Rupert and Ruby is a crowd-funded pop-up joint (through IconPark) that focuses on the concept of combining modern Australian with traditional North American flavours in a casual dining environment. Their doors flew open on August 25 but it was only last Friday (21 Nov) did two other friends and I have the time to visit this establishment out in Darlinghurst. I’m not too sure about the portions but their fried chicken tasted amazing. Definitely need to go back to try their other dishes, especially the ones on their breakfast menu. About 4 weeks left!
Location: 78 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010.
Throwback to sometime last year, I discovered some cool gadgets, accessories and creative works at the bi-annual Finders Keepers Market and enjoyed the overall creative buzz. Being random, I decided to write a post about it (here). And I’m glad I did because flash-forward to the present, Son Valise, the creators of the JukeCase Suitcase, has launched a crowd-funding campaign through Pozible to produce the first ever batch of JukeCase Mini’s! They look pretty rad.
It was a familiar name but I did not expect to stumble across it by pure chance. After our Bondi to Tamarama Scultptures by the Sea walk on the morning of first (1/11/14), my friend and I decided to explore the area around Jones Bay Wharf near Pier 21 because I had wanted to do so in broad daylight since my visit to Flying Fish. Unfortunately, we didn’t explore for very long in the sweltering 35 degree+ heatwave (>.<‘) until we started to feel a bit hungry, but on the upside, we discovered Cafe Morso right on Pier 21 (pretty much neighbours with Flying Fish)! It was an exciting moment and I have revisited since so this post covers two meal trips :D
Location: 26-32 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW 2009 (Pier 21, Jones Bay Wharf)
Hours: 7am-3pm Mon-Fri (food); 8am-2pm Weekends (food); Opened for an additional hour for you to sit and chat over drinks.
Please excuse my tardiness >< Closer to the middle of Good Food Month (17 Oct) a friend and I decided to visit Momofuku Seiobo at The Star for their Hats Off Dinner. I’ve visited some other Momofuku establishments in NYC earlier this year but this was my very first time here even though I live in Sydney so I was quite excited in the hours leading up to the visit. Come to think of it, this was my very first Hats Off Dinner ever! I’ve only really just paid attention to their Let’s Do Desserts and only recently broadened my Good Food Month experiences to the Let’s Do Lunches and more of their The Breakfast Club offers. A welcoming change for my belly but maybe not so much for my wallet…
Anyway, this menu offered a Bo Ssam set (a Korean pork dish you can wrap in lettuce or some sort of leaf; reminds me of sang choi bao but more sophisticated) for $250 which, by the sounds of it, you needed to enter a lucky draw to be eligible for it? But of course they had an a la carte menu ranging from $14 to $32 based on the popular menu from Momofuku Ssam Bar back in 2007 (NYC) which was what we went for. Turns out we made it on the second last night, lucky!
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