Azuma. It’s no secret that their patisserie chain received much love from me before they decided not to renew their lease. I am still hopeful that they will come back one day and grace us with their amazingly fluffy chiffon cakes and desserts. So even though it’s not the same (and in my opinion not as good for dessert), it appears that I have a tendency to visit the restaurant for dessert. I visited for their Let’s Do Dessert last year in 2013 and now again for this year’s. The ‘East meets West’ bento box concept remains the same both visually and in terms of flavours/ingredients but the dessert components are different.
Location: Level 1, Chifley Plaza, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney NSW 2000 (Cnr. of Phillip & Hunter Street)
While scrolling through the list of Let’ Do Desserts this definitely caught our attention and being the curious dessert enthusiasts we are, my friend and I decided to head over to Flying Fish Restaurant & Bar to check it out (22 Oct). To my absolute delight, it was amazing and will probably come out on top as my favourite at the end of the month but I still have two more I want to try!
Location: 19-21 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW 2009 (Pier 21, Jones Bay Wharf)
GFM Dessert Hours: 8:3pm-9:30pm Mon-Fri from 1-31Oct
One of the things that earns a fair few brownie points in my books is all day breakfast. Breakfast dishes consists of the best foods – eggs! – but waking up early (before 11 or 12) on a weekend is quite the struggle for me. Forget about the weekdays – it’s simply sleep as much as I can, get up, then head to work. I really wish I could become more of a morning person. Anyway, the point? Devon Cafe does all day breakfast! That meant my colleague and I was able to fit in a lunch trip for their Breakfast Club special last Tuesday. Accompanied with a tea or coffee, it cost the usual $20. This meal wasn’t entirely breakfast, we also decided to get their chicken burger and shared the two.
Location: 76 Devonshire St, Surry Hills 2043
GFM Breakfast Hours: 8am-3pm Mon-Fri between 1-31 Oct; Normal lunch hours: 12pm-3pm Everyday
A friend and I visited Momofuku Seiobo at The Star in Pyrmont for the Momofuku Ssam Bar 2007 Hat’s Off Dinner which I have decided to skip reviewing for the moment since the offer has already expired (13-18 Oct). I want to churn out reviews on what is still on offer first. Only 6 days left, eep! So for the night’s dessert (16 Oct), we decided to try The Vertical Garden at Signorelli Gastronomia. It sounded super interesting and it was only a few minutes away from The Star. As usual, it was $20 per person.
Location: Ground Floor of Accenture/Google Building, 48 Trouton Place, Pyrmont NSW 2009 (opposite Metcalfe Park – diagonally across the road from The Star)
GFM Dessert Hours: 8pm-10pm Thurs, Fri & Sat from 1-31 Oct
Phone: (02) 8571 0616 (FYI, you can’t book for this dessert. You rock up on the night and put your name down on the waiting list)
“Oysters to start, followed by our famous crab linguini or mushroom gnocchi.”
That got my attention good. After browsing through the Let’s Do Lunch offers (again), my colleague and I decided to venture a little further away for lunch last Friday (17 Oct) to The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room. Both of the pasta items offered are on their normal menu for $28 (Lingini) and $25 (Gnocci) but pairing it with 3 Oysters and a drink brought it up to $38 which I thought was alright in value.
Glass Brasserie has been on my to-visit list for quite a while now. Before the dessert at Sofitel, my friend and I planned to have dinner at Glass Brasserie but because we tried booking on the day, we missed out on a table. The following Tuesday, a colleague and I decided to go for another Good Food Month experience so after some deliberation about which ones were closest to us (a few sounded really good but they were so far), we settled on Glass Brasserie for Let’s Do Lunch because we could easily bus it there. I was so excited! All Let’s Do Lunch meals are $38.
Location: Level 2, 488 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 (Inside the Hilton Hotel)
GFM Lunch Hours: 12pm-2:30pm Mon-Fri between 1-31 Oct
I’ve been terrible at blogging consistently. Terrible luck too. The day I wanted to update, I accidentally spilled water all over my laptop. Sigh. Anyway, after breakfast at The Q on Harris, my next Good Food stop was dessert at Sofitel Sydney on the following Wednesday, 8 October 2014. All Let’s Do Desserts are $20 each experience. Booking in advance where possible is definitely recommended.
Last year Sofitel’s Let’s Do Dessert, the Crepe Suzette, had a very strong alcoholic taste which left me running next door to Azuma Japanese Restaurant but this year Sofitel is offering a selection of three pastries, the Paris-Brest, chocolate choux and choux a la creme, so I was keen. I love puff pastry and fresh cream.
In the excitement and spirit of Good Food Month (Sydney), a colleague of mine and I decided to spontaneously hit up new local cafe (since Jan 2014), The Q on Harris, who had decided to take part in The Breakfast Club. All brekkies featured in The Breakfast Club are $20 and I’m pretty sure each and every one of the 17 cafes listed created that one dish uniquely for this month.
This meal was from last Thursday 2 October but it’s still very relevant because it will be available all month! This is worth trying for the egg dome and salmon rillettes – yum! This should only be offered until 12pm (or so The Q on Harris were told) but it’s until 3pm according to the Good Food Month website, they will be more than happy to make it for you. We rocked up at around 1:15pm specifically for this and it was all G :) Hooray for breakfast during lunch!
EDIT 09/10/2014: Okay, so I just heard that we were supposed to get a complimentary macaron with our meal but didn’t. -.-” hmph. But to be fair, they didn’t have this exclusive pork floss macaron yet back when I visited.
Location: 597 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia
Hours: 7am-4:30pm everyday according to Urbanspoon (according to their website it’s 8am-3pm)
A few weeks ago I had some serious pizza cravings which I pushed onto a bunch of friends in the form of a suggestion over a good catch-up dinner. Lucky for me, no one minded as long as it wasn’t Criniti’s (not because it’s bad but because we’ve been too many times), so upon a friend’s recommendation we went to Made in Italy Trattoria. Located in Pyrmont, it’s a bit far from public transport but it was worth it and I’m already planning my next visit!
Location: G01/55 Miller Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009 Australia
Just over two weeks ago two friends and I decided to check out an authentic Japanese restaurant called Busshari located in Potts Point. We were all feeling a little under the weather because two of us fell victim to the cold that week while the other had her hay fever acting up, but overall it was a night of good food and good company. We ordered quite a bit between the three of us and I think the waiter was probably going ‘errrr…’ in his head as he wrote down our orders but all was G. We demolished everything but instead we stayed there for a good 3-4 hours :P The ambiance was quite nice.
Location: 119 Macleay Street, Potts Point NSW 2011 Australia (It’s about a 5 minute walk from Kings Cross Station)