Archive for February, 2011

February 27, 2011

Nu’s Restaurant

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Confession. I’m actually the let’s-just-chill-at-home and the very unromantic one in the relationship. We met for the first time (and sorta had our first date) on Valentines’ Day many, many years ago! We’re not huge hallmark celebrators, but this year he organised a low key dinner at Nu’s Restaurant. Nu’s is a little corner restaurant on an amazing street that smells of food as you stroll along it, gorgeous terraces and views of the tips of the harbour.

Avocado tartlets with crispy squid

Betal leaves with pork belly and sweet quail egg

To wet our appetites is a double dose of entree; a perfect bite size of mouthful of cold avocado paste topped with a crisp squid, and shame it was only a mouthful worth… The other entree was a betal leaf packed with shredded pork belly, herbs topped with a sweet quail egg.

Singha beer battered barramundi fillet

Panang curry with chicken and kaffir lime

For mains, we shared a Singha beer battered barramundi with an amazing crispy crust sitting on a bed of green mango, chilli, coriander and roasted peanuts. The salad was refreshing and light with a zing and a tang. Next up was a light panang chicken curry served in a huge bottomless coconut. Super light with generous amounts of chicken pieces and just the right amount of spice (for me at least!).

Coconut creme brulee

To finish, we crack the warm sugary layer of a delicious coconut creme brulee and cold coconut sorbet to satisfy our sweet tooth.

Delicious meal in a gorgeous naturally lit restaurant (which I love!!). Thank you mister.

Nu’s Restaurant
178 Blues Point Rd
McMahon’s Point, Sydney

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February 14, 2011

Kazbah on Top Ryde

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This isn’t your typical brunch hot spot with the eggs, poached, scrambled or fried – eggs are mixed with sprinkles of herbs and spices, delicious and rich meats, greens, reds, and cheese, cheese, cheese! Kazbah makes you fall in love with the vibrant colours, protein filled dishes, sauces and abundance of flavours and textures. There’s the original at Balmain, but it was tempting to give this one a go with no queues and a more laid back atmosphere.

Chickpea Fritters, Pork Belly Shish Kebab, Baby Spinach, Roast Tomato

A pork belly skewer for brunch is definitely an overindulgence; but it was crispy with that thick layer of crackling sitting on top. The poached egg ooozed over the stack of cheese, baby spinach sitting on top of a crispy chickpea fritter.

Roast Pumpkin, Spinach, Roast Capsicum, Roast Tomato, Caramelised Onion, Feta, Eggs, Turkish Toast, Lebanese Bread

My other foodie choose a vegetarian tagine, a dish orientating from Morocco. All of the ingredients such as pumpkin, spinach, capsicum, tomatoes, onions, eggs and feta cheese are thrown into a glazed pot, the tagine, and slowly cooked. The eggs were a little overdone, but still a delicious veggie delight.

Chakchouka Scrambled Eggs, Smoked Salmon, Turkish Toast

Of the three, I would favourite mine the most; a chakchouka of eggs involves a vibrant mix of peppers, tomatoes, onions, eggs of course, and plentiful of herbs and spices of paprika and chilli. Served on toasted turkish bread with slices of fresh smoked salmon, and topped with roe and dill. The eggs were light and fluffy and packed so much flavour to shake any hangover.

Amazing brunches with a twist.

Kazbah on Top Ryde
Top Ryde Shopping Centre
109/129 Blaxland Rd
Ryde, Sydney

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February 8, 2011

Longrain Bar & Restaurant

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After the Taste of Sydney 2010, Longrain has always been on my bucket list of restaurants to go to. It’s another one of those restaurants with the no reservations rule, so timing is key! To avoid the lines, gear up to head over there at 6pm to grab a seat at the long wooden communal tables.

Push through the tall double entrance doors and enter into a wide open space with minimal decorations, wooden beams and simplicity. Walk to the left, it’s the bar which packs a very extensive cocktail menu enough to last the night, or walk to the right, and it’s the restaurant with the betal leaves and eggnet.

Prawn betel leaf

To kick off, heart shaped betal leaves topped with fresh prawns, peanuts, roasted coconut and ginger are packed to the punch with immense flavours. One of bite of crunchiness, sweetness, a little tang and nuttiness. A perfect entree.

Eggnet filled with pork prawns peanuts bean sprouts & sweet vinegar

Grilled angus beef rib with lemongrass & chili

For our mains, the eggnet and beef rib are shared. And portions are tremendously generous. Much like other modern asian cuisines, the eating theory behind Longain is that it’s made for sharing. The eggnet arrives and it is humongous. Impressively weaved, it encases plenty of beansprouts, pork, prawns and drizzled with a sweet vinegar, with a balance of sweet and sour.

The grilled angus beef rib rolls out shortly after, and we’re in awe at the size. We really didn’t expect the “rib” on the menu to be one singular rib. The beef is soft and tender with a little char and caramelisation. The slow cooked meat falls off the bone and the curry soup is a little spicy but just enough.

It’s a lovely place for a cocktail (or two) and a gigantic banquet feast.

Longrain Restaurant & Bar
85 Commonwealth St
Surry Hills, Sydney

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February 5, 2011

Cookie, Melbourne

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Cookie’s great. I love the low key vibe when you’re walking down the street, unaware that people up a flight of stairs are happily munching away on great food and delicious cocktails. And I love taking people to this place when we visit; with their first reaction as they enter the dark dirty stairwell, “where on earth are you taking us Jenny?!”

There’s plenty of different dishes to tempt anyone’s taste buds. And if there isn’t a table at the restaurant, the bar is right across the room with the same food and drinks menu, just bar service.

Chicken & lemongrass salad with banana blossom

Pad thai

Raving about the coconut rice again because it is amazing, and as simple as it sounds, it works well with a flavoursome dish like the chicken and lemongrass salad; shredded pieces of sweet and tangy marinated chicken with thinly sliced banana blossom, a common vegetable in Asian cooking. On the plainer side, we devour a chicken and prawn pad thai, simple yet surprisingly really good. The noodles are tossed and left with a little wok char to make it a little crispy yet still soft.

And don’t forget upstairs at the rooftop bar for faux grass, deck chairs and a beer!

Level 1, 252 Swanston St

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February 5, 2011

+39 Pizzeria & Degustation, Melbourne

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Vegetarian piadina

As I got lost amongst the twists and turns of Melbourne’s alleyways, my growling tummy stopped me from venturing further and just opt to settle down at this little Italian pizzeria cafe. I take a seat on a faux balcony overlooking the alleyway, served by kind service and a thick Italian accent. I order a piadina, a Italian styled pressed sandwich made with thin flat bread filled with rocket, cheese, mushrooms and plenty of colourful bell peppers. Warm and stretchy cheese. Delicious and light.

+39 Pizzeria & Degustation
362 Little Bourke St

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