Saturday, November 12, 2011

Opera Kitchen: Charlie & Co

It's summer time and it's time to enjoy the sun! I went to this Opera Kitchen where you can dine outdoor with the view of both Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. What's more you ask for?

The Wagyu & Co. Burger

Opera Kitchen
Lower Concourse Level
Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point
Sydney NSW

Monday, October 3, 2011

Glass Brasserie, Sydney

Glass Brasserie which is located inside Hilton Hotel, Sydney. I have heard a lot of its dessert which I am quite anticipating to finish with a high note. :)

We kick off with some entrees, zucchini flowers and scallops.
Tempura Zucchini Flower with Ricotta and Anchovy
Spring Bay Scallops, XO Sauce, Tofu and Pork Scratching
Then moving on to our mains.
Kurobuta Pork Loin with Sage & Parmesan Crust, Gnocchi, Peas, Zucchini Flower and Dashi Sauce
To Share: David Blackmore Wagyu Best End of Rump 9+, Beef Cheek Bourguignon, Roast Bone Marrow, Grilled Asparagus and Mash (This is the half the portion)

Following on to our most anticipated dessert.
Toffee Souffle with Pecan Butter Ice Cream
The souffle did not disappoint. It will stand high up after I took this photo! ;)

Glass Brasserie
Level 2
488 George Street
Sydney NSW
(02) 9265 6068

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Bills, Darlinghurst

How do you normal start your day? Today I start off with a very nice breakfast at Bills, Darlinghurst.
Sweet Corn Fritters with Roast Tomato, Spinach and Bacon; Side - Avocado Salsa
The avocado salsa is so yummy and goes well with the corn fritters.
Scrambled Eggs with Sourdough Toast, Bacon and Button Mushrooms with Garlic Confit
The scramble eggs is so creamy and you wanna have more.
Ricotta Hotcakes with Fresh Banana and Honeycomb Butter
Out of the three, ricotta hotcakes is slightly not as good as others. But it is still a good way to start a day! :)
Hot Chocolate
When they bring this hot chocolate, I thought this is very interesting hot chocolate. After a deep look and found they use chocolate chip instead of syrup. Nice!

Bills, Darlinghurst
433 Liverpool Street,
Darlinghurst NSW
(02) 9360 9631

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Cut Bar & Grill, The Rocks

Miss iCon will soon leave Sydney for good and we want to eat a few more nice places before she goes. We decided to go to The Cut Bar and Grill at The Rocks.
The Cut Bar and Grill
The restaurant is located at the lower level of a heritage Argyle building.
Cured Meats Plate: Viande des Grisons - Air Dried Beef; Serrano Jamon de Jabujanes Gran Reserva; Prosciutto di San Danielle
Kingfish Carpaccio with Radish and Capers
We started off with some entrees, Cured Meats Plate and Kingfish Carpaccio.
Tasmanian Wilderness Grass Feed - New York Sirloin
4-Hour Slow Roast Sher F1 Wagyu Standing Rib - Standard Cut
Then comes the main we are looking for... STEAK!! The 4 Hour slow roast is served from its Wagyu trolley. It cooked to perfection. No wonder it is their famous dish!!! Yum...
Fried Rosemary Potatoes with Prosciutto; Steamed Green Peas, Onion and Mint
I also love their fried rosemary potatoes with prosciutto. The potatoes is so creamy and full of the rosemary aroma.
Fried Cauliflower Salad
As we were so full, we have skipped our dessert. I'll miss all the fun eating with you! All the best my dear friend.

The Cut Bar & Grill
16 Argyle Street
The Rocks NSW
(02) 9259 5695

Monday, September 12, 2011

Blancharu, Elizabeth Bay

Today is Mid-Autumn Festival. It is normally where family gathering together for dinner then eat moon cakes and play lantern afterwards. My family dinner is at Blancharu. We have chosen the 7 course degustation.

After our order taken, we were served with small bread rolls, French onion or sourdough. The French onion bread roll has a right balance of onion taste.
Aburi Ocean Trout with Macedoine Salad and Dill Pesto
Shortly after our first entree is served. It is a very interesting start and looking forward to what will follow.

Second entree is chicken terrine, Tikuzen style. (Sorry forgot to take a picture of it)
Clam Broth with Carrot Flan 
We have to mix up the flan at the bottom to eat with the broth together.
Mushroom and Sweetbread Pie with Balsamic Sauce
This is deconstructed pie. The pastry is crispy and it is very interesting to try sweetbread. It is very tender.
Possion Du Jour is Pan Fried Barramundi with Garlic Butter and Cauliflower
This dish somehow gave a bitterness taste to it. 
Wagyu Beef Tenderloin, Cassava Root, Bordelaise Sauce, Wasabi Power
Never had cassava root before, first thought it is some kind of potato chip. The texture is harder than potato. 
Dessert Du Jour is Cheesecake with Passionfruit sorbet
Finishes off with a cheesecake and my favourite passionfruit sorbet... yum yum!! :D
Moon Cakes - Lotus Seed with Egg Yolk
We finished off with moon cakes at home. :) Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!!!

Shop 1, 21 Elizabeth Bay Road
Elizabeth Bay NSW
(02) 9360 3555

Monday, August 29, 2011

Restaurant Balzac, Randwick [Closed]

I was planning to go to pay a visit to Restaurant Balzac long ago. Unfortunately when the time comes, it has decided to closed it door and rebrand to a new venture. I visited it on its last day. It is their last Sunday Seasonal Degustation. This menu is to show case their best dishes during its 11 years.
Pork Cheek Schnitzel with Crackling, Brussel Sprout Slaw and Pickled Pears
Cauliflower Veloute with Crisp Confit Chicken
Marinated Kingfish, Smoked Ocean Trout with Poached Prawns and Orange
Steamed Barramundi with Petit Pois a la Francaise, Salt and Pepper Squid
Duck Salad with Witlof and Orange (Surprise Dish)
Breaded Truffle Quail Egg, Ragout of Mushrooms, Celeriac and Asparagus
Daube of Beef Brisket, Bone Marrow, Sauce Bordelaise and Pomme Puree
Welsh Rarebit
Pina Colada
Bread & Butter Pudding
Eton Mess
Mandarin Jelly
Chocolate Fondue

Restaurant Balzac [Closed]
141 Belmore Road

Thursday, August 4, 2011

No Signboard Seafood, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

I have some Singaporean food crave and went to try out this newly open No Signboard Seafood at Causeway Bay. Their menu is not extensive comparing to their Singaporean one. Here are a few dishes we tried. 
White Pepper Crab
Their famous white pepper crab is not as peppery as I thought it would be which is to my liking. There is a lot of sauce which I can dip with the mantau and clean the plate.
 Coffee-Cooked Pork Ribs 
The coffee-cooked pork ribs has rich coffee favour. It is a very tasty and unique dish. 

 Sambal Kang Kong
Without sambal doesn't feel like I had Singaporean food. Sambal Kang Kong is always the one to order. This dish is not as spicy as it would be. May be to suit Hong Kong preference?
Mee Goreng
Finished off with mee goreng to stuff with more starch!! :P

Although it is not the same as the one I had in Singapore, but it is good enough for me to satisfy my crave.

No Signboard Seafood
Shop C&D
66-72 Paterson Street
Causeway Bay
Hong Kong
2398 9959

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hyde Park Barracks Cafe, Sydney

It feels like as if you are tourist when you stepped inside the Hyde Park Barracks. However, I am here for the cafe as it is close to where I work. Sadly, I am going back to work after brunch on a weekend! :( Before my battle, I think I should reward myself for some nice food.
Jasmine Tip
They have a wide range of beverages selection. It took me awhile whether to go for tea or coffee. At the end I have gone for a green tea, jasmine tip.  
French Toast 
The french toast (golden French toast with Camp maple syrup, mascapone and strawberries)  is pefectly balanced. It is not too sweet. 

Savoury Ricotta Hot Cakes
Savoury ricotta hot cakes with smoked salmon and drill creme friache took around 20 minutes to make. The wait is all worth it... it is so divine!!

It is a nice start of the day... now I have to go back to my "battlefield". :(

Hyde Park Barracks Cafe
Queens Square
Hyde Park Barracks 
(02) 9222 1815

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ensign Dale Restaurant & Lounge Bar, York

We are travelling in Western Australia. We have a stopover at York before we are heading to the Wave Rock the next morning. Since we arrived the town late, we freshen up and to head to the town to look for something to eat. 
Main Street, York
It is a very quiet town. Most of the shops are closed, only a few which is still open. This town makes me feel like as if I have travelled back in time!

Settlers House
We have chosen the one which is located within the Settlers House. We were seated outside to enjoy the quietness there.
Since we are not too hungry, we are sharing the dishes. We started off with an entree, deep fried Camembert. They have used the sourness of the cherries to make the cheese not too greasy.
The duck is not bad either. The highlight is the bed of creamy risotto.
The steak is cooked to my request. It is juicy and tender. 
York Town Hall (Took it the following morning)
I didnt have any expectation in this small town to have an unexpected found!

Ensign Dale Restaurant & Lounge Bar
125 Avon Tce
Western Australia