Roastville for coffee enthusiasts

This converted warehouse on Victoria Road Marrickville. It houses a cafe which a coffee enthusiast dreams about. There are a few outdoor tables as you enter from the street, then you move inside to a coverted warehouse space containing numerous bits of coffee paraphernalia. One counter where the awesome looking coffee machine sits with its see through outer case (and some amazing looking cronuts) and other coffee making devices are set up. Beyond this are a number of tables for you to enjoy a meal.

We were seated then perused the menu, interested to expand on our limited knowledge  beyond an espresso, macchiaito, latte and cappuccino. With a plethora of choice, I went with the V60 pour over. This method involved the pouring the coffee over a grooved ceramic funnel like cup and filter paper. The barista, showing his skill, has this method  down to a science weighing and timing the process, making for a nice tasting filter coffee. We also ordered a latte, a nice cup of coffee topped with some latte art, I was suitably impressed.

Foodwise, there were many options that took out fancy such as the  burgers or chicken and waffles and they also had a few healthier options which we went for on this day. We chose the brunch plate and the chicken and roasted cauliflower salad. The chicken cauliflower salad with chicpea, watercress and zucchini had fresh clean flavours.

The Brunch plate was nicely presented with great ingredient combinations of smoked salmon, beetroot paste, avacado watercress as well as some falafel zucchini fritters, served with a lemon wedge and house made labne. We were impressed by the salmon which was house smoked with apple wood, the labne also made on site. The falafel had a crisp crust with a moist centre.

Marrickville, delivering another good cafe in Roastville which serves up good food as well as coffee. The service is friendly and the barista is very passionate and has a great knowledge of coffee. If you love your coffee, add this cafè to your list.

http://www.roastville.com.au/our-menu/

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A Japanese Gem in Cremorne@Toshiya

​Toshiya, a quaint Japanese restaurant in the heart of Cremone, on Military Road. This restaurant is very popular with the locals, be sure to make a booking. The restaurant is dimly lit giving an intimate feel and has the friendly, attentive Japanese service we love.

The menu is exciting with a mixture of fusion and traditional dishes, all presented like works of art. The drink menu has plenty of options including local and Japanese with beer, wine sake and umeshu. The Yuzu Umeshu is a favourite, nice and refreshing – this place makes their own. Depending on how you feel, you can order ala carte or a banquet which allows you to sample more of the menu. The special Christmas and New Years Banquet for $49 is amazing value with a number small bites full of flavour which having your taste buds lighting up like a christmas tree.

We ordered a couple of items from the specials menu and shared the banquet.There were a few options on the specials that stood out, in particular the seared salmon sushi with thinly sliced prosciutto. A fusion dish with great flavour combinations. The delicate 40 degrees slow cooked salmon with saikyo miso was art on a plate. The plate decorated with sauce smears of sweet miso, chilli mayo, soy as well as a parsley walnut sauce.

The banquet was impressive, starting with the usual edamame. It got way more exciting from there, next came the Salmon Carpaccio with truffle oil, Sashimi tacos, Grilled scallop, soft shell crab and duck dumpling; all nicely plated with well thought out flavour and texture combinations. All of these dishes were visually appealing and so tasty.

This was followed by some larger dishes including a creative sushi plate which comprised of an aburi seared salmon roll and a tempura scallop roll which was coated in a tempura batter.

Next was a choice of Fish or Meat. The options being teriyaki grilled fish or wagyu beef or Pari Pari Chicken. We went with a tasty  dish we haven’t tried before and sparked our interest,the pari pari chicken. This dish is a large spring roll pastry parcel filled with succulent chicken, vegetables, tartare sauce and melted cheese. I absolutely loved this.

Although full and satisfie, we manged to fit in the dessert which was a choice of red bean, sesame or green tea ice cream. This was a nice way to finish the meal.

No wonder this place is so popular, great food, service and value. Thanks for having us and we’ll definafely be back again.

http://www.toshiya.com.au/

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Burgers, wings and other things @Originals Burger Co

In the indusrial part of Brooky, Manly, is this Gem, Orininals Burger Co. A laid back establishment serving American food inspired by the owner, Josh, who spent time in the US. The restaurant is a large space kitted out with wood paneling with plenty of indoor seating and a few tables outside.

With an array of burgers to choose from, we decided to get a few to share. We were enticed by the burger of the week; the Christmas burger, which channels your christmas lunch; maple glazed ham, coleslaw, gravy, meat patty and also a couple of chips! Big and messy, just like a family Christmas lunch. The burger was tasty, dirty and lick your fingers good. 

We also went for the double cheeseburger; filled with artery clogging goodness; double beef, double cheese, double pickles (double delicious). With tomato sauce and mustard. If you’re a chilli fan or you like a bit of spice, go for the chicken burger with house made hot sauce and pickled jalepenos, inspired by the southern US, they make their chill sauce on site. Go buttermilk fried chicken burger with bacon, cheese, bbq sauce and OG’s blue cheese sauce and you will not be disappointed, tastes as good as it sounds. 

Why stop there; to accompany these burgers, why not go for some BBQ maple wings which are so $@&?!/ good or loaded fries with shallots, bacon bits, American cheese, gravy and house dressing. 

We didn’t have the space for the jaffles, but they sound damn amazing as well; bolognaise, cheeseburger or philly cheese steak in your old school jaffle.

An awesome burger joint, relaxed atmosphere and great food.

http://www.originalsburgerco.com.au/

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Japanese celebrity chef @Yayoi Garden

Yayoi Garden is a beautiful Japanese Restaurant, their menu is crafted by Yoji Onata who is a Celebrity chef from Aso, Japan. There he crafted his culinary skills and has worked to cultivate and array of techniques. This restaurant is cleanly styled and you feel like you are in Japan and the table was presented and the first dish on show did make you feel like you are in a garden! The amazing Japanese hospitality on display as soon as you step into the restaurant.

The foods capture the essence of traditional Japanese cuisine such as the flavours of soy sauce, miso, beautiful produce, fresh fish and being combined to create beauty. They also change the menu seasonally to keep with the temperature and resources being the freshest available. It also is encouraging for us to definately visit again.

It is a five course menu for $100 and matching wine for $50 or $65 for sake. This is completely reasonable for the food experienced.

We had seen incredible pictures of the food prior to our visit ‘The Garden Platter’had us salivating. We were not disappointed. An arrangement of wagyu tataki, pork belly, temari-sushi, oyster. All put together just like a garden. We loved the seafood tartare capacchio of salmon and kingfish with wasabi-soy olive oil, garnished with seasonal vegetables and garlic chips. Extremely fresh and light start to the menu.

The mains are choices of two; which together we could try everything! The lobster tail with a grilled black cod marinated in Kyoto-style sweet miso paste is quite possibly one of the most delicate meals I’ve had in a long time.

The other option was a premium wagyu with egg plant dengaku and spicy miso. This was also delicately presented and such high quality meat. Another main we tried consisted thin pieces of wagyu on rice and then you pour dashi broth over the top – if you so like, you can also choose unagi(eel) instead.

Finished off by a classic Japanese dessert of coconuts milk matcha ice cream.

A display of Japanese culture and cuisine. A Great Japanese restaurant and we will definately go back. 

http://www.yayoigarden.com.au/location/

Starring Peking Duck @The Plump Duck

Visit the Plump Duck for a grand dining experience. A large dining space with no expense spared in the fitout. This is evident as soon as you walk through the large doorway of the restaurant, you are greeted by the staff behind a huge boulder shaped to form their reservation counter. There is a large bar with an extensive drinks list and an open kitchen surrounded by a pond filled with koifish. The walls are intricate in design and there are a number of large sculptures and as well as a number of bells which represent wealth in Chinese culture.

We dined up stairs, which houses a number of private dining rooms including an exclusive room with direct carpark access. This room is fitted with high backed chairs and a large dining table. We were seated in the main upstairs dining area with a very long dining table surrounded by a number of ornate Chinese pieces.
Already inpressed by the restaurant layout, it didn’t stop there. The first meal for the evening was a favourite of many, the peking duck. Prepared to perfection by pumping the duck with air and hung to age which increases the flavour. What was to follow was a spectacle, the duck flambé then then sliced at the table. The duck served with a balance of carefully selected ingredients and paper thin pancakes. Chef, modernising this dish with pickles, mustard and sweet soy paste. With the additions inspired by the flavour combinations of a western favourite, the hamburger.

We also sampled the Delicious Curry prawns in a well balanced, mild curry. There were plenty of prawns, chesnuts and an assortment of vegetables. Served with some delicious cloud like buns to mop up the sauce when you are done. This also came out with another tasty dish being the toothfish. Yes, there was some fried rice too, but with a decadent twist. The fried rice served was a truffle fried rice, rich and flavoursome.

We finished with the truffle parfait. Nice and creamy, the truffle combining nicely with the sweetness of the parfait mix for a strangely delicious dessert.

A great restaurant space combined with good service and food, making for an excellent modern Chinese dining experience.

http://www.theplumpduck.com.au/

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Food Philosophy @Aristotle’s

The legacy that Greek philosopher Aristotle’s left was to the world was in the realm of science, Mathematics, physics, logistics and linguistics. At Aristotle’s restaurant, this restaurant’s philosophy is producing Greek food at its finest. Beautifully and delicately plated food, bursting with flavour, combined with a sophisticated feel of the restaurant and top notch staff, makes you feel like you’re in for a high quality dining experience. 

Mary, the experienced owner and manager takes on a role much larger than than that. She architecturally designed contemporary interiors, high ceilings with rope and glass lights, mirrors throughout. She is also evidently hardworking on the floor, greeting the guests, delivering food and checking in on people’s meals. It is a very well run establishment. 

Historically, Greek food and dining has been a shared experience and thus, Aristotle’s has its menu with this in mind. There are meze plates, small plates, larger plates, salads and sides. Perfect for a birthday or any celebration, you can also order the very reasonably priced ‘Aristotle’s Table’ banquet with a range of favourites for the whole table. 

Our waiter Miguel, quite possibly one of the most engaging waitstaff I have encountered made us feel welcome from the outset, suggesting some options to think about whilst we perused the menu. Miguel helped us select some cocktails from the wide range. There were so many interesting choices named after greek notables, and one in particular even came out decorated in fairy floss. For the non drinkers, you can also get mocktails which looked, and tasted just as good.

I had my eye on some of the menu items and ordered those along with some suggested items. We begun with the seared scallops which we sitting in a shell atop marinated and pickles kohlrabi, with cauliflower purée, fennel and pastourma (air cured dried beef). These were a great combination of flavours.

Then came out the cured hiramasa Kingfish, a beautifully presented plate of cured kingfish with ouzo cucumbers, greek yoghurt, black garlic, lemon, mint and parsley. Delicate flavours and very fresh. After this was one of the highlights, ‘Aristotle’s Haloumi’ which came out in a hot plate to retain the beautiful consistency of the cheese. It was dosed in honey, balsamic, oregano with a topping of walnuts, pomegranates and red grapes – this is quite possibly the best Haloumi we’ve had.

We also got the chargrilled octopus which was well cooked, they boil and then marinate and bbq it. It is nicely styled on the plate with garlic, chili, parsley and preserved lemon. 

After this we were deciding whether to order a large plate as they do some ‘greek spag bol’ or spit roasted meats of your choice, however we decided on a few more small plates as we were intent on dessert. From the small plates menu we got the delicately tempura battered zucchini flowers that made the taste of the flowers obvious and sprinkled with grated Kefalotyri cheese, truffled honey and lime. Followed up with our last dishes the Barbequed Cypriot sausages and the Greek Village salad. The sausages came out flaming and seasoned with lemon and tzatiki and it was good to pair with the traditional salad.

We had been very keen for dessert and trusted the advice of the waitstaff, and tried the Walnut Katafi that cane with clotted cream, yogurt sorbet and red fruit. We also had one of my favourite things, the classic loukoumades (or Greek donuts) that were sitting in a bowl with cinnamon honey syrup, walnuts and vanilla bean ice cream. 

Overall, this was Greek food at its finest. The ambience was buzzing, lots of guests enjoying their Saturday night and the wait staff made for an extremely pleasant experience.

http://www.aristotles.com.au/

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Eate Fire + Food

​Category: Mediterreanean

We love food cooked over fire, the flavour of the flame transferring to the charred meat. The Eate delivers on this with their cooking of meat on the spit. Eate is a large open plan restaurant in Dulwich Hill across from the station on Cantebury Rd. Nice and casual with plenty of space to seat everyone including large groups. The friendly staff is also extremely obvious and it makes for a great dining experiece and they make you feel welcome, like one of the family.

The food at Eate has mediterranean influence. The starters were great including the grilled haloumi with honey is always a winner, spiced eggplant chips with molasses and pomegranate was strangely delicious and the super tender salt and pepper calamari with garlic aioli. A fresh house made juice perfect with these bites, especially on a warm summers day or evening.

Bring on the flame; For the larger meals they do a variety of bugers and yeros. However, the meats cooked over flame are the go. The slow cooked Greek inspired lamb shoulder had great flavour and was melt in your mouth.

The charcoal chicken a delicious char flavour combined with the pickled vegetable and Lebanese inspired garlic sauce also very nice. They also have changing specials; the sizzling seafood was amazing as were the salads. We sampled the tabouli and chickpea, chickpeas are a unique contribution to tabouli, and the beetroot with goats cheese.

Save room for dessert: go a loaded shake try their cakes, maybe a coffee or tea. The chocolate almond cake with candy popcorn and salted caramel ice cream….Amazing. The churros was also nice, and different being cookies and cream flavoured.

The Eate perfect for a casual meal, with friendly staff and tasty food, something for everyone.

http://www.theeate.com.au/

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Hotto-Motto just opened for lunch in the Galleries

Just opened Hottomotto is one of Japan’s most popular bento box outlets. It is pretty much the Japanese lunch box. So versatile and so many delicious and nutritious options to choose. 14 choices! You can enjoy it by dining in, take it away to a nice outdoor location or dare I say it, if you are under the pump at work you can eat it at your desk.

The bento is made up of rice, tasty potato salad, picked vegetables as standard, topped with your choice of savoury topping. Don’t worry if you are not familiar with Japanese food, the food at Hottomoto is very approachable and the majority is cooked. Infact they do a Japanese version of pork schnitzel called the Katsu which is great with their mild curry sauce. They tell us the products are imported from Japan to keep the flavour the same.

Another familiar option is the karage chicken, which is Japanese fried chicken. They also do a Japanese omelette and salad. Another favourite is the teriyaki: chicken or beef

If you have worked up an appetite, the premium bento’s known as makunouchi are the pick. Full of well Japanese gems like eel, delicious sukiyaki grilled wagyu beef, tempura as well as grilled fish and fried prawn all in one box.

Convenient with authentic approachable Japanese flavours Hotto-Motto bento for eating on the go.

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Tis the season to be jolly@Muzuya Karaoke restaurant

​Mizuya Karaoke Restaurant, in the CBD next to the Metro theatre. Head downstairs and you’ll find yourself at counter leading to a series of hallways full of different sized karaoke rooms. A booth style arrangement and large table in the centre order your food and drinks from the touch screen. Singing not your fortè, dont worry most people can’t sing and to help with that plenty of crazy drinks on offer.

  

There’s a huge variety of Japanese foods. The entrees have typical Japanese foods like edamame, agedashi tofu, gyoza and karage chicken. We got some lotus crisps which were really nicely seasoned and crunchy.
  

There’s heaps of nice dishes to choose from including; capacchio, sushi, sashimi, mains and even Japanese pizza. The sushi rolls are huge. The cruncy salmon roll, spider roll, volcano roll, will fire you up for a song. A sashimi entrée platter; fresh and beautifully presented.It will have you prepared to serenade your friends.
 

Plenty of fun drinks to go around, you can buy glasses of wine, bottles, beers (or even a huge beer tap). You can get highball whiskey or cocktails. The cocktail list included classic cocktails as well as specials. I selected the ‘Okinawa Island’ – A passionfruit, blue curaco, lemon juice, pineapple juice, vodka and grenadine drink with the flavours layered – sugary and delicious!! The mango danquiri, mojito, and they will give you some courage. Lots of sake and jugs on offer too.
  

Once you’ve eaten or even whilst you’re eating, pick some tunes and sing some karaoke. Lots to select from, two microphones and sing your heart out. It can get expensive, but worth ot for a fun night out, sing, drink and eat. Have a great timehttp://www.mizuya.com.au/

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The Tiny Giant presents beautifully on the cafè scene

Category: Cafe

Tiny Giant is a suburban cafè in Petersham with a giant following. Tiny Giant had been on our hit list for a while as we had seen many of their awesome pics on Instagram of the fairy floss on brioche, waffles with figs and maple. As they say, a picture tells a thousand words. We already knew what we were wanting to order from the visual feast posted on instagram.

The brioche french toast was at the top of the list, it was beautifully presented; topped with fruit, edible flowers, and Pink Persian fairy floss!

The baked eggs with chorizo were the goods. An iron pan full of goodness; a rich tomato base with runny yolk for you egg freaks to get your yolk porn on. We also shared the eggs benedict with ham, you also had a choice of salmon if preferred. The Benny came with fresh spinach and 2 nicely poached eggs smothered in a nice creamy hollandaise. It was also beautifully presented.
 

Tiny Giant has many nice options and they take a lot of care with presentation. There were some amazing looking cronuts; red velvet, chocolate, waffle and the one we tried the salted caramel also ordered one topped with peanut butter and jelly, which can only be described as yummm! The salted caramel cronut had a buttery / icing cream in the middle and on top was an amazing caramel sauce and chocolate flakes with a plastic syringe for an added spectacle and extra sauce.

The cafe is small inside, about 5 tables, but there’s also tables outsides and blankets if you’re cold. The staff are lovely and the service quick. A great neighbourhood serving tasty food that us beautifully presented.

http://thetinygiant.com.au/

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