Arthur’s Pizza – Maroubra

Arthur’s pizza is one of those staple Italian joints – your local where you can call up for that Friday night pizza when you can’t be bothered cooking (or on any night really) and you can always guarantee it’s tasty. They’ve been in the business for over 30 years.

Beginning in the 1970’z, they offered alternatives to the regular cheese and tomato options, they soon became popular with their creative flavour combinations. They’ve have continued to grow, and now have stores in a number of locations: Randwick, Paddington and now also Bexley, Maroubra, Glebe and Rosebery.

Arthur’s stores have a family atmosphere and super casual which makes it a comfortable place to socialise. That, in combination with reasonable prices makes for a good eat in or takeaway option.

We visited in a group so were able to sample a variety of things from the menu including entrees, pizza, pasta and salads.

Entree wise, we ate the saucy meatballs and garlic prawns – these were cooked and served in thick tomato type sauce so a lot of the flavour was retained.

Pizzas come in different sizes; small, medium, large and family. There’s plenty of flavour combinations, but you can pay a little extra if you want any additions. There’s also Gluten free options.

We had the following pizzas – all really good choices!

Campollo: Chicken Fillet, Semi-Dried Tomato, Red Onion, Camembert, Basil

Sassri: Lamb Fillets, Fetta Cheese, Red Onions, Sweet Potato, Mint

Nitro: Pepperoni, Onions, Capsicum, Bacon, Chilli

In addition, we enjoyed the creamy Bosciola pasta with bacon and mushroom and well as the super flavour some mushroom risotto.

With so many delicious carbs, we needed some salads to balance out or lunch and we tried the Greek salad and also a lovely rocket and Parmesan one too.

By the end of this we were super food but did a great job finishing it off. Unfortunately we were too full for dessert, but if you’re not, Nutella pizza or tiramisu would be my pick!

Arthur’s Pizza

35 McKeon St
Maroubra 2035

Phone: (02) 9315 5220

Thank you to weekendfoodesscapes and ompty for the invitation to dine.

Traditional Turkish with a modern twist @ Turka, Crows Nest

The dining scene in Crows Nest has continued to improve over the last couple of years, so much so that it could possibly be considered the dining hub of the Northern Suburbs. You will find a great deal of variety in the area and many quality restaurants to choose from. On this occasion we are visiting Turka – a Turkish restaurant which occupies a prime corner location. Kitted out to theme with Turkish lamps and furnishings. Described a mezze bar, it is essentially a modern Turkish bar and restaurant selling breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant aims to bring the flavours and delights of Turkish cuisine with a modern twist to Australia.

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This is a licensed venue with a unique cocktail list beer, and wine including turkish varieties. We sip on a cocktail as we contemplate what to eat. We were dining in a group with foodie friends Spooning Australia and Sinsydney. dishes here are designed to share and with so much choice a banquet was our best bet.

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We first receive a mezze platter with a range of appetisers including dips such as hummus, cacik (the traditional garlic yoghurt), Zeytin ezme (green olive with fetta), Kuru domates ezmesi (sundried tomato) and kozlenmis kirmizi biber (smoked red capsicum). They were all beautiful and freshly prepared but our favourite had to be the green olive. This came with s basket of breads as well as olives, pickled vegetables, artichoke hearts, green beans, stuffed vine leaves and marinated capsicum. We polished this off in no time, but be careful to leave room for the next course!

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We then tried a spread full of the hot mezze including tiger prawns, Gallo uni, falafels, marinated chicken and lamb. We also ate this with a huge salad. It was all delicious and they gave extremely generous servings.

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For $39 pp, the tasting menu is a great option if you’re not quite sure where to start. There’s plenty of sides as well as a kids menu, so the whole family can go!

We couldn’t go past dessert, which was their original knafeh, baklava and Turkish tea and this was an absolute must order.

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The staff are extremely proud of their business, as they should be. They are very hospitable, in particular the owner Alex Buharali for the great hospitality. The staff do their best to provide a great dining experience.

Thanks to Jason from Spooning Australia for arranging and Ompty media for the inviation to dine.

TURKA – Cafe | Meze | Bar

https://turka.com.au/

4-6 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest, New South Wales 2065, Australia

02 8592 1267

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Cool neighbourhood café in Surry Hills @Pablo’s Vice

IMG_7549Pablo’s Vice is a bargain gem and one of the oldest continuous running cafes in Surry Hills. The cafe began as a refreshment store, before espresso was a thing in Sydney. Pablo’s Vice has continued to offer honest and comforting Australian food, along with the ever popular daily coffee. This joint is literally a hole in the wall with counter and stools out front as well as some tables and benches fixed to the front wall and a few inside as well. It is a great spot to hang, with plenty of action on the street to keep you occupied there is also some cool street art surrounding this cafe. The friendly staff Saf and Mustaf were absolutely delightful and really made our visit enjoyable!

They have kept it going with extremely reasonable prices (only $8.00 a burger), and quite possible the cheapest I’ve seen in Surry Hills! Pablo’s Vice also offer all day breakfast until 2pm with many of your favourites like muesli, banana bread, bacon and egg rolls or smashed avo, as well as haloumi and salmon stacks. We visited for lunch and were impressed to see a variety of vegan options catering for the local crowd. A summer vegan salad or guilt free vegan burger with a spiced chickpea and cauliflower pattie or a vegetarian haloumi burger. They all sounded appealing. However, it was hard to turn down Pablo’s Beef Burger; a quality burger at a great price. The burger was super tasty and was loaded with quality ingredients including a seasoned organic beef patty with caramelised onion, melted American cheddar cheese, maple bacon, sweet gherkin pickles, iceberg lettuce, aioli and tomato relish on a milk bun. Alongside your burger, you can also get tempura zucchini chips, homemade onion rings, or sweet potato fries.

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The honey mustard chicken bowl is extremely popular. Unfortunately they had sold out of chicken. We instead went for a breakfast option, getting farmer Jo’s muesli (the burnt fig and almonds, dipped in honey and rolled in cinnamon) with strawberries, bananas, honey and Greek yoghurt.

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Pablo’s Vice is perfect for taking in the local vibe and they are also a licensed venue. With quality beer and wine on their list, you will be hard pressed finding a cheaper option in the area. Enjoy your drink with their antipasto platter.

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At $8.00 for 1-2 people or $14.00 for 3-4, it’s perfect for a leisurely brunch without breaking the bank. Saf, the barista offered us to try his specially made berry mojito and of course we took up that offer!

If you’re not up for drinking, they serve Campos coffee, T2 tea, milkshakes, smoothies and Capi Mineral water. We really enjoyed our latte and chai latte as well.

An absolute bargain gem, perfect if you are looking for somewhere casual to hang out, have drink and a bite to eat. A big thanks to Ompty Media for introducing us to this great little café.

Pablos Vice

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Continuing to impress – New Christmas menu @Meet Mica

 

Meet Mica is our top café pick for 2017,  with tasty innovative cafe items on the menu which that also display fine dining technique. What a better way to celebrate than popping by for another visit, this time to sample the new Christmas menu – for a limited time only!

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The décor remains the same, and why would this change when it is simply sophisticated. Using the same coffee, (little Marionette), which we love,  but there are some new innovative and just as delicious items on the menu, just in time for Christmas!
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Not only do all of these new items display amazing technique and presentation, they are also ridiculously tasty. We had four dishes and loved every one of them. 
Meet mica have tweaked one of our favourite breakfast dishes, making it more appealing for the masses. The brioche lava french toast, ordinarily a matcha flavor has had a change! Spoiler alert, their new version now it is a salted caramel sauce inside a thick charcoal brioche and is served with a condensed milk foam and seasonal fruit. OMFG are you kidding me, amazing!! Although I do miss that viscous condensed milk syrup of the original, this meets the mark and Sarah’s new favourite.
There is also mango sushi, made up of black sticky rice, topped with finely sliced mango and strawberry and served with a coconut foam and popping candy, a fun and playful dish which perfectly suits it being Christmas.
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All sweet so far, however to mix it up they have added the matcha-soba tree salad. A tasty combination of cha-soba, rocket, duck breast, onion, cherry tomatoes and cheddar snow. A fresh and healthy dish, popping with colour and very pleasing to the palate.
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Back to sweet and left until last as this is the piece de resistance to the visit. A dish called snow mountain, a breakfast item comparable to a bombe alaska. This show stopper arrives at the table, a little white mountain of yoghurt foam topped with some glimmering gold leaf. There are many layers to this dish, inside is a raspberry sorbet dome atop of matcha sponge cake and it is served with a little mound of matcha crumb. An amazing breakfast option, that is innovative, with fine dining technique on display.
We are again impressed with what is being served up by Meet Mica. Be sure to stop by to sample their new menu items that are being served for a limited time.
Thank you to Meet Mica and Ompty for the invitation to revisit.

Hawker Style @ Kreta Ayer

Kreta Ayer Restaurant is great for Singaporean Cuisine. Even better, they have a number of locations around Sydney. Whether you are after something quick and tasty like roti canai or a laska or if you are after a seafood feast or one of Singapores most famous dishes the Singapore chilli mud crab, Kreta Ayer has you sorted.

We were welcomed and served by the wonderful staff. We were dining in a group and indulged in a variety of Singaporean delights from the menu. We were told that the seafood was sourced fresh and decided to test the waters. We ordered the Singapore Chilli Crab and as per tradition, the live Mud crab was paraded at the table.

To start the ginger and shallot scallops were sweet and yummy. To mix it up we also ordered a Singaporean favourite, the roti canai, the stir fry noodles Char Kway Teow and the hawker style cereal prawns all of these taking us back to our recent visit to Singapore.

What came next was the piece de resistance, the whole steamed coral trout which was literally melt in your mouth. This was followed by the amazing Singapore Chilli mud crab. The crab beautifully cooked and served in the mouth watering sauce with the mantou buns to soak up the sauce.

For dessert we shared the soybean curd a simple dessert, add sugar cane syrup to taste. We also shared an Ice kachang which is always a favourite, a randomly delicious mix of shaved ice, multicoloured syrup, red bean, corn, conensed milk and jelly.
We love this place for our Singaporean Hawker style food fix. Thanks to the staff of Kreta Ayer for an amazing meal and hospitality. Thanks to Ompty for arranging the visit.

https://www.chatswoodchasesydney.com.au/stores/kreta-ayer/

http://ompty.com/

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