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Friday, 4 September 2015

EDEN - ZETLAND, SYDNEY

Eden Cafe
781-785 Elizabeth St
Zetland, Sydney

Eden is a cool industrial type cafe in Sydney's recently trendy inner suburb a Zetland. Once an area full of factories and warehouses, Zetland is now a sprawling residential area and heaps of cafes are replacing the old abandoned warehouses, one of which has become Eden Cafe.

The counts arrived early on a balmy Sunday morning.

Eden has a lovely northerly aspect so it gets the morning sun which was just beautiful early on this nicely crisp Winter day. Eden is a not only a cafe, it is also a small batch specialty roaster.

They have two blends, Adam and Eve as they cater for his and her coffee. We haven't seen that before.

The counts started with a long black and a macchiato, their usual! Both coffees arrived quickly and were smooth and creamy. Quite impressive actually.





















Eden has a very comprehensive breakfast menu with lots of options, from your basic eggs on toast, to marvellous omelettes and beautiful baked items, like fruit breads and also muesli.

The food, also served quite promptly, was fresh and hearty. Count J's poached eggs on toast, a humble classic but cooked well. The eggs were perfectly cooked and the rye toast was slightly sour and rustic. It's was so nice, we ordered extra slices.

Count N chose the smoked salmon omelette which was full of chunky pieces of salmon. It's a good choice if you're quite hungry, as the serving is huge.


Eden cafe is opened 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch or dinner or even just to pick up a bag of their specialty coffee, the counts enjoyed the food and definitely will be back!

The Counts purchased their meals at Eden.


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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

BONDI PIZZA - RYDE, SYDNEY

Bondi Pizza
Top Ryde City Shopping Centre
Piazza Dining Precinct
109-129 Blaxland Rd
Ryde, Sydney

Nothing says Australian like Bondi - a landmark beach with style and great vibes. You’d expect the same from Bondi Pizza - and you wouldn't be disappointed.

Located across Sydney, Bondi Pizza is a quality chain eatery with an upmarket pub vibe. The Duke and Duchess visited the Top Ryde location, nestled in the buzzing piazza, where a busy Friday night created a great atmosphere for our meal.

We were lead to our table by the efficient staff, and felt very Australian with their surf inspired decor - even in Top Ryde, with no beach in sight.

After a long week, we were looking forward to a good feed, and we weren’t disappointed by the fantastic array of food available on the menu.






















After ordering some drinks, a Crown Golden Ale and a lemon lime and bitters (they had wine, beer, spirits and much more on offer), we chose the arancini balls and the marinated meatballs for starters.

The arancini balls arrived promptly, and they were piping hot, with a buttery and cheesy texture surrounded in a delicious crispy layer.

The garlic aioli was the perfect addition - these were gone in seconds.

Our appetites whetted, the meatballs arrived and we dug straight in. These meatballs are Wagyu beef and pork, covered in a delicious BBQ glaze. A nice surprise was the flat bread served alongside the BBQ mayo - wrap a meatball in the bread, drowned in sauce, and you’re in for a delectable treat. The Duke described the meatballs as “warm and juicy”.


With so many pizzas on the menu, it was tough to decide which flavours to choose. We opted to try something new, away from our usuals. First was the prosciutto & bocconcini pizza. The base was thin, and with just the right amount of crisp. Beautifully salty cured meats complemented perfectly by the fresh bocconcini boded well with us, and the mango chutney added a touch of pizzazz to the pizza.

Our second pizza (by this time we were feeling quite full!), was the peking duck. Peking duck is one of our favourite dishes, in pancake form or however else you can have it. We just had to try it on a pizza! We loved the simplicity of the elements on the pizza - it tasted just like a peking duck pancake! The duck was cooked well, the cucumber fresh, and the coriander added a nice bite. Hoi sin! So yum!



By this point Duke and Duchess were entering food coma stages, but the dessert menu had the ultimate kryptonite - a dessert share plate! We couldn’t resist. With four elements; the apple crumble pizzette, chocolate brownie swirls, fruit fondue with Belgian chocolate, and a triple chocolate brownie served with Belgian chocolate and ice cream - this was a dessert lover’s paradise. Not a single misfire here - it was delicious. Our favourites were the swirls, so soft, warm and chocolatey. We would go back just for the swirls!



















Thanks to Bondi Pizza for a lovely, laid back evening, and to Kate who served us so well on the night.

The food was good and it was all served with a charm and style that makes you want to eagerly go back.

Duke and Duchess, who are now doing reviews for Sir and Mlady Dine Out, dined as guests of Bondi Pizza. Special thanks to Courtney Hogan for inviting us.



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MOVIDA @ THE AIRPORT - SYDNEY AIRPORT, SYDNEY

Movida @ The Airport
T2 Sydney Domestic Airport
Airport Drive, Sydney

When wandering through Sydney Domestic Airport in Terminal 2 recently at a horribly early hour, and in desperate need of at least a coffee, it was interesting to spy the very familiar Movida name way off in the distance.

It's not in the main food hall area and knowing Movida well (having eaten in all three Melbourne venues) it seemed unlikely that it would be open.

How wrong was that assumption!

It was doing a busy trade in dine in breakfasts and it was even busier selling take away food and coffee.




















It was almost a pity to simply stop there for a quick coffee - knowing how great their lunch and dinner food offerings were. Nevertheless, that was the need at this early time. The coffee was good, made quickly and hit the spot. The breakfast offerings, although not tried this time, were more traditional than the lunch and dinner fare at most Movida's - but this was an airport. It was good though to see a name like Movida at the airport satisfying the morning cravings of weary travellers!







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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

EL TOPO - BONDI JUNCTION, SYDNEY

El Topo Mexican
The Eastern Hotel
Level 3, 500 Oxford St
Bondi Junction, Sydney

El Topo Mexican, located within the Eastern hotel in Sydney's famous Bondi Junction is well established as a local favourite. Boasting a very impressive space inside, situated on the rooftop, EL Topo Mexican has two main eating areas connected via a bridge that hosts a bar with one of the most impressive Tequila lists anywhere in Sydney. El Top Mexican is a perfect choice for any occasion. Private booth cater for small groups or an intimate dinner and large share tables make it easy for you to bring large groups together for a Mexican feast.

El Top Mexican has a very impressive menu with an array of choices from your classic Tortilla chips, guacamole, Tacos and Quesadilla's to more authentic traditional Mexican food such as Pork Belly and spatchcock. Also, we're pretty sure it’s the only Mexican restaurant in Sydney that offers roasted Crickets and a Cactus salad.

We ordered a few starters to keep us occupied while we studied the menu.  We started with a classic Mexican starter - tortilla chips and here at EL Topo Mexican they come with two types of Salsas, avocado and tomato Chile. Both salsas were very fresh and the chili added a welcome touch of hotness for an added kick. If you're looking for something different to corn or tortilla chips to start your Mexican meal, we would highly recommend you try the Plantains. These fried crisps were deliciously crunchy and full of spices.

We decided to try a Tequila drink as El Top Mexican has a very extensive range. Our lovely waitress, Melissa, a Mexican girl here on a working holiday visa, recommended the coconut Margarita.  Count J, who loves Tequila ordered a classic one. Both cocktails were delicious and the coconut Margarita here is made with coconut flavoured Tequila not with syrups or artificial flavourings. 
We enjoyed our cocktails with the kingfish ceviche which was fresh and full of flavour with huge pieces of juicy watermelon bringing out the full flavour of the kingfish in every bite.


We then moved on to some Tacos and a Quesadilla, both classic choices for a Mexican restaurant but done so well here. The Quesadilla generously filled with truffle oil, mushrooms and cheese was oozing with flavour. The tacos were perfectly crisp, especially the soft shell crab with the cactus salsa. I had never had soft shell crab in a taco before and I have to say it is definitely worth trying.




Our two main dishes were just as impressive as everything else we've tried so far however the 'Camote Y Frijole Pintos' was definitely the outstanding dish for this evening. This dish, stuffed peppers with sweet potato was literally a taste sensation. The pinto beans and walnuts added a real crunch and blended really well with the vegetables. This is a great vegetarian choice but meat lovers don't stress because the 12 hour beef rib smothered in a slightly sweet barbacoa sauce is sure to satisfy your carnivore needs.


As we finished our mains we started to think about dessert and saw lots of choices. We ordered the flan on the advice of our waitress who's local knowledge of Mexican food was invaluable. The huge serving of coconut flavoured single origin Mexican chocolate blended with hazelnuts and goats milk caramel was the most delicious flan we've had in a long time. With just the right sweetness and luscious shavings of coconut served in a huge Mason jar, it’s perfect for sharing or not, depending on your appetite.











And with that a perfect
evening has come to end. El Toppo Mexican at the Eastern is a perfect choice for any occasion. The atmosphere is fun and the staff are great with local knowledge on hand to help you with any menu questions you might have.

If you love Margeritas, then you might want to visit on a Monday where all Margaritas are $10 from 4pm. Ole!




They do what the do well here at El Topo.

It's not over the top-o (sorry) but it's a fun night out in a relaxed atmosphere with good food and drinks to match.

The Counts, who are now doing reviews for Sir and Mlady Dine Out, dined as guests of El Topo and The Eastern Hotel. Special thanks to Sonya Blan of The Eastern for arranging this.

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