Archive for ‘Sydney – Inner West’

November 28, 2010


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There’s been a lot of hype and chatter about this place, so after an afternoon at the Oh Really! Gallery, it was a shot to see whether we could score a table. Luckily enough we did, even though it meant being seated downstairs in the dungeon so there was a little loss of ambience..

All the dishes are designed to share, so after contributions around the table – we settle with some fried bean curd rolls, crispy chicken wings and the much FourSquare promoted polenta chips with gorgonzola. The fried bean curd rolls were a favourite and resembled a fried dim sim with a crispy outer and a meaty ball of crab, pork and shitake mushroom on the inside. The not so favourite were the chicken wings with yoghurt remoulade, and the hyped up polenta chips, but I was told I was being a minimalist with the gorgonzola sauce.

Grilled milk fed lamb

The mains roll out and the smell is amazing. The fish special of the day included a poached fish (sadly I am absolutely horrendous at remembering and identifying fish types) that was flavoured with miso and eel sitting on a bed or asparagus. Another drool worthy main is the grilled milk fed lamb served with a black bean puree, fennel and green beans – tender and juicy, and perfectly grilled.

Bloodwood trifle

But right before the get-go of selecting savouries, I had my eyes set on the Bloodwood trifle – served in a tall glass, it’s filled with fresh sweet strawberries, pound cake, mascarpone and champagne jelly. And indeed it was the perfect dessert it was to finish the evening.

Nice bar with potential as they’re exploring different flavours and going beyond the square. If they keep heading in the direction with what their mains are at, it’s going to be a continued hit.

Bloodwood Restaurant & Bar
415 King St
Newtown, Sydney

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September 20, 2010

Adriano Zumbo’s V8 Cake

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So there’s been an enormous Masterchef addiction in our office this year, especially for my boss – so we only found it fitting to spoil ourselves with the Adriano Zumbo’s V8 cake.

The V8 holds 8 vanilla wonders: Vanilla Crème Chantilly, Toasted Vanilla Brûlee, Vanilla Water Gel, Vanilla Ganache, Vanilla Macaron, Vanilla Dacquoise, Vanilla Chiffon Cake and Vanilla Almond Crunch, and throw in some brown sugar crunch crumble in there just to mix it up a little…

Definitely overindulgent, over the top and deadly sweet. There was no wonder why we all fell into a sugar coma after our little cube. Although there is only one dominant flavour, the different textures made the cake so overwhelming interesting. Without knowing what will come next, eat bite tastes different as everyone tried to pinpoint what was what.

Adriano Zumbo Lab
114 Terry St
Rozelle, Sydney

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August 14, 2010

Moose General Store

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Southern pulled pork roll

Lamb sandwich

Bacon & Eggs

On the corner of the streets of suburbia, this little shop is a jam and granola pumping factory early in the week and a cafe serving homestyle comfort foods in the latter end of the week. I first read about this in Time Out Sydney and I would have ever ended up in that neck of the woods. There’s decor that brings me back to my childhood, like the bright mismatching furniture and china. The owners have put a real good effort into making the little details count – with blankets for those unlucky to sit outside (or would like to admire the nature strip), menu storybooks and little treasures such as the china tea set.

It was disappointing that we didn’t return from our adventure with a jar of Gin & Tonic jam and with service was a little on the slower side – although, who could have blamed them… It is a Friday! It’s all forgiven when the food is finally served and my eager and hungry colleagues demolish their lamb sandwich and pork roll. There was probably a solid 5 minutes of silence with a few nods, hmms and ahs. I dig into the Bangalow sweet-pork bacon and scrambled organic eggs served with sourdough toast – and it’s delicious. Eggs are well cooked, bacon is crispy and the bread is super toasty.

We also got to sample some jams with some amazing bread which lead to a impulse buy of many jars and a bag of granola. I hope they keep pumping the different jams and stop burning the Gin & Tonic – because we’re looking forward to it!

Moose is now unfortunately closed, but still trade through their online store.

Moose General Store
18 Cooper St

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May 10, 2010

Danks Street Depot

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Continuing on my Danks St brunch journey, Danks Street Depot was next on the agenda. Hidden inside a rustic warehouse, the cafe has a mixture of beautiful wooden features and modern metal structures. The best is to book but if you’re stumbling across, drop by to put your name down and wander next door for the Danks Street Art Gallery.

To start off, I devour a bowl of latte, yes, a nice big bowl. No handles, so I cuddle the big bowl within my hands and sip to my delight. Nice, creamy blend that’s not too bitter and not too sweet.

Creamed eggs with roasted mushrooms and truffle oil

Steak sandwich with roasted baby potatoes

I jump to choose the creamed eggs. The eggs don’t lie and they’re served exactly how they are described on the menu; eggy and creamy, served soft and delicate, the eggs are cooked with generous amounts of butter, cream and chives. The field mushrooms are roasted beautifully with a hint of truffle oil and the Roma tomatoes are generous with a hint of herb crumb on top. And you can never go wrong with fresh slices of Sourdough bread…

The eggs used at Danks Street Depot are biodynamic eggs – freshly transported from farms that use organic milk, bran and wheat that mixed as porridge and fed to chooks. The outcome is a sweeter and more flavoursome egg!

My foodie companion devours his steak sandwich – steak slices that are sandwiched between crunchy schiacciata and served with roasted baby potatoes.

Chocolate fondant

Vanilla pannacotta

Continuing our afternoon of indulgence, we loosen our belts and choose some desserts to share. The main star on each dish were delicious on its own, but unfortunately the unnecessary fruit puree left an unidentified sour taste in our mouths. Unusual sauce aside, the chocolate fondant oozed with hot liquid chocolate when we dug in, and the vanilla pannacotta looked a little sad, but the flavours were sweet and subtle.

Brunch on a little bit of the expensive side, but expect fresh produce with simple flavours.

Executive Chef, Jared Ingersoll

Danks Street Depot
1/2 Danks St (Cnr Young St)
Waterloo, Sydney

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May 2, 2010


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Rosebud is refreshing. It’s not one of those cafes where we’re bumping elbows with the table behind you, or it’s so understaffed that coffee is finished before the food comes out. There’s enough space between the tables to have intimate conversations and swing around at our delight. It’s also wonderfully lit with light and sunlight to brighten the whole morning up.

Scrambled eggs, mushrooms, bacon and toast

 Beef pie served with sweet potatoes & peas

It’s for one of those mornings where there’s little nonsense and no over inventive menus, so there’s good ol’ favourites like bacon and eggs and pies with fresh veggies. The brunch menu is simple and traditional with some chalkboard specials. My scrambled eggs are fluffy and light juxtaposing the flavoursome, crispy bacon; perfect brunchtime food. My fellow brunchmates choose the homestyle pie with a puffy pie top (yess!!) with servings of colourful peas and sweet potatoes.

Perhaps it’s time to stay back till dinner service…

Rosebud Bar & Restaurant
654 Darling St
Rozelle, Sydney

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