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January 2, 2014

Phoenix Diner @ Lansdowne Hotel

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PhoenixPulled Pork Burger

Sometimes you just want a burger. Not some pansy burger, you crave a protein packed, sky high piece of art where you can’t decide whether to slice it in half, but end up chomping into it, with two hands with juices dripping down till your elbows. And at the Phoenix Diner, is where you can get one of these burgers…

My fav is the Pulled Pork, with 12 hour smoked and braised pork, topped with slaw, slab of brie, char grilled apple, tart cranberry jam and topped with rocket. It’s a whole lotta love in one burger.

Phoenix Diner

The Lansdowne has been on the iconic little corner of Broadway but since an unfortunate fire in January, it’s been closed since October.

Phoenix Diner

Re-opening its doors, it’s kept the lower level with the grunge and rocknroll pub supporting local acts every Sunday afternoon, while upstairs, it’s a fresh new look with a Shrek-green American diner.

Phoenix Diner

Phoenix Diner

Upstairs is where we’re nestled in and we find ourselves enjoying the time with beer and buffalo wings at a bench table. Wings come by the half dozen and there’s a choice between bleu cheese, BBQ or F’n hot chilli sauce – with the chilli, it was a should I or shouldn’t I moment, and in the end it was down to good ol’ BBQ.

Phoenix DinerRuby Ribs

The lamb ribs are smokey but a little too fatty for my liking, but it’s topped with a tangy Texas smoke sauce and superbly cooked chips.

Phoenix Diner

Like memories of my American holiday, we’re stuffed to the brim with little prospect for dessert. Neat little spot for a substantial pub feed after a day of education or a bit of a shopping spree from across the road.

Minibites dined as a guest of Shake Appeal.

Phoenix Diner
The Lansdowne Hotel
2-6 City Road
Chippendale
www.lansdownehotel.com.au

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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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April 24, 2012

PaperPlanes

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Paper Planes

Okay, I admit that I have a little crush on the Barge brothers and the delectable cocktails and dishes they bring to the scene. Teamed up with Phil Capaldi, the boys have a new addition to the family in a hidden, reformed alleyway along Campbell Parade. Walking in, your eyes are casted to the 400 and something skateboard roof, flying origami cranes and an enticing long bar at the back.

Paper Planes

We kick off with some chilled beverages and in true LL Wine & Dine style, there’s an innovative cocktail menu. Tonight I’m on the Tokyo Pop, a fruity mix with a cheeky popping candy rim. The boys are on tap beer, Orion, which is of course Japanese.

Paper Planes

The menu is designed to share and there’s a mix of old and new Japanese. The entrees and mains are a modern take, while the sushi menu keeps it simple but offering good ol’ favourites with a sprinkle of PaperPlanes magic.

Paper PlanesHomemade Pork & Cabbage Gyoza

Paper PlanesSalmon Tartare Nachos

Entrees kick start with dishes of edamame, gyoza and salmon nachoes. The homemade gyoza is limited each week and are served with a chili oil and ponzu mix; the ponzu adding the perfect amount of tartness. Th salmon nachoes are kept cool in a wooden bath of ice and served with crispy prawn crackers.

Paper PlanesSpicy Tuna Makisushi Roll

There’s a selection of sushi and sashimi to choose from; my favourite is the spicy tuna with the refreshing inclusion of apple while the spider roll has a firey kick with hidden fresh wasabi.

Paper PlanesSake Flamed Teriyaki Chicken

Paper PlanesBraised Beef Short Ribs

The mains are hearty and keep us warm from chill and rain – the sake flamed teriyaki chicken is deceptively flavoursome and perfect with a bowl of rice and the sauteed mushroom mix. The braised beef short ribs are perfect for the lazy as they are off the bone swimming in a sauce of yakiniku (sake, mirin, soy) – all balanced with the sourness of pickled vegetables.

Paper Planes
Tokyo POP plant

Paper Planes
The Black Egg

The desserts are adventurous. Our Tokyo POP plant is a lemon cheesecake in disguise, all of which would have been complete if there was a super crumbly biscuit base which we were all digging for! The black egg on the other hand, is delectable. It is a layered “egg” of macadamia nut oil, coconut milk curd and a floating disc of chocolate sauce (there’s not much, so you have to fight for it!).

Paper Planes

Follow the lighting strike and have a cocktail, or two.

PaperPlanes
178 Campbell Parade
Bondi Beach, Sydney
www.paperplanesbondi.com

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April 15, 2012

Xanthi Bar & Restaurant

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Xanthi Bar & Restaurant

Xanthi feels as though you have magically stepped into an oversized tent with beautifully draped curtains, glowing lanterns, Persian rugs… there’s a degree of royalty when you walk through with cosy booths, generously large sized chairs and full view of the flames and action of the kitchen. Immediately you know you will be well look after… (cue the stretchy pants).

It is a lunchtime affair, so we opt the express menu with plenty of dishes to share and a glass of your choice.

Xanthi Bar & Restaurant
Tarama, Split Pea and Tzatziki

Xanthi Bar & Restaurant
Greek Salad

With a click of your fingers, our trio of dips and glistening Greek salad arrive at our table. Our trio included tarama (or taramoalata; mix of roe and potato), a smoky spilt pea dip and good ol’ refreshing tzatziki; perfect company with some toasty warm Lebanese bread triangles.

Xanthi Bar & Restaurant
BBQ Haloumi

Xanthi Bar & Restaurant
Vine Dolmathes

The banquet menu proves worthy by offering up two delicious Greek favourites – grilled haloumi, which is perfect without being tough and stretchy and are topped with figs, tomatoes and a dash of lemon. The parcels of vine dolmathes take me back to an Asian version wrapped in bamboo leaves; where the Greek do it with a lot more herbs and wrapped in delicate, edible leaves.

Xanthi Bar & Restaurant
Fried Calamari

Xanthi Bar & Restaurant
Lamb Skaras

A tapas sized bowl of fried calamari arrives and the aroma of paprika and spices fill the table; they’re lightly battered and not overpowering the tender octopus. The main star are the lamb skaras; slow cooked with spices with the meat falling off the bone and matched with potatoes and beans – a Greek homage to a massaman curry.

Xanthi Bar & Restaurant
Caramel Baklava Ice Cream

You can’t end a Greek feast without sweets, so Xanthi dishes up their version of deconstructed baklava with vanilla ice cream, pistachios and a pool of warm caramel.

Xanthi Bar & Restaurant
Corner Pitt Street Mall & Market Street
Level 6 Dining Precinct
Westfields’ Sydney
www.xanthi.com.au

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