You know that saying "like a kid in a candy store?" ...I think they meant "like a grown adult entering a cupcake store!" This beautifully presented cupcake store is located on Avenue Road just before military. There are cupcakes adorning towering displays, perfectly presented with fluffy icing and colourful decorations. Set amongst a clean white backdrop, the cupcakes beacon you to eat them... Or maybe that was just me... Red velvet, chocolate berry (apparently sugar free using navita) and banoffee. I chose their takeaway special of one cupcake and a coffee. The coffee wasn't bad at all! The banoffee- which is Banana toffee for those who haven't tried it, is amazing... Fluffy, sweet banana and cinnamon cake, topped with a generous amount of smooth icing and small shards of crunchy toffee. Inside the cupcake is a little surprise of Caramel... Mmm... I'll be here again...
We booked at Pool Suite and it was stunning - on 2nd floor overlooking the large pool. The suite design is spacious (used to be two rooms years back) and beautifully appointed. I'm not a fan of having exposed bathrooms in the bedroom but it worked ok as the shower and toilet are separate, with the basins, walk-through wardrobe, two basins and large bath an extension of the bedroom. The suit has two tv's, a smaller one in the bedroom and larger in the living space. The living space has a lounge area as well as small round dining table, chairs and small fridge. Both rooms have large sliding doors and outdoor furniture with electric awnings to protect you from the sun. The bed is four-poster and whilst it looks very luxurious I found it too soft and whilst not impossible to sleep on I did experience a stiff back each morning. In terms of room quality this suite is top notch and compares favorably with other rooms and suites we've experienced at five star resorts around the world.
We were lucky enough to arrive the day prior to Aquazure opening, Hayman's new second pool and restaurant. It's located towards the other end of the property just outside the Lagoon Rooms. It's just beautiful with an infinity pool, large day beds and lounges and a very cool restaurant. It's promoted as the ideal location for families and kids but to be honest I was wishing it was kid free.
The original pool at Hayman is still spectacular - and I'd highly recommend if your budget permits opting for a suite overlooking it. Even better, get one on the 1st floor so you can walk out the front straight into the pool.
We had a great long weekend at Hayman even though a couple of the restaurants are average for what you pay. Recommended.
A work colleague recommended this bottle shop and I was really impressed with the range. I walk past here almost everyday and have never noticed how big this bottle shop is. There is something here for everyone. The international range of red wines is great. The guys here are really friendly and helpful too.
If you happen to come to Mary's Burger CBD at around lunch time, then expect to line up at the slightly long queue outside this whole-in-the-wall takeaway burger shop. The wait can then take up to around 10-15 minutes and the food preparation another 5-10 minutes, so if you are not really in a rush to try this burger, I would suggest visiting at less busy hours like 5pm.
The burger offerings are quite limited. At the time of my visit, there were only 5 burgers ranging from $10 to $12 each: Mary's Burger, Cheeseburgers, Chicken burger, Veg burger, and breakfast burger. There are also shakes, soda, and fried to add to your order and make it a perfect combo.
I bought a cheeseburger and was surprised at how small it was. The presentation was also very bland, and the taste was just alright I could almost compare it with McDonald's $2 cheeseburgers. It certainly did not warrant any return on my behalf. Maybe I should have their fried chicken burger for next time.
Any hipster or anyone who cares about fried chicken has heard about Mary's in Newtown. I fall into the latter category.
That said, the thought of waiting an hour for a table -- cranky toddler in tow -- with the hipster and food blogger crowd is enough to turn me off and possibly even eat a salad for dinner instead.
When I heard about the pending opening of Mary's in the CBD, weekday work lunch options started to get exciting. The CBD joint is takeaway only, and (even better), burgers only. As expected, opening day was insane and the keen office worker slash food blogger community came in droves. Two months later, the buzz has settled down and I am game enough to try it out.
On the menu is the Mary's burger, a cheeseburger with pickles, their famous fried chicken in a burger, a veggie burger and a breakfast burger. You can get your burger on its own, or in a meal deal with fries and a soda or a shake.
I know exactly what I want, and after a short wait and much anticipation, I get my white and black paper bag with my fried chicken burger and fries. The fried chicken is everything I want it to be -- and more. It's a generous, chunky, juicy serve of chicken fried in a glorious buttermilk batter. The chicken has just the right amount of spice, and is sandwiched in a soft bun. The accompanying Mary's sauce is delicious. The burger isn't huge but it's enough (to clog up your arteries). The fries are shoestring, slightly thicker than your Maccas fries (which I also love). They are good but on the salty side -- the side you want to err on when fries are concerned. The help-yourself soft-drink machine is a great idea - very Hungry Jack's.
Needless to say, I'll be back to try the other burgers, probably as often as my skinny jeans will let me.
Recently celebrated my birthday dinner here with a few friends. The staff were gracious and understanding despite the fact that we ran 30 minutes later than our reservation. We had the tasting menu and it was reasonably priced for the amount of food and the flavour. This is a very cool restaurant hidden away in a pocket of Riley St which you definitely should try.
Massive recommendation from me. Menu is modern, yet, still humble. Good portion sizes, flavours that just go together perfectly. I'm no food snob - I'd describe it as a step up from the everyday, but, you wish you could actually eat here everyday.
Lots of space, well appointed bathrooms downstairs and excellent service from staff.
An insanely good pork knuckle was on the menu on my visit - and gets three thumbs up from me.
I've recently noticed that they've opened up a branch on Castlereagh St in Sydney CBD, and I have to mention that this place is the origin. I heard good things about the one in the city too, so either way, you could try one of them.
Mary's burger and fried chicken are simply, unforgettable. Although I personally would not recommend the double cheese burger, it can be a little too much and not easy on your stomach. Need beer out of having savoury food? They have one as well. Really good ones too.
It might be a little hard to find this place at first, especially in the evening. If so, look for a tiny red light on a white building on Mary St.
They say that junky food is bad. Well, scrap that for a sec. Get yourself here, and taste 'divine'.
An Australian friend took us to this place and it was really amazing!! After 40 min. we finally got a table and we ordered some nice burgers. They were delicious and we had a great time here. Definitely put this place on your bucket list while you're visiting Sydney!!
It's funny that I write a review for them now even if they've been my regular place over a year.. Coffee is awesome, food is awesome, service is awesome, but I wish prices for some dishes dropped a little.. It seems that they use premium quality ingredients since their food is fresh and all. But I would love to see a little price drops for some dishes, especially on the breakfast menu.
Oh my gosh I'm in love with Cre Asion all over again. I love the assortment of breakfast options - egg and ham or mushroom baked in puff pastry cases are clever and really tasty. It's not something you can't make yourself at home, but they just do it better. The house-made pork sausage rolls are divine, and dare I say, better than Bourke Street Bakery. They are huge, perfectly moist, herby, stuff with mushroom, and the pastry is light and crispy. I managed to get one fresh out of the oven this morning and I was in absolute pastry heaven. The bags of granola are great too, perfect for days when you need to smash a quick breakfast at your desk at work.
The coffee is a little weak and milky, I like mine with a lot of punch. Hasn't stopped me going back for breakfast though. Food prices are a little on the high side, but the baked goods are amazing and you get the sense that they are made with pride.
Went here on a recommendation and were lucky enough to get vouchers for a 7 course degustation. On arrival we were asked whether we wanted to sit at the bar or at the window. We missed out on the last corner seat facing out into the street, but managed to get a spot by the door. I'd read other reviews about customers feeling ripped off for being 'shafted' to this area, but it was a relatively mild night so it didn't matter too much. Hubby ended up being the door-man as people didn't quite know how to shut the door! Anyway, the courses came out and we were a bit doubtful about whether we'd be making a through a Maccas drive-through or not. Starters were pretty light on: cucumber & black fungi salad and steamed pork & prawn wontons (we only got two, hence the nervous scepticism). The beef short ribs on sesame leaves were san choy bow like and went down well with the house beer. The deep fried tofu and spatchcock were served with a modest amount of rice (both which were happily scoffed), followed by THE BEST caramelised beef ribs we had every eaten. They were so good that I let my hubby have one of my slices, to show him just how much I loved him. Seriously. The only let down on the plate was the gelato, which didn't seem to fit with the rest of the courses: it was a mix-mash of berries and had a strange, unpleasant after taste. Other than that, service was fantastic, ambiance was great and Head Chef Hamish proved, once again, why Bar H is a hatted restaurant.
ps make sure you visit the loo - there's an adorable framed photograph of Hamish and his sister as children.
Great little wine bar/ restaurant in Surry Hills. The menu has a great selection of modern Chinese/Asian dishes which are sublime. The food looks and tastes a little like Bill Kwong. They also do a good happy hour between 6-7pm where the cocktails are $10. They had a really great pomegranate cocktail. The only downside about this place is the table we were sitting at was a little wonky and made me paranoid I was going to spill something all night. Service is friendly and attentive.