Archive for October, 2009

October 19, 2009

Swiss Bakerz

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I love cake. I love work even more because everyone loves a good cake time. This time, we ventured to Swiss Bakerz for a baked chocolate mousse cake. Delightful if you have a thin slice but you will definitely go into chocolate coma with a abit too much. And it’s rich, very rich. Perfect for the chocolate lovers like our birthday girl.

Swiss Bakerz
101 Oxford St
Darlinghurst, Sydney

October 18, 2009

Moo Gourmet Burgers

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I first read about this burger joint in the Sydney MX and at the same moment, a friend of mine had cut out and saved the article to tell me all about it. So on a gorgeous warm Sunday morning, we decided to follow through with this burger promise.

Mad Cow mooshake

The restaurant is nicely located across the Bondi beach, so the view, weather and vibe was perfect. We begin with the mooshakes – choosing a Mad Cow which has crushed oreos, vanilla & chocolate syrup, ice-cream blended with milk. And it was a wonderfully made milkshake – perfectly proportioned ingredients so it was not too sweet yet not too bland.

Wagyu beef burger

Moo burger

I choose the Wagyu beef burger, a Wagyu beef patty with mixed leaves, tomato relish, roasted roma tomatoes and mayonnaise. The meat patty is well cooked and the quality and generosity of fillings is impressive – but the burger size and pool of juices definitely made it a challenge to eat like a lady. My accompanying foodies chose the typical Cheeseburger, Beef Burger and last but not least the, “heart-stopping” Moo Burger – containing a beef patty, bacon, pineapple, tomatoes, beetroot, tomato relish, mayonnaise topped with a sunnyside-up egg.

I took one greasy bite and the beef patty wasn’t as impressive as the Wagyu, it was definitely drier and less flavoursome. We also share a side dish of chips, and I grinned from ear to ear. Finally! Chunky home-style potato chips – less batter and oil and soft melting potato inside.

Location, quality fillings and a cute name has convinced me to come back to taste their non-beefy burgers.

Moo Gourmet Burgers
70A Campbell Parade
Bondi Beach, Sydney

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October 11, 2009

Iron Chef Yum Cha

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This is my favourite yum cha hot spot for a lazy Sunday brunch session – which serves good quality dumplings and is affordable, particularly for a large group of friends. The only downfall is the long exhausting wait.

On this particular Sunday; we squeezed through the doors at 3pm and the food service was fast fast fast. The waiter comes over and we immediately order plates and plates of dumplings – which is immediately steamed and served. Although we missed the full yum cha experience, we knew we were eating freshly steamed dumplings straight from the kitchen.

Iron Chef Chinese Seafood Restaurant
84 Broomfield St
Cabramatta, Sydney

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October 9, 2009

Pocket Bar

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Field mushroom & spinach crepe with a glass of Pinot Grigio

During the day, you would simply walk pass this hidden gem – it’s exterior is a garage with a roller door, but the interior has a feel of Melbourne – with indoor graffiti, wooden boxes as seating, stacks of old books and magazines and comfortable “sinkable” couches at the back.

We enjoy savory crepes for lunch with a glass of white wine. As suggested by staff, they ask you to savour the crepes as soon as they are served instead of waiting for everyone to receive their dishes. The crepe is light and delicate, filled with mushroom, spinach and melted cheese – my only complaint is the lack of filling but maybe I’m too overindulgent and greedy. Very pleasant and light lunch, definitely will be heading back to sample the other crepes!

Pocket Bar
13 Burton St
Darlinghurst, Sydney

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October 7, 2009

The Chocolate Room

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Chocolate Sundae

Hazelnut Hot Chocolate w/ 3 chocolates 

This chocolate cafe was stumbled across by pure accident, and it was heaven sent considering the gloomy downpour and the fact that we were all looking for a little something sweet and comforting to keep us warm. The atmosphere of the cafe isn’t as lavish as I hoped it to be, but the hot chocolates definitely made up for it. There are over 20 flavours of hot chocolates to choose from, all served in a cuddle cup or in a large cup kept warm by a lit tea candle underneath. I choose the Tiramisu hot chocolate which smelt divine and tasted heavenly with subtle traces of coffee, mascarpone and chocolate.

It has become my winner in the cafe chocolate category in Sydney (nothing beats Koko Black yet!) and definitely will be heading back to sample more flavoured hot chocolates.

The Chocolate Room
Shop 11/15 Phillip St
Parramatta, Sydney

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