Archive for ‘Sydney – Beach & Surrounds’

April 24, 2012


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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.

178 Campbell Parade
Bondi Beach, Sydney

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November 17, 2009

Igloo Zoo

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Green tea frozen yoghurt topped with muesli crunch, strawberries and shaved white chocolate

This is my new favourite frozen yoghurt hot spot. Wow Cow has great sugary churro sticks, but there is something about the frozen yoghurt that nudges this over by just that little more. The frozen yoghurt here does taste more sour and tangier – but its consistency definitely replicates yoghurt more so than Wow Cow. It melts less and a medium gives you three wonderful toppings to choose from. Delicious!

Igloo Zoo
101 Hall St
Bondi Beach, Sydney

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October 18, 2009

Moo Gourmet Burgers

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I first read about this burger joint in the Sydney MX and at the same moment, a friend of mine had cut out and saved the article to tell me all about it. So on a gorgeous warm Sunday morning, we decided to follow through with this burger promise.

Mad Cow mooshake

The restaurant is nicely located across the Bondi beach, so the view, weather and vibe was perfect. We begin with the mooshakes – choosing a Mad Cow which has crushed oreos, vanilla & chocolate syrup, ice-cream blended with milk. And it was a wonderfully made milkshake – perfectly proportioned ingredients so it was not too sweet yet not too bland.

Wagyu beef burger

Moo burger

I choose the Wagyu beef burger, a Wagyu beef patty with mixed leaves, tomato relish, roasted roma tomatoes and mayonnaise. The meat patty is well cooked and the quality and generosity of fillings is impressive – but the burger size and pool of juices definitely made it a challenge to eat like a lady. My accompanying foodies chose the typical Cheeseburger, Beef Burger and last but not least the, “heart-stopping” Moo Burger – containing a beef patty, bacon, pineapple, tomatoes, beetroot, tomato relish, mayonnaise topped with a sunnyside-up egg.

I took one greasy bite and the beef patty wasn’t as impressive as the Wagyu, it was definitely drier and less flavoursome. We also share a side dish of chips, and I grinned from ear to ear. Finally! Chunky home-style potato chips – less batter and oil and soft melting potato inside.

Location, quality fillings and a cute name has convinced me to come back to taste their non-beefy burgers.

Moo Gourmet Burgers
70A Campbell Parade
Bondi Beach, Sydney

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