Archive for February, 2012

February 27, 2012

March into Merivale’s American Diner Degustation @ Mad Cow

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American Diner @ Mad Cow

Mad Cow was the perfect place to host March into Merivale’s American Diner Degustation; throw a mix of New York, plenty of white comfy booths and splatters of red and white stripes. March in Merivale kicks off filled with a month of exciting one-off dinners across Merivale’s family of restaurants. Also a perfect match for us to get excited about our upcoming trip of eating in the States (yay!).

American Diner @ Mad Cow Corn and Cheese Quesadillas

Most of the menus during March into Merivale are unannounced so it’s always a pleasant surprise on the day. To start us off, our amuse bouche were corn and cheese quesadilla triangles; pipping hot and filled with stretchy cheese and a revving mix of salsa and spices. Sadly it was only a triangle each…

American Diner @ Mad Cow
Mad Cow Chopped Salad w/ Spencer Gulf Prawns

The amuse bouche really got us going, so we dug into this salad as though it was our final meal. Filled with red onions, yellow and red tomatoes, leaves and plenty of prawns sprawled on top.

American Diner @ Mad Cow
Grilled Atlantic Salmon w/ crushed peas & mint

Our eyes sparkled when the salmon was dished; partly purely from hunger (there was a little too much wait in between courses) but also from the generous portions of fish. The salmon skin was as crispy as a potato chip with the flesh still medium rare. Not everyone was a fan of the mashed peas and mint, but I loved the combo of mushiness against crispy salmon.

American Diner @ Mad Cow
Shoestring fries

American Diner @ Mad Cow
Braised Beef Short Ribs

Seated near the kitchen, we smelt the naughtiness of the shoestring fries from a mile away. A must add to our main course of braised short ribs swimming in a jus with peas, baby carrots and thyme.

American Diner @ Mad Cow

American Diner @ Mad CowKey Lime Pie

After countless seasons and late nights of Dexter, our key lime pie itch was scratched and it was delicious! Even with the sweet tooth of mine, I loved the sourness of the lime contrasted by fluffy light meringue and a crunchy gingernut base. Traditionally this pie was cooked purely from the acidity of the lime with the eggs, but thankfully now it’s baked just a little.

American Diner @ Mad Cow

American Diner’s Degustation is apart of March into Merivale 2012.

Mad Cow
Ivy, Level 1, 330 George St
Sydney
www.merivale.com.au/madco

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February 19, 2012

Kitchen by Mike

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Kitchen by Mike
Gotta love a little lunchtime adventure to keep me on my toes at work. Kitchen by Mike is the restaurant running inside the enormous Koskela warehouse. Gorgeous rustic and filled with natural light, the Koskela warehouse delivers the most beautiful and very unique pieces of Australian made furniture.

Kitchen by Mike

Kitchen by Mike

Kitchen by Mike

Kitchen by Mike

After our ooohs and aaahs at the furniture, my belly was calling. Kitchen by Mike’s set up is a “canteen” concept – where you pick the dishes of the day and are charged by the scoop. For those who are mathematically challenged and if you eat with their eyes; a meal here can prove to be quite dear. Hopefully the concept will be refined, as I can’t imagine what the service is like when it’s busy!

Kitchen by Mike

Kitchen by Mike

We opted to share an assortment of dishes that change on a daily basis (check their Facebook for menu updates); kicking off with homemade woodfired sourdough breads served with Pepe Saya butter.

Kitchen by Mike

Kitchen by Mike

My favourite goes out to the humble pork belly; succulent and actually not too naughty when you team it up with some fresh salad friends. Tiny little currant grapes, fennel, walnuts and rocket salad and a peach, radiccho and mozzarella salad. Delish.

Kitchen by Mike

Spend an afternoon around amazing pieces of furniture and don’t forget the fresh delectables at the cafe.

Kitchen by Mike
85 Dunning Ave
Rosebery, Sydney
www.facebook.com/kitchenbymike

Koskela
85 Dunning Ave
Rosebery, Sydney
www.koskela.com.au 

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February 4, 2012

Sotto on West

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Sotto on West

Everyone loves a good spot for breakfast – brightly lit, no lines, quick service and delicious food. The food can be simple and fresh, but the main thing is… breakfast is served up quick!

After a little adventure in the north, a energy pit stop was required. We swing by a little, cosy cafe which is soon to grow with extensions under approval. Sotto on West dishes up good ol’ breakfast favourites and delicious coffee. The menu isn’t overwhelming so orders are quick and food comes out with a blink of an eye (even on a Sunday!).

Sotto on West

Sotto on West
Double Eggs and Bacon Roll

Sotto on West
Scrambled Eggs

I settle with the scrambled eggs and light rye sourdough toast with an added side of shaved ham. It’s deliciously fluffy and the smell of fresh chives definitely wake me up. The boy opts for the eggs and bacon roll in unusually triangular buns; and it’s overfilling with protein goodness.

Sotto on West

My eyes can’t help but get drawn to the roof with the super cool teapot and teacup lamps. I love how this is the only quirky touch, and the rest of the cafe isn’t entirely done; apart from a few odd colourful cushions and ottomans.

Sotto on West
67 West St
North Sydney, Sydney

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