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March 13, 2014

Taste of Sydney 2014

by minibites

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With sunnier skies and the smell of balmy Summer nights still lingering around, it was a great night to check out the Taste of Sydney festival – back on this week until Sunday 16th March. It’s excitement all around as there’s a ton of new faces to the scene, more seating, IconPark and the 21st century has kicked in so long gone are the crown coupons, there’s a card!

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Grabbing a refresher before we do the rounds, the ‘Rekorderlig Star’ marquee is unmissable with a spot in the centre and with plenty of lounging, sitting, beach-chairing or high table options with table tennis and giiiiant connect 4 – it’s the place to be! Not to mention the happy loving DJ spinning reminiscing the ultimate feel good tracks from the past.

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The cider range has since expanded and it’s perfect since my palate has moved on from drinking super sweet liquors; the new Apple & Guava was pleasantly refreshing and not too sweet with a wedge of lime. The Pear is also a personal favourite and there’s a growing lean towards the Orange & Ginger for a bit of zesty experience.

IMG_06694Fourteen/Four in Hand; Suckling Pig

Perched on one of the bar benches, we take turns relaying to the nearest restaurants for some culinary goodies. 4Fourteen/Four in Hand is a stone’s throw from Rekorderlig and with some suckling pig, there’s no resistance from neither of us. Pulled threads of suckling pig sit amongst a smoked potato salad and plenty of crushed apple; although tender, I would have preferred some jus to soften the meat.

IMG_0683Efendy; Duck, Holoumi & Wild Weeds Gozleme

Next stop are Efendy with a hot Turkish grill smoking out the neighbours, and while their gozleme was absolutely delicious, it was a little disappointing of its size.

IMG_0675Longrain; Crispy King Prawns

Longrain dish up their usual repertoire of flavours with crispy king prawns with a kickin’ green chilli and lime on top. Tempting but resisted, their beef jerky in a lettuce cup was flying out of the kitchen like hot cakes.

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A lot of hustle and bustle was happening in the IconPark, and without doubt one of the highlights this year. IconPark is a fantanstic concept taking on for 6 bidding restaurants to win a 3 month pop-up on Stanley St, Darlinghurst.

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After being swayed at the front gate by a suave Sedgwick Ave member, we support the American feel-good team with some of the Brooklyn’s finest de-boned free range chicken wings. Hesitant at first of being just same ol’ buffalo wings with cheese whacked on the side in a wicker basket, I was knocked off my socks how deliciously tender and spiced the chicken pieces were. And oh, that blue cheese sauce and grilled watermelon, crave-worthy!

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Stanley St Merchants; Paperback Smoked Whiting

Craving something that didn’t moo or oink, Stanley St Merchants displayed a stunningly colourful dish with promise of heirloom tomatoes, herbs and fennel salad (yay some refreshing greens!!). Impressed, but the generosity of the smoked fish was a little too overwhelming. Fresh and the smoking technique presents an unique taste nonetheless.

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The Larder; Tiramisu

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The Cut Bar & Grill; Cherry Ripe

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4Fourteen/Four in Hand; Peanut Butter Popsicle

Dessert is on the mind so we backtrack and make quick decisions before heading back to lounge off our food bellies. A delicious tiramisu, modern take on the cherry ripe but honourable mention to the peanut butter popsicle rolled in dulce de leche and honeycomb crunch. Hmmmm!

Minibites attended as a guest of Exposure PR & Marketing. All dishes were chosen & paid for personally.

Taste of Sydney
March 13th-16th 2014
Centennial Park, Sydney

November 15, 2010

Porteno

by minibites


My birthday week just passed, and I have wined and dined like the Queen! Dinner with girls, we explored beyond our usual circle of bars to check out Porteno – Sydney’s own little South American gem. Get transported into the 1950’s, where the waitresses rock the pin curls and the waiters have slicked back hair, suspenders and moustaches to match.

We’re welcomed in, and we kick off with some cocktails off the extensive drinks menu  – I start with the Evita, an ode to the first lady of Argentina with a mix of zubrowka vodka, peach liqueur, lychees, cucumber and a drop of fresh citrus; light and fresh. Another one that takes my fancy is the Tierra del Fuego, perfect midway with the meat – freshly muddled strawberries, honey, triple berry syrup, campari and pimms topped with blood orange and pink grapefruit.

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Chanchito a La Cruz

The menu is tapas styled and very meaty – so make sure you bring along your carnivorous appetite. Amongst our entrees, my favourites of the night is definitely the meat – we share the Coorong beef short ribs and the woodfired sucking pig, absolutely drool worthy and the most melt-in-your-mouth meat I have ever had. And like what all the others say, there’s no such visit to Porteno without having the beef, pork or lamb.

Southern American Pavlova

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And being my birthday, there was no going home without some sweetness. Gathering advice from the Maitre d’, we couldn’t go past her suggestion of the Southern American pavlova with pieces of mango, dulce de leche, salted peanuts, sponge cake and crunchy sweet meringue pieces. My pick would be the chocolate pudding, with a warm oozing centre, walnuts and a subtle banana sorbet. But then again, I’m a sucker for chocolate puddings and fondants… and anything with oozing melted centres.

Great food with the staff to match.

Porteno
358 Cleveland St
Surry Hills, Sydney
www.porteno.com.au

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