26 April 2018

Pasta Pantry, Woollahra (25 April 2018)

140 Queen St, Woollahra NSW 2025

Coffee fix sorted on Queen St

In need of a coffee I thought I'd try this place which seemed to be pretty popular with the locals. Friendly service and keen barista pumping out the coffees as fast as possible. I was pleasantly surprised to find this pasta place did a decent coffee. Not quite sure what coffee they're using but I'm suspecting it might be Aroma Coffee Roastery based on one of their instagram posts.

Pasta Pantry Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

25 April 2018

Little Bistro, Hotel CBD Pop-up, CBD Sydney (24 April 2018)

52 King St, Sydney NSW 2000

Refined flavours in Little Bistro

Little Bistro pop-up takes up position at the former Bistrode CBD site where the much loved but not forgotten Jeremy Bistrode brought joy to his dishes. British chef Alastair Little is at the helm and so far I'm impressed with the professional and down-to-earth service, decor and dishes that delivered on taste and technique. Vodka Martini ($14 / $17.50 on bill corrected back to menu price) is served at the table from a mini carafe filled with Absolut Elyx, Noilly Prat, Lemon Zest and '4:1 ratio' which I'm not quite sure what that meant. The tiny martini glass is also well-suited for a tea party but filled with lovely flavour and topped with a massive juicy green olive as my preference over the twist. Keep them coming I say. Clair de Lune oysters, spicy sausages, mignonette ($5 each) are from Moonlight Flat Oysters and come with a housemade spicy sausage which is a first for me but won't be the last I hope. Oysters seem shucked to order as well which is always my preference for some flavoursome brine.

Seafood life is good in the Bourride of market fish, mussels, squid, prawns, fennel, rouille, croutons ($35). Nicely cooked seafood, plump mussels and a tasty punchy rouille makes for a happy tummy. Some softer sourdough would help also to soak up the leftover broth. The Apple Tart Fine, Chantilly cream ($14) apparently is one of Little's signature desserts using his apple tart recipe since about 1983. Nice thin caramelised pastry topped with wafer thin slices of apple. A joy with the Chantilly cream. I'm suspecting the only thing that could make it better is if you were lucky enough to have it served just out of the oven and not at room temperature. I think a bigger hit of vanilla from some vanilla bean paste in the Chantilly would be most welcomed. Looking like a good addition to the CBD dining scene and well-suited for the business lunch crowd that keep in mind the online booking confirmation Dress Code of Smart Casual.

Little Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

23 April 2018

Fishbowl, Chifley Plaza, CBD Sydney (23 April 2018)

Level 1, Chifley Plaza, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney NSW 2000

Fishbowl comes to Chifley

Taking over where Poku used to be is a well-established poke bowl player in the Sydney market. They seem to have changed the service and order pickup layout of the shop in a good way which looks like it might be more efficient. I've gone for the first item off the menu. The O.G. with Salmon Sashimi, shallots, onion, beets, edamame with roast sesame dressing, seaweed salad, tobiko and crisp shallots, chose glass noodles base ($12.90) add avocado ($2). Nice flavours and texture and always good to order without a plastic lid for a nicer shot and use up less single use plastic. Seemed to be missing the edamame though and the glass noodles option seems to be vermicelli noodles which I believe aren't technically glass noodles. I'm keen to try the Tokyo Tamari on my next visit for a healthy lunch eat.

Fishbowl Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

BART Jr., Redfern (21 April 2018)

92 Pitt St, Redfern NSW 2016

Where the grown ups play

This place was buzzing on a Saturday night. Looks like a great addition to the bar and dining scene in Redfern. Love the name of the cocktail 'The Career Change' with Montenegro, Aperol, Ginger Beer, Lime ($16 on menu, $14 on bill) and had lovely flavours the Mrs was happy with. We'd happily order this one again. I ordered a classic Hanky Panky ($16) off the menu which the bartenders did a good job of. One of my favourites these days when I'm craving something different to my usual Negroni. The Ocean Trout Tartare - nori crisp, wasabi mayo, pickled daikon, white onion, shiso, sesame ($22 on menu, $19 on bill) is gluten free and had plenty of tasty flavours. Be warned there's a decent hit of wasabi too. Service was friendly and professional and good to discover the chef from the Morris in Paddington is working here. I love her style of food. Definitely hope to return when I get a chance to try more of the menu and their cocktails.

BART Jr. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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