Came here for a catch up upon recommendation and was not disappointed. At 1pm, the breakfast menu was still available so I opted for the Marga's favourite, a scrumptious and harmonious amalgamation of pesto spread toasted sour dough and caramelly balsamic drizzled over perfectly poached eggs, bococcini, fresh tomatoes and rocket. Simply divine!
Of course as with any new cafe, I needed to try the coffee too, for this I chose the ice mocha which was both a delight for the palate as well as an aesthetic pleasure with beautifully swirling layers of coffee and cream.
Moments later during the day, I found myself at Hurricanes for a farewell...being still absolutely full from my superfood omelette earlier in the day, I opted to share a Mediterranean salad and scallops with my friend. Usually not the biggest fan of Hurricanes, their ribs are good but steak poor, I was wonderfully surprised. The scallops from Coffin Bay SA were flash grilled to perfection and served with cauliflower puree and peri peri vinaigrette which was a wondrous flavour combination and the Mediterranean salad was abundant with fresh capsicum, crisp lettuce, alfalfa, creamy feta cheese and gorgeous kalamata olives.
After reading some pretty decent reviews online, decided this would be the place for catch up for my very health conscious friend and I (not so health conscious, but I try). We started both with this superfood omelette with wilted kale, goji berries, almonds and tasty organic chicken and did have our eyes on the quinoa pancakes but were completely stuffed by the end of my omelette, we could not fit any more food in so finished our meal with a coffee.
We couldn't go past this patisserie without saying hello...
I grabbed a coffee and for accompaniment, chose a decadent pear and salted caramel mousse ensemble...definitely finished the night on a high.
Thanks to my epicurean friends, I was once again wonderfully surprised by their choice in dinner venue. Originally Balzac, the old heritage filled building in Randwick now houses another amazing eatery.
Came here for my friend's farewell, and whilst the food was overall quite good, it was highly highly salty and the waiter forgot our paella, so we received free churros instead...
This was another foodie gathering so we were rather experimental. For entree, we shared the ocean trout gravlax (with mussels & calamari) and the pork terrine like dish (sorry forgot the name, but essentially slow cooked pork which is then converted into a paste form with lots of butter to serve with bread). Pork was divine but gravlax was a little fishy for me...
Next for mains, we had duck, quail and steak with rosemary potatoes. Duck was the clear winner - tender and served with a deliciously creamy sauce, quail was a bit plain and steak was interesting with the fresh horseradish but I would probably go back to Black for steak.
We all ordered the creme caramel for dessert, however were all sorely disappointed. It wasn't just the horrendous presentation, the custard itself was runny and lacking in texture too...
Came here after much ravings about this place which offers cheap but delicious pizza at $5 each. Even with $5 entry, this was definitely worth it, we had 9 pizzas between the 8 of us...Pizzas had traditional thin crusts which weren't too soggy nor too dry and the flavour/herb/spice combinations were amazing too especially the prawn pizza.
This was my first time back at Black since they first opened in Sydney, and whilst service was still a bit of an issue, at least the quality of the savouries has kept up their standard and the quality of the desserts has definitely improved.
The obligatory complementary bread photo - absolutely buttery and calorific brioche...we yielded to another serving when the waitress offered...
SASHIMI of hiramasa kingfish, sesame custard, edamame puree, chardonnay and shallot dressing
This was a fantastic start to my meal, with fresh delicately sliced kingfish served with an explosion of complementary flavours.
FlLLET grass fed angus 200g
....so I think I ordered the fillet...but either way, whatever beef you order from Black it seems, it's always amazingly cooked, succulent and tender...and absolutely oozing with raw flavour - my faith in Australian beef (after having tasted mindblowing wagyu in Japan) was fully restored after this dish
Macadamia financier, mango sorbet, dried coconut
So Black has finally picked up their game in the dessert arena - this simple dish hit all the right notes with the perfect balance of creamy vs crispy and sweet vs sour.
Came here as my friend had been wanting to try this place for ages but could never get a spot. Luckily, on the Thursday evening we visited Porteno, there was a table for 2.
For entree, we shared the zucchini flowers and the octopus salad. Whilst the zucchini flowers were mindbogglingly out of this world in terms of flavour of the filling and the crispiness of the coating (best zucchini flowers I've ever had), the octopus salad was rather bland and octopus itself a bit tough.
For main, we had half/half woodfired lamb and pig, accompanied by the polenta to balance out the heavy protein. Both meats were succulent beyond imagination and the polenta added just the right amount of carbs. However, having such a rich (polenta) and heavy (meaty) dinner, also meant we became full very quickly and could not finish our food...
For dessert, I had the special of the day which was a divine salted caramel tart with ?maple ice cream (please forgive my memory), and my friend had the burnt milk custard tart. Both were decadent, however I think I preferred mine just a tad more in terms of flavour.
So that completed our 3 course meal, and I hadn't even mentioned the service or the wine! Service was cordial, friendly, and informative; whilst the wine list was also extensive and the Malbec I had was divine. Will definitely revisit, next time maybe after a day of fasting to prep my stomach ;)
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