Brunching at Kitchen by Mike

Brunching at Kitchen by Mike

The weekends seem few and far between so I don’t really get much done besides bumming around. It always ends up the same story – morning sleep ins where I get little to nothing done, and before I know it, it’s the start of another work week.

Last weekend I managed to squeeze in some terrarium slash random gardening. My last basil plant turned into a flowering dried plant before it died, and as a consequence spread its seeds into surrounding pots. Little basil plants have since shot up, so I decided it was time to re-pot them. I also made another terrarium with some succulents from the garden.

H and I also managed a trip to Kitchen by Mike. Neither of us are morning people, so it is always a late lunch. This time we got the lamb with cous cous, as well as a quarter chicken with an avocado and black bean salad. I love the idea of a half avocado drenched in soy/black bean. It was absolutely moreish and I quickly craved the other half of the avocado. The lamb was so tender and bursting with flavour too. And that harissa sauce. Oh em gee.

Kitchen by Mike

All I can say is that if you haven’t yet been to Kitchen by Mike, you really need to arrange a time to go! They pride themselves on making tasty, wholesome, responsible food from seasonal ingredients. I love how the menu is forever changing. I adore the salads they have.

Kitchen by Mike

And you can’t go past coffee + cake. They have a great assortment of baked goodies, and of course I want to try them all! In this case I settle for a slice of hazelnut cake with some pretty mean chocolate icing. Love.

Kitchen by Mike

In conclusion. I’m still listening to that Mika song from the last post.

Catching up + pretty things

Catching up + pretty things

Yet another life-is-hectic-woe-is-me post. I’m in an endless cycle of my day job and side projects. Unfortunately the side projects are as digital as my day job so there isn’t much variety to be had. But that’s alright. I am missing making something a little more physical. My plants are crying for attention. I did notice that my asparagus plants have been sprouting some spears. I must make an asparagus centric dish one day soon.

I took Tuesday off last week as I had to pick up my mum who spent a month in the USA visiting my aunties. She brought back a tonne of chocolate and lollies – all in a giant box (in addition to her suitcase) that probably weighed more than I do.

H took the day off too, and we decided to go to DFO to take advantage of being out and about on a week day (oh the luxury!). We drove down to Homebush after having a lovely brunch at Kitchen by Mike and admiring some very colourful and pretty flowers. I opted for the pork belly with some beetroot, freekah and goats cheese – amazing by the way!

kitchen by mike

I managed to pick up four Essie polishes at $6 each. Loving DFO! I didn’t realise they were renovating and extending upwards! Good move if you ask me. I’m looking forward to the new stores that are opening in the not too distant future.

essie polishes

I put in an order for a piece of jewellery I’ve long been coveting. I’ve seen it on a few other bloggers and I just haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. I even got a Forever 21 version for $2, but it was chunky and just didn’t satisfy my desire. I got it last week and haven’t been able to take it off since! I’m definitely going through a dainty ring phase.

jordan askill

Hope everyone is having a fantastic week so far!

Berry adventures continued

Berry adventures continued

After stopping by the Berry Sourdough Cafe, we wandered around the town centre browsing through the different little stores. H was targeting one of the quaint little homewares stores we found last time we were in the area. He still has a list of must-have’s for the apartment. It was such a leafy neighbourhood and so calming to wander around randomly exploring.

berry tree

store intallation

Some of the other ladies wanted to stop by the Berry candle shop. It was really popular with a serious range of candles. From my group, the most popular ones by far were the Woodwick brand, which as the name suggests has a wooden wick that has a little cracking sound as it burns. It makes you feel like you’re sitting in front of a roaring fire! Well. Maybe a little baby fire.

berry woodwick candles

I’ve stocked up on Glasshouse candles for a good couple of months, so I skipped browsing candles (goodness knows I don’t need any more!) and popped over to the Berry bead shop. So much eye candy. But I knew I had a huge box of beads and findings at home. So I only looked. It looked like candy!

beads

The Berry donut van was a definite-stop for us. We bought a dozen to eat + take home. Gotta love them fresh and hot! I personally don’t see much of a difference between fresh donuts here and at Donut King (some may disagree). Maybe it is slightly crispier here? Anyway. You must try it yourself if you haven’t already!

berry donut van

Everyone was wearing pretty long skirts with gorgeous patterns and hues. I just had to take a photo whilst we were waiting to get into the Berry Sourdough Cafe.

skirts

lavender
pom pomsOverall another great trip to Berry. Can’t wait until next time!

road trip

Berry Sourdough Cafe

Berry Sourdough Cafe

I’ve been itching to go to the Berry Sourdough Cafe for the longest possible time. The last time I was in Berry, it was a public holiday and so it was closed, and there was a very disappointed me. Fast forward to last weekend, I made the effort to call ahead to make sure it was open. We came as a group of 9, and they don’t take bookings – so we had a short wait of about 10-15 minutes. They had local art hung up around the place. I loved the interiors! Everything was so kitsch.

Berry Sourdough Cafe

It was a hive of activity inside. We were given two tables pushed together, so it was a bit of a squeeze, but we made do. I was determined to try the food! There was a good range of local cider and beers available.

Berry Sourdough Cafe

I was preparing for the Berry Donut Van afterwards, so I opted for the potato, leek and smoked garlic soup with olive tapenade ($15.50). It was creamy and rich, and was accompanied with a slice of toast slathered with salty butter. Love.

Berry Sourdough Cafe

The majority of the table ordered the crisp pork belly, hazelnut puree, green pair and radicchio ($25) which most certainly didn’t disappoint. It was beautifully crunchy and pull-apart-moist at the same time.

Berry Sourdough Cafe

I have a thing for foodie aerial shots these days. Sure I look like a complete psycho doing them, but I really don’t care. Anything for the money shot! Three plates of the pork? Yes.

Berry Sourdough Cafe

This was the quinoa and chevre salad with spiced beetroot and walnuts ($19). I didn’t taste this but I was assured it was delicious, and the quinoa and other random seeds left you with a pleasant popping sensation.

Berry Sourdough Cafe

A couple of others in my party ordered the linguine with clams, green olives and verjus ($22). I’ll be honest, I didn’t try this either, but I can say about this is that it looked mighty tasty. The clams looked fresh, and smelled amazing.

Berry Sourdough Cafe

I have no regrets in making the Berry Sourdough Cafe the sole purpose of my visit!

BERRY SOURDOUGH CAFE
23 Prince Alfred Street
Berry NSW 2535
(02) 4464 1617

Ms G’s: A diner no finer

Ms G’s: A diner no finer

As part of the March into Merivale period, Ms G’s offered a lunch with a diner themed menu. I always try to make an effort to visit one event during March. The interiors were decorated with pastel honeycomb soda shakes and the waiters and waitresses wore those adorable little hats that diner folk used to wear. With our meals we got the choice of a chocolate or strawberry shake or just a soft drink.

A diner no finer

Upon learning the shakes were all premade with regular milk, I opted for a coke (damn you lactose intolerance). It arrived at the table in a frosty glass bottle, so retro!

Ms G's Diner no Finer

All four courses had two options. For the first it was clam chowder or poutine. Naturally we got both. The poutine was definitely the highlight of this course, slathered in a slightly salty gravy balanced by goats curd. The chips kept their lovely crunch despite being drenched in the salt. My first time eating poutine was definitely not a disappointment.

Ms G's Diner no Finer

Ms G's Diner no Finer

The second round was a choice between buffalo wings with ranch and celery sticks or southern buttermilk fried chicken. The buffalo wings smelled quite potent with its basting, but upon tasting it was turned into a pleasant chilli tang. I’ve loved the fried  chicken chops at Ms G’s before, so knew the crunchy-on-the-outside and juicy-on-the-inside nature of the fried chicken. I do wish it came with a dipping sauce though.

Ms G's Diner no Finer

The two choices for mains were either a cheeseburger or lobster roll. Both choices came with fries, a pickle and a coleslaw. The cheeseburger came in a soft bun, a little reminiscent of those used at McDonald’s, but a little more sweeter like a brioche roll. The meat patty was a lovely bite with the pickle and onion relish adding some added crunch.

Ms G's Diner no Finer

The lobster roll was another first for me. I think I’ve only ever had crab rolls in the past. It was a sweet and salty roll with creamy chunks of lobster dispersed throughout. I can’t get enough of brioche rolls. There was a celery crunch that mixed up the textures in the roll. The blurred out section of the photo were the un-photogenic remnants of the previous courses chicken dish :p

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Finally, last course was a choice of a banana split or apple and rhubarb pie. It was no question at all when all of us at the table decided to get banana splits. I’m not a fan of banana and ice cream, but the vanilla bean ice cream mixed with the chopped nuts complimented the sweetness of the banana, and I was hooked until the end.

Overall I did love the experience, the ambiance and the food were quite unique. At $50 per person, I’m not sure if I’d make it an annual occurrence  as I do really like the normal menu at Ms G’s a little better. I do think this is one of those things you have to experience at least once!


MS G’S
55 Victoria St
Potts Point NSW 2011
http://merivale.com.au/msgs

(02) 8313 1000

Brunching at Kepos Street Kitchen

Brunching at Kepos Street Kitchen

I had a bit more of a foodie weekend than usual. It may have to do with the horrible weather Sydney has had the past few days, coupled with the fact that I’ve been sick this previous week and have been dying to escape the confines of my bedroom.

I’d heard a lot about Kepos Street Kitchen. In my head it was somewhere close to Kitchen by Mike. But that may have more to do with how they both share the word ‘kitchen’ in their title. Anyway. H and I made our way to the Alexandria/Redfern border. We found ourselves on a quaint leafy street, lined with pretty terrace houses. It was the day-after-Mardi-Gras, so the remnants of the day before were still flying proud.

Rainbow pride

The cafe is at the end of the cul-de-sac – it’s a nice little space that appears to be a converted from a residential house. It’s pretty busy when we get there at midday. We wait a little bit at the entrance as the waitress gets us a table ready. I didn’t mind the wait as much as I got a chance to stare at all the pretty pastries and cakes.

Kepos Street Kitchen

She leads us to the back of the cafe, where the rear backyard has been converted into a pergola of sorts, complete with roof shades both to keep out, and let rays of sunshine in. As a nice homely touch, each table has a pot plant overflowing with a range of different herbs.

Kepos Street Kitchen

It definitely was difficult to choose from the offerings on the menu. It all sounded tasty! Kepos offers coffee by The Grounds. I’m always partial to pretty green cups of coffee.

Kepos Street Kitchen

H had his eye on the chorizo omelette, soon realised it was no longer on the menu and opted for the falafel sandwich ($16)  instead. He wasn’t disappointed in the least with the stacked sandwich, bursting with hummus, mint and fresh tabouli. Each bite was crunchy and loaded with flavour. We were going to order a bowl of fries to share, but the waitress informed us they came with a small bowl – which was more than enough for the two of us.

Kepos Street Kitchen

I decided to try baked eggs ($15) for the very first time. I figure might as well try it first done properly than attempt to cook it myself. I absolutely loved it. They had a great mix of spices that worked really well with the tomato shakshuka. It arrived piping hot and steaming. I loved dipping the accompanying sourdough in the coriander tahini. It all was a match made in heaven. Pardon my cliche.

Kepos Street Kitchen

H had a hankering for a sugar hit, so we decided to go ahead and order the churros. They arrived enclosed in a brown paper bag, I assume for the even distribution of the cinnamon sugar. There was a huge dollop of salted caramel, which was absolutely lovely. There are no more words.

Kepos Street Kitchen

Kepos Street Kitchen

Taking a quick glance around at the other tables, I notice that the beef wagyu burger is a popular choice. I’ll definitely be returning for it one day soon.

 

Trading hours:

Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 7:30 am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm, 6:00-9:30 pm
Thursday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm, 6:00-9:30 pm
Friday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm, 6:00-9:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, 6:00-9:30 pm

 

KEPOS STREET KITCHEN
96 Kepos St
Redfern NSW 2016
(02) 9319 3919

Late lunch at the Norfolk Hotel

Late lunch at the Norfolk Hotel

After seeing amazing food shots from Tina @ Bite Me Show Me at the Norfolk, I knew I had to go. The photos of the pork belly sliders were just too hard to resist. H and I went on a late Sunday afternoon. It was still very much a hive of activity at 3:00pm on a Sunday, which I found surprising. But then again I suppose it is a pub. With awesome food.

We started off with some cider while we perused the menu. There were so many items to choose from that it took us a while to decide. I consulted the Foursquare tips, which recommended everything from the lamb sandwich to the tacos.

Norfolk menu

We ended up with some cheesy chilli fries, which did not disappoint. They had just the right amount of spice, and a little bit of a kick. I love anything with nacho cheese. Mind you, right after taking this photo I meticulously picked off the jalapeno peppers before eating.

Cheesy chilli fries

The pork slider was a definite must. It was the perfect size for one. The slaw was nice and zesty, and the chunk of meat in the middle was cooked to perfection. Tender, yet crisp on the outside. I could have done another if it didn’t come with so many fries.

Pork slider burger

We also took advantage of the Sunday special, four tacos for $20. We got an assortment of chicken, pork and beef. They were all delicious as expected – with a smattering of fresh herbs to complement each.

Tacos at the Norfolk

There were a tonne more other items I’m keen to try at the Norfolk, so I’ll definitely be returning in the very near future.

NORFOLK HOTEL
305 Cleveland St
Redfern NSW 2016