17 March 2018

Veneziano Coffee Espresso Bar, Surry Hills (16 March 2018)

352 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

New flagship espresso bar

Veneziano Coffee hits up Surry Hills in a big way with their new flagship espresso bar located where Youeni Foodstore used to be. Loving the very slick fit out and industrial decor including a barista training area. Cappuccino ($4) was good and served with a sparkling table water when dining in. Friendly service and a great space for solo visits or a business meeting. No sign of food but I'm assuming will focus on pastries in the small display case.

Veneziano Coffee Surry Hills Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

16 March 2018

Stream Espresso, CBD Sydney (14 March 2018)

Shop 5, 200 George St, Sydney NSW 2000

New addition for Avenue Group

This new location for Avenue Group is where Edition Coffee Roasters used to be. Have always loved the architecture of this spot and open courtyard space although these days the light rail construction isn't the nicest view. Cappuccino ($3.50) using a custom blend by Deluca Coffee I believe had nice flavour and strength served in a smallish takeaway cup for dine in. Unfortunately only takeaway cups available for dine in but I'm hoping they'll get some real cups in the future. Spotted some nice looking salad options which you choose on an order form. Service was friendly and some seating available although probably not the most ideal setup with wet weather days.

Stream Espresso Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Medan Ciak, CBD Sydney (14 March 2017)

130 Liverpool St, Sydney NSW 2000

Indonesian cuisine

Second location for Medan Ciak that opened this week. Tried the Lontong Sayur - rice cakes served with beef rendang, fried chicken vegetable curry, boiled egg, chilli chips, peanut and anchovies ($13). I'm no expert for authentic Indonesian food so it's hard to judge this one but I did enjoy the flavour of the sauce which looks more chilli angry than it was so thankfully could handle the mild heat. Those crispy chilli chips on top were my favourite part which you can buy separately as a side dish that's topped with a tasty sweet chilli sauce. The fried chicken was pretty tasty. I've never had indonesian rice cake before. This tasted sort of like a compressed potato. I didn't mind it but I probably wouldn't order again based on this ingredient. Not quite what I'd prefer. Also the hard boiled egg had a metallic taste but thankfully the tasty laksa sauce disguised this in the end. The beef rendang wasn't as tender and pull apart as hoped and was hard to separate with the spoon and fork so ended up having to just chew it off the fork. I think next time I'd be keen to try the Nasi Goreng Kampoeng or Nasi Goreng Medan Ciak which look pretty good on the picture menu.

Medan Ciak Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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