Posts tagged ‘cafe’

February 4, 2012

Sotto on West

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Sotto on West

Everyone loves a good spot for breakfast – brightly lit, no lines, quick service and delicious food. The food can be simple and fresh, but the main thing is… breakfast is served up quick!

After a little adventure in the north, a energy pit stop was required. We swing by a little, cosy cafe which is soon to grow with extensions under approval. Sotto on West dishes up good ol’ breakfast favourites and delicious coffee. The menu isn’t overwhelming so orders are quick and food comes out with a blink of an eye (even on a Sunday!).

Sotto on West

Sotto on West
Double Eggs and Bacon Roll

Sotto on West
Scrambled Eggs

I settle with the scrambled eggs and light rye sourdough toast with an added side of shaved ham. It’s deliciously fluffy and the smell of fresh chives definitely wake me up. The boy opts for the eggs and bacon roll in unusually triangular buns; and it’s overfilling with protein goodness.

Sotto on West

My eyes can’t help but get drawn to the roof with the super cool teapot and teacup lamps. I love how this is the only quirky touch, and the rest of the cafe isn’t entirely done; apart from a few odd colourful cushions and ottomans.

Sotto on West
67 West St
North Sydney, Sydney

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August 8, 2011

Mission Bar & Restaurant

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Swing around the other corner of Chippendale, and there’s another gallery displaying contemporary Australia art. But nestled in the street floor of this old church is Mission Bar & Restaurant. Push through the refurnished french doors is a modern eatery with shiny polished floors, slick wooden furniture, bright orange feature walls and intriguing pieces of hanging art.



The menu is dynamic. From the blackboard specials showcasing chef specials for the day, there’s a range of dishes to cater for everyone’s tastes and nibbles. For lunch, there are fulfilling toasted sandwich options, while the menu dives into Mediterranean flavours that packs a punch. Not your everyday lunch spot but perfect for something a little special.

Slow roasted lamb shoulder with green cardamon, chilli & tahini 

Minute steak with caramelised onion, cheddar cheese & capsicum jam

To avoid falling into food coma, I opted for the safe option of the minute steak sandwiched between fresh seeded turkish bread. The steak was slightly overcooked, even for my raw phobia, but the juicy caramelised onions and house made capsicum jam made up for it. I did linger over my colleague’s lamb shoulder with envy, because it was absolutely delicious! Melt in your mouth meat with an abundance of flavours and textures. Delicious!


On a second occasion, I am back and it’s nice to see the feature walls with new pieces of intriguing art. We grab a seat on the casual couches as we’re both opting for some sandwiches that are only available for lunch.

MissionBalsamic braised corn beef w/ provolone, dijon mustard, tomato & pickled coleslaw

MissionPiri-piri roasted chicken w/ roasted corn, watercress & aioli

My lunch companion opts for the corned beef sandwich which sadly I didn’t get to pick at, it did get gobbled down quite quickly. Feeling clucky, I choose the piri-piri roasted chicken but unfortunately it felt like the chef accidently dropped the salt shaker into the mix. Hopefully this was a once off and my chicken isn’t salty next time…

Another great gallery cafe in a little alleyway for a little bit of artsyness and delicious food.

Mission & NG Art Gallery
3 Little Queen St
Chippendale, Sydney 

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July 21, 2010

The Sensory Lab, Melbourne

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This little coffee lab is located at the end of the David Jones’ Food Hall. Being in Melbourne, it was no surprise that it took me a few twists and turns and some mapping action before I could locate the place. This scientific lab is all a learning experience, with the waiters decked in white lab coat attire and armed with coffee knowledge.

The interior mirrors a highschool science lab starting from the faux marble like science lab benches to the conical flasks and amber jars. And it’s particularly lovely that there are single wall benches to have a coffee on your own with the paper without feeling too lonesome.

I settle with my Wallpaper Melbourne guide, the paper and a skim latte. I’m not as game enough as my companions to have a full cuppa of syphon coffee. It does require an acquired taste but over a few minutes as the coffee begins to cool down, the flavours begin to develop further and further revealing multiple dimensions in taste. Sooner or later I’ll be able to ditch the lattes and appreciate the essence of coffee.

It’s a great place to learn about this method of coffee brewing and but take the time to smell, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee.

The Sensory Lab
David Jones
297 Little Collins St

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May 27, 2010

Bangbang Espresso Bar & Cafe

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My workplace is the centre of a hub of amazing cafes, lunch hot spots and good coffee… but I still find myself every once in awhile scratching my head and wondering what on earth to eat. It could be the fact that my palate is itching for something new and the excitement of discovering somewhere unknown. After a 15 minute trek, we reach our destination. A little cafe hidden amongst the media agencies and terraces of Surry Hills. Dark and black from the front, but inside its quirky, white and nicely illuminated.

Bangbang “Bocadillo”

Posh fish finger “Sarnie”

The first sandwich is a crispy chorizo sausage sandwiched with roast red capicum, rocket and aioli on soft sourdough bread. A delicious combination and very generous with the chorizo that has a little spice kick. My sandwich on my second lunch adventure is the “Sarnie” – fresh breaded flathead fillets with the Bangbang tartare sauce served between sourdough. A little more ordinary but the fillets are filling and the house tartare sauce has the right amount of tang.

Bangers and Mash

My eyes steer over to my colleague’s Bangers and Mash, with two oversized free range pork sausages, creamy mash, garden peas and onion gravy. Amazing. And absolutely perfect for the gloomy cold Autumn day we’ve been having. The mash is creamy with perfect consistency, and the garden peas pop in my mouth. The sausages are a little overtop in size, but the gravy conquers all by moulding them all together. Just perfect!

Great little cafe with very welcoming staff – back soon to try their breakfast menu!

Bangbang Espresso Bar & Cafe
113 Reservoir St
Surry Hills, Sydney

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