December 23, 2012

Le Bon Choix | Paddington

Bamboleo - Mixed Fusion of Mango Mousse, passion fruit and banana jelly
As i've blogged about this place before in the city store, i'm a fan of the cakes from here - not so much the pastry; only because i haven't tried much of it other than the Almond Croissant (which really does live up to recommendations from people!) I shared this beautiful tasty cake with C over at the new Le Bon Choix store in Paddington! The location of this store is in a really nice high ceiling building just off a corner, the interior is bright and victorian like and really reminds me of Laurent Patisserie in Melbourne!

This cake has moved up and i believe is on par with my favourite green passionfruit cake (L'esperance) from here. Although it says banana jelly - you honestly cannot taste much of it, much of the cakes flavour is the delicious mango flavour!! i think the highlight of this cake is the crunchy macadamia base this cake is sitting on! honestly, an awesome combination! sweet and nutty! Again although this is a sweet cake, it isn't sickingly sweet at all, rather it is refreshing! I sincerely hope that this cake isn' a seasonal sort of cake because i would appreciate this cake all year around!

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December 22, 2012

Sassafras Fine Foods | Paddington

Pesto Greens, Scrambled Eggs & Haloumi with roasted vine tomatoes on toasted turkish bread
plenty of pesto greens 
artsy table numbers given when you order..
a peak of the display of food...
Eggs Benedict with Salmon

Ventured out to Paddington today with C; we actually went there to check out all the antique-y stores - had such a blast looking at everything! The Vinnies there is pretty awesome and the great second hand stores - i didn't find anything to buy but it was just really fun finding cameras, records, clothes and odd bits and pieces! 

So in Paddington i guess this was the second place we past and just decided to eat here - i admit, this has been on my 'To Conquer' list - but just never got a chance to come out this way, and, i never knew where it was in Paddington - so by pure luck today we just past it and decided this is the place for brunch!

The interior of this place reminds me a lot of the Gunshop Cafe - however less organised and more of a 'disarray' style with wooden tables, wooden mismatched chairs and the 'impression' that it is a small cafe - when in fact in spills out into the back where more seats are found. When you first enter you are pretty much greeted with the display cabinet of various salads, sandwiches, muffins, quiches and various food items - again, like The Burrow, Sanitarium Kitchen and Comfort at my Table - you order take your number and then the food comes out. If anything the first thing it reminded me of was like a health food deli of some sort! I ordered the Pesto Greens, scrambled eggs and haloumi and C ordered the Eggs Benedict - we also ordered a fresh juice each; in which we both agreed were pretty fantastic - cold and refreshing - especially on a day as humid as today!

Loved the Pesto Greens and scrambled eggs - it was absolutely delicious - the eggs were soft and buttery and the pesto greens were still crunchy but soft at the same time - the greens consisted of beans, thinly sliced cucumbers and wilted spinach riddled with a generous amount of pesto. As ordinary as it sounds these greens and eggs complimented so well with the haloumi and sides of roasted vine tomatoes it was served with! I even have no complaints about the toasted and buttered turkish bread it was served on (as i usually do!). The servings are substantial so its not a breakfast you walk away still feeling hungry! The Eggs Benedict though quite deceivingly appearing 'small' on the plate - the amount of sauce and salmon it came with was very surprising - i couldn't help but notice the salmon just never seemed to end when C was digging into it! 

This place is definitely a popular place in Paddington for breakfast/brunch/lunch - literally as wel sat down a que formed at the 'counter' to order!

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December 18, 2012

Aquila | Brisbane CBD

Fussili pasta with sundried tomatos, olives, peas, fetta cheese, grated parmesan cheese and red onions.
**didn't bring my camera again T_T i really should invest in a smaller camera... but gah size vs quality of dslr? it just cannot compare for me!

Had lunch with S at Aquila yesterday on Monday - i arrived early and i guess this place is the go to for white collared workers in the City! i felt slightly awkward as i was trying to dignify myself in my skinnies and tshirt (whilst sweltering in the heat) as i walked through to sit myself surround by people all suited up. Felt like i should have yelled out I STUDIED PHARMACY OKAY?! I GRADUATED WITH A DEGREE AT THE AGE OF 21!!!!@!#! just to justify why i was so casually dressed and at a cafe surrounded by well groomed peoples - haha; i kid. I think on any other day i might have cared but at the point when i arrived i just wanted to sit down and have an icy cold drink - i cannot tolerate heat: i don't like summer! 

Apparently coffee here is better than Campos coffee - i'm not a coffee fanatic but there was nothing about this coffee i didn't like - i had my latte over ice and it was pretty fantastic (because it was friggin hot and this icy cold caffeinated beverage was godsend to me). We both ordered the same dish ^ A really simple pasta dish which i felt was perfect for lunch, filling but not too heavy on the stomach. The pasta shape is nothing i've seen before even though it is 'Fussili' which is pretty common shape.. so i can only assume that it is homemade(?). Although the pasta is lacking in sauce, the saltiness of the olives and cheese makes up for flavour; along with the flavour from the sundried tomatos! It's the simple ingredients mixed into this pasta dish which makes it so tasty - the ingredients aren't overwhelmed by sauce so you can actually taste, the cheese, tomato, peas and olives separately!  I know after seeing the pizza and salads being served to other customers that i will definitely be back to have lunch here!

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December 17, 2012

Scuzi | Chermside

big breakfast - bacon, scrambled eggs, tomato, mushrooms, sausage, hashbrown and toasted bread
chorizo, cheese, tomato omellete with toasted bread
Eating here was very impromptu! (hence why photos are actually from my phone #sadface) Initially Blue Moon Hotel was on the go for breakfast, but unfortunately they didn't do an all day breakfast, hence while we were at Chermside Shopping Centre, we were recommended that this place does (it was around 2pm when we decided to eat :P - most places would have closed the kitchen by now!)

To be honest i probably wouldn't have batted an eye at this place, a) it's in a shopping centre and i don't frequent Chermside that much and b) I would have lumped this place in with all the other 'Fast Food' joints at Chermside - So after our food came out, i was surprised at the substantial size of the servings; my omellete took up half my plate - and what i might have thought to be a 'plain' looking omellete i was really surprised when i had my first bite; it was filled with cheese as well as chorizo and tomato! They were pretty generous with the chorizos as well which is a plus for me! I have to admit, the cheese did get a bit overwhelming so i didn't end up finishing the whole of the omellete; after you hit the half way point.. you sort of start eating on the edges to avoid the cheese... needless to say, the bread also remained untouched. The same goes for the big breakfast S ordered - substantially generous in serving; and again her order is the usual 'traditional' bacon and eggs - definitely can't go wrong there!

^Would recommend this for the 'big eaters' out there; you won't be disappointed (but in having said that i don't know the portion sizes of their other food items!)

I think our impromptu choice was definitely a success! I can't find fault with the food or service here - it's just that i wouldn't have thought to have breakfast in a shopping centre of all places! a very pleasant surprise and what makes the place more attractive is the fact that it is decent food, decent price, and the fact that it is an 'all day breakfast menu' ! I'm surprised i haven't caught wind of this place earlier!

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December 10, 2012

Sanitarium Kitchen | Brisbane CBD

Lentil & Five Bean Chilli
Homemade Gnocchi 
Love the packaging of this water! - as it is also a takeaway place, there is plenty of bottled drinks, fresh fruit, greek yoghurt with muesli/fruit to takeaway as well as a large variety of salads/sandwiches on display!

Lunch with The Fatty today. Tried something different and bought along my canon ae-1 (film camera) instead of my digital slr today :)

Absolutely enjoyed having lunch here! Healthy lunches, yet not compromising for taste! I had the Lentil & Five Bean Chilli with guacamole and baked tortilla, this is pretty much like a vegetarian version of a 'savoury mince' - i really really enjoyed the crispy tortilla that it was served with, the last couple of times  was a bit disappointed by soggy tortillas that came with the mince dishes - so i was pretty happy when this came out warm and crispy! The dish is very substantial and has a really nice chunky texture (if that makes sense!) It's also served with guacamole, in a sense it felt like i was eating a really healthy (and delicious) version of nachos with guacamole and tomato etc.  

I have to say this time.. the fatty did a good job on choosing what he did, and i admit; i enjoyed his more than mine! The Gnocchi was so good! You can definitely tell it i homemade, the gnocchi is made towards the 'bigger' and chunkier sort of style but it is soft, dense and full of flavour. That goes the same with the artichokes that was in the dish! Garlic-y and juicy! It's also served with fetta, spinach and broad beans, so you get a bit of variety there. I personally couldn't find much to fault with this dish, however the fatty did mention that there weren't too many pieces of gnocchi, but i suppose the 'size ' of the gnocchi sort of makes up for the amount that's there.

This place is quite busy around lunch time, with queues for take-away salad and people lining up to be seated (it's a dine in or takeaway place) - i should also mention this isn't a table service place, similar to The Burrow - as i've mentioned before, you order and pay then sit down and food comes out. The service is quite prompt as well so you aren't left waiting long for food. The menu is quite flexible in that it indicates beside each dish whether it is vegan, gluten free, nut free, superfood, or has a low glycemic index - something which not many cafes/restaurants will do. It definitely makes it easier for the common person without having to question every single dish! Another thing i did wish i tried today was the fresh juice or smoothies! I was regrettably eyeing someone else's .... 

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December 3, 2012

Le Bon Choix | Brisbane CBD

Almond Croissant
coconut mousse with passionfruit jelly centre and chocolate pearls
this cake is riddled with 'chocolate pearls'
Today was one of those days where i found myself with time left over i suppose - it was also a rare chance for me to just not have to do anything, or rather, not want to do anything! HC would probably refer to it as a Sloth Day. Hence, i decided a visit to Le Bon Choix, a small patisserie in the city. I've actually been here a number of times before and have tried all the cakes on the menu (except for the strawberry - because i don't like strawberry cream flavoured stuff) - but all of those time i just didn't bring my dslr for photos - yes, camera photos just don't cut it for me - high standards and expectations okay? :P I KID. Its just that the purpose of a food blog is to show nice & enticing photos for the viewer you know? well that's what i'd like to (and expect) to see anyway....

My all time favourite here would be the L'esperance - the main flavour in this cake is the passionfruit. I mean, it does say 'coconut mousse' as a centre (info from their site) but you can't taste too much of it. I guess the main stand out point for me is that it has a really light and refreshing flavour - the cake being sweet, but not so sweet that you can't finish it - its actually the kind of sweetness that makes you want to have more! For the chocolate lovers, the inside of the cake is actually also riddled with crunchy chocolate pearl balls which adds to the overall taste of the cake - the tangy passionfruit, smooth cream mousse coupled with chocolate pearl balls - it really adds that bit of crunch! All the cakes here are pretty delicious, but i find myself always coming back to this one because it's not a heavy or too sweet sort of cake.. if you want the more 'sweeter' ones, i would recommend the 'Miroula'.

 I also had the Almond Croissant today - whenever i come here i never order anything else but the cakes.. i guess because that is what it's more popular for... but i have to admit i have heard from a few people recommend the almond croissant. This croissant is surprisingly more on the sweeter side. I did finished the whole pastry but i couldn't have done it without the help of a few sips of coffee... while it's obvious the outside of the croissant is toppled with sliced almonds, it's the inside which really surprised me; the inside is actually filled with an almondy paste(?) - or a paste of some kind! it was sort of hard to tell because i guess the overall pastry was sweet... I really did enjoy it, but, i probably wouldn't have finished it without the help of coffee!

This and Choquette are probably my top two patisseries i enjoy, but in having said that i haven't really tried too many! Banneton in New Farm i've been to but it isn't really comparable, i guess firstly it's more Savoury baked good rather than cakes, they have sweet pastries there as well, but compared to Le Bon Choix and Chouquette, i found the flavours at Banneton a bit more on the 'sweeter-heavier' side where a coffee is a must if you order anything!

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November 18, 2012

Mizu | Teneriffe [Newstead/New Farm]

Maguro Tataki -
seared fresh tuna slices, daikon and salad mix with ponzu sesame dressing
Wagyu Tataki -
 seared wagyu beef slices served with house made ponzu sauce and yuzu paste
Sashimi (small)
Special - Ramen Salad

Buri Shioyaki - grilled sea salt flavored fresh kingfish, soba, wild rocket, carrot  and walnuts salad, wasabi lime mayonnaise, topped with salmon caviar
Sea Bass Saikoyaki -
grilled miso marinated Australian sea bass, fried eggplant & zucchini with saikyo miso sauce, topped with wild rocket  and crispy julianne salad
**Teneriffe/Newstead/New Farm - depends on who you ask/locals i'm sure it'll be one of these. According to google maps it is Newstead - but is also referred to as Teneriffe now that it is a recognised suburb and if you're lazy like me, i just sort of refer to the whole general area as New Farm along the river - lol.

The Fatty and I dined here for dinner Saturday night. Unexpectedly we scored a table without making a reservation (but we were told we the next reservation would arrive at 730 - so we had about 45 mins to eat which was plenty of time - well for us anyway - and the food didn't take long to come out as well!). The last few times i tried to eat eat here it was either closed or fully booked. Again this is one of the places i always go pass but never tried.

The choices on the Menu is more traditional Japanese rather than fusion. The Maguro Tataki is my absolute favourite dish out of everything we ordered. I could eat plates of this! Loved the tenderness and the ponzo dressing from the salad that it was drenched in!! It's the perfect dish for a warm summer night! I really thought i would enjoy the wagyu tataki more though.. but the slices were just a bit too tough for my liking. The sashimi was still good, but it didn't have the 'wow-factor' which makes you have a preference over other sashimi... I really enjoyed the Buri Shioyaki, but i found that some parts of the fish was a little bit dry(?) not sure if it's supposed to be like that? Loved the soba salad it came with - again somehow because the flavours in all the dishes we chose just had a light and fresh feel to it, perfect meals for summer! Not too sure about how i feel about the Sea Bass though... the way it was cooked was perfect - the fish was really warm and tender, however personally i'm sort of undecided on the flavour of sea bass.. i don't dislike it, but i also don't like it either! Maybe it's an acquired taste over time.. (definitely doesn't taste like other fish to me!). 

 Compared to other Japanese restaurants (ie: Sono & Sake) i've been to, this one definitely has more of a 'home-y/traditional' taste/feel to it. This place has been blogged mostly about their traditional breakfasts, so a re-visit is definitely on the tables!

Hm. I did enjoy the food here - that is i really enjoyed the Maguro Tataki - however i'm still sitting in the middle about this place. (but definitely leaning towards the like rather than dislike scale!!)

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November 10, 2012

Brisbane Food & Wine Show | Brisbane Convention Centre

actual apples! they're not from the tin!
Went to the Food and Wine show at the Brisbane convention centre today; and if you are wondering where all the photos are well i couldn't do the whole food taking thing - when you're walking around trying samples of everything, with people bustling and pushing around to also get there share of food, and also trying to look at every single stall making sure you don't miss out on anything; you just really can't stop and snap appropriately! I did manage to get a few pictures of the cakes we had - they were amazing. S had the Pistachio and I had the Apple Crumble Cake - I love it when you can actually 'see' the actual main ingredient on a cake - the fact it taste like an actual pistachio cake and you can see pistachios! Same goes for the Apple crumble. They're actual fresh apples and not from the tin, you can definitely taste the difference as soon as you bite into it as well as see it!

Stuff we tried: beef jerky, different chilli dips, cheese, fresh made bread and pizza, various olives, duck, noodles, pasta, smoothies, german sausage, various ciders, wine, different flavoured liqueurs - white chocolate, caffe, fruity ones, jaffa flavoured etc and  blue champagne. We covered pretty much everything we could get.. not to mention we also managed to get a picture with George from Masterchef :D

November 5, 2012

Comfort at My Table | Milton

One Pan Fry Up - cheese kransky, bacon,  roasted chats, thyme mushrooms, 1 fried egg, spinach, farmhouse chutney, seeded mustard, toasted rye
Savoury Mince - a nod to tex mex, corn tortillas,  poached eggs, avocado, coriander & fennel seed yoghurt and grilled lemon (also asked for extra mushrooms!)
Comfort at my Table - named rightly so. It has a girly, home-ish, feel to it when you first see it; it has the flowers, a few vintagey looking tables for 2 outside, pink chairs and cute decor. Some have described this place as full 'vintagey' however i disagree. It has more of a 'girly'/canteen/cafeteria feel to it...   the 'vintage' decorations sort of go half way then sort of stops and becomes 'modern' - i suppose it's like it became confused whether or not it should be vintage/cute or new/modern. i mean it has its charms but what i mean is if you compare it to Dandelion & Driftwood - you can tell that they put there 100% into the whole vintagey theme.

For a Sunday morning, this place was busy and a wait line had already started. Mind you, this was also only 830ish in the morning! i also noted that tables were actually reserved ahead of time.. so if it gives you any idea, this place is pretty popular that even early appearances doesn't always assure you a table!

Food! I was drawn instantly to the display of cakes... i didn't end up trying any, but the display of cakes and slices were very distracting when one is trying to read a menu.. Being my adventurous self, i went with the Savoury Mince (which isn't very adventurous in fact! hah!) and S went with the usual 'Bacon and Eggs' in the form of the One Pan Fry Up. While i have no complaints about the mince (it was saucy, flavoursome and very mincey - the ratio of sauce to mince was higher - a warning for those who prefer a 'chunkier' style mince! It's a pretty saucey explosion of flavour in your mouth) but the real standout here has to be the mushrooms and the egg - the mushrooms being requested as 'extras' - i have to say they were pretty much cooked to perfection, tender & flavoursome (note: I LOVE MUSHROOMS; these mushrooms were pretty heavenly!) and the eggs perfectly runny. So in having said that... the tortilla were a bit too 'soft' for my liking.. so it didn't really make a good accompaniment with the sauce and poached egg.. a crustier/toasted bread would have suited this dish more considering how saucey it is! You can't exactly use the tortilla to 'scoop up' the mince unfortunately! 

The One Pan Fry Up is presented in a rustic sort of way in a pan, but as S commented when she was eating.. it wasn't so practical to eat out! As you can see, it is a much meatier option in terms of the breakfast choices from the menu. The servings are quite generous so you don't have to worry about not being full after it... The menu in general is a non-traditional sort of breakfast menu; which is always a refreshing change for the adventurous persons! To be honest i'm sort of sitting on the fence with this one; i really did enjoy eating the food here, and do like the cafe in general, but unfortunately it also did not leave as big of a lasting impression as i would have hoped compared to other breakfast joints! The most comparable places would be Double Shot & Pawpaw Cafe - both in which i would prefer if i had to choose for breakfast!

(I will however, come back here from Lunch as The Fatty has mentioned that he far prefers the lunch menu than the breakfast! As well as something from the cake display that i just couldn't keep my eyes off!)

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October 28, 2012

The Burrow | West End

Wakey Wakey Eggs n Bacie - free range eggs, black forest bacon, sunflower rye toast with Pepe Saya butter (with extra Avocado)
A Bit Cheeky - Braised beef cheek with mushroom duxellĂ© and poached free range egg served with sunflower rye toast and red wine reduction (with extra Avocado)
 Not going to lie, but when i first saw the sign for 'The Burrow' i was determined to believe this was some sort of voodoo shop of some kind. Mind you i saw this cafe (which i know now duh!) it was dark and all i saw in my mind were the 'faces' (which in fact are bunny feet .. but all i saw was a long face with 3 eyes -_-) ... Until i saw saw other food bloggers blog about it and the photos; it obviously pointed out that it was very far from a voodoo shop...... -_-;

So S and i had breakfast here today - this place oozes casual, it's not table service - which i don't mind. What i really like about it is, is that you are given the menu, choose what you want to have, order and then sit down - sometimes it's just a bit of relief to get the paying business over with so you can just sit down, enjoy your food then leave when you're finished instead of lining up or waiting for someone to get your bill. We also went a bit later for breakfast (around 10) when there were heaps of people so our food did take a little long to come out, but the wait was worth it!

I sorta felt like a bit of a carnivore as 'A Bit Cheeky' is what i ordered, it's a filling as you are eating a generous serving of beef (which is very tender) with mushrooms duxelle, a poached egg, 4 slices of toasted rye bread and avocado as extra! I didn't taste or see any mushrooms, but despite the absence it still tasted really good! I thought the poached egg was a bit random to have with a very meaty meal, but  egg was still cooked nicely, runny on the inside! The avocado i asked as an extra because i thought, the texture of just meat would be heavy and overpowering after a while.. so i'm glad i did because although the spinach was there it didn't provide for a 'change in taste'.. if you know what i mean... Along with the generous amount of beef you also get 4 slices of rye bread (well that's what i got)... unfortunately this is the only bad thing i can say about it, i didn't particularly enjoy this type of bread.. even though it says it was toasted .. it wasn't (? - it didn't taste or look toasted...) and it was also very dense and hard to chew as well.. not the type of bread i prefer... S also had the same opinion of the bread... S opted for the more 'traditional' type breakfast of Bacon and eggs, as well as asking for extra avocado.. judging by how quickly it all disappeared from her breakfast.. i would say it's a winner! 

We both agreed this place is worth coming back for to try the other food! The menu style of food is similar to Pablo and Double Shot where the selection of the menu is a bit quirky, as in it's not typical traditional eggs and bacon sort of place! Definitely a good casual breakfasting location!

it only just clicked why it is called 'The Burrow' & the bunny feet (which i thought where ghoul faces)  - duh. le sigh.

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October 14, 2012

Ann =Gyoza Bar= [Lunch Menu] | Fortitude Valley

Spicy Gyoza (comes with the Tower Lunch Box set)  - comes on a bed of fresh bean/salad so that the gyoza won't stick to the pan and at the same time keep the gyoza hot :D
Tower Lunch Box Set
 So Good. Sorry, but it shits over Harajuku Gyoza - well anything beats Harajuku Gyoza - even supermarket gyoza is better (obviously in my opinion, and excuse the french) i'll stop as i'll go off on a tangent about how much i don't enjoy harajuku gyoza!

The Lunch menu is quite basic, there is a choice of the Tower Box Set with rice, 2 hand rolls of sushi and salad PLUS a choice of 6 pieces of gyoza (spicy, pork, seafood, cheese, etc) or beef, chicken, pork etc ~ The other option is the Bento lunch, but that doesn't include the gyoza in it...  The gyoza is panfried on one side and still soft on the other... when they bring it out, it's on a hot plate so the gyoza is left hot even when you're eating the rice/sides, which is convenient. The skin of the gyoza is not too thick or too thin, and the filling is quite substantial.. so far i have tried the 'spicy' filling which i presume is in combination with pork, the cheese filling which is actually pretty good - it's filled with cheese, corn and pork i think (? or i could be imagining there was meat there.. but the important thing is that it was pretty cheesy!) - i know, sounds sort of weird, but it's really good - worth a try as it is different to your general pork/chicken gyoza! Also tried the plain pork one which is just as good on its own with the sauce! The good thing is, if the Tower Lunch Box Set is not enough for you, you can always order extra gyoza :) I generally don't talk about the 'cost' of food - because it's not the reason why i visit a place/why i don't visit a place.. but i think it's just worth a mention here that it is definitely good value for the quality of food produced!

The gyoza here is definitely the better ones i've tasted while out in Brisbane (nothing beats homemade gyoza though!) - the interior here has more of a traditional japanese feel to it; and whilst it might reflect a 'formal' dining area, if anything it's the opposite; and, if you're expecting  large portions to fill a stomach, fancy cocktails and fancy presentation of food to take instagram photos of, then this place probably isn't for you. This place focuses more on the simplicity of the gyoza served and presented rather than 'pretty-ing' up the gyoza on a plate (come on, there's only so many ways you can make gyoza fancy - it's going to end up in your stomach anyway). Also gyoza isn't intended to be a complete meal for those who would complain about how little they get! Gyoza isn't a meal itself! There's a reason why it's served with rice & sides as well as the option of ordering more!

(This place actually opened a few days ago, the guy who opened this also owns Nonbei in The Valley which is just as good! Definitely worth a visit!)

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October 13, 2012

Pablo | New Farm

caper & herb marinated smoked salmon, dill scrambled eggs, seeded peasant toast, smoked tomato compote.
brioche french toast with marsala & vanilla baked apple,  chai tea homemade ice cream & smashed pistachio brittle
How appealing are these to the eye? I've read a number of good things about this place and thought it was about time to try it. The menu is a single page on a mini clipboard for Breakfast (and also obviously a page for lunch, drinks etc). The moment i saw the words capers, salmon and scrambled eggs; i knew i had to order it! While based on personal preference  it's not to say that the other items didn't stand out... (as the captions on my photos indicate, all other choices are just as descriptive & delicious to the ears such that choosing would be made difficult!) but if only i wasn't so partial to salmon/eggs combination...

The dill scrambled eggs had a  strong 'dill flavour' and was a little towards the bland flavour without a bit of salt and pepper, however that's probably why it was served with the salmon (due to the saltiness!) The thing about this dish that stood out to me the most was the addition of the capers and the red onion - you could say that it 'completed' the meal, and gave it that extra kick! Loved it! Not to mention the eggs were really soft and 'eggy'... 

I'm glad Kei ordered the French Toast (due to my insistent suggestion.. :P)! It makes a great photo, but what's so awesome about it is that they actually give you a whole baked apple!! I mean when you read baked apple with french toast, you sort of think 'oh yeh, i'm going to get sliced apples with it' - but seriously, a whole freakin apple! Apparently Kei says the homemade Chai ice-cream was good! And from what this dish looks like i find it hard to believe that it could even be disappointing!

After trying this place, it's easy to believe why people rave on about this place! A must try for all breakfast lovers out there. It's so helpful that the Breakfast list is descriptive; so you know what you're in for, and probably more as it beats all expectations of what it will look like/taste like when it comes out!


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October 11, 2012

Double Shot Espresso | New Farm

How cute is the cup and pepper shaker?
Breakfast special: Mushroom (marinated in sweet chilli sauce) and 2 poached eggs on toasted turkish bread with roated tomato, fresh tomatos and a wedge of lemon.
Bubble and Squeak
Similar to The Little Larder, this cafe is a small tucked away cafe in New Farm; and like The Little Larder and Kettle & Tin (Paddington), on first impressions this cafe is sort of built into a house and spills out onto the streets; Not to mention it is also dog-friendly as well. This cafe is on the smaller scale as opposed to many others, but after finishing my meal here, i can conclude that size does not matter. I can honestly see this place being packed on a weekend with people waiting to be seated!

This is not your 'traditional' sort of breakfasts, i found that the dishes we ordered seem to have a bit of a twist to them; I ordered the mushrooms and poached eggs which was the special breakfast of the day, i expected like any other cafe to be just the 'usual' eggs - poached eggs on toasted turkish bread. Rather, on first taste/inspection, the mushrooms seem to have been marinated/sauteed in some sort of sweet chilli sauce mixture (?). Yep, sounds bizarre  but interestingly enough it was very delicious - the combination of sweet chilli sauteed mushrooms with lemon juice squeezed over (and seasoned with pepper) with the eggs, fresh tomatos and toasted turkish bread made an awesome combination! There was just so much flavour altogether! (it was one of those dishes where you want  to scoff everything into your mouth - because there is so much flavour, and, so you could taste everything a once, but thankfully i didn't forget myself.. so i ate this civilly like every other person :P) The poached eggs were cooked perfectly, that when pierced it spilt over the mushrooms and  turkish bread. I did find that towards the last few bites, the amount of sauce from the mushrooms were a bit overwhelming, especially when you have the yolk of the egg with it and the already buttered toast soaking up the sauce and egg...  so the fresh tomatos were actually an excellent idea to 'break the taste' in your mouth and act as a 'refresher'.  tip: don't scoff down the fresh tomatos first!

The Fatty ordered Bubble and Squeak - I didn't really know what this was (until i just wiki'd it) that it's supposedly suppose to be made from 'left over' vegetables and roasted or made into a mash of some sort - that is, according to what i've read (don't quote me). But, this dish is definitely far from being 'left overs', all of the vegetables, potato, mushroom, peas and pumpkin are roasted until soft and seasoned generously. This was so delicious. Especially with the poached eggs and toast, it makes a very substantial breakfast. It has to be what they used to season it - i mean what ever it is, i don't think i've enjoyed roast vegetables this much; and especially for breakfast! This item is a regular on the menu (as opposed to what i ordered) so i would more confidently recommend to try this item out!

(I need to mention the cups they use. I love the Bodum Insulator Cup that my latte came in, it keeps the coffee hot inside but is cool to touch without burning your hand when holding it. I know, I'm a bit lame, but how freakin cute and awesome is the cup?)

This place is relatively new still, but i can definitely see this place grow in popularity as word spreads. I spy more items on the menu i would try out, so for me, this place is definitely worth a re-visit! Like i mentioned initially, as it is on the smaller scale for cafes, i think it's safe to say to go there early before it gets too busy!

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