Sunday, 2 April 2017

Eightysix - Braddon, Canberra

Braddon has no shortage of fantastic food options, and Eightysix is right up the top of my list of restaurants to get a couple of share plates and drinks. Bookings are recommended, as the restaurant tends to be busy, even during weeknights. 

The menu is truly modern Australian; ranging from asian influences to a handful of pasta dishes, and everything else in-between. 

The food starts coming out fairly quickly; the duck buns with hoisin and cucumber arrive alongside our cocktails. The buns are like peking duck pancakes but instead of a pancake, the filling is encased in a soft and pillowy bao. 

The tomato, mezcal and kingfish ceviche is zingy and very appetising. The creamy chunks of avocado are a welcome addition too. 

For mains, I can't go past the tempting pasta and risotto dishes. The first dish is a pumpkin and mascarpone tortellini and it's amazing, definitely my favourite dish of the night. My only gripe is the tiny portion, which means having to slowly savour each mouthful - you think they could throw in a couple of extra tortellini for a $20 dish.

The smoked beetroot and tarragon risotto is also very good, with a nice strong smokey flavour, topped with walnuts and fetta for good measure. 

The caramel popcorn sundae is the signature dessert dish with ice cream, chunks of brittle, peanuts and generous drizzles of caramel. It starts getting a bit too sweet toward the end, so I'm relieved that we just ordered the sundae to share between two. 

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

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Endeavour Tap Rooms - The Rocks, Sydney

Endeavour Tap Rooms at The Rocks has recently undergone a facelift, with the heritage-listed building being renovated into a contemporary space. 

I recently was invited to attend the launch of the new on-site brewery, bar and restaurant. It's a charming space with several bar seating areas. I'm especially taken by the cosy space by the entrance, with comfy sofas and some quirky decorations around the mantlepiece. 

I'm not usually a huge fan of beer as I don't enjoy the taste, but the Endeavour ales are very smooth and drinkable. The pale ale is more like a refreshing cider.

Head chef Sam Tingle crafted a menu for the night to showcase the dishes served in the venue, including Pacific oysters, parsley and verjuice; kingfish tostada, corn and guacamole; crispy pork hock and black vinegar chilli; smoked chicken wings with herb baja sauce and smoked Mirrool creek lamb ribs with spicy plum sauce.

The canapés were all delicious, which makes me keen to go and check out the menu for dinner, in particular the smoked meats. 

missklicious and guest attended The Endeavour Tap Rooms thanks to Pendulum Communications

Endeavour Tap Rooms Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Mekong - Chippendale, Sydney

I'm a huge fan of the Spice Alley outdoor food court on Kensington Street in Chippendale, but had never ventured to the neighbouring asian restaurants despite walking past them all the time, until I decide to book in a lovely lunch here with my mum.

Mekong Restaurant showcases the cuisine of the South-east asian countries along the Mekong River - think Thai, Cambodian, and Vietnamese food with a refined twist.

Sweet corn harvest

The sweet corn harvest is a nice little appetiser to begin the meal with; the mini cups are made out of rice flour and filled with sweetcorn, smashed red bean, prawn and cucumber relish.

Squid ink dumplings

The squid ink dumplings are filled with crab meat and prawn, and served in a flavoursome broth. 

The sizes of the dishes are on the smaller side, but I found this to be a good thing for sharing a variety of dishes between two. The downside of this is that it adds up to be a fairly pricy meal, which I find hard to justify when there are such amazing cheap and cheerful south-east asian options around.

Pig in a betel leaf blanket

These little black parcels are betel leaves filled with grilled pork neck, served with a tangy tamarind sauce. 

Full Moon

The Full Moon is steamed in a whole young coconut and is a lovely mild curry with egg, basil, coconut milk and plenty of prawns. I'm glad we order a side of rice to pile the curry onto.

Rosewater lychee

Unfortunately we only have room for one dessert, and went with the airy and light rosewater and lychee mousse served with a crumble and mango puree to share. As we were eating, I spotted the coconut ice cream dessert, which I'll definitely be having next time!

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

Monday, 13 March 2017

Meet Gerard - Alexandria, Sydney

Meet Gerard is a cosy cafe hidden in a nondescript part of Alexandria/Redfern, though I shouldn't say hidden as the cafe is a hit and there's a line up for a table on a Saturday morning.

The all day breakfast menu at Meet Gerard consists of the regular items such as toast, banana bread, smashed avocado, and bacon & egg roll, but also some more interesting dishes such as the yoghurt panna cotta. 

Iced coffee

My milky iced coffee is a refreshing treat during this hot morning; I would have loved a bit more of a coffee hit to balance out the ice cream.

Bacon and egg roll

The bacon and egg roll is simple but well executed, with a perfectly cooked egg, complete with still runny centre, served with blackened tomato relish and aioli. 

'Milk & Honey'

My yoghurt panna cotta is a sight to behold - served with honeyed puffed rice, granola and seasonal fruit such as mango, strawberries and passionfruit. It's a nice twist on the standard granola and yoghurt combo.

Meet Gerard Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, 3 March 2017

Public Dining Room - Mosman, Sydney

Summer came and went past in a blink of the eye but luckily, the warmer weather seems to be sticking around  for a while longer so there's still time to  enjoy the beach (if it  ever stops raining!). 

Meanwhile, the rainy weather is the perfect time for me to get into some backlog blog posting. I've been meaning to post about this lovely lunch at Public Dining Room in Mosman for a while, after attending a lovely hen's lunch here late last year. 

Public Dining Room has a outstanding view due to it's prime location on the waterfront, situated right on Balmoral beach. The restaurant is a modern space, filled with natural light and Scandinavian minimalism inspired look. 

Seared scallops, cauliflower textures, semi-dried grapes, vadouvan 

Crispy pork belly, jowl croquette, carrot &  orange puree, black garlic, bronze fennel

Tasmanian pasture fed eye fillet, wild alliums, cavolo nero, potato crisp, society garlic

Passionfruit crème brûlée, mango, pineapple, coconut gel & yoghurt

Overall, I was quite impressed with both the food and service. The staff were friendly and accomodating, the food was all delicious plus it all came out quickly even though it was fairly busy in the restaurant.  I was also super impressed by the effort they put in with the plating of a BYO cake - complete with berries, nut crumble and a scoop of ice cream on the side. It's these small details that make all the difference. 

Public Dining Room Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, 24 February 2017

Miam Patisserie - Pyrmont, Sydney

There's a new patisserie in town specialising in asian inspired flavoured cakes and pastries, such as matcha madeleines and a genmaicha cake. Miam Patisserie is located in a lovely little shopfront located in Pyrmont. Straight away you walk into the store and are greeted by the amazing array of baked goods on offer. 

Japanese vegetable curry and nori pastie 

The vegetable pastie is not your typical takeaway shop pastie - Miam's version has a Japanese curry filling with nori pieces sprinkled throughout; the pastry is buttery perfection and it's a delight to eat. 

Genmaicha slice

Salted caramel apple pie

The sweets are delicate and light, with the genmaicha slice consisting of roasted green tea cream sandwiched between the layers of cake. The salted caramel apple pie has a buttery and flaky pastry encasing the delicious filling - my only gripe is that I wished there was more of the apple filling. 

Miam has become my new spot to walk to and indulge in a weekend sweet treat, looking forward to seeing what other creations Miam Patisserie comes up with!

Miam Patisserie Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Bar Ume & Ume Burger - Barangaroo & Surry Hills, Sydney

Bar Ume is the newly branded burger bar that has replaced Ume Restaurant at the Surry Hills site. This and the waterfront space at Barangaroo are all about burgers in a more casual and relaxed setting.

Bar Ume Surry Hills

Bar Ume is a great spot to grab an after work drink, along with some bar food nibbles and of course, burgers. The burgers at Ume have a Japanese twist to them and are delicious. I'm pretty enamoured with the burgers at Bar Ume, so a week or so after it's off to check out the Barangaroo location; this blog post is a mish-mash of my visits to both Bar Ume and Ume Burger.


I start with the Umeroni, a very strong drink with Campari, gin and Umeshu. I do like my drinks to be on the alcoholic side, but this one takes me a while to get through.

The menu has a good selection of drinks, a handful of side dishes, and the star of the show, the burgers. There's also some interesting flavours for the house made sodas, such as yuzu and brown sugar, or passionfruit and ginger. 

Passionfruit and ginger soda

The burgers arrive wrapped in this cute old school hamburger paper.

Ume burger

Menchi (pork katsu) burger

Onion rings

Japanese pickles

Koji fried chicken

The Ume Burger is up there with one of the best cheeseburgers in Sydney, and the pork katsu Menchi burger is lovely too. However, the ebi prawn katsu burger with Japanese mayo and shredded cabbage is my firm favourite by miles - I could easily eat this burger all the time.

The Japanese pickles are different from the usual vinegary and tart variety - these have a distinct flavour and are quite salty. It helps to cut through the richness of the gloriously crispy Koji fried chicken and the umami seasoned onion rings.

The Barangaroo location is a great place to grab some takeaway and sit by the water, plus also has soft serves on offer, which I'm very keen to check out!

Bar Ume Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoUme Burger Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato