Ohh my inner asian was thrilled to discover that Hello Kitty Diner had opened at the Chatswood Interchange.
I don’t know about you guys, but i’m a huge fan of novelty restaurants – always have been! My first experience of a novelty restaurant, and one in which I hold a high opinion of is Xerts Restaurant. Xerts was a family friendly restaurant that was set out to look like a spaceship. You started by ‘lifting off’ in a spaceship (aka the lift). Once you reached the top, you entered the inside of a spaceship that hovered around the milky way. The restaurant boasted futuristic elements with diner style tables and a computer in your booth to order your food. Now please note, this restaurant was huge in 2000, so computers to order your food on was out of this world – literally! However now that isn’t anything out of the ordinary. This restaurant was a sure treat to visit and was my childhood fave!
So as you can see, getting the chance to visit the Hello Kitty Diner was totally up my street and brought out my inner child, and inner asian! The seating, like Xerts, was booth style, and resembled that of an american diner. The restaurant had pink elements everywhere, it almost looked like the air was pink! The food was american diner inspired as well, with an asian flair. For instance, there was a Korean fried chicken burger with kimchi slaw, or sweet potato chips with miso mayo. The miso mayo was divine, delectably savoury, with a hint of sweetness.
I ordered what I had seen floating around Instagram – the Hello Kitty waffle with fried chicken and maple syrup. I was a skeptic at first, sweet dessert, with fried ‘dinner food’ didn’t seem like a match made in heaven. However I was pleasantly surprised to find that this dish was so delicious, and perfectly balanced – worth going back for! I wasn’t a fan of the sweet potato fries however, they were sogy and lacked that moorish crunch. Furthermore, the Hello Kitty Diner soda was way too sweet with no flavour, dont order it!
The burgers were okay, just standard burgers cooked well, with a soft brioche bun, nothing to really rave on about. However I do want to go back to try that Korean fried chicken burger that I mentioned before, as their fried chicken and waffles was delicious.
All in all, go check this place out, its cute, well priced and
Xerts Restaurant, Darling Harbour
Hello Kitty Diner, Chatswood Interchange
The Two Wolves Community Cantina is nestled on the corner of Broadway and city road in Sydney’s city. It boasts a mexican feel, that is very warm and welcoming.
The story behind this place is worth learning about. With the idea of urging individuals from the first world to explore the poverty and needs of the third world, the Cardoner Project set out to run immersion projects in poverty-stuck nations, with the aim to motivate individuals to see beyond their own needs, and look to the needs of others crying out for help.
The restaurant is non for profit, and all proceeds go towards running these immersion projects. All workers, except the head chef at The Two Wolves are volunteer, and most have themselves been on an immersion project and have been changed by the experience.
But don’t think that because the workers are volunteers, that the food would be lacking. The menu has been created and inspired by a variety to popular cafes and restaurants around sydney, with many big names in the culinary industry coming together to make this restaurant a happening place with quality food!
I personally enjoyed the Korean fried chicken the most – I would go as far as to say that it was the tastiest fried chicken I have ever eaten!
Definitely give this place a try, it is well worth it and is money WELL SPENT!
Also check out the post on http://www.rebateszone.com/top-50-food-blogs-in-australia, where recollections of food was rated the 22nd best blog in Australia!
The Two Wolves:
202 Broadway, Ultimo, New South Wales
02 8039 3595
For the past few weeks, I have filled days trying burger after burger in search of something quite spectacular. The journey was long however enjoyable (of course!), and I have discovered that Sydney has some pretty perfect burgers on offer! After my trip to Los Angeles at the beginning of the year, I was inspired by their perfectly handcrafted, burgers; with a soft bun, oozing cheese, crispy bacon and a succulent, thick meat patty. I thought that Sydney didn’t have burgers that compared other than the classic Aussie burger that I grew up with, with bacon, egg, meat, pineapple, cheese, lettuce, tomato and beetroot. But I was so wrong!
With the The Fatties burger appreciation society on Facebook booming with 20,000 members, Sydney foodies seem to always be on the hunt for the highest quality burger around – and these foodies are hard to please, they are burger connoisseurs to say the least!
But what I can say is after my search for this perfect burger is that Bare Grill Cafe in La Perouse produced my favourite burger so far! The infamous burger is called ‘The Fatties Burger’ created for the The Fatties burger appreciation society. It consists of double beef, bacon, American cheese, gherkins and house sauce for the amazing price of $10. I think the highlight and the secret ingredient of this burger was the house sauce which was creamy, but zesty, and also surprisingly refreshing. The meat was incredibly succulent and the bread was so, so soft!
The owner of this place told me that he certainly did his research before opening his own burger shop. He and his family traveled all around the United States taste testing burgers to find what ingredients were essential to create the best tasting burger. I say that Bare Grill’s burgers are so amazing because they do not compromise on quality, everything is cooked with care and all ingredients are hot and fresh!
But wait, there is more! Their new fish burger designed by Simon from http://simonfoodfavourites.blogspot.com.au/ is incredibly refreshing and again high quality! The fish is lightly battered and fried and coupled with coleslaw and a dill and gherkin mayonnaise. If you are a fish lover, this burger is also delicious!
And finally, you wont believe it, but as well as producing my favourite burger in Sydney, Bare Grill also have authentic gelato on offer. I would go as far as to say that it is better than messina and Cow and moon, and should be compared more to a very authentic gelato that has a mouse-like texture, much like Rivareno gelato on Crown street in Sydney, or that which I has in Bologna in Italy.
Everyone has to visit this place, its worth the drive out to La Perouse, you will not be dissapointed!
Thanks to Ompty for inviting me. Head over to http://www.ompty.com for some incredible discounts on some of the best Eastern Suburbs cafe’s and restaurants including Bare Grill.
Who would have thought that the new ‘hipster’ style cafe’s would branch out of the city and into the suburbs? What’s more is who would have thought that they would branch out into The Hills! Being a Hills girl myself, I have never been proud of the cafe’s that we have on offer out here, and always opted to travel closer to the city to meet friends. However, 2015 has brought a new wave of gorgeous, trendy cafe’s into this area, where people are traveling from all over Sydney to get to – I know, crazy!
One of these so called ‘hipster’ cafe’s is The Tuckshop in Glenhaven. I had heard people talking about how cool this place was for a long time, with its crate seating, bright vibrant interior and of course their delicious food; burgers, breakfast and the like!
So of course, with nothing to do on a Tuesday morning, and being my hangry self, I dragged myself out of bed and headed five minutes down the road to The Tuckshop to check out whether it matched up to some of my Eastern suburbs – favourite places!
And alas – it did indeed! The Tuckshop brought Glenhaven rd alive for the first time ever! The place was full of young people desperate for a fancy feed. Seating sprawled out into the back courtyard, and onto the side of the cafe, and featured an almost picnic feel. The menu’s were set on the wall for people to help themselves, which gave the place even more of a ‘tuckshop’ vibe. What I loved about the menu was that everything was available all day – even breakfast which was awesome as even though I had slept in, I could still go for what I was craving, muesli.
The toasted muesli ($12) was actually really good, very sweet, however balanced by the natural yogurt. The serving was also very generous! I also (surprisingly) loved the coffee!
All in all, every one should go check this place out, I will definitely be a regular!!
And last thing – it isn’t the city and I cannot care less!
The Tuckshop Cafe
Shop 1/78 Glenhaven Road, Glenhaven NSW 2156, Australia
+61 2 8850 5549
On Monday the 23rd June it was my 20th birthday! I was so excited to finally end my teenage years and begin the rest of my life. Sadly, my one uni exam for the semester fell on this day, right smack bang in the middle of MY day! It was the last thing I wanted to do on my birthday, however, I made a plan to have as much fun as possible before and after the dreaded exam.
I began my day with a trip to The Grounds of Alexandria with my Mum. I had always wanted to visit the grounds, so many of my friends had been there, and the pictures they had uploaded of the food looked incredible! So off we went, in an attempt to cross one restaurant off my long list of restaurants i’m dying to visit!
It was in a really strange location! I had never really explored Alexandria before, so driving through what seemed like an industrial area wasn’t exactly where I would expect to find a happening breakfast spot, and foodie destination! However, in amongst the factories we found a gem! We walked in to what looked like a country village, filled with a flower shop, gourmet grocery store, a bar and of course the cafe! It was such a cool little country escape in amongst industry and the city! There was a bit of a queue for a table, but we didn’t mind seeing as it gave us time to explore. As the waiter lead us too our seats, the vibrant atmosphere got me so excited! There were loads of people enjoying their meals, stands packed with freshly baked bread from their bakery onsite, bread and jam tasting, a dessert stand, there was just so much going on that I didn’t know where to look. There was such a fabulous vibe. I ordered the Brioche Brekky Burger with Polenta Chips and Mum ordered the Brekky Board. I also had their freshly squeezed watermelon and pineapple fruit juice. We were seated right near the kitchen, and I watched all the food being prepared and assembled. Everything looked incredible and made to so keen to come back and try the rest of the breakfast dishes!
The Brekky burger was so delicious! The Brioche was so soft, and surprisingly, the burger was quite light on my stomach.
Later on in the day we went to a place called A Tavola for dinner. I had read reviews for this restaurant and decided to tick yet another restaurant off my long list of places to visit. I had heard about their freshly made pasta that they hang around the restaurant to dry before service, and as we walked in, my eyes were immediately drawn to the pasta drying on the racks. We were greeted with some freshly baked focaccia and chilli olive oil, which immediately excited me as it reminded me of a traditional european restaurant (not the stingy Australian versions where you pay extra for the bread). Dad also ordered an Italian red wine (not sure what it was called as Italian wines come in so many unfamiliar varieties) which was spectacular. I ordered the Pappardelle with Wagyu Ragu and so did my mum and dad. My sister ordered the Mushroom Ravioli with Truffle Sauce. Both dishes were incredible, the pasta cooked al dente which is always promising, and we were given such a generous serving of the hearty Ragu.
For dessert, just for the sake of jamming one more foodie destination into one day, we went to Riva Reno on Crown st for Gelato. Riva Reno is an Italian gelato chain that has many stores in Italy, but a few in Australia as well. It is by far my favourite gelato in Australia, and is possibly better than the gelato I had in Italy. It has such a thick creamy texture, that it reminds me on eating Nutella. The gelato is kept in metal cylinders to keep it from being exposed to bacteria etc. but also because natural, authentic gelato doesn’t have any preservatives or nitrogen, and so cannot be piled up high on display as we find it here in Australia. To me it makes more sense to store the gelato this way! I would absolutely recommend visiting this place!
I had a fabulous birthday, even though I had an exam (notice I didn’t mention the exam in my recount of the day? It doesnt deserve a mention!)
The Grounds of Alexandria: http://groundsroasters.com/
A Tavola, Bondi: http://www.atavola.com.au/bondi/
Riva Reno: http://www.rivareno.com/ita/