Tag Archive for: Sydney Eats

A Special Birthday at The Boathouse

23 Aug
August 23, 2014

My mother celebrated a very important birthday recently. How old? Pffft seriously not telling you, a lady never reveals her age and a daughter will never tell. Mum and dad flew down to Sydney for the celebrations. One part of the festivities over the weekend was lunch at The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay.

The Boathouse would be one of my all time favourite restaurants in Sydney for oysters. Not the first time The Boathouse has graced the pages of Belly Rumbles. You can read about my earlier praises here.

Over all the years of visiting, I have never visited with mum. Very poor oversight, as mother like daughter, mum is a lover of oysters too. In particularly Sydney rocks.

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All Good Things Eatery, Kingsgrove

19 May
May 19, 2014

Who would of thought there was a pretty cool little café in Kingsgrove.  Actually it isn’t too little, All Good Things is quite large and expansive.  Light industrial feel with high ceilings, exposed brickwork, modern lighting, wood and metal.

All Good Things opened its doors November last year and has been doing a swinging trade ever since.  Owners Phillip and Simon Lakis (brothers) have definitely made their mark on the neighbourhood and its surrounds.  They make as much as possible in house.  This includes making their own preserves, pickles, peanut butter, yoghurt, cheese and butter.  You will see the pickles lining the shelf above the large central communal table.

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Moon Park, Redfern

07 May
May 7, 2014

Move over Thai and Japanese food, Korean cuisine is moving onward and upwards along the streets of Sydney.  Cheap and cheerful KFC (not Colonial Sanders’, but Korean Fried Chicken), Korean BBQ, bibimbap and bulgolgi are loved by Sydney diners, but there really hasn’t been any upmarket Korean food around.  Well, that is until now, hello Moon Park!

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Dylan Carter, A Culinary Tribute

20 Mar
March 20, 2014

If the name Dylan Carter rings a bell it may be due to reading about this aspiring young chef on Belly Rumbles last year.  If not you may be a Masterchef Junior fan.  I was invited to Dylan’s first ever pop up and was quite blown away by the then 14 year old school student from down Wollongong way.  I have continued to stay in touch and kept a keen eye on what he is up to.  If you haven’t read the original post, then please pop over and have a read, you will be amazed at what kitchens this young man has worked in.

A year gone by, Dylan a year older and it seems due for another pop up dinner.  The diner was organised under the wing of the Australian Good Food Guide’s (AGFG) Junior Development Program.

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Bodhi, Sydney

13 Mar
March 13, 2014

This wasn’t my first trip to Bodhi, but the last visit was over a decade ago.

I remember it well.  Mac and I had dropped Josh off at Cook & Park Pool for a Saturday birthday party, and decided to have lunch while waiting for the party to finish.  We stumbled across Bodhi, which were serving yum cha at the time.  Perfect, we grabbed a table to enjoy a leisurely lunch while we waited.

What neither of us knew, is that Bodhi is a vegetarian restaurant.  I was fine with it, but as I looked across the table at Mac, I could see a look of disappointment on his face as he read the menu.  Somehow I must have encouraged him to not get up and leave and we had lunch.  Neither of us was particularly thrilled with the food, and therefore we never went back.

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Nomad, Surry Hills

03 Mar
March 3, 2014

After a morning of discovery in Haberfield with Maeve O’Meara you wouldn’t think we would be hungry.  Trust me, its hard work exploring your own town.  Sydney has so many delicious places to eat, that a quick lunch before continuing our adventure was needed.

Nomad opened late last year and is a pretty cool addition to a busy Sydney food scene.  It’s a cellar door in the city with great food co-owned and operated by Rebecca Littlemore and Al Yazbek.   Head chef Nathan Sasi is passionate about local produce and presents this to customers in a way that lets it shine.

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Three Williams, Redfern

11 Feb
February 11, 2014

There has been just as much hoopla over Three Williams as there has been over Brewtown.  Three Williams wasn’t actually our original destination for lunch the day we visited.  But it seems fate had decided it was going to be our destination after all.  Firstly a parking spot presented itself directly across the road.  Then, when sticking our heads in to have a nosey look, we were greeted with a big warm smile and offered a table.  What are two girls on a lunch date to say, no?

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Brewtown, Newtown

05 Feb
February 5, 2014

Brewtown, Potts Point or Brewtown, Maroubra just doesn’t have the same ring as Brewtown, Newtown.  It really had to find it’s home in that suburb for rhyming reasons alone.

I am not the first to write about Brewtown.  Social media is abuzz regarding their cronuts and great coffee, and bloggers have been blogging.  I thought I might as well join the Brewtown bandwagon.

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Hidden Bar Tour of Sydney

05 Feb
February 5, 2014

When I travel to other cities I often see what small tours may be on hand.   Not sightseeing tours, I am quite capable to getting myself around a foreign town and discovering the local prominent attractions.  I seek the knowledge of locals for the lesser known venues worth seeing.

This could be hiring a personal guide for the day and working out a bespoke itinerary.  I usually do this when I want to see specific things not on your typical tourist trail, in a country where I don’t speak the language and want to be able to learn as much as I can.

The other type of tour I like to hook up with, is one that takes you around local bars.  There are benefits of joining these types of tours.  Firstly you get introduced to establishments you would never know existed, unless you really did your homework beforehand.  Secondly, generally any queue that may be there is missed and a table/space is waiting for your group.  These tours are great for those from out of town, but just as fun for locals who may want to know a little bit more of what is in their own backyard. Read more →

Post Box Cafe, Yowie Bay

28 Jan
January 28, 2014

The Post Box Café, as I have discovered, is a hidden Sutherland Shire gem.  Located a little off the beaten track on a sleepy suburban street in Yowie Bay.

A medium sized café, with the majority of seating outside under umbrellas.  Obviously loved by locals as it is packed on the weekends.  I decide to visit on a Tuesday and as expected I avoided the weekend crowds.   Saying that, it wasn’t empty by any account, it was pleasantly busy.

Every  Tuesday and Sunday they offer a $12 lunch special, in addition to their regular menu.  On the Tuesday we visited there were three choices for the lunch special, prawn wonton stack, a pasta dish and a grilled chorizo & haloumi salad.

Post Box Cafe Yowie BayAs tempting as the specials sounded we decide to stick with the regular menu.  The menu has typical café fare, starters, gourmet sandwiches, burgers, salads and light meals.  Typical selection of drinks, but there is the nice addition of mocktails.

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