Sunday, August 23, 2009

Buzzzbar Cafe

Walking down King Street, Newtown on a Saturday arvo H and I decided to stop by Buzzzbar for some coffee and maybe cake and we were pleasantly surprised when we found this gorgeous chocolate cake with an extra serve of caramel and fig ice cream.

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On hindsight we should have ordered one of the more traditional ice cream flavours such as vanilla, chocolate or hazelnut as (although the caramel and fig ice cream was just lovely) the distinct taste of fig competed with the velvety-melt-in-your-mouth chocolate.

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Oh so yummy chocolate cake

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I had a read on eatibility.com and it seems that Buzzzbar is not only a great place for desserts (made by the owners themselves) but also serves decent food - breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Buzzzbar Cafe
349 King Street
Newtown NSW 2042

(02) 9557 9191

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Chat Thai

Apologies dear readers for the slowdown in postings. I've been really busy with work thus the lack of time to update my food adventures these past two weeks. For this post, I'm going to let the pictures do the talking and provide a short description after each picture. I know I'm not doing Chat Thai justice but I promise I will do a better job next time.

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Fresh Spring Rolls ($10) - Imagine fresh rice paper rolls wrapped around smoked fish sausage, shredded poached chicken, cucumbers and shallots, dressed with a sweet tamarind sauce. Yum!

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Loug Chin Ping ($2 ea) - Grilled skewere pork balls accompanied with nahm jim (sweet chilli and sour plum sauce).

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Sod Dtum ($10) - Green papaya smattered in the mortar and pestle with lime juice, dried shrimps, green beans, bird's eye chilli and cherry tomatoes. I found this dish could do with more lime juice to give it the extra kick.

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Gai Yang ($11) - Char grilled chicken marinated in turmeric, galangal, lemongrass and garlic.

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Bpla Choo Chee ($26) - Crisp fried snapper (slightly over cooked) in rich red curry.

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Desserts! I can't remember what they were called but the sago like balls in a coconut cream soup was delicious. The other dessert which reminded me of a Malaysian kuih was very sticky and stuck to my teeth when I bit into it. I have a phobia of food that sticks to my teeth (one to many trips to the dentist perhaps?) thus one bite was enough for me.


Chat Thai
20 Campbell Street
Haymarket NSW 2000

Tel (02) 9211 1808


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Taste of Thai

Famished, we decided to drop into Taste of Thai in Randwick for a quick lunch before we head down to Randwick Oriental to stock up on instant noodles and Asian groceries for the week ahead. Why Thai? It's all because of the fabulous Pad See Ew from Amata Thai that's just got me hooked onto trying as many versions of Pad See Ew as I can.

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Taste of Thai version of Pad See Ew w/ Chicken ($8.50) was vastly different to the one at Amata Thai. This version was drier, not as sweet and had a whole lot more of white pepper. I wonder, what does the original Pad See Ew taste like?

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H had the Spicy Fried Rice w/ Chicken ($8.50) which had just the right amount of heat to seasoning. He couldn't stop eating and finished the whole plate plus mine as well.

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We both had also ordered the Thai Milk Tea ($4) which are very similar to the Malaysian / Singapore's Milk Tea. Imagine the mix of heady black tea with the sweet creaminess of condense milk. Yum!


Taste of Thai
23 Belmore Road
Randwick NSW 2031

(02) 9399 7911

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Amata Thai Cuisine

A mad "over-indulgence" of Thai food these past two weeks and I've fallen in love with the Pad See Ew from Amata Thai Cuisine. I've never been a big fan of dry fried noodle dishes such as fried kway teow or pad thai. Don't get me wrong, I do eat and enjoy these type of dishes but I would not order them if I had to eat a plate all by myself. Maybe it has to do with the number of calories all that pork lard / oil will add to my daily calorie intake.. but then again, I do love a good fried rice. I digress, back to Amata Thai Cuisine...

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We ordered the Golden Chicken Wings ($7.50) which are deep fried chicken wings with Amata Thai Cuisine's special sauce for entree. The chicken wings were slightly dry from over-frying but the sauce made up for it. A sticky, caramel-like sweetness coating each wing with sesame seed sprinkled on top.

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H'a Pad Kaprao ($8.50 special) was delicious. The sauce had just the right combination of basil, and chilli. Also, take a close look at the rice, it came in the shape of a star.

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And finally, Pad See Ew ($8.50 special). Silky and smooth flat rice noodles, vegetables and egg coated in a slightly sweet sauce which reminded me of ABC sauce (aka famously known as Kicap Manis). As I said, I'm not a big fan of fried noodles and never ever finished a whole plate by myself but I wolfed down everything on the plate.


Amata Thai Cuisine
399 King Street
Newtown NSW 2042

(02) 9557 5046


Monday, August 3, 2009

Adriano Zumbo

After all the hype of Mr Zumbo's creations from numerous foodie blogs and on Masterchef, H, Ms P, Mr B, Mrs B and myself made our way to Balmain to taste his famous desserts. Walking to the cafe, H and I walked past the patisserie which had a queue two shopfronts long! Yes, that's how busy they were that even on the way back to the car the queue was still there (albeit with different people).

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H's Pumpkin Quiche ($10) was deliciously cheesy yet balanced. The pumpkin was tender and moist all at the same time.

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Piccolo Latte - The coffees were well made.

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This was sooo good. Imagine smooth velvety chocolate melted down and mixed with milk to create a super thick and chocolaty Hot Chocolate.

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Mrs B's PARIS - La Vie en Rose ($13.50) - Rose creme brulee, raspberry sorbet balls, fresh lychees & petite rose accompanied by a coconut strawberry tapioca shake. One word - Divine!

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Mr B's - It's a Macaron not a Hamburger ($13.50) consists of dulce de leche gelato filled macaron with banana caramel rice pudding and chocolate soil. The banana caramel rice pudding reminds me of banofee pie which is one of my favourite desserts. The combination of gelato, banana caramel and dulce de leche ice cream with macarons is pure genius. It's comfort food at it's best.

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Miss Marple Deconstructed ($13.50) consists of maple mascarpone filled crepes with fresh strawberries and frozen orange jelly. The boys loved the frozen orange jelly as it tasted like grand marnier in jelly form. The crepes were slightly salty, rich and very buttery which made a good contrast to the sweet maple mascarpone filling.

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The Younger Years ($13.50) - Chocolate fondant with raspberry coulis, vanilla anglaise injection and peanut butter gelato. I love how this came in a hospital pan and we injected the vanilla anglaise into the fondant using a proper syringe. The chocolate fondant itself was beautiful; oozing chocolate and raspberry coulis. The peanut butter gelato was yummy too.


Adriano Zumbo Cafe Chocolate
Shop 5, 308 Darling Street
Balmain NSW

(02) 9555 1199

Opens
Monday - Friday 8am to 4pm
Saturday 8am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 5pm