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Joined 12 January 2017 Rose Bay, NSW

  • Social Brew Cafe

    Cafes Pyrmont, NSW
    Bustling cafe with a great outdoor area in the heart of Pyrmont. I'm a big fan of a cafe that has an ALL DAY breakfast and lunch menu! I went for The Brew Deli Plate - a sample of burrata cheese, smashed avo, tomatoes, prosciutto and a zatar egg. A good way to spend the morning with a coffee and some simple but fresh food.
  • Xs Espresso

    Restaurants North Parramatta, NSW
    Normally known for their amazing desserts and ultimate shakes but there are some seriously good breakfast and lunch options! Go for the corn stack with chili maple bacon and avo if you are there for brunch or the lobster pasta!
  • Yebisu Izakaya

    Restaurants Sydney, NSW
    There is a reason this place is popular and often has a queue! The menu is perfect to share with a lengthy selection of skewers, sashimi, sushi and larger dishes. The tables for two out the front have a touch computer ordering system which makes it so easy to just keep picking anything that takes your fancy! The pork gyoza were delicious and came out smoking hot. The salmon skewers were also a stand out and you can customize your flavors with salt, teriyaki or curry sauce. And of course there is a HUGE selection of sake. The staff are friendly making Yebisu a fun, delicious dining experience
  • The Rook

    Restaurants Sydney, NSW
    Hidden away - this rooftop bar is worth finding. The space is dimly lit and you will have an open air view of centrepoint tower. The menu is primarily burgers and rolls with a few other shares. For something different I went the crab in a bag - spaghetti, crab and tomato. Whilst food is on offer this is the perfect spot for an after work cocktail or wine
  • PappaRich

    Restaurants Sydney, NSW
    Your go to restaurant for all your favourite Malaysian dishes! Newly opened on Liverpool street in the CBD this is the perfect option for a quick lunch or dinner in the city. Our recommendation is to go with a group of friends as the menu is best shared.

    A must order is the deep fried chicken skin ? I was sceptical at first but this is so delicious you will need to put this on your list each time you visit. Other staples are roti with the roti canai being the traditional option. You can then choose your dippings of chilli, satay, beef rending or chicken curry. The menu is large with pages and pages of noodle dishes, curries, laksas and dumplings it may take you a while to settle on a list to hand off to the waiter. The drink options are colourful and will most likely take just as long to choose!

    With plenty of stores around Sydney PappaRich is a convenient and affordable choice for delicious Malaysian eats.
  • Good Pizza

    Restaurants Alexandria, NSW
    The name says it all - this newly opened restaurant in Alexandria is serving some seriously good pizza and we were lucky enough to try seven of them!! If you are vego the Peas be With You pizza was delicious with peas, mint, ricotta and radish. But where else can you get kale on pizza? Try the Kale to the Chef with parsley and tomato relish for something different. For meat lovers out there the Porchetta Bout It was the absolute standout and a must order. Italian pork sausage, mushrooms, loads of white truffle oil and a soft cows cheese - you will want at least half of this pizza to yourself. We also sampled the maltese sausage pizza which had a unique pepper cheese. There are also salads on the menu which make a light accompaniment to the truly original and top quality pizzas. We have all heard of dessert pizzas - mainly Nutella with strawberries and banana. But forget that! Try the Portuguese tart dessert pizza, rocky road pizza or the vegan mango and coconut. If you only have room for one do not go past the Portuguese tart - this vanilla custard pizza is truly an amazing creation. So grab some friends, BYO vino and get yourself some seriously good pizza.
  • Oiden Rice Bowl Bar

    Restaurants Sydney, NSW
    There are lots of options at Skyview food court but it's Japanese for me! Oiden specializes in rice bowls - we sampled the double BBQ wagyu beef bowl, salmon & ontama egg and the garlic butter teriyaki chicken. All the meats were of good quality and the dishes came out quickly. For a rice lover this place is heaven. For something different try the matcha milk drinks. We tried the mochi balls filled with red bean for dessert and they were very nice. I especially liked the black mochi balls - which are covered in sesame. This place is exactly what you are looking for when you walk into this food court - good quality, fresh and tasty meals at a reasonable price.
  • Sticky Fingers Kitchen & Bar

    Restaurants Surry Hills , NSW
    Sticky Fingers is a new feature of Surry Hills. It is located centrally between Goulburn and Oxford street. This place is a hive of takeaway coffee activity Monday to Friday and has a very inviting space to sit and brunch on weekends.

    We were here with another couple of people which meant that we saw a lot of their dishes. The weekend special is Breakfast Bao, which is a very cool twist on the traditional Bao - and with a perfectly poached egg it was presented very nicely. The smashed avocado was big and delicious. The biggest of the meals was the sticky breakfast, which was a plate full of glazed chorizo, bacon, two poached eggs, kale and sweet potato curls with toast and sticky BBQ sauce. This plate was delicious and would fill even the most ravenous brunch goer. Additionally the Bircher Muesli was very nice.

    The owners here are lovely and the serving staff very friendly. This place is a definite hit and well worth a visit
  • Bar Contessa

    Cafes Balmain, NSW
    Contessa Balmain is an experience that you have to be a part of along Darling Street. This place is a mix of New York and Italian - a place to sit back and soak up the atmosphere, enjoy the flavour packed meals, sip on a brunch cocktail and/or enjoy a brilliantly brewed coffee.

    This is a brunch spot for us, mainly because when we head there we are stuck trying to the choose between the breakfast and lunch meals. These meals would fill a retired prop from the old Balmain Tigers to those who just want something light before shooting on down for a swim at the Dawn Fraser pools. We had the corn cakes and the chicken burger. The corn cakes are generous in size and cooked to perfection with a soft inside and crunch on the outside. The Burger here was amazing - not too heavy with chicken and balanced well with the light and fluffy bun and avocado. The coffee here is beyond good, although if you are coming for a brunch spot then treat yourself to Contessa?s brunch cocktail menu. We went the Bloody Mary - done very traditionally, because you can?t argue with a classic. If this isn?t for you they also have beer and cider.

    When it comes time to pay, because let?s be honest this review has sold it to you, don?t go past the choc chip cookies at the counter. Enjoy yourself and enjoy your meal at this place.
  • Harry's Cafe De Wheels

    Cafes Woolloomooloo, NSW
    How have I never been here before?? Even if you are a regular to Harry's you have to head back to try their new menu items! The pulled pork roll hit the spot and has a spicy sauce to go with! If you have a sweet tooth the apple turnovers are all quality and you can have them served hot or cold (whatever your preference). The new spinach and feta pastries are the perfect option if you are vego. You may find it hard to go past the classics such as the tiger pie and hot dog de wheels but whatever you order make sure you add some delicious fries.
  • Mistelle

    Restaurants Double Bay, NSW
    Amazing restaurant with a fantastic selection of champagne. If you eat at the bar you get 20% off your food bill. The bar seats are comfortable with backs and you can watch the cocktails being made - so why not? For starters we had the grilled sardines and the beef carpaccio, both were delicious. As a main we shared the seafood paella which was packed with prawns, scallops and mussels. Next time I would opt for the soufflé as it looked like a popular option. Finish with cheese for dessert and you would have treated yourself to a special night out.
  • Upper Room Cafe

    Cafes Sydney, NSW
    This cafe is a relaxing spot for lunch in the city with a large selection of meals including many Asian dishes. For something different try the ice Bandung a Malaysian drink with condensed milk that almost tastes like a lollie! The Curry Laksa with chicken was amazing value at $12.80 and extremely filling! Likewise the Nasi Lemak with beef rendang, coconut rice and accompaniments was a generous serving for only $13.80. With daily specials this cafe should be on your regular list for a city lunch!
  • Peking Square

    Restaurants Bankstown, NSW
    A taste of Asia in the Bankstown Sports - this place is a must visit. With a huge area, authentic decor and private rooms you are going on a journey as soon as you enter the restaurant. We were part of a large group that meant we dined on the jade banquet. This was a great way to enjoy a lot of different dishes and at $68 pp I think it is very reasonable.

    For starters we were offered up the crispy duck pancakes and San Choy bow. The duck was cooked brilliantly with crispy skin left on and matched with a thick sauce. These little treats were presented beautifully and tasted exactly as they looked. The duck san choy bow was also great - mixed with some refreshing flavours.

    The mains were a great mix of options. The star here was the wok tossed lobster tail Singaporean style in an aged imperial sauce. The lobster was fresh, cooked and succulent. The sauce was not your traditional seasoning, however, it was a nice touch with sweet and sour flavours throughout. The bread rolls served with this dish were addictive! The shandong chicken was crispy and succulent with every bite and mixed extremely well with the buddhas veggie dish with edible birds nest basket. The deep fried barramundi - which comes out mostly whole and divided up for you by the ever friendly staff - was another standout in this banquet. The wagyu beef dish was lightly salted and tossed with cashew nuts. All of these were filling, flavoursome and paired well with the fried rice.

    For dessert we were all treated to mango pancakes and jelly and red bean cakes. The pancakes were as delicious as you would expect and should never be passed up if an option.

    This banquet has such a rich and diverse range of flavours but nothing ever overpowers the other and they all work well. The staff are extremely accommodating, and will ensure that your experience here is first rate
  • Kafe Neo

    Cafes Kogarah, NSW
    If you find yourself in Kogarah you must drop by Kafe Neo. We visited on a Sunday and the cafe was packed inside and out with locals. The coffee is campos blend and was sharp, so those who like it strong will love it. The interior was warm with wood paneling throughout and with plenty of smaller tables. It?s a great place to meet up for a coffee and chat with friends.

    We both opted for brekkie specials - the smashed avo with feta, grilled cherry tomato, bacon and perfectly poached eggs. A classic that was beautifully presented and filling. The espanol hotpot with chicken and chorizo was served with poached egg and sourdough. It was extremely tasty however could have been a little thicker or served were more bread to mop up the delicious sauce. On the regular menu is the Eggs Atlantic - eggs, smoked salmon, spinach and hollandaise sauce and is on our list to try next time.

    They have a huge array of takeaway sandwiches, toasties and treats which could quite easily find a way into a nice little Pinot hamper to takeaway. The juices were fresh and I really enjoyed the watermelon one. A good cafe, with vibrant and positive staff. Well worth a visit.
  • Tress Hair

    Hairdressers Paddington, NSW
    It's always an enjoyable experience to get your hair done with a glass of wine! Tress Hair has a great team with friendly staff and a well located salon in Paddington
  • Kindred Restaurant

    Restaurants Darlington, NSW
    Located on Cleveland street Chippendale, Kindred restaurant is a must visit. The staff are fantastic and can guide you through the delicious menu made up of starters, pastas, mains, salads and dessert.

    The restaurant has a romantic feel but was also perfect for group dining. We had a group of six and were lucky enough to sample the majority of the Italian inspired menu!

    Order the olives, pickled vegetables and bread to nibble on whilst you peruse the wine menu. For starters we had the chicken liver parfait on sourdough, octopus with rocket purée, sweet potato triangoli and stracciatella with tomatoes, basil and balsamic. I'm not usually one to order chicken parfait but this one was light and delicious. For me the stand out was the sweet potato triangoli with burnt butter, goats cheese and hazelnuts - I could have eaten this dish as a main. Any choice you make here will be a great way to start your dining experience.

    For mains we sampled the pork fillet with kipfler potatoes, pappardelle beef ragu, meatballs and mushroom rotolo. Every dish was full of flavor and it is impossible to choose a favorite. The pastas pair well with the salads, especially the rocket, walnut, pear and gorgonzola salad.

    Make sure you save room for dessert - the coconut yogurt pana cotta and the chocolate fondant were both mouthwatering. Pair all your dishes with some fantastic white wines and you will have a feast to remember at Kindred.
  • Tella Balls Dessert Bar

    Cafes Dulwich Hill, NSW
    This is an after dinner delight. A menu full of chocolate and dessert goodness awaits at Tella Balls dessert bar. We were here on a Monday and there was a steady stream of people filtering in after their meals down this main strip. We ordered a Golden Gaytime slider - a donut/ice cream sandwich covered in caramel sauce and topped with chopped nuts. We doubled this up with The Tella Bella. Housemade Belgian waffles with Nutella, strawberries and vanilla bean gelato. This was a the hit for us for sure. Fluffy waffles, decadent chocolate and ripe strawberries - what's not to love. Just like kids in a candy store we could not leave empty handed and came away with an m&m and Nutella covered donut. This will definitely be a dessert spot on our radar in the future.
  • Vine Double Bay

    Restaurants Double Bay, NSW
    Newly relaunched this is a stunning restaurant in Double Bay. The decor is flowing, elegant and romantic with a large bar area, communal table and smaller tables both indoor and out.

    We started with a couple of the cocktails from the weekly special menu - the vine street sunset and the old fashioned. The food menu is designed to share and is divided into starters, small plates, salads and larger plates. For a starter we could not go past the salmon carpaccio with yuzu and trout roe, a light and tasty way to start the night. I'm not usually one to go for a salad but the charred cos salad with spiced chicken and quail eggs was a stand out.

    For larger plates we opted for the gemelli pasta and the goat cheese soufflé. The pasta was served with spanner crab, chili and zucchini and whilst the serving looked small it was extremely filling. The soufflé is a good vegetarian option with goats cheese, peas, nuts and seeds. We felt that these options together worked extremely well.

    If you are not after a full meal then grab a couple of cocktails and the antipasto platter for two whilst you sit back and take in the stunning surrounds.
  • Just William Chocolates

    Chocolatiers Paddington, NSW
    Love this little chocolate shop in Paddington - get in now for some cute and delicious Easter creations. The passion fruit chicken chocolate, speckled eggs, coffee bilby and bunnies are just to name a few! Great gift ideas as they come beautifully packaged
  • The Cupcake Room

    Takeaways Leichhardt, NSW
    I ordered themed cupcakes for a party and needed them delivered before 1:30pm. They turned up early at 11:30am and were beautifully packaged! The packaging also made it easy for transport and to keep the cupcakes fresh! The store has a beautiful selection of cakes and with same day delivery keep this in mind when you want to make someone's day.