Biang Biang Noodles @ Burwood

Biang Biang, known for their store in Chinatown in the Sydney CBD, there’s now a store in Burwood too. With the proliferation of Asian eateries alongside the new high rise developments, Burwood could vy for the mantel of the Chinatown of the inner west. Do your tastebuds a favour and get yourself to Biang Biang for traditional Xi’an street food.

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Biang Biang are noodles, notorious in the Shaanxi province of China, known for their thickness and length. They are in a bowl of soup, often topped with different flavours and toppings, including Chili. There are plenty of different choices.

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We tried their famed fat noodles, pao mo (hot bread stew with beef) which were nice and soft and packed with flavour.

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They also have their own version of a burger. We tried the roujiamo, a crispy pulled pork ‘burger’ – flat bread filled with shredded pork and chilli, served in a little paper bag. You can get plenty of other things too, like vermicelli, dumlings and meal packs.

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They’re big on flavour and easy on the hip pocket, there’s plenty of “biang” for your buck.

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Be a viking @ Mjolner

Back to one of our favourite bars, but this time it’s primarily for a feed. Mjolner is hidden downstairs off the busy Cleveland St Surry Hills, the only thing that gives it away is the 18+ sign out front. Mjolner is a Viking themed bar and restaurant. When we say viking themed, it’s not a tacky themed restaurant. Mjolner has a raw sophisticated Viking thing going on, the venue arranged as though it has come out of a carnivore and whisky lover’s dream.

The restaurant walls are dorned with viking weaponry and relics. The bar displays numerous types of alcohol, mainly whisky. Mjolner also has some of the coolest drinking vessels you will see anywhere. They have a whisky decanter called Mjolner (Thors hammer) and you can enjoy a beer out of a horn. The cutlery is also awesome, choose your weapon/steak knife before the meal. With a range bespoke knives with ornate wood and bone handles presented in a leather knife roll.

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Food wise the Mjolner menu is a great match to the what the space is about. The menu has plenty of rustic and hearty options to choose from and well geared for sharing or group dining.

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As a starting point, the venison tartare, a nicely seasoned raw meat dish served with crisp bread or the grilled butterflied prawns are both great options.

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For mains, there are a few different proteins options, all very viking like and great for sharing; the whole fish or rotisserie grain fed chicken or a 900g rib eye on the bone. The 900g rib eye is a substantial chunk of meat and a great option to share. They appear to use the reverse sear technique, starting it in the oven then finished over the flame grill. This piece of meat topped with rosted bone and a super tasty bone marrow sauce, certainly a great looking and tasty meal.

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Mjolner is a good choice, especially if a good drinks list is high on your agenda. The food is also of a good standard although more suitable to group dining or those that have a big appetite. To top it off the place is just cool, who doesn’t want to drink from a horn or choose a bespoke knife for their meal.

Mjolner

267 Cleveland St, Redfern NSW 2016

https://www.mjolner.com.au/

(02) 8646 4930

 

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Mordeo – in the heart of the CBD

Mordeo. It could be described as a hidden gem, being holed in between some city high rise work buildings off Philip St in the Sydney CBD. However their name is obviously out there and known in the city community, as it was pumping with crowds enjoying a few after work drinks and what looked like an incredible Espresso Martini. They also brew their own beer.

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We were at Mordeo for dinner though, and headed inside to the small bistro area where they have table service for diners. Quite a solid menu, with numerous Italian dishes including some pizzas that were being ordered in the plenty by surrounding diners.

We, however decided to go for some more hearty dishes, the market steak with peppercorn sauce, butterflied prawns with lemon and herbs and a side of broccolini with gremolata.

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We enjoyed all dishes and polished them off in no time. On this occasion we were too full for dessert. But, there’s always next time.

Our waiter/host for the eating, a French man was suitably charismatic and extrememly competent and his job. Orders were taken quickly and food came out without too much wait.

The ambience is sophisticated, yet still casual, the venue is dimly lit has an inviting feel. Outside, the oversized lampshades make for some cool decor.

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We recommend Mordeo for a bistro style Italian dinner or simply a few drinks after work.

We booked our meal through PokitPal. As a customer, all you need to do is download the free app, upload your mastercard details to your app. You can then search through the app, and choose where to drink and dinner. The cash-back percentage varies from venue to venue and is usually around 5-15%. At Mordeo, the discount was 15%. Once you’ve dined and paid, you will notice that percentage has been refunded to your card.

https://www.pokitpal.com/

Mordeo

1/126 Phillip Street, CBD, Sydney, NSW

Mordeo Bistro & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Spring has sprung a new menu @ Auvers cafe Rhodes

We are all excited when Spring turns the corner. Not only becuase there’s less rain (well sometimes), but because there’s beautiful flowers, and of course, new menus at our favourite cafes. Creative dishes with exotic cultural inspirations, there are plenty of options that are out of the box and a twist on your basic breakfast choices.

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New dishes on Auvers’ menu include:

  • Mushroom Valley Pudding – mushroom bread and butter pudding, lentils, cheese, almond and mushroom sauce
  • Heart Of Ocean – twice cooked salmon on a sourdough, pickle fennel and radish, vinegared yolk, lime caviar, nori and grape gazpacho
  • Ox Tail Spaghetti – with crispy kale, sea grape, angel hair chilli, mushroom and cheesy kombu butter.

We tried the new Soft Shell Crab Rice Burger, available for a limited time only. Created collaboratively with @chubbytraveller, it is made with – with crispy kale, roasted tomatoes, vinegared yolk, cripsy lotus and teriyaki bonito hollandaise sauce. The mix of Chinese, Japanese and western inspiration, makes for a super interesting and tasty dish.

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We also had Auvers’ version of the traditional eggs Benedict with a buttery flaky toasted croissant and ham with pulled pork.  Their Hollandaise sauce is a little different, with our well loved ponzu juice and a corn salsa.  In addition to this dish, you will find Onsen eggs (slow cooked at 60 degrees).

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The most loved dish was the Apple Crumble French Toast, served with chestnut, apple ricotta, black sesame crumble on a brioche bun with black sesame tuile. This is throroughly recommened for the sweet tooths out there.

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Drinks wise we had a regular milk based coffee as well as hojicha latte, which is perfect for matcha lovers.

Tasteful trendy decor and a comfortable cafe with classic ambience makes for an enjoyable brunch setting.

Located in Rhodes, close to the shopping centre and public transport, so it’s easy for anyone to visit.

Auvers Cafe, Rhodes
2/42 Walker St, Rhodes Sydney
Phone: (02) 8040 2403
http://www.auverscafe.com.au

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Music, dancing and Burlesque galore. See this show, you’ll be begging for more! @ Wanted + Wild Rock and Roll Follies, the Birdcage.

Whirly bird are at it again, keeping the masses entertained. Their regular Saturday night show at the Birdcage is super popular with all things glitz, glam and Burlesque. Visit the event and receive a glass of champagne and a three course dinner for $89.

Birdcage’s popularity has led to a new Friday night event titled “Wanted + Wild, Rock & Roll Follies”. Whirly Bird was filled with customers ready for a night of variety style entertainment with food, drinks, a live band and tantalizing performances from the Burlesque dancers. At only $34 for the show, purchased through Eventbrite, it is good value for a solid night’s entertainment.

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Photo credit – Ashley Marr

The night was hosted by Porcelain Alice & Diesel Darling. Porcelain Alice a showgirl, burlesque dancer and producer. She demonstrated her skills on the evening with her light hearted nonchalant boganesque crude demeanour and profanities, delivering many laughs. Although not advertised as a comedy show, there are many laughs to be had. She is a seasoned performer with a wealth of credentials and her experience and ability to entrance a crowd was apparent. Dieslel Darling supported the hosting and also performed a routine englfing fire that the crowds on the edge of their seats in addition to her crazy electrical performance.

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The band rolls out the tunes between sets bringing rock classics to the crowd. The band, consisting of Katie Elle Jackson, Scott Page, James Sibbit & Felix Lalanne , perform classics from Alice Cooper, Jimi Hendrix and more. The house band is joined Aussie Rock Legend herself – Christa Hughes , the vocalist of Machine Gun Fellatio. 

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Photo credit – Ashley Marr 

As for the Burlesque, this show had it all and the girls were amazing. Quality performances by Kael, Miss Burlesque NSW 2018 delivering an increible David Bowie routine, Ginger Fox, Miss Burlesque Australia runner up 2015 – performing two sultry routines and Miss Arizona demonstrating some amazing skills on the pole. Kelly Ann Doll’s impressive rockabilly dancing done at a cracking pace with plenty of sensuality in the performance was certainly entertaining. Diesel Darling topped off the show with her use of snakes and outfit with metal grinders spraying sparks throughout her performance.

 

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This show was a real eye opener, it was refreshing to see some exciting live entertainment in Sydney, with all performers putting on a great show. It was great alternative to entertaining yourselves at a bar or staring at the footy on TV at the pub. This show was equally enjoyed by both ladies and gents. If you are looking for something to do and a little different, then we thoroughly recommend this.

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This event was a sell out and they’re coming back for an encore. The next show is due Friday, 16 November 2018 from 21:00-23:30. Get in fast before they sell out! Tickets can be purchased for $30 on eventbrite.com.au  

84 Union St
2009 Pyrmont, New South Wales, Australia

 

 

 

 

Where to Stay on your next visit to Sydney? Novotel Darling Harbour

THE LOCATION:

Last year Sydney clocked in with an average temperature of 19.5 degrees celsius, so it’s practically summer all year round. The harbour panorama lines the main windows of the long walk of through the space of high ceilings and white washed walls and modern simplistic features forming the Ternary. It’s the main entertainment space within the Novotel Darling Harbour.

THE HOTEL:

The experience begins with a smooth check-in, for business travellers, 11 event spaces host a range of formal to casual and cool meetings and events. If you’re on a tight schedule, there’s an express check out kiosk allowing guests to resolve their account in seconds.  For leisure stays, the property boasts an outdoor pool, In-Balance gym and tennis court.

The property offers 441 standard/superior rooms, 72 execute/junior suites and 6 one and two bedroom lofts.  Depending on the season, or time of year, rooms sit comfortably within the city average cost per night AU$311 (USD 211).The property is also affiliated with many travel rewards programs including Qantas Frequent Flyer, Velocity Rewards, One World and Accor Plus among others.

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The Ternary is the premier meeting point where all guests congregate.

THE DRINKS:

A fully stocked bar with a charismatic bartender and a great list of cocktails greets you on the ascent into the main entertainment area.  Signature cocktails have been created by the team of mixologists and bartenders themselves adding to the character of the venue.  It’s where much of its 4.5 star rating is earned with many of the award winning team boasting accolades from hotel group and sponsored competitions.

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On this particular evening, our accommodation includes a complimentary drink, the special of the month which at the time was a coconut pine concoction made for the perfect prelude to an engagement nearby – these alternate each month.   Our previous visits led us to some very easy choices starting with the signatures of Murdoch (Something Different $19) and Mitch (Palpasa $19).  Undertones of sourness in a luscious blend of sweetness.   ‘Something Different’ uses a base of pineapple rippled with sourness from rhubarb bitters, lemon, French herb liquer, Palpasa’ draws the same parallels with a pomegranate base and fresh limes.   Both are gin based.   The familiar faces after many visits here is what brings the feel of it being ‘your local’ and is just as much a destination for residents as it is for visitors in transit.   Service and personable service from Eric and Anna as they embody the essence of The Ternary. Barman, Hakan personally serves us his signature, called Skal! ($19). The sweetness of butterscotch schnapps layered with caramel and pear, offset with licorice flavored bitters of anise.   Using a Swedish Absolute vodka, Hakan explains the inspiration to this cocktail pays homage to his Nordic heritage.  You will find fascinating stories like that not only in the drinks menu, but throughout the bar and dinner menus which are a breeding ground for creative expression from all levels of the kitchen and bar.

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THE ASIAN KITCHEN &  GRILL:

At dinner time, you can order A’la carte from the Asian Wok Menu or plenty of options from the grill. The Ternary also does a degustation menu which regularly changes and are part of their event and drink pairings.  Check their event page for upcoming events.   You can read about our previous visit to the asian kitchen and grill with Chef Lukas and Chef Robin here (https://thewhereto.com/2018/08/08/where-to-experience-world-class-harbour-dining-this-winter/)

THE BUSINESS FACILITIES:

Our selection for the ultimate working lunch called for a trial of the entire bar snack menu which is available all day.   A number of conference and meetings spaces to choose from, the main area offers charging points and comfortable booth seating or high stools for a casual meeting. It’s also great for a catch up with family and friends.   Wi-Fi, print, phone services are available.

THE FOOD:

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The Ternary club sandwich was a beast of a sandwich ($22) – double layered with bacon, lettuce, grilled chicken breast, fried egg and cheddar cheese on sourdough with a side of fries.

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The traditional Caesar salad ($19) –  which may be less traditional than you might think with pancetta, cos lettuce, and grana parmesan cheese. You can add chicken or prawns and we topped ours with the chicken.

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The Moroccan tagine ($20) was perfect as a vegetarian dish with zucchini, carrot,  chickpea, herbed tomato sauce and sourdough to mop up the sauce. It is topped with labneh. You can order this dish san labneh and it is a vegan option.

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Chicken dim sim with ginger and shallot chutney is good for a shared snack (or have it all to yourself)

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Pumpkin and spinach arancini ($16) – another perfect vegetarian dish.

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BBQ spiced chicken wings are a great snack if you’re at the Ternary for a few after work drinks.

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Whilst we were too full for dessert on this occasion, we certainly come back to try some, in particular, the coconut crème brulee.

THE DESTINATION:

There’s a certain uniqueness in comparison to nearby hotels that can sometimes have a clinical or impersonal feel to them, not only in the service and experience but in the way the selection that’s presented to you as you open the menu is tied to every person working the floor and pass.  It’s an ideal venue for business and leisure.

The Ternary  / Novotel Darling Harbour
100 Murray Street
Pyrmont  NSW  2009

FOOD & DRINKS MENU:

https://www.theternary.com.au/en/eat-drink.html

BUSINESS MEETING ROOMS:

https://www.novoteldarlingharbour.com.au/meeting-rooms/floorplans-en.html

PRIVATE FUNCTIONS:

http://media.theternary.com.au/d/ternary/media/TheTernary-Events-Package-Room-Refresh.pdf

Photo Credits: La Tessa Photography

http://www.latessaphotography.com/

Co-Written by Sarah Charles & Joseph Lloyd

Where to go for a casual catch up with mates @ Howard’s Cantina

It’s been just over a year since Howard’s Cantina first launched their bar and fine dining space on the upper levels of the Rose of Australia. There has been a few changes to the menu since then, but the charm we remember is still there.

Howard’s Cantina is a cool spot named after the patriarch of the Leach family who have been at the helm of the Rose for over 20 years.  It’s now under the leadership of son, Scott.  Tactful accentuation with art pieces and minimal work has been done to the space allowing the brickwork and fireplace to emanate the 86 year old history this art deco building has with the community.  Greenery creates a whimsical setting reserved for the fine dining area which is cleverly sectioned within the main relaxed areas of the cocktail bar.   Long share tables, casual stools and outdoor settees fill the main area that were entertaining a number of large group functions at the time of our visit.

The culinary prowess of Executive Chef Chris Bell shines through with some elegant deconstructed desserts and modern fusion flavor bombs that have creeped in from the fancy dining side of Howard’s menu.   It’s quite interesting as there are two very different experiences on offer here with very distinct menus.

Their grill items are very reasonably priced. Ranging from $15 (T-Bone Steak) to $28 (Rump & Sirloin), add-ons start from $4, mac & cheese ($5) or 3 prawns to surf your turf ($8).   For families the kids menu per dish ranges from $6-$8.

Soft Shell Tacos are packed with filling (2 for $10 / 3 for $15).   With 5 options to choose from the assembly of Japanese / asian ingredients piqued our interest. The tuna filling is cured in sesame oil adding a soft nuttiness to the fish.  This base allows for quite an interesting flavour symphony with red onion pickling offset by the iceberg crunch.  A wasabi aioli binds it all together evoking a sense of freshness which will appeal over the coming summer.

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The house ribs are still there thank goodness (Half Rack $20).   Nothing unnecessarily over the top, just simple seasoning and fall off the bone smoking, having absorbed the simple flavors of lemon olive oil, chill and oregano win us over every time.

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The Rajun Cajun Burger ($17) consists of a 100% angus beef patty, pickled jalapenos, house smoked jalapeños, cheddar cheese, tomato, cheese, lettuce, chipotle aioli.  Serious burger lovers should instead aim for the Tripple Bypass ($22) – Three 100% angus beef patties, three rashers of bacon, swiss cheese, cheddar cheese, stuffed with onion rings, pickled zucchini, cheese goo, rose secret sauce.

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The Meringue Dessert ($13) is an art sculpture of whipped vanilla cream, anise poached pear and fresh mint. Such a delicate sweetness that’s put together here.

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The great thing about their menu is the versatility in design.   The hero protein or vegetable is easily accessorised with a wide range of add-ons to suit your personal taste and a strong selection of share plates are very generously portioned.  It’s also worth noting that there is no minimum spend or function room hire fee for their private spaces for groups smaller than 40.

Function Spaces:
https://www.roseofaustralia.com.au/functions.html

Vineyard: 32 people
Rose Garden: 36 people
Terrace: 30 people
Howards Bar: 34 people
Semi Private Dining: 14 people

Howard’s Cantina

Location:
1 Swanson Street, Erskineville NSW 2043

Phone: (02) 9565 1441

Contributor: Joseph Lloyd

 

Family friendly @ The Beach House Maroubra

The Beach house is located on the main strip (Marine Parade) at Maroubra Beach. It is a large cafe, with it’s decor fitting of the theme – with surf pics and boards adorning the walls and rustic furniture.

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It has a casual and relaxed vibe and perfect for you to take the kids, with a play section out the back as well as some outdoor seating.

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Offering brunch, lunch and dinner, you can visit anytime. There a bar at the front and also pizza and beer deals to get those crowds in.

We visited with friends who have kids for brunch on a weekday and it was good as whilst we sat and chatted, the kids amused themselves in the play area. Genius. We ordered some coffees, tea and babycinos as well as some food. The menu has a good mix of healthy and indulgent options to select from.

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We went for a porridge (which isn’t on their online menu), but a dish we really enjoyed. Made with oats and topped with poached pears, it was super flavoursome and filling.

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We also tried poached eggs with tomatoes and I ordered a side of spinach which was presented nicely on some really good, fresh bread!

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Other options include an acai bowl, shakshuka, buttermilk pancakes and smashed avo to name a few.

Good for a casual meal in a relaxed environment.

Staff were efficient, hospitable and eager to help.

Beach House

198-202 Marine Parade, Maroubra Beach

 

Comfort food @Broadway Crown

Broadway on Crown is a pub and dining space which can be found in the busy area of Broadway, Chippendale.

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Only a stones throw from Broadway shopping centre, Chippendale precinct, Sydney University and the CBD, you will find this place buzzing with crowds. Uni students and young people enjoying an after work drink and the food and drinks menu caters to this crowd well. 

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The pub has a large bar with fully stocked drinks and special cocktails. There are plenty of interesting cocktail concoctions. We tried the ‘White Chocolate Passionfruit’ of Passionfruit Syrup, cake infused vodka topped with white chocolate drops. We loved the sweetness to this drink – a must for dessert lovers.

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We also had the light and refreshing ‘Vera Green’ and you can recharge with the fresh cucumber, aloe Vera, gin and limoncello.

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On the menu is the ever popular ‘Fairy Floss Martini’ made with Raspberry and Vodka and topped with Rose Fairy Floss. There is also the ‘Smashin Passion’ – Amaretto and Rum & Passionfruit  & a ‘Blood Orange Margarita’ – a zesty twist on your favourite – 100 % Agave Tequilla, Vanilla and Blood Orange Syrup. 

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Broadway on Crown also has your regular favourites such as espresso martini’s, aperol spritz, mojito, negronis and the much loved old fashioned.

The cocktails are reasonably priced at $16 or if you can get in for happy hour on Monday -Friday from 4-7pm, the cocktails are reduced to $12. 

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Food wise, the menu is packed with crowd pleasers like chicken wings, wedges, pizzas, burgers, pastas and schnitzels! Your ultimate comfort food and the perfect food to accompany a night of drinks!

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We tried the fried cauliflower starter and a different take on the chicken parmigiana – a huge chicken schnitzel topped with chorizo, melted cheese and hash browns! We managed to defeat it extremely satisfied by the end! We appreciated the side salad of rocket, cabbage and tomato as well as roast veggies. 

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We also enjoyed a grain fed sirloin steak (250g) with thick fries and side salad.

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Probably one of the more quality steaks we’ve had in a pub. 

This pub hosts events and set menus from $39 pizza parties – $49 sit down meals – book online for events like Melbourne cup!

On Mondays, $21 for a Parmy and a pour (425 ml schooner if cricketers arms) and there’s plenty of other deals so check out their website. 

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Clever and creative dishes @ at_neutral

Tipped off by a fellow foodie and coffee lover @sakinav, we decided to meet for brunch in Neutral Bay. The area is a hub of places to eat and thus its tough as a new addition to the scene. However, we’re sure at_neutral will have no trouble, with their creative and culinary flair added to each dish. Here, you won’t find your typical eggs on toast with a side of bacon nor fairy floss atop your pancakes, rather some very sophisticated brunch options.

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Its decor is clean and stylish with grey and wooden tones, geometric tiles and greenery. We sat on a table outside to enjoy the sunshine and take in all the action of the cafe. If you’re planning on paying a visit, get in early as it has already become popular.

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Staff are on their game, despite it being their first cafe venture. They’re all super friendly and efficient. We begin with coffees, and they use Gabriel’s, one we do quite like.

After perusing the menu, we are stuck on what to order, with all options looking extremely enticing. Whilst the banana bread with honeycomb butter was calling our name, we slected a few larger dishes to share.

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The apple and coconut chilled oats, with house made granola, seasonal fruit and rhubarb consomme was a lovely healthy dish and beautifully presented, with the consomme served in a small jar to pour at your leisure.

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If you’re into the cool healthy options, the cacao infused chia would also be a good choice.

We then had the mushrooms atop a carrot and cardamon puree at incredibly amazing bread, served with spiced blacberry. We could not fault this in any way. It would certainly be a dish to re-order.

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One cannot go without ordering truffle scrumbled eggs, served on the same amazing bread and presented with greens. Aesthetically appealing and stomach satisfying.

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We’re always fans of ordering healthy options where possible, and the poached chicken salad with puffed rice, quinoa, soft herbs, greends, tomato and radish with an edamame pesto was light and refreshing, whilst also being extremely tasty.

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If you’re bringing the family, there’s options for children too and a number of solid toasties for the bigger eaters.

We recommend this cafe for those who like brunch options that are a bit more interesting than your run of the mill cafe.

Find them on Instagram @at_neutral

Located at 9 Rangers Road, Neutral Bay, NSW