Archive for ‘Bars’

August 6, 2013

The Soda Factory

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The Soda Factory

Pull the handle and walk in with a look of confusion and delight as you’re teleported from a vending machine to a room of naked concrete walls, exposed beams, and mix of vintage knick knacks. It’s Tuesday night at the Soda Factory, which means only one thing… $1 hot dogs, yes, ONE dollar!

It’s packed to the rim with diners sitting on on each corner, edge of space with a beer and hot dog in hand. With our eagle eyes, we eye an table and pounce before the diners have even put on their jackets (I later realised that you can book a spot, which is highly recommended!).

The Soda Factory

The Soda Factory

With beers in tow, the hot favourite is the Buffalo Bill Chicken Dog; a crispy, battered sausage and a mountain of melted cheese. But if you’re a fan of the classic mustard and dog, it’s still on the menu but with an onion ring twist, or if lamb takes your fancy, Bobby’s Bogan Dog topped with mushy, smashed peas.

By the third, yes, the chewing becomes tiresome and it’s a carblicious overload. These are some damn good hot dogs considering they bear the price tag of a dollar, so be prepared for a night of gluttony.

The Soda Factory also runs Movie nights on Mondays, Pulp Fiction Wednesdays and Mad Men Thursdays. You gotta give it to these guys for packing out the bar on a school night.

The Soda Factory
16 Wentworth Ave
Surry Hills, Sydney
www.sodafactory.com.au

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March 5, 2013

Date with a Steak @ The Roosevelt

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The Roosevelt

The Roosevelt transports you to a place where there’s sense of cheekiness and a touch of ol’ school Hollywood glamour. The revamped 1940s bar and diner is nestled in one of the small streets of Potts Point, where the iconic nightclub was a stop-by must for the elite. Now, it’s back to The Roosevelt’s old roots with an influence of upscale American diner and love for alcohol.

The RooseveltNitro Colada

Cocktails are their game, and they play it well. The cocktail menu is impressive with something to tickle everyone’s fancy; it extends from the classics, nitrogen delights to alcoholic ice bombshells.

My choice of poison for the night is the classic Nitro Colada; fresh pineapples and coconut cream whipped into a house-made Pina Colada sorbet from liquid nitrogen. The meringue is blow-torched at our table as a coconut infused rum is poured in.

The Roosevelt
Oysters w/ Margarita Granita 

We dive into some freshly shucked oysters with a margarita sorbet; the cold sorbet brings a wam bam thank you m’am hit with a sour spine tingling experience with a burst of salt and lime to complement the oysters. Personally I prefer oysters simple and fresh, but this twist definitely introduces the taste buds to what’s to come.

The RooseveltJerk Chicken Wings

The Roosevelt

On the contrary, our taste buds are sent on another journey to a spice bonanza. The thought of getting our fingers dirty at a top restaurant were impolite, but how could we resist…

The Roosevelt

Our night turns into an unexpected “Date with a Steak”, choosing the mid-week special of a 450g Wagyu steak to share for two and a whopping long neck Sorachi Ace beer to wash it all down.

The Roosevelt

The Roosevelt450g Wagyu Steak w/ Sauces & Skinny Fries

Served perfectly sliced across a wooden board, the steak is accompanied by a basket of skinny fries and a trio of sauces; Missouri BBQ, Chipotle Ranch & Red Pepper Ketchup. One little mistake is serving the steak on a wooden board as it became a little bit of a messy affair, although in all fairness, the steak was cooked a perfect medium.

The Roosevelt

The Roosevelt feels like you’re falling back into the time of prohibition but with a dash of molecular gastronomy magic.

The Roosevelt
32 Orwell St
Potts Point, Sydney
www.theroosevelt.com.au

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July 24, 2012

Ladies Who Lunch @ The Village

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The Village

For a little more wild and hot spot to giggle and gossip that’s inappropriate for High Tea – The Village is perfect to leave the boys at home for a weekend brunch sesh. Think of creamy vibrant dips, juicy marinated olives, tossed salads and indulgent desserts and jugs of Pimms… cue the group text message.

The VillagePimms & Lemonade

With a Sydney filled with cafes and their no-bookings policy, Ladies Who Lunch is the perfect for those who love to get organised. The set menu doesn’t disappoint and is enough to fill the entire afternoon up.

The Village

The VillageAntipasto Plate

The Village
Sicilian Arancini

Nothing else gets the tastebuds revving but a good ol’ antipasto platter filled with cured meats, peppers, olives, dips and it’s all hands on deck with rounds of toasted garlic sourdough as our utensils. Juxtaposing the cold, arancini balls filled with piping hot spinach and smoked mozzarella work a treat.

The Village
Crispy Salt & Pepper Squid

A simultaneous agreeance comes about when the salt & pepper squid arrived. No one hesitated play friendly to fight for the last piece of this dipped generously in a side of chili aioli.

The VillageMargherita Pizza

The Village
Roasted Pumpkin

The Village
Tomato 

And if that wasn’t enough, a piping hot thin crusted pizza with bubbles of cheese, fresh slithers of tomato and basil and plenty of the good herby stuff. But it’s also a nice relief to see more bowls of colour with a roasted pumpkin salad with a mix of pine nuts, baby spinach and marinated crumbles of feta. And one of the best food marriages is fresh torn basil and tomatoes with drizzles of balsamic vinegar.

The Village
Chocolate Fondant

The Village
Apple & Berry Crumble

After a solid savoury interlude, the creme de la creme sugar finale is brought forth. A piping hot chocolate fondant served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and the sweetest berry coulis. The other, a layered apple and berry crumble with vanilla anglaise. Delish.

The Village
The Village

Rubbing our bellies full, it’s a satisfying afternoon playing catch up and the perfect excuse to wear heels during the day. It is a set menu (min. of 4) so grab a few girlfriends and have a cheeky midday feast!

Minibites and a guest dined courtesy of The Mews.

The Village
1 Kellett Way
Potts Point, Sydney
www.the-village.com.au

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March 28, 2012

The Blocks by Penfolds

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The Blocks by Penfolds

The Blocks by Penfolds is pop-up wine bar by the water. Nestled along the pier, the sky high warehouse is filled with art installations, wooden totems and plenty, plenty of wines. The concept of The Blocks is to provide the full experience from smelling totems, eating tasty morsels, subtle music and exploring intriguing art installations.

The Blocks by Penfolds

A glass of vino is in order at the bar before we wander through the five wooden totems… and we do as we’re told; drinking and smelling each one. One smells woody, one smell sweet and fruity while one is complex and requires multiple sniffs to decipher. Luckily, there are sommeliers around who guide us through each totem explaining the story behind each one and its correlating art installation.

The Blocks by Penfolds

In true form, I’m naturally drawn towards the multi-layered oak totem with a wave of fresh and fruity flavours, symbolising the aromatic whites family; your rieslings, sauvignons and pinot gris.  The multi layers represent the high altitudes which these grapes are grown. Gosh, I’d wish all furniture would smell this great!

The Blocks by Penfolds

Five Australian artists were also invited to design pieces for the event, with #3 being one of the hot favourites by Kit Webster. Representing the varietal blends, the blending of the wines; the artist uses the ripples from underneath the pier moulded together by images of grapes. I love #5 so do check that one out, especially the awesome story behind the Russian styled, Kirlian photography and capture of “aura” from vineyards.

The Blocks by Penfolds

It’s not all art, as slowly, the temptation of food baits us towards the back of the warehouse where communal tables are set up and a exquisite menu with matching wines. The creative menu is created by Chef Jock Zonfrillo using locally sourced ingredients, and of course with his repertoire and numerous of awards including winner of Restaurant of the Year (Magill Estate Restaurant, Adelaide) – there’s no denying why the dishes are so delectable.

Without spoiling too much of what’s to come, there’s a sneak peak below…

The Blocks by PenfoldsNative Pepper Crab

The Blocks by PenfoldsWagyu Beef w/ truffle 

The Blocks by PenfoldsPotato & Pork

The inside will be for you to discover! My absolute favourites is the native pepper crab, silky smooth wagyu beef and for dessert, the chocolate, current and myrtle; a perfect sweet end. Only nibble sized, so don’t be alarmed if you’re not satisfied by the end.

The Blocks by Penfolds

The Blocks by Penfolds

The installation has been organised by London based designers Studio Toogood and teamed up with Penfolds Bin & Luxury wines, great local artists and Chef Jock Zonfrilo. Get in quick before this closes as this is one amazing pop-up wine bar.

The Blocks by Penfolds is open 16th March till 5th April 2012. Reservations can be made at http://www.theblockslive.com or on 0407 412 640.

The Blocks by Penfolds
Pier 2/3, 13 Hickson Rd
Walsh Bay, Sydney
www.theblockslive.com

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December 6, 2011

Orto Trading Co

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Orto Trading Co

Along Waterloo St in Surry Hills is a burst of fabulous new finds. Orto Trading Co is a cute retro bar on the corner; perfect for a girls’ night out. With Sydney’s sudden and torrential downpour, we all hustled in and cuddled inside to flickering candles, fresh flowers in our little corner.

Orto Trading Co

There’s bountifuls of beer, wines and cocktails on the drinks menu, but our choice of poison to wind down were jugs of fruity sangria; all served in little jars and retro straws.

Orto Trading Co
Scotch Egg

There’s a mix for dishes for the nibblish or the starving. First up are for the nibblish is the scotch egg is an oldie but a goodie. Made from house made pork sausage encasing a soft boiled egg. It’s dished up with a pear piccalilli; a British pickle with a mix of mustard and turmeric and perfect when the meat is a little least moist.

Orto Trading Co
Cauliflower Fritters

A fabulous alternative to potato chips are cauliflower fritters; fried and lightly coated in herbs and spices with the right amount of crunch. The chef must be a fan of pear as this dish was paired with a curried pear sauce; not necessary but adds just a little punch.

Orto Trading CoRoast Pork Hock for two

One of the fuller mains is the chunky roast pork hock for two. Still on the bone, it’s served on a gorgeous wooden board overflowing with roast parsnips, caramelised apples and mountain of cabbage slaw. Diggin’ the whole caramelised apple as it goes wonderfully with pork. Things are also always better when they are not doused in sauce, so I loved the milk bottle of pour-at-your-own-pace gravy. And although for two, this little baby filled up four bellies…

Orto Trading CoBirthday Cake from Raspberry Charlotte Mousse Cake, Le Renaissance Patisserie

Orto Trading Co

Orto Trading Co

Perfect enough for my birthday girls’ night out, so enjoy the candlelight and explore this new part of town.

Orto Trading Co
38/55 Waterloo St
Surry Hills, Sydney
www.ortotradingco.com.au

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