31 May 2018

Fish Butchery, Paddington (20 April 2018)

388 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

Seafood life in Paddington

‘Sustainably caught, under utilised species, expertly prepared for you to cook at home.’

Oyster lovers take note. Oysters are available for takeaway but hopefully their plans for seating will mean a quick dine in option as well. They can pop the shells for takeaway but you'll need to fully open them yourself due to health regulations. Organic Wapengo Sydney Rock Oysters ($4 each) are a good choice.

Bermagui Pink Ling, Chips & Yoghurt Tartare Sauce ($20) is a very generous portion of two pieces of well cooked fish with ultra thin and crispy batter and tasty crispy hand cut chips with real flavour. Goes well with the yummy tartare sauce. I'd recommend sharing between two unless you're a big eater. They were still sorting out takeaway cutlery when I visited so have some handy if needed. I probably didn't need the Potato Scallop ($3) but it's always a nice fryday treat if you're sharing your chips.

As a special and tempting treat the Hand picked Ballina Spanner Crab ($22, 100g) caught my eye on display. Nice clean pieces of yummy crab meat presented in a clean shell. Would go well with a squeeze of lemon and some cocktail sauce that isn't included. If dining at Saint Peter, Paddington it's usually served with a Coral Sauce. For somewhere close to sit head across the road for some casual seating outside around the church.

Fish Butchery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

28 May 2018

Black Label by Burger Project, Grosvenor Place, Sydney (28 May 2018)

Grosvenor Place Piazza, 225 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Black Label is the New Burger

Burger Project certainly picked the best day for their opening day of Black Label on #NationalBurgerDay. I felt compelled to choose their Black Label 'Signature' Burger with Cape Grim 220g grass-fed beef and triple-smoked bacon mixed pattie, pickled Jalapenos, cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles & onions, special sauce ($18). Firstly, I couldn't believe how quickly it arrived at the table about 2 minutes after ordering — now that's lightening fast. I don't even think Maccas can make and serve a burger that fast so I'd be pretty impressed if my pattie was cooked to order from a raw state. I have a strong suspicion it was precooked based on the rack of cooked patties I spotted in the kitchen. But I guess this certainly helped keep the wait time down for a first day launch. 

There's visible melted cheese on top and another slice under the pattie which didn't seem to be as melted. The pattie is quite pink inside so looks to be cooked medium although I'm suspecting some of the colour could be attributed to the triple-smoked bacon. I enjoyed the flavour combo and the tasty 'epic special sauce'. The price is a bit concerning considering it doesn't include fries which will add another $5.50 or $7.50 for onion rings. Jalapenos are appreciated in the mix and there's some noticeable flavour from the triple-smoked bacon in the pattie although my mind was actually thinking at the time of ordering it was going to come with 3 slices of bacon which isn't the case at all (wishful thinking) — although would actually be good if it did come with some crispy bacon which you could add for $4. It held together quite well in a softish bun that was warm to the touch. Service was friendly and helpful and there's a decent amount of seating for dine in. They seem to have utilised every inch of the space well.

For their opening week they're offering free Mecca coffee with any breakfast item and apparently for the rest of June it'll be $1 coffees. I've yet to try the coffee but hopefully will soon along with their Sausage and Egg Roll or Ricotta Hotcakes.

Black Label Burger Project Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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