Saturday, August 3, 2013

Review: Blancharu by Yomo

Shop 1
21 Elizabeth Bay Road

Elizabeth Bay, 2011

P: 02-9360 3555

Lunch Mon- Sat 12-2 pm
Dinner Mon- Sat 6- 10pm

Haru Inukai has left the building, preferring to concentrate his efforts on a ramen outlet at Sussex Centre Food Court. 
Masahiko Yomoda has taken over the reins - hence, we have Blancharu by Yomo.

Tonight we are embarking on a 5 course tasting menu and are looking forward to the Japanese/French fusion.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Review: Pony Lounge and Dining

19-25 Grosevenor Street

Neutral Bay

Mon - Sat
12pm - 3pm
5:30pm - late

8:30am - late

p. 02 9904 3422

Many years ago Squeak had tried and enjoyed Pony at The Rocks, but for some reason we had never been together. We decide to make an appearance on the 'other' side of the bridge and see what Pony in Neutral Bay has to offer a couple of rumbling tummies this lazy Sunday.

Review: Old Town in Newtown

503 King Street


Tues - Thurs & Sun: 5pm - 11pm
Fri - Sat: 9am - 11pm

02 9557 4339

It is a cold and wintry night in what had been a cold and wintry week. There is just something about this kind of weather that just screams for Italian comfort food, so we decide to make the long trek back to the old stomping ground and give the Old Town in Newtown a go.

The Old Town is on King Street, but down towards the New Theatre and Pastizzi Cafe end. The place is pretty empty when we arrive but some tables start to fill as the evening progresses. The Old Town calls itself a cafe as opposed to a restaurant and the interior does feel more like that. Some homey touches suit the style of food though.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Review: Vicinity Dining

90-96 Bourke Rd 
(cnr Collins St)
Alexandria 2015

Mon 7am - 10pm
Tue  7am -10pm
Wed 7am - late
Thu 7am - late
Fri   7am - late
Sat  8am - late
Sun 8am - 8pm

Ph: 9002 1333

Vicinity Dining is another of our 'new' locals and Buggles and I have dined here on many occasions. 
We have been here for breakfast (if you are over the queues at The Grounds, this is a great alternative) dinner, and today, another lunch.

The restaurant is quite large, with separate bar and dining areas. The fit out is modern industrial, which suits the space and the location.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Review: Movida Sydney

50 Holt Street,

(cnr Gladstone St),
Surry Hills, 2010

Ph: 89647642

Mon-Fri 12pm - late
Sat 2pm - late
Sun closed

Buggles and I have been wanting to dine at Movida for quite some time now - today however, my visit is sans Buggles, she has been replaced by a few work buddies.

The restaurant is large & airy, with lovely high ceilings - the tables are large & spacious and should easily accommodate the many share plates we plan to order.

Once seated, with drinks ordered, we set about trying to choose a selection of dishes from the rather extensive menu - our waiter assures us that he will not allow us to over order (something that could happen easily, with the wide variety of dishes on offer).

Friday, May 31, 2013

Review: Mary's - Newtown

6 Mary Street
Newtown, 2042

Mon-Fri 4pm to Midnight
Saturday Noon to Midnight 
Sunday Noon to 10pm

It's no secret, we love burgers. 

Let's face it, sometimes nothing hits the spot like an uncluttered burger. I personally have never been a fan of the 'gourmet' burger - messy and piled high with every ingredient known to man. 

When it comes to burgers, simplicity is key.

The Mary's Cheeseburger comes it at around the same size as a McDonalds Cheeseburger, so with a price tag of $14 (including a small serve of fries) - well, you have to hope this burger cuts the mustard!

The patty is a combination of brisket, chuck and rump - however, as the patty also approximates a Maccas cheeseburger patty in thickness, you never really get to savour the flavour. It needs to be slightly thicker to allow this combination of beef cuts to really shine through. 

Don't get me wrong, the burger isn't remotely dry, it is quite moist and delicious - I just want more meatiness. The bun is sweet and yielding, there is a smattering of pickles and some lovely oozing cheese. The fries are crisp and not too oily - perfect really.

Washed down with a couple of schooners of Young Henry's and we are done!

Next time it has to be the Fried Chicken with a side of mash and gravy....

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Review: Kitchen by Mike - Breakfast

85 Dunning Avenue

Rosebery 2018

Monday – Friday / 7am – 4pm
Saturday & Sunday / 8am – 4pm

Breakfast until 11.30
Lunch 12 pm-3 pm

Coffee and sweets all day until 4 pm
p: 9045 0910

So today we took the 2 minute stroll to partake of yet another breakfast at our local Kitchen by Mike.

The breakfast menu is relatively small, and today we are both in a Hollandaise kind of mood, so Buggles opts for the Eggs Royale served with smoked salmon and I go for the Eggs Benedict which generally comes with prosciutto, though I swap it for bacon.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Buggles and Squeak : missing in action

......finally settled, a return is imminent!

Kingfish from a recent visit to Cara and Co - yes it was as good as it looks!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Review: Crown Street Assembly - (now Bishop Sessa)

527 Crown Street
Surry Hills

8065 7223

Lunch & Dinner
7 Days

So, it is a quiet Wednesday evening and Buggles and I are in the mood for a bit of a cheeky mid weeker.

Unable to decide on a location we aim the Mazda in the general direction of Surry Hills & decide to take it from there.

Not far up from the Cleveland Street end of Crown, we spot Crown Street Assembly and decide to give it a try.

The room is not large, but on this quiet Wednesday evening they have plenty of room for us.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Review: Claude's (Bar)

10 Oxford Street, 

Ph: 9331 2325

Bar: Tues to Sat 6-11pm, Sat & Sun 12-3pm
Restaurant: Wed to Sat 6.30-11pm

So how long has it been? How long have we wanted to dine at Claude's - the answer is, a very long time. 

Truth be told, I'm so ancient I could have visited when Damien and Josephine Pignolet were in their first flush of greatness. 

It has only taken 31 years, but we are finally making the visit.

Sure, much has changed in that time - we completely missed the Tim Pak Poy years and current owner and Executive Chef Chui Lee Luk has been successfully running the restaurant since 2004 - but better late than never I say!

So for our first visit we have decided on a leisurely Saturday lunch in the downstairs bar section (we shall save the upstairs fine diner for another time).