Tuesday, 30 January 2018

JC & Co - Strathfield, Sydney

JC & Co is a new café in Strathfield that specialises in mille crepé cakes. Opened by husband and wife duo Cindy and Jeff Lee, hence the name, the café is hidden away in a small side street away from the activity of the main streets.

During my visit, there's a couple of flavours of the mille crepé cakes on offer, such as taro, rainbow and black sesame. JC & Co also serve The Grounds coffee and a range of tea and juices.

JC's Passion Punch & taro mille crepé

On this particular hot and humid day, I order the refreshing JC's Passion Punch with watermelon, passionfruit, apple, lime and elderflower which goes down a treat.


The mille crepés are all $10 each slice and it's a huge portion. The crepés are perfectly even with taro buttercream sandwiched between each layer; the cake itself is nicely balanced, not too sweet.


JC&Co. Espresso and Patisserie Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, 29 January 2018

Stanton & Co - Rosebery, Sydney

Stanton and Co is a modern Australian restaurant located in the refurbished warehouse of The Cannery in Rosebery. It's an expansive venue with an open kitchen, dining room and bar area. It's the perfect space for a group Christmas get together. 

It's slightly inconvenient to get here by public transport from the CBD after work, but there's plenty of parking so it's great for those who are driving.

Cocktails

There's a substantial cocktail list at Stanton and Co; I order the Tomozaki which is a homage to the traditional Tommy's margarita with El Jimador Blanco tequila, Shichimi rum, Agave Sec and sparkling yuzu. Unfortunately the cocktail is on the watery side and subsequently I don't taste much  of the yuzu.

As we are dining in a group, we opt for the Sunset menu which is perfect as it takes the decision making out of the equation and we get a taste of a variety of dishes. All the dishes are brought out to share.

Edamame

The edamame with miso butter and konbu was a fantastic starter to have with drinks, and was very addictive. 

Tempura kale with avocado

I really enjoyed this dish, the tempura kale had a lovely and light batter and it was like eating crisps. This was one of my favourites - simple but executed well, plus kale is generally one of my favourite veggies to cook at home.

Beef carpaccio

The thin slices of beef carpaccio are served alongside daikon and smoked garlic horseradish.

Cheese onion gyoza with mustard vinegar

This was another crowd pleaser; who doesn't love cheese and dumplings? It sounds a bit strange/fusion gone wrong but these were so good. We definitely would have welcomed a few more servings of these.

Spatchcock

The spatchcock was well cooked and juicy and also came out with some truffle mash and charred cos side dishes which are not pictured here. 

For $60 per person, it's a decent value set menu for group dining. The service was attentive and friendly and the food was good. 
Stanton & Co. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, 26 January 2018

Cha Bei - Galaxy Macau


Cha Bei is a adorable café housed inside the Promenade shops at Galaxy Casino complex in Macau. The restaurant is beautifully decorated with floral artwork and elaborate cakes on display.

It's also relatively quiet during a weekday lunch which is a nice escape from the hustle and bustle outside. The eye catching restaurant is bright and spacious and doubles as a retail shop with trinkets, chocolates, teas and flowers for sale. The decor is pretty, whimsical and spring-like with pastel green and pink everywhere.


There's plenty to explore whilst you wait for your food as well; gorgeous cakes in the front window display and a very Insta-grammable swing perched in front of a stunning floral wall. 

Lovely bird and floral cake on display

Exterior wall of Cha Bei

Cha Bei interior

One of the many cakes on display

Floral cake

Buttercream floral cake

Individual cakes

There's also a huge range of individual cakes in the display cabinet. I take a mental note to order one of the sea salt cheese cakes with the pretty buttercream flowers later.

Lobster bisque with crispy rice

One thing I do love about Cha Bei is that the menu has quite a range of light and healthier options - perfect for when you've overindulged on holidays. The main portions are on the smaller side. 

The lobster bisque has pieces of Boston lobster, Shimeji mushroom, choy sum and golden rice. The bisque itself is quite flavoursome and the crispy rice adds a nice crunch to the dish.

Cha Bei salad

The Cha Bei is a light option with seasonal leaves, tangy green mango and quinoa. The toasted almonds and coconut dressing add some punch to the salad.

Pink Lady lychee mint iced tea

Healthy Verde blend

The green smoothie blend of avocado, coconut water, basil, ground flaxseed and Himalayan salt is quite light and a bit too watery for my liking. The iced tea on the other hand is lovely - it's fruity and refreshing.

Onto the desserts, as I mentioned earlier, there's a range of pretty individual cakes on offer in the cake cabinet, as well as a number of desserts on the menu.

Sea salt cheesecake

Signature Cha Bei soufflé

Sesame latte and pink latte

As with the rest of the menu, the desserts are lovely and light. The sea salt cheesecake is nice and creamy, with a crunchy biscuit base and a hint of sea salt. The cloud-like soufflé comes out piping out with some vanilla anglaise on the side.


Cha Bei is a gorgeous spot to spend an afternoon having lunch. They also offer afternoon tea with a range of savouries and petit fours that also look amazing; I'm definitely going to try next time I'm in Macau.