Archive for ‘Salad’

March 20, 2012

Bread & Circus

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Bread & Circus

Tucked away amongst the For Lease signs, industrial yards and hustle and bustle of trucks, Bread and Circus brings along delicious super foods in their rustic warehouse canteen. Stripy deck chairs, beams of natural light and plenty of scattered pots of herbs and vegetables.

Bread & Circus

Bread & Circus

The menu changes daily, but be sure to bump in early if you want dibs on certain dishes as sometimes I’ve been one step too late with hot favourites being scribbled off the menu. Your vegetarian friends will love you for bringing them here but for those who need a little more, there’s always a protein option add on.

Bread & Circus

The best option is to grab a plate of everything. Today’s salad delights were a mix of fried snake beans, roast zucchini, pear with couscous, potatoes and a smokey nutmeg eggplant. I love the diversity of flavours and Bread & Circus sure makes salads sexy again.

Bread & Circus

Bread & Circus

Honourable mentions go out to the snake beans with a jalapeno coriander kick, the amazing baked pear; sweet and indulgent but balanced with couscous goodness. Not much of a fan of eggplant in general, but my foodie companion scoffed them down a treat.

If salads don’t tickle your fancy, there’s plenty of canteen styled sandwich boxes with plenty of meat, sauces, salad and generous slices of fresh sourdough bread.

Bread & CircusPreservative free bangalow pork chilli kicked salami 

Bread & CircusPoached organic Ingewood chicken w/ basil oil & thyme biodynamic yoghurt

Amongst the sandwich boxes, you’d need to pull me in a tug-a-war to decide on a favourite. Whatever protein you’re feeling, there’s bound to be a box that best suits you. The salami brings along a feisty little kick, the smoked ham is thick and generous with a sinus clearing mustard, whereas the chicken is teamed with a beautiful basil oil and thyme yoghurt.

Bread & Circus

Bread & CircusGenmaicha

There’s also a list of fresh juices and pipping hot teas. I picked one of the most usual ones of the list, a roasted brown rice and popcorn green tea. It smells amazing but definitely for those who enjoy wild teas.

Bread & Circus

And if all the superfoods are making you feel really angelic, there’s a few sweets on the counter that’s up for grabs. Feeling cheeky, we grab a huuuge (size of our plate..) cookie with generous portions of chocolate chips and nuts. Oh boy…

Bread & Circus

Perfect spot for breakfast, brunch or lunch – and being very child (little tables and chairs!) and dog friendly; Bread & Circus definitely helps promote healthy food for a clear mind and body!

Bread & Circus

Bread & Circus

And if you’re wondering where the coffee aroma is lingering from… don’t forget to check out Don Campos who are at the front of the warehouse. They also offer a few more tasty pastry morsels for the hungry.

Bread & Circus
21 Fountain St
Alexandria, Sydney
www.breadandcircus.com.au 

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Don Campos
21 Fountain St
Alexandria, Sydney

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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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January 30, 2011

Scoozi, Adelaide

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Chicken caesar salad

After a long search for something, anything that is opened past 5pm on a Sunday… I followed the little whispers past the Mall landing onto Rundle St, a little strip of pubs, cafes and pizzerias. And because sadly I couldn’t devour an entire pizza on my own, I settled for a chicken caesar for one, a coke zero and my Wallpaper guide to Hong Kong.  A delicious salad with tender slices of chicken, crunchy croutons and creamy homemade caesar sauce – but definitely trying out the pizza next time.

Scoozi
272 Rundle St
Adelaide
www.scoozi.com.au

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September 6, 2010

Brunettis, Melbourne

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Organic scrambled eggs with mushrooms and toasted sourdough

Chicken caesar salad

Eggs, mushroom and bacon breakfast turnover

This is my favourite hotspot for a Melbourian brunch – it has an amazing selection of savories, all day breakfast, cakes and pastries. I’ve never been to Europe before, but every time I come here, my boss will put on his brown coat from Italy, of course, and tell me this is as close as it gets. It’s been trading in Faraday St since 1985 and it’s definitely not going anywhere. With gorgeous high ceilings, marble table tops, bench chairs, a coffee bar and never-ending glass cabinets.

My favourite are the organic eggs served with fresh toasted sourdough and the chicken caesar salad with an oozing egg on top, but really, it’s a crime to have to decide a favourite here! And oh, save yourself for some cakes next door and it’s one of the only places I have ever found with tiramisu macarons…

Brunetti
194-204 Faraday St
Carlton, Melbourne
www.brunetti.com.au

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December 2, 2009

Ten Buck Alley

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Chicken breast, bocconcini, oven dried tomatoes and rocket on sourdough bread served with Gernan potato salad

Grilled chicken breast fillet, chickpeas, roma tomatoes, spanish onion, mint served with sumac yoghurt dressing

I am so grateful that I can grab a good lunch every day of the week and that it doesn’t burn a hole in my wallet, feeds me my daily requirement of greens and isn’t a hunger trek away. This little cafe is a few streets from my work and it dishes up a great chicken breast and chickpea salad. And I didn’t even eat chickpeas prior to this. I never fancy salads that are 80% mixed green leaves – boring, uncreative and bland. The salad is fresh, creative and has a good balance of meat, chickpeas, greens and vegetables. They also dish up great sandwich alternatives with soft fresh sourdough bread and tasty potato salad.

Local produce is the key to this cafe and they express it through their creative blackboard specials. Cosy little cafe, good coffee and cheerful staff who get to know you on a first name basis.

Ten Buck Alley
Shop 1, 185a Bourke St
Darlinghurst, Sydney

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