Black Star Pastry @ the Chocolate Festival, Aug 2017

Plenty of people turned out for another year of the Smooth Festival of Chocolate at the Rocks in Sydney. There were big queues for My Donut Box, Zumbo and Black Star Pastry. From the latter, we tried the Pistachio Lemon Zen Cake which was extremely rich. It was a little heavy and too sweet, even with the tangy…

Mr Grigor’s @ Allambie Heights, July 2017

At the back of Allambie shops is a fairly new café called Mr Grigor’s. I’ve visited on a few occasions for lunch. The off-the-menu Cajun chicken burger with chips was a special on the day. The juicy chicken breast had a spicy and crunchy crumb, and was sandwiched between a buttery milk bun and accompanied by lettuce and cheese. The calamari with chips…

Criniti’s Manly, July 2017

There is an abundance of Nutella on display when you walk into this Italian restaurant chain. And if that’s not enough to tingle the tastebuds, we were also greeted by the sight of a 0.5m pizza being gobbled up by a table of four. The menu is a monster to go through, with a long…

Brunch at Brookvale’s Flower Child, July 2017

There’s no place prettier to have brunch than at Flower Child at Warringah Mall in Brookvale. Located in the heart of the revamped shopping centre next to the Dolphin fountain, the little café is housed in its own round, white building decorated with an abundance of plants and flowers. We had a lychee and mint…

Korean BBQ At The Bulgogi, June 2016

I’ve been to The Bulgogi in Chatswood a few times and have tried their soup, sushi and bibimbap. This was a visit to satisfy carnivourous cravings with their Korean BBQ, which is the popular option at the restaurant. We went on a Friday evening and the ground floor was already full so we were shown a…

More Animal Puffs from Doux Amour Plus Uncle Tetsu’s Cheese Tarts

I’ve added two water animals to my collection of cute choux conquests from Doux Amour. The bright purple taro-flavoured octopus and the whale with a vanilla and blueberry filling. Cutting open Mr Octopus reveals a vibrant purple inside. It’s distinctly taro and extremely creamy, which is a big plus. I did like that the little…

Le Saigon @ St Leonards, May 2017

A minute’s walk from the train station, the recently opened Le Saigon offers a rare all day menu with a wide selection of drinks. They also have cakes on display at the counter near the entrance. Inside, hanging lightbulbs and leaves line the ceiling and a piano sits in the middle of the dining area,…

Dee Why Hotel’s Famous Trufflenator Burger, May 2017

If there’s one thing you should try from the Dee Why Hotel’s Brasserie menu, it’s their Famous Trufflenator burger. Double wagyu patty, truffle mayo, truffle butter, infused havarti cheese, truffle maple syrup, crispy bacon, American cheddar, onion rings, all sandwiched between a sweet Japanese milk bun. Size-wise, the burger actually didn’t look as large as…

Chatswood’s Chao Ba Revisited, May 2017

It’s been over a year since we first ate at Chao Ba in Chatswood’s Concourse and we were eager to try different dishes from the menu to see if their other offerings were just as good as last time’s. To start, we had the prawn and crab spring rolls. These were plump mini springs rolls…