Posts tagged ‘steak’

March 5, 2013

Date with a Steak @ The Roosevelt

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The Roosevelt

The Roosevelt transports you to a place where there’s sense of cheekiness and a touch of ol’ school Hollywood glamour. The revamped 1940s bar and diner is nestled in one of the small streets of Potts Point, where the iconic nightclub was a stop-by must for the elite. Now, it’s back to The Roosevelt’s old roots with an influence of upscale American diner and love for alcohol.

The RooseveltNitro Colada

Cocktails are their game, and they play it well. The cocktail menu is impressive with something to tickle everyone’s fancy; it extends from the classics, nitrogen delights to alcoholic ice bombshells.

My choice of poison for the night is the classic Nitro Colada; fresh pineapples and coconut cream whipped into a house-made Pina Colada sorbet from liquid nitrogen. The meringue is blow-torched at our table as a coconut infused rum is poured in.

The Roosevelt
Oysters w/ Margarita Granita 

We dive into some freshly shucked oysters with a margarita sorbet; the cold sorbet brings a wam bam thank you m’am hit with a sour spine tingling experience with a burst of salt and lime to complement the oysters. Personally I prefer oysters simple and fresh, but this twist definitely introduces the taste buds to what’s to come.

The RooseveltJerk Chicken Wings

The Roosevelt

On the contrary, our taste buds are sent on another journey to a spice bonanza. The thought of getting our fingers dirty at a top restaurant were impolite, but how could we resist…

The Roosevelt

Our night turns into an unexpected “Date with a Steak”, choosing the mid-week special of a 450g Wagyu steak to share for two and a whopping long neck Sorachi Ace beer to wash it all down.

The Roosevelt

The Roosevelt450g Wagyu Steak w/ Sauces & Skinny Fries

Served perfectly sliced across a wooden board, the steak is accompanied by a basket of skinny fries and a trio of sauces; Missouri BBQ, Chipotle Ranch & Red Pepper Ketchup. One little mistake is serving the steak on a wooden board as it became a little bit of a messy affair, although in all fairness, the steak was cooked a perfect medium.

The Roosevelt

The Roosevelt feels like you’re falling back into the time of prohibition but with a dash of molecular gastronomy magic.

The Roosevelt
32 Orwell St
Potts Point, Sydney

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July 10, 2012

Las Vegas, USA

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Oh baby, Vegas! The exaggerations are true; the flashing lights, 40 degree weather, casino hopping and absolutely no drinking rules whats so ever. It baffles me to see when families come here as it’s strictly X-rated with the classics luring you with promises of ladies, open bar tab and partying, partying, partying.


Our little The Star Casino is slowly coming up to scratch but it is incomparable to the capacities of Vegas. Treasure chests of food are hidden amongst their hectares of pokies machines and blackjack tables. There’s your usual fast food injections or fine dining solutions in every casino.

BellagioThe Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Bellagio BuffetBellagio’s Buffet

There’s plenty of buffet options but a little birdie told me to try the Bellagio Buffet, so we did. And so did 100 other people at 7pm. Prepare your stomach to wait at least an hour but then devour in countless desserts, meat, seafood and oh so delicious crab. While at the Bellagio, don’t forget to watch the gorgeous fountains that go off before the hour till midnight.

Caesar's Palace
Serependity3Serependity3’s Mini Sliders

Bouchon BakeryBouchon Bakery

Bouchon BakeryBouchon Bakery’s Macarons

Caesar’s Palace will have your wallet empty by the end of the day. With a string of shops at The Forum, there’s also countless places to sneak in a foot rest; sliders at Serependity3, frozen cocktails by the bar and macarons at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery. While at Caesar’s, don’t forget the gorgeous aquarium (and pick up a Fat Tuesday yard glass) and grand scale sculptures scattered about.


Caesars Palace

No nibbling at The Venetian but damn, a lot of shopping! There is worlds to explore with high class shopping at the Palazzo and Grand Canal Shoppes with quirky knickknack gift shops like David & Goliath and It’s Sugar.

Marquee DayMarquee Dayclub

Holstein'sThe Cosmopolitan’s Holstein’s Buns & Shakes

Holstein'sHolstein’s Buns & Shakes Hen House

Holstein'sHolstein’s Buns & Shakes Onion Rings

The Cosmopolitan is the newest baby on the strip and home to countless number of LCD TVs, chandeliers, EA Sports Bar and the infamous Marquee day & nightclub. Staying here was amazing with birdseye view of the Bellagio fountains, central of the Strip and being in party central. It’s also home to many restaurants including Holesteins’s Shakes & Buns dishing up mean burgers and onion rings.

MGM Grand

CraftsteakCraftsteak’s Lobster Bisque

IMG_1279Craftsteak’s Ribeye Steak

CraftsteakCraftsteak’s Dessert Finale

MGM Grand is at the end of the strip but it’s still a worthy contender of food options with Topchef’s judge, Tom Colicchio’s ‘wichcraft and Craftsteak. Celebrating a whopping 8 years with my man, we wined and dined with the Chef’s Selection menu that fills us to the brim. While at MGM Grand, you cannot miss a Cirque du Soleil show; it is unimaginable compared to the ones we see in Sydney!

Fremont St

Fremont St

Little to eat here, but Fremont Street is worth a visit to see how Vegas used to roll… and it still gets up to crazy shenanigans with a crazy roof, flying fox down the strip and plenty of bars and live entertainment on the streets. It’s also home to controversial Heart Attack Grill which rewards anyone who weigh over 350 pounds (158.7 kgs) a free triple bypass burger. It’s also equipped with nurse waitresses, surgical gowns and an industrial scale.

IMG_4132My favourite shirt purchase this trip!

MGM Grand

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Bellagio Buffet
Bellagio Hotel

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Holsteins Shakes & Buns
The Cosmopolitan Hotel

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Caesar’s Palace

Bouchon Bakery
Caesar’s Palace 

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Fat Tuesday
Caesar’s Hotel & Planet Hollywood

August 25, 2011

Meat Wine & Co

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Meat Wine & Co

A special occasion deserves for a delicious dinner in a classy room. The newly renovated Meat Wine & Co on Darling Harbour has revamped its interiors since our last visit. We dine inside the Rhino Dining Room, as we sink into our large, leather seats looking over a polished, wooden table. Instantly impressed, we rub our hands together like as we are plotting the run the world.

A set menu is on the agenda tonight with a choice of entree, main and dessert.

Meat Wine & Co Entree; Bruschetta

Meat Wine & Co
Entree; Chicken Wings

Starving, my instincts choose the bruschetta; two pieces of toasty woodfired ciabattas topped with all the bruschetta goodies of tomatoes, spanish onions, pesto, basil and crumbled fetta and shaved parmesan and finally topped with a balsamic glaze.

Glancing over at my neighbour’s BBQ chicken wings, I nicked a piece and they were as absolutely drool-worthy as they looked. Good ol’ chicken wings served with blue cheese sauce, which were really unnecessary with such flavoursome wings.

Meat Wine & Co Main; 300g Rump – Angus 120 days grain fed

Being at Meat Wine & Co, most of us took no second doubt to order the steak. It was grilled to order in their in-house basting sauce and served with a fresh handful of crunchy fries. I was hesitant that I couldn’t order my usual teacup of mushroom sauce but surprisingly the basting was enough to flavour the meat with just the right amount. Other menu choices included chicken, salmon and pasta.

Meat Wine & CoDessert; Creme Brulee

To sweeten our palates and round off the meatiness, we dug into a vanilla bean cream brulee topped with diced strawberries. It was perfectly creamy with the right balance of sweetness, and although we were all beginning to burst at the seams, we continued to shove spoonfuls into our mouths…

Meat Wine & Co

Grab a few mates and dine in style in one of the private rooms (min. spend of $2k).

Meat Wine & Co
31 Wheat St
Darling Harbour, Sydney

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May 5, 2011

Meat, Wine & Co

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Oh boy, if I had known Meat, Wine & Co was serious business, there wouldn’t have been any chance of coming here post-hangover and half hungry. Nevertheless, we persist on through, with beers and cocktails. The interior feels woody and it’s simple and clean with exposed wooden beams, polished wooden floors and intimate corners to hide around.

Salt & Pepper Calamari

 Caesar Salad

Shared entrees is the way to go with crispy salt & pepper calamari to fire up the taste buds. A simple caesar salad is also on order with our inner nutritionists telling us we need a balance since we will be munching down tons of meat and potatoes next (we seriously did not expect the crispy glossy rash of bacon that laid right on top…)

300g Rump monte select with creamy mash & mushroom sauce

500g wagyu rump steak with creamy mash & garlic sauce

I tackle a miniscule rump steak with a generous mound of creamy potato mash and mushroom sauce, and the boys each devour a 500g Wagyu rump steak. Delicious steak but all too much to handle, I powered through with a third left, there was really no way…

The Grand Finale

But then when they say dessert goes into another part of the stomach, it really does. Seeing The Grand Finale on the menu, deep inside we knew we had to go all for it, so we unbutton our jeans, breathe and dive in. The favourite had to be the chocolate fondant with ooozing warm chocolate from within, and who can resist a vanilla creme brulee.

Meat, Wine & Co
L1, 31 Wheat Road IMAX Theatre Complex
Cockle Bay Darling Harbour, Sydney

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April 26, 2011

The Winery by Gazebo, Surry Hills

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The Winery

The Winery has been around for quite some time now, and since my last visit it has been busy expanding its cheeky elegant glamour all over Sydney. All aside, it’s a gorgeous sunny day, and time to wind down with our annual company lunch banquet, so it’s back to Crown St!

The interior is an amusing mix, much like walking into the vintage store of a hoarder; overmelted candles, animal prints, uncoordinated draped curtains, stuffed animals on the wall and mismatching photo frames and furniture.

Veal & chorizo sausage roll with tomato & chilli jam

Rocket, parmesan, grapefruit & pinenut salad

Stuffed roasted mushrooms with ricotta, pineuts & pesto

To kick start our lunch feast, there’s fresh breads to share along with an amazing gourmet sausage roll, simple rocket salad and stuffed mushrooms. The chorizo sausage roll seems like simpleton food, but the real key is solid meat with crunchy leave-flakes-all-over-your-chin pastry. Delish! Alongside are juicy mushrooms generously stuffed with cheesy ricotta with a drizzle of pesto.

Sauteed pumpkin & ricotta ravioli, sage, pine nuts, burnt butter & confit cherry tomatoes

Slow roasted sirloin, creamy mash, caramelised eschallots & a Pinot jus

Grilled Tasman salmon on crushed peas & broad beans with a saffron, lime & tomato buerre blanc

For my main, I devoured a delicious tender grilled salmon sitting on a generous bed of crushed peas and broad beans. The fish is cooked perfectly with just the right touch of seasoning. And to think that The Winery is all girly, it serves up a mean steak. I steal a bite of the man sized steak off my colleague… Juicy and meaty with enough delicious jus to round it all off.

Double chocolate brownie, fairy floss & vanilla bean ice cream

No feast is complete without a sweet and sugary dessert. The decadent warm double chocolate brownie topped with cold vanilla ice cream and sweet, sweet fairy floss seriously brings everyone at the table to a chocolate comatose state. Delicious yet deadly.

The Winery
285a Crown St
Surry Hills, Sydney

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