19 April 2018

Bakehouse Kitchen Bar Store, CBD Sydney (17 April 2018)

Queens Square, Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000

All day Devonshire Tea

Lovely space to enjoy a Devonshire Tea ($16) that's available all day. Freshly baked warm scones with clotted cream, house made berry and rosella jam served with choice of tea. Scones were served warm with a nice delicate outer crust and soft texture inside. Tasty jam and the right amount of cream for the double serving of scones. Service was helpful and friendly. There's plenty of seating both inside and out which makes it an ideal spot for large group bookings.

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

18 April 2018

Mark + Vinny's Spaghetti & Spritz, Surry Hills (17 April 2018)

G08, 38-52 Waterloo St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Spaghetti & Spritz Bar

Thanks to Pendulum Communications for the invite to a menu tasting. But first it's refreshments of The Pash Me Spritz - Vermouth bianco, passionfruit, prosecco, soda ($18)
and the classic Florence Spritz - Aperol, Prosecco, Fever Tree Soda ($16). Both enjoyed and there's plenty of other Spritz variations on the menu to tempt. Starters consisted of a few of vegan dishes. Cece - Chickpea hummus, farro, schiacciata ($14) was tasty and easy to share and the Caprese - Soy mozzarella, heirloom tomato, basil, lemon vinaigrette ($18) could probably fool a few like myself with its soy-based cheese. The Fiori di Zucca - Zucchini flower, smoked almond curd, romesco ($15, 2 pieces) had an excellent crispy batter and was one of my favourite dishes of the day. Back to something meaty was the Polpette - Adrian’s meat balls, slow cooked tomato sugo ($18, 3 pieces) that was good but comes at a price of $6 a meat ball so probably best not to expect to fill up on this dish alone.

Pushing the flavour boundary for a vegan pasta is the Charcoal Bucatini - Smoked mushroom pancetta, vegan egg yolk, plant based parmesan ($26). I enjoyed the richness and clever vegan egg yolk although it might take me a while to get used to the mild gritty texture of the charcoal in this dish. The Blue Spirulina Tagliatelle - Blue swimmer crab, bottarga, pangrattato ($34) had gutsy crab and bottarga flavour with plenty of garlic added for good measure. The eye-catching greenish blue colour is probably setting itself up to be one of their signature instagrammable dishes. Back to another vegan pasta the Zucchini Linguini (The Impasta) - Chickpea ragu, cherry tomato, slow cooked tomato sugo ($22) is gluten free and retains a pleasant crunch from the zucchini and crispy pop from some deep fried chick peas. Hard to go past the Vegan No-tella Ravioli - Cacao nibs, raspberry, coconut ice-cream ($18) for dessert. A flakier pastry is the only thing that could improve this for me. I didn't realise Nutella wasn't vegan so this housemade No-tella hits the spot as a vegan friendly substitute. Mark Filippelli, Vince Pizzinga and chef Adrian Januloski have certainly created quite a unique menu for Sydney diners and I like how there's a good selection of both vegan and non-vegan dishes which I think will suit a wider audience.

Mark + Vinny's Spaghetti & Spritz Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

17 April 2018

The Dining Room / The Wool & Wheat Bar at The Royal Exchange, CBD Sydney (16 April 2018)

1 Gresham St, Sydney NSW 2000

Classic French and British Fare

I first visited The Wool & Wheat Bar on 8 February for a Cappuccino ($3 takeaway) using Reuben Hills coffee. It had nice flavour although seemed a bit light on the chocolate at the time. Ever since I've been curious to revisit The Dining Room. The 2 courses for $39 seemed to be the go. Glad to see the oyster game is strong here. Sydney Rock Oysters from Broadwater Oysters Pambula Lake are usually $4 each on the bar menu or can be ordered as an entree (4 pieces) on the $39, two course menu. They were shucked to order with excellent brine retained and lovely flavour. I was very happy with these. NZ King Salmon petit pois a la francaise, lemon beurre blanc and dill ($32, or $39 two course menu) is nicely cooked on a bed of a richly flavoured petit pois a la francaise. Service was friendly and professional. Seems to be an ideal spot for business lunches or group bookings in The Dining Room.

The Dining Room - The Royal Exchange of Sydney Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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