The Sydney Diaries II

Breakfast

Foodarama

10am and hungry, Red Macaron, Little Brother and I were now desperate for food. After our stomachs refused to wait 45 minutes at The Grounds of Alexandria, we headed back in defeat. We came across this little unexpected cafe with unexpectedly good food.

Red Macaron had Mexican Eggs with a serve of Iced Campos Coffee.

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Little Brother ordered the Spinach, Chorizo and Feta Omelette.

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I couldn’t resist the House Baked Beans served with sautéed spinach, poached egg and two slices of multi-grain sourdough.

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Foodarama | 573 King St, Newtown, NSW 2042 | 9557 2560 |

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The Wedge Espresso

A trendy local cafe with fresh simple food and quality coffee.

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I enjoyed my Toasted Orange and Dark Chocolate Granola. It was a tad naughty with the chocolate granola, but the bitterness of the chocolate was grounded by the deliciously toasted nuts and muesli, and contrasted well with the bursts of sweet kumquat, sprigs of lemon balm and luscious yoghurt.

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Red Macaron ordered the Kale and Mushroom Toastie.

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Little Brother had the Ham and Gruyere Toastie.

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The Wedge Espresso | 53-55 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, NSW 2037 |

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The Grounds of Alexandria

Little Brother was eager to eat here after last failed attempt at obtaining a table. We arrived mid-morning on a weekday, so we were able to walk straight in to a table for two.

Little Brother ordered the Quinoa Omelette – deliciously creamy with herbs and soft quinoa throughout.

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I had the Quinoa Bircher topped with papaya and sesame and sunflower seeds, pepita and nuts. Refreshing, light and a perfect degree of sweet.

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The Grounds of Alexandria never disappoints for breakfast.

The Grounds of Alexandria | Building 7A, No. 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria NSW 2015 |  (02) 9699 2225|

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Lunch

Marigold Restaurant

Classic Yum Cha with the carts of steamed, pan-fried or baked deliciousness. One of the carts had built-in pan to cook the radish cakes and the sizzling sounds and aromatic smell was mouth-watering.

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Marigold| Level 4 & 5 Citymark Building, 683-689 George St, Sydney 2000| (02) 9281 3388 |

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Chef’s Gallery

Highly popular traditional Chinese restaurant serving its signature Hand-Pulled Noodles, Spicy DanDan Noodles, Peking Duck, Handmade Egg Tofu and delicate Dimsims.

Little Brother had the Pork Ribs with Spicy DanDan Noodles. The noodles were smooth, tender and impeccably exact in width, the broth was rich and with the classic peppery spice.

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I ordered the Spinach Pulled Noodles Pan Fried with Seafood. The noodles were excellent, but the seafood not as fresh and being pan-fried, the dish was closer to an Italian seafood pasta.  Red Macaron had the Traditional DanDan Noodles which were as good as Little Brother’s. Dishes of choice would be their Chef’s Recommendations as well as the more traditional dishes. Service can be rushed and queue early for a table. With the quality of its food, this restaurant deserves the hype.

Chefs Gallery | Shop12 (facing Bathurst Street), Ground Level Regent Place Shopping Centre, 501 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000 | (02) 9267 8877 |

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Moo Gourmet Burgers

Listed as one of Sydney’s best burger joints, we couldn’t have agreed more. Welcome to people big or small, eaters of veges or lovers of meat, Moo Gourmet Burgers is a place for all.

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Little Brother had the Wagyu Beef Burger complete with Caramelized Onion, Tomato, Tasmanian Brie, Mixed Leaf Salad and Home-made Mayonnaise.

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Red Macaron ordered the Black and White Burger of Angus Beef, Mozzarella, Egg, Tomato, Mixed Leaf, Home-made mayonnaise and Tomato Relish. I devoured my Lentil Burger which had a Lentil and Walnut Patty, Avocado, Cucumber, Rocquette, Home-made Aioli and Chilli Jam. The best Lentil Burger due to its delicious patty of tender and moist lentils and chunks of crunchy walnuts and seasoned to perfection.

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Moo Gourmet Burgers | 232 King St, Newtown NSW 2042

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Gumshara Ramen

In Chinatown’s large food court, the locals name Gumshara Ramen as the Best Ramen Shop. With the classic Tonkatsu Ramen with options of Pork, Fish or Egg, an oldie is a goodie.

Little Brother and I ordered one each with a side of pickled cabbage.

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Gumshara Ramen | Shop 211 25-29 Dixon St, Haymarket, NSW 2000 | 0410 253 180 |

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Dinner

Malacca Straits on Broadway

Best Malaysian restaurant outside of Malaysia. Food was beautifully authentic, both visually and in flavour. The Banana Leaf Wrapped Fish was incredible – the rich tart, spicy and fragrant marinade wrapping the moist, banana leaf infused fish with the slightly charred taste from the fire. The Otak-Otak (Malaysian Banana Wrapped Fish Cake) and Sambal Lady Fingers were also delicious.

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Malacca Straits on Broadway | 66 Mountain St, Broadway NSW 2007 | (02) 8021 7069 |

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Dessert

Adriano Zumbo Patissier

Few people can avoid the neon lit displays of elegant yet funky and creative gateaux, domes and tarts. We walked out with his infamous macarons and took a fond liking to his Pandan and Sticky Rice Macaron.

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Adriano Zumbo Patissier | The Star, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont NSW 2009 | (02) 9810 7318 |

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Blackflower Patisserie

With the mysteriousness of night, yet elegance of a rose, Blackflower Patisserie stands out from its surroundings in Chinatown. Piles of pastisserie books and magazines sit in front of towers of macarons and gorgeous squares and domes of sweet delights. From Durian Macarons to Hamburger Macarons and pots of Mario’s Garden Desserts and Gold Dusted Rose adorned Red Velvets are just some of the sugary wonders to tempt the sweet toothed ones.

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The Genmaicha Green Tea Macarons captured the smoky essence of brown rice with the light bitterness of green tea which balanced well against the sugary macaron shells.

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Mario’s Garden was delightful take on tiramisu with its layers of coffee soaked sponge, chocolate mousse, jelly and ganache.

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No other way to end this beautiful Sydney trip with Blackflower’s artistic creations.

Overall, I’m truly honored to have been part of this food experience! See you again, Sydney :)

Blackflower Patisserie | 5/37 Ultimo Rd, Haymarket NSW 2000 | (02) 9211 8373

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