Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Two Chaps - Marrickville, Sydney

Two Chaps is a superb café in the heart of Marrickville, where on any given weekend day you'll be sure to spot a queue out the door. The menu is produce-driven, with a focus on making everything in-house, the menu also happens to be vegetarian.

Macchiato

The coffee at Two Chaps is roasted nearby at The Blind coffee roasters. Two Chaps are also famous for their delicious sticky chai tea which I've tried numerous times at many market stall pop-ups.

Fried rice bowl

A relatively simple dish that lets the ingredients shine; the fried rice bowl is a stir fry of biodynamic brown rice with chilli, ginger, soy, chinese cabbage and kale, served with two fried eggs and fermented hot sauce. I enjoyed this dish and it left me inspired to create my own version at home.


 Chipotle kidney bean burger

The burger is served on a charcoal brioche bun, with cheese, pickled red onion, guacamole, chiltomate and coriander seed aioli. The kidney bean patty is hearty and flavoursome, a good option for vegetarians to get a hit of protein. There's also crisp potato skins and the salad of the day on the side.

 All the pastries and bread at Two Chaps is made on premises, so you definitely need to leave room for something sweet. There's an array of baked treats on offer near the counter at the entrance, including tarts, doughnuts, finger buns and cookies. 

Pistachio doughnut

Corn cookie

The doughnut is delightfully fluffy and filled with a generous amount of custard. The corn cookie contained actual pieces of corn and was quite chewy; it also got a bit too sugary sweet for me in the end - the doughnut was definitely the winner.

Two Chaps is also open two nights a week, on Thursdays and Fridays, with an amazing sounding pasta menu on offer which I'm so very keen to try.


Two Chaps Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Azuki - Enmore, Sydney

Azuki is a new Japanese bakery that has opened up along Enmore Road, replacing a previous Japanese bakery Bake Kobo. 

There's a handful of seats inside this delightful hole in the wall café, with a couple of outdoor seats as well. As soon as you walk in, you're greeted by a counter full of pastries and cakes, as well as a range of savoury items and bread at at back. Azuki also sell a range of hot drinks like coffee and matcha latte. 

I found the prices to be quite reasonable as well - most of the sweet items were around the $5-6 mark.

Kare pan

The kare pan is deliciously crisp on the outside with just the right amount of curry filling inside.

Yaki soba pan and wasabi sausage roll

The yaki soba is a carb lover's dream with fried noodles packed conveniently into a bun. I love the wasabi spiked sausage roll with it's flaky and buttery pastry.

Cakes

Black sesame tiramisu

Chocolate Mont Blanc

Yuzu cheesecake

My favourite out of all the cakes I tried was the black sesame tiramisu, a fluffy and light cake packed full of black sesame flavour. The mont blanc was chocolate flavoured, disappointingly with no chestnut in it whatsoever. The yuzu cheese was lovely and light, however I couldn't taste any yuzu. 

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