All the ingredients of an amazing long lunch @ Allegra Dining

We visited for the new menu which is designed for you to enjoy as delicious long lunch, with bottomless wine on offer at a very reasonable price.

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Eat inside in a minimalist styling with wooden, marble and white furniture, complete with a shelve of wines on the back wall. You’ll find it in a part residential/part industrial/ part retail area precinct of Waterloo. It’s a quiet and serene space, not easily spotted from the streets and tucked away, so be sure to tell all your friends to visit because it’s worth it.

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The starters were delicious.  This included the bruschetta of the day, on this particular occasion, it was an eggplant style purée topped with a grated Parmesan. It had a lovely smoky flavor to it.

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We also loved the smoked scamorza in Carozza with spicy ketchup. Literally a fried crumbed Cheese sandwich, topped with house made ketchup so bad, but oh so good.

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The Wagyu bresola is another tasty starter, of air dried beef with rocket and creamy Aioli. This was served with some charcoal puffs and reypanaer VSOP (a Gouda style hard cheese) which meant the dish oozed flavour!

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When we heard the pasta was made fresh on site, we could not resist. The squid ink fettuccine, with spanned crab, was taken to another level with the XO butter and pangrattato crumb.

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They also keep it simple with the spaghetti cacio e Pepe with truffle pecorino, a classic traditional favourite.

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Allegra also has a range of meats and seafood options, a few sides and there’s certainly something for everyone. You can certainly tell that you’re eating freshly made food in house. We saw the chefs busily working away preparing pasta, slicing the bresola and it was great to see them at work. They use locally sourced ingredients which is a huge positive for diners who reap the benefits of this wonderful food.

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From the drinks menu there’s some healthy and refreshing shakes and frappes and ‘Fizzz’ drinks. We went for the ‘elderflower virgin, with blueberries, lime and elderflower’. Juices by botanica, tea and coffee, there’s something for everyone. Given that the venue is doing a long lunch now, you might be swayed by the $35 all you can drink wine. Otherwise you’d love a cocktail or two, which they like to call ‘tipples’. They have a breakfast espresso martini, Bloody Mary, mimosas and margaritas.

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The tiramisu cannot be passed on, one of the best we’ve ever had. Soft and fluffy cake, cream and when you put your spoon inside and hear a crack – that’s the tempered Amadei chocolate which adds an amazing textural component. The tiramisu is also topped with chocolate pop rocks, you’ll be in dessert heaven.

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IMG_9346The perfect place for an enjoyable long lunch with a glass of wine in hand; what could be better!

Allegra Dining

8/18 Danks Street
Waterloo, NSW 2017

entry via Phillip st or Danks street.

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A Mexican feast @ Fonda

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For a while now we had been hearing of a new Mexican restaurant that was from Melbourne and had opened at Bondi Beach, called Fonda. I had walked by a few times, the fascade was pleasant with a stylish fit out, a few tables out front and a few quality beers on tap, very tempting.

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We finally got around to visiting for a quick bite to eat with a few friends before heading to the open air cinema to catch a movie. The service was prompt and friendly. We were offered a table outside. Fonda have done well with the fit out and it is well suited to the area. The place was busy, with many enjoying an evening beverage accompanied by some fine Mexican cusine.

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To start, we ordered some corn chips with guacamole and pico de gallo and a couple of draught beers (Stone and Wood) pacific ale, perfect start on that hot afternoon. The chargrilled corn with chipotle mayo, queso and lime, a flavour sensation and a must order.

 

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The tostadas are made with a large crisp tortilla and are a lighter option, nicely presented with vibrant coulours and flavours.

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The Mexico City Pulled Pork tostada are also  a tasty number with a unique flavour combination of pineapple salsa, black bean, salted ricotta, shaved iceberg lettuce and guajillo chilli. This combination is also available as a quesadilla. The herbed portabello mushroom quesadilla was suprisingly our favourite of the quesadilla range. 

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We had an enjoyable afternoon visit to Fonda. A great place to enjoy a bite to eat and some cold beverages close to the beach. The prices are reasonable considering the location of Bondi Beach with food to set you back about roughly $30 based on entree and another dish. A return visit to sample more of the menu and a creative cocktail list on the cards.

Fonda

85 Hall Street, Bondi Beach, Sydney

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Stop and smell the Rosé @ The Oaks

We love the Oaks Hotel in Neutral Bay, so much so, that it ranked one of our top venues in 2017. When we heard of a new event being hosted at the Oaks, called ‘Stop and Smell the Rosés’, we were there in a heartbeat. Th3 venue is perfect for this type of event.

 

 

This event was a Rosé Masterclass, held on 21 March and was a trail of Rosé tastings, paired with light and refreshing canapés. It was a time to try a number of different Rosé options, whilst having a educational experience about each one. 

 

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We enjoyed 5 Rosé options from different regions of Australia and France. With each wine, the host explained the origins of the wine, flavours and textures and we had time to take it all in, pair it with our food and socialise. 

 

Rosé is becoming increasingly popular as it is light and it can pair with all foods. Their flavours hint at floral tones, citrus and they don’t need rich foods, it can accompany a light meal or snack and is very refreshing for that afternoon drink. 

 

We began with my favourite of the night, because who doesn’t love bubbles! This was the Josef Chromy ‘Pepik’ Sparkling Rosé NV, Relbia TAS. Josef is a pioneer of wine in Tasmania and this is a popular Sparkling Rose. Rose gets its flavour and colour from contact with the skin. In this particular wine, only had a little bit of skin contact, mainly Pinot Noir. The rose with a light salmon colour, tasting floral features and a hint of strawberries. The Josef Chromy ‘Pepik’ Sparkling Rosé NV is vibrant, easy to drink, and is a great aperitif. Regarded to be the perfect pairing with salmon or light seafood, this was paired with oysters and a delicious Viniagrette. 

 

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The second wine was the Oakridge ‘Over the Shoulder’ Rosé 2017, Yarra Valley VIC. This wine ranking in James Halliday’s top 100 wines. It pinkish/orange in colour and has a rich and flesh style, rosehip, redcurrant and pear with spiced blood orange to finish. 

This wine is great to accompany a salads, this was nicely paired with smoked trout on sourdough with diced beetroot and radish. 

 

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Next came the Lane Rosé 2017, Adelaide Hills SA. This is a blend of Shiraz, Merlot, pinot noir and reisling. Its colour has lychee and bright salmon Hues throughout. It’s flavour exudes poached rhubarb, strawberry and rose petal flavours with other tones of watermelon and pink grapefruit. A dry savoury finish. This one is also Vegan friendly. This wine pairs well with lightly cooked shellfish or cheese. This was in contrast with some super tasty mushroom and cheese Arancini balls, cutting nicely through the flavours.

 

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Followed up with the Hancock and Hancock Grenache Rosé 2017, McLaren Vale, SA – savoury notes and a touch of rose petal. It is Bright, crisp and medium bodied. This wine, by Chris Hancock, deputy executive Chairman of Robert Oakley Vineyards. Using fruits sourced by the Vineyards at McLaren Vale region, it showcases Grenache fruits, pomegranate and sour cherry, with a bit of sugar to balance the tartness. It has a delicious finish and an attractive bouquet of flavours. We had this paired with tempura prawns which was perfectly suitable.

 

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To finish, was the Mirabeau ‘La Comtesse’ AOC, Cote de Provence FRANCE. This is the company’s highest selling and we can see why. It is like angels dancing on your tongue. Intense fruit body and aromas, red berry fruit with strawberry and raspberry flavours. A balanced and fresh acidity. This was paired with a delicate salmon mousse atop a mini potato rosti. 

 

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This marked the end of the experience and overall we loved being introduced to some new wines and it inspired a love of Rosé. We will certainly consider Rosé as a choice for when we host our next soiree or for a light seafood pairing. 

 

At $42 this class and dining experience is incredibly reasonable value for money. Thanks to event organiser Amy for yet another great event and to the Oaks for hosting.

 

The Oaks Hotel

181 Military Road

 

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Steam Brothers – new to Menai

If you find yourself in Menai and are looking for a good local cafè, make sure you check into Steam Brothers cafe. This establishment is located close at the local shopping mall and is serving up some quality food and coffee. Steam Brothers cafe has a clean modern fitout with plenty of seating both indoors and out. They have only been open a short time, but they are certainly making a positive impact on the cafe scene.

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The menu is diverse with a range of breakfast and lunch options to cater to many diners. Steam Brothers have a range of heathy breakfast options. The green baked eggs are a great healthy option with a baked egg kale, sicilian olives, mint and fennel salad on a slice of sourdough.

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The Mushroom bruschetta, served on Brasserie bread with a fried egg and parmesan is another quality breakfast option which we really enjoyed.

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If you sleep in and are arriving later in the morning or at lunch time, steam brothers do an all day breakfast and there are a number of tasty lunch items too. The Schnitty roll is a lunch time staple in Australia and the Steam Brothers version is at the top of the list. They use of quality ingredients, fresh salad, the schnitty perfectly cooked and a tasty mustard aioli, all served on a soft brioche long roll. One of the best we’ve had.

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The burgers also the source of some food envy as they passed the table, but the portions are so generous, we couldn’t eat everything!

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The owner Aleks has worked hard to roast his own blend at Collective Roasting Solutions in Marrickville.

Head to Steam Brothers has a good setting to grab a quality coffee and some tasty food. Be sure to pay them a visit.

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Thanks to the Chew Crew for the invitation to dine and to Steam Brothers Coffee for the hospitality provided.

Steam Brothers Coffee

5/21 Carter Road

Menai, NSW

Loukoumades for some fine Greek Doughnuts

Everyone loves doughnuts, right? Rhetorical question.

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You will be in doughnut heaven with Sydney’s new night time Greek Dessert Bar (open 6pm-late), specialising in Greek doughnuts that are called Loukoumades. If you have not tried this Greek dessert before, they are like your regular doughnuts, fluffy on the inside, with a crunchy coating. The traditional option comes with honey and cinnamon, but they also have a range of other flavours too. This dessert bar is located on King Georges Rd Beverly Hills and is a must visit for those with a sweet tooth.

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Loukoumades Street Greek has a good vibes and atmosphere set with their great choice of modern, yet traditional music. The owners Sergio and Daniel and their staff are very welcoming,  entertaining and fun, showcasing the famous Greek hospitality. In true Greek style you will not leave hungry, the servings of these delicious dough balls are very generous. At around $9-$14 a serving, that’s pretty reasonable.

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Watch the staff work their magic at the deep fryer and coating your little crunchy balls of goodness. These little dough puffs with a crisp outer batter and soft airy centre would be enough to leave Homer Simpson salivating.

There are many variations including;

*Nutella and strawberries – a popular choice amongst visitors

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*Biskotto –  milk choc, white choc, biscuit and vanilla gelato (my parents favourite)

*Salted Caramel with pistachio and vanilla gelato

*Sweet Cheese with honey syrup, sweet cheese sauce and pistachio

*White choc with almonds and strawberries

*classic/original which is served with honey syrup and cinnamon – undoubtedly the favourite of visitors.

They also have a vegan option (cinnamon and clove syrup) so everyone can visit!

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There are also a range of drinks to enjoy with your Loukoumades, including milkshakes, Greek tea and coffee. Loukoumades Greek Street do a great Freddo, which is a Greek iced coffee.

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The freddo is perfect to cool you down on those hot Sydney Nights / we were there on possibly the hottest night in Sydney, so we’re testament to that. They vary the sweetness of the drink according to taste and so everyone can get their favourite option.

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If you are looking for some quality doughnuts, some Greek coffee and a cool place to hang out make your way to Loukoumades Greek Street in Beverly Hills.

Loukoumades Greek Street

481 King Georges Rd, Beverly Hills NSW 2209

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Fire and Brimstone – Low and Slow BBQ in the Hills District

Attention carnivores, for some meat worthy of salivating, check out the newly opened Fire and Brimstone, the Hills’ ONLY barbeque joint, serving authentic low and slow American style barbeque, Buffalo Trace bourbon and craft beer.

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Fire and Brimstone is situated upstairs of the Hillside Tavern Castle Hill. This BBQ joint occupies a large space with plenty of seating, a large bar and enough room to host entertainment – a live band. The large smoker is very impressive, be sure to check it out when you visit.

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You will get your fix of mouthwatering smoky, beef rib, tender brisket and pork belly with food curated by an authentic Pitmaster, Brad Shorten. The meats are served with sides of homestyle Mac and Cheese, slaw, pickles and potato crisps.

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The staff at fire and brimstone are BBQ enthusiasts and are happy to talk all things BBQ. Have a chat and find out what what it takes to produce the quality meat that comes out of the smoker. There is also a great range of craft beer, whisky and plenty of cocktails on offer.

Grab a few beverages from the bar and settle in for a great meal and enjoy the entertainment on offer. A great place to enjoy BBQ foods in a casual setting.

Thanks to Men at Work Communications for the invitation to dine, and to Fire and Brimstone for their hospitality.

Fire and Brimstone in the Hillside Hotel

273 Old Northern Road, Castle Hill, NSW 2154

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Musou Yakiniku – new Japanese BBQ

Musou Yakiniku, is a new Japanese BBQ restaurant located on Pitt Street. This restaurant occupies a large space scattered with fluorescent signs and touch screens for ordering, very reminiscent of restaurants in Japan.

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Japanese BBQ is one of our favourite ways to dine out. We love the ability to order as we wish off the touch screen, and you can do this for a la carte menu or buffet. Everything is uploaded on different tabs to select your meat, sashimi, sides, desserts or drinks.

Make sure you bring your appetite! The $85 buffet is undoubtedly the best value as for two hours, you can order as much food as you please, without wasteage. Dine the buffet menu for 120 minutes, with your last order at 90mins. The food comes out so fast, it’s really only necessary to order on the screen as you need or want it. The only benefit of al a carte is if you’re not super hungry, or there are some even more superior cuts of meat.

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The buffet does have a number of extremely varied and fine cuts or 9+ Wagyu beef, you will have a number of condiments choise from used a dipping sauce to enhance the natural flavour of the meat. Altough the high quality meat on offer needs nothing more added to it.

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We tried the Wagyu beef rib, Wagyu tri tip (our favourite) and the Wagyu outside skirt as well as flap meat. Other meats are also available like chicken, pork rib, duck breast, beef liver, pork loin, pork sausage and more.

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Seafood is also included in the buffet squid, mussel, and scallop. We tried the cooked prawns, which came in their shell. We also ordered some delicious salmon sashimi, but other sashimi options are also available.

Select a couple of fresh and healthy sides to accompany your meat. We selected a mixed vegetable plate, buttered mushrooms and corn and some butter lettuce. Some crispy lotus root chips are also great for snacking.

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There were some amazing side dishes to be selected, including a delicious cold soba salad and the most amazing wagyu tartare with a running yolk atop. Honestly, one of the best we’ve had. Some other options available include porridge, karage, curry, udon (hot and cold), takoyaki and more.

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Their mission is not only to serve quality food, but also provide outstanding service, and that they certainly did. The staff were extremely welcoming, friendly and the food came out almost as fast as we clicked ‘order now’.

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We also got some dessert, included in the buffet price – we tried black sesame ice cream and also the roasted tea ice cream.

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You will certainly leave extremely satisfied and we thoroughly recommend a visit. A great date night and the bench seat set up makes Musou Yakiniku perfect for a fun group dining experience.

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Ethical cafes – creating meaning through your café visit

Freedom Hub Café

It is a place where trafficked survivors are trained, encouraged and prepared for the workforce. A place where, through one-to-one mentoring, supported learning, and practical application; survivors can learn faster than in a large group, feel valued, and trust is re-established. They have a café operating on weekends where 100% of profits go towards supporting survivors of modern slavery. They sell coffees and Australian sourced teas; the food is healthy, ethically sourced and supports local Australian business. They also rent an event space and host weddings too!

https://thefreedomhub.org/cafe/

Song Kitchen

Song kitchen, located in Surry Hills, has a social conscience, offering 100% of their profits to support the YWCA NSW – an organisation that helps women experiencing domestic violence, we were there in a heartbeat.

https://www.songkitchen.com.au/category/whats-on/

Symbol Café

They are a social business, which donates 100% of profits to a range of “not for profit” causes. Diners can select to support ‘Give a sandwich to a hungry Australian student’, plant trees to offset carbon or feed the homeless with rescued food through Oz Harvest.

https://www.symbol.org.au/

Darcy St Project

Their mission is to increase the employability of young people so they can gain experience and skills. They assist a wide range of people including aboriginal people, early migrants / refugees, homeless, and mature aged workers. There is practical barista and hospitality based training.

https://www.darcystproject.com.au/copy-of-community

Pepper Tree Bankstown

Pepper tree café  is a Social Enterprise café, food and catering service, offering training and helping young people in South Western Sydney. It provides an employment readiness program for disadvantaged young people facing multiple barriers to long term stable employment.

http://www.peppertreecafe.com.au/

Two Good Co

Order a two good salad or soup and the same meal will be sent to someone in domestic violence. Women from the refuges and shelters are also employed to make the lunches. Order the Friday and your food will be delivered the following Tuesday. There’s a minimum order of ten, so perfect for an office.

www.twogood.com.au

Lentil as Anything

Pay as you feel café – a non-profit organisation that relies solely on the work of volunteers. It is the power of humanity to create change. Guests pay what they believe the meal is worth, and according to financial ability. There are also training programs on site.

http://lentilasanything.com/

Two wolves cantina

Not for profit cantina is staffed by volunteers with all profits going to youths in developing nations. They provide continuing service opportunities for Australia’s youth in disadvantaged communities overseas

thetwowolves.com.au

Folonomo

For love not money’. Restaurant established in Surry hills by philanthropist Matthew Byrne. 100% of the profits go to not for profit organisations. Pure Foundation. Lunch/Dinner

https://www.folonomo.org.au/

Gratia

Surry Hills café and 50% of profits goes to the Pure Foundation.

https://www.gratia.org.au/

The Bread and Butter project

A social enterprise that offers 12 month TAFE accredited apprenticeships in baking for asylum seekers. As Australia’s first social enterprise bakery, 100% of our profits are reinvested into baker training and employment pathways for refugees and asylum seekers.

http://www.thebreadandbutterproject.com/

Parliament on King

An international shift training program, which provides hospitality training to asylum seekers and refugees. Social enterprise catering by them. They are trained and given the chance to showcase dishes from their home countries. They run the ‘Deaf Café’ on Wednesdays from 10 am until 3pm. Learn to sign for your coffee, or just have coffee and hang out.

http://www.parliamentonking.com/

Taste Food Tours

A not for profit social enterprise that promotes racial and social inclusion, giving neighbourhoods the chance to show off unique food cultures.

www.tastetours.com

Four Brave Women

This is opening later this month in Summer Hill and is a cafe run by refugee women that will serve cultural foods from their heritage. Every 8 weeks a new group of refugee women will take over the kitchen. The Trading Circle is affiliated with the “Good shepherd organization”.

https://www.sbs.com.au/food/article/2018/03/06/four-brave-women-brings-new-flavours-refugee-run-cafe-sydney?cx_cid=edm:myweek:180312

By visiting a café on this list, you can feel confident knowing you’re helping someone in need.

 

Burger Patch is new to the Burger scene!

We were genuinely so impressed by this tucked away burger joint in Chatswood. A top range of delicious burgers that I’m keen to go back and devour all over again. I’d love to be here during a lunchtime to see the rush as I’m sure it would be packed with customers! 

 

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The Korean psy’d chicken burger was incredible, the coating was packed with a crispy flavoursome coating. and the chicken was soft and tender inside. Although it was a special, we thoroughly suggest this if it’s on the menu when you visit. It was delicious.

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We also had the wagyu, bacon and cheese which was cooked medium. Just as we like it. Soft and tender, with a patty full of flavor – the bacon was crispy and the burger wasn’t too excessive. We both grabbed singles and was enough to fill us, especially with sides (shake and fries). 

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We grabbed the chips with Burger Patch sauce (which tasted like Big Mac sauce!) and also a maple aioli. We also shared a strawberry cheesecake milkshake to top the meal off; and we are glad we did! Topped with whipped cream and a cookie, this is the perfect sweetness for your Meal. 

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The staff were all so helpful, and knew the menu well. Even had a chance to chat to the owners of the cafe and they were so friendly. They loved their burgers, and were happy to offer their suggestions.

And to top it off, the food was all at a reasonable cost! Would strongly recommend giving here a go!

Burger Patch

234/1 Katherine St, Chatswood NSW 2067

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Phuket – for a beach and training holiday

Phuket

Phuket is that island known for a relaxing holiday destination, but also these days a party destination too (think Patong). See a show, visit the old and dilapidated zoo where you can stand in an enclosure with a crocodile,    Go parasailing or tour to a nearby island. We were here primarily to relax, eat, get massages and do a bit of training!

Where we stayed

The Mercure Phuket is lovely and clean hotel, close to the heart of Patong. Whilst the area is in the busy part of Patong, the hotel is quiet. It is very big and has a good gym, huge pool and cafe. When you arrive, the complimentary welcome drink and choux pastry was a nice touch. Our room was small so I’d recommend the ones on the ground floor with pool access. They have good cocktails and they’re cheap in happy hour. The dinner buffet is absolutely outstanding and we’ve written a blog on this alone. See here for the blog https://aroundtheclockfoodie.com/2017/10/02/2056/


Naka Muay Thai

Naka Muay Thai is run by a Westerner from Amsterdam Tony (or Darryl) and his partner Noi. There are other professional trainers, including Thai’s working there too. Tony is a professional Muay Thai fighter and is currently also training for fights. The gym has been open around 3 years.

It is a small gym, but has a boxing ring, boxing bags and weights, perfect for a training session. It is very clean and also has a bathroom to get ready.

The gym is close to Karon and Kata beach, but you will need transport to get there. Tony was kind enough to pick me up from the hotel for only 100 THB, much cheaper than the taxis. I also got a lift back. He was extremely flexible with arranging my session and replied via email very promptly.

I chose to do personal training for 600 THB, which is extremely reasonable given that many of the group classes in the Chalong area are around 400 and this provided 1:1 training. It began with a warmup, stretching, and then some technical work, 4 rounds pad work and warm down. It was a marvelous session and Tony is a really technical fighter and teacher and was able to correct my technique, offer suggestions and I find this  a valuable session. I have trained at a couple of places over Thailand and found this was a hard session (which is a good thing!), and although I went in with experience, I’m certain beginners would be suitable too as he’s a great teacher.

Highly recommended for your next training session in Phuket.

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Chalong

Chalong is an area that has grown a lot since my first visit more than five years ago. About 30 Mins from Patong, it’s a suburb in itself with plenty of villas, hotels and air bnbs to stay in. It’s lined with Muay Thai gyms, the most famous and commercial – Tiger, as well as some others and many types of gyms for the fitness enthusiast. To accompany your solid training sessions, you will find plenty of restaurants and cafes with a healthy and protein focus. You can also get a massage easily and cheaply to recover from your hard training. A trip to Chalong is perfect for those wanting to get fit and lose weight in an enjoyable and relaxing location.

Tiger Muay Thai

When I first went to Tiger Muay Thai, it was such a new and exciting experience for me. I went to lose weight, get fit and learn a new skill. It was a small place and It has grown a lot since then. Tiger Muay Thai intends to teach quality traditional Muay Thai to people. It now has a range of other fitness activities like mma, boxing, yoga and more.

They have professional fighters living and training too, so you’re able to learn from the best. Classes are segregated into beginner, intermediate and advanced to suit each level.
Classes are 2 hours with running, technique, bag and pad work. The trainers are really technical but also fun too!

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Tiger is a huge set up – accommodation, a grill restaurant and a shop selling gear and merchandise. Its getting pricy but still cheaper than training in Aus.

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Chockchai Muay Thai

I trained at Tiger Muay Thai many for years and did some PT with Chockchai a number of times. He was such a great trainer, kind and helpful and I was disappointed to see he’d left. But when I enquired, I learned that he had in fact opened his own his own Muay Thai gym and stadium, so we went to check it out. Smaller scale, but offering the same type of training in a more comfortable, friendly and less commercial atmosphere, it was also less expensive. I was thrilled to train with Chockhai again. Classes were 2 hours with running, technique, bag and pad work. It was extremely enjoyable but still tough. We really liked that each day something different is added like boxing sparring, Muay Thai sparring or cultural component, the Wai Kru. Staff are lovely too. You can rent rooms if you plan to stay a while and also head with them to a match at the Chokchai stadium next door.

Chockchai stadium

This is a new stadium named after the legend Chokchai. It holds fight nights on Monday, Thursday and Saturday nights in the Chalong area, just 30 minutes from Patong. The stadium is an awesome local place to watch a few fights.

The stadium is amazing, brand new, comfortable seats, flashy lights, score boards and a great walk way for fighters to enter from. There’s a bar to purchase food and drink.

The show begins with a traditional Muay Boran fight and then a range of Muay Thai fights including children. The standard of fights was extremely high. At only 800 THB and to sit in the front row was extremely good value. You can buy tickets at the door or via Chokchai gym. We loved our visit to the stadium.

Food in Chalong 

Mostly a mix of Local thai restaurants selling your regular thai fare on the cheap, there’s a number of muscle/protein type smoothie shops as well as a cafe grill inside Tiger Gym itself. We were recommended to go to Ali’s grill too.

Ali’s bbq

We tried Ali’s bbq which is an expansive bbq, roofed but open walls and heaps of space to sit and enjoy your meal. Selling heaps of grilled meats, salads, wraps and more – it’s perfect for the protein eater trying to bulk up. Portions are massive and it is extremely affordable for what you get!

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Old Town 

In Phuket Old town, you will find this old Thai provincial capital, reflective of the heritage of this area. It is historically rich with temples, old houses and tea houses which have remained outwardly authentic, whilst being used for modern purposes like hotels, cafes and galleries. We enjoyed our stroll through these streets, admiring the beautiful scenery and trying a lot of street eats and exploring the local markets. It’s easy to get a bus to Old town and worth a trip for the experience of culture and history.

Be sure to take a trip to Phuket sometime – it’s an awesome holiday.