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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

MOO GOURMET BURGERS - NEWTOWN, SYDNEY

Moo Gourmet Burgers
232 King St
Newtown, Sydney

I'm sure there is no need to introduce Moo Gourmet Burgers to you if you're in Sydney.

It's open in four locations across the city and today we visited their Newtown restaurant.

It's a very vibrant space with a modern look but decorated in such a way that gives it a traditional 'milk bar' feel.

There's a very cool couch in the middle of the store with bright leather lounges and funky cushions - perfect for kicking back with your friends and Moo Burgers.

As soon as we walked in we noticed some very impressive artwork on the wall. All customers can contribute to the artwork and crayons are provided by the staff.

Unfortunately for us, art was never our forte, so we were happy to just stay as admirers.


We both love a burger and this place has 20 of them on offer so picking one wasn't going to be easy. All moo Gourmet burgers are made with produce that is ethically farmed and sustainable (which for me personally is very important) and there are quite a few vegetarian options too.

We thought we would start with a milkshake. We had the Just Nuts Milkshake with caramel, chocolate syrup, crushed nuts, topped with a snickers bar - a combination that is just short of sinful.

We also had the Strawberries and Cream Milkshake with malt and whipped cream. The fresh strawberries gave it a very refreshing taste.

They definitely don't hold back on the ice cream and milk here, both milkshakes were very creamy.


We still couldn't decide which burger to have so we thought we'd buy some time by ordering some sides. Hot Chips, Onion rings and Sweet Potato Chips accompanied by two homemade sauces, an aioli and a beetroot relish. The onion rings were beer battered and very tasty. The sweet potato chips were thick cut and full of flavour. The hot chips were perfectly cooked and had just the right amount of crunch to them. We were also very impressed with the home made sauces, especially the beetroot relish, it wasn't too sweet which is perfect.


And then, the moment we were waiting for, our burgers arrived. The Big Moo and a Wagyu beef burger.

The Big Moo is exactly that, BIG.  Its the ultimate Aussie burger complete with beef, cheese, bacon, egg, beetroot and pineapple. The homemade mayonnaise is very creamy.

The Wagyu Beef Burger was just as impressive. The melting Tasmanian Brie and caramelised onions oozing over the perfectly seasoned and cooked beef patty was just mouthwatering.




















After all this, we were still determined to have dessert.

Sadly we had to make the hard decision to settle with sharing one as there was no way we could fit in a dessert each.

It wasn't hard to choose one, we went with the Moo Split.

With whipped cream, two bananas and pieces of snickers bar on top, the finale to this dinner was just grand.

Moo Gourmet Burgers is nothing short of impressive. The staff are friendly, the food is so delicious and the atmosphere is really uplifting.

Moo Gourmet Burgers in Newtown is open 7 days a week.

The Counts, who are now doing reviews for Sir and Mlady Dine Out, dined as guests of Moo Gourmet Burgers. Special thanks to Moo Owner Adam Gerondis for arranging this visit.










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Monday, 25 May 2015

SAMBAL - NORTH RYDE, SYDNEY

Sambal
The Park, 285-297 Lane Cove Rd
North Ryde, Sydney

Sambal is a Malaysian restaurant on a busy strip on Lane Cove Rd and whilst it is probably seen by many it's a hard place to stop. However, it is well secluded from the hustle and bustle that goes on outside it's doors and offers both indoor seating and a pleasant courtyard to dine in. We dropped by to see what their food was like on a cold Saturday night - and so the warm indoors was of course our choice.

We started with an old favourite - Loh Bak. The serving was two rolls of tasty lean shredded pork seasoned with 5 spice powder and leek then wrapped into rolls with bean curd sheets and deep fried. It's like a pork sausage roll but much leaner with a much thinner outer layer. These were very tasty and the dipping sauce went well - even though they were great without it too.


We tend to grab some satay chicken skewers at most Malaysian restaurants - and this was no exception. They were thin and tender and came with a very tasty chunky peanut satay sauce slathered on top.

Then we moved on to the Choon Piah. These delicious traditional nonya spring rolls were filled with pork, crab meat, onions, cabbage and water chestnuts. They were then deep fried and served with dipping sauce. Very nice! 

Then it was time for the mains - and a bit more spice. First up was the Kapitan chicken curry - a milder dish made from freshly blended herbs cooked with chicken pieces and coconut milk and served with a dash of lime juice. We really liked the flavours of this. Then we had another old favourite, beef rendang. It was bite size pieces of beef cooked in curry spices till dry and topped with fried shredded coconut. It was rich, hearty and packed with beef and plenty of taste too. 

We ordered a few rices to soak up the sauces - some Nasi Lemak (or coconut) rice and some good old plain rice. The Nasi Lemak proved more popular than its simpler rival on this occasion!

A huge plate of Penang char kway teao also arrived and was also used as both a side dish and another main course in its own right. This is such a great dish and so versatile - packed with chicken, sprouts and noodles in a tangy sauce.

Seafood didn't go missing either with a deep bowl of Assam prawns. This is prawns sauteed in a rich and thick tamarind sauce.

There were a surprisingly high number of big juicy prawns in the dish.

The surprise packet was the Tau Eu Bak. It was big tender braised pork pieces and tofu cooked in dark and light soya sauce, garlic and hard boiled egg.


Then the finale - dessert. We had several servings of the house specialty - their sago pudding. These tasty sago pearls arrived in a bowl bathing in coconut milk and covered with gula melaka syrup. It was delicious.

We also grabbed several servings of assorted nonya kuehs - their home made treats. We were delighted to find that two used pandan as a base whilst the third was made from a type of sweet potato. They were certainly worth trying.












Sambal was a surprise. It's not easy to get to but worth finding.

Their food was fresh, tasty and packed with rich flavours. Service was fast and friendly and on a fine day or summer evening it would also be lovely to dine al fresco there.

Sir and Mlady's visit to Sambal was supported by the Malaysian Kitchen Programme.



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Saturday, 23 May 2015

LITTLE JEAN - DOUBLE BAY, SYDNEY

Little Jean
1/1 Kiaora Rd
Double Bay, Sydney

Little Jean is oh so new but you'd never know it - it operates so smoothly. It caters for a variety of dining options from breakfast, mid morning coffee and cakes, lunch, afternoon pick-me-up through to casual yet chic dinner or even the more casual al fresco dining option.

It's a long place with the omnipresent open kitchen to provide a bit of a show. Chef Christopher Stockdale and front of house manager Jeanette Woerner have created a lovely oasis here. On our visit the front of house ran smoothly under restaurant manger Ben Pritchard's experienced hand.

Little Jean sits 30 outside - with heaters for cooler nights and it is also under cover. Inside they seat a further 34 plus a large shared table for groups adding dimension to the seating.


We love to start a meal with just a taster of oysters. Here at Little Jean they offer some lovely freshly shucked Sydney Rock Oysters with sauce mignonette. The oysters were delicious and the lovely flavoured sauce was vinegary yet not at all overpowering. It was tangy yet well balanced and went nicely with the oysters.

A couple of glasses of prosecco went perfectly.








Oh my god - you have to make sure you order this dish! If you're not a blue cheese eater don't be scared away - it's so subtle in this beautiful starter.

The twice cooked blue cheese souffle, hazelnut and fig is a standout. The souffle was so light and delicate both in texture and flavour. Even Mlady, who doesn't often eat blue cheese, totally loved it. This was one of those melt in the mouth starters.


Another wow factor dish for us was the house made Haloumi, preserved lemon, soft herbs and shaved zucchini flower. The Haloumi was much lighter and fluffier than normal and was one of the best Mlady has had. The colours and flavours were great.

Mlady loves crispy skin on fish. The large crispy skinned Atlantic salmon, fried cauliflower, tahini yoghurt, sumac, walnut and coriander had a Middle Eastern feel to it that worked so well.



Sir likes meat. The fillet of pasture-fed beef (Mornington Peninsular), pan crisped risotto, caramelised onion jam, red wine jus and aioli was exactly what he loves. The fried risotto was a nice touch and the meat, piled high, was cooked perfectly medium rare as ordered. Let the sommelier, Mario Mondo, pair wine with your food too, you wont be disappointed.

The simple but very effective side dish of green beans and bacon went so well.




















Save room for dessert at Little Jean - it's worth it. We eliminated the challenge of choosing and had the assiette of desserts.

This included chocolate ice cream, choc-caramel tart, lemon meringue tart and a choc-cherry slice reminiscent of cherry-ripe. It was substantial and tasty too. 

Paired with a Mitchell Noble Semillon this was a great end to a lovely meal.

Little Jean offers something for everyone, and at all times of the day. It's already doing very well so others clearly agree. The food is familiar yet also adventurous and it's a place to step outside your "usuals" as Mlady discovered.

Sir and Mlady dined as guests of Little Jean. Big thanks to Chef Christopher Stockdale and front of house manager Jeanette Woerner for having us. Another big thanks to Ben Pritchard and Mario Mondo for looking after us so well.


Special thanks also to Phoebe Jackson of Beanstalk Agency for arranging our visit so professionally. 



















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