is made to share, consisting of a variety of small and larger dishes. We opt for four savoury dishes to share, making sure that we save plenty of room for the star of the show, dessert. 

Lobster omelette

The lobster omelette was decadent; generous chunks of lobster wrapped in a silky thin layer of omelette.  I enjoyed the dish on it's own merit, however it felt like a mismatch for a fancy lunch, fitting more in the breakfast or brunch dish category.

Skull Island king prawn steamed buns

A lovely and light dish, the buns were filled with a grilled Skull Island king prawn, fish roe, tangy julienned green mango and a wasabi mayo.

Chicken, corn and potato

The roast chicken had a nice crisp skin and was served with charred baby corn in the husk and potatoes on the side. 

Paperbark baked vegetables

The baked vegetables had an excellent earthy flavour and pairs well with goats curd. My only gripe with this dish is the minuscule serving; it's not worth the price tag in my opinion. 

After the hit and miss savoury dishes, I'm looking forward to trying out the desserts. We were kindly offered the bar seats where we could watch the dessert action unfold.

Lemon tart

Coconut sago with passionfruit and mint

Petit fours

The desserts are spectacular and definitely remind me of the cakes at Burch and Purchese in Melbourne. It was fun to watch the desserts being made and seeing how many components and work go into one dish. Next time, I'll probably give the mains a miss and head straight to the dessert bar.

Ps: Don't sit at the dessert bar if you don't want to know how much cream and sugar goes into the desserts! 

12-Micron Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Dulcet Cakes & Sweets - Burwood, Sydney

Dulcet in Burwood is the perfect place to get some lovely and delicate cakes that are on the not so sweet side. The variety of cakes include a range of asian flavours, such as matcha and black sesame.

The café is a quick 5 minute walk from Burwood station and there is a handful of seats inside. There's a decent menu of teas, so perfect for sitting in and enjoying a cuppa with your cake.

Strawberry shortcake

I order the strawberry shortcake with a rose tea; the cake is so light and airy, it's hard not to finish it all in two bites. 

I also select some cakes to takeaway, choosing the peach earl grey mousse and black sesame mousse. Unfortunately they were out of the matcha mille crepé which looked really good (next time!). The cakes were both enjoyable; very lovely and light.

Peach earl grey mousse

Black sesame mousse

I definitely need to visit Burwood more often, there's so much great food to be had. I'll definitely be back to try the mille crepé. 
Dulcet Cakes & Sweets Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Maker - Petersham, Sydney

MAKER in Petersham is a 100% vegan shared commercial kitchen, providing a fantastic space to create and hold workshops. Best of all, there's a coffee shop attached, selling a lovely range of vegan cakes.


The shop is located on Parramatta Road, which admittedly isn't the nicest place to sit outside. Highly recommend trying to get a table inside instead.  It's conveniently located close to Wild by Ballsy Kombucha (across and down the road) which is also worth checking out. 

Sweet treats

The coffee served here is by Sample, and the sweets are from various bakers, such as My Little Panda Kitchen, The Vegan Teahouseand Rhubarb Bakes, just to name a few. There's also hot and cold drinks, plus a handful of savoury items too.

Rhubarb Bakes Orange cake & M.L.P.K Kingston

The orange cake is lovely and moist (a word I dislike using but there's no other way to describe it!). I enjoy M.L.P.K's version of the Kingston, which is two huge biscuits sandwiching a hearty amount of delicious chocolate ganache. 

Mocha and affogato

Being a vegan cafe, there's many alternative milk options on offer. The affogato is delicious with a fragrant coconut flavour thanks to the Over The Moo dairy free ice cream.

MAKER Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Saga - Enmore, Sydney

It was exciting news to hear that Andy Bowdy had finally opened up in Enmore. The shop is a tiny inconspicuous café on Enmore Road, On my first ever visit, I completely walk past the shop without realising. 

Step into the shop, decked out in natural wood, and be greeted by the stunning display of amazing cakes and pastries. You'll have a hard time narrowing down your selection as there are so many choices!

On one particular weekday, I'm in Newtown for a course and naturally decide to pop into Saga for a hearty breakfast.  I practically have the cafe to myself which is a bonus; weekends would be a different story though, so get in early!

Piccolo latte

The Artificer coffee is good here, but to be honest, I'm mostly here for the desserts. They do have a great all day brunch menu too, worth checking out if you can get a seat.

Corn pudding

I gravitate towards the corn pudding, which is a comforting mix of charred corn, spelt, cornbread crumb, pickled celery and poached egg. It reminds me of a less rich version of the delicious corn fregola dish at Pinbone. 

Cake cabinet


There's miniature versions of Andy's signature cakes, plus a whole heap of pastries and tarts. It's an indecisive person's worst nightmare. Since I'm heading to a course straight after, practicality helps me narrow down my choices to options that are more sturdy and transportable.

Pineapple coconut tart

The pineapple and coconut tart is a pimped up version of an asian bakery pineapple tart. Definitely one to get if you love coconut and tropical flavours, the palm sugar glazed pineapple and coconut cream filling is insanely good.

A couple of weeks later, I'm back for my next sugar hit. 

Banana cream pie

I had eyes on the banana cream pie last time so it was first on my list to try. The cream filling is light and airy, topped with a generous serving of chocolate shavings. There's also fresh banana and decadent chocolate tart base - which needs a bit of muscle to crack into as it's quite firm.

Peanut cookie

The peanut cookie is a whopper of a cookie, very buttery and dense. It goes down well with a cuppa. 

The Tony

And of course, I couldn't visit Saga without getting one of the signature cakes. The Tony is named after Andy's dad, and is cheesecake based. There's raspberries, creamy mousse, cheesecake, lemon gel and topped with hazelnuts, freeze dried raspberries and torched meringue. Don't let the size deceive you, this can easily be shared between 2 or 3 people. 

Saga definitely deserves all the attention it's been getting - it's a fantastic little shop to pick up a sweet treat (or five), and the brunch menu is pretty solid too.
Saga Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, 1 July 2017

The Grounds of the City - The Galeries, Sydney

The Grounds of the City has recently opened up at The Galeries after much anticipation and is, unsurprisingly, very popular. The café has a beautiful interior with a lot of old school charm. It's cosy and dark inside which is a nice escape from the cold weather. 

During the week the café first opened, I suggested a catch up lunch with a friend here and we managed to grab the last two seats at the bar right at 12pm. Lucky us, as it was otherwise going to be a 45 minute wait for a table, which would be a definite no-go for a workday lunch! We order the pea parmesan strozzapreti with wild mushroom plus the pumpkin tart to share. Unfortunately, I don't have pictures from this visit, but both dishes were delicious and I was impressed with the speed of the meal, we were in and out within an hour.

There's also a takeaway counter outside with a nice array of cakes and pastries where you can also order drinks and food to go. I've ordered a couple of times and the food orders are very quick, though drinks have been hit and miss. The waiting area can get super crowded and I found it hard to follow up when they forgot my smoothie order as there were just so many people, especially as the food and drinks are called out in two seperate areas.

Takeaway brekkie burger

The brekkie burger is a delicious takeaway option with maple bacon, fried egg, avocado and roast tomato relish on a brioche bun. I love the addition of avocado and this is definitely one of the better bacon and egg rolls I've eaten. 

Coconut smoothie

This smoothie is for the coconut lovers: a super creamy concoction made with coconut sorbet, coconut water, coconut milk and coconut nectar. I thoroughly enjoy this smoothie, but it does start getting a bit too rich half way through; highly recommend sharing this one.

My most recent visit is for a weekend breakfast and I'm surprised at how busy the place is for a early Sunday morning. 


Freshly baked croissant with king crab salad

Wild mushroom feuilleté
The wild mushroom feuilleté is layers of puff pastry topped with wild mushrooms, peas, sheep's curd, hazelnuts, spinach and a perfectly poached egg.

The croissant sandwiches a generous portion of creamy king crab salad with soft herbs and lemon. 

The Grounds of the City is on the expensive end for breakfast, though admittedly we did order some of the pricier dishes. However, my pick out of all the dishes was the least expensive brekkie burger. 

The Grounds of the City is already a firm favourite in the CBD so be prepared to wait for a table during peak times. At the moment it's only open during the day for breakfast and lunch, but watch this space.
The Grounds of the City Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Devon Cafe - Barangaroo, Sydney

Having visited Devon Cafe in Surry Hills many times before, I was pleased to find out that they had opened up a branch at Barangaroo. The cafe is located one block back from the main waterfront strip and is quite busy when I go with my mum during Saturday brunch rush hour. 

There's a number system where you write down your name and number of people, and then take the number. We waited about 10 minutes for a table, which wasn't too bad.

Cold pressed juice

My mum orders one of the cold pressed juices: it's an earthy blend of beetroot, cucumber, carrot and green apple; with the addition of lemon and ginger, it's the perfect blend to ward off the winter nasties. 

Devon affogato

I go all out and order the affogato with a mix of the black sesame and matcha soft serve. Let's not lie, it's pretty much a dessert disguised as a drink, but it's damn good! It's the first time I've had an affogato served with soft serve. The matcha flavour is standard, with the other flavour changing on a seasonal basis.

Crab pasta

I think the crab pasta was one of the first dishes I tried at the original Devon in Surry Hills. The squid ink angel hair pasta, crab served with sugo al pomodoro has a nice chilli kick to it. 

Devon Waldorf

We order the Devon Waldorf as a lighter dish to compliment the pasta. It's a fairly big serving with a mix of lettuce celery, slices of Fuji apple, grapes, walnuts and poached chicken; all tossed in a creamy goma dressing. 

A few weeks later, we're in Barangaroo to catch some of the Vivid lights and drop into Devon again for a small bite to eat before tackling the crowds. I was pretty keen to try out the sandos as they are usually only offered on weekdays, and I never get a chance to make it over during weekday lunches.

Ebi katsu sando

The prawn katsu sandwich is simple; ebi katsu, cabbage and yuzu mayo, but is done really well. The panko prawns are lightly crumbed and have that fresh from the fryer crunch. 

Purple Haze sundae

I also can't resist getting the special Vivid dessert, the Purple Haze. It's a delicious ube soft served topped with taro chips, coconut strips and cubes of leche flan. Here's hoping the ube soft serve sticks around for a while! 

Devon at Barangaroo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Sasaki, Surry Hills, Sydney

Restaurant Sasaki is a not so hidden gem from chef Yu Sasaki, the man behind the ever popular cafe with the matcha goods, Cre Asion. The restaurant is intimate with a handful of seating; we booked weeks in advance for a weekend dinner. The food is homely and pays homage to Sasaki's Japanese hometown of Shimane. 

The entrance to Restaurant Sasaki is literally located just behind the cafe. You can't miss the noren (Japanese fabric curtain) that is at the entrance of the restaurant. There are several tables situated in this little entrance area, and whilst it would be lovely in summer, I'm very glad that we are going to enjoy our dinner inside.

The menu is designed, like all good things in life, to be shared. There is one exception though - the desserts which are mostly bite sized, so you can basically order one each of everything.

Yuzu umeshu

There's a nice wine list at Sasaki with plenty of saké too. I go for the refreshing yuzu umeshu. 



Egg and crab

Chicken and mushroom rice

Pork, salt and daikon

The eggplant comes out first and it's a surprise as we didn't realise it would be served cold. The smoked eggplant is paired with buckwheat and a dashi and plum jelly. I found myself wanting a bit more texture halfway through the dish. 

The egg and crab chanwanmushi is a silky smooth steamed egg custard. Sasaki's version is very satisfying and one of the best versions I've had to date.

My favourite of the night is the pork cooked in a salt crust; the pieces of pork are so fatty and juicy. It's the perfect comfort food when eaten with the delicious takikomi gohan: a mixed rice. The variation of the rice on the night we visit is chicken and mushroom. 

Mandarin and pomelo

Caramel and nuts

For dessert, I order the mandarin and pomelo, a refreshing and light, palate cleansing dessert, followed by the caramel and nuts, thin and crisp wafers sandwiching mixed nuts, soy caramel and caramel cream. Do yourself a favour and order one (or even two) of these babies, it was so good! The greedy guts in me was secretly wishing I had ordered another one. 

Sasaki Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato