Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Mekong - Chippendale, Sydney

I'm a huge fan of the Spice Alley outdoor food court on Kensington Street in Chippendale, but had never ventured to the neighbouring asian restaurants despite walking past them all the time, until I decide to book in a lovely lunch here with my mum.

Mekong Restaurant showcases the cuisine of the South-east asian countries along the Mekong River - think Thai, Cambodian, and Vietnamese food with a refined twist.

Sweet corn harvest

The sweet corn harvest is a nice little appetiser to begin the meal with; the mini cups are made out of rice flour and filled with sweetcorn, smashed red bean, prawn and cucumber relish.

Squid ink dumplings

The squid ink dumplings are filled with crab meat and prawn, and served in a flavoursome broth. 

The sizes of the dishes are on the smaller side, but I found this to be a good thing for sharing a variety of dishes between two. The downside of this is that it adds up to be a fairly pricy meal, which I find hard to justify when there are such amazing cheap and cheerful south-east asian options around.

Pig in a betel leaf blanket

These little black parcels are betel leaves filled with grilled pork neck, served with a tangy tamarind sauce. 

Full Moon

The Full Moon is steamed in a whole young coconut and is a lovely mild curry with egg, basil, coconut milk and plenty of prawns. I'm glad we order a side of rice to pile the curry onto.

Rosewater lychee

Unfortunately we only have room for one dessert, and went with the airy and light rosewater and lychee mousse served with a crumble and mango puree to share. As we were eating, I spotted the coconut ice cream dessert, which I'll definitely be having next time!

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

Monday, 13 March 2017

Meet Gerard - Alexandria, Sydney

Meet Gerard is a cosy cafe hidden in a nondescript part of Alexandria/Redfern, though I shouldn't say hidden as the cafe is a hit and there's a line up for a table on a Saturday morning.

The all day breakfast menu at Meet Gerard consists of the regular items such as toast, banana bread, smashed avocado, and bacon & egg roll, but also some more interesting dishes such as the yoghurt panna cotta. 

Iced coffee

My milky iced coffee is a refreshing treat during this hot morning; I would have loved a bit more of a coffee hit to balance out the ice cream.

Bacon and egg roll

The bacon and egg roll is simple but well executed, with a perfectly cooked egg, complete with still runny centre, served with blackened tomato relish and aioli. 

'Milk & Honey'

My yoghurt panna cotta is a sight to behold - served with honeyed puffed rice, granola and seasonal fruit such as mango, strawberries and passionfruit. It's a nice twist on the standard granola and yoghurt combo.

Meet Gerard Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, 3 March 2017

Public Dining Room - Mosman, Sydney

Summer came and went past in a blink of the eye but luckily, the warmer weather seems to be sticking around  for a while longer so there's still time to  enjoy the beach (if it  ever stops raining!). 

Meanwhile, the rainy weather is the perfect time for me to get into some backlog blog posting. I've been meaning to post about this lovely lunch at Public Dining Room in Mosman for a while, after attending a lovely hen's lunch here late last year. 

Public Dining Room has a outstanding view due to it's prime location on the waterfront, situated right on Balmoral beach. The restaurant is a modern space, filled with natural light and Scandinavian minimalism inspired look. 

Seared scallops, cauliflower textures, semi-dried grapes, vadouvan 

Crispy pork belly, jowl croquette, carrot &  orange puree, black garlic, bronze fennel

Tasmanian pasture fed eye fillet, wild alliums, cavolo nero, potato crisp, society garlic

Passionfruit crème brûlée, mango, pineapple, coconut gel & yoghurt

Overall, I was quite impressed with both the food and service. The staff were friendly and accomodating, the food was all delicious plus it all came out quickly even though it was fairly busy in the restaurant.  I was also super impressed by the effort they put in with the plating of a BYO cake - complete with berries, nut crumble and a scoop of ice cream on the side. It's these small details that make all the difference. 

Public Dining Room Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato