Archive for ‘Tapas’

October 23, 2012

MoVida Sydney

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Stripped back bare to the bone, MoVida Sydney hides in the modern nook of Holt Street. MoVida brings to the table an unexpected twist on tapas styled dining without the need to pack your bags. Yes, Sydney brace yourselves as we finally get a little piece of MoVida love!

MovidaSangria & Croqueta 

Eenie meenie mo, and off we go – there’s no hestiation to kick things off with a few glasses of refreshing sangria. Our first flavourstarter entree are the croquettes, and despite the spicy “sound” of horseradish on the menu, it is in fact a crispy bundle of joy, of smoked eel, potato and horseradish.

MovidaCaldo

Next up are two litle bowls of caldo, a savoury custard with almost a umami flavour of burnt onion and truffle consomme. Truffle doesn’t leave me weak at the knees but this one is dished up quite well.

MovidaPanfried Quail & Black Pudding Terrine

Slowly appreciating the world’s love affair of terrines, I slowly picked at the panfried terrine and taken by surprise. Panfrying definitely helps ease my texture issues of terrine and with an accompanying sweet blackcurrant sauce, it didn’t leave the dish feeling too black pudding-esque.

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MovidaCarrillera

My foodie companion has been on a rave about Pedro Ximenez (I mean, who doesn’t love saying that name?!) so the slow cooked beef cheeks in Pedro were a no brainer. Served with a smooth, yet subtle cauliflower puree, the hearty beef cheek fell apart with the twist of the fork.

MovidaRabbit w/ Spring Vegetables

Along with the extensive menu, there’s quite a few daily specials and since we were going outside of the box, we dived into a colourful dish of rabbit (it’s official dish name escapes me), served with young spring veggies and jus. Keeping the “Bugs Bunny” images out of my mind, I couldn’t help but love the simplicity but flavours in the dish. A fresh welcome to Spring and warmer afternoons (finally!).

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MovidaTarta Santiago

Rubbing our bellies, it was time for the dessert chamber to be opened. A almond fondant with a little oozing surprise definitely hit the spot with a scoop of not-too-sweet fig ice cream.

Movida

Upon first inspection of the menu, the unusual look of anchovies, black pudding, terrines and horseradish can look a little daunting, but lunch was absolutely delicious. Without having the pleasure of dining at the Melbourne MoVidas, this one definitely hits high on my hot-to-go list in Sydney at the moment.

MoVida Sydney
50 Holt St
Surry Hills, Sydney
www.movida.com.au/sydney

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October 18, 2011

Li’l Darlin

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Li'l Darlin

You gotta love a good bar like this. It’s nothing extraordinary but it just does what a good bar should do, ticking the right boxes with delicious bar food, scrumptious pizzas, alcohol and thankfully, plenty of seats. It’s buzzing on a Friday night with people kicking off their weekend escapades with spots at the bar, down the communal marble table, seats by the window or the cosy little two-seaters along the wall.

The menu is made to share, but the tapas sized dishes mean you can selfishly eat the whole dish without sharing (hint hint, like the peking duck pizza…..)

Li'l Darlin Salt & Pepper Calamari

Li'l Darlin
Seared Scallops

Feeling the generous and sharing mood, we’re kick off with some you-can’t-say-no salt and calamari with a side of sauces; delicious and piping hot bite sized pieces. Nothing amazing but it’s hot and fresh, and not elastically, so that’s comforting.

For something a little spesh, it’s the seared scallops. It’s not long when they arrive on a bed of cauliflower puree, crispy pancetta pieces, lime, tomato and a drizzle of brown nut butter sauce danced around on my tastebuds. Delish.

Li'l Darlin
Chilli-BBQ Ribs

Li'l Darlin Crispy Peking Duck Pizza

Continuing the two person chow down, next up are the messy and saucilious pork ribs. They pull off the bone with no trouble and are coated in Li’l Darlin’s signature chilli BBQ sauce. With our saucy grins and BBQ smelling fingers, we dive into the side of kipfler potato chips with aioli. Mmmm!

And when you read crispy peking duck pizza on a menu, you really can’t go past without ordering (plus having a food blogging colleague always helps, hello!). The pizza is crispy thin with lashings of peking duck, hoi sin sauce, shallots, cucumbers, coriander and the magical hints of star anise and cinnamon glaze that ties it altogether. Definitely giving Mad Pizza e Bar up the road a run for its money!

Li'l Darlin Homemade dough sticks w Belgian chocolate

The dessert menu is still sadly very short and it calls for the home made dough sticks. If you’re a lover of fresh bread then this is a treat. Warm, doughy goodness dipped in Belgian milk chocolate is not bad, not bad at all.

Li'l Darlin

If Li’l Darlin continues to kick on with crazy stunts like chilli bbq pork ribs and crispy peking duck pizza, then there won’t be spare seats on a Friday night soon…

Li’l Darlin
235 Victoria Rd
Darlinghurst, Sydney
www.lildarlin.com.au

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April 1, 2011

Naked for Satan, Melbourne

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Naked for Satan

Naked for Satan is a fun and quirky concept, where the ceilings are high, all is copper and naked buxom women wallpaper the walls. It’s a buffet styled bar where you pick and choose the pintxos, eat and then count your toothpicks to pay. Pintxos, or pinchos is Spanish for the small bite sized snacks eaten in bars. Pintxos are little delights served on bread with a toothpick pierced through (the literal translation for pincho actually means spike!).

Naked for Satan
Naked for Satan

Naked for Satan

The pintxos include a range from an awesomely grilled capsicum, mushroom and lettuce delight, a seafood and carrot puree sprinkled with flying roe, a pea puree slather with scallop and corn fritter ball on a bed of blue cheese. For more, there’s blue cheese with honey eggplant, red apple and chorizo and, more blue cheese and quince jam pintxos.

So if you’re not a fan of cheese or all things puree’d then sadly no pintxos will be quite satisfying. Most of the menu include char grilled vegetables or a cold meat skewered into a generously cheese’d up slice of amazingly soft baguette. The staff do occasionally walk around with out of the oven platters of pintxos with piping hot fritters.

Naked for Satan

Some of the pintxos were quite experimental and despite being a heavy meat eater, the best pintos of the night were the veggie ones; simple with great flavours – so stick with the garlic mushrooms, char grilled capsicum and smoked salmon with picked onions.

Naked for Satan

Agreed with my fellow foodie; the concept and bar is brilliant, but the food needs a little work. It’s still worth a stopover for a drink or two, a toothpick or two to kick start the night’s festivities. And for a limited time, they’re offering 50c pintxos!

Naked for Satan
285 Brunswick St
Fitzroy, Melbourne
www.nakedforsatan.com.au

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November 28, 2010

Bloodwood

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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
www.bloodwoodnewtown.com

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November 5, 2010

Love, Tilly Devine

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It’s great to see Sydney take advantage of little alleyways with quirky new bar set ups. Love, Tilly Divine is the latest addition to the neighbourhood; freshly opened and hidden away in the back alleyways of Darlinghurst. The little wine bar is nicely furnished with rustic features, intimate corners that you can nestle in with a glass of good quality wine.

The staff are super knowledgeable and wine is their expertise, so like me, let them know what you enjoy out of a wine and they are kind enough to pick one that will tickle your fancy. While you’re there, grab a few nibbles – the salami platter and flavoured olives are good starters.

Love Tilly Devine

Love, Tilly Devine
91 Crown Lane
Darlinghurst, Sydney
www.lovetillydevine.com

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