Monday, 31 August 2015

Black Betty Barbecue at The Oxford Tavern, Petersham

Yeehaw! American-style barbecue is here to stay. 
Located in Sydney's Portuguese town, Petersham, this place is a meat lover's dream.
 The ribs, pulled pork and brisket were smoky, flavourful, tender, not fatty and cooked just right!
The burnt end beans was excellent and love that smoky sensation in every bite. 

Order by weight.

This guy will slice it for you.

Burnt End Beans- try this too.

Beef short rib, pulled pork, smoked pork snag, beef brisket

Cooked slow and low.

She is smokin' hot!

Black Betty Barbecue at The Oxford Tavern
1 New Canterbury Rd, Petersham NSW 2049, Australia
+61 2 8019 9351

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Sunday, 30 August 2015

The Aristocrat Restaurant, Malate, Manila

 Calamansi Juice 

Traditional Filipino food is relatively simple and easy to prepare and cook.
Its ingredients are humble and inexpensive and no special utensils are needed. 
For those wanting to visit the country and want to try some authentic Filipino food,
I highly recommend you try The Aristocrat Restaurant. 
For the past 75 years this restaurant has been serving delicious Filipino food with consistency.
Below are just some of the all-time Filipino food favourites.

This finger lickin' good Chicken Barbecue is a must try!
Specially marinated chicken grilled on a skewer.
Served with our signature Java rice, Java sauce, and atchara.

Ensaladang Manggang Hilaw
Chopped green mango with fried eggplant, onions and tomatoes, served with Aristocrat Bagoong Alamang.

Crispy Pata
Deep fried leg of pork, served with spiced vinegar and atchara.

Native vegetables with shrimps stir-fried in bagoong

Beef knuckles, tripe and oxtail in savory peanut sauce, served with bagoong (shrimp paste).

A popular rice cake made from flour and eggs topped with shredded coconut, cheese and sugar.

The Aristocrat Restaurant Main Branch
Add: 432 San Andres Street, Malate, Manila
Phone: (632) 524-7671 to 80

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

L'Americano Espresso Bar, Alexandria

This elegant 1950's themed cafe set in Coco Republic's flagship showroom in Alexandria
 is a must visit for coffee and boat lovers alike.  
The space features rich, dark wood floors, warm leathers, marble, gold cutlery 
and sparkling chandeliers.  
What I love most is the collection of thirty mini mahogany Chris Craft Italian Riva yachts 
adorning the brick walls. They are sleekly beautiful.

So why not let the atmosphere of this cafe transport you to the Italian Riviera 
and enjoy its delicious food. La dolce vita!

Cured Kingfish Carpaccio with Fennel and Capers

Eggs with roasted red and yellow peppers with crisp pancetta, pesto and almonds

L'Americano Espresso Bar

34 O'Riorddan Street, Alexandria NSW 2015
0475 838 106

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Friday, 21 August 2015

Quay Restaurant, Sydney

Perfect company, lovely ambience, superb food and excellent harbour views.
It was J's birthday and there was no better way to celebrate a special day than this.

The tasting menu was the way to go and J had his with wine pairing.
The food was exceptional.
It certainly was a wonderful and memorable dining experience we had
Australia's most awarded restaurant, Quay.

Taking in the views. Sydney's Harbour Bridge on my left 
and a magnificent view of the Opera House in front of me.

Pouring broth over my amuse bouche.

Potato Puree 

This little foodie (with big appetite) sure knows how to enjoy his food.

Marron, dory caviar, cultured cream, nasturtiums, white flowers

2013 Austins and Co. 'Ellyse' Chardonnay Geelong
Congee of mud crab, palm heart, egg yolk emulsion

2014 Scorpo Pinot Gris, Mornington Peninsula

XO sea

XO sea

2012 Peregrine Pinot Noir, Central Otago NZ 

Pouring smoked broth over the dish.

Smoked and confit pig jowl, roasted koji, shiitake, kombu, sesame, 
sea scallop, milk curd, smoked broth

2011 Barone Ricasoli 'Rocca Guicciarda'
Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy

Slow cooked duck, black rice miso, celery heart cream, black garlic, ice plant buds

2013 Caillard Mataro, Barossa Valley

Blackmore wagyu rump cap, oak grown shiitake mushrooms, golden orach, seaweed

Ahhhh... it just melts in your mouth!

Eric Bordelet 'Poire Granit' Normandy, France

Chef Peter Gilmore's signature dessert 'Snow Egg'.
The dessert from 2010 Masterchef Australia's grand final.

Crack through the sweet tuile to magically reveal this soft meringue filled jackfruit ice cream. 
So delicious! Tastes heavenly.

NY Campbells Classic, Rutherglen

The stunning dessert 'Chocolate Ethereal'
Death by chocolate!

Green Tea

Quay petits fours

Quay presented J with a birthday truffle gift box.
I ate them all of course. 

Quay I come...

Quay Restaurant
Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal 5 Hickson Road,  
The Rocks, Sydney, NSW 
02 9251 5600

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