Branching out from their famous joint out in Lane Cove to a new place out in Hunters Hill!
A whole 4.8km! That's roughly around 11 minutes drive depending on Sydney traffic. (If you don't believe me you can check google maps - it doesn't lie)
We called at 6.40pm to book a table as its always best to book a table, was told they can sit us down at 8pm? Sure why not, you can always go to the pub next door (Hunters Hill Hotel) to have a drink or two and visualize which delicious flavours you will be eating shortly.
Our table was not ready until 8.10pm but we were happy to wait instead of sit outside as it was freaking cold! Place was still packed and loud at this hour.
Between the 4 of us we decided a metre long pizza was in order. The 3 flavours chosen was:
Quattro Formaggi (San Marzano Tomato,fior di latte, ham, sausage, mild salami, hot salami& basil)
Diavola (San Marzano Tomato, fior di latte, hot salami, olives & basil
and the (Fior di latte, prosciutto parma, rocket, parmesan & basil on a white base).
Pizza came out in under 10mins! Perfecto! All flavours we superb! The Diavolo was spicy hot! I could only have one slice, 4 cheese pizza amazing and the best would be the proscuitto.
Staff are friendly, efficient and loud (yes majority are Italian). If you have yet to try Via Napoli - I suggest you get on it quick smart young man/lady!
Address and opening times can be found here: weebly
Finally, Messina have opened up a store in Parramatta.
Located in the heart of the Church st mall restaurant and cafe hub.
If you have yet to try this deliciousness you must get on the band wagon!
Signature flavours include:
Coconut & Lychee
Salted Caramel and White Chocolate
Milk Chocolate with chocolate peanut fudge
The list goes on and on, my favourite is the salted coconut and mango salsa! Delicious salty fruit :P
In addition to their signature flavours they also have limited editions every week I believe (don't quote me on it). Current flavours include:
1. Kevin bacon (maple whiskey gelato with candied bacon crunch)
2. Robert Brownie Jrn ( Milk chocolate gelato with cho brownie and chocolate fudge)
3. Mandarin (gf Freshly squeezed mandarin sorbet)
4. The Mighty Gm pie (Peanut butter gelato with choc pie crust, cho custard, banana jam & peanut cream
5. Dulce and Gabanana (gf: banana gelato smashed w dulce de leche jam)
6. C is Cookies ( Choc chip gelato with chocolate chip cookies)
So get yourself down to a Gelato Messina outlet asap to try out these limited flavours!
Open times and address for their Parramatta store can be found here: weebly
If you feel like something different to your regular gelato haunt, why not try Stix Desserts. Situated on 620 Crown St, Surry Hills.
For $4.50 there is a 3 step process:
Step 1: Choose a flavour
Step 2: Dunk it (white, milk or dark choclate)
Step 3: Top it (with either peanuts, hundreds & thousands, coconut, pretzels, oreo etc)
If you are undecided on what to choose you are most welcome to sample the flavours.
Combo's we tried:
Salted caramel flavour with milk chocolate and coconut
Panna cotta with milk chocolate and peanuts
Blood orange sorbet with dark chocolate and coconut
You get given the stix in a little paper carrier in case you spill it everywhere ;P.
All three amazing flavours! Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
P.s They only take cash!
Opening times can be found here: weebl
I made this last month and forgot to put it up! So here it here,
This recipe was take from these two lovely ladies called "The Merrymaker sisters" Link can be found here _
So easy to make and tastes delicious and you don't feel so guilty for eating half of it :P
Recipe as follows:
makes: 16 squares prep time: 10 minutes bake time: 25 minutes
2 cups almond meal
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup chopped walnuts
125g ghee metled (you can also use coconut oil)
½ cup coconut sugar
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a 20cm x 20cm slice tine.
In a saucepan melt the ghee and sugar together, allow this to cool slightly.
Add the egg, dates, walnuts and almond meal, mix until well combined.
Press the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Allow the slice to cool in the tin and cut into squares.
Enjoy! You can store left overs (if there are any) in an airtight container.
Catching up with a girlfriend always require a place that isn't too loud so you can hear each and not have to YELL.
Arrived after 6pm and was asked for a reservation? Of course I didn't have one seeing as it was so early! We chose a table on the border of the inside/outside line. The courtyard floor is lined with fake grass, in addition, they have fairy lights all lined up with some displayed in glass jars.
I would have to say the ambiance is casual with relaxed vibe accompanied by some great tunes. We spotted a DJ deck but by the end of the night there was no one playing, probably stuck with the trusty Ipod.
I started with some pear cider and Emma had Prosecco (i think). To eat we had a selection of dumplings ranging from mushroom, prawn, duck and crab. Each had 4 portions. The BBQ duck is amazing! You must get this.
We were content with our starters and decided to leave mains for now till we were more hungry. Instead we filled up with some beautiful Barrosa Shiraz and when then was nearly finished we decided to share the "Kuila Dadai" which is Malaysian style pandan crepes, caramelised coconut, "laughing donuts" and coconut cream ($10). Mouth watering dessert!
Staff are friendly and attentive. Located upstairs on the mezzanine level, below ‘Hugos Lounge . We were surprised it was not packed?! Indeed this is not one of your average dumpling bars but the food is spectacular.
Get on it!
Address deets can be found here: weeb
What is Gyoza for those that do not know? Its pretty much a fried dumpling or pot sticker. So if you like yum cha you will love this place!
Located on Bayswater Rd just behind the Coca-Cola sign. Harajuku Gyoza is a happy place and they want you to be "happy in the tummy" as their slogan suggests, even the dumpling on the window has a smiling face! They also mention, you must 'Come in hungry like Godzilla"....:P
They do not take bookings so we rocked up around 7pm and there were few seats at the bar or stand alone tables. This place is great for nibbles, lunch, dinner and groups.
The plates are quirky with different pictures of Japanese themed such as buildings, Harajuku girls, scenery and so fourth. This place does remind me of being in Shinjuku.
Any quirky thing is when someone orders a sake (i think could be umeshu) the waitresses start screaming in Japanese. Quite strange but hilarious at the same time!
To get things rolling we got Kirin on Tap and Rising Sun pale ale then for food:
1 x Grilled pork gyoza (5 pieces) $8
1 x Poached duck gyoza (5 pieces) $8
1 x Vege grilled gyoza (5 pieces) $8
1 x Chilli Chicken Kaarage $9
1 x Edamame beans $4
That was for 2 and that was quite filling! We also did not want to fill up too much because we wanted to try out their desserts! For dessert we got the Nutella Banana gyoza with ice cream ($9 for 3 pieces). It was everything you can expect - warm gooey nutella with bits of banana through it. YUM! Pity there was only 3 :(
I give this place a thumbs up.Definitely will be back to try the sake cocktails and the frozen beer....hmm very interesting.
Address details can be found here: weeb
I believe this place has been open just over a month.
It is one of those novelty restaurants and we wanted to try the food ourselves.
We arrived about 6pm so not many people seated yet. Staff are friendly and attentive. So far so good!
Lighting is pretty bright here but then again it was a very gloomy day out.
I ordered the banana milkshake and the Jack Daniel ribs. Milkshake was sweet and tasty reminded me of when I was a kid at restaurants. Ribs were a big serving with chips and salad and very saucy just how I like it! And I don't eat a lot of ribs so that's saying something.
My sister enjoyed her meal too which was the Jackies Eye fillet I think with mash and veggies.
It's my first visit and the place is still new so we shall see how far it goes!
I gave it 2 1/2 to 3 stars because I did enjoy my ribs but for 2 meals and a kids meal came to $93! Pretty exy I think!
Heard about this place on Instagram but haven't had a chance to visit until now! Hooray!
First we went to the wrong end of Dixon St, stupid iPhone map! Finally reached it after refreshing the maps app.
Place feels like your in a lab with the staff in lab coats and all the smoke from the liquid nitrogen coming out of the food processors.
Line wasn't too long, we ordered the Ferraro Revival and Strawberry, Rosewater Meringue Pie. $8 each
Ah YUM! I loved the rosewater flavored meringue on top my refreshing strawberry ice cream.
The Ferraro revival comes with a chocolate syringe and a wafer!
Brilliant! Love this place!
Address is: 43/1 Dixon St, Sydney
The Sydney Festival goes from January 9th to the 26th 2014. The festival village is located in Hyde Park, Sydney.
Free activities include the Sacrilege (Bouncy Stonehenge) as per picture on left and adults are most welcome :) Although, be warned it only goes for 10 minutes as there is a long line however, its definitely a workout! phew! Box wars, City of Sydney - Lawn Library, Jenga and so on.
More details can be found on their website here:
Food stalls include: Food Society, Jafe Jaffles, Woofys Hot Dogs and speciall crafted sweets from Gelato Messina! For the adults there are 5 bars to choose form including the Rekordelig Gazebo.
In addition they have an a huge selection of shows at the The Spiegeltent, Sydney Town Hall, Riverside Theaters in Parramatta. Best to check their website for further info.
We got there around 6pm and it was not busy yet, However, when we left at 8pm there was a line for the entrance as they were at capacity. So plan ahead people!
Overall a great experience for the family, with friends or just with your partner :)
Took a friend for the first time to High Tea and she loved it! I figured the best place to start would be to trial The Tea Room at the Queen Victoria Building in the city.
We were booked in for 11am for a 1.5 hour seating, although i highly doubt we would use that whole time!
I cant remember the names of most of the items but made sure to take a lot of pictures so you can feast your eyes on the deliciousness that is High Tea :) . The wait staff was impeccable and pleasant.
We were done and dusted within the hour and desperately needed to walk off the many treats we just consumed.
Overall I love High Tea and always have a wonderful time sipping tea and eating the mini treats, I mean if you didn't then this is something that you must get yourself into! With the year coming to an end i think you all deserve to spoil yourself ;).
Address and contact details can be found here: weebly
I like trying new things, visiting new places and going on food adventures. I keep it short, simple and sweet!