Reviews

Eating out is our passion.  This section is dedicated to reviewing restaurants we’ve visited.  If you’ve been to a restaurant that you suggest we check out, leave a comment below.  We’d love to hear your recommendations!

Back in action! Dreaming of Greece and a long, lazy brunch at Xenos..
Bet you thought I’d fallen off the face of the Earth!  Never fear – here I am again with tail between legs… Why such a quiet period?  Well, frankly, it’s been a hard day’s night and I’ve been working like a dog.  Oh yeah – like a big dog – a Great Dane perhaps.  In any event, I’m back now and look forward to some more regularity in my life.  What’s more – Mr L and I are heading overseas in less than two weeks, so I’ll be able to share some magical food experiences with you.  Bring that on really.  In the mean time though, dreaming of Greece, I thought I’d tell you about a great Sunday brunch we had recently with BF, Commando and TB at Xenos Cafe Restaurant in Crows Nest.

A good day – brunch @ Fundamental and a visit to Adriano Zumbo patisserie
Well it’s been a good eating day today for Mr L and me. It started with brunch @ Fundamental in Balmain with PC and Tines. An after brunch stroll to Adriano Zumbo’s patisserie uncovered further spoils that kept us going through the day. Dog spotting, bird watching and lots of giggling occurred before we headed home to retire to the couch for a relaxing finish. Now with Masterchef on the tv, all in all it’s been a fundamentally good day!

The fabled dinner – PC’s feast @ LL Wine and Dine
So I’m feeling guilty. This is the promised post and it’s taken me a long time to publish it. Up front – sorry about the delay. You don’t need to hear my excuses – so we’ll move on to remembering last Saturday night’s dinner for PC’s birthday at LL Wine and Dine. A feast of epic proportions in a cosy, wee, space in Potts Point with 14 of PC’s most treasured friends. The rumoured orgasmic tofu meant that care factor was high. Cameras poised, drinking boots strapped, we entered the little restaurant down a previously overlooked laneway.

Lunch at Nick’s, and a promise to tell you about LL Wine and Dine bar
I’ve just flown into Adelaide, and this post was mostly constructed without internet access on that flight, so it’s a quick one on a working lunch last week with my boss @ Nick’s Seafood Restaurant, Cockle Bay. Tomorrow night, I have even longer in airports and on planes, so will write the post about the weekend’s shenanigans ootnaboot for PC’s birthday including a quite fabulous, if not somewhat squeezy dinner @ LL Wine and Dine Bar, Potts Point – stay tuned!

The talked up lunch @ Satang Thai, Haymarket + more pics from Mr L
Lunch @ Satang Thai in Haymarket with my mate Johy. Crispy pork belly with glossy Chinese greens and a tasty chicken and veggies in peanut sauce. Also, as promised, a few of the very clever Mr L’s pics from yesterday’s sunrise mission @ Freshie and a couple of Berrima shots.

Sunday sunrise @ Freshie and a trip to The Little Hand Stirred Jam shop, Berrima
The alarm went off at 5:39 this morning – between then and now, we’ve been back over to Freshie for a beautiful sunrise and photography mission, before heading down to stock up on chutney, jam, honey, mustards, and more at The Little Hand Stirred Jam Shop in Berrima. We’re exhausted, but excited – Mr L is excited because he’s got some fresh photos to review, and I’m excited because I finally made it to The Little Hand Stirred Jam Shop – after all these years of their products coming to me!

Breakfast @ The Kitchen Door, Freshwater
“Quite possibly the best breakfast I’ve ever had out” said Mr L of The Kitchen Door @ Freshwater beach today. Big call friends, big call. Though I must tell you – we’ll be going back – and not just to capture the kind of beachside photography posted in tonight’s blog. Let me know what you think of my clever husband’s shots!

Brunch @ Django Django in Fitzroy (Melbourne part 1)
Mr L and I were lucky to get an invitation to spend the weekend before last with a number of our terrific friends in Melbourne.  Of course, we were excited to be in Melbourne with the gang, and exhausted after a huge few weeks, so we did the natural thing on Friday night and drank lots and lots and lots!  On Saturday morning, of course we woke up starving.  Fortunately for us all, FG had a cunning plan to get us to Fitzroy on the tram.  Therein started a day of laughter and general hillarity – complete with chats with a random new Magpie-supporting friend (rumoured to be starring on Hey Hey it’s Saturday in one or two weeks), a lot of walking, shopping and eating.

Almonds from Aldi – alright!
A quick post tonight – mostly made of pictures – I just wanted to tell you about a little spoil I picked up yesterday at Aldi, North Sydney.  Of course, you might already be aware of these little gems, but if not, I’d thoroughly recommend picking some up for your lunch box.  Aldi’s “Oh so natural” almonds come in a pack of six x 30 g boxes, and make such a tremendous, healthy treat for you and yours.

Working dinner at the Summit Restaurant
Wow – it’s been a whirlwind week. I’ve been notably quiet. And feeling very slack about it really. I’ve got loads to catch you up on (ricotta pancakes, dinner @ Gambaro’s in Brisbane, this last weekend in Melbourne with loads of good eating, drinking, laughing and shopping moments and more with great company, and lunch with BF today at The Cove), but for the momentI think it’s important you hear about the room with a view from where we had dinner last Saturday night. Well – it was a big room – it was the Summit Restaurant, on the 47th floor of Australia Square (Sydney) with Nanna G, Pa, Mr L et moi. And the occasion was an official business dinner.

Qantas goodness, part II
This (very quick) post is a follow up to the post from a couple of weeks ago named “A nod to finer Qantas moments.” This afternoon I flew back to Sydney from Brisbane and the afternoon snack was a packet of Carman’s Savoury Mixed Blend. I spent some time trying to determine whether this product is wheat or gluten free. I’m still unsure, but I think it’s free of wheat since it’s not pointed out on the ingredients list. In any case, I gave Carman’s Savoury Mixed Blend a burl and can confirm that I rate it. Except for the fact that there are no sultanas, the mix reminds me very much of Bhuja mix – a favourite of mine and a particularly good friend to an icy cold beer.

A duck’n’great time!
A super quick post tonight from the back of a cab in Brisbane! It’s not a review, nor a recipe, but the promise of at least one, if not three recipes. I know it’s a tease, but pics of two duck curries and Persian chicken are below to whet your appetite.  This post also remembers two terrific friends, B+B, who are living overseas and dearly missed.

Cacao fantasy – ooh yeah!
So I admit it.  I pinch things from hotels.  Well – I mean, they’re all things intended for my use, but I choose not to use them during my stay and instead take them with me.  L’Occitane toiletries, exotic tea bags, the occasional double pack of scotch finger biscuits, shower caps and shoe shiners – they’ve all featured in my checkout cargo.  After all – who knows when I’ll need them?  I travel a lot – I don’t want to be caught out with dull shoes!  Tonight’s post is about a stolen item – Douwe Egberts’ Cacao fantasy – fine drinking chocolate.

Tours with the magical MIL: cars, Japanese gardens, art and lunch @ Terrigal
Mr L and I are staying on the central coast with the L seniors this weekend, and while Mr L  was improving his photography skills today, I had the great pleasure of an impromptu tour with Mrs L senior, my magical Mother-in-law (MIL).

Mosey on down to South Restaurant, y’all
Mr L and I were thrilled to be invited to our friend Tines’ birthday a few weeks ago @ South Restaurant in Neutral Bay. Turns out, so were a bunch of our other friends, and on a Tuesday night, we met up with great anticipation of the creole, cajun and soul food that South Restaurant is famous for.

Indian wedding chutney – the stuff of celebrations!
A very quick post tonight for Mr L and I have just returned from a tremendous dinner with BFs and it’s late. I think it’s important to tell you now about Indian Wedding Chutney. If you’ve not had it, you need it.

Nanna G’s lunchtime fave: Myer Cafe
My Mum (Nanna G) is a big fan of the salad sandwich. All salad sandwiches are good, but there’s one that she particularly enjoys from the Myer Cafe @ Macquarie Centre, North Ryde. My Dad (Pa) likes any excuse to have lunch out and about. So having lunch @ Myer Cafe is an excellent way to have lunch with them both!

A nod to finer Qantas moments
I spend a lot of time travelling domestically on planes. A lot. Which means countless airline meals. In Australia, there’s not much competition and as far as I’m aware, the only airline to provide meals as part of travel tickets is Qantas. From time to time I’m delighted by Qantas’ menu choices. Tonight’s post is a nod to some of the finer fare freely fed to me by Qantas and a tip for you, fellow traveller.

Wildes Restaurant + 212 Margaret St, Brisbane
A short post tonight.  Hopefully you agree that’s deserved after yesterday’s epic.  This post is about a burger I discovered in Brisbane which surpassed my expectations.  Although in an extended blogging hiatus, I knew it was photoworthy and I decided to follow up with this quick, but fond post.

Surprise!  See you @ Spice Temple, Sydney
I’m a lucky girl.  I’ve got two sisters in law and they’re both foodies.  They’re both super generous and thoughtful, and I owe them both my thanks for two tremendous dinners that Mr L and I have  enjoyed recently: at Spice Temple and Quay.  Today, I’m remembering last night’s surprise dinner @ Spice Temple. Next week, I’ll reminisce with you about Quay.

Brunch @ Garfish, Kirribilli – a Father’s day special
My Dad is in Innamincka today, having a Father’s day barbeque. I’m jealous and I wish I was going to be there later this afternoon to share a steak with him and his travelling companion (Uncle B) with Mum and Mr L, the GFD, my SIL, the super neph and the rest of our family. In their absence and in honour of Father’s day, I’ve decided to tell you about a day that my Dad and I had together a few weeks ago.

A birthday bite to remember @ Oscillate Wildly, Newtown
I had read that Oscillate Wildly, the one hatted restaurant in Newtown was generally booked out for two months in advance, so I knew it was a long shot when I phoned last Wednesday hoping for a table. I spoke with Adrian, the friendly-voiced fellow on the other end of the phone and said “Hello Adrian, I know it’s an incredibly ridiculous long shot, but is there any chance at all that you might have a table for two available this Friday night?” The response was “No”, followed by “But we did have a cancellation a moment ago for a table for two. We do have two other couples on the wait list for that table, but I’ll phone them, then phone you back, okay?” Absolutely!

Relish Noodle Star @ Neutral Bay
It’s Mr L’s birthday week and that is bad news if you’re the piece of salmon in our fridge, and you’re hoping to be eaten!  I won’t provide you with all the gory details of what’s been on the dinner menu this week, but I can tell you that it’s not been salmon – and it has been whatever Mr L has fancied. Tonight, the dinner we had that left the salmon sobbing in the fridge, came from Relish Noodle Star at Neutral Bay.

Somebody say cheese?  Verve in Brisbane city
Last night the GFD was still in town, and we resolved to go two for two in the dinner stakes.  Feeling somewhat nawty after dissing Mr L’s wish that Monday’s dinner be cheapncheerful, we were on a mission to find a hearty meal at an anti spend lock price.  We happened upon Verve Cafe and Bar which I’d walked past a few times before.  Each time I’d been past previously I had a bag of shopping from Woolies in my hot little, overplanning, good wife hand.  It was good to have an excuse to go in with the GFD.

Cha Cha Char, Brisbane City
My brother, the Good Food Dude (GFD) is in Brisbane this week and since I am too, we decided to catch up for dinner last night.  Mr L had given me instructions… Since I’d eaten my way through the weekend and spent quite a lot of dosh in the process (while he was out drinking with benevolent round-shouting friends) it had been suggested that a cheaper dinner be in order last night.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. MIckey  |  April 18, 2010 at 4:51 am

    here is a place you would lurve…..
    the site is not that good…..go find a review…then go and eat there

    Reply
    • 2. myfavouritefruits  |  April 18, 2010 at 10:58 am

      Awesome – thanks Mickey – I will check it out! 🙂

      Perhaps I’ll drag you with me?

      Reply
  • 3. Chasity Hitsman  |  January 21, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Mate, I think your traveling article give me ideas to prepare my next trip. Many Thanks.

    Reply
    • 4. myfavouritefruits  |  January 21, 2011 at 9:21 pm

      That’s great Chasity! If you’re looking for extra tips on any of the countries that I’ve posted about, feel free to give me a shout. 🙂

      Reply

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