Great new cafe that has only been open for 3 months now. Has the industrial vibe feel with exposed brick walls and open plan kitchen.
Have tried their chicken panini and that was great, toasted with rocket, semi dried tomato and Swiss cheese! Who knew all the flavours would sync.
They have a large brick wood fired oven for their delicious pizzas! Dough is freshly made on site! Very authentic.
You can choose to sit indoors or outdoors, however, its winter and its probably freezing outside!
Coffee is good, Staff are friendly and helpful.
Lots of different specials everyday in their bain marie stand so definitely one to check out if you are in the area. Last week they had Rolled Pork Porchetta with roasted veggies......nom nom nom Delish!
Address details 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
Heard about this place a lot on Instagram so as usual it was a must visit but of course with life commitments you tend to call in on it months are your initial thought of visiting!
We got there 10 minutes to 8am on Saturday (because that's when they open) so of course the place was empty except for the staff which was great coz we got to choose a prime position to sit!
I did not realise that the Kitchen was part of the Koskela warehouse where the owners Russel Koskela and Sasha Titchkosky produce "Australian furniture that is beautiful, functional and durable" (taken from their website) .... will you look at that you learn something new everyday!
We ordered the Sourdough pancakes with Lemon Curd $14, Big Breakfast $20 and Eggs benedict/royale $13. Everything was back to basics, you order at the counter then take a number and a seat and they bring it out to you.
In addition, to the usual breakfast menu they also have pastries/cakes on offer if you are not quite hungry.
The cutlery was in an old tomato tin tub which added the rustic look, food was served in tin plates like the kind you take camping.
Food was sensational! My eggs benedict came on a bun and all the sauce and the egg oozed out goodness! I scraped the plate...literally! Pancakes were divine.
After we had finished breakfast we waiting around till 9am as that was the time Koskela opened so we could peruse the designs.
Families and groups are welcome here, Great way to start the weekend!
Address details can be found here: weebly
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
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
Last day of November and it was the day we finally got to meet Kevin Bacon, Bradley and all the other animals that are residents at the The Grounds.
Weather was overcast and sprinkling to start but that did not deter us. Arrived about 8.40 am and parking was scarce but eventually found a spot.
Since having a foot injury i rarely like to walk far even though i should be grateful!
Anywho the place was packed when we got there, so we had to get a buzzer and wait 30 minutes, which was ample time for my niece to visit Kevin bacon and his friends.
It's quite a large area with different carts placed all over the grounds. There's the lemonade stand, the fresh fruit cart, pastry cart and a kids play area.
By the time out buzzer beeped we were both starving! To start i got the Super green juice which no amount of convincing would make my niece try it!
We got the breakfast platter to share which consisted of 2 poached eggs, 2 x toast, smoked ham, diced tomatoes, feta with pesto and avocado. Clean eating to the max! Finished off with hot chocolate and a cappuccino.
Overall it was well worth the wait, sadly i did not get to visit Salt meets Cheese. Alas gives me an excuse to visit again soon!
Here's to breaking Sydney's cafes, restaurants and places to interest one weekend at a time!
Address 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!