Reviews

Balcony Bar – Erskine St, Sydney

October 21, 2010
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Balcony Bar – Erskine St, Sydney

I love that Sydney is embracing the small bar culture and there just happen to be three within a stones throw of my work with more popping up each month! The atmosphere at Balcony Bar is relaxed and unpretentious, definitely a change from the bigger bars in the area that thrive on their pretentious clientele and (for want of a more ladylike word) wanky vibes. This blog is short and sweet (much like Balcony Bar) and purely to let you know to eat the Balmain Bug and Prawn Gnocchi if you go there. It’s amazing! A very beige looking dish upon arrival, this dish taught me never to be too judgemental as its all about the flavour. This little guy is packed with it and is right up there with one of the best dishes I have had in a very long time! Go. Eat. Enjoy!

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SIFF Let’s do Lunch @ Coast

October 14, 2010
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SIFF Let’s do Lunch @ Coast

Ahhhh school holidays. The time when the trains are invaded by screaming teens, the city is rife with groups of children visiting the big smoke and parents everywhere are screaming to their children “Don’t touch that! Get over here!”. The plus side to this time for me is that two friends of mine teach kindergarten and therefore are off work for a bludgy two weeks so we decided to meet for lunch to take advantage of the Crave food festival and also just for a good chit chat. After scouring the SIFF website for what seemed like hours, we decided to go to Coast for their Scallop Ravioli with a braised leek and sorrel cream. When we arrived we were seated and given the regular menu. We asked the waitress about the SIFF menu and she said “oh its ravioli”. Not wanting to order the incorrect thing, we asked...

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Afternoon Tea @ Sofitel Wentworth

October 14, 2010
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Afternoon Tea @ Sofitel Wentworth

Catching up with the girls can be hard these days, especially when one has a four month old and the other has copious amounts of uni work to finish. Never the less, we had organised to do a get together High Tea (well Afternoon Tea as its called at the Wentworth) on the public holiday so that baby sitters and a free assignment pass could be obtained. We had made a booking for three and weren’t meant to meet out the front of the hotel at 2pm. I was running a little late as usual and when I sent a text to let them know, the girls relayed the hotel message that as it was a public holiday and not too many bookings were made, we were being seated in the lobby so they would sit and I would meet them there. Hmmmm the lobby? I arrived at around...

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Inaka Japanese Restaurant – Peakhurst

October 13, 2010
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Inaka Japanese Restaurant – Peakhurst

Having recently moved away from the North Shore of Sydney (a plethora of culinary delights), Stud and I are still finding our feet in terms of what good restaurants are about and although we were previously spoilt for choice with Japanese cuisine (our favourite), it’s been few and far between of late so when we found Inaka, a five minute drive away, we were pretty excited to give it a go. Stepping back into the 80’s where restaurants stuffed your napkin in the wine glass for presentation; I am ashamed to say that we didn’t have high hopes for this one. We really were spoilt on the North shore. The place did have some charm though and the waitresses we SO attentive and really lovely. What we were longing for most was some good sashimi. A gamble seeing as our hopes were deflated but we were brave and ordered...

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Zyka the Taste – Riverwood

October 13, 2010
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Zyka the Taste – Riverwood

It’s hard to find a good Indian Restaurant – especially when your partner is originally from the UK and all you hear from his friends is how Australia doesn’t do Indian as good as the UK does – so we didn’t have especially high hopes to be honest. We had ordered take-away from Zyka a little while ago and although the food was nice, it was a little too spicy so the flavour was kind of lost. We had hoped it would be different when dining in so took a couple of our friends (one of them is half Indian) along with us for the experience. We were greeted at the door by a small child and the waiter. A little unsure, we advised of our booking and they seated us to a table towards the front. It wasn’t overly packed inside but there were enough people to constitute...

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GPO Cheese and Wine Room

October 5, 2010
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GPO Cheese and Wine Room

Bless me father for I have sinned, I have committed the cardinal sin of any food blogger……. Off to a girly dinner of cheese and wine, it was around 11am whilst performing a completely unrelated task at work that it struck me, no camera. Wait, what? No camera? But you are going out to dinner! I thought to myself, scalding myself in my head and probably looking quite blankly at my computer. Hopefully no one picked up on this as it might have scared my co-workers. Trying to think of ways to combat this catastrophe without A, costing too much money and B, still coming up with great quality pics. Nothing. So I apologise in advance for the quality of the pics as they were taken on my iPhone and we all know how the iPhone performs in low lit areas. Now on to my post – we arrived...

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Subterranean Grill – GPO Sydney

August 30, 2010
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Subterranean Grill – GPO Sydney

Upon entering GPO we are searching for signs to point us in the right direction of our reservation. Nothing. A fairly new addition to the family, Subterranean Grill is tucked away in the far corner of the underground that is GPO and a little hard to find but once you walk in, you are punched in the face with the fresh smell of garlic. In my opinion, there is no greater smell to be greeted with. More like an eat-in fast food place rather than a restaurant as you need to order and pay for both drinks and wine up at the counter. You are then given a beepy thing (as I like to call them) to summon you back to the counter to get your food. Eight food loving ladies and a menu of Greek food was a match made in heaven, trying to decide on which to...

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Rhodes Phoenix

August 10, 2010
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Rhodes Phoenix

It is with 50% shame and 50% excitement that I advise you that this marks my first Yum Cha experience. Yum Cha has been something I have been DYING to have for quite some time but things arise and it wasn’t to be. The girls got wind of this and decided it was high time I went along with them for an early morning session. I was collected from my home promptly at 9:30am on Sunday and off we headed to the infamous Rhodes Phoenix. I am very aware that this time of the morning is quite an unsavoury hour to be eating Chinese food but I am assured that you need to get there early as it gets packed out very quickly. We arrive and meet the rest of the clan out front at 10:15, head inside and are seated at an 8 seater table with a Lazy...

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Tetsuya’s

July 29, 2010
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Tetsuya’s

Our first restaurant review takes place on a very important date at a very important restaurant. It is none other than our five year anniversary, at no other place than Tetsuya’s. Our reservation was made three years ago and each year has been pushed back due to other commitments however this year we decided five years is an important milestone and should be celebrated as such. Both of us purchased a spanking new outfit and even booked a five star hotel room near the restaurant to ensure the half an hour taxi ride home wasn’t going to spoil the evening. With butterfly’s all day thinking of my evening to come I was so excited to finally taste the world renowned food from such a great chef. When we arrived it was pouring with rain which unfortunately spoiled my photo of the Zen-like front porch but we were very well...

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Good Food and Wine Show 2010

July 29, 2010
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Good Food and Wine Show 2010

Friday 16 July marked a delicious day in Sydney’s calendar – the opening day of the Good Food and Wine Show. Stud and I have attended the past couple of years and always end up eating too much, drinking too much and off course, spending too much. It’s the best day ever!! This year we had mentioned to my dad how great it was and he seemed really excited about it so for his birthday we purchased him (and ourselves) a Wine Lover’s ticket. That gave us show entry, a Riedel “O Series” wine glass and a wine tasting session with the Riedel crew. So the three of us headed off, camera and notebook in toe bright and early Friday morning. We aimed to arrive pretty early this time as got burnt last year by all the crowds so arrived just after 10am and headed on our Show journey....

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