Coffee collaboration @CRS Brew Bar

Coffee roasting is expensive and as such it needs to be your passion. That it is for these roasters who put their heart and soul into their product. To cater for the smaller brewers, there is a warehouse in St Peters that supports this by renting the coffee roaster out to a number of Sydney’s best independent coffee roasters. This place is known as collective roasting solutions – Good news, they have opened a specialty coffee pop up on Enmore Rd, Enmore.

They do serve pastries from Nutty By Nutorious but the collective roasting solutions pop up for the most part is all about the coffee. The pop up gives you the opportunity taste the passion of these roasters first hand. The brew bar has a bright open set up, with their coffee being displayed in store and a few tables and chairs to enjoy one cup or more. The shop is stocked with all of the implements and coffee needed to produce a quality brew at home.

They say variety is the spice of life and you will certainly get that at this pop up with them featuring the produce of a different specialty coffee roaster each week. We were fortunate to have a cup of geisha coffee to start. 
The coffee roaster featured on our visit was from ‘bean of a tree’ coffee co, who has a small operation selling out of the markets in the corso at Bondi Junction. The coffee variety sampled from this roaster was a red bourbon, source from the Pochuta, Chimaltenango region of Guatemala. A nice coffee served black and dare I say, with milk. With a red apple acid, as well as sweet maple undertones. 

Thanks to Wasamedia for introducing us to the CRS Brew Bar and to their awesome concept and and amazing coffee. Nawar is an inspired host and truly made it a great experience. A must for coffee enthusiasts.

Collective Roasting Solutions Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Chophouse makes the cut

Please excuse the pun for a title but it was just too apt. The chophouse is situated on Bligh St in the City, down towards Circular Quay. This carniverous dream is surrounded by some pretty serious competition, but holds its own offering excellent service and quality meal choices. This is an upmarket grill is set up in a building that once housed a cinema, it is a large space that would suit any occasion. The interior is layered with nicely set tables, a stylish bar and decorated with butchery antiques such as scales, chopping blocks etc.

The drink menu had many great options including apertifs, cocktails, mocktails, wine, digestif’s. We tried a few cocktails the Tropical Blush – ketel one, Liquor 43, peach bitters, passionfruit, grapefruit, a nice fruity cocktail. The Tokyo mule – tokinoka, gekkeikan sake, yuzu, ginger beer, nori. This one was impressive, great flavours and nicely balanced.

For entrees we tried the charcuterie with amazing cured meats including wagyu bresola, n’duja tradizional, capocolo, served with pickles, mustard fruit and house made lavosh and crutons was the goods.
The figs served with speck/jamon, goats curd and almond another great starter with great flavour combinations.

For sides to accompany our mains the meaty porkbelly and scallop salad, with wombok, corriander, pea shoots, tendrils, soba noodles and a mushroom vinigairette was huge. The decadent creamy mash, so bad but sooo good.

For mains the slow cooked Beef rib in a house made BBQ sauce was butter, melt in your mouth tender. I absolutely loved this and kept wanting more. The wagyu 6+ rump cap was perfectly cooked served with heirloom tomatoes and choice of condiments.

If you still have room or even if not, and if you’re a chocolate fan, the choclate bar made from milk and dark chocolate with hazel nuts and nutella is a must.

Thanks to Zomato for introducing us to the chop house and thank you to the chophouse for their amazing food and hospitality in particular Robyn the manager who was one of the best front of house staff we have had the pleasure of meeting. 

https://www.chophousesydney.com.au/

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

Wine and dine amongst the Hunter vines @The Goldfish restaurant and bar

In the heart of the Hunter Valley within Roche Estate(formerly known as Tempus Two) is The Goldfish restaurant and bar. The restaurant has alfesco dining with a pleasant outlook into the vineyard, with vines also clinging to the pergola, providing shade and giving the feel of enjoing your meal in the vineyard. The internal dining space is suave with a vintage feel, filled with dark wood and leather furniture. The bar taking centre stage, with bottles nicely arranged decorating the space.

We popped in for Sunday lunch. On arrival we were greeted by the friendly staff and seated outside. It was a very hot day, but there the area was shaded and there was a nice breeze blowing. We perused the drink menu and there was plenty to choose from with an award winning wine list, a plethora of cocktails and mocktails, as well as a range of beer, spirits. Something cold and wet was our only requirement. White wine and mocktails were the choice. With a drive back to Sydney ahead of me after lunch I opted for a mocktail called cool as a cucumber, made with its namesake, flavoured with mint and lime, very refreshing. The staff also happy to assist with recommendatios to pair with your food.

The reasonably priced menu was wide and varied, made for sharing. With pizzas, small plates, large plates and desserts. Perfect for a meal for two or for larger groups. 

From the shared plates the flavour packed flathead tacos, quickly disappeared as did the crisp wonton wrapper topped with Alaskan king crab, mayo and foie gras from the specials menu.

We savoured the delicous raw options of Hiramasa kingfish crudo and the tartare. Both served fresh, seasoned nicely with good flavour balance, perfect option for a hot day.

We were excited for what arrived next, a plate stacked with quality ingredients including house made foccacia served with the creamy buratta, San Daniele Proscuitto, black fig , vino cotto and olive oil.

With chef delivering one of his creations from the specials menu, being the made up of classic flavour combinations Crumbed pork cutlet with a brown butter anchovy and caper sauce served with crisp sage and a side of fennel slaw and lemon to cut through the rich flavours. The avocado side salad with cos lettuce was freshly made and another good option for a hot day.

Channeling the dessert stomach, we shared the decadent Jaffa mousse a rich dessert with the puffed rice crackle adding texture. We loved the goatscheese cheesecake with passionfruit sorbet, served with ground almond, brown butter and keffir lime, a stunning dish.

We thank The Goldfish for an amazing dining experience and their hospitality. We loved the location and the food, a great place to share a meal if you find yourself in the Hunter Valley.

https://www.thegoldfish.com.au/

Thankyou to Clive Morley from I.am.Strategist for arranging

Goldfish Bar & Kitchen Hunter Valley Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato