28 March 2018

lizë + bath: Real Food Canteen, Elizabeth Street, CBD Sydney (27 March 2018)

Lower Ground, 227 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Underground real food canteen

I've visited this canteen style eatery a few times now since 2016 and it's always been on my healthy lunch list. You either pick sides or a protein with sides and the cooking style is simple yet tasty. Seating and decor is basic, staff are friendly and prices are reasonable for the quality and flavour. It's a little hard to find but I've discovered there's 3 ways you can approach from. Just remember it's underground from the corner of Elizabeth and Bathurst Streets and you'll eventually find it from which ever passageway you find. I'm hoping they introduce real plates and cutlery when dining in which I think will make the dishes easier to eat as well as reducing the waste of disposal containers and cutlery. Recently they've acquired more seating next door in their 'dining room' area which now makes it helpful for larger groups to sit together.

Lize+bath Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

27 March 2018

Jewel on the Bay, Rose Bay (26 March 2018)

639 New South Head Rd, Rose Bay NSW 2029

Indian dining local gem

I've always been curious to know what this Indian restaurant was like as I've driven past so many times on the weekend and seen people dining outside for brunch — although it confused me to think diners were having Indian for breakfast. But I've since learnt this isn't the case as they have an Aussie style cafe menu for breakfast and lunch while for night time it's Indian cuisine. How unusual to see such a diverse mix on the menu although I guess it's smart business thinking to accommodate all the meals of the day. I feel like these guys are been around for ages. One of the service guys said around 15 years.

Tasty complimentary pappadums with a flavoursome mint raita are served while browsing the menu. They serve well while waiting for the friendly yet lapsed service to return to take our order. Amazing to see how full they are on a Monday night keeping the service very busy. Garlic Naan ($3.50) and Plain Naan ($3.50) are good. Tandoori Mixed Grill ($24.90) with two pieces each of Chicken Tikka, Tandoori Lamb Cutlets, Tandoori King Prawns is served with more tasty mint raita and make for a good starter to share. Chicken and lamb is pretty tender and bursting with decent flavour. Butter Chicken ($22.90) is our main course with some Basmati Rice ($4.50 large). Nice flavours again and good chunks of chicken.

I ordered the Anar Pom-Pomtini cockail ($15) based solely on the name hehe. Vodka, squeezed pomegranate juice shaken with ice and served in a martini glass garnished with pomegranate seeds. I'd actually given up on this arriving 10 minutes after all the food had arrived but it finally came 15 minutes after the food. For a relatively simple cocktail I was hoping this would have been served much earlier. It's quite sweet, no sign of pomegranate seeds and reminds me of a cosmopolitan in flavour and appearance. The decor is cosy and the best tables for a water view are out the front. There's curry to go available from the bain-marie but I think dining in is the way to go to enjoy the curries cooked to order in this fine looking family friendly restaurant.

Jewel on the Bay Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

25 March 2018

Page Two, Randwick (15 March 2018)

122 Belmore Rd, Randwick NSW 2031

New coffee roaster in Randwick

I learnt while checking out Page Two on their first day of opening they have a 5 kg coffee bean roaster getting setup for inhouse roasting. And these guys also run 18 GRAMS in Hurstville and used to own 18 Gram espresso across the road in Randwick. Cappuccino ($3.60) using custom house blend was nice. Menu was still being sorted out so I'll need to return. Decor pretty cool and service was friendly. So far looking like a good addition to the Randwick cafe scene which is starting to get competitive for the coffee trade.

Page Two Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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