Thursday, July 31, 2008

Central Baking Depot

Last month I read in the "News Weekly" that The Bourke Street Bakery has opened a store in the city called the Central Baking Depot (referred to as TCBD from now on) on Erskine Street. You can't imagine my excitement when I read the news and started telling everyone that my favourite bakery has a store 5 minutes walk from my building!

To date, I've been to TCBD 3 times since I found out where it was.
The first time I was there I got the pear tart. Even though the tart was cold it still tasted delicious.

Second time there I got the flourless chocolate cake and it was very very good. Look at the pic! My partner in crime, Adlin (not her real name) got the pancetta, pepper and ricotta pizza. You can really taste the sweetness of the peppers. I got a pic of that too!! We saw a few people who ordered the soup of the day and we decided that the next time we come back we have to get the soup!

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Pancetta, Pepper and Ricotta Pizza

Third visit, today, 31 July 08, we had ..... you guessed it.... soup of the day!
Soup of the day turned out to be Pea and Ham Soup with 2 slices of sourdough bread. Soup was tasty but seems really watery. I imagined if the consistency was slightly thicker it would have tasted better? We also tried the salami, ? and oregano pizza. Tasted really meaty. We also couldn't resist the chocolate baked cheese orange brownie. It was a really good brownie. The best. It was rich, chocolate-y and a hint of jaffa chocolate.

Pea & Ham soup with Sourdough Bread
Salami, ? , and Oregano PizzaChocolate Orange Brownie

Central Baking Depot
37-39 Erskine Street
Sydney 2000

Home Cooked Dinner

Home cooked dinner (Tuesday night) - Grilled lamb chops with potatoes and garlic bread

Garlic Bread

Grilled Lamb Chops on a bed of roasted potatoes.

Wednesday's Breakfast - Sandwiches

Bottom: Mortadela with tomato and cheese on Wholemeal Bread
Top: Honey Leg Ham, tomato and cheese on White Bread

Dinner I cooked last week
Chorizo Pasta with Rocket and Parmesan

Monday, July 28, 2008

Gelato Messina

Gelato Messina is my favourite ice-cream haunt. It has the BEST chocolate sorbet! My other favourite flavours are Hazelnut, Coffee, Marsala Fig, Pear and Rhubarb, and the one which is a combination of Hazelnut and Chocolate which I can't remember what it's called.

I always get 2 scoops as 1 scoop is never enough. This time I thought I'll try something different and get the choc chip and chocolate sorbet. I know, I know, I always get chocolate sorbet but what can I do? I just love the super chocolat-ey non-milky flavour of chocolate sorbet!
Choc chip is fabulous. The chocolate chips were of a good size and made of good quality chocolate. You can actually taste the chocolate, which just melts on your tongue, not like some other stuff I've tried.

The ice-cream cakes here are good too. We always pre-order for birthdays.
A must try..

Gelato Messina Darlinghurst
241 Victoria Street,
Darlinghurst NSW 2010

UNA'S for brunch

14 of us met for Brunch on a chilly Sunday morning at UNA'S in Darlinghurst.
UNA'S is famous for it Snitzels. Servings are huge here and are of very good value.
If you decide to go for dinner, be prepared to wait it out in the bar at the top of the restaurant. The bar reminds me of one of those old, smoke filled pubs across the UK. Food wise - we always get the Deepfried Camerbert with Cranbery Sauce. Imagine a crisp outer layer and warm milky cheese oozing into your mouth with the sweetness of cranberry sauce balancing out the rich cheese. Yum! The rosti here is really yummy too. The potatoes taste really creamy and nice and crispy on the outside.

OK back to our brunch. Although I love UNA'S, I have to say brunch was a real disappointment. The big breakfast which was made up of bacon, sausage, egg, rosti, tomato, and toast, were very very greasy. The sausages were tiny and salty. The vegetarian breakfast was no different. A vegetarian meal has mushrooms instead of bacon and sausages, with everything else the same. Even the mushrooms were greasy.
Further dissappointment was when we learnt that we could actually have choosen how our eggs were done instead of getting the bulls-eye by default. We learnt this too late when we ordered a second big breakfast from another wait staff which then asked us how we'll like our eggs done! The next time I go for brunch, (which will be a long time coming since I will have to erase from my memory the greasy food and bad waitressing before I go again) I will make sure to tell the wait staff how I'll like my eggs cooked.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Wah Wah Lounge

We had the best brunch ever today at Wah Wah Lounge on Dank Street. I know the name sounds iffy but this place serves the best breakfast / brunch menu.

H had bacon and eggs with a side of chicken chorizo. Very yummy, especially the chicken chorizo. It had the perfect combination of meat and fatty bits. :P SK had the omellete with spicy pork chorizo. Again, I have to say the chorizos were very yummy and the pork chorizo - the best! Cuz had the lamb shanks. The lamb was done perfectly with the meat tender, and falls off with the touch of a fork. Not only was the meat tender and juicy the sauce it was cooked in was yum! It makes you crave for more. I had the poached eggs, tomato and toast. The poached eggs was done to perfection!

Spicy Pork Chorizo Omelette

Bacon and Eggs with side of Chicken Chorizo
Lamb Shanks
Poach Eggs, Tomato and Toasted Bread

The juices here are worth a mention too as they are super good. I had the pear, apple and ginger juice. Very nice. (I'm crazy over pears at the moment: juices with pear, pear tarts, etc) The others had coffee and they said coffee was very good too.

The best thing about this place is that the produce they use are all organic and not the cheap-o stuff you get at other places. Will definately be back for more.

ps. sorry the pics are crappy. There were not much light at where we were sitting.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Home Cook Pasta

H cooked dinner on Friday as per request from the visiting cousin.

We had simple prawn and bacon pasta with a fabulous bottle of red from Hunter Valley. We also had grilled mushrooms with a dash of peri-peri flakes to spice it up abit. Enjoy the pics.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Spice I Am - The Best Thai

Today has been a good day just because dinner was at Spice I Am!
Arrived at 7pm and of course we had to queue for a table as it's always full. The wait wasn't that bad, 15 minutes, which gave us enough time to peruse the menu and be ready to order once seated.
So what did we have?
We had 5 dishes for the 4 of us. The standard staples which we almost always get are the Prad Prik King Pork, Red Duck Curry cooked with Lychee or Longan, and Soft Shell Crab with Green Mango Salad. Tonight we also got Deep Fried Fish with sweet and sour tamarind sauce and some green vegies cooked in garlic with king prawns. Yummy!

Soft Shell Crab with Green Mango Salad

Pad Prik King Pork

The curry was really good. I could have drank all of the sauce/curry but I didn't want to embarrass myself infront of the waiters. Mango salad was sour and sweet all at the same time, with the added crunch of deep fried soft shell crab. The vegies were yummy, just like how they do it back home. Even though the pork doesn't get much mention against the rest of the dishes but it is understatedly good. The spices blends together nicely and leaves your tongue wanting for more. Only let down is the fish. The sweet and sour tamarind sauce was OK. I like the texture of the sauce but after a while it just all tastes the same...
Red Duck Curry w/ Lychee

Fish in Tamarind Jam

Still - the best Thai restaurant in Sydney!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Cousin's visit: Day 3

Day 3 of food food food.
For lunch we all gathered at Verandah Bar (corner of Elizabeth and Martin Place) for their $10 wagyu beef burger. Upon arriving, we realise that their specials have changed and Wednesday is half price pizza day after 6pm. So the girls (Ida and Darleen) decided to have chicken schnitzel, chips and salad which were yummy! Hairul had the beef burger which was pretty good. Burgerman is still the best though! I had t-bone steak, chips and salad for $16. The meat was good, cooked just as I ordered - med rare! Portions are huge here too. Good food, good value, what more do you need?

By 6pm we were all still stuffed from lunch and decided not to have spice i am as planned. Instead we decided to walk around the shops till they close and then on to china town to build up an appetite for dinner.
Menya Japanese Noodle it was. The good thing is they have small portions here. Ida and I had the mini tonkatsu menya noodle for $6.90! Cheap or wat! Serving was just nice (but still larger then what you'll get back home. sigh. how am I going to lose weight!) The soup / broth was thick and full of flavour. Noodles cooked just nice. Not too soggy or too hard. Only thing is that there were not enough sliced pork to my liking. Hairul had the katsu curry tonkatsu combination. I know, it sounds weird to have soup mixed with curry but it actually tasted really yummy.
The place to go for yummy japanese noodles.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Visiting cousin = more food

My cousin is here from Melbourne! You know what that means......
More food!! yay!! No wonder I can't seem to lose weight.

Ms. Chee arrived Monday night. After picking her up from the airport we headed straight to Kelly's for warm Brioche with creamy butter, morrocan beef skewers, grilled mushrooms, rocket salads with parmesan cheese and Lamb Ribs.
The lamb ribs seems to be sweeter then usual. One of us had the lamb chops and they were good. Am going to go for the lamb chops the next time I go.
Also really good is the French Onion Soup which we didn't have this time.

Tonight we had chinese at our usual hangout when visitors come over - Golden Century.
The restaurant is quieter then usual probably due to people avoiding the city as the pope is here (WYD). Have been dreaming of mud crab in ginger and shallot with noodles and it didn't disappoint! Next up was steam barramundi in soya sauce - yum! was drinking the gravy / soup with my spoon when all fish were gone. Also had chinese cabbage with garlic and BBQ duck.

Am looking forward to the nights ahead (gleefully rubbing my hands together in anticipation). Have plans for:
thai - spice i am
western - kingsley
fish market
and what else???

stay tune to find out more....

Monday, July 14, 2008

Not because I've stopped going out to eat...

Sorry for the delay! I know it's been awhile since I've not added any new stuff but it's not because I've stopped going out to eat!
In fact, I've been to a few places worth mentioning and one that's a no go.
Am waiting for someone to help me upload my pictures taken from my trusted mobile phone as I can't seem to send it via blue tooth to my laptop. Help!