Sunday, April 26, 2015

Elbow Room, Chatswood, Sydney, Australia

April 2015

Located next to the Westfield in Chatswood, Sydney, Elbow Room is a coffee shop which does great breakfast/brunch.

French toast with grilled banana $14

Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon $18

Friday, April 24, 2015

Mamak, Chatswood, Sydney, Australia

February 2015

Mamak is a Malaysian restaurant in Sydney, known for its Satay and Roti.

Chicken/ beef satay $16 for mixed dozen

Roti bawang With lashings of sweet red onions $6.50

Kari ikan  A tangy fish curry cooked with fresh tomatoes, okra and eggplant $17

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

4Fourteen, Sydney, Australia

December 2014

This is a very delayed blog post, but I visited 4Fourteen the week before flying out for my Round the World trip, which also happened to be the week before Christmas. Life's gotten in the way, but it was definitely an experience and place I wanted to mention, hence why nearly 5 months later you're hearing about it.

Lychee Mocktail

Kingfish, citrus, cucumber, gin and tonic ice $22

Pork Belly
Pumpkin, Charred Onions, Prosciutto $34 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Chefs Gallery, Sydney, Australia

February 2015

Chef's Gallery is a Chinese restaurant with multiple locations in Sydney, known for its handmade noodles. My favourite however is the Duck Roti.

Duck Roti $16.90

Prawn and Pork Wonton handmade noodles in Shanghai Spicy Sauce $13.90

Wok Fried Green Beans with Minced Pork $16.90

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Vogue Cafe, Macquarie Centre, Sydney, Australia

March 2015

The Vogue Cafe is located in the recently renovated Macquarie Shopping Center in Sydney.

There's a lot of fuss about this cafe, particularly their shakes.  And the shakes are good. But that's all that you should be ordering. They are large, sweet and filling. Their other food is just bland in comparison.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hicksons Food and Wine, Sydney, Australia

March 2015

Hickson's Food & Wine is located  at Walsh Bay, around the corner from the Rocks and is known for its ceviche.

The small restaurant also happens to have a great view no mater where you look and is a great spot for a long lunch.

Ceviche | Mango, Mint, Tomato $12

Scallops | Root Purée, Pink Lady Apple $21

Pork Belly | Poached Plum, Fennel $28
Beef Short Rib | Kimchi, Baby Radish, Pickled Daikon $29

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SoCal, Neutral Bay, Sydney, Australia

March 2015

SoCal is a bar and restaurant in Neutral Bay in Sydney's Northern suburbs, with food and drink influenced by Southern California. The food was fresh and tasty, but the service was a little relaxed, even by Sydney standards.

ROASTED KUMARA, almond, pomegranate, fennel & spinach salad $18 

STICKY LAMB RIBS, spicy peas & broad beans $20

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Cockatoo Island, Sydney, Australia

April 2015

It rained most of this Easter long weekend, but the skies cleared for the Sunday and Monday I spent on Cockatoo Island.


Cockatoo Island can be visited as a day trip from Sydney by ferry, or you can choose from many of the accommodation options, including glamping (tent, bedding and deck chairs provided).

 The Island Bar is also located on Cockatoo Island, and has great views of Sydney harbour, combined with pizza and cocktails.

It was nice to sit on the grass, watching the sun set over the harbour, and the full moon rise over the bridge.

Cockatoo Island has a rich convict history, being a convict prison from 1839 to 1869.

The other main use for Cockatoo Island was as Dockyards, and there are many reminders of this part of its history as you walk around the Island.

Friday, April 10, 2015

A Work In Progress Pop up, Sydney, Australia

March 2015

A Work in Progress was a pop up restaurant in Sydney in March, as part of the March into Merivale. festival. Inspired by the late night super spots the chef enjoyed with fellow chefs.

Sichuan duck & tofu lo mein $16

Fried chicken, ginger 
nuoc cham served with kimchi, pickled daikon, garlic cucumbers $16

The food was great comfort food and I was glad I was able to experience this pop up without the long lines others have experienced.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Gap, Watsons Bay, Sydney, Australia

March 2015

Located East of the Sydney CBD, The Gap is a popular lookout point.

The day I visited was wet and overcast, but there were still views to be had up and down the coast.

If you continue to walk along the coastline from the Gap, you will run into Macquarie Lighthouse.

The Gap and Lighthouse can be accessed from Sydney by bus or ferry.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Butchers Block, Wahroonga, Sydney, Australia

February 2015

The Butcher's Block is located in the Sydney suburb of Wahroonga. The popular cafe often has a wait for Saturday breakfast (its not open on Sunday's) but this morning we were lucky.

pulled pork benedict
smoked paprika hollandaise, poached egg, sourdough, crackling

ricotta hotcakes
caramelized citrus fruits, blueberries, double cream

The food and the coffee were good, but I'm not sure its a place I'd wait an hour for brunch on a Saturday.